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StarCraft 2: WCS Winter 2019 Europe Ro32 Groups E-H

StarCraft 2: WCS Winter 2019 Europe Ro32 Groups E-H

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Welcome back for more coverage of the WCS Winter 2019 Europe’s Ro32, featuring Groups E-H. With the conclusion of this group stage, the next phase, the European Ro16, is set to begin this Thursday starting at 10:00 AM EST and you can watch it here on ESTNN TV. The final result of this round has left […]




Dota 2: A Quick Look at the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor

Dota 2: A Quick Look at the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor

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StarLadder and ImbaTV’s first minor of the 2018-2019 Pro Circuit will take place at the beginning of March in Kiev, Ukraine. As with every Minor, eight teams will have to fight each other for that juicy $300,000 prize pool as well as 500 DPC points needed for TI 9. The last couple of days have […]


Dota 2 News: New Kuku Controversy

Dota 2 News: New Kuku Controversy

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As we know, Kuku got banned by Valve in early December 2018. What’s more, a penalty of 20% DPC points was added to his team – TNC. The reason for all was the racist language aimed at Chinese players in a pub game. When the dust settled, and the ban was over, we all thought […]


Call of Duty Pro League: Week Two, Day One

Call of Duty Pro League: Week Two, Day One

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The first heat of Division A has brought some surprises thus far. On the bright side, Midnight has continued their torrid start to the CWL season with a 4-0 first week. However, Evil Geniuses and Luminosity Gaming, two storied rosters, have gotten off to winless starts in the Pro League. Week Two of the Call […]


Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – LA Valiant (#6)

Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – LA Valiant (#6)

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#7 – Seoul Dynasty – |   #8 – Paris Eternal |   #9 – San Francisco Shock |  #10 – Toronto Defiant |   #11 – Dallas Fuel |   #12 – Shanghai Dragons |   #13 – Atlanta Reign |   #14 – Ghuanzhou Charge |   #15 – Hangzhou Spark |   #16 – Houston Outlaws |   #17 – Florida Mayhem |   #18 – Boston Uprising |   #19 – Washington Justice | #20 – […]


Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – Seoul Dynasty (#7)

Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – Seoul Dynasty (#7)

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#8 – Paris Eternal |  #9 – San Francisco Shock |  #10 – Toronto Defiant |   #11 – Dallas Fuel |   #12 – Shanghai Dragons |   #13 – Atlanta Reign |   #14 – Ghuanzhou Charge |   #15 – Hangzhou Spark |   #16 – Houston Outlaws |   #17 – Florida Mayhem |   #18 – Boston Uprising |   #19 – Washington Justice | #20 – Chengdu Hunters Next up on our OWL […]


ESL and paysafe card Extend Partnership through 2019

ESL and paysafe card Extend Partnership through 2019

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ESL and paysafe card have extended their partnership through the end of 2019. The partnership offers top billing for paysafe throughout the ESL ecosystem, including CS:GO and PUBG.  Paysafe card is an online payment method, primarily in Europe, and offers online prepaid cards. Paysafe works at a variety of online outlets across the world, including gaming, online dating, and […]


TBS and ELEAGUE To Broadcast Rocket League This Year

TBS and ELEAGUE To Broadcast Rocket League This Year

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Turner Sports esports brand ELEAGUE announced today that it would continue its pairing with Rocket League developer Psyonix. ELEAGUE will produce and air a mini-series covering the Rocket League Championship Series 7 and 8. The series is set to air in late 2019. Additionally, TBS will broadcast the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL). CRL features college […]


Dota 2: The Best Calibration Heroes and Tips

Dota 2: The Best Calibration Heroes and Tips

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Patch 7.21 did not bring any significant changes to the game. The vast majority of them were small tweaks. Regardless of that, probably the most interesting part of the update was the new ranked season. Like every restart, people have to play ten solo and/or party games to calibrate their rank again. There are many […]


ESTNN Fortnite Rankings: February 10, 2019

ESTNN Fortnite Rankings: February 10, 2019

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View ESTNN’s Fortnite Top 55 Here For the second week of the ESTNN Fortnite Top 55, I have made two adjustments to the rankings and format of the page. The first was to re-weight the tournaments, as many of you felt that the content creator skirmish weeks and winter royale should carry less weight than […]


LCS: Week Three Day Two Recap

LCS: Week Three Day Two Recap

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FlyQuest v Echo Fox   Echo Fox (“FOX”) grabbed a victory against FlyQuest (“FLY”) in the first match of the day. It was a very even game and a joy to watch. The action started around nine minutes, where a skirmish broke out near the bottom lane. FLY secured First Blood, but had to pay […]


LCS: Week Three Day One Recap

LCS: Week Three Day One Recap

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100 Thieves v Clutch Gaming   100 Thieves (“100T”) started off LCS week three with a win over Clutch Gaming (“CG”). The team compositions shown above are in fact correct, despite the craziness of CG’s poke composition. The game was the longest of the split so far, even though 100T had an early lead. They […]


League Championship Series Week 3 Predictions

League Championship Series Week 3 Predictions

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Week three of the LCS looks to be an interesting one. The two main games to focus on will be TSM vs. C9 and FlyQuest vs. TL. With another week of LCS on its way, we hope to see the real strength of teams. With seven teams currently tied on 2-2, it is difficult to […]


Dota 2: How The Pro Meta Affects Your Pub Games

Dota 2: How The Pro Meta Affects Your Pub Games

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Pub games have always been a place where people want to experiment. That’s why every big Dota 2 tournament always reflects on the pub meta. Sometimes that might be good but in others not so much. After the end of the Chongqing Major and DreamLeague Season 11 qualifiers, here are some things that you could […]


League of Legends: Riot’s Toxicity Controversy

League of Legends: Riot’s Toxicity Controversy

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League of Legend’s ranked system is coming under fire recently, but not only because of the new positional ranking. People are now criticizing Riot for their punishment system of toxic players. A series of Tweets quickly became viral on Reddit, and attracted a significant amount of attention from the community. The Problem This situation all […]


League of Legends: FlyQuest’s Surprising Case for Second

League of Legends: FlyQuest’s Surprising Case for Second

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An Offseason to… Forget? As we entered this year, many of us looked to the all-star roster moves of the majority of the LCS teams with a sense of wonder and awe. Team Liquid adding World Champion support CoreJJ. Golden Guardians adding Froggen, Olleh, and Hauntzer. Heck, even Optic Gaming brought CoreJJ’s fellow World Champion […]


NRG Begins Apex Legends Recruitment for Players and Content Creators

NRG Begins Apex Legends Recruitment for Players and Content Creators

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Esports team NRG is now recruiting content creators and players for the newly released Apex Legends, according to the team’s official Twitter account. This marks the first big-name team to start recruiting for the Respawn-developed battle royale. You can apply for the positions here. "Some of you are too busy playing Apex Legends to realize […]


Disco Doplan Leaves Red Reserve Claiming Breach of Contract

Disco Doplan Leaves Red Reserve Claiming Breach of Contract

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According to a tweet from Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun, he has terminated his contract with Red Reserve. The former Fnatic rifler will search for a team while he works “to improve inside and outside the game.” Gidetun claims that Red Reserve breached his contract, but no specifics have been released. As of yesterday I officially […]


CSGO: ECS Announces Revamp for Season 7

CSGO: ECS Announces Revamp for Season 7

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FACEIT have refined ECS, its CSGO league, for the upcoming season. Changes come after ESL reformed their Pro League. Both tournament organizers have optimized their leagues due to numerous player complaints. The Round-Up   To qualify for ECS S7 Finals, teams must battle through five best-of-three knockout stages. Interestingly, ECS has only included North America and Europe […]


CWL Pro League Recap: Day 4, Division A

CWL Pro League Recap: Day 4, Division A

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Week 1 of Division A matches is officially finished. At the end of this week, the standings are not what many have expected. While some teams with traditionally high performing players are up in the ranks (notably OpTic Gaming and Gen.G Esports), we’ve had some newcomers ascend them too, especially Midnight, who remain undefeated. Perhaps […]


League European Championship Predictions Week 4

League European Championship Predictions Week 4

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After three weeks we still have G2 Esports as our undisputed best team of the LEC. We also have seen Misfits struggle to completely dominate teams, as they did the first week and a half of play. A lot of the bottom half teams picked up wins to remain packed for the sixth place spot. […]


Blizzard Outlines Plan for WCS 2019 and Competitive StarCraft II

Blizzard Outlines Plan for WCS 2019 and Competitive StarCraft II

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To find out more about what StarCraft II is going to look like in 2019, let’s take a look at their announcement detailing precisely that: The Announcement “The Starcraft 2 World Championship Series (WCS) 2019 is much like last year, with a few notable changes. WCS Winter is our first Circuit event of the year, […]


DreamLeague Season 11 NA Qualifiers Highlights

DreamLeague Season 11 NA Qualifiers Highlights

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The North American qualifiers were interesting, largely in part thanks to teams still playing around the new meta in patch 7.21. The end results, however, were unsurprising. The same three teams that qualified during last year’s season securing a place again for this year’s Stockholm Major. Evil Geniuses, J.Storm and Forward Gaming rose to the […]


CWL Pro League Recap: Day 3, Division A

CWL Pro League Recap: Day 3, Division A

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Day 3 of the CWL Pro League Division A is done and dusted, and quality matches happened as usual. Reciprocity matched up against Gen.G for the first time in the first match of the day, with some neck-and-neck respawn games. Next, Luminosity Gaming’s struggles continued as UYU exposed cracks in their resolve. Third, Midnight chalked […]



CWL Pro League Recap: Day 2, Division A

CWL Pro League Recap: Day 2, Division A

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Day 2 of the Pro League is complete, and we got to see some knock-down, drag-out matches between top contenders! Gen.G Esports made a statement against Red Reserve for the first match of the day. Next, Midnight continued to establish their dominance of Division A with another victory against Evil Geniuses. Third, OpTic Gaming took […]


CSGO News: Smooya Banned from FACEIT Pro League

CSGO News: Smooya Banned from FACEIT Pro League

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According to a report from Dextero.com, Owen “smooya” Butterfield has been banned from FACEIT Pro League indefinitely after and interaction with Optic Gaming’s Ismail “refrezh” Ali, in which Smooya told the player to “kill himself” in now-deleted tweets. Butterfield has had a troubled CS:GO career, recently leaving BIG citing difficulties fitting into their team system. […]


China Officially Recognizes Esports as a Profession

China Officially Recognizes Esports as a Profession

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China made the move to recognize two separate esports professions on January 25th. Both “esports professional” and “esports operator” are now officially recognized by the country and its Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (CMHRSS). CMHRSS is responsible for “national labor policy standards [and] regulations…” according to its website. It exists to “provide assistanc[e] […]


Starcraft II: WCS Winter 2019 Europe Ro32 Wrap-Up

Starcraft II: WCS Winter 2019 Europe Ro32 Wrap-Up

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As you may or may not know, one of the stops on the StarCraft II WCS stops was eliminated and replaced with WCS Winter, an online tournament that anyone can watch on the StarCraft II Channel on ESTNN TV. The competition is broken into two divisions – WCS Winter America, and WCS Winter Europe. The […]


Dota 2: 5 Keys to Becoming a Better Player

Dota 2: 5 Keys to Becoming a Better Player

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Most of us have wondered how to become better in Dota 2. Some people read guides, watch streams or get “coached” with the sole purpose of bettering themselves. While this could be useful in most cases, there is no better thing to do than just spam as many games as possible. This might seem like […]


StarCraft II: Jan. 17 – Jan. 30 Period Analysis

StarCraft II: Jan. 17 – Jan. 30 Period Analysis

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The last two weeks have been busy on the pro-scene as January marks the traditional start of the StarCraft II season and our friendly neighborhood statistics aggregator Aligulac has captured those games. The sample size this period is flush with games, sitting at cool 4268 games played by pros and semi-pros alike, collected over a […]


Overwatch Esports: Recent Roster Changes

Overwatch Esports: Recent Roster Changes

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It’s been a busy week for teams in the Overwatch circuit as Contenders Trials around the globe are taking place. Some teams are gearing up by signing new players to their rosters in hopes of taking home first place in Season Four. Here is a recap of what has been going on recently in Overwatch […]


Clash Royale Red Bull M.E.O. World Finals Concludes

Clash Royale Red Bull M.E.O. World Finals Concludes

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This past weekend we saw the live finals for the Red Bull M.E.O. Clash Royale tournament in Germany crown its champion. Participants from 36 countries had to qualify nationally before being eligible for the finals, meaning they are one of the top players from their country. After completing the group stage, the top four players […]



CWL Pro League Recap: Opening Day, Division A

CWL Pro League Recap: Opening Day, Division A

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The first day of the Pro League is complete, and we got a treat! Sibling rivalry was the highlight of the first match between Red Reserve and Reciprocity. Meanwhile, a stunning, unthinkable upset occurred between Midnight and OpTic Gaming, where Midnight proved themselves not to be taken lightly. Match 1: Red Reserve vs. Reciprocity For […]


Call of Duty Esports: OpTic Gaming Replaces Dashy with ZooMaa

Call of Duty Esports: OpTic Gaming Replaces Dashy with ZooMaa

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According to the coach for OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty team Tyler “TeeP’ Polchow, Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparratto, previously declared as a substitute player under the CWL’s new roster rules will be playing with OpTic Gaming during the Pro League. According to Teep, who revealed this during a stream on Twitch, ZooMaa will replace Brandon “Dashy” […]


Call of Duty World League: Pro League Day 1 Primer

Call of Duty World League: Pro League Day 1 Primer

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At long last, we’ve arrived. The 2019 edition of the Call of Duty Pro League begins today at the MLG Studios in Columbus, Ohio. The league will operate with two divisions of eight teams, with Division A playing each other for two weeks, followed by Division B doing the same, before two weeks of inter-divisional […]


Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 11 CIS Qualifiers Recap

Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 11 CIS Qualifiers Recap

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Just a day after the qualifications in SEA and China finished, we now also know the CIS representatives in the upcoming Stockholm Major. Unlike the other regions, there will be only two teams from this one. Groups Both groups were exciting to watch as there was tons of back-and-forth action. Of course, CIS is famous […]


Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – Paris Eternal (#8)

Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – Paris Eternal (#8)

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#9 – San Francisco Shock |  #10 – Toronto Defiant |   #11 – Dallas Fuel |   #12 – Shanghai Dragons |   #13 – Atlanta Reign |   #14 – Ghuanzhou Charge |   #15 – Hangzhou Spark |   #16 – Houston Outlaws |   #17 – Florida Mayhem |   #18 – Boston Uprising |   #19 – Washington Justice | #20 – Chengdu Hunters As France’s lone OWL Season 2 team, the Paris […]


CSGO: Mousesports Announces Departure of Styko and ChrisJ

CSGO: Mousesports Announces Departure of Styko and ChrisJ

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After crashing out of the Katowice Minor, Mousesports have decided to part ways with Martin “STYKO” Styk and Chris “chrisJ” de Jong according to a post on the team’s website. The organization has said that it will announce a new roster shortly. According to Mousesports, they have also parted ways with coach Sergey “lmbt” Bezhanov. […]


CSGO: North Replaces Coach before GG.Bet ICE Challenge

CSGO: North Replaces Coach before GG.Bet ICE Challenge

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According to a blog post from the organization, North will trial former Alternate Attax coach Torbjørn “mithR” Nyborg during the GG.Bet ICE Challenge. Former Coach, Alexander “ave” Holdt has decided to step down in order to focus on his family after a year with the team. https://twitter.com/TheNorthIsHere/status/1092430884152725504 North’s Director of Esports, Jonas Svendsen, had this […]


CSGO News: Heroic Teases Brand Overhaul

CSGO News: Heroic Teases Brand Overhaul

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Early this morning, the official Twitter of Heroic.gg and its players replaced their profile pictures with a plain black picture and tweeted out a mysterious tweet teasing a makeover of their existing brand. The last time that the team unveiled a new logo was April 2017. pic.twitter.com/wQSwSCOOvU — HEROIC (@heroicgg) February 4, 2019 The tweet, […]


Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 11 China Qualifiers Recap

Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 11 China Qualifiers Recap

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During the past couple of days, there has been tons of action throughout all regions due to the ongoing DreamLeague S11 Qualifiers. Let’s take a close look at what happened in China, one of the most interesting regions in Dota. The Group Stage The format of the groups in all regions was the same. Two […]


Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 11 SEA Qualifiers Recap

Dota 2: DreamLeague Season 11 SEA Qualifiers Recap

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It’s been an exciting two days of dota 2 for the SEA region, with 8 teams competing for 2 regional spots in the Stockholm Major.  With the finals almost upon us now, it’s time to look back at all the ups and downs from the qualifiers so far. Group Stages – Opening Matches There were […]


LCS: Week Two – Day Two Recap

LCS: Week Two – Day Two Recap

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Golden Guardians v 100 Thieves   100 Thieves (“100T”) snagged their first win of the split in their match versus Golden Guardians (“GGS”). They started off strong with AnDa counter-jungling Contractz effectively and nullifying any pressure he could have. First Blood did go to Contractz however, but 100T did get a trade kill back. 100T […]


LCS: Week Two – Day One Recap

LCS: Week Two – Day One Recap

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Echo Fox v Team SoloMid   Team SoloMid (“TSM”) defeated Echo Fox (“FOX”) in the first game of the week. The game was close in the beginning though. FOX secured an early Ocean Dragon at five minutes and then Solo made a two-versus-one outplay under his top lane tower that got him two kills for […]


League Championship Series: Week 2 Predictions

League Championship Series: Week 2 Predictions

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Week 1 of the LCS gave us a lot to digest after ten intense games that have given us some upsets already. With a mix of coaching and roster moves throughout the offseason, it was difficult to determine team standings in the new LCS. After one week it is not any easier, though we have […]


The Future of Esports: Will They Rise or Dwindle?

The Future of Esports: Will They Rise or Dwindle?

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Even though video gaming competitions are not a new thing, we can say that eSports took their current form pretty recently. As video games started becoming more complex and more sophisticated in the 21st century, competitions began attracting more attraction. Today, eSports is slowly becoming a spectator sport because 40% of viewers do not play […]


Mobile Esports Players Break Earnings Record in 2018

Mobile Esports Players Break Earnings Record in 2018

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The past year has been a good indicator of both how far mobile esports have come, and how much farther they can go. Not that long ago, mobile gaming was seen as an established domain of casual players and nothing else, with no potential for professional play. Now, thanks to the blockbuster titles like Clash […]


Dota 2: New Bloom Rewards

Dota 2: New Bloom Rewards

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Just a few days after patch 7.21 landed and we got an MMR restart, there is yet another surprise from Valve – the New Bloom rewards were just announced. Following the recent success of Dota 2 in terms of player base, it seems like Valve are trying to give something back to the community. Now […]


CSGO News: niko Joins Rogue As Roster Moves Continue

CSGO News: niko Joins Rogue As Roster Moves Continue

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Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen has officially joined the Rogue CS:GO squad according to the team’s official twitter account. Niko replaces fellow Dane Jesper “TENZKI” Plougmann on the squad. The move comes just weeks after Rogue failed to qualify for the IEM Katowice Major Qualifiers. Previously, niko helped his former team, Optic Gaming, place second at cs_summit […]


League of Legends: The Problems with Positional Ranking

League of Legends: The Problems with Positional Ranking

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Patch 9.2 introduced positional ranking for the ranked ladders in North America and Korea. This new rank system gives players a rank for each individual role, as opposed to the old system of having a single rank. So far the reception to this change has been negative. There are many problems people have with the […]


League European Championship: Week 3 Predictions

League European Championship: Week 3 Predictions

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The second week of the LEC gave us some great games and yet another upset. With we have a much better understanding of where teams should be ranked heading towards week three. Some of the notable storylines to keep in mind will be the two extremes of the standings. One 4-0 team remains in G2 […]


Could Substitute Players Become The Norm In CS:GO?

Could Substitute Players Become The Norm In CS:GO?

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Even though the parallels between “regular” and esports always seem to imply an uneasy companionship of sorts, the rise of playing video games professionally clearly owes a lot to the models established by existing sporting franchises. Some lessons are learned, many are ignored, and while it’s evident that CS:GO, League of Legends and the like […]


Dota 2 Esports: DreamLeague Season 11 Qualifiers Preview

Dota 2 Esports: DreamLeague Season 11 Qualifiers Preview

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Just a few days after the end of the Chongqing Major, the qualifiers for the next big DPC event are on the way. DreamLeague Season 11 will be the third Major of the 2018/2019 Pro Circuit Season. Sixteen of the best teams in the world will be competing for that lucrative $1,000,000 prize pool, as […]



Call of Duty Esports: Team Space Acquired by Gen.G Esports

Call of Duty Esports: Team Space Acquired by Gen.G Esports

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Professional Call of Duty squad formerly known as Team Space has found an organization after months of waiting. Michael “Spacely” Schmale, Chance “Maux” Moncivaez, Michael “MajorManiak” Szymaniak, Colt “Havok” Mclendon, and Jared “Nagafen” Harrell have been picked up (finally) by Gen.G. Team Space previously competed as Str8 Rippin’ at CWL Vegas this past December. After […]


LCS: Jatt’s Departure from Caster to Game Designer

LCS: Jatt’s Departure from Caster to Game Designer

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Joshua “Jatt” Leesman made a startling announcement on the most recent episode of “The Dive” today.  He told fans and audiences that he was leaving the esports scene to work on game development and balance. Because he is such a well-known figure in the scene, his departure is all the more shocking. As one of […]


Dota 2: ESL One Mumbai – Closed Qualifier Invites Announced

Dota 2: ESL One Mumbai – Closed Qualifier Invites Announced

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One of the biggest esports events that will take place this year in India will be the ESL One Mumbai. The tournament will have a lucrative $300,000 prize pool as well as one of the best teams playing. ESL One Mumbai will be India’s biggest Dota 2 event so far, even surpassing DreamHack Mumbai, which […]


Dota 2 News: Maybe to Take Time Off; But Black^ is Back

Dota 2 News: Maybe to Take Time Off; But Black^ is Back

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With the Chongqing Major now behind them, players and teams are adjusting and making changes in preparation for the new patch and the road to TI9. A shock departure and a surprise return were the announcements that shook up the dota 2 world yesterday. PSG.LGD’s Maybe to take a break from competing In a disappointing […]


CSGO: Shuffle of the North – How North Can Relight Their Fortunes

CSGO: Shuffle of the North – How North Can Relight Their Fortunes

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The Danish CS:GO scene is in both its best and worst ever state. Astralis, the gods of Denmark, are ruling CS:GO in their era. The first winners of the Intel Grand Slam, Astralis are set for further glory in 2019. Elsewhere in Denmark, The Green Wall of OpTic Gaming, with an undoubtedly talented roster, have […]


PUBG is Gearing Up for Esports Foothold

PUBG is Gearing Up for Esports Foothold

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PUBG is gearing up for a big year in the Battle Royale arena as phase 1 of the PEL is set to get underway on February 15th. The PEL (PUBG European League) is just one region of a worldwide six which will be represented in the official competitive gameplay, with a season opener scheduled for […]


Dota 2 Esports: 5 Highlights from the Chongqing Major

Dota 2 Esports: 5 Highlights from the Chongqing Major

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The Chongqing Major was a showcase of some of the best Dota 2 being played in the completive scene right now, and exactly what we’d expect from players at an event of this caliber. From the action-packed finals between Team Secret and Virtus Pro to the first ever All Random Death Match played at a […]


Fortnite Esports: Summer Smash Recap

Fortnite Esports: Summer Smash Recap

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The Fortnite Summer Smash was played this past weekend at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. The players took over the center court of the stadium and played a total of six games to decide who would walk home with the grand prize of $100,000. While the event received lots of hype […]


Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Top Picks and Bans

Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Top Picks and Bans

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The first Major of the year has just finished, and it was the last event on patch 7.20. We witnessed the best teams in the world going ham on each other. Apart from the ordinary meta picks that we were used to, there was a lot of strange stuff: Slark mid, Doom carry, and Luna […]


Call of Duty Stars Dylan and Dqvee to Duke it Out for Charity

Call of Duty Stars Dylan and Dqvee to Duke it Out for Charity

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Two legendary players from the professional Call of Duty scene – Dqvee, of Lightning Pandas and Epsilon, and Dylan, formerly of Team Sween – will duel to the death for a good cause. The charity gaming group Gaming for Awareness, in partnership with UK-based energy drink Gamer Focus, is hosting this throwdown which takes place […]


Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – San Francisco Shock (#9)

Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – San Francisco Shock (#9)

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#10 – Toronto Defiant |   #11 – Dallas Fuel |   #12 – Shanghai Dragons |   #13 – Atlanta Reign |   #14 – Ghuanzhou Charge |   #15 – Hangzhou Spark |   #16 – Houston Outlaws |   #17 – Florida Mayhem |   #18 – Boston Uprising |   #19 – Washington Justice | #20 – Chengdu Hunters Coming in at 9th in ESTNN’s power rankings are one of the […]


League of Legends Games to Watch: Week of 1/27-2/3

League of Legends Games to Watch: Week of 1/27-2/3

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With the LCS starting at the tail end of last week, we have finally seen all major regions play. With one week to go before Lunar New Year, we take a look at some of the best matchups. Don’t forget you can watch all these games through ESTNN TV, watch.lolesports.com or any of the respective […]


CSGO Esports: What We Learned From The ELEAGUE Invitational

CSGO Esports: What We Learned From The ELEAGUE Invitational

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The ELEAGUE Invitational concluded with Faze defeating their rivals Cloud9 2-1 to take home the trophy. Here are a few things we learned from the minor. Optimism surrounding Cloud9 Although Cloud9 didn’t get the result they wanted, falling to Faze in a best of three in the finals, there were plenty of bright spots to […]


CSGO Esports: IEM Katowice 2019 Asia Minor Recap

CSGO Esports: IEM Katowice 2019 Asia Minor Recap

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Beyond the Anatolia-related puns, the Asia minor always felt like the odd one out of these qualifiers, and this iteration proved no exception. Even with the lack of TyLoo – who have finally managed to crack the code and make it to the New Legends Stage –, the competition still felt like “Renegades and the […]


CSGO Esports: IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor Recap

CSGO Esports: IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor Recap

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With the regular minor events complete, we’ve successfully established eighty percent of the Katowice newcomers. While there’s still one last chapter to be written with the third-placed playoffs, we can already decipher most of the interesting storylines of the Americas minor. This tournament has clarified a lot of domestic hierarchies. Established that NRG and karrigan […]


PUBG Esports: A New Beginning for Cloud9

PUBG Esports: A New Beginning for Cloud9

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Following the release of both Mehmood “Moody” Askar and substitute Jessie “Reum” Amaya, Cloud9 has announced Austin “Lobes” McWethy of Check Six Gaming as their newest starting member. Super blessed to be a part of @Cloud9, can't wait to get to work with these amazing players! — Lobes (@LobesTV) January 25, 2019 CONGRATULATIONS In a […]


Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Grand Finals Recap

Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Grand Finals Recap

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After over one week of the highest quality Dota 2 games, it’s time to say goodbye. The Chongqing Major was by far one of the most exciting events in the last couple of months. We were able to witness the best teams in the world going absolutely ham on each other. There were many crazy […]


LCS: Week One Day Two Recap

LCS: Week One Day Two Recap

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The second day of the first week of LCS is a wrap! Many teams are showcasing incredible potential with their new rosters, while some are struggling. Teams are still trying their best to start off on the right foot this split, and are giving viewers great games. Even though its early into the season, there’s […]


LCS: Week One Day One Recap

LCS: Week One Day One Recap

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After a long off-season, the League of Legends Championship Series is finally back! With a ton of preseason roster changes, the ten North American teams are ready to get on the Rift. There are many exciting players along with equally exciting picks that are sure to make even the first day of LCS captivating. All […]


Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 5 Recap

Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 5 Recap

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Today, three more teams have left the tournament, which means that there are only three remaining to fight for the first Major of 2019. The big question is which team will claim the $1,000,000 prize pool? EHOME vs. Evil Geniuses The opening game of the day was between the NA powerhouse and the Bucharest Minor […]


CSGO News: Bravado Gaming Cancels Indiegogo Campaign, May Leave the US

CSGO News: Bravado Gaming Cancels Indiegogo Campaign, May Leave the US

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South African CS:GO team Bravado Gaming has cancelled their IndieGoGo campaign and will refund all money raised. Dubbed “Project Destiny,” the campaign seemed to be raising money to allow Bravado Gaming players to stay and compete in America. As of this morning, the campaign had raised $4,268 of its $30,000 goal. At one time they […]



Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 4 Recap

Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 4 Recap

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After taking a day off from the action, the players are back on track. Today, two more teams had to leave the tournament, which means that there are six of them left in total. Lower Bracket Vici Gaming vs. Evil Geniuses The first thriller of the day was between two teams which have had a […]


Overwatch Esports: NEXT Winter Semi-Finals

Overwatch Esports: NEXT Winter Semi-Finals

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Contenders Season Three is over, and with the Overwatch League drawing closer, fans are getting ready to rally to their teams’ side to support them during the season. But while the time is slowly ticking away for some, others are spending it by enjoying the NetEase Esports X Tournament – Winter, and here is what […]


Secretlab Becomes the Official Seat of League of Legends

Secretlab Becomes the Official Seat of League of Legends

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Secretlab is now the third international sponsor of League of Legends esports, joining two other international sponsors in Alienware and Mastercard. They will provide all seating for League events and tournaments, replacing Maxnomic, a rival gaming chair company, as the official seat of League of Legends. Additionally, Secretlab will be the first racing-chair provider to […]


Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – Toronto Defiant (#10)

Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – Toronto Defiant (#10)

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#11 – Dallas Fuel |   #12 – Shanghai Dragons |   #13 – Atlanta Reign |   #14 – Ghuanzhou Charge |   #15 – Hangzhou Spark |   #16 – Houston Outlaws |   #17 – Florida Mayhem |   #18 – Boston Uprising |   #19 – Washington Justice | #20 – Chengdu Hunters Toronto Defiant takes the 10th spot in ESTNN’s power rankings. Announced last September, this expansion franchise […]


Report: Video Game Revenue Was Higher Than Hollywood’s in 2018

Report: Video Game Revenue Was Higher Than Hollywood’s in 2018

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Video Game revenue is up 18% from 2017, totaling $43.8 billion. According to the Entertainment Software Association and The NPD Group, this figure is high enough to pass the total recorded revenues from the film industry in 2018. VIDEO GAMES TAKE THE TOP SPOT According to Deadline Hollywood, the film industry had a record year […]


Marquette Makes Esports an Official Varsity Sport

Marquette Makes Esports an Official Varsity Sport

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Marquette University will be the first major athletic conference school to add esports as a varsity sport.  “Being named after an explorer means it’s in Marquette’s DNA to define the opportunities of tomorrow and ensure we’re anticipating what future students will expect. Marquette embraces new methods of teaching and areas of study, and esports and […]


The Lightning-Fast College and High School Esports Expansion

The Lightning-Fast College and High School Esports Expansion

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For more than a century, traditional sports always looked to the educational institutions as a source for the next generation of both professional players and fans. The tradition is so long and rich that college leagues have spurted out on their own, and represent huge markets. For example, the 2018 Southeastern Conference football season paid […]


Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 3 Recap

Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 3 Recap

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During Day 3 of the Main event, the Lower bracket featured a plethora of epic battles. Every team was fighting for their survival, but only four managed to move forward, keeping their eyes on the prize. Vici Gaming vs. Chaos Esports Club The opening game of the day was between one of the Chinese favorites […]


Call of Duty: Just How Powerful Is Seraph?

Call of Duty: Just How Powerful Is Seraph?

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Specialist abilities were introduced in Black Ops 3, and their competitive balance has been debated ever since. On Sunday, Red Reserve qualified for the Pro League in part due to a play that left G2 Esports on the outside looking in. Red Reserve’s Rated, who played as the team’s Seraph, started the Game 5 Search […]


Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 2 Recap

Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 2 Recap

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Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 1 Recap The second day of the main event was packed with games. The Lower bracket best-if-one massacre started for eight teams, followed the Upper bracket clashes. Lower Bracket Alliance vs. Chaos Esports Club More than disappointed. Chaos showed up strong and did not give us a moment to […]



NA LCS: 100 Thieves, A Team to Watch

NA LCS: 100 Thieves, A Team to Watch

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Strengths The brand-new roster for the North American League of Legends team 100 Thieves offers a lot to the league in terms of power. They bring an anchor to the game in top lane where few other teams in the league can replicate. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho has consistently proven himself to be a force to […]


Hard-Shift for Western Competitive PUBG

Hard-Shift for Western Competitive PUBG

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Proceeding the conclusion of regional preseasons around the world with the top 16 teams in each region moving forward to Phase 1 of their corresponding Pro League; PUBG Corporation is following through on their plan to implement a “Global Competitive Ruleset” to all Official Leagues going into the 2019 season. This is part of an […]


CSGO: The IEM Katowice 2019 Asia Minor Storylines

CSGO: The IEM Katowice 2019 Asia Minor Storylines

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Perhaps the competition with the lowest profile out of the four, the Katowice Asia minor will nevertheless offer an interesting snapshot of the state of play in a part of the world that Valve clearly covets: even though the Asian sides thoroughly failed to make an impact on the big stage so far, TyLoo’s successful […]


League of Legends: Awaken for Ranked

League of Legends: Awaken for Ranked

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League of Legends, as an esport, has a very dedicated competitive player base. Each season, millions of Summoners from around the world fight for glory and juicy LP. After a long three-month preseason, the time for Season Nine ranked is nearly here. Riot Games wants to amp up their players in these last few days […]


CSGO: The IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor Storylines

CSGO: The IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor Storylines

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With the European and CIS minors out of the way, the spotlight is now turned on the Americas and Asia’s representatives. Just like its EU counterpart, the American minor features a team – and a player – that arguably shouldn’t have to grind through this stage in order to get a ticket to Katowice: all […]


Team Liquid Overcome Astralis To Win iBP Masters IV

Team Liquid Overcome Astralis To Win iBP Masters IV

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Team Liquid finally defeated Astralis in a grand final, ending the streak of five grand final losses to their Danish kryptonite and took home the trophy at the iBP Masters IV. Liquid played with new addition Jake “Stewie2k” Yip as well a new coach in former TL IGL Eric “adren” Hoag, and beat Astralis 2-1 […]


Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – Dallas Fuel (#11)

Overwatch League Season 2 Countdown – Dallas Fuel (#11)

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#12 – Shanghai Dragons |   #13 – Atlanta Reign |  #14 – Ghuanzhou Charge |  #15 – Hangzhou Spark |  #16 – Houston Outlaws |  #17 – Florida Mayhem |  #18 – Boston Uprising |  #19 – Washington Justice | #20 – Chengdu Hunters Next in our power rankings is one of the original 12 teams from Overwatch League Season 1, Dallas Fuel. Co-owned […]


Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 1 Recap

Dota 2: The Chongqing Major – Main Event Day 1 Recap

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During the weekend we saw around twenty high-quality Dota 2 games in the Group stage of the Major. In the end, most of the favorites managed to finish in the upper part of the Group, which was expected. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what happened today. Team Liquid vs Team Secret Some […]


CWL Pro League Qualifiers: Day Five Recap

CWL Pro League Qualifiers: Day Five Recap

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The last four Pro League qualifying spots were filled during Day Five’s bracket play. Excelerate Gaming, Team Space, Overtime Esport, and Red Reserve qualified on the final day. It was a day of high hopes and heartbreak for many players, organizations, and fans at the venue. Upsets and the elimination of traditionally high-performing Call of […]


CSGO: What Went Down at the IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor

CSGO: What Went Down at the IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor

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IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor Recap While the European minor and its incredible upsets stole the spotlight, the CIS competition also had quite a few interesting storylines to offer: the “usual” suspects will be making a return to the big stage in the form of AVANGAR and Team Spirit as the old guard of the […]


Overwatch Esports: Contenders Season Three Wraps Up

Overwatch Esports: Contenders Season Three Wraps Up

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Contenders Season Three has finally come to a close and with it, historical moments in Overwatch Esports have been made. Teams have become three-time champions, new rosters have triumphed, and others have proven themselves to be a force to be reckoned with during the next seasons of Contenders and beyond. Here’s what happened during the […]


CSGO: What Went Down at the IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor

CSGO: What Went Down at the IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor

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The European minor was littered with fallen giants and upsets in every stage of the event: while no one can say that ENCE or Vitality didn’t deserve their spots, it has to be said that their performances were overshadowed by the failings of those better-known names that failed to show up. Questions will be asked […]


S1mple, The Ukranian Superstar – Part 2: The King

S1mple, The Ukranian Superstar – Part 2: The King

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See: S1mple, The Ukranian Superstar Part 1: Origins In this second part of the Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev series, his 2018 comes under the spotlight. To analyze s1mple’s 2018 is to analyze the best a player has performed individually in one year of Counter-Strike, in history. He carried his team, often alone, as he fought hard […]


Dota 2: Chongqing Major Day Two Recap

Dota 2: Chongqing Major Day Two Recap

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After a fantastic day one, where we saw a lot of drama, the Chongqing Major continued with the games from the other two groups – C and D. Group C The first game for Team Liquid was against one of the underdogs in the event – The Pango (ex. NoPangolier). Despite not having Miracle- in […]


League of Legends Games to Watch: Week of 1/20 – 1/27

League of Legends Games to Watch: Week of 1/20 – 1/27

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With the first week in the books, we look at what might be worth a watch, including the start of the LCS during the weekend. You can catch all these games on ESTNN TV, watch.lolesports.com or any of their respective Twitch channels. Sunday, January 20th 6 AM ET RNG vs. Suning Gaming: We start of […]


CWL Pro League Qualifier: Day Four Recap

CWL Pro League Qualifier: Day Four Recap

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Day Four brings ecstasy for some, heartbreak for others, and stress for the rest going into bracket play tomorrow. Day Four of the Call of Duty Pro League Qualifier was not short on drama. Many a clutch performance brought teams from the brink of elimination. Other teams with strong positions in their pools were able […]


League of Legends: First Look at the LEC’s Newest Teams

League of Legends: First Look at the LEC’s Newest Teams

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The first week of the LEC is wrapped up, and the standings are already different than many expected. This year four new teams have joined the league and show varying degrees of strength and success. Two notable names, SK Gaming and Origen, return to the scene and look to redeem themselves. Excel Esports and Rogue […]


Dota 2: Chongqing Major Day One Recap

Dota 2: Chongqing Major Day One Recap

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Virtus.pro, EHOME, PSG.LGD & Team Secret advance to the Upper Bracket. Day One of the first Major for 2019 saw Group A and B compete in several exciting matchups to advance into the Upper Bracket. Group A and B began and concluded on Day One, while Group C and D will showcase some of the […]


Overwatch Analysis, Episode 3: Fusion University’s Attack

Overwatch Analysis, Episode 3: Fusion University’s Attack

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Fusion University has been dominating Overwatch Contenders since it’s very existence. Not only have they won all three contenders seasons, but they’ve also done it while being undefeated going 24-0 in their matches. As you watch Fusion University in action, you start to realize how methodical and innovative they are when it comes to strategy. […]


LEC: Recap of Day One of the 2019 Spring Season

LEC: Recap of Day One of the 2019 Spring Season

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LEC Kicks off the 2019 Season! The long-awaited first season of the LEC since rebranding from the EU LCS has finally arrived! Kicking off the European Spring Split of 2019 includes five games, all being a best of one series. The games today include FNATIC vs. SK Gaming, exceL eSports vs. Splyce, Schalke 04 vs. […]


CSGO News: Ghost Gaming Officially Adds Freakazoid

CSGO News: Ghost Gaming Officially Adds Freakazoid

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At around 8PM Eastern time, Ghost Gaming officially welcomed Ryan “freakazoid” Abadir to their roster. After Ghost Gaming rifler Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik stepped down, many outlets reported that freakazoid was a likely replacement. No need for an introduction, welcome to #GhostGang @FreakazoidA. pic.twitter.com/wEQxI4CqHp — Ghost Gaming Esports (@GhostEsports) January 19, 2019 While yet unconfirmed, Ghost […]


CWL Pro League Qualifier: Day Three Recap

CWL Pro League Qualifier: Day Three Recap

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During Day Three, some popular teams showed signs of life, but only one Pro League spot was earned. Day Three of the Call of Duty Pro League Qualifier is in the books, and even though both young and veteran rosters took solid steps toward qualifying for the Pro League, only Midnight Esports were able to […]


Control: A Great Addition to the Call of Duty World League

Control: A Great Addition to the Call of Duty World League

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While Back Ops 4 brings some relative novelties to the CWL scene in terms of new specialist abilities and equipment, specialists themselves are not new to the competitive Call of Duty scene and ultimately are not unique to Black Ops 4. While Black Ops 4 may not provide novelty via its gameplay, the game has […]


GFINITY Licensed Qualifier Event Kicks-Off New Year For FIFA

GFINITY Licensed Qualifier Event Kicks-Off New Year For FIFA

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A new year means a whole new set of FIFA tournaments. It all starts with the first Gfinity Licensed Qualifier Event (LQE) taking place in the Gfinity Arena on Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th. You can catch the action on the Gfinity Twitch channel starting at 8:45 AM ET on Saturday. The LQE […]


Dota 2 Auto Chess Tournament to be Hosted by BSJ

Dota 2 Auto Chess Tournament to be Hosted by BSJ

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The phenomenon called Dota 2 Auto Chess is a custom game in Dota 2 that hooked thousands of people. With over 1.3 million subscribers it has become a game of its own, literally. If you find this familiar, you are right. Dota 2 itself was a custom map in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (named […]


Overwatch Esports: Contenders Pacific Playoffs Recap

Overwatch Esports: Contenders Pacific Playoffs Recap

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Contenders Pacific has come to a close, and with it, a new champion has been crowned. The entirety of the playoffs was packed full of action and many players proving their talent as professional Overwatch players. Here is a recap of what happened in the last few matches of the Contenders Pacific Playoffs. Contenders Pacific […]


StarCraft II: Jan. 03 – Jan. 16 Period Analysis

StarCraft II: Jan. 03 – Jan. 16 Period Analysis

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Welcome back, esports fans for another look at how StarCraft II is currently performing at the professional level. There are only four more days until 2018 Season 4 comes to an end and 2019 Season 1 begins to lock in those wins while you still can! The last few weeks have been busy on the […]


Team Envy Announces CORSAIR Partnership, Giveaway

Team Envy Announces CORSAIR Partnership, Giveaway

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Envy Gaming has released details of its partnership with CORSAIR, who will provide peripherals to both Team Envy and the Dallas Fuel. In addition to the partnership, all Team Envy teams will be involved in “product testing, evaluations, and review of CORSAIR products,” according to the Team Envy press release. In addition to announcing the […]


4 “Major” Questions That iBP Masters IV Can Answer Before IEM Katowice

4 “Major” Questions That iBP Masters IV Can Answer Before IEM Katowice

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The iBUYPOWER Masters IV kicks off this weekend, Saturday, January 19th, and because we are so close to the IEM Katowice Major, we can use this tournament to give us a  preview of what we can expect at Katowice from the top teams in attendance. Understandably, the “saving strats for the Major” meme is alive and well, […]