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Dota 2: StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor – Day 3 Recap

Dota 2: StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor – Day 3 Recap

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Today was the final day of the group stages at the StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor. We saw four of our eight teams eliminated, with Winstrike Team and CompLexity our first two teams eliminated, followed by Mineski and a surprise departure from EHOME. Mineski vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas Our first series of the day saw Mineski […]


Dreamhack Partners with Akamai Technologies for Dreamhack Summer

Dreamhack Partners with Akamai Technologies for Dreamhack Summer

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Dreamhack has announced a partnership with Akamai Technologies to raise awareness of hacking and data theft in the esports space. In an official press release from the organization, tournament organizer Dreamhack revealed a partnership today with Akamai Technologies in order to highlight the dangers that hackers pose to esports data security. The partnership includes Dreamhack […]


Dota 2 News: Goryachaya Shutcka named partner of the EPICENTER Major 2019

Dota 2 News: Goryachaya Shutcka named partner of the EPICENTER Major 2019

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According to a press release from the organization, Russian frozen foods brand Goryachaya Shutcka will sponsor the EPICENTER Major. In a press release this morning, EPICENTER named Goryachaya Shutcka an official partner of the upcoming EPICENTER Major. The brand, translated “Hot Stuff,” will host several online events for both online viewers and fans that attend […]


Apex Legends News: Respawns Nerfs Circle Damage in Elite Queue

Apex Legends News: Respawns Nerfs Circle Damage in Elite Queue

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Respawn has responded to player feedback and decided to nerf the recently increased Circle Damage in the Apex Elite Queue. In a tweet last night, Respawn Entertainment revealed that they are nerfing the Circle Damage in the Apex Elite Queue, Apex Legend’s ultra-competitive mode. Legends, around 4pm PST today, circle damage in Elite Queue will […]


Valve’s Dota Underlords is Now Available to Play

Valve’s Dota Underlords is Now Available to Play

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Dota Underlords is Valve’s version of Auto Chess, the most popular arcade game ever in Dota 2. It’s a standalone title that starts today and is available to play right now. However, to do so, you need own The International 2019 Battle Pass. That’s because the game itself is currently in a closed beta. Welcome […]


Dota 2: StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor – Day 2 Recap

Dota 2: StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor – Day 2 Recap

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The last Minor of this DPC season started yesterday in the capital city of Ukraine. Since there will be no other Minor events until TI, this one is essential for those teams who have not yet secured their direct TI invite. After all, the top two teams here will be getting a direct invite for […]


Call of Duty News: CWL Anaheim Preview

Call of Duty News: CWL Anaheim Preview

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ESTNN’s Ashwin Palepu breaks down CWL Anaheim before the event starts on Friday, June 14th. CWL’s final city-based LAN event of the Black Ops 4 season has at last arrived. CWL Anaheim has served as one of Call of Duty’s most entertaining tournaments since its inception over 8 years ago. Its legendary atmosphere is an […]



Overwatch Opinion: Is the 2-2-2 Role Queue a Good Idea? Yes.

Overwatch Opinion: Is the 2-2-2 Role Queue a Good Idea? Yes.

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ESTNN’s Malik Shelp gives his thoughts on the 2-2-2 role lock. At the end of Stage 2, the Vancouver Titans suffered their biggest defeat yet when the San Fransisco Shock took them down in a six-map Stage Finals bout. While the “Golden Stage” SF Shock were busy fighting against the undefeated Titans, however, another very […]


Fortnite News: A Stranger Things Crossover may be on its way to Fortnite

Fortnite News: A Stranger Things Crossover may be on its way to Fortnite

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A Twitter post by Netflix’s @NXOnNetflix, their official account regarding science fiction and fantasy shows on the service, teased a collaboration with Fortnite developers, Epic Games. According to a tweet from Netflix, fans of Stranger Things can expect some sort of crossover with an Epic Games property to coincide with the release of the show’s […]


CSGO News: JDM Open to Offers July 1

CSGO News: JDM Open to Offers July 1

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Joshua “jdm” Marzano revealed on Twitter that his contract with Envy’s Counterstrike: Global Offensive team expires at the end of June. North American AWPer Joshua “jdm” Marzano announced on Twitter today that he would become a free agent on July 1st, marking his time with Team Envy over. The former Liquid AWPer posted the announcement […]


Dota 2: StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor –  Day 1 Recap

Dota 2: StarLadder ImbaTV Kiev Minor – Day 1 Recap

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The last Minor of this years DPC season kicked off today, hosted in Kiev’s Cybersport Arena. For many teams, this event will be their last chance to qualify for TI. So, as expected the competition was fierce. Our teams have been split into two groups for the seeding phase of the tournament, with our first […]


Call of Duty News: Treyarch is adding Contract Challenges to Black Ops 4

Call of Duty News: Treyarch is adding Contract Challenges to Black Ops 4

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Treyarch is bringing Contracts to Black Ops 4. Treyarch announced today, through an official Black Ops 4 Reddit post, that they will be adding in-game challenges, known as Contracts, to the Black Ops 4. The developer will release Contractsinto the live game live in “late June,” according to the announcement. Treyarch further elaborates that they […]




Overwatch League Power Rankings Stage 3 | Week 2

Overwatch League Power Rankings Stage 3 | Week 2

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ESTNN’s Cole Ricke takes you through all the teams in the Overwatch League in this week’s Power Rankings. Welcome to ESTNN’s Overwatch League Power Rankings for Week 2 of Stage 3. We’ve gotten to see the teams in actions, and we’re ready to release our Power Rankings! A new stage means a new patch, a […]


Dota 2: Liquid Say Goodbye to Matumbaman

Dota 2: Liquid Say Goodbye to Matumbaman

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Team Liquid has announced that they will be benching long time mid player, Lasse ‘Matumbaman’ Urpalainen. Just 10 days before the next Major DPC event. Liquid said the decision was a mutual one and made with the best interest of both Matumbaman’s future and the team in mind. The 24-year old from Finland has been […]


CSGO News: OpTic MSL loses it on Sprout, calls syrsoN an “idiot”

CSGO News: OpTic MSL loses it on Sprout, calls syrsoN an “idiot”

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It looks like OpTic Gaming’s Counterstrike team might be under a little more pressure than normal. In today’s match between OpTic Gaming and Sprout.gg, something weird happened. When Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke of OpTic Gaming disconnected from the server a few seconds into the round, his team immediately attempted to call a pause and reload. Unfortunately for […]


Immortals Plans for the OpTic Brand: Call of Duty retains the OpTic Name, LoL Team to rebrand in 2020, and Say Goodbye to OpTic CSGO

Immortals Plans for the OpTic Brand: Call of Duty retains the OpTic Name, LoL Team to rebrand in 2020, and Say Goodbye to OpTic CSGO

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It looks like one CSGO team is enough for the Immortals Gaming Club, but the OpTic brand will live on in Call of Duty. Immortals Gaming Club announced today that they will sell off OpTic’s Counterstrike: Global Offensive team after its acquisition of Infinite Entertainment earlier last week. Immortals already has a presence in Counterstrike […]


LoL News: Qiyana Live on the PBE, Ability Overview

LoL News: Qiyana Live on the PBE, Ability Overview

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League of Legends newest champion, the solo-lane assassin Qiyana, is now live on the PBE. Riot released Qiyana on the Public Beta Environment today, meaning that players can now get their hands on League of Legends’ newest champion. Qiyana’s PBE release comes with some interesting mechanics for the character, as the champion can channel energy […]



League of Legends: Top Three New Meta Picks in Pro Play

League of Legends: Top Three New Meta Picks in Pro Play

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League of Legends’ Summer Splits are well underway all around the world! The West is still riding high from their performances at the Mid Season Invitational, while Eastern teams are no doubt training to reclaim their glory. The MSI meta isn’t totally gone, as champions like Ryze, Sylas and Jayce continue to be top tier […]


CSGO News: NRG Esports Sits Daps, Adds Stanislaw

CSGO News: NRG Esports Sits Daps, Adds Stanislaw

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NRG Esports made moves today, benching Damian “daps” Steele and signing Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz in his place. NRG’s Counterstrike: Global Offensive outfit made a switch today, benching Damian “daps” Steele and adding Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz to the squad’s active roster. Welcome @peterjarguz to the #NRGCSGO squad! Stanislaw will debut tomorrow in the Americas Minor NA […]


Apex Legends Dev Reveals Stats Page for Season 2

Apex Legends Dev Reveals Stats Page for Season 2

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Apex Legends’ Lead Developer, Drew McCoy, revealed that the game will receive a fully fleshed-out stats page for the upcoming Season 2. After the large Season 2 Reveal at E3 this weekend, Drew McCoy, Apex Legends’ Lead Developer, took to Reddit to tell the community that, in all the craziness, he might have forgotten something. […]


Dota 2: New Auto Chess PC Version for Epic Games Store

Dota 2: New Auto Chess PC Version for Epic Games Store

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The world is in love with Auto Chess and all of it’s different forms. The phenomena started as a custom game for Dota 2. Slowly but steadily, it became the most popular arcade game in history with over 9 million active players. This lead to the introduction of a mobile version of the game, which […]


League of Legends: New PvP Game Mode Coming Soon

League of Legends: New PvP Game Mode Coming Soon

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League of Legends has had the same core game modes for almost four years. Twisted Treeline was the last to receive permanent status, but it looks like Riot may be trying to bring another into the family. Today, Riot announced the upcoming “Teamfight Tactics” (TFT) game mode, coming in patch 9.13 in beta form. People […]


New Fortnite Leaks Detail Upcoming Prop Hunt Mode

New Fortnite Leaks Detail Upcoming Prop Hunt Mode

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A new Fortnite leak has unveiled a brand-new limited time mode for Fortnite – Prop Hunt Mode. Prop Hunt is coming to Fortnite! At least, it’s expected to, as leakers datamined the fan-favorite game mode from the v9.20 Update files. In Prop Hunt, popularized years ago by Garry’s Mod after appearing in CS: Source, one […]


LCS Summer 2019: Week Two Day Two Recap

LCS Summer 2019: Week Two Day Two Recap

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Counter Logic Gaming vs Team Liquid CLG started the day off with a decisive, exciting win over TL. Wiggily in particular took charge to set the pace of the game and gain significant leads for CLG all over the map. Though his counterpart Xmithie found two successful ganks early on, a huge engage from him […]


LCS Summer 2019: Week Two Day One Recap

LCS Summer 2019: Week Two Day One Recap

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Cloud9 vs Echo Fox The first game of the week featured C9 taking down Echo Fox with a terrifying team fighting composition. The C9 bottom lane was gifted First Blood from a Svenskeren gank, but Rush helped Yusui and Lost gain some kill gold in their lanes. At 13 minutes the teams met up at […]


LEC Summer 2019: Week One Day Two Recap

LEC Summer 2019: Week One Day Two Recap

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Excel vs Rogue Rogue kicked off the second day of the split with a good win over Excel. This match between the bottom two teams from last split was quite close, as there were only a handful of kills early on. Excel created advantages for themselves by focusing objectives; they secured the First Tower bonus […]


CoD Opinion: Why Call of Duty Gamers Should Be Angry at Activision Over Reserve Crates

CoD Opinion: Why Call of Duty Gamers Should Be Angry at Activision Over Reserve Crates

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ESTNN’s Phillip Miner breaks down the latest in Activision’s Loot Box controversy and highlights the dangers of the loot box phenomenon. Rise up, gamers. This is the first time I’ve ever used that clarion call. Many previous times I’ve heard this call to action, it was over such trivial matters as game difficulty and handholding, […]


Dota 2: The International 2019 Collector’s Cache is Released

Dota 2: The International 2019 Collector’s Cache is Released

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It is finally here! The long-awaited Collector’s Cache just got released, and it seems to be a fascinating chest. According to Valve, there were about 200 item sets submitted by the workshop. However, Gaben and Co. only chose 83 of them. Every Battle pass owner had the chance to vote for those sets, but in […]


LEC: Week One Day One Recap

LEC: Week One Day One Recap

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G2 Esports vs Splyce G2 Esports, coming off of their landmark MSI victory, absolutely dominated Splyce. The first 10 minutes of the game were slow, with the junglers tracking each other and some small plays being attempted. First Blood was secured by Caps, with the help of Jankos, when they invaded Xerxe on his blue […]


CSGO News: Yay to Join Canadian Esports Team Lazarus

CSGO News: Yay to Join Canadian Esports Team Lazarus

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According to a report from Dexerto’s Jarek “DeKay” Lewis, Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker will join the Canadian esports team Lazarus. Dexerto is reporting that Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker will join Lazarus, a Canadian esports team, effective immediately. Lazarus first appeared on the scene in April, when they acquired the ex-Swole Patrol roster and their spot in the […]


Immortals Gaming Club will Purchase Infinite Esports and Entertainment, Parent Co. of OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws

Immortals Gaming Club will Purchase Infinite Esports and Entertainment, Parent Co. of OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws

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Immortals Gaming Club will purchase Infinite Esports and Entertainment for $35-$45M USD in cash and equity, according to a report by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf. Immortals Gaming Club has announced a deal to purchase OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws parent company, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, for between $35-$45M USD in cash and equity. As of […]


Overwatch 2 Rumors Start Pouring In Ahead of E3

Overwatch 2 Rumors Start Pouring In Ahead of E3

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Blizzard canceled an unannounced Starcraft FPS this week, mentioning that the team would shift to Overwatch 2. Many rumours are floating around regarding games recently. With E3 right around the corner, it’s not surprising, either. But according to anonymous sources who reported to Kotaku, Blizzard is working on a sequel to their ever-popular FPS game, Overwatch. […]


A Guide to the Overwatch Bunker Composition

A Guide to the Overwatch Bunker Composition

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ESTNN’s Charlotte August gives us the breakdown on the new meta shaking up both the ladder and the Overwatch League. A different meta now reigns supreme in the competitive ladder of Overwatch as players across the globe have encountered a composition referred to as Bunker. If you’re confused as to what it might be, how […]




Interviewing the Interviewer: Frankie Ward on CS:GO, Esports, and the Talent Experience

Interviewing the Interviewer: Frankie Ward on CS:GO, Esports, and the Talent Experience

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ESTNN’s FPS Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Johnson managed to wrangle Frankie Ward, one of the only professional esports interviewers, away from the stage at IEM Sydney and got her perspective on her job, her experiences, and esports as a whole. ­­­­­­­­ There’s something to be said for post-game interviews. Through the interviewers, fans get an inside look […]


Dota 2 News: StarLadder ImbaTV Minor Season 2 Team Overview

Dota 2 News: StarLadder ImbaTV Minor Season 2 Team Overview

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ESTNN Dota 2 Writer Veselin Ignatov walks us through the last DPC Minor before TI 9. The ESL One Birmingham seemed like yet another walk in the park for Team Secret. Despite the fact that the event finished just a few days ago, a new tournament is already on the horizon. However, this time it […]


John Needham Named New Global Head of LoL Esports

John Needham Named New Global Head of LoL Esports

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Riot Games have announced the appointment of John Needham as new Global Head for LoL Esports. Needham will be the lead for Riot’s major events like the World Championship, All-Stars, and the Mid-Seasonal Invitational. John Needham has been a part of Riot Games since 2017 during which was the Managing Director of North America and […]


LEC: Pre-Summer Split Power Rankings

LEC: Pre-Summer Split Power Rankings

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The League of Legends European Championship kicks off this weekend on a high note after their representatives’ win at MSI. Some say Europe is the best region in the world right now, but many teams have to step up to live up to this title. Others must prove their worth in such a competitive region […]


CSGO News: BLAST Pro Series Changes its B01 Semi-Finals to a B03 Format

CSGO News: BLAST Pro Series Changes its B01 Semi-Finals to a B03 Format

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According to an official press release from the organization, BLAST Pro Series semi-final matches will now be played out in a best-of-three format. BLAST Pro Series and RFRSH Entertainment announced today that the BLAST Pro Series semi-final matches, previously best-of-one affairs, will now be played out in a best-of-three format. The change comes with the […]


Dota 2 News: The SEA Scene Has a New Contender – Reality Rift

Dota 2 News: The SEA Scene Has a New Contender – Reality Rift

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The SEA Dota 2 scene might have a new contender in the building – Russian-owned Reality Rift. In the past, the SEA professional Dota 2 scene has always been somewhat underrated. Even today, the western teams heavily dominate in every tournament. Despite that, SEA also has had its hidden gems that are always capable of […]


CSGO News: A Close Look at the New Mousesports

CSGO News: A Close Look at the New Mousesports

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ESTNN’s Slava Britvin takes a gander at the new-look Mousesports. The updated roster of Mousesports, at first glance, seems to be one of the strangest combinations of players possible. With w0xic, karrigan, ChrisJ, frozen and ropz the team has plenty of firepower. That said, this squad and its coaches still have to find out how […]


Clash Royale League West – Week 1 Recap

Clash Royale League West – Week 1 Recap

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Match 1 – Cream Esports vs. paiN Gaming (2-1) paiN take the lead after winning the 2v2 set and Karnage puts paiN on match point by defeating DiegoE and Jose Brayan of Cream Esports in the King of the Hill set after Jose Brayan opens the set with a win over Surg TS. Phenomenal play […]


Ian “Crimsix” Porter: OpTic Call of Duty Team “Almost Dropped” by Infinite Esports

Ian “Crimsix” Porter: OpTic Call of Duty Team “Almost Dropped” by Infinite Esports

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Ian Porter, a.k.a. “Crimsix” of OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty team, hasn’t revealed much of anything regarding Immortals’ potential buyout of OpTic Gaming, save that the negotiations have been pushed into June. The previous set deadline was May 31, but nothing concrete was signed or conveyed between the two parties yet. But after revealing this […]


Dota 2: ESL One Birmingham Meta Analysis

Dota 2: ESL One Birmingham Meta Analysis

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ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov breaks down the meta at ESL One Birmingham. The last ESL One event before the upcoming TI 9 is over. We saw tons of back-and-forth action as well as amazing plays. Team Secret did the impossible and won their 4th ESL One title during this DPC season. One of the main reasons […]



Overwatch League: Florida Mayhem Release SNT from Official Roster

Overwatch League: Florida Mayhem Release SNT from Official Roster

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 Florida Mayhem continues its roster revolution as they release Sung-hoon “SNT” Kim from the official roster. It’s another day for releases from the Florida, as they previously announced that they have released TviQ from their main roster. Now, the Mayhem have announced that they have parted ways with substitute player and coach, Sung-hoon “SNT” Kim, […]


Overwatch League: Florida Mayhem Officially Releases TviQ

Overwatch League: Florida Mayhem Officially Releases TviQ

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Florida Mayhem have officially released Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström from their roster. It’s a sad day for veteran Overwatch fans, as the Florida Mayhem have released the final original player that was signed from Misfits roster. The Mayhem announced that Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström has officially been released from their roster, which isn’t much of a surprise […]


Dota 2: ESL One Birmingham – The Grand Final Recap

Dota 2: ESL One Birmingham – The Grand Final Recap

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One of the most exciting non-DPC tournament is now complete. We saw tons of back-and-forth action for the past couple of days, which was a joy to watch. What’s more, this was the first tournament on patch 7.22. Let’s take a look at what happened during the playoffs. Upper Bracket Vici Gaming, LGD, Evil Geniuses, […]


Mobalytics is Giving Players the Information They Need

Mobalytics is Giving Players the Information They Need

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The realm of builds, win rates, and other analytical information about league of legends is full of options. Often times, these sites give players a plethora of information. Sometimes that info is in vast, unusable quantities. For some trying to eek every advantage out of their build, these might be the places they’d go. But […]


Dota 2 News: DeMoN Returns to Competitive Dota 2 with J.Storm

Dota 2 News: DeMoN Returns to Competitive Dota 2 with J.Storm

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Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho has returned to competitive Dota 2 after a year’s absence to push J.Storm into TI 9. Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho, one of the most famous NA players of all time, decided to step back from competitive play around one year ago. Despite that, after TI 8, DeMoN filled in for the coaching role […]


Dota 2: ESL One Birmingham Group Stage – Highlights

Dota 2: ESL One Birmingham Group Stage – Highlights

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The group stage of ESL One Birmingham is a wrap and the playoffs for the tournament have already begun. There were certainly some upsets and surprises, as our teams worked their way through a series of Bo2’s to determine the seeding for the main event. Vici Gaming and Evil Geniuses both secured top spot in […]


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – What We Know So Far

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – What We Know So Far

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With the information about Call of Duty’s 2019 title coming in fast and furiously now, let’s dissect through all the news. The Important Stuff: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release on October 25th, 2019. Infinity Ward will launch the game with 3 editions: Standard, Operator, and Operator Enhanced. Their details are pictured below: Secondly, […]


OpTic Gaming’s Hector Rodriguez Gives an Optimistic Outlook for OpTic’s Future

OpTic Gaming’s Hector Rodriguez Gives an Optimistic Outlook for OpTic’s Future

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The previously reported May 31 deadline for a deal between Infinite Esports, OpTic Gaming’s parent company, and its potential buyer, Immortals Gaming Club, looms large and close. Everyone from Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag of 100 Thieves to the infamous Call of Duty leak source “CoDBurner,” has weighed in on what could potentially happen if/when a deal […]


Valve to Make Their Own Auto Chess

Valve to Make Their Own Auto Chess

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Valve has announced that it will make a standalone version of the hit Dota 2 mod, Auto Chess. Dota 2 Auto Chess is the most successful arcade game in history so far with over 3,000,000 active players. It’s so popular that many organizations started to host different tournaments with various prizes. On top of that, […]


Call of Duty 2019 Will Be Announced Today – What Can We Expect?

Call of Duty 2019 Will Be Announced Today – What Can We Expect?

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In a teaser tweet yesterday, Activision confirmed that Call of Duty 2019, most likely to be titled “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,” will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST, and 6:00 PM BST. The official Call of Duty YouTube channel accidentally revealed the premier thumbnail. Users from Reddit were quick to […]



Evil Geniuses Acquired by Investment Firm Peak6

Evil Geniuses Acquired by Investment Firm Peak6

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Tech investment firm Peak6 has announced today that they have acquired storied esports organization Evil Geniuses. Tech investment firm Peak6 announced today that they have acquired esports organization Evil Geniuses. Fans know Evil Geniuses for fielding teams in Dota 2 and Call of Duty (the latter of which now features FaZe Clan alum Dillon “Attach” […]


Overwatch League: Florida Mayhem Releases DPS Player Apply

Overwatch League: Florida Mayhem Releases DPS Player Apply

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The Florida Mayhem revealed today that they are releasing DPS player Damon “Apply” Conti from their roster. It seems today is a day of goodbyes in the Overwatch League. On the same day that the Toronto Defiant announced that DPS player Joon-seong “Asher” Choi is retiring, the Florida Mayhem tweeted out an announcement that they […]


Overwatch League: Toronto Defiant’s Asher Announces Retirement

Overwatch League: Toronto Defiant’s Asher Announces Retirement

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Toronto Defiant announced the retirement of DPS player Joon-seong “Asher” Choi today on the team’s official Twitter account. Today, the Toronto Defiant announced that DPS star and Overwatch veteran, Joon-seong “Asher” Choi, is retiring from the team and from professional Overwatch as a whole. Asher only played one game for the Toronto Defiant, followed by […]


Dota 2: Mars Makes His First Appearance at ESL One Birmingham

Dota 2: Mars Makes His First Appearance at ESL One Birmingham

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Mars, one of Dota 2’s newest heroes, has finally made his appearance in professional play this week at ESL One Birmingham. Dota 2’s most recent large patch, Patch 7.22, introduced various gameplay changes in addition to a plethora of other gameplay tweeks. Apart from that, Valve added Mars and Io yet again in Captain’s Mode, […]



Dota 2: Templar Assassin Tips & Tricks – The Archnemesis Of Midlaners

Dota 2: Templar Assassin Tips & Tricks – The Archnemesis Of Midlaners

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ESTNN’s resident Dota 2 expert, Veselin Ignatov breaks down the Templar Assassin and how to crush with her in the midlane. The Templar Assassin is one of those heroes that is capable of carrying the game completely on her own if she managed to start off well. This is so true, in fact, that players […]


Immortals Gaming Club’s OpTic Acquisition – What We Know So Far

Immortals Gaming Club’s OpTic Acquisition – What We Know So Far

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With the recent news that Immortals Gaming is close to purchasing OpTic Gaming, ESTNN’s Phillip Miner breaks down everything that we know so far. It’s a scary time to be an OpTic Gaming fan. Earlier this month, the Immortals Gaming Club announced that it was close to cementing a purchase deal for the OpTic organization. […]


LoL News: Europe’s G2 Esports Takes MSI 2019 over Team Liquid

LoL News: Europe’s G2 Esports Takes MSI 2019 over Team Liquid

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ESTNN breaks down the MSI Finals between North America’s Team Liquid and Europe’s G2 Esports The Mid-Season Invitational’s Dramatic Conclusion It’s safe to say that the honeymoon phase of defeating world-renowned legends SKT T1 pales in comparison to the accomplishment of finally giving Europe its first taste of major gold in 8 years. The west […]



Dota 2: MDL Disneyland Paris Major Meta Analysis

Dota 2: MDL Disneyland Paris Major Meta Analysis

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A few days have passed since the end of one of the most interesting DPC events yet. However, the qualifiers for the final Major of the year – EPICENTER are on their way. As we know, each tournament has its own unique meta that sometimes differs from the pub meta. It is time to look […]



Dota 2: MDL Disneyland Paris Major | Final Day Recap

Dota 2: MDL Disneyland Paris Major | Final Day Recap

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ESTNN wraps up the final day of the MDL Paris Major. After a week of amazing Dota, it is finally time to say goodbye to the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. This tournament was one of the most interesting DPC events during the season, as we saw tons of back-and-forth action as well as various surprises, […]



Call of Duty News: CWL Pro League is Back!

Call of Duty News: CWL Pro League is Back!

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Call of Duty Pro League returns this week after CWL London, and we’ve got a quick reminder of how the Division A teams stack up! A week after CWL London, Division A of the CWL Pro League has returned to action. Halfway through the Pro League, let’s take a quick look at where our Division […]


CSGO News: Has Team Liquid Broken The Curse?

CSGO News: Has Team Liquid Broken The Curse?

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Team Liquid finally took home a Tier-1 trophy at IEM Sydney, but have they broke their finals curse? For a long time, Team Liquid shone during group stages and in matches that ended up meaning almost nothing simply because they often failed in Grand Finals. Due to this, the squad had a tendency to “throw” […]


Dota 2: MDL Disneyland Paris Major | Day 6 Recap

Dota 2: MDL Disneyland Paris Major | Day 6 Recap

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The sixth day of, arguably, one of the most interesting Majors of this years’ DPC is over.  Two more teams had to pack their stuff and go home. Let’s take a look at what happened. Lower Bracket PSG.LGD vs. Virtus.Pro We finish our #MDLDisney run in the 7th-8th place. Thanks to @MarsMedia for the fairytale […]





Dota 2: MDL Paris Major | Day 5 Recap

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major | Day 5 Recap

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The first day of the main event in Paris is officially over. The lower bracket eliminations continue, and we saw four teams head home today. Complexity Gaming, Mineski, Pain Gaming, and Keen Gaming all said goodbye to the main stage. If you missed out on catching the games live, here are a few of the […]


Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoff Primer, Part 2

Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoff Primer, Part 2

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Welcome to Part 2 of ESTNN’s Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoffs Primer! Last time, we covered the top four teams heading into the playoffs, now it’s time to cover the four underdogs. And without further ado, let’s get down to it! New York Excelsior It’s quite shocking to see the NYXL in 5th place in […]


Get On My Level 2019: Making Canadian Fighting Game History

Get On My Level 2019: Making Canadian Fighting Game History

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Toronto’s largest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament will be making fighting game history once again this year at Get On My Level 2019 hosted by Even Matchup Gaming. “Myself and the EMG team could not be happier with the growth GOML has seen year to year,” Joseph Cribari, the Director of Esports at Even Matchup […]


CS: GO News: Heroic bench mertz, sign NaToSaphiX

CS: GO News: Heroic bench mertz, sign NaToSaphiX

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Heroic has signed Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen to replace Daniel “mertz” Mertz who the organization announced they released earlier this morning. Heroic announced that they benched Daniel “mertz” Mertz earlier this morning. Soon after, Heroic announced the signing of his replacement, ex-Sprout free agent Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen. Daniel "mertz" Mertz will from today move to the […]


Esports News Weekly Brief: May 1 – May 8, 2019

Esports News Weekly Brief: May 1 – May 8, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Esports News Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week on May 8th, including a Riot Games’ employee walkout, the TI 9 Battle Pass breaking records, and TL taking home their first IEM Grand Slam title at IEM Sydney. Let’s dive right in. League of Legends […]


What Would an Overwatch Spinoff Look Like? Here’s Three Ideas

What Would an Overwatch Spinoff Look Like? Here’s Three Ideas

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Last week, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack hinted at the possibility of other Overwatch-themed games in an earnings call to investors. ESTNN takes a look at what those games could look like. On the Activision Blizzard earnings call last week, J. Allen Brack, the newly installed President of Blizzard, hinted that there might be something […]


Overwatch League Season 2 | Stage 2 Playoff Predictions

Overwatch League Season 2 | Stage 2 Playoff Predictions

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ESTNN Overwatch Contributor Cole Ricke breaks down each playoff game for the Overwatch Stage 2 Playoffs. The Overwatch League’s Season 2 Stage 2 is coming to a close, and that means the best part is just around the corner — playoffs! With a few teams seeing their first playoff appearance going head to head against […]


Dota 2 News: TI 9 Battle Pass is already breaking records

Dota 2 News: TI 9 Battle Pass is already breaking records

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The TI 9 Battle Pass is already smashing records only a few hours after its release. Just a few hours after its release, the Battle Pass for this years’ TI has managed to accumulate a record-breaking prize pool. The current prize pool is sitting is now over $6,000,000. According to sources, this is the highest […]



Dota 2: TI 9 Battle Pass Overview

Dota 2: TI 9 Battle Pass Overview

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Finally, we are able to purchase this years’ Battle Pass! It includes a new game mode, living towers, consumables, a Coach’s challenge, and many other exclusive rewards. And of course, 25% of all Battle Pass sales will increase the prize pool of The International 2019. There are three options to choose from when you purchase […]


Overwatch League News: Dallas Fuel Sign Envy Contenders Main Tank Trill

Overwatch League News: Dallas Fuel Sign Envy Contenders Main Tank Trill

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The Dallas Fuel announced today that they have signed Ashley “Trill” Powell to an Overwatch League contract. The Dallas Fuel announced this evening that they have signed Ashely “Trill” Powell from their Overwatch Contender’s team to an Overwatch League Contract. Powell will enter the Fuel roster as a main tank. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf4b7-KcG-0 According to a press […]


Dota 2: MDL Paris Major | Day 4 Recap

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major | Day 4 Recap

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Join us as ESTNN recaps Day 4 of the MDL Paris Major. The second day of the playoffs was as interesting as expected. Sadly, two more teams had to leave the tournament, in addition to the two that left yesterday. Tomorrow is a day off, so make sure to watch the games that you missed. […]


Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 3 Highlights

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 3 Highlights

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It was an exciting first day of playoffs at the MDL Paris Major in Disneyland yesterday. We saw stomps and tilts as our teams continue to fight it out for a place in the finals. If you missed out on yesterday’s games, don’t sweat it. We’ve got the recap and highlights for you right here! […]


Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoff Primer, Part 1

Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoff Primer, Part 1

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Welcome to the Overwatch League Primer for the Stage 2 Playoffs! Much like our primer for the Dallas Fuel Ultimate Weekend, we’ll be breaking down each of the teams who have made it to the stage playoffs, starting from the first-place team in the stage to the eighth. So, without further ado, let’s get right […]


League of Legends: MSI Play-In Round 2 Recap

League of Legends: MSI Play-In Round 2 Recap

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This morning, four teams battled in the MSI Play-In Round Two for a ticket straight to the main stage. The first best-of-five series debuted Team Liquid (“TL”) taking on Phong Vu Buffalo (“PVB”), and was a fairly one sided affair. After that, the Flash Wolves (“FW”) fought Vega Squadron (“VEG”) to the same effect. This series was […]


Fortnite: “Tfue” Slams Banned Player After Accusations of his Performance

Fortnite: “Tfue” Slams Banned Player After Accusations of his Performance

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Fortnite professional “Tfue” slams banned player after accusations come rolling in after his performance in the World Cup Qualifier on May 4th. During last week’s qualifiers, week three, many players were found guilty of cheating in a variety of ways – mostly by being “fed” kills. Of these players were the two notorious cheaters, Ronaldo […]


Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 2 Highlights

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 2 Highlights

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After the dust settled from the first day of the Major, day two turned out to be just as exciting. There were many fantastic moments and clutch plays, let’s take a look at what happened. Group A Keen Gaming vs. Beastcoast The first series of the day was between EE’s squad and the Chinese Keen […]


CoD News: 100 Thieves Claim the Trophy at CWL London

CoD News: 100 Thieves Claim the Trophy at CWL London

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100 Thieves leave London with the CWL London trophy. CWL London is officially over, and 100 Thieves have claimed its trophy! The team, led by former OpTic Gaming player Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, defeated EUnited in the Grand Finals to take the win. Earlier that day, 100 Thieves beat OpTic Gaming in the Winners Final, and […]


MSI Play-In Round 2 Preview: FW vs VEG

MSI Play-In Round 2 Preview: FW vs VEG

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The Mid Season Invitational Play-In group stage closed earlier today with the conclusion of Group B‘s games.Vega Squadron (“VEG”) pulled ahead of the rest of the pack to emerge victorious and now is set to play the Flash Wolves (“FW”) tomorrow for a chance to go straight to the Main Stage. VEG, the representatives from […]



Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 1 Highlights

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 1 Highlights

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Day one of the MDL Paris Major at Disneyland is finished and our teams are now moving into the next phase of the competition. We saw some fantastic performances across the day’s series, with plenty of action-packed games and some truly beautiful Dota 2 being played by the pros. There were plenty of thrilling moments, […]


Call of Duty: CWL London Day 1 Recap

Call of Duty: CWL London Day 1 Recap

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London was calling the Call of Duty World League to it, and did the CWL deliver on the first day! Some significant technical issues delayed the festivities, but the fans and players alike made the best of that situation to hilarious results. And the Pool Play didn’t disappoint either, especially with teams like OpTic Gaming […]


CompLexity Gaming Reveals Rebranding & Team Manifesto

CompLexity Gaming Reveals Rebranding & Team Manifesto

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Complexity Gaming, one of esports’ longest-running organizations, announced a total rebrand today, complete with a new logo, jerseys and merchandise. Complexity Gaming announced a full rebrand today to coincide with the organizations move to their new headquarters, the GameStop Performance Center. The new design mirrors that of Complexity’s sister team, the Dallas Cowboys. In addition […]


CS: GO News: Valens back in as Cloud9 Head Coach, Rambo Out

CS: GO News: Valens back in as Cloud9 Head Coach, Rambo Out

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Cloud9 Valens will transition back to the Cloud9’s CS: GO Head Coach role just a month after vacating the position. Cloud9 has switched back to Soham “Valens” Chowdhury as the C9 Counterstrike: Global Offensive Head Coach. Ronald “Rambo” Kim is leaving the position after a short trial period starting in January ended in him becoming […]


Dota 2: How-To Properly Snowball

Dota 2: How-To Properly Snowball

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You have probably heard the term snowballing while playing Dota 2. It means that once a hero gets enough momentum, they become much stronger in comparison to other heroes. Usually, heroes that tend to snowball often are also the best when it comes to gaining MMR, especially in the lower MMR brackets. That’s why it […]


MSI Play-In Round 2 Preview: TL v PVB

MSI Play-In Round 2 Preview: TL v PVB

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The 2019 Mid Season Invitational is well underway, with the Play-In stage over halfway done. This stage was divided into two groups with four emerging regions each. Group A was considered the group of death, and they finished their group stage on Friday. The representatives from Vietnam, Phong Vu Buffalo (“PVB”), proved victorious. Now, their […]



Activision Blizzard Announces First Five Call of Duty Franchise Teams

Activision Blizzard Announces First Five Call of Duty Franchise Teams

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Activision/Blizzard, the publisher of Call of Duty, announced the first five franchised teams for the Call of Duty World League this afternoon in their Q1 2019 Earnings Call. Activision/Blizzard officially announced the first franchised teams for Call of Duty World League (CWL)  today on their 2019 Q1 earnings call. The move was previously mentioned during […]


Top 10 Overwatch League Signs We Saw at the Dallas Homestand

Top 10 Overwatch League Signs We Saw at the Dallas Homestand

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There were some great fan-made signs at last weekend’s Overwatch League Dallas Homestand Event. Here’s our Top 10 list of the ones that we saw. #10. Taking a page out of Zenyatta’s book, this Overwatch fan was flanked by both a Dallas Fuel fan and a Houston Outlaws supporter. #9. It’s a buff to both […]


CSGO News: Valve Sets Dates for ’20 and ’21 Major Tournaments

CSGO News: Valve Sets Dates for ’20 and ’21 Major Tournaments

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In a surprise move, Valve set the dates for the 2020 and 2021 Counterstrike: Global Offensive Major tournaments last night. Valve has announced the dates for the 2020 and 2021 CS: GO Majors last night. The Majors are the ultimate tournaments in the Counterstrike: Global Offensive landscape, and have traditionally taken place in early September […]


Dota 2: The Worst Current Items

Dota 2: The Worst Current Items

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As we know, whenever the hero meta changes, the go-to items also change. Let’s take a look at some of the worst items to get in patch 7.21d right now. Octarine Core Octarine is a fascinating item in Dota 2. It got introduced to the game in patch 6.84, and in the beginning, there was […]


Esports News Weekly Brief: April 24 – May 1, 2019

Esports News Weekly Brief: April 24 – May 1, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week of May 1st, including a new League of Legends champion, an in-depth recap of the Overwatch League Dallas Homestand, and a mysterious Fortnite… erm… mystery! Let’s dive right in. League of Legends In League this week, Patch […]


Overwatch League Playoff Spot Predictions: Season 2 | Stage 2

Overwatch League Playoff Spot Predictions: Season 2 | Stage 2

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ESTNN’s Cole Ricke takes a look at the remaining games left in Stage 2 and gives his best playoff spot predictions for the teams that still have a chance. Teams Guaranteed A Playoff Spot With only one week left before Stage 2 ends, five teams have already secured their place in playoffs while others are […]



Overwatch News: Dallas Homestand Grades for Every Team

Overwatch News: Dallas Homestand Grades for Every Team

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In leui of our usual power rankings, ESTNN breaks down the performances of every team that played at last weekend’s Dallas Homestand. The Dallas Homestand was the very first time Overwatch League teams were able to compete outside of the usual Burbank studio in regular season matches. Because of this, not all teams were able […]


League of Legends: A Closer Look at Group B of MSI

League of Legends: A Closer Look at Group B of MSI

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ESTNN dives Group B of MSI, breaking down the teams and their histories ahead of the Mid Season Invitational. With the recent news that Riot has updated the schedule and all groups will play on consecutive days with only a day of rest before the second half, the change makes it interesting to adapt and […]


League of Legends vs. DOTA 2

League of Legends vs. DOTA 2

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An introduction to the two League of Legends and DOTA 2 are two of the most prominent MOBA’s or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games on the globe right now. The two might seem worlds apart, but they are actually both based on the same game mod which was Defence Of the Ancients which was released […]



Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Operation Spectre Rising Begins Today

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Operation Spectre Rising Begins Today

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Blackout It has been a while since Treyarch made changes to Call of Duty Blackout’s main map. Recently, Call of Duty added a smaller and more fast-paced map, Alcatraz, and it seemed that this would be the direction that Treyarch went with their Battle-Royale mode: various types of maps with different combat styles. However, Treyarch […]