Its the moment that we've been waiting for: Dawngate's first foray into a fully supported eSports event. ESL and Waystone have partnered up for the Race to the Gate Open Series, and the action kicks off today at 5:00 PM PDT / 8:00 PM EDT. Once again, we've analyzed the teams participating in today's events and assigned a power ranking based on their predicted performance.
Each team is evaluated based on their recent results and historical trends, as well as their individual player predictions based on solo queue performance. You can check out the Pick'em for our power rankings below as well.
- Band of Baddies
- Surreal Gaming
- Rare Elixir EU
- Destructive Influence
- Rare Elixir NA
- Soon TM
- Live Free Dive Hard
Team Profiles with GoodOldMalk and Organic
Originally posted by Waystone Games (Source)Before the Race to the Gate starting 5 PM PDT Friday and 11 AM PDT Saturday, we wanted to get a bit of insight on the competitive teams and looked towards some of our most knowledgeable community members.
For our team profiles, we have GoodOldMalk and Organic. GoodOldMalk has done fantastic work analyzing past tournaments and providing the community with spreadsheets full of data showing Shaper and item trends. With his excellent analysis, it's no surprise that he knows more than a bit about what's happening in the competitive scene. Organic has been a longstanding member of the Dawngate community and closely follows the competitive scene. He's definitely the one to go to for finding out the ins-and-outs of all the teams.
Band of Baddies (BoB)
The Globetrotters of the Dawngate world, aloof yet mechanically skilled beyond belief- Band of Baddies are one of the oldest ragtag group of players with more awards in their belts than any other team up to this date. They have been and still are one of the top contenders for the podium in the upcoming tournaments. However much to their dismay, those days of yore are long gone and while their core remains strong with players like TulceRaye, 50shadesofalpha, OtsieTootsie and mcscrag, newer changes to their roster and roles have made everyone's confidence in their future falter. TulceRaye, a fearsome Ashabel main, has stepped into the role of ranged gladiator carry while 50shadesofalpha, a remarkable Varion main, has stepped into the tactician role with his newly discovered King of Mask. With Arbaris now filling for Dallaren in the position of tactician, this leaves only OtsieTootsie and Mcscrag in their former roles as gladiator and hunter respectively. To top this off, Band of Baddies has publicly hinted that their real fears rest around Team Based because of their previous results in scrims. All things considered, their most recent success at the S1cknote 6 tournament have reminded us that they are still a force to be reckoned with while their previous results at the Dawngate Stars League and Xanogate Invitational point to other challenges looming just over the horizon: Surreal Gaming.
Surreal Gaming (SG)
Formerly "When's Para", Surreal Gaming is considered one of the top Dawngate teams at the moment. After putting on the SG tag and acquiring dominant solo queue players Ac1dz and Ferust, along with e-sports veteran Evaniskus, SG has no doubt become an incredibly dominant force in the Dawngate competitive scene. With plenty of creative compositions based around strong level one tactics, Evaniskus's ability to 360noscope Zalgus chains and Ferust's craving to outplay his enemies, SG is definitely a top contender in this week's Race to the Gate. Many eyes will be fixed upon them this weekend to redeem themselves after Band of Baddies denied them the 1st place spot at S1cknote Invitational #6. I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeve for this tournament!
Based is a tale, a myth, a legend conveniently kept secret by a one-man army guarding the gates to the top 10 in the leaderboard. I am talking of course about the legendary DawnLu dynasty (I through IV). Overall, Based is regarded as one of the best team in Dawngate simply by virtue of their strong roster and their exceptional results in scrims where Dawnlu, Yagachu, Ghosty, Shivy and Elated have proven time and time again why they are some of the top players in Dawngate and number one on the leaderboards. True to this, Yagachu has built his reputation as a great Salous jungler within the community, while DawnLu forever roams the matchmaking looking for a worthy foe, instilling fear in the hearts of his enemies and seeding hope in his allies with his trademark Voluc, Cerulean and Kensu. All things said, the competitive scene has not been kind to Based when it comes to tournament results. Plagued by difficulties when it comes to available times, Based has for the most part escaped the spotlight up until the last S1cknote Tournament where they were regrettably brought down in the first match of the group stages. While a single loss can't possibly overshadow their strength as a team, it does paint a darker picture for the smallest of the giants who will first participate in a best-of-1 single elimination round before stepping into the brackets. Either way it will be good for their enemies to remember: Do not pursue DawnLu Bu.
Live Free Dive Hard (LFDH)
Live Free Dive Hard is a Dawngate team that has been around since the very beginning. The original roster included Fatseaturtle, Skyniss, Primeknight and two of BoB's current members, Mcscrag and Otsie. After falling off the face of the Dawngate competitive scene after placing first in the first ever S1cknote Invitational back in July, LFDH has reborn from their ashes with some rather familiar faces. Veteran players Porkch0ps and Mianhe have joined up to hone their skills to show that they've got what it takes to compete with the best. LFDH is coming into this tournament as a wildcard as this new roster has no past tournament showings on record. Will LFDH come out guns blazing? Tune in to the Race to the Gate Series this Friday to find out!
Rare Elixir EU (REEU)
European sister team of Rare Elixir NA, Rare Elixir EU joined the likes of Band of Baddies, Surreal Gaming, and Destructive Influence by winning every game on their way to the semifinals in the S1cknote Invitational. Comprised of many well-known European Dawngate players such as Snitch and Lumber, REEU has already garnered lots of attention from their European fanbase. Going up against veteran and newly reborn team LFDH this weekend, their match has generated the most commotion out of the four announced matchups and will definitely be one you'll want to tune in for!
Rare Elixir NA (RENA)
Stepping into the arena alongside their European sister team, Rare Elixir NA has swiftly swept into the tournament scene to the surprise of many. With victories over upcoming teams Les BaRs, Team Me Plus 4, Last Project and even established teams like (now disbanded) Hype Train, they have already managed to secure a 3rd place in one of the most prestigious and longstanding events, the Dawngate Stars League. Even though they possess a solid roster with the likes of Dinero_Tiempo, a very capable and very flexible leaderboard ranged carry, they have recently struggled to meet up to the challenge in the latest S1cknote 6 Invitational. Indeed there is a possibility, however small, that before RENA has any chance to claim their first place, they will likely have to say a bittersweet goodbye to their friend and sister team REEU. Odds claim however, that the match will not go in RENA's favor.
Destructive Influence (DI)
Destructive Influence is a European Dawngate team that shocked many in the past S1cknote Invitational. With what was rumored a 10-0 scrim record prior to the tournament, DI knocked out Based from their group in a best of one and proceeded to advance to the semifinals flawlessly. Although they did not advance to the finals, DI put on a solid performance against Band of Baddies. Running innovative and risky compositions such as a "Protect the Vex" line-up along with a teamfight oriented reset composition featuring Kindra, Basko, Ronan and Sakari, DI demonstrated strong synergy and confidence in their play while thriving in chaotic engagements. Their willingness to experiment with riskier compositions makes them a team that will definitely keep you on your toes!
Soon TM (STM)
SoonTM is a relatively new team that has attempted to step up to the challenge and claim their rightful bounty in the Dawngate competitive scene. With a strong lineup of leaderboard players, their ace player and gladiator Levi leads the charge against the likes of Based whom they are confident they can defeat. Their captain Xano has also managed to prove his extensive knowledge of the game by casting his very own spur of the moment Xanogate Tournament. Having only recently surfaced under the radar, the element of surprise favors this dark horse who have only played against BoB once in a tournament setting. Whether or not they succeed in their endeavor, only time will tell.
Be sure to check out the new and improved Dawngate eSports Wiki, hosted by MOBA-Champion and run by rljohn, GoodOldMalk and featuring several contributors from across the Dawngate. We've recently implemented a seasonal standings page on our Teams Portal. If you would like to contribute to the wiki, create an account and then send a permissions request to email@example.com.
Best of luck to all teams participating in the Race to the Gate: Northern Qualifier.
MOBA-Champion is a top 50 solo queue player and dirty Kindra main. He is a regular co-host on the Money Pigs Livecast and an avid Dawngate eSports enthusiast.
With today's Race to the Gate: North tournament, we're pleased to unveil a new beta feature: Pick'em. Pick'em allows you to predict the winners of various Dawngate eSports tournaments and Lore events. Your scores will be tracked throughout the season and the players with the best pick-em results at the end of the season will win a prize (TBD).
We managed to finish this feature right at the wire, so testing has been limited. Please report all bugs you may find on this thread. The first iteration of the Pick'em leaderboard will be available after this weekend's tournament. Pick'em editing will be disabled at 5:00 PST when the tournament begins.
This month's guide-writing contest focuses on Lillin, the Old Guard. The guide-writing contest runs for approximately 7 days and ends on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM EST. Best of luck to all the entrants!
How to Enter
- Create a Lillin guide in our Guides Editor before Monday, November 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM EST
- Set the guide's privacy option to Public to be included in the contest. Private guides will not be judged.
- Make sure you set your in-game name in the Guide editor so we know how to identify you.
How to Win / Rules
At the end of the contest, our team will select our top 3 guides to be announced after the following episode of the Money Pigs Podcast. Guides will be judged based on the quality of content. High amounts of positive votes are a good indicator of quality, but will not guarantee a win in the contest. Anyone caught downvoting all other guides will be disqualified from the contest.
- 1st: An item from the collection worth up to 885 Waypoints (Most skins + Announcer Packs)
- 2nd: An item from the collection worth up to 585 Waypoints (Most skins)
- 3rd: An item from the collection worth up to 485 Waypoints (All ward skins + Some Sale Skins)
Also, don't forget to check out the winner's of last month's Guide Contest featuring Ronan:
1st Place: Agility & Precision: An Extensive Guide to Gunslinging by MrXLink
2nd Place: Ronan, the 100% crit Demon-kin... by Vakyoom
3rd Place: The Desperotter! by AlucardVanguard
Money Pigs own Twerp78 was asked to come up with his own predictions for Race to the Gate this weekend, along with Sporesmith, organizer of the S1cknote Invitational. You can read about their predictions here!
Also a few hotfixes are being worked on for some in-client issues today:
Originally posted by Waystone Games (Source)There are a few key issues that we're looking into and fixing that we wanted to address for a moment:
Purchasing of Waypoints Disabled: We have currently disabled the purchasing of Waypoints within the client. This is a result of some issues that players were experiencing when attempting to purchase Waypoints. We will continue to investigate and re-enable this feature as soon as we can.
News Feed In Client Error: We have also seen an issue where the newsfeed related to Dawngate.com was not appearing in the client as it should be. We're also monitoring this issue and will bring the feature back online.
These are both immediate service impacting issues that we'll be addressing as soon as possible. For all other issues, please remember to report bug via the "Submit a Bug" function in the front-end client. Thanks!
Waystone has revealed the brackets for the Race to the Gate tournament starting Friday!
As they explained on stream, the seeds were decided by average MMR of the team with manual tweaking by Waystone to have the best matches possible. Be sure to tune in to twitch.tv/waystonegames at 5 PM PST/ 8 PM EST for the quarter finals!
Also check out the Moba-Champion Wiki for updates and info on any matches you missed!
Money Pigs own Tulce is being featured on Waystone's player profile article today!
Check it out here!
In celebration of the article, Waystone has also put Freia and the Final Dispatch Freia skin on sale in The Collection! So get out there and find Fenmore!
Also just released is the Mikella announcer pack! For 885 Waypoints you can have the Merchant Princess herself direct you in battle!
"I cannot believe you did that! I-I mean...I'm somewhat impressed."
"A rival well seized!"
"Your rivals are about to win!"
"A rival well seized!"
"Your rivals are about to win!"