Newbee has claimed their first title of the new Dota 2 year at Shanghai Dota 2 Open. The team bested CDEC 3:1 in the grand finals to walk away with both the trophy and $30,000 prize. The revamped TI4 championship team is already off to a strong start and filled schedule. The team took second place at MDL 2016 and has been invited to the Nanyang Cruise Cup.
Newbee has claimed their first title of the new season by overwhelming CDEC 3:1 at the Shanghai Dota 2 Open. Their victory gives them a title, trophy, $30,000 prize and puts them in the spotlight as one of the strongest teams to emerge from the post TI6 reshuffle.
The team most recently took second place at MDL 2016 following a spectacular run through the upper brackets. They were defeated by Evil Geniuses 3:1 in the Grand Finals after having shut the North American team out in a 2:0 sweep in the upper bracket finals.
In the Shanghai Dota 2 Open the Chinese team placed second in their group under CDEC. They then wiped out ViCi Gaming 2:0 and then bested EHOME 2:1 in the upper brackets of the playoffs. Looking at CDEC in the upper brackets finals they defeated the team 2:1 and then proved they were the better team once again when they re-faced them in the grand finals.
Newbee has been invited to participate as one of the four teams to compete in the first ever Dota 2 tournament being held on cruise ship – Nanyang Cruise Cup coming up October 13-17th.
On a related note, the organization has also acquired TongFu’s Dota 2 operations and will be partnering with them going forward. The organization has made solid plans to move Tongfu’s youth teams to Anhui Province in an effort to further develop the youth’s experience and provide training with the professional players.
Shanghai Dota 2 Open prize pool
The total prize pool for the event was ¥520,000 (~77,900).
- 1st place – $29,966.59/¥ 200,000 – Newbee
- 2nd place – $14,983.29/¥ 100,000 – CDEC Gaming
- 3rd place – $8,989.98/¥ 60,000 – EHOME
- 4th place – $5,993.32/¥ 40,000 – LGD.Forever Young
- 5th-8th place – $4,494.99/¥ 30,000 – EHOME.Keen/ViCi Gaming/Brave Heart/IG.Vitality
Big changes for Newbee were made for the Fall Major 2016 season as the team replaced three of its members – Zhang “Mu” Pan, Chen “Hao” Zhihao and Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan.
Mu retired less than a month after Newbee’s captain and carry Hao announced his break from competitive gaming for the upcoming Fall Major 2016 season or longer. ChuaN is also on a break, having not registered for any team for the season.
Veteran player Zeng “Faith” Hongda, along with Song “Sccc” Chun and Xu “uuu9” Han will be the official replacements for the Fall Major 2016 season.
Faith participated in the first five Internationals with various teams – taking the championship title at TI2 as part of the Invictus Gaming lineup. Playing professional Dota 2 since 2011, he is both highly decorated and experienced, bringing forth a great wealth of skill and talent. He started his career in 2011 on a team known as TyLoo – one of the teams invited to the first International based off of their reputation for being one of the best Chinese teams in DotA 1 in 2011.
uuu9 was teammates with Faith in TongFu, an organization that he had played with since starting his professional career in 2013 and Sccc transferred from the organization’s youth squad – a team which he joined and has been with since competing in April 2015.
Newbee took 9-12th place at TI6 after being eliminated by Team Liquid 2:1 in the second round of the lower brackets.
Zeng “Faith” Hongda
Song “Sccc” Chun
Damien “kphoenii” Chok
Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi
Xu “uuu9” Han