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
While waiting for the bus, I took my jacket off and realised the label inside says DOTA 2!
iceiceice and yamateh with funny faces.
The bunch of us waiting for transport to Benaroya.
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.
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…
The queue outside the hall was really long… and we spotted these 2 jokers in line! Ogre Magi!
The China gamers bonding. Not sure what they’re smirking at…
ixmike, in his Liquid shirt.
Anywhere there’s something to drink, the guys will be playing drinking games. Doesn’t matter if the drink isn’t alcoholic…
The hall filling up.
Zenith’s flag above the box!
We’re sharing the box with mufc.
The Analyst’s table outside the hall in the lobby.
For a full walkaround check out this video :
Loda, xy and iceiceice having a chat in the lounge.
Gabe giving his traditionally short and sweet welcome speech.
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!
The boxes opposite ours. The spotlight was really quite bright!!
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.
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.
Smelt with pickles and tartar sauce.
Beef short ribs with beetroot.
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.
What Tobi said to me. LOL!
The really long queue. Viewers can also get their barcode scanned, and it will give them some in game item.
iceiceice’s bag. I don’t think he actually bought any of these, I think he was given them all!
HUGE pizza in the lounge. Valve provides breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner for all the players. Everyday.
NS lying sexily in front of the screen, enjoying the games.
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…
The Invoker pick!
3 of the audience, wearing the Zenith tees. Zenith fans FTW!!
For the player intro vids, watch this :
And this is xy’s somewhat unintelligible interview :
The guys in the backstage room, preparing themselves for the match vs VP.
Just to end off with a video of the crowd cheering Liquid on. Amazing.
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!