Make It or Break It for Na’Vi

After a promising resurgence during late 2017, Na’Vi’s performance during this year can only be described as lackluster. The Ukranian organization’s downfall started during ESL One Genting 2018. Despite a promising start after walking over Evil Geniuses, Na’Vi was knocked out to the lower bracket by Team Liquid. Natus Vincere managed to overcome their first obstacle in the form of Mineski, but were eliminated from the tournament by the vengeful Evil Geniuses. The North American squad decimated Na’Vi in a swift 2-0 victory, not knowing that it was the beginning of the end for the former TI champions.

Soon after the tournament, the team parted ways with their support duo of Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev. Their replacements came in the form of Serbian support Nikola “LeBronDota” Popovic and former Virtus Pro support Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk. Lil was a tested and proven player with Virtus Pro who managed to win a Major (ESL One Hamburg 2017) and a 5-6th place at The International 7. LeBron was the lesser-known player of the two but had competed in the past for Na’Vi as a stand-in.

Na’Vi roster in early February

Natus Vincere’s performance with the two new additions started out horrendously, with the team failing to qualify for the Dota 2 Asia Championship 2018. Sadly, the DAC qualifiers were only a sign of things to come as Na’Vi were knocked out of ESL One Katowice 2018 by Fnatic and Newbee without winning a single game. The only tournament where Na’Vi even vaguely shined was at the GESC Indonesia Dota 2 Minor where they managed to finish in respectable 3-4th place.

Natus Vincere during ESL One Katowice 2018

In the end, the Ukranian giants were once again looking as shadows of their former selves, and the winds of change were blowing in the air. With the team not clicking with each other, it was LeBronDota who drew the short stick. As news of his dismissal from the team spread like wildfire, an even more unknown player got a spot in the limelight of the professional Dota 2 scene. Fedor “velheor” Rusikhin was announced as his replacement yesterday, a largely unknown player from the CIS scene. Fedor is relatively new to the scene and his most notable teams before joining Na’Vi were Cascade Gaming and SFTe-sports.

Where does Na’Vi stand in the current race to Vancouver?

Things are looking tougher than ever for Natus Vincere. With their transfer coming outside of the official transfer window, the organization will have to grind their way through the Open CIS Qualifiers. As far as the Open Qualifiers are concerned, the biggest danger to Na’Vi might come in the form of CIS tier 2 teams like Double Dimensions, SFTe-sports, and the occasional pub-stacks filled with former or teamless professional players. All things considered, they’re basically a shoe-in for the Open Qualifiers.

Na’Vi’s current roster with velheor (second from the right)

The hardest step will be the Regionals. If Na’Vi makes it through the Open Qualifiers, they will have to face off against Vega Squadron, Team Empire, Team Spirit and FlyToMoon. With the CIS region looking at its weakest for the past couple of years, I can only see Vega Squadron standing on even ground against Na’Vi, but they are largely a hit or miss team. Apart from Vega, Team Spirit and Empire have both taken their fair share of games against Na’Vi, with Spirit knocking them out two times this year (GESC: Thailand and DAC 2018 Qualifiers). Despite all of that, I’d still give Natus Vincere a slight edge over all of those teams.

With the CIS qualifiers starting in just over two weeks, the East is looking wilder than ever. Considering the fact that Na’Vi missed out on The International 2017, their chances are looking slimmer than ever, but they are still considered the top dogs in the CIS region (after Virtus Pro that is). It feels like not so long ago, Na’Vi were a force to be reckoned with, the top dogs and the team to beat. Sadly, those times are looking more and more as a thing of the past as Na’Vi’s struggles over the past two years continue to haunt them.

Source: Na’Vi; ESL; Wykrhm Reddy

League Of Legends Match Stats

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added League of Legends Match Stats to the Plays Beta client!  Now you can see game stats and a summary while watching your replay of the match.  Here are the highlights:

Build and build path: Look at your build with a quick glance at the client. With a deeper dive, you can see when major items were completed along with minor item switches.

Skill order: See when you’ve leveled a skill and what you maxed first. This is great for experimenting with champions to see if maxing Q is better than maxing E, as well as how it differs based on match up.

Post game stats:  Look at post game stats to see where you can get better. Plays makes it easier to view your key stats while watching your video replay.  Damage dealt, healing, vision score, creep score – it’s all there to review.

Gold spread: One of the biggest indicators to determine who is leading is the gold spread. It’s important enough to be featured in almost every pro match as well as every post game breakdown.  Now you have it at your fingertips as well.

Note: League Match Stats works in Summoner’s Rift, Ranked, Blind Pick, and Draft modes.  It will not work for ARAM and 3v3 games.

If you want to see your own match stats, get the Plays Beta here and then play League of Legends.

Let us know what you think:

Plays Beta Available Now

We’re excited to launch the Plays Beta app. It’s been in private beta for a couple months and we’re ready to have more of you give it a try.

What’s new:

  • Instant Replay: You can rewatch up to the last 90 seconds without having to leave the game.
  • Review and Analyze Gameplay: Improved zoom and speed controls, added notes, updated bookmarking and clip creation, and added new hotkeys.
  • Upgraded Recording: We’ve rebuilt recording to impact your PC even less than before.

If you have used the old Plays.tv client, you will notice some features didn’t make it into the Plays Beta. Read more about the changes in our release notes.

Let us know what you think:

  • Download the Plays Beta and try out our new features
  • We want to hear what you like, what you don’t, and what you hope to see in future versions. Submit feedback through the app or use this link.

Thanks!
The Plays Team

 

Getting Started With Plays

Top esports pros and millions of gamers use Plays to improve and win more games. The Plays app makes it easy to record, review, and share your gameplay. We made this getting started guide to help you learn how to use Plays. While it doesn’t cover every feature, you should walk away with the basics on how Plays can help you improve and win more games!

Note: This guide assumes you are using the latest version of Plays. Get it here.

Automatically records in the background

With the Plays client running, you don’t have to remember to start recording when you play a new game. Plays automatically records your gaming sessions, so it starts recording when you start a game and stops recording when you exit the game. In addition, you can set Plays to automatically run on startup. Our goal is to make Plays as easy to use and “hands free” as possible.

 

Instant Replay


Have you ever had a moment when something happened in a game and you wanted to replay it immediately? Our instant replay feature is where it’s at. With the push of a button, our instant replay overlay will pop up in your game. It’s an easy way to pinpoint what went wrong or rewatch what went right at a moment’s notice.

 

Automatic bookmarks for key events in the top games


One of the best ways to improve and win more games is to review the key moments in each game. For example, wouldn’t it be great to go back and see every time you died so you could learn from your mistakes. It can be a hassle to go through a 40 minute match to find your kills, deaths, and assists.

The good news is that Plays helps you do this automatically. For many of the top games, Plays automatically tags your kills, deaths and assists. It makes it really easy to review your matches and find opportunities to improve. And it’s always fun to go back and review that game winning headshot.

 

Add bookmarks manually with a hotkey


Automatic bookmarks are great, but there are times when you want to review a play and it might not be tagged automatically. For example, that one time when you almost died and just barely got away. You can add a bookmark at any time so it’s easy to find that moment later. Did you make a great play 5 hours and 28 minutes into a 7 hour grind? Use the hotkey and book it. You’ll see the bookmark icon in the corner to confirm this moment was saved.

 

Replay and sharing tools

Plays has many features to make it easy to review your gameplay and share it. You can slow down and speed up the replay. Add notes to part of the video. Rewind 5 seconds to see a play again. Upload the video with one click so you can share it and get feedback from others.

We hope this guide helps you get started using Plays. The top esports pros and millions of gamers use Plays to improve and win more games. Climbing the ranked ladder is never easy, but we’re here with you to make it happen. Download the Plays app and get started today!

Guide To Improving With Plays

Many of the top esports teams in the world use Plays because it is the best way to practice, improve, and win more games.  The Plays app lets you see exactly what you saw in game, hear exactly what you heard in game, and review every moment.  If you want to spot leaks in your game, reviewing your gameplay is the best way to do it.

Here are some tips on how to use Plays to help you improve more quickly:

Use instant replay to instantly review your gameplay
One of the best ways to use instant replay is to review what happened right after you die. For example, in games like Overwatch or League of Legends you might have 30 seconds after you die before you respawn. That’s a perfect time to review how you died, see what abilities your teammates and opponents used, and to try to figure out if you could have done something differently to avoid that death.

Get in the habit of reviewing your gameplay after each match
Plays will automatically record your gaming sessions once you start up a game, so you don’t have to remember to turn it on.  Just open the Plays app after every game to review and analyze your gameplay.

Slow down footage to analyze the scene
Slow down your recording to analyze your gameplay more easily.  See everything that happened without having to pause.   It’s much easier to see what your opponents did, how you responded, and discover ways to improve.  The best part is you can witness that headshot connect down to the last pixel.

Automatic pins for kills, assists, deaths, and objectives (certain games)
Plays automatically tracks the moments that matter most with built in pins for kills, deaths, assists, and objectives. One of the best ways to improve is to reduce your unnecessary deaths.   After every match, look at how you died and see what you could have done differently to avoid that death.

Use manual bookmark to review key moments
You’ll find times when you want to revisit a key moment in the game.  You can use hotkeys to create manual bookmarks.  For example, maybe you were 1 tick away from killing your opponent.  Review that play to see if you could have done something differently to walk away with a kill.

Share videos with peers
Clip moments and share them with your peers. Show them what you did right or ask them what you did wrong. Peers can leave comments on videos.  Send them your clips and ask for feedback.

Heroes never die! Contest: Upload your best Multi-Resurrects!

If you haven’t heard the news, Mercy’s resurrection ability is getting a big overhaul. Mercy will no longer be able to use her ultimate to resurrect multiple teammates. Her ultimate ability will be replaced with the new “Valkyrie” ultimate, which increases her damage, range, and allows her to fly freely. Battle Mercy mains rejoice! 

However, this means that we must bid farewell to multi-resurrects. But dry your tears, Mercy fans, we’re giving multi-resurrects a proper send off with a contest! Two winners will receive the ultimate Mercy prize pack!

To enter, upload an Overwatch video of you resurrecting 2 or more  teammates. Add the tag #GoodbyeMultiRes. You can use our Overwatch integration to help you easily find your Mercy resurrections.

You may submit multiple videos for submission. The more you submit, the better chance you’ll have to win! The winners will be judged and chosen by the Plays.tv staff.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

2 lucky winners will receive:

  • Mercy Nendoroid
  • Mercy Print by Steph Lew
  • “Have Mercy” Tee
  • $20 Battle.net Gift Card

FULL RULES:

  1. Contest will run from August 30th, 2017 – September 19th, 2017
  2. Videos must be submitted to Plays.tv to qualify
  3. Videos must be from Overwatch and must contain a resurrection of 2 or more team mates.
  4. Videos must be using the Plays.tv Overwatch integration (will be automatically tagged with a “resurrection event”)
  5. Submissions must contain the #GoodbyeMultiRes tag — you may edit this into your description if you forget to add it.
  6. Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM PST on September 19th, 2017 

Remember, HEROES NEVER DIE, so get out there and get some multi-resurrects while you still can! Did someone call a doctor?

Overwatch Integration Spotlight Part 3: Put your videos wherever you want and get noticed

Get noticed

Getting noticed can be difficult with so many channels out there. Plays.tv wants you to have as many chances as you can to get your videos seen.

We provide a place for your video to live, but you can share it to pretty much anywhere your heart desires.

There is one-click sharing to:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Tumblr

You can also use the link or embed to get creative and post anywhere else.

Something else that Plays.tv is great for is learning from each other. Be it watching gameplay before buying, or discovering strats for the top competitive games, we’ve got it.

We hope you’ve gotten a little something out of our Integration Spotlight series. We can’t wait to see your Overwatch plays!