Let’s start with The International, shortened as TI, Valve’s yearly Dota 2 tournament where the 18 of the best teams around the world gather to fight for the Aegis of the Champions every year. After being canceled and waiting for more than 2 years it is now happening, without an audience in Bucharest, Romania with a total prizepool of $40M+.
I only play the game against custom BOT scripts 🤣 just to past time or just to be updated with what patches IceFrog brings to the game. What I mostly do is watch major tournaments especially those when teams need to earn DPC points for entering the prestigious TI.
Ten Days of DOTA
#TI10 started on October 7th with 18 qualified teams playing playoffs on the group stage to determine their position either on the upper or lower bracket; and where two teams: Thunder Predator and SG, in the end, bid farewell for the Main Stage and championship.
Now, as of this writing, we just ended Day 3 of the Main Stage and I’ve followed and watched most of the games. Fnatic, a SEA team with 2 Pinoy players, got eliminated on Day 2 just after getting past a heart-wrenching Best-of-One’s on the Lower Bracket the day before. The last SEA representative, T1, would have to give their best on their lower bracket run.
Thanks to Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) for being such a good Dota Community Man.
Watching all games and supporting SEA teams, my heart still goes to Team Secret for all their TI runs. Right now, they already secured Top 3 finish for the semifinals game against PSG.LGD.
I follow the games by watching singsing’s Twitch stream as he and his (pepega) friends cast and analyze the stream - chill and fun. This way I can watch (or listen) while doing app coding.
Coding and Appdates
This 10-day tournament meant a break from me streaming (to catch the games) which then allowed me time to code for RPN News mobile app.
My job (finally) provided me a Samsung A71 Android phone to test the app (and for work-related stuff) after my old personal phone went bust; though I still use my iPhone 11 to test the iOS code - maybe soon? 🤣
The app has been up on the Google Play Store for some time (as I blogged here) and lacked significant updates. It stayed that way for a while until all busy-ness and code-confusion (is this even a term?) has subsided.
These past days, I managed to release an update for the Android beta app and also started a TestFlight for iOS devices.
I decided to version the app as 2.0 as this was a complete rework from the old code despite not publicly releasing a version 1.0. The app was previously coded on C#/Xamarin Forms but the documentation and support I needed was “not there”, then I started to code on Dart/Flutter for RPN Radio which made things easier - being a single-codebase mobile app development.
Version 2.0 brings a new UI and supports offline mode - see downloaded news (as opposed to before that it will not work when there is no internet; though it is always recommended to be connected to get the latest news).
Get into the Beta Test
Or scan the QR code/s below:
You may submit your feedback using built-in tools from Google or TestFlight, sending an email, or any on my socials.
I will try my best to get the app working for a public release.
That’s it for now folks, let’s watch and enjoy some Dota.