ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/21

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ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/21

Welcome to the ESTNN Daily, where we put together an esports news recap for all of the biggest esports titles! We've got this all in video format, or feel free to read the article below!

League of Legends

In League news, Riot is reportedly considering a full ranked reset of the ladder. Ranked matches right now are full of stories about large rank differences between players, making some matches downright unfair. Riot developer Ed “SapMagic” Altofer confirmed that Riot is considering a full rank reset in a tweet yesterday.

In other news, Altofer told the League community just how large the Challenger divisions will be for each region today. Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, and the Oceania regions will have 50 slots. Latin America South, North, EU Nordic and East, each Chinese server, Brazil, Taiwan, and Turkey will have 200. Finally, Korea, NA, EU West, Vietnam, and the Philippians will have 300 Challenger slots that players can compete for.


We’ve got some Hero news for DOTA 2 today! Wykrhm Reddy, someone who has correctly predicted Valve updates in the past, is reporting that Valve may release a new DOTA 2 hero at the end of February or early March. During last years Invitational, Valve released a trailer debuting Mars and Grimstroke, two brand new heroes for DOTA 2. Grimstroke was immediately released during the Invitational, and Valve promised to release Mars sometime in “Winter.” If true, we could be seeing Mars sooner rather than later.


For today's esports news recap, we've got some awesome Overwatch news. In a tweet from Blizzard, fans may have gotten a peek at Overwatch’s 30th hero. Blizzard tweeted out a cryptic tease featuring the Talon Logo, and a lore post in the official Blizzard Blog referenced a few new characters. The post details a Talon raid to Tortuga, which could be a new map, and two names: Captain Cuerva and Jean-Baptiste Augustin. Could one of these two be a new hero? We probably won’t know for a while, but I’m sure people would welcome some new heroes that might break up the constant GOATS we’ve been seeing in OW for what seems like ages.

CounterStrike: Global Offensive

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We’ve got our first confirmed Legends at the IEM Katowice Major, with Astralis and Team Liquid going 3-0. Both teams are now confirmed for the playoffs and are both favorites for the eventual grand final. Astralis defeated Renegades 2-1. Team Liquid, for their part, won their matchup against Na’Vi, 2-0. With the first two teams moving forward, the Major also said goodbye to two teams today. Both Berlin International Gaming and NRG went 0-3 in the Legends stage. Esports doesn't get more intense then this, so make sure to tune in this weekend to see who takes home the championship!


Black Ops 4
Activision seems to have gone back on its word to not include loot boxes in Black Ops 4. The game’s grand heist update added “Reserve Crates,” hiding some of the update’s best cosmetics inside a $2.00 case. Additionally, Blackout’s best characters are stuck inside these boxes despite the Lead Designer, David Vonderhaar, assuring players that Blackout characters would never be stuck behind a paywall. Looks like Activision is trying to steal the “Worst Company in America” name from EA.


Fortnite K-pop skin
For all of our Fortnite players out there, Epic has just released the super-rare K-Pop skin today. Unfortunately for almost everyone, the only way you can get it is by preordering the $1,000 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. So, if you really, really want the K-pop skin for Fortnite, you better be willing to shell out a lot of money for the honor.

That’s all for the ESTNN Brief for Tuesday, February 19. Make sure to head on over to to catch up on all of the latest news, and check back here tomorrow for another Episode of The Brief!

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Nick Johnson
Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_