Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dendi solo mid Lina vs 430 solo mid Naix! :)

DotA gif of the week is a slap to my face for saying seven days ago that there is no way Lina can win against Naix. Turns out I didn’t have to search far because Game 2 of the Alienware 2013 group stages (I gif’ed Game 1 last week) has Dendi’s Lina vs 430’s Naix in the motherfucking mid lane. IN A PRO GAME!

I almost cried when I saw the lane match-up because you have the arguably two best mid players in the world duking it out and one of them is on Lina. Both 430 and Dendi rarely ever throw so I knew there wasn’t anything else to be expected on this lane but awesomeness.


430 is one of my favourite WC3 DotA position 2 players, going back to when he was still with CCM. He knows the mid lane well and his hero control is amazing, so you can always rely on him to make great plays even when the rest of the team was getting stomped. :) IG didn’t use Lina often in their games so I didn’t follow them as hard as I followed EHOME and LGD, but 430’s Storm was so awesome that it alone was enough for me to like the team.


And then you have Dondo! :) I’ve known about him for ages because I followed his old team DTS, but back then all my love went to Dread because he was the one who played Lina often. Now I’m following Na’Vi ‘cause they use Lina relatively often too, but even if she’s usually given to Puppey or Kuroky, Dendi’s friendliness and goofiness and humility and classiness  – gahd where was all this personality this when he was in DTS??? - makes it impossible not to like the guy.


Note that Dendi actually got Fiery Soul as a second skill because that build is almost unique to him. You usually get Dragon Slave after LSA and max those two out before getting Fiery Soul (and a lot of people even prioritize stats at that), but Dendimon consistently gets this at level 2 or 3. According to Capitalist, if you get two more auto attacks from the Fiery Soul buffs then it’s worth picking it up than leveling your nukes.( Kuroky goes for the standard skill build and his Lina games are always amazing nonetheless, so I guess feel free to pick up what skill you prefer.)


Fire and ice, literally. :) When I saw Faith’s Jakiro coming in for a backstab I cringed, and when I saw 430 pop Rage I cried. Rage alone is enough to kill Lina, add another support in the mix and man, that’s just overkill. But then Dondo hit that flawless LSA and I realized he actually had the chance to kill Naix first, so I started screaming for him to right click till kingdom come.


And he did it! I think I jumped when Naix died haha. :) I’m not sure why 430 decided to run since at 88hp after that LSA he was more likely going to die anyway… maybe he thought Faith could take care of Dendi and they won’t have to trade kills? Then again 430 has always been careful about the deaths he gives up, which IMO is the right attitude for a midlaner since I doubt suicidal semi-carries win games.


Lina of course doesn’t escape death by auto attacks from Jakiro, but if it’s any consolation Puppey’s Visage did try to rotate to… er, provide support? Though me thinks he actually left Lina for dead already and headed to mid to defend the lane.

Ultimately NaVi lost this game pathetically – like 8-23 or something close to that (Hey five of those kills were Lina’s!) – but I’d like to think that you can’t automatically conclude that Lina can’t take the 2 position midlane role in a pro game just because Dendi himself couldn’t do it. I mean, I think NaVi got outpicked by IG to start with (entirely to IG’s credit) and then there’s the fact that XBOCT didn’t have his A-game on because he was on support instead of the carry position apparently because he was lagging and didn’t want to carry with lag. I’d love to see a Dendi solo-mid Lina again, with Kuroky’s support Wisp and XBOCT’s carry Alc.

Given that NaVi’s captain is Puppey though, I really wouldn’t count on it. :D


Monday, May 19, 2014

I love this guy. :)

DotA GIF of the week is care of this crazy crazy crazy but awesome guy named XBOCT and his crazy crazy crazy but awesome Lina at Alienware 2013’s Group Stages.

XBOCT (Nebu1a once said it’s pronounced something like ‘I’m the boss, bitch’, but it’s actually ‘ha-vost’) usually plays the hard carry for Na’Vi,  which made for a really fun game when for some inexplicable reason Puppey put him on support duty against Alliance. I don’t know if this is really just the way he ganks or if he just has too much carry-aggression and it shows in his supports, but either way, XBOCT’s Lina is definitely something. :)


Can you feel how much this guy, on a support, wants a kill? This is a 700-hp support, Lina of all things, inches away from a Radiant tower that Zhou’s Lifestealer is defending and she’s dropping spells trying to find Faith’s full-health Silencer juking in the trees! That’s baller. (Or suicidal.)


So he retreats temporarily to the jungle where Funn1k’s Viper and Kuroky’s Windranger are waiting…


But then he goes in again, on his own 700-hp lonesome, doesn’t even take Funn1k with him. (As LD said in the commentary, “Even if he’s Lina, that’s not gonna stop him from strutting up to your team.”) I mean, if he was on Alchemist and he strut up to trees against five heroes, I would be cheering because I know he can get at least a triple kill out of that. But since he was on Lina I just hugged my pillow.


Now this is what gets to me. He knew that Silencer was somewhere in the trees. He also knew that Lifestealer was coming for him. And he also knew that Viper and Windranger were in the jungle nearby. So why did he turn back to the trees instead of running for the jungle where Funn1k, Kuroky and maybe even Dendi could help him?


Lina vs Lifestealer – I don’t care if this is Vigoss Lina vs a pub Lifestealer – it’s just not gonna happen. Lina of course dies, no help from Silencer needed.

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I’m not really sure why XBOCT went back to the trees. But the thing about his plays in this game is that while he is so aggressive that he gets caught out of position so many times, he does try not to die if he can help it. I think it’s just that between surviving with half of his team dead and dying but taking at least one other enemy hero with him, he’d rather go down. He was second in kills for Na’Vi in this game (and first in deaths) which is pretty crazy considering Lina was supporting.





(You know what LD said about this play? “XBOCT throws out a VERY ANGRY Laguna Blade –”)

Thankfully XBOCT rarely plays Lina during pro games (or I’d have to be scared for Na’Vi) but I’m definitely looking forward to some XBOCT Lina hard carry games. :) After all, we’re talking about a guy who said in his DreamHack interview that Lina is not a support but a carry. 

To which AdmiralBulldog grinned adorably. :)



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SUCK IT UP.

Me pag ayaw ko ang food that I'm supposed to eat: 

I earn my keep and I don't deserve this! (Buys some other food.)

Me pag mahirap sumakay ng bus dahil madaming tao: 

I work my ass off and I don't deserve this. (Brings car to Caloocan.)

Me pag umupo sa mainit na place sa Cafe San Fernando:

I pay my tab and I don't deserve this! (Doesn't get to do anything because - )

Mike: WELL BUY ONE TAKE ONE YUNG FRAPPE SO SUCK IT UP.

:))

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Dota GIF of the Week, because I've decided that yeah, I'm going to make one every week.

This is M5 vs aL in The Defense 2, cast my LuminousInverse and LD. Fun game with aL going for Level 1 Rosh, failing, and turning to a 5-man push down Bot; PGG building triple wraith band vanguard Chen; and most importantly for me, Vigoss' SK laning with Silent's Lina. :)


Gahd. I love how Dragon Slave and Sandstorm just melted that Pugna. :)


SK at just a third of health vs almost full health Lone Druid? I can name one person who doesn't care and that person is Vigoss.


1. There is just no other ultimate in Dota more beautiful than Laguna Blade. :)
2. I have never played Invoker before so I really don't know the answer to this question: Is it really hard to hit a sun strike? Because Admir is a great player and his sun strikes missed like 80% of the time in this game.


 At a third of health I love how Vigoss pulls out of the fight and then charges at Snoopy and Godat again when he sees them stunned. Silent missed a handful of LSA's in this game too but he was stunning people when it mattered so it's okay. :)


I-want-you-dead-and-I-don't-care-if-I-or-my-lanemate-dies-trying-to-kill-you. :) FYI, after killing Veno Lina gets to like 90 hp but Vigoss still tries to go for Enigma and Silent supports him to death. Lina dies to the Eidolons and that's the only time Vigoss decides to let it go. 

Too bad Pugna's waiting for him with a Netherstrike so he dies too. :P





Tuesday, May 6, 2014

a Dota player and a LOL player walked into a bar

"give me heal"

"how much"

"all"

buys 18 tangoes "here bro"

"thanks andrey"

"np"

"may i mid"

"NO NO NO GTFO U HAV REGEN U CAN LVL ANYWHERE"

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Because I miss the old Dota days. Like when MYM was Danish and 820 made carries out of roaming DK's and Storm was a freakin' panda.

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Also when LGD's 830 or benz or chuan and EHOME's 357 and DTS/M5's Dread AND VI-FUCKING-GOSS would play Lina and own all day.

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Also when 'Zhou' and 'LightofHeaven' were names that made you quake in your boots.

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A Dota player and a LOL player walked into a bar.

The Dota player said "LOL sucks."

The other could not deny.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

it's a long way till december


And I really really really miss you already. I was crying this morning and I couldn't call you anymore just like I do every time I do that 'ngawa' thing so I went to your mom and cried to her instead.


 

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