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Fresh off the back of yesterday's S1cknote invitational comes the Across the Gate - Marah Open. With Band of Baddies and Surreal Gaming not in attendance, this was a great opportunity for other teams in the scene to shine. Destructive Influence took Group A with a quick 2-0 and eliminated Hype Train in the semifinals to advance to the finals. In Group B, a pick-up team that included members from Surreal Gaming and Based was formed in the name of For Fendrilion. The team swept their group 2-0, eliminated Last Project in the semifinals and defeated Destructive Influence 2-0 in the finals to win the tournament. In the third place match, Last Project was successful against Hype Train, winning 1-0.


For more information about the tournament, check out its page on the Dawngate eSports Wiki!

The group stages of the S1cknote Invitatonal 6 saw sixteen teams battle it out for four positions in the brackets, with one team per group advancing. All four teams managed to cleanly sweep their opponents. The biggest surprise came from Group D where heavily favored Based was defeated by Destructive Influence and eliminated from the tournament.


Tournament favorites Surreal Gaming and Band of Baddies ended up on opposite sides of the bracket, and both managed to eliminate their opponents in only two games. Destructive Influence forfeited the 3rd place match to Rare Elixir EU, leaving only the finals to be played. Surreal Gaming had managed to get the better of Band of Baddies in their prior 3 tournament engagements, but the veteran team rallied for a strong 2-0 victory to win the S1cknote Invitational.


For more information about the tournament, check out its page on the Dawngate eSports Wiki!

Since the unveiling of the Race to the Gate Tournament Series, a fervor has hit the competitive Dawngate eSports scene. New teams are popping up daily and old veterans are rearing their heads, all with their eyes on the $15,000 prize. With only a week to go until the first qualifier, many of the top teams are looking to get some tournament experience with this weekend's S1cknote Invitational 6.

Boasting over 16 registered teams, the S1cknote Invitational 6 is shaping up to be one of the best tournaments to hit the Dawngate in 2014. It is the first event to leverage the tournament realm, and the prize pool has been recently expanded to include gaming mice and mouse pads by Logitech. We'll be breaking down the top four teams to watch in today's S1cknote Invitational and some dark horses to look out for.

Each team is evaluated based on their recent results and historical trends, as well as their individual player potentials based on solo queue performance.

  • Surreal Gaming
  • Based
  • Band of Baddies
  • Live Free Dive Hard

Surreal Gaming

Earlier in the preseason, we often joked that Band of Baddies made each tournament a competition for second place. This was true until Surreal Gaming hit the scene. Consisting of former members of When's Para and ex-LoL professional Evaniskus, Surreal Gaming has looked unstoppable in their last three tournament showings. They went undefeated in the Moment of Valor, Parasite Post / Xanogate Invitational and the Dawngate Stars League Season 3 Open Invitational. All five players are amongst the best in their role, but look out for hard carries from their gladiators FeRust and Ac1dz and for their jungler and shotcaller Kusqt to be dictating the tempo of the game.

Players to Watch:
FeRust
Ac1dz
Evaniskus
Kusqt

Based

Anyone who occasionally loads the Dawngate Leaderboards will know the name Based. While relatively untested in the tournament scene due to scheduling conflicts, many top players I have spoken to are fearful of the Based line-up. Their star jungler and rank 1 player Yagachu is this week's featured Dawngate streamer. Shivy is an extremely competent ranged carry gladiator player, and Based's other gladiator DawnLu is renowned for having three accounts in the top 6 leaderboard positions. Ghosty and Elated round out the team with strong Tactician shaper rosters and high solo queue ratings. Needless to say, the skill potential of this team is very high and we're anticipating a strong showing and some one-sided games in the tournament.

Players to Watch:
Yagachu
Dawnlu

Band of Baddies

No team has survived and excelled in the Dawngate eSports scene for as long as Band of Baddies. With three tournament wins and nine top three finishes, BoB is a team with a wealth of experience. Their jungler mcscrag has played an astonishing 2400 games of Dawngate and has constantly lived near the top of the leaderboard. Their star tactician Tulce is a pioneer and innovator in the Dawngate scene, constantly dictating the meta with his builds and shaper picks. While they have been recently slumping against powerhouse Surreal Gaming, this Band of Baddies roster is more than capable of stepping up and taking out any team in the tournament.

Players to Watch:
TulceRaye
Mcscrag

Live Free Dive Hard

Another veteran team in the Dawngate scene is Live Free Dive Hard. This team was very strong in the beginning of the pre-season, placing 3rd in the S1cknote Invitational 4, but haven't made any major appearances recently. However, with the Race to the Gate Announcement, the team is back and looking to be in good form. All five players are regulars to the Dawngate Leaderboards and have strong carry potential. I'm looking for their carries and mages to step up and snowball the game out of the laning phase to take out top teams like Surreal Gaming and Based.

Players to Watch:
PrimeKnight
Porkch0ps
Skyniss

Dark Horses: Rare Elixir NA / Rare Elixir EU

Rare Elixir NA and EU have 10 players on the Dawngate Leaderboard and have performed very well in the recent DGSL Open, Xanogate Invitational and Moment of Valor tournaments. They have essentially beaten every team that isn't Band of Baddies or Surreal Gaming, while falling to the juggernauts. Both teams are strong contenders for a top 3 finish if they are able to avoid SG or BoB, and are quite capable of stepping up and defeating these teams if playing at the top of their potential. Also of note, both teams have a solid reserve roster to pull from.

Players to Watch:
Snitch (EU)
ScipioGG (EU)
AgentKush (NA)

eSports Wiki

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 mobachampion@gmail.com.

Best of luck to all teams participating in the S1cknote Invitational.

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.

The Dawnscout rating tiers are updated one per month to account for changes in player skill and SQR inflation.

The Silver tier cutoff has been updated from 1125 to 1129.
The Gold tier cutoff has been updated from 1227 to 1235.
The Platinum tier cutoff has been updated from 1342 to 1354.
The Diamond tier cutoff has been updated from 1456 to 1464.
The Champion tier cutoff has been updated from 1561 to 1551.

Check out your Solo Queue Rating and tier at Dawnscout.com

Balance and Tuning

Shapers

Basko

  • Uprising (R)
    • The projectile speed of this ability has been increased by 6%.

Dibs

  • Nightmare (Q)
    • The power ratio of the allied proc damage portion of this ability has been reduced to 0.6, down from 0.7.
  • Dreamwrap (W)
    • The movement speed granted by this ability has been reduced to 20/22.5/25/27.5/30%, down from 30/30/30/30/30%.
    • The duration of a single activation of this ability has been reduced to 3 seconds, down from 4 seconds.
    • The power ratio of this ability has been reduced to 0.35 per stack, down from 0.4 per stack.

Freia

  • Fixed a bug which was causing the buff indicator circles to disappear off Freia.

Mina

  • Key to the Heart (W)
    • The duration of the fear component of this ability has been reduced to 0.5 seconds, down from 0.75 seconds.

Ronan

  • On the House(E)
    • The maximum base damage of this ability has been increased to 60/95/130/165/200, up from 50/80/110/140/170.
    • The minimum base damage of this ability has been increased to 40/65/90/115/140, up from 35/50/65/80/95.
  • Reckoning (R)
    • The basic attack damage bonus granted by this ability has been increased to 50/75/100, up from 35/60/85.

Sakari

  • Frost Shaper - Black Ice (Passive)
    • The power ratio of this passive has been increased to 0.075, up from 0.05.
  • Iceberg (W)
    • Fixed a bug where Shapers would occasionally get incorrectly force-moved by an Iceberg when they should have been unaffected by its placement.
    • The number of Ice Shards Sakari can store is now based on ability rank and has been reduced to 2/3/4/5/5, down from 5/5/5/5/5.

Tess

  • Bombshell (Q)
    • The power ratio of the primary hit portion of this ability has been increased to 0.8, up from 0.5.
    • The power ratio of the splash damage portion of this ability has been increased to 0.4, up from 0.3.
    • The total damage of the empowered version of this ability has been reduced to 175% of a single use of this ability, down from 200%.

Varion

  • Celerity Shell (Q)
    • The cooldown of this ability has been increased to 11/10/9/8/7, up from 10/9/8/7/6.
    • The base damage of this ability has been reduced to 55/100/145/190/235, down from 65/110/155/200/245.

Assimilation

  • Fixed a bug where the Undying Storm passive effect of this item would fail to trigger if the target died past a certain distance away from you.
  • The base heal amount of this item's Undying Storm passive has been increased to 100, up from 75.

Duress

  • The price of this item has been increased to 2700, up from 2630.
  • Haste has been reduced to 40, down from 45.
  • The cooldown reduction component of the Netherbind passive will now only trigger against the primary target so that Fate will no longer reduce its cooldown.
  • The cooldown of the Netherbind passive has been increased to 15, up from 10.
  • The Netherbind passive now has diminishing returns when applied in rapid succession. Attempting to root a target with Netherbind that has been affected by a previous Netherbind within the last 5 seconds will result in the root duration being reduced to 50% of the previous root's duration.

Faith

  • The shield charge interval has been reduced to 3 seconds, down from 4 seconds.

Grace

  • Fixed a bug where the Zephyr Aura passive effect of this item would fail to trigger if the target died past a certain distance away from you.
  • The duration of the movement speed granted by the Zephyr Aura passive has been increased to 3 seconds, up from 2 seconds.
  • Added a particle effect upon activating the Zephyr Aura passive.

Bugs

Brilliance Passive

Fixed a bug affecting Corruption, Furor, Grace, Influence and Zeal where the Brilliance passive would provide the incorrect amount of Spellbook cooldown reduction if you had multiple instances of the passive and you sold one of these items.

Silence

Fixed a bug where this status effect could interrupt a basic attack if applied before the projectile was launched.

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