As the year draws to a close, ReDeYe has at least one more chance to steal some hearts and secure another Dota 2 tournament under his belt. The Frankfurt Major kicks off the first of four Dota Major Championship events which culminate in The International 2016. After hosting ESL One New York City in 2014 and The International in 2015, Paul has become a fan favourite amongst Dota 2 fans.
The Frankfurt Major 2015 will be held at Festhalle Messe in Frankfurt, Germany and will run from the 16th to the 21st of November. This Major marks the first stop on the way to The International, with a fixed prize pool of $3 million and 16 of the best teams from around the world. The group stage will take place on the 13th and 14th of November with a double-elimation format. All rosters were locked by the start of September and, unlike the system for TI5, the winning teams from the various regions did not automatically qualify for the main event. Instead, the teams had to battle their way through Regional qualifiers to secure a place.
ReDeYe will be joining a broadcasting team consisting of 21 of the best and most beloved Dota 2 talent and personalities:
The group stages begin in less that 24 hours and it’s difficult to predict which group is the most anticipated.
Group A seems to be a challenging group, with Evil Geniuses pegged as the favourites to finish their group on top after winning TI5. Virtus.pro, Fanatic and Newbee are all strong teams and are capable of taking games from EG so it will be fascinating to see if they can knock them down a spot.
Group B features the Cinderella story team Unknown, the current underdogs of the group and the first South American team to play at a Valve event. Vici Gaming and OG are likely to be battling it out amongst themselves unless Vega Squadron can throw in a wild card after their win at ESL New York in October.
Group C has Secret tipped as the favourite to take the group and the whole tournament after coming off back-to-back LAN victories. LGD have had some mixed results over the past couple of months but are an experienced team so should be able to fend off Newbee. Young. Although Cloud 9 have had a promising run after TI, establishing themselves as North America’s #2 team, they have recently been on a losing streak so could be shaky against the other teams in this group.
Group D is the dark horse of all 4 of the groups with Ehome and CDEC both struggling with recent results. Alliance has been gaining ground over the last couple of months and could create an upset, knocking the favourites down a peg.
With less than 24 hours until the group stage kicks off, who will secure a place in the finals and who will be sent home with their tails between their legs?
To watch the action live or catch up with the vods, go to the Dota Major Twitch channel.
It’s that time of year again where random ‘Redeye’ sightings start happening and this time it’s at the CS:GO Major at DreamHack Open in Cluj-Napoca. Redeye will be hosting the event at its second to last stop of the year from October 28th to November 1st at the Sala Polivalentă arena. This will be the first time there has been a DreamHack event at Cluj-Napoca, Romania and it features a plethora of star-studded teams and casters.
The broadcasting talent at this Dreamhack event is larger than usual, with a variety of new and familiar faces to eSports fans. Redeye will be joined by:
Panel host – Richard Lewis
Interviewer – Pala “Mantrousse” Gilroy Sen
Interviewer – Scott “SirScoots” Smith
Commentator – Anders Blume
Commentator – Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat
Commentator – Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett
Commentator – Henry “HenryG” Greer
Commentator – Daniel “ddk” Kapadia
Commentator – James Bardolph
Expert – Duncan “Thorin” Shields
Expert – Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson
Expert – Joona “natu” Leppänen
Expert – Jason “Moses “O’Toole
Sixteen teams will take part in the event to battle it out for a $250,000 prize pool. Eight teams will make their way to the event as sure contenders via direct invites after securing a place in the last Major. The other eight teams qualified through a series of online qualifiers, ending with one offline qualifier in Stockholm, Sweden.
Three major contenders battling it out for the top spot are Fnatic, Team EnVyUs and Team SoloMid. In terms of performance and consistency, these three teams are constantly shifting places on the world ranking between the top 3 spots and have all secured at least a top 3 finish in a major tournament in the past month or so. Fnatic has been a favourite at major tournaments for a while now but showed at ESL Dubai that they can be beaten. Team SoloMid have performed consistenly, coming close to winning several events but were unable to claim first place. Can they claim the top spot at Dreamhack? Team EnVyUs on the other hand, managed to take first place at Dreamhack London and Gfinity Champion of Champions but fell out of the Dubai invitational.
September has been an exciting month for CS:GO with Virtus.pro taking the top spot at ESL Dubai and proving they are a contender at Dreamhack. With so many teams vying for the top spot at Dreamhack, it looks to be an exciting and unpredictable event.
Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
Today, I can finally announce the publication of the book “Talking Esports”. It is the work of more than 8 years in total. The book covers almost every aspect of esports broadcasting whether you want to be a home broadcaster, a professional caster at live events or even a show host. Hopefully there is something for everyone that wants to work as a broadcaster in esports.
The book is completely free of any monetary cost, all I ask is you pay for it via a tweet and an optional follow on Twitter.
You can download the book below.
Many asked for a way to pay in monetary ways for the book and while I don’t need you to do this in order to download the book, if you feel you benefit from the book or would simply like to donate towards the costs of creating and hosting it, that would be very nice. Any size donations accepted with gratitude <3
In the first of two movie appearances, ReDeYe will be featured in “All Work All Play” which premieres in cinemas at the end of July. This documentary highlights the passion and hard work that goes on behind the scenes of one of the largest eSports events in the world, the Intel Extreme Masters.
The documentary features interviews with pro players, casters and the crew behind the scenes that make sure everything goes off without a hitch. All Work All Play can be seen in cinemas around the world on July 21st and July 28th and will also include a live event which features the filmmakers, eSports personalities and a live audience.
You can find the nearest cinema and order tickets at esportscinema.
It’s that time of year again when the biggest Dota 2 event, The International, rolls around and our favourite esports host Paul ‘ReDeYe’ Chaloner will be taking the reins. It’s been a little over a year since ReDeYe first appeared as a host in the Dota 2 scene but since then he has gained support and praise from the Dota community.
The International 2015 will be held at the KeyArena Center in Seattle, Washington from the 3rd to the 8th of August. The International 5 will be the biggest event in esports history with a prize pool of $15 million, some of which was raised through purchasing in-game items.
This year’s International is unusual in that not all of the previous winners were automatically invited but had to compete in the qualifiers. Unlike 2012 and 2014 champions Invictus Gaming and Newbee, 2013 champions Alliance and 2011 champions Natus Vincere had to compete in the qualifiers which resulted in Alliance unable to qualify. Another first for the event this year was the inclusion of the Open Qualifier where amateur and professional teams that weren’t invited to the main event or the qualifiers could compete for a spot.
ReDeYe will be joined by a plethora of talent at the casting desk:
Joining them at the analysis desk with fan favourite and pro player credentials are:
Providing top class interviews and observing during the event will be:
This year’s event will feature 16 teams rather than the 8 teams that competed last year. Invictus Gaming has secured some solid top 4 wins in recent major tournaments such as Major All stars and Red Bull Battle grounds. Will that be enough to push them towards a win at TI5 or will other teams such as Evil Geniuses, who have performed well recently in premier tournaments or Natus Vincere, who pushed their way through the European qualifiers, take the lead?
With double the talent, who will lay claim to a chunk of that $15 million prize pool and the number one spot?
To watch the action live or catch up with the vods, go to the Dota2 The International channel.