The International #3 Day 3.

Order of Day 3’s activities – boot camp, watch Wild Card match, player’s dinner, REST FOR BIG DAY TOMORROW.

View of Bellevue from the hotel at 7am.

View of Bellevue from the hotel at 7am.

It was an early breakfast for Zenith today. Everyone was awake by 6am and having breakfast by 7. Most of the team elected to munch on snacks/fruits in the hotel rooms but iceiceice decided to gorge on bacon and eggs. Since it was the infinitely the better choice (compared to cup noodles), I decided to follow him there.

Orange and Zenith.

Orange and Zenith.

Solidarity... even in jet lag-ness.

Solidarity… even in jet lag-ness.

We had our breakfast with Orange.Neolution and Invasion MUFC. Asian solidarity? Actually it was probably 20% of that, 80% because everyone was still similarly jet lagged. Sleeping at 8pm, waking up at 5am… you get the picture.

VirtusPro - early risers too.

VirtusPro – early risers too.

The secret to winning solo mid - eat like a champ.

The secret to winning solo mid – eat like a champ.

I hear a rumble in my stomach!

I hear a rumble in my stomach!

Westin had quite a spread for breakfast. Plenty of fruits, a mountain of bacon, a pile of scrambled eggs, a pot of mashed potato. Ars-Art is clearly a fruit person and KyxY likes his eggs scrambled.

Being the responsible team captain, iceiceice made his rounds. We found a disobedient xy who went back to sleep. Wake up, sleepyhead! Boot camp starts in 15 minutes.

"I just shut my eyes for one second!"

“I just shut my eyes for one second!”

Bitch, I'm maganda!

Bitch, I’m maganda!

Boot camp started at 9am. It was a little rushed today because all teams had only 2 hours. Our opponents for today? The boys from Fnatic! We tried to squeeze in three games but were booted out of the room in the middle of the third to make way for DK. Oops…

Zenith vs Fnatic.

Zenith vs Fnatic.

N.W.P. practising his solo mid.

N.W.P. practising his solo mid.

Team Zenith in action.

Team Zenith in action.

Eric Johnson confirmed as Zenith's 6th player. 1500 hours of DotA 2 under his belt.

Eric Johnson confirmed as Zenith’s 6th player. 1500 hours of DotA 2 under his belt.

Because we had to make way for DK, we headed off for lunch after a short post-match discussion. In a nutshell, they were pretty satisfied with the way they were playing but there was room for improvement for sure. Ironing out the kinks and preventing any unnecessary mistakes in gameplay. After the brief pow-wow, pizza! At another of Zenith’s regular joints – Pagliacci Pizza.

Zenith at Pagliacci!

Zenith at Pagliacci!

Pagliacci group shot.

Pagliacci group shot.

Hawaiian and Margherita pizzas.

Hawaiian and Margherita pizzas.

Never play on an empty stomach.

Never play on an empty stomach.

I only wanted my Hawaiian. Y u do diz?

I only wanted my Hawaiian. Y u do diz?

Zenith group shot post-lunch.

Zenith group shot post-lunch.

For the first time this week, it started to rain in Bellevue. (Ahh the heavens cry for Quantic.) We trudged back to the hotel to catch the Wild Card match in the lobby, together with everyone else. When we got there it was already packed. But it was quite clear that there was a European camp and an Asian camp. The Russians were happily leading in friendly banter and the Chinese were exceptionally enthusiastic in their reply.

It was.... exciting at times.

It was…. exciting at times.

A sea of players watching Rattlesnake and Quantic duke it out.

A sea of players watching Rattlesnake and Quantic duke it out.

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Any time is a good time for drinking games.

Ditto....

Ditto….

I take it that game 3 was not very exciting...?

I take it that game 3 was not very exciting…?

Assassin's Creed 5 confirmed, starring Chuanzio Auditore.

Assassin’s Creed 5 confirmed, starring Chuanzio Auditore.

Congratulations to Rattlesnake for a shot at the top prize of USD1.3 million!

Bonus feature! If you thought the Zenith hotel rooms were cool, wait till you see the presidential suite reserved for iG, last year’s champions. Thanks to ChuaN for giving us the grand tour (grand because it lasted a grand total of five minutes). 😀

This is iG.ChuaN. Welcome to my crib!

This is iG.ChuaN. Welcome to my crib!

Living room. Because you live it up in here. Ha ha.

Living room. Because you live it up in here. Ha ha.

Sea view from the 18th floor.

Sea view from the 18th floor.

The living area is the space of two rooms combined.

The living area is the space of two rooms combined.

The big man taking in the glorious view.

The big man taking in the glorious view.

Last activity of the day was the players’ dinner that Valve kindly hosted for us at a nifty restaurant called El Gaucho. It was a 10-minute walk away from the Westin – and it was a route familiar to all who attended TI2. We walked to the Microsoft building, which was right beside the Valve office, and to the restaurant/bar located at the ground floor of the Microsoft building.

El Gaucho. Not to be confused with El Gato. If you drink, don't fly.

El Gaucho. Not to be confused with El Gato. If you drink, don’t fly.

Alfresco area at the restaurant.

Alfresco area at the restaurant.

It was a glitzy affair. Valve booked the entire restaurant and closed it off for our exclusive use. It had two levels of dining area, an alfresco dining area plus a fully-decked out bar. Although Zenith’s patronage at the bar on this occasion was limited by the players’ own discipline – we are so not going to wake up and play against mousesports with a hangover. :p

Main dining area.

Main dining area.

View of El Gaucho from the Zenith table.

View of El Gaucho from the Zenith table.

Each team was assigned an individual table but everyone was walking about and mingling with each other. The 1v1 player booths were in a balcony on the second storey overlooking the main dining area. Valve also set up two big screens for everyone present to follow the 1v1 matches.

The bar.

The bar.

Alcohol and DotA 2 on big screen = bliss.

Alcohol and DotA 2 on big screen = bliss.

Food + alcohol + DotA 2 on big screen = die happy.

Food + alcohol + DotA 2 on big screen = die happy.

The DotA 2 team at Valve even went to the effort of creating these brews. Many people would die happy right now. Wait, no. Not when there’s a million bucks up for grabs. Not…. yet.

The Brewmaster has been getting creative.

The Brewmaster has been getting creative.

And how could I end this blog post without a picture of iceiceice going up 1v1 against the Son of Magnus…. using Magnus. The hero in the second mirror match was Axe. I shall not spoil the results for fans who have not watched… it’s an interesting series.

King of troll takes on the Son of Magnus... using Magnus.

King of troll takes on the Son of Magnus… using Magnus.

Right about now is when I head to bed because I am ABSOLUTELY KNACKERED. Real hectic day tomorrow but I promise more updates – pictures and videos from Team Zenith! But for now, pardon any spelling or grammatical errors.

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13 comments

  1. ether418

    Yamateh and Chuan sure love their drinking games. xD
    Great job as usual! Really appreciate these updates. It’s interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. Just wish every team had this kind of thing, but I’ll settle for hearing about my favorite team. Anyway, rooting for you guys as always. Hope to see some good games!

  2. ArtiXim

    Whoever does these blog posts, THANK YOU! It really gives such great insight into the TI happenings. 2 years in a row I’ve come back to support Zenith, simply because I feel like I know them better than anyone else after these reads.

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