[The International 2013] Grand Finals Day 4, 2 Post Event Break Days

Hi everyone. OK I’m totally aware that this is a super belated post, but better late than never!
In case you’re wondering why I’m skipping day 3 and moving from day 2 to day 4 (and also, thank you, if you noticed this, because it means you’ve been following my posts!), it’s because on day 2, during the zenith vs iG game, I puked my guts out in the Benaroya Hall after suffering from a migraine all day long.
This very same migraine lasted til mid day on day 3, so I spent my day 3 in the hotel, watching the stream and resting.
Therefore, no event photos on day 3.

Here’s a photo that moose from joinDOTA took of me on day 2, when I was trying to rest my migraine away in the player’s lounge. Hope it makes up for the lack of coverage on day 3! (a little? I hope?)

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Do check out the event photos that moose took over at this link!

Grand Finals Day 4

Decided to make full use of my purple manager pass and check out the media area. There are a few different passes, and they are all colour coded. Different passes give you different levels of access to the areas at the Hall, and the purple pass gives one of the highest levels of access.
Anyhow, the media area is where the shoutcasters are located, and where all the news writers are sitting.
I was curious to see and hear the Korean casters, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Check out the mass water that they have! Now we all know their secret to their crazy loud and perma excited casting!

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One of the most requested for pics, is this following pic.
One of them is Zenith’s xy- and the other is eternalenvy. Can you tell them apart?

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Gabe Newell making a short announcement before the private screening of Free to Play.
He told the audience to feel free to chain stun their neighbours if they caught them attempting to film the movie in any way. lol!
The movie won’t be out for a while, because they’re clearing copyright issues, and also editing it a little bit more.
The estimate was 2months or so.
The movie was great, and there were way too many ninjas chopping up onions in the hall. That’s about all I’m going to say about it, just be happily surprised when it comes out!

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This sorta moved me last year when I read it. It’s an inscription outside Benaroya Hall.

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THIS, MY DEAR READERS, IS THE GUY WHO IS THE VOICE ACTOR OF PUDGE AND STORM SPIRIT!!!!!!
Incidentally, his wife is a voice actor too, and she did the voice of death prophet.

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The movie poster for Free to Play.

 

 

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a look at the hall from the second floor of the lobby. This photo was meant to show the size of the Free to Play posters.

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Synderen, right before he gave me his virtual autograph. I think he was talking to iceiceice.

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The LGD vs Alliance game…

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Cheese passing ceremony!

It starts with Bruno…

 

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to iceiceice…

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to… another guy!
How much would you give for an iceiceice hug?

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A pic of the confetti raining own on the audience after Alliance wins

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A pic of Alliance holding the Aegis.
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Break Days

Dinner with many people at monsoon, a vietnamese inspired restaurant at Old Main.

 

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Dendi stealing my bag with Bruno acting cool.

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Bruno and self-proclained fan boy of Bruno, Ant.

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Playing fighting games and console wrestling and DRINKING. ALOT.

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Here’s a video of Toby half casting half playing wrestling:

Bruno fashioning a soccer ball out of tissue paper, rags and tape.

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iceiceice’s divine rapier, the trophy from the 1v1 competition.

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feeding ducks again at the nearby pond/park.

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Dog outing!

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Was invited over to Jeff’s (one of the valve staff) house for dinner on one of the nights. Awesome experience at an American house bbq! Here’s some of the other people who were there.

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We also popped by the beach, the water was cold, even though it was supposed to be summer.

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and random lobby gatherings. =D always have people in the lobby to chill and hang out with.

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and a video of these ogre magi cosplayers being very happy during the Alliance/Na`Vi game because it was picked.

[PHOTOBLOG] The International 2013 – Grand finals day 1&2

Since I’m sitting alone in my hotel room today, watching games on dota tv, I decided to do my updates in between games.

Had a migraine that’s lasted about 36 hours, and it made me puke in the Zenith team box yesterday. (eek, I know) and all my box companions were so engrossed watching the games they just let me go ahead and puke all over the floor non stop. Thx guys. LOL.
It was at that moment, that Zenith lost to iG, and I was puking my guts out that I decided it was one of the worst moments of my life. Especially when I had to clean up the box as best as I could after that.

Anyhow, I’m finally feeling better after intermittently dozing in various positions on the floor. I’ve decided that soft hotel beds are just not for me cos they give me neckaches and migraines, and I should be sleeping on the floor from tonight onwards.

Anyhow! Enough whining, even though I’m feeling sore about not being at the hall today, and not being able to go trot around Pike’s Place with the guys.

Here’s my update, starting from GrandFinals Day 1…

Grand Finals Day 1

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While waiting for the bus, I took my jacket off and realised the label inside says DOTA 2!

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iceiceice and yamateh with funny faces.

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The bunch of us waiting for transport to Benaroya.

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TongFu.

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Elysium and LightofHeaven! Light was surprisingly chatty that day, I always remember him sorta sulking in a corner, but this trip, he was chatting away happily with all of us around him.

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We were sitting right at the back of the bus. You can see the river through the windows, it was one of those typically beautiful Seattle summer days…

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The queue outside the hall was really long… and we spotted these 2 jokers in line! Ogre Magi!

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The China gamers bonding. Not sure what they’re smirking at…

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ixmike, in his Liquid shirt.

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Anywhere there’s something to drink, the guys will be playing drinking games. Doesn’t matter if the drink isn’t alcoholic…

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The hall filling up.

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Zenith’s flag above the box!

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We’re sharing the box with mufc.

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The Analyst’s table outside the hall in the lobby.

For a full walkaround check out this video :

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Loda, xy and iceiceice having a chat in the lounge.

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Gabe giving his traditionally short and sweet welcome speech.

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At this point in time the players were introduced and spotlights suddenly shone on the player boxes. I was quite alarmed because I was sitting in some super unglam position with my feet up on the railing. LOL!

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The boxes opposite ours. The spotlight was really quite bright!!

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First match of the Finals! Orange vs Na`Vi.
The boxes this year are really quite beautiful… but as I can’t go in, I have no idea if it’s soundproof.
I like that Valve forbids anyone other than the 5 players from being in the booth, there was a debate last year on whether a manager/coach should be allowed in, and I am glad that they don’t allow it, simply because the game should be about the 5 people and their decisions.

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iceiceice signing on a fan’s shirt.
Btw, thanks to all the people who grabbed me and took a pic/got an autograph from me! And sorry if I seemed to be hurrying somewhere all the time… somehow there’s always things to do!

 

Last year, we were introduced to this awesome little food place called Lecosho.
We’ve been thinking about it all year, and took the first opportunity we could to go grab some eats from it.
Unfortunately, we went at 4pm, so we couldn’t really order a meal, only mid day snack things.

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Smelt with pickles and tartar sauce.

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Highlight of the meal : Roast pork belly!!!
This is really awesome.
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Beef short ribs with beetroot.

 

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Manila Clams. This was super good too. The clams were all really plump and yummy.

 

And back to the hall after that, we popped by the signing area.

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What Tobi said to me. LOL!

 

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The really long queue. Viewers can also get their barcode scanned, and it will give them some in game item.

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iceiceice’s bag. I don’t think he actually bought any of these, I think he was given them all!

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HUGE pizza in the lounge. Valve provides breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner for all the players. Everyday.

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NS lying sexily in front of the screen, enjoying the games.

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On the bus back to the hotel… at the end of a long tiring day.

Grand Finals Day 2

On this day, the guys had their first games at the Hall.
I love the flag flying across the screens…

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VS Virtus Pro.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Invoker pick!

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3 of the audience, wearing the Zenith tees. Zenith fans FTW!!

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VS iG.

For the player intro vids, watch this :

And this is xy’s somewhat unintelligible interview :

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The guys in the backstage room, preparing themselves for the match vs VP.

 

And, My loot for the day from iceiceice!!
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Just to end off with a video of the crowd cheering Liquid on. Amazing.

 

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Apologies, but I won’t have anything to update for today, cos I’ve been planted in the hotel room recovering. I think the Zenith blog should have something, maybe!

[PHOTOBLOG] The International 2013 – Groupstage day 2&3, Valve Office Tour, Break Day

Ok, it’s been a couple of days since I updated. Partly because my server was migrating on the day I wanted to update things.

So, you’re in for a SUPER LONG update tonight.

Let’s start with the groupstages, which are mostly pics of people around the viewing area.

(Captions are BELOW the pictures!)

Groupstage Day 2 & 3, Valve Office Tour

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I call this the Russian/EU table. That’s where they cluster!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASatean from Neolution, Ohaiyo, kyxy and Chuan.

 

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Alliance Creed.

 

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LGD Xiao8

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Yamateh, with kuroky monstering some salad behind.

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Being asked to do an interview for a Swedish TV.

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Sitting with our Alienware m17x’s, obsing games and discussing strats.

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This is what happens when you let gamers have a free run of food and drinks. I bet this looks like some of your computer desks at home…
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ixmike

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One of the drafts…

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iceiceice flaunting his deadpool beanie, after he had fun bullying Xtinct from Orange.

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Dendi and Bruno. Too much win.

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The 3 pics above precede this video below. It’s what happens when you give 2 boys 1 cup  :

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Finol talking to Puppey. Not gonna tell you which one he is exactly!

 

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DINNER!!! Lamb which was awesome.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Porterhouse for 2.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAValve is so awesome, or maybe they wanna make sure we smell good for the audience, that they did our laundry mid trip.
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Passed by Soe, so I decided to catch a pic with her. She interviewed me earlier, before this pic was taken.
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I know some people have asked for rOtk’s raging video, I can’t get one, so I’m hoping this one will suffice.

I do have an old video of him raging… you can check it out here :

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NS in the process of throwing me the courier! He gave it to me! =D

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The Hotel gym

 

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a typical summer evening in Bellevue. Gorgeous.

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took a walk to a nearby park. This is the late, at night.

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An ice cream truck! Kimchi and Elysium getting something to cool off.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ducks, and ducklings!

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The residents here in Bellevue are all really friendly. We spent about an hour playing with this little doggie, Oscar, and chatting with his owner.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He’s not the only one having a ball of a time!

 

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The 2 sad donkeys that we plucked from the Valve office. Staring into the distance. (credits to Kimchi for composing this shot.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mini donkey, and big donkey.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stripes unite!

Dendi and Kimchi.

 

Here’s all the pics from our Break Day. We went to Pike’s Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium and various other places around the area. So, if you’re not interested in the peripheral stuff, and only want the game stuff, you would probably like to skip what’s coming up.

Even though I hope you read on =) Might give you a nice idea of what to do/eat if you ever come to Seattle!

 

First stop : IHOP aka International House of Pancakes for brunch.

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Sirloin tips with 2 eggs, sauteed onions and mushrooms, hash brown, and 2 buttermilk pancakes.

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Omelette with ham and hashbrown inside, and red velvet pancakes. I don’t really recommend the red velvet pancakes if you can’t take sweet stuff.

 

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The famous sign board.

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We also dropped by the first starbucks store, which is also at Pike’s Place.

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Check out that queue.

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That’s Elysium, Me, kimchi. =D
Finally revealing which shadow belongs to who.

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The Seattle Aquarium on the left, the ferris wheel on the right.

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Just a shot walking along the bay. There are tons of restaurants and interesting shops there which sell very odd stuff.

Along the way, we came across The Gum Wall.
Apparently, this is where people come to stick their chewed gum. You can actually smell the sweet scent of thousands of flavoured gum. (eek)
The window sills are the most disgusting!!!

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i was petrified that someone would shove me backwards into the wall and that I’d get stuck there like a fly on sticky paper. eeeeekkkk

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TINY!!! Is this a SIGN FOR TI3???

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This is where the fish are thrown around, and where you can find a fruit store.

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Monster blackberry from the fruit stall. Summer is great – there’s tons of berries, which are my favourite kind of fruit to eat!

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further up the road from Pike’s Place, outside the Macy’s, there’s a public square with blue trees. This year, there’s a dancing gathering going on. Last year, there was chess, and each chess piece was about half my size.

 

 

Just some additional pics of the scenery along the way :
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If you have the time to spare, you might want to take a look at the Seattle Aquarium.

In 2012, we didn’t have the time to explore the area AND go to the aquarium. This year, however, since we’ve explored most of the places, we decided to spend a couple of hours in the aquarium.

fishie go home!!

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The octopus exhibit fascinated me the most. The way it’s tentacles undulated and the sucker pads stuck to the walls was creepy yet cool.

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This has got to  be my favourite fish there. It looks like puck!

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A furryfish?

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grumpy looking fish 1.

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grumpy looking fish 2.

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a puffin!

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This is some weird sea creature, with its florets out, and with it’s florets kept.

I just realised I didn’t figure out what it’s called after all.

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a Lumpfish, stuck to the glass.

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City skyline, which can be seen from the seal enclosure (which is outdoor)
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Sleeping otter.

 

Another place to drop by would be Ivar’s.
They sell fish and chips, and all other kinds of battered seafood with chips.
The best part (to me) is that this is where you’re encouraged to feed the gulls.
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Another shot of the ferris wheel.

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We were super full from brunch at IHOP, so it was pretty late before we decided to head back. And cos we were tired from the long day, we dropped by a shop nearby and packed some food back.
Korean take out for dinner!

 

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I actually wanted to do Grandfinals Day 1 too, but I decided to leave it for tomorrow when I’m more awake.

In the meantime, take a look at the walk about video which I took earlier today of the Benaroya Hall.

[PHOTOBLOG] The International 2013, Group Stage Day 1

I must apologise, I spent most of the day glued to my com watching games, or glued to the screens watching more than 1 game at a time to actually do proper footage.

I do have some pics, of the Champions’ Rings and some random team pics. But nothing spectacular, I’m afraid.

I’ll just post them up today, rather than combine them for tomorrow cos I think some people might be looking forward to updates! Hope that yesterday’s mass info is enough to make up for today’s sparse pics.

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The RING.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The RING on ChuaN’s finger. There’s even an iG logo on the side (you can see it on the left side of the ring in this pic)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

On the way down to “Clockwork”.

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In case you didn’t know, Valve employees collect one set of equipment to keep for the duration of the competition. They then set up the room with all the players’ equipment before the players are allowed in. So all they have to do is sit down and start playing.
Even the harddrives of each PC “belong” to the player, and will be loaded in when the player is using the com, and taken out after the game is done.
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Individual shots of the players at their PCs :

 

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The evening view, at 830pm.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A nearby park I found earlier this evening! Looks like a pretty nice place to hang out and reflect after games. But I don’t think many of the gamers have discovered it. Needed a walk to chillax after the games today -.-OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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And… That’s about it for today. Wish I had more to tell you, but mood is a little low, and day was tense and long.

Maybe you can drop me some questions, or requests, and I’ll see if I can fulfill them tomorrow!

[PHOTOBLOG] The International 2013, Day 3 – BootCamp day 2, Wild Card match, player’s dinner, 1v1 part 1

Today was one of those days that felt like 2 instead of 1. With things heating up for the group stages, Valve tried to give the players a breath of air before the storm by having the player’s dinner.

After a day of training and watching RattleSnake vs Quantic, the night time 1v1’s were quite tiring for the players. But it probably got the excitement going for all the viewers at home and set the tone for the next few days.

Since you’ve already seen what the bootcamp is like, let’s jump straight to the wildcard matches :

It’s awesome watching live, with a hall-full of DotA2 gamers. The energy and excitement is palpable, and everyone is gearing up for the groupstage games which start tomorrow.

How many of the people here can you name?
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Obviously NOT iceiceice’s favourite pokemon…

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Seems like I’m interrupting something…

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So this is what I was interrupting…
A Dendi kiss anyone?

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Yamateh and Chuan warming up for the Player’s dinner by practising drinking games.

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3 teams, 1 picture.

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iceiceice joining in the drinking games.

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The Chinese speaking side of the hall. There are 4 screens, and 2 are playing the English broadcast, whilst 2 are playing the Chinese broadcast. Which, I guess, accounts for the segregation.

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Alliance and Na`Vi

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The Captain Boxers of 2013.

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This photo preceeded the video below it.

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RattleSnake after their win

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The view from iG’s suite!

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Here’s a video to show you how the iG room is like… perks of being the defending champion!

 

And just a random dramatic shot out of my room window. Quite an overcast day, was raining quite a bit.

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Player’s Dinner and 1v1 Part 1 :

 

Us, at the lift lobby, leaving our room late because SOMEONE was napping.

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The rather hard to find entrance to the restaurant/pub
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The view from the front door! Amazing 2 storey layout, with buffet points all over the place!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The Zenith table, complete with a sign to mark territory.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Gamers, gamers, and more gamers!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

XBOCT dropping by the Zenith table and drinking “ROT”.
Lesson learnt from TI2 : don’t play drinking games with Russians…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The full list of beverages available to us. According to iceiceice, ROT tastes like a fillet o fish.

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ALCOHOL!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

XBOCT joining us at our table for a short while.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Clustered around the screens which show the 1v1 games.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Our table =)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The 1v1 area on the second floor. I’d imagine that’s a DJ station on other normal nights…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Watching Mushi vs xiao8, Obsidian Destroyer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Self Shots!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ice with ex teammate XTiNCT.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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More selfshots… (honestly, I was trying to get the ISO settings right on my camera. I think this is max ISO, it was REALLY DARK, and you can see that it’s a little noisy. Sorry for the camera speak. I’m still trying to master my OMD EM5…)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Phil and xy-OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

iceiceice with a “oh no” look, dreading his 1v1.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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s4 with a serious face!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The 40minute before a first blood game between ferrari and Mu.

 

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Post 1v1 – iceiceice after a handshake with s4. The rest of the 1v1’s have been postponed to a later date, cos Valve wants the players to get their rest!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Selfshot in the toilet, cos, I’m a girl, THAT’S WHY I CAN.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

A Monster holding a monster Monster. (whaaat?)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The gamers chilling outside the restaurant, smoking, drinking… chatting.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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What a long update. It’s midnight here now, and it’s time to SLEEP for tomorrow’s group stage matches!

Will be updating all my social media as usual, so follow me everywhere for live updates! fb fan page, twitter, instagram, youtube. and Zenith blog and Zenith fb fan page!!

 

GOOD NIGHT PEOPLE!!! <3