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Just as the dust seems to have settled from The International, another major is right around the corner. Set in Boston, taking place in the Wang Theater, the first major of the 2017 competitive Dota 2 season will host 16 teams vying for a $3 million prize pool and the first title win of the new year.Boston will do more than just break in the new year, though. Changes to the format, offseason roster swaps, and a shift of balance in the strong regions has skewed perceptions of the scene going into the major. Though its only been a few short months since The International, those months can feel a lot longer in Dota time, and a lot can change in that period.Whos poised to succeed, and whats changed the most since the grand finals in Seattle? For 16 teams set to play this weekend, heres some of the big storylines to watch.One shot, one opportunityOne of the most talked about changes heading into the Boston Major is the move to a single-elimination bracket. While a group stage will still determine the seeding for the main event bracket, teams will only have one life to live on the main stage, always one series from the next step or a quick exit.This benefits the logistics of the tournament; a single-elimination bracket means less games per day, so 12 hours or more watching Dota will be the exception rather than the norm. It will also likely have little change on the final outcome. Though Evil Geniuses at TI5 is the obvious answer, several voices in the community have already noted that more often than not, the team that comes into the grand finals from the upper bracket usually wins. A single-elimination bracket also frees the tournament up a little more for larger series, so best-of-one elimination matches will no longer be held in the first round.For teams in the middle of the pack though, single-elimination means a harder shot at earning a greater share of the prize pool. While the grand finals might still determine the best team, many squads that have fought up through the lower bracket to make a higher split will be snubbed by single-elims. Teams like Digital Chaos and Team NP have made a name for themselves, fighting through the lower bracket to earn the larger prize pool split and finish, and that opportunity will be lost with single-elimination in Boston.New teams, same playersThe offseason saw a great deal of changes among top rosters, with only Wings Gaming keeping its TI6 lineup together. Some of these are more obvious adjustments, like David MoonMeander Tan joining Digital Chaos, or prodigal son Artour Arteezy Babaev returning to Evil Geniuses. These are surface-level replacements, seeking to either fill a retired players spot (the latter) or switch out a player who wasnt clicking with team (the former).More significant are the major changes, like Evil Geniuses Peter ppd Dager moving into a management position, replaced by former OG support Andreas Cr1t- Nielsen. A TI-winning captain making way for a new EG was a huge move for the team, but so far it has been a clear fit, with Evil Geniuses taking a win at the MarsTV Dota 2 League 2016 Autumn finals and third place at The Summit 6. Nielsens former squad, OG, also made significant adjustments, though those cogs havent clicked quite yet. Rookie mid-laner Anathan ana Phams performance varies from match to match, and the team had erratic performances against the uppermost tier of teams.The most interesting shift has been in the new substitution rules, which allow teams to sub in players prior to the major, so long as they are not locked into a squad that has already qualified for Boston. MVP Phoenix used the new rule to bring back Lee Forev Sang-don to fill the one-role carry position, and Complexity was forced to utilize the sub rule after the sudden departure of Justin jk Rosselle. Whether these last minute changes will click or not remains to be seen.Changing of the guardIf you havent been watching Dota 2 since the grand finals of TI6 in September, the biggest surprise coming into the Boston Major will be how many recognizable teams are absent. Team Liquid, Team Secret, Alliance, Fnatic, Vici Gaming and Invictus Gaming all missed the mark for Boston, falling in the qualifiers.Its representative of a gradual shift in the scene, as smaller teams have begun to close the gap with established giants. If youve been on Dota blackout, you wont recognize squads like Virtus.Pro, despite its dominant first-place finish at the recent Summit. Team NP has made waves in North America, even taking series against EG and DC, and Team Faceless has looked strong against traditional Southeast Asian favorites like Fnatic and MVP Phoenix.More than likely, the team that wins Boston could be a first-time major winner. Though the upper-tier of teams like Wings, EG and OG still perform on a consistent basis, its just as likely that Team NP, EHOME, Virtus.Pro or Team Faceless could go home with the first major title of 2017. Many of these squads boast veteran players of the scene, from Daryl iceiceice Koh Pei Xiang and Jacky EternalEnVy Mao to the CIS all-star lineup of VP.There are no guarantees in Dota 2, and over the next week in Boston, there will be no surefire bets on winners. In a single-elimination bracket, with new squads looking to prove themselves and old guards adjusting to new lineups and playstyles, anything is possible. The first major of the 2017 season, and the last major held on patch 6.88, will start on Dec. 3, and likely set the tone for the season to come. Wholesale Shoes Australia Online . Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium. "It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. 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ATLANTA -- Brian Snitker finally was given his most-cherished prize for four decades of service to the Atlanta Braves.Snitker was hired by the Braves as their full-time manager on Tuesday, rewarded for helping reverse the teams direction in his interim role this season.The Braves finished last in the NL East but won 20 of their final 30 games under Snitker, who became interim manager on May 17 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired. Snitker had a 59-65 record, including 37-35 after the All-Star break.Despite the strong finish under Snitker, the Braves also interviewed former managers Bud Black and Ron Washington.Snitker, who turns 61 next week, was hired for the 2017 season with a club option for 2018. He said the contract wont be a problem.No, I trust everybody, Snitker told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from the teams organizational meetings in Orlando, Florida.I understand how all this works. Im good with it. Would I like a five-year deal? Absolutely, but Im good. Im going to go do the best job I can regardless of the contract situation. Its something I dont think will ever be a stickler for me at this point.The Braves also announced Snitkers staff.Washington became the third-base coach and Chuck Hernandez is the new pitching coach. Theres also bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, assistant hitting coach Jose Castro and bullpen coach Marty Reed.Snitker has been with the Braves since joining the organization as a player in 1977. He served as Atlantas third base coach from 2006-13 but spent most of his four decades with the organization as a minor league manager. He had been the manager at Triple-A Gwinnett before replacing Gonzalez on an interim basis.He said his long service with the organization made Tuesdays news especially satisfying.It makes you feel good, he said. It validates all the hard work.When Sniitker was named Atlantas interim manager, it was widely thought the team would look outside the organization for a new skipper to take the team into its first season in new SunTrust Park.ddddddddddddInstead, Snitker won over the players and front office. Atlanta was 9-28 when Gonzalez was fired and appeared bound for 100 losses at 18-46 before it began a dramatic turnaround under Snitker.Brian earned this opportunity through his dedication to the Braves and to our players, general manager John Coppolella said in a statement. We are excited for the energy and momentum he will bring into SunTrust Park next season.Atlantas strong finish under Snitker, bolstered by the additions of rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson and veteran left fielder Matt Kemp, boosted expectations for next season.Braves president John Hart said last week the season had been spiraling out of control before Snitker restored order.Snitker gave credit to his players.These guys never quit, he said. When I got there they had been beat over the head pretty good with the record and all.Hernandez, 55, was the Braves minor league pitching coordinator this season, his 31st as a coach. He was the Marlins pitching coach from 2013-15. The Marlins 3.71 ERA in 2013 and 3.78 in 2014 were the two best in franchise history.He spent the 2016 season working closely with many of our young, talented pitchers who will be such an important part of our future, Coppolella said.Washington, 64, spent the last two seasons on Oaklands coaching staff after managing the Texas Rangers from 2007 to 2014.Coppolella said Washingtons experience as a manager will be an asset to everyone on the club. His tireless work ethic, up-beat attitude and tremendously high baseball IQ will benefit our players and our staff. ' ' '

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