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2 years ago

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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Imagine Dragons. Go on. Imagine them.

Sometimes I don't think we make the most of being a blog and thus less formal than our online counterparts. I mean, I was thinking about it today and there's... nothing stopping me from writing a news story just to announce that Warriors by Imagine Dragons is still out there and I'm still listening to it and that it's still the pinnacle of League of…

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How Valve’s Majors and Minors can heal pro Dota 2

With the biggest event in the competitive Dota 2 [official site] calendar – The International 2017 – due to take place next month, it might be a little early to start thinking about The International 2018. Unless, that is, you’re Valve, who have revealed a massive overhaul to how the entire next professional season will play out. Here's an in-depth look at why these changes…

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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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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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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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Burn, baby, burn: Inferno replaces Dust2 in CS:GO

Valve has announced that the iconic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] map, Dust2 will be removed from active duty and replaced with the Inferno map. Dust2 will still be playable, but it exists as a separate map group for the casual and deathmatch game modes. As a result of this swap, you'll no longer see Dust2 in professional esports tournaments.

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3 years ago

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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Blizzard’s Overwatch League Will Start Next Year

Blizzard is capitalizing on the huge success of Overwatch [official site] by launching a new eSports league. The Overwatch League aims to give every Overwatch player a chance to rise in the rankings and have a chance to join a pro team while avoiding some of the pitfalls that have plagued other eSports leagues in recent years.

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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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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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Feature: This weekend on the Rift

League Of Legends World Championships 2016:
The Weekend’s Semifinals

Here's a quick and dirty guide to this week's League of Legends World Championships semifinals match-ups if you've not been following the story so far! The TL;DR if even a quick and dirty guide is too much reading is that there will be at least one Korean team in the finals no matter how the weekend matches play out and Europe's path towards the Summoner's…

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KeSPA Announces Closure Of StarCraft Proleague

The Korea e-Sports Association, KeSPA, has announced it will be discontinuing the world's longest-running esports league, the StarCraft ProLeague as of 18 October. Its closure comes after 14 seasons of competitive play across the Brood War and SC2 iterations of the franchise. You can read the statement in full after the jump but I wanted to say that the golden years of competitive StarCraft were…

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What You Need To Know For The League Of Legends World Championships 2016

League of Legends' [official site] tentpole/flagship event, the World Championships, is ramping up the pressure as we reach the knockout stage. There's a $1m top prize and a ridiculously enormous cup at stake but what if you've not been keeping up with the story so far? That's where this primer comes in! Here's what you need to know if you're only just dipping your toes…

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