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2 days ago

Finland vs. South Korea was top-tier professional Overwatch

The Overwatch World Cup group stages kicked off this week, and with fifteen games each they’re pretty intense to keep up with. If you’re only able to watch one match from this stage, though, you should make it Finland vs. South Korea. The match-up was always going to be hotly contested, but the two teams put on one of the best shows of professional Overwatch…

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1 week ago

Overwatch World Cup hopeful xQc suspended for abusive chat

Popular Overwatch livestreamer and ex-Dallas Fuel professional player Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel was handed a 15-day suspension from Overwatch yesterday, after being repeatedly reported for abusive chat. This is only the latest in a long line of disciplinary actions taken against the player, who is scheduled to appear for team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup next month.

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Feature: Not always a winning pick

Competitive Overwatch rebuilds around Wrecking Ball

The Overwatch League might be in its off season, but competitive Overwatch rumbles on with the Contenders tier entering its playoff stages. Controversially, these playoffs have been taking place on an updated patch, introducing huge changes for players to adapt to, including the newest hero, Wrecking Ball, and the new version of Symmetra. Teams haven’t had a lot of time to practice with the new…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Gold goes for it

The PUBG Global Invitational finale: blow by blow

“I’ll write a blow by blow report of the final”, I said. “That should be fun”, I said. The final match of the third-person perspective competition at the PUBG Global Invitational had too many blows for one man to report, but it turns out you can still tell a good story if you focus on the most important. “When we are in game we are…

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3 weeks ago

The best moments (and winners) of the PUBG Global Invitational

I spent the past five days watching the Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Global Invitational, looking on as people shoot at each other in showdowns that aren't officially stag and hen dos gone wrong. But don't listen to Brendan "Plunk" Greene. PUBG isn't about winning, it's about watching people get away with stuff that they shouldn't and laughing when things go horribly wrong.

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England won a thing!

If you're still licking your wounded pride after England stacked it in the World Cup, take solace in the news that an English team have won Blizzard's first professional Overwatch season. At the Overwatch League Grand Finals in New York over the weekend, London Spitfire--a team whose name could only be more mawkishly English if it were Sir Percy Brexitworth And The D-Day 1966ers--lifted the…

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4 weeks ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds kicks off Invitational with free outfit

After a slapstick competitive debut with 2017's PUBG Invitational, where some matches stalled with players hiding in the sea or the 'dangerous' blue zone, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds today starts its first "major" official tournament. The PUBG Global Invitational [pubwha? -bants ed.] will bring five days of competition from twenty teams, all scrapping to be the last lads standing and claim their share of a $2 million prize…

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2 months ago

This Dragon Ball FighterZ match is somewhat intense

Think fast. No, faster than that. Sorry, you’re still not thinking with the required rapidity. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a good fighting game that requires quick wits and quick mitts, which is why you’ll never be the best. But this fight between two players at a weekend tournament has some folks in the fighting game community squealing. From an outsider’s perspective, it sure looks like…

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Ready Steady Pan is a TF2 tournament where you can only attack with frying pans

There's a 'this is the pinnacle of esports' joke right there on the table, but I'm gonna say straight up that Ready Steady Pan is an absolute mess to spectate. But what a spectacularly daft mess it is. This is 6v6 Team Fortress 2, where everyone is only allowed to attack with frying pans and food. And urine, for some reason. The community-run "semi-competitive tournament"…

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StarCraft updates on Korea League and Remastered

I'm perhaps too far behind to catch up on StarCraft. I played back in the day but 15 years of competitive epsorts later, I rarely understand what I'm seeing when I watch the Big Match. (For what it is worth, I'm suddenly finding Rainbow Six: Siege to be the most watchable esport competition. Lemme know if that's how you're feeling too.) But for the game…

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3 months ago

Clickuorice Allsorts: burnout in the Overwatch League

As Blizzard's Overwatch League nears the end of its first season, Nicole Carpenter on Dot Esports takes a look at the "blurred line between work and play" and the stresses and strains it has placed upon players. With at least one team working 70-odd hour weeks, some players are experiencing mental and physical exhaustion, burning out before even the first season's done. Blizzard are experimenting…

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5 months ago

Oh, Canada! Dota 2 International moves venue

In the period of my life where free time basically equated to Dota time, I'd have loved nothing more than to go the International - especially if it was the one where my friends managed to get themselves trapped in a lift with Blitz. No doubt to avoid a repeat of that incident, Valve are moving this year's main Dota 2 tournament to Canada, where…

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9 months ago

Dress as your favourite esports team in Overwatch

If dressing Overwatch heroes up as bees, firefighters or David Bowie tributes isn't enough for you, then I've got good news - from the start of next year, you'll be able to don the colours of your favourite esports team. Blizzard have announced that the custom team skins available for each team competing in the Overwatch League will also be available for their supporters, though…

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Plunkbat tournament ends in a desperate standoff

Over the weekend, 20 teams duked it out at IEM Oakland Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Invitational, fighting over cash and bragging rights. Most games were won by different teams, and places two to five were hotly contested, but by the end there was a clear winner with a sizeable lead. If you don’t want the tournament spoiled, I suggest not reading on.

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11 months ago

Feature: The science of skillz

Statespace: the neuroscientists who want to improve your gaming skills

With the proliferation of esports and the potentially huge sums of money involved if you make it to the top tier in some games it's not surprising that there are so many third-parties carving out a niche by offering to help improve your performance. One which caught my eye recently was Statespace [official site] which is being set up by Wayne Mackey and Jay Fuller.…

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1 year ago

London team confirmed for Overwatch League

eSports organisation Cloud9 will represent London in the Overwatch League [official site], Blizzard have confirmed. The team won't have an official stadium until after 2018, but when they do I'm envisaging half-time pies, coloured scarves and chants of Overwatch is coming home, it's coming home, it's coming etc etc (I know that's not accurate at all, but it's the first England-specific football chant I could think of,…

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Feature: Only three remain!

The International 2017: Three teams standing, two new heroes, and one TERRIFYING AI

The final day of The International 2017 looms, with only Newbee, LGD.Forever Young (LFY) and Team Liquid still in the running to win pro Dota 2’s highest accolade – yesterday saw both Invictus Gaming and LGD Gaming eliminated in surprisingly one-sided lower bracket matches. But first... new heroes!

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Feature: The competition is ramping up!

The International 2017: Five Dota 2 teams remain – who are they and how are they doing?

Four days into the main event and The International 2017 - Dota 2’s $24 million world championship - is down to its final five teams. Only Newbee, LGD.Forever Young, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming and LGD Gaming remain, the other eleven squads to grace the main stage of Seattle’s KeyArena having fallen from the lower bracket and out of contention for the trophy.

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Dota 2: Everything you need to know for The International 2017 main event!

The main event of Dota 2’s premier mega-tournament, The International 2017, kicks off today – and the first round of matches has been decided by a group stage full of surprises. Here's everything you need to know to get you up to speed (or to bluff your way through a conversation with Dota-loving friends!)

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