Moscow 5 Ehomework
Moscow Five, abbreviated as M5, is a Russian eSports organization.
Founded in 2001, M5 had roots in Counter-Strike 1.6, WarCraft 3, FIFA, and DotA. In December 2011, Moscow Five recruited the players of Team Empire, who had qualified to compete at IEM Kiev. This team went on to be a dominant force in the European League of Legends scene throughout Season 2. Following the July 2012 arrest of Moscow Five CEO Dmitry "ddd1ms" Smelyi, the organization released its League of Legends team in January 2013 due to lack of funding. 
The organization acquired the roster of Russian Force in August 2014.
Acquisition of Team Empire
On December 16, 2011, Moscow 5 began their first League of Legends team by recruiting the roster of Team Empire, picking up Alex Ich, Diamondprox, Genja, GoSu Pepper, and Darien.
Moscow Five's first major appearance was at IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev on January 19th, 2012. Here, Moscow 5 made their international debut by going undefeated in the group stage against Dignitas, against All authority, and Sypher. Moscow Five advanced to the playoffs and took the first round series 2-0 against SK Gaming. In the finals, Moscow 5 defeated North American favorite and powerhouse Team SoloMid 2-1, dropping their only game of the tournament.
Nine days later, on January 31st, 2012, Moscow Five competed in the online Kings of Europe tournament. Once again showing their strength, M5 went undefeated in the group stage, defeating SK Gaming, exGBT, and Team Mistral. Advancing to the playoffs, Moscow Five then defeated French team Sypher 2-1 in the semifinals. From there, M5 advanced to the finals and faced Counter Logic Gaming EU (CLG.EU), where they would fall 1-2 and finish second.
On March 10th, 2012, Moscow Five attended the IEM Season VI - World Championship in Hanover. Reproducing their results from Kiev, M5 gave an outstanding performance in the group stage, going 5-0 by defeating SK Gaming, Curse Gaming, Team SoloMid, Sypher, and EHome. M5 continued their win streak in the playoff bracket, beating Counter Logic Gaming Prime 2-0 in the semifinals and defeating Dignitas 2-0 in the finals to take home first place. This tournament marked a high point in Moscow Five's history, as they were able to not only win the tournament, but did so without losing a single game.
Moscow Five's next high placing at a major tournament was at the online Corsair Vengeance Cup. Coming out of the group stage of the tournament 2-1, M5 had a strong run in the playoffs, defeating Hauteur 8, Intent Gaming, TeamRedByteItalia, and MeetYourMakers before falling to against All authority 0-2 and being sent to the loser's bracket. In the loser's bracket, Moscow Five won 2-1 against Team SoloMid and then 2-0 against SK Gaming, setting them up for a rematch against aAa. This time Moscow Five emerged victorious, defeating aAa 2-0 and receiving a spot in the grand finals against Counter Logic Gaming EU. Moscow Five did not continue their earlier success, falling 0-2 and taking home second place.
On June 16, Moscow Five attended DreamHack Summer 2012 after taking second at the online qualifiers. M5 took second in the group stage going 2-1, defeating Absolute Legends and Mebdi's Minions while losing to Counter Logic Gaming EU. Advancing to the semifinals, Moscow 5 faced off against Curse Gaming EU, coming out ahead 2-0 and advancing to the tournament's finals, where the Russian team again played Counter Logic Gaming EU and lost 0-2.
On July 28, 2012, Moscow Five attended European Challenger Circuit: Poland after qualifying online with a 2-0 victory over CLG.EU. This meant that the teams would meet again in the group stage, where Moscow 5 took second place going 2-1 after defeating EloHell.net and Ocelote World (x6) while losing to CLG.EU. In the semifinals, Moscow 5 dominated Curse EU 2-0, including a perfect 15-0 score in the second game. In the finals, Moscow 5 once again met rivals Counter Logic Gaming EU. Despite having a 1-6 record against CLG.EU in previous tournament finals, Moscow 5 were finally able to claim revenge with a commanding 2-0 victory and become the ECC Poland champions.
As one of the eight European invitees to the Season 2 Regional Finals at Cologne, Moscow Five flew out to Germany for a chance to qualify for the Season 2 World Championship. Matched up against the recently formed Polish team EloHell, Moscow Five took a 2-0 victory to advance to the second round of the playoffs. There, Moscow Five emerged victorious against FnaticRC in a close 2-1, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship and advancing to the grand finals of the tournament. Continuing their dominant performance, Moscow Five took the finals 2-0 against SK Gaming.
At the Season 2 World Championship in October, Moscow Five was considered by many analysts and professionals to be the favorites coming into the event. As the European champions, they were given a bye through the group stage and were selected to face Invictus Gaming in their quarterfinal match. Although iG consistently pressured M5's early game and won the laning phase, the Russian squad was able to overcome their deficits in the midgame and take the series 2-0. Advancing to face the Taipei Assassins in the semifinals, M5 continued their dominant form in the first game of the match and quickly secured game one. However, TPA matched M5's aggression in the next two games and successfully turned the series around. The Taiwanese team took the set 2-1, and Moscow Five was forced to settle for 3rd-4th place and $150,000 USD.
Moscow Five attended the European tournament Tales of the Lane from October 27th through November 11th, 2012. They earned first place in their group stage 3-1, with wins against Curse EU, Eclypsia and MYM and a loss to IWantCookie. Because they finished first in the group stage, Moscow Five was granted seeding directly into the semi-finals.. On November 11th M5 traveled to Paris to compete in the offline portions of the tournament. There M5 was upset by Curse EU 0-2, knocking them into the third place match. Moscow Five completed the tournament with a sweep of SK Gaming, taking third and €5,000 in winnings.
On November 22nd, 2012, Moscow Five flew to Shanghai to attend the TGA Winter 2012 event. While not contestants of the tournament itself, the team looked to boost their popularity with the Chinese tour, doing photo ops, fan signings and Mandarin greeting videos. M5 also played two show matches against WE and iG, winning against both. They departed China on November 27th, flying directly to Las Vegas to attend IPL 5.
On Day 1 of the IPL event, Moscow Five advanced through the group stages by defeating Curse Gaming twice and dropping a game to Taipei Assassins. They then faced World Elite, who they had scrimmed heavily against in Shanghai. However, WE routed the Russian team 2-0, dropping them to the losers bracket. M5 then defeated the tournament favorites Azubu Blaze in a close three game series. In the fifth round, M5 got a chance to revenge their loss in the Season 2 World Championship against the Taipei Assassins. Despite Alex Ich amassing 538 creep score and leading in gold to the very end of the game, Moscow Five still fell to the Taiwanese team in game one, and lost again to a strong performance by Stanley on Nidalee in the second game, marking five consecutive loses to TPA. M5 finished the tournament in fourth place and earned $3,000 USD in winnings.
On January 10th, 2013, the League of Legends roster was released from the eSports organization due to lack of funding. The previous year's arrest of Moscow Five CEO Dmitry "ddd1ms" Smelyi had left the team without enough money to stay with the organization. The team members of Moscow Five, Alex Ich, Darien, Diamondprox, Genja, and GoSu Pepper, went on to join Gambit Gaming soon after.
On August 19th, 2014 Moscow Five acquired a new roster: Formerly Russian Force, Stejos, lumberjackk, FlashInTheNight, dayruin and Archie joined the team.
Moscow 5 won the IEM CologneCIS qualifier, defeating Dolphins of Wall Street 2-0 in the finals. However, they were unable to attend the event due to visa issues and so Dolphins of Wall Street attended in their place.
|Rogue LeBeau||Darina Lerua||Manager|
|Groove||Konstantin Pikiner||11 Coach||Gambit Gaming|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2015-04-12||A22nd||SLTV StarSeries Spring Split 2015 Finals||1 : 3||Hard Random||₽ 750,000|
|2015-01-25||A22nd||SLTV StarSeries Season IV||1 : 3||RoX||$ 7,500|
|2014-11-01||A44th||SLTV StarSeries Season III||1 : 2||Dolphins of Wall Street||$ 2,500|
|2012-12-02||A44th||IPL 5||0 : 2||Taipei Assassins||$ 3,000|
|2012-10-10||A33 - 4th||Season 2 World Championship||1 : 2||Taipei Assassins||$ 150,000|
|2012-08-19||A11st||Season 2 Regional Finals||2 : 0||SK Gaming||$ 40,000|
|2012-07-29||A11st||European Challenger Circuit: Poland||2 : 0||CLG Europe||$ 15,000|
|2012-06-18||A22nd||DreamHack Summer 2012||0 : 2||CLG Europe||$ 10,000|
|2012-03-10||A11st||IEM Season VI - World Championship||2 : 0||Team Dignitas||$ 50,000|
|2012-01-22||A11st||IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev||2 : 1||Team SoloMid||$ 12,000|
- January 22nd, 1st place at IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev.
- January 31st, 2nd place in Kings of Europe.
- March 10th, 1st place at IEM Season VI - World Championship.
- May 24th, 2nd place in ESL Major Series Season IX.
- June 18th, 2nd place at DreamHack Summer 2012.
- July 29th, 1st place at European Challenger Circuit: Poland.
- August 19th, 1st place at Season Two European Regional Finals.
- September 25th, 3rd place in ESL Major Series Season X.
- October 10th, 3rd-4th place in Season 2 World Championship.
- November 22nd-27th, attended the TGA Winter 2012 to greet Chinese fans and play two show matches.
- December 2nd, 4th place in IGN ProLeague Season 5.
I’ve always been a thrifty traveler, I think it started that way mainly because I was a freelancer. If you’re one who has never been a freelancer, it basically means we never know when the next job is going to come, or when will we get paid. So, for those who don’t necessarily believe in the idea of super budget traveling, well this is my excuse. Depending on where we go, I think it’s extremely important for us to make our RM stretch as far out as it can go, unless we’re the types who has very, very, very comfortable sized bank accounts.
My trip to Moscow was nevertheless also a budget trip, though not super budget, I think I was still extremely conscious about any spending. So, instead of bringing extra cash with us on the trip, we tried to set aside a safe and reasonable budget.
I started out the trip with 4000THB, 3000RMB and 1000USD. At that time, it was approximately RM5000. (I also had an in-case-of-emergency 500EUR which my husband gave me before I left)
My first page of expenses
So, the question is how does one spend 5 weeks on the road from Kuala Lumpur to Moscow and do it under RM10k? And more like approximately RM8k inclusive of a flight from Moscow to back to KL? Well, I think the simplest and would work at most times answer is, travel with at least another person to split cost especially on accommodations.
1. Finding the right travel partner.
taken from The_Topless_Tour’s instagram
I think some, if not many people tend to overlook the importance of finding the right/perfect travel partner. If you’re a seasoned backpacker and you’re planning a trip with a first time backpacker, think and discuss again. Both of you have to know that there will be compromises along the way because one might get fed up with eating cheap, not so yummy food, while the other wants to eat cheap, sometimes yummy sometimes not. One might want to opt for a private double bedroom in a hostel, while the other may just want to sleep in a dorm and save more money.
There’s no sure-fire way to find the right travel partner, but you should be able to judge with your instincts. Take my experience for example, I was friends with Jules but we weren’t all that close to be honest, but we both knew the kinds of things we liked, the similar outlook in life we both had and of course most importantly our hunger for travel and also our previous travel experiences. The one thing I think that sealed the deal was that we both loved traveling on trains. So, find the right travel partner because not only will your trip be cheaper, but your memories will be greater and you’ll end up having more fun times than bad times.
2. Selecting the right place to visit.
“I’ve got the whole world in my hands”
Depending on where you come from, to keep travel within a budget you’re comfortable with, currency plays a role but it doesn’t necessarily play the biggest role. Do your homework, especially if you don’t know anything about a particular place you want to visit expect for photos you’ve seen of it. Find out their average cost of living (if you’re planning for a long visit), find out about the options of accommodations (hotels/hostels/home exchange/airbnb/couchsurfing/etc), get an idea of how much transportations cost as well. Sow your seeds, then reap the harvest when you arrive at your destination!
Choosing a country that has the same or lower currency value than your own is obviously an easy-choice, but what about when you really want to go to somewhere with a stronger currency value? How do you make your money’s worth?
3.Choosing the right accommodation
Flip Flop Hostel, Chengdu
When you’re on a budget trip, it goes without saying that your accommodations would usually be hostels and backpacker’s. Though if you really want to be super tight with your budget planning, then you can opt to plan ahead and look up hosts on Couchsurfing and stay at people’s homes for absolutely no cost! That said, the best way to locate an accommodation that fits your budget is to flip through a guide book, or head on to sites like Tripadvisor to get an idea.
4. Going at the right time
You can also opt to get caught in the rain like my friend Jules here. (sorry i’m using your photo bro)
If you’re Northward bound, it’s safe to say that mid-year would be the most peak of all times, which means things would cost more usually. If you’re Southward bound then you’re safe during mid-year because that’s during winter. Car rentals are usually more expensive during peak season, so is getting tickets for your transports so you should plan ahead. Bottom line is that budget planning does correlate to when you plan to make your trip. Do your homework in advance if you want to make the most bank for your buck, otherwise go as and when you want to!
Okay, now that we’ve got the basics covered, let me do a rough breakdown of my expenses for my five weeks trip :
- Train (Butterworth – Bangkok) – RM100
- Train (Bangkok – Chiang Mai) – RM90
- Minivan/Longtail Boat/Bus (Chiang Mai – Chiang Kong – Huay Xai – Luang Namtha) – RM150 – RM180
- Bus (Luang Namtha – Mengla, China) – RM30
- Bus (Mengla – Kunming) – RM120
- Bus (Kunming – Dali) – RM55
- Train (Kunming – Chengdu) – RM125
- Train (Chengdu – Lanzhou) – RM75
- Train (Lanzhou – Turpan) – RM100
- Bus (Turpan – Urumqi) – RM23
- Train (Urumqi – Yining) – RM 45
- Bus (Yining – Almaty) – RM125
- Bus (Almaty – Shymkent) – RM30
- Train (Shymkent – Moscow) – RM300-350
- Flight (Moscow-KL) – RM1700
- Public Bus/Taxi/Tuk-tuks – RM200
TOTAL = RM3,348 (Approximate)
- Chiang Mai – RM15
- Laos – RM35 (2 nights)
- Kunming – RM28
- Dali – RM100 (2 nights)
- Chengdu – RM135 (4 nights)
- Lanzhou – RM50-70
- Turpan – RM110 (2 nights)
- Urumqi – RM30
- Yining – RM140 (2 nights)
- Almaty – Couchsurfed (3 nights)
- Moscow – RM300 (3 nights)
TOTAL = RM964 (Approximate)
3. Food & Beverages
- Thailand – RM93
- Laos – RM30
- China – RM415
- Kazakhstan – RM150
- Moscow – RM250
TOTAL = RM940 (Approximate)
- Bike Rentals – RM43 (Thailand/Laos/China)
- Luggage Storage – RM23 (Thailand/China)
- Entrance Fee/Tour/Show – RM180
- Unnecessary Shopping – RM250
- Unaccounted for Expenses – RM400
TOTAL = RM896 (Approximate)
GRAND TOTAL = RM 6148
* Please take note that this trip was made in 2013, so prices and exchange rates have definitely changed. All the expenses listed here are 85% noted down during the trip itself, while there are a few which are a rough estimate. I know for sure I probably missed out some things, so the safest bet would be to plus minus another RM500-800 on top of the grand total.