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1 year ago

Feature: Everything you need to know

The International 2017: Your guide to the biggest tournament in professional Dota 2!

The International, Dota 2’s biggest competitive event (as well as esports’ most moneyed), returns to Seattle this week. This is the culmination of Dota’s year-long season schedule – all of it, all the Majors, third-party tournaments and rosters shuffles, have led to this 18-way showdown where over $23 million is up for grabs. Here's our James to explain what you're watching and give you crucial…

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BBC Three showing live esports for next six weekends

Well, East me Enders and Pano my Rama: live Esports is coming to to the BBC this month. BBC Three (which is now online only) will broadcast the new Gfinity Elite League Series One, which means four hours of Rocket League, CS:GO and Street Fighter V on iPlayer every weekend for the next six weeks. There's a proper schedule and everything: Fridays at 9pm is…

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Feature: Dota in front of an audience

What I learned playing Dota 2 with a professional player

Our James ventured out of unranked solo queue and ended up on a Dota 2 [official site] team captained by a professional player and being streamed to thousands as some of the most famous casters in the scene commentated his efforts. No pressure, then! Here's a little account of what happened and some advice for if you ever find yourself in this not-at-all-highly-specific situation... Last…

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Dota 2 newcomer stream returns to megabucks tourney

With mega Dota 2 [official site] competition The International 2017 on the esports horizon, Valve have gone into more detail about what fans can expect from the tournament. There's a new host in the form of Sean "Day9" Plott (you might know him from his work in the pro StarCraft scene, the Hearthstone scene, or the pro Dota 2 scene, or for hosting cheery fanzine…

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StarCraft II getting an esportsy War Chest

As Westlife once sang in their famous song about esports and their associated cash drives: Tell me what makes an girl want to give you her credit card Smile when you're around and cry when you're apart If you know what makes a girl want to love you the way I do Esports, you gotta let me know so I can get over you. While…

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IEM drops League of Legends from its 2017 schedule

League of Legends [official site] has been dropped from Intel Extreme Masters pro-gaming events as it is no longer viable to try to work around LoL developer Riot's own pro-gaming calendar. IEM is a professional gaming tournament season run by the ESL organisation. It features a varied lineup of games and hosts high-profile LAN competitions in various locations around the world. The huge shindig in…

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League of Legends: The MSI 2017 winners are…

PREAMBLE BEFORE THE JUMP BECAUSE SPOILERS BLAH BLAH BLAH AND REMINDER THAT THE MID-SEASON INVITATIONAL IS THE CROSS-REGIONAL TOURNAMENT BETWEEN SPRING AND SUMMER. IT'S A TOURNAMENT IN ITS OWN RIGHT BUT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE DOING WELL AT MSI HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR SEEDING FOR THE WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIP ETC ETC! The winners of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2017 tournament are:

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Feature: It's the journey not the destination

Why OG winning their fourth Major isn’t bad news for professional Dota 2

Four of the five Dota 2 [official site] Major tournaments have gone the way of team OG. But does that mean the professional Dota 2 scene is becoming predictable? Our James argues not... Fans of professional magician-punching were treated to a familiar sight at the recent Dota 2 Kiev Major: team OG, suddenly $1 million richer and lifting yet another first-prize trophy. As an organisation,…

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Watch wizards: Dota 2’s Kiev Major is now go

Monday can be a slow, quiet day but I'm certainly invigorated by the yelling and explosions of competitive Dota 2 [official site]. Valve's second big tournament of the season, the Kiev Major, kicked off its Group Stage this morning. This is two days of Swiss group battling to determine brackets for the Main Event, which will start on Thursday. How's it going so far? Well!…

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YouTube lands another competitive CS:GO exclusive streaming deal

If you want to watch the competitive CS:GO action of the Esports Championship Series this weekend, you'll need to fire up YouTube. ECS organisers Faceit have signed a multi-year partnership with Google to streamed ECS games exclusively through YouTube, taking them away from Twitch. Even if you've no interest in CS:GO or digital sports at large, it's interesting to see YouTube try to become an…

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2 years ago

League of Legends taking Worlds 2017 to China

League of Legends' [official site] developer, Riot, has announced the 2017 season's main event locations - the Mid-Season Invitational will be setting up shop in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro while the World Championship will be spending a month moving around China to top off the season. There are also some structural changes which are interesting if you follow the professional LoL scene like…

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Smite Season 4 brings new pantheon, new map

Along with all the new game announcements/closed beta phases and whatnot, Hi-Rez's god-themed MOBA, Smite [official site] is getting its annual overhaul. The Season 4 changes include a Celtic-focused event to mark the first character from that pantheon (The Morrigan), an Egyptian-themed Clash map, item updates, changes to ranked play, integrated voice chat, multi-queueing and the addition of Rituals to name just a few. Here's…

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Feature: Major drama

Dota 2 Boston Major: Highlights and must-see matches

Another multimillion-dollar Dota 2 Major tournament has come to a close this weekend as top teams from all over the world battled for the Boston Major's Eaglesong trophy and a share of the $3m prize pool. Would OG be able to defend their title with a remixed lineup or would some feisty newcomers be able to snaffle it away? In case you're still avoiding spoilers…

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Feature: Top tips for watching pro esports

How to watch Dota 2

Dota 2 [official site] begins its next season of multi-million dollar Major tournaments in earnest on December 3, with the Boston Major set to take over the lavish Wang Theatre. While only a relatively small number of viewers will be able to fit inside to see the ridiculously monied spell-storms up close, potentially millions more will be watching via stream – including you, if you…

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Blizzcon Gets First Overwatch World Cup Winners With Clean Sweep Grand Finals

This weekend saw the finals of the Overwatch [official site] World Cup at Blizzcon. I told you about that one on Friday, if memory serves? Ah yes! Good good. It was essentially an exhibition match with a title at stake. I've been catching up with the action this morning over my porridge and I have to say, the final itself was pretty lopsided. I won't…

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Feature: Spoilers ahoy!

League Of Legends Worlds 2016: And The Winners Are…

After five weeks of League of Legends' World Championships ping-ponging across the United States from venue to venue and gradually shedding teams the final contenders, SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy, went head-to-head at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the deciding best-of-five. I appreciate a bunch of you might be waiting to watch the rebroadcast or be saving up the VODs to watch…

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Feature: Korea meets Korea in the final match

League Of Legends World Championships: SKT Meet Samsung Galaxy In Grand Finals

League of Legends' World Championships tournament is about to reach its 2016 conclusion with the Grand Finals in Los Angeles' Staples Center. The finalists comprise two of the LCK's top teams (that's the Korean domestic league, in case you're new to professional LoL), SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy. They will be playing for over $2m* as well as the "best in the world" title,…

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Feature: Holy what!

Worlds Semifinals Bring The Best Series Of Competitive League Of Legends I’ve Ever Seen

This weekend saw reigning champions, SK Telecom T1, take on Korean League's domestic champions ROX Tigers in a spectacular best-of-five which immediately earned a place as one of the greatest matches of any League of Legends World Championships to date. It's definitely the best I've seen, and it occupied my thoughts for most of the following day. I even found myself pondering bits of it…

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