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TFT Set 6 NA Zaun Cup start date, format, and how to watch

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A total of 160 of the top-ranked North American Teamfight Tactics players will compete in the Zaun Cup, with four advancing to the Set Six Gizmos & Gadgets Mid-Set Finale. 

Scheduled to take place from Jan. 21 to 23, the TFT Zaun Cup will showcase Patch 12.2. Over the course of three days, only the final two will feature an official broadcast on Twitch, starting at 6pm CT on Saturday and Sunday. The Zaun Cup is the final qualifying NA tournament leading up to the Mid-Set Finale, scheduled to take place from Feb. 4 to 6. 

The path to the Mid-Set Finale includes top finishers from the Piltover Cup, the TFT Set Six Challenger Series, and the Zaun Cup—along with 22 competitors who have the highest earned qualifier points, without an invite already. From the Mid-Set Finale, a total of four competitors will earn a seat at the Regional Finals and a chance to compete at TFT Worlds 2022. 

TFT Zaun Cup format

Similar to the Piltover Cup that took place in November, the top-ranked competitors on the NA ladder will get a bye for day one at the Zaun Cup. Sitting at the top of the ladder leaderboard is C9 k3soju, followed by Milk, TL robinsongz, and Ramblinnn. Also grouped in with the players receiving a bye are the top finishers from the Piltover Cup. A full list of every eligible TFT player and those on the waiting list can be found here.

Here are the 32 players with a bye from the first day of competition at the TFT Zaun Cup and their LP on the NA Ranked ladder:

C9 k3soju: 1,780 Milk Guy: 1,712 TL robinsongz: 1,619 Ramblinnn: 1,595
SpencerTFT: 1,591 SpicyAppies: 1,574 Dishsoap: 1,491 nhân tâm: 1,489
Velayy: 1,465 Casparwu: 1,462 Plumbum: 1,446 TL Kurumx: 1,444
Bertasaurus: 1,432 BC Socks: 1,430 TSM Souless: 1,420 Aesah: 1,417
LG guubum: 1,415 TSM Kiyoon: 1,413 fsf: 1,410 Darth Nub: 1,409
Nitsuaa: 1,408 Ripple Overdrive: 1,407 Xnieamo: 1,405 Nostereleven: 1,403
Ruele: 1,401 IG DQA: 1,384  Broccóli: 1,205 PickleOnion: 1,202
Pawnup: 1,032 mD PockyGom: 1,014 Kovanel: 994 mD yubiNstah: 519

Day one will start with a total of 128 competitors playing three games within the same lobby. The top four from each lobby advance to play another three games, with the top four from those games advancing to the second day of competition. 

Day two will feature the top 32 players from day one and the 32 competitors who had a day one bye. The 64 players will play a total of five games, with the top four from each lobby advancing to the day three playoffs. 

A total of 32 competitors will make it to the Zaun Cup playoffs out of 160, competing in a total of five games via four lobbies. The winner from each lobby will earn an invitation to the TFT Set Six Mid-Set Finale. 

How to watch theTFT Zaun Cup broadcast

There is no main broadcast for the first day of the Zaun Cup. Starting at 6pm CT on Jan. 22 and 23, fans can watch all the action go down via the Teamfight Tactics Twitch channel. Casting the event is Erik “DoA” Lonnquist,  Riley “Jirachy” Matties, Casanova, Dan “Frodan” Chou, and Nathan “Admirable” Zamora.

Fans can also tune into individual streams of players competing at the TFT Zaun Cup.

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Quinn makes the leap, abandons NA for Europe and some Gladiators in 2023 DPC

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The spirit of North American Dota 2 is dwindling yet again. One of its staple players, Quinn Callahan, officially made the move to Europe and joined Gaimin Gladiators today.

This comes after more than a month of speculation that the former Quincy Crew core of Quinn and YawaR would finally break up following the end of its tenure with Soniqs and a poor showing at The International 11—where they were one of the first four teams eliminated in the group stage. 

Quinn was arguably the single best NA player and embodied the region’s playstyle in how he carried himself both in-game and on camera, occasionally just giving into rage and diving at any enemies or key objectives in his path. This will also be just his second time competing outside of NA if you count his brief two-month stint with paiN X in South America back in late 2018.

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He will bring a new dynamic to a GG squad that kicked its previous longtime midlaner and parted ways with its similarly tenured coach, though it is unlikely he will take the Quinoa nickname his new captain Celery gave him in the introduction video. 

With this move, NA loses another key component out of its top rotations while Europe gains one more of the top frontliners in the world to fill out what is already the most stacked region in Dota. Chalk it up there with Evil Geniuses packing up and moving to SA and TSM going through its own roster shift

The rest of the former Soniqs roster is still scattered to the wind, though it does look like LESLÃO will remain in NA and join Nouns Esports for the upcoming DPC season despite being dropped for an extremely offensive in-game moment at TI11.

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Team Spirit, Virtus.pro and NaVi roster movements ahead of DPC 2023

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The CIS teams are on the move to reform a new powerhouse roster for the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit 2023 (DPC 2023). After the Eastern European teams’ poor showcase of results at the International 11 (TI11), it wasn’t surprising that even the TI10 Champs, Team Spirit themselves, are up for a roster shuffle.

Team Spirit parts ways with TORONTOTOKYO

Team Spirit announced the departure of their mid-player, Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek. Renowned for his calm and wise demeanor during drafting discussions, the young prodigy is also infamously known for typing “ez game” at TI10.

Anyways, the departure from Team Spirit was by no means a good sendoff. Team Spirit had the worst run in their career-long TI participation, where BOOM Esports eliminated the defending champ at sixteenth place. While there were rumors about the internal conflict among Spirit players prior to TI11, which may have led to their poor performance. It’s difficult to envision Spirit crumbling so drastically after just winning the PGL Arlington Major 2022 beforehand.

TORONTOTOKYO’s new team

Speaking of rumors, word has it that there is a CIS super-stack in the making, consisting of Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko, Danil “gpk” Skutin, Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko, Vitalie “Save-” Melnic, and TORONTOTOKYO himself.

These are high-profile players, who have played for powerhouses, such as Virtus.pro and Entity. Traditionally, Pure, gpk and Nightfall are carry players, who are best known for their position 1-3 roles respectively. This begs the question of where TORONTOTOKYO fits into the roster.

Well, it seems like TORONTOTOKYO will be taking the backseat in the team by playing as hard support. He was spamming position-5 support role in pubs since TI11 concluded, so the rumors seem to fit into the puzzle.

Virtus.pro welcomes young blood

VP has had a decent DPC season, all things considered. They placed thirteenth, just shy of 0.5 points after Valve re-calibrated their DPC points calculation. Sure, it’s unfortunate, but VP certainly didn’t let that stop them from qualifying for TI11.

Fast forward to TI11 Last Chance Qualifier, Team Liquid and Secret hoarded the top seeds, ending VP’s TI11 dream. Regardless, VP is still a staple in DPC, which has consistently cultivated new line-ups. As such, they announced a new stack of young players for DPC 2023.

Recruiting players from five different teams, VP has their eyes set on creating the next generation of CIS powerhouse. Evgeniy “Noticed” Ignatenko from BetBoom might just be the only notable player, who has somewhat of a background after BetBoom played in TI11. Besides that, the rest of the team are from unknown origins, and go by the names, Koma`, squad1x, sayuw, and Dukalis.

Natus Vincere releases Solo and Noone

Navi shared a similar journey with VP at the TI11 Last Chance Qualifier, falling just short despite making it to Singapore. With that, the veterans, Volodymyr “Noone” Minenko and Alexey “Solo” Berezin left Navi. Although Navi never met the expectations of a well-established powerhouse, having Noone and Solo’s guidance gave Navi some relevancy.

Anyways, Nikita “Nicky`Cool” Ostakhov and Arman “Malady” Orazbayev take up the vacant roles left behind by their predecessors. Like many other new powerhouses, there seems to be a trend in picking up young blood. The two players are phenomenal in the pubs, so hopefully that transitions well into world-class performance for Navi.


The trio of CIS powerhouses have their eyes set on the new DPC season, whereas a rumored powerful stack is in the making. Considering how drastically the competitive scene has shifted in favor of South American and Western European teams. CIS needs to step up its games in order to stay relevant in DPC 2023.

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Brazilian CS:GO player slams quality of practice in North America

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Just days after winning the $20,000 CBCS Invitational 2022 in Brazil over 00 Nation, paiN Gaming have traveled back to North America to play their last matches before the player break. Rodrigo “biguzera” Bittencourt, paiN’s No. 1 star, is not happy at all to practice again with NA teams, though.

“How I missed practicing in NA,” biguzera ironically said today. “[Practicing in] Brazil is a thousand times better than here. Now I see why this region [NA] is so successful,” biguzera added, calling out how the NA players have been practicing.

Biguzera is not the first and likely won’t be the last player to complain about the quality of CS:GO practice in NA. This has historically been a concern in the region and the practice only got worse after the COVID-19 pandemic because several organizations stopped investing in the competition and almost all relevant tournaments shifted to Europe, which forces the only few good teams from NA like Team Liquid to spend most of their time practicing in Europe to have a chance of winning such big tournaments.

This is also the overall perception in Brazil as well. Most of the Brazilian teams move to NA to attend NA leagues and try to qualify for big tournaments, but with the practice being so bad nowadays, it’s unclear if that is the best approach for Brazilian teams. One of biguzera’s fans asked him if paiN could not move to Europe because they will “unlearn” how to play CS in NA.

The quality of practice in NA won’t likely change anytime soon unless organizations try to nurture talent in the region like Evil Geniuses is doing with its Blueprint project and tournament organizers invest in the grassroots scene.



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