WESG qualifiers in Denmark, Benelux, Russia and Poland have been finalized, as seven teams joined the Europe & CIS Regional Finals list.
The Polish qualifier featured both of the countrys top two teams, Virtus.pro and Kinguin.
Filip " " Kubskis team advanced directly to semi-finals, where they took down Refuse without too much trouble, while Kinguin secured their place in the final with wins over pincsyt.plus and PRIDE.
The two then met in the final, supposedly for seeding purposes, and VP grabbed first place following a narrow Cobblestone and a one-sided Mirage.
dignitas placed first in Denmarks qualifier
dignitas played the Heroic-free Danish qualifier with Philip " " Aistrup instead of Ruben " " Villarroel, as only single-national teams are allowed to participate in WESG, and came out on top by defeating Astralis in the final.
In the Benelux part, the victory went to a mix-team called dd, which includes LDLCs Belgian duo Kévin " " Droolans and Antoine " " Pirard as well as David " " Prince formerly of PENTA.
Russias qualifier also came to a close earlier today, with .Russia consisting of well-known players defeating USSR in the semi-final, while EYESPORTS bested NPME in the other.
WESG Europe & CIS Regional Finals list of participants currently looks as follows:
Only the grand final is left to be played in the Ukrainian qualifier, where Danylo " " Teslenkos mixture Team1 faces spraynpray tomorrow at , while the UK, Ireland and Iceland qualifier has also started already.
Orbit have signed the SMITE team that were formerly under the Team Paradigm banner.Welcome to the team! @Funball2 @Xaliea_esports @Qvofred @Lawbster_ @iTrixtank #OrbitZone đ https://t.co/gkoUIphD5râ Orbit eSport (@OrbitGG) September 24, 2016
Scandal recently surrounded Paradigm after it was alleged that the organization had pressured their players to sign contracts that would only pay them $1 USD a month.
"I am personally very relieved to be working with Orbit and especially the CEO Patrik, someone I have been talking to for months now.
When the claims were investigated by Hi-Rez Studios, SMITEs publisher, Paradigm were subsequently banned from all future esports events or competitions involving Hi-Rez, SMITE or Paladins.The players were also given Paradigms SPL spot as a result of the investigation.
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Gambit has announced that Ivan "spaze" Obrezhan has been demoted to a substitute position in the team and replaced with Emil "kUcheR" Akhundov, who joins the team as a stand-in.
Along with this change, Gambit has officialy released Alexander " " Yakovlev from their coaching position, with their analyst Rustam "TsaGa" Tsagolov taking over the role.
The announcement follows yesterdays controversial news regarding Mihail " " Stolyarov playing in place of Evgeniy " " Kim with his Gambit teammates to help Team Kazakhstan qualify for The World Championships.
Gambit now has the following roster:
The organization stated that they will officially announce the fifth member in one months time - after they play out the tournament in Moscow.
A new beta branch of CS:GO, version 188.8.131.52rc, addresses jumping accuracy rates across all weapons.
One contentious issue which has existed in CS:GO for a long time has been the question of jumping accuracy, with some weapons such as the SSG 08, various pistols, and shotguns also offering up seemingly easy kills against opponents while mid-jump.
After addressing critical and competitive-gameplay bugs related to hitboxes and Smoke greandes, Valve have now turned their attention to this issue and detailed a new system which calculates jumping accuracy that is tied to mid-air velocity.
According to Valve, the only way to maximise accuracy while in air is to fire at the apex of a jump, meaning that the concept is now more tied to precision-based timing.
The changelog for CS:GO beta version 184.108.40.206rc is:
To test the changes yourself, you need to head over to your Steam library, go to CS:GO Properties, switch to the Betas tab and choose the "220.127.116.11rc -" option.
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Team Kazakhstan have been disqualified from E-Frag.nets Counter-Strike World Championships after Gambit Gamings Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov was found to be playing on Evgeniy "zLex" Kims place during Team Kazakhstans online qualifier match against France on Thursday.According to E-Frag, following Kazakhstans 3-2 victory over France, routine checks found that it was not zLex playing on his account during the match.
France will be advancing to to the LAN finals in Belgrade in Kazakhstans place."This is of course in direct violation to our rules and will be punished with a ban of one year for the national team of Kazakhstan and a two year ban for the players in yesterdays team Kazakhstan lineup as well as a two year ban for DOSIA," E-Frag said in their ruling.
In the course of E-Frags investigation, they discovered that Dosia was playing on zLexs account, which goes against the tournaments rules."After further investigation and direct communication with the team captain and the players, it was admitted that the Russian Team Gambit player Mikhail Dosia Stolyarov took zLexs place in this match," E-Frag said in their ruling.RELATED: The World Championships 2016 CS:GO tournament to feature $100,000 USD prize poolWhile Dosia himself is Russian, two of his teammates on Gambit, Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev and Rustem "mou" Telepov were on the Kazakh national team.The organization has issued a one-year ban to Team Kazakhstan and a two-year ban to all the players on the team, including mou, AdreN and Dosia.
That ultimate is then used to empower a tank â often Reinhardt â to smash through the enemy team.
Heres a primer that will help you get up to speed on Overwatchs competitive landscape before the games biggest event of the year.The formatThe format involves a best-of-three group stage and single-elimination playoff bracket for both regions.
NRG eSportsGroup A features Team EnVyUs, who are almost certainly a lock to make it out of this group.
Even though Rogue won Gamescom, they have had some rough sets, including a 3-2 loss to the up-and-coming FaZe Clan.
Many run a 3-2-1 composition that retains a single offense hero, which is often a flanker like Tracer or Genji.
With over 20 unique heroes in the game, one of Overwatchs greatest assets is its creative and fun characters.Although professional gaming can be ruthless when it comes to hero selection, theScore esports asked the pros to put aside their analytical meta picks and tell us which hero they like the most.For more video interviews and highlights, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.
Team Kazakhstan has been disqualified from The World Championships 2016 after the information that Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov played instead of Evgeniy "ZLEX" Kim in the deciding match versus France was revealed.
As a direct consequence of a violation of The World Championships rules, Kazakhstan has been disqualified and replaced by the fourth-placed team of the tournament - France.
Dosia played in place of ZLEX in the deciding BO5 versus France Dosia played in place of ZLEX in the deciding BO5 versus France
Adding to that, all of the players that played for team Kazakhstan in the match versus France will receive a two-year ban from The World Championships - including Stolyarov.
As reported in EFRAGs public release, during usual routine checks it was found that Evgeniy " " Kim could not have been playing the match against Team France that took place on Thursday, September 22nd.
Kazakhstan as a whole will get a one-year ban, allowing them to field a team in 2018, but without the likes of Telepov and Kystaubayev.
Their first match will be against NRG, and while the two teams werent mismatched when they played in the fourth Overwatch Open qualifier, they did win that series.
But this series is nearly a must-win, as they also find themselves in NAs Group A along with Team EnVyUs.12.
ImmortalsThe roster formerly known as Sodipop have consistently scored victories against the teams they are now expected to beat, like Colorado Clutch and Method.
One strategy to predict future performance is to look at past results, but many of the teams did not attend the ESL Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom, and the intervening period since that event has been quiet because of the run-up to the Overwatch Open as well as the qualifiers for the Overwatch World Cup.But our editors wouldnt take "no" for an answer: here then, are theScore esports Overwatch Open power rankings.16.
Team EnVyUsEnVyUs couldnt close it out at Gamescom, losing narrowly in the semifinals to eventual winners Rogue 3-2.
Overwatch has taken the world by storm, and its quickly become one of the most played and well received competitive games out there.That being said, the game is still only taking its first steps as a premier title and professional esport.
We asked the Overwatch pros how popular they think the game will become.For more video interviews and highlights, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.
As a YouTube-personality and FIFA E-Sports athlete, I am convinced I will be able to inspire young people, just like the Ajax-players.”Ajax is not the first European FC to make the jump into esports.
Finally, we find it important to contribute to more ‘digital fun’, as well as to inspire youth to pick up a ball and play football.
AFC Ajax, Amsterdams regional football club, have bestowed number 39 to five-time Dutch national FIFA champ, Koen "k0entj92" Weijland. k0entj92 is the clubs first esports acquisition. #Ajax have signed E-Sports athlete and multiple FIFA-champion Koen Weijland! đŽâ˝ #WelkomKoen pic.twitter.com/9f6copXAWQ— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) September 22, 2016
“Koen is multiple FIFA-champion, inspires youth, has a personality that matches this club and is a big Ajax-fan.
We will not only support Koen in big tournaments, but also organize activities for our fans together with him.
Reasons enough to be happy about our collaboration," said Ajaxs marketing director and former champion goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar, in a statement.
I contacted Andy Miller who co-owns the Sacramento Kings with me and he asked me to become part of NRG eSports.
"The fan base is huge and so passionate about their favorite games, teams and players.
Itâs a natural."Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports.
Sponsors and distribution always follow."Shaq is not the only NBA star to invest into esports, with Rick Fox, Jeremy Lin and Jonas Jerebko endorsing or investing into esports teams and organizations.Shaq also reserved some words for brands that havent entered esports yet."Letâs go," Shaq said.
"I got to witness first-hand at CES this year how exciting the CS:GO world had become and how passionate the fans were and what type of dedicated athletes the players had become.
There will be four groups with four players each, one from each HCT region: Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and China.
The Last Call Invitational qualifiers will run Oct. 3-Oct. 15 to determine the final four BlizzCon slots.Sasha Erfanian is the Eredar lord of theScore esports.
With the HCT Summer Championships almost over, Blizzard has torn the veil off the format of the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon in November.While the main event will run Nov. 4-5, the group stage will take place during the BlizzCon Opening Week between Oct. 26 and 30.
Seeding will be based on HCT points.While the group stage will have a double-elimination, bracket with two players from each group advancing to the quarterfinals, the main event at BlizzCon will be single-elimination.
Qualifiers for the new HGC leagues will begin in November, but no exact dates were provided in Blizzards announcement.
Meanwhile, up-and-coming teams will battle in an Open Division for the right to challenge those two teams for their spots in the league.
To get to those HGC events, teams first had to qualify through a regional championship or, in the case of Korea and China, a league which acted as a substitute.Heroes, however, is no stranger to league systems.
In Asia, Chinas Gold Series Heroes League and Koreas Superleague have been the primary competitions in their respective regions for some time.BlizzCon, which is the site of the Fall Global Championship under the current HGC system, will take place from Nov. 4-5.
ESL ran several seasons of a Heroes of the Storm Major League for both North America and Europe in 2015, though those were plagued with roster changes and, as a result of the rules, forfeits.
Cho "Maru" Seong Ju, Artur "Nerchio" Bloch and Kim "Classic" Doh Woo will be in the same group for the KeSPA Cup 2016, according to details on the event released Thursday.The full groups look as follows:
Maru finished in 9th-12th GSL 2016 Season 2 Code S, Nerchio recently won DreamHack Valencia 2016, while both Classic and Jo "Patience" Ji Hyun finished in 3rd-4th during SSL 2016.The tournament features a prize pool of approximately $50,000, along with 7,500 WCS Global points up for grabs.2016 KeSPA Cup will take place from Sept. 27-Oct. 3 in Seoul.
The Round of 16 will be on Sept. 27-30, the Round of 8 will take place on Oct. 2, while the semifinals and finals will take place on Oct. 3Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev.
Much like seminal singer/songwriters The Lonely Island, next month many professional Dota 2 players will be on a boat.The Nanyang Championships are heading to the high seas with the Nanyang Cruise Cup, the first Dota tournament that will be played on a cruise ship.Wings Gaming and Newbee have already been invited to the tournament, with two additional teams cruising through a Chinese qualifier.
Notable teams competing in the qualifier include Team VG.J, EHOME, LGD Gaming and Invictus Gaming.The event will be played in a best-of-three double elimination bracket, and will be streamed via satellite.The Nanyang Cruise is set to run from Oct. 13-17 on the Sapphire Princess cruise ship and features a ¥ 300,000 prize pool (around $45,000 USD).Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports and wants to be on a boat.
iG Vitality and LGD.Forever Young have qualified for MarsTV Dota 2 League 2016 Autumn.Congratulations to iG.V obtaining the first ticket to MDL 2016 Autumn from the Chinese Qualifications. https://t.co/5Vh6yMPQU8— Invictus Gaming (@invgaming) September 22, 2016
iG.V defeated TongFu, CDEC Gaming and Team VG.J in the upper bracket to qualify for MDL, losing only one game to CDEC Gaming in the process.
LGD.FY had a much tougher route to qualification, losing their first match to CDEC before defeating TongFu, Invictus Gaming, EHOME and VG.J in the lower bracket.The two teams join Evil Geniuses, MVP Phoenix, OG, Team Secret, Newbee and Vici Gaming at the main event.
LGD Gaming was originally set to play in the tournament, but dropped out to give Lu "Maybe" Yao some time off and were subsequently replaced by VG.MDL will run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 in Xiamen, China.Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports.
r/Kappa Takeuchi "John Takeuchi" Ryouta will be attending The Fall Classic 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina, as the subreddit r/Kappas YouCaring fundraiser has passed its $950 goal on Thursday.設定額達成しました！！！拡散、寄付してくださったみなさん本当にありがとうございます！！ https://t.co/9ZZB0M1JPR— 竹内 ジョン John Takeuchi (@takeuchi_ryouta) September 22, 2016
This was not the first time the popular fighting game subreddit sponsored John Takeuchi as they raised $1,460 to send the Rashid player to First Attack in Puerto Rico, where he subsequently went on to take first place.The only other major pro attending TFC 2016 will be Evil Geniuses Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez as the tournament overlaps with South East Asia Majors 2016.Im going to TFC.What day SFV singles start?— Eduardo Perez (@PR_Balrog) September 21, 2016
In the Capcom Pro Tour Leaderboards, John Takeuchi stands in ninth place in North America and thirty-seventh globally with 128 points.TFC 2016 is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking tournament and will take place on Oct. 7-9 in Raleigh, North Carolina.Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev.
As the Swedish, French, Norwegian and Adriatic online qualifiers came to a close, six more teams have joined the list for WESG Europe & CIS Regional Finals, taking place from October 6-9 in Kiev.
The last few days saw four more qualifiers for WESG Europe & CIS Regional Finals being played out, including Sweden, France and Monaco, Norway and Adriatica.
A mix consisting of former LGB players, including FaZes duo and Ruben " " Villarroel, triumphed in Norway, while Nemanja " " Bokovićs TEAM1231 secured first place in Adriatica.
With the six teams joining VatosLocos and Bpro, the list of attending teams looks as follows:
The Polish qualifier is currently down to the last-four stage, where Virtus.pro will face Refuse while Kinguin are set to lock horns with PRIDE.
In Sweden, big favourites GODSENT made it through without breaking a sweat, with Epsilon grabbing the other spot following a close three-map affair with fnatic Academy.
Crespo noted that an announcement about the rest of the Gale Force eSports roster would be coming soon.Immortals Overwatch team was added when they signed the roster of Sodipop just over a week ago.
Gale Force esports has been without a roster since the departure of Code7, who eventually signed with Team SoloMid before they were transferred to compLexity Gaming.Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is flanking as Mercy.
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"The team felt it would be a great opportunity for WGB and we wanted to help the IMT brand as much as possible to achieve great things in ELEAGUE, so we gave him to them on loan for a time frame of two weeks for the duration of boot camping and [the event]."
We will be announcing the rest of the team shortly. pic.twitter.com/by9kuIHFyT— Gale Force eSports (@GFeSports) September 21, 2016
In a statement to theScore esports, Crespo said that after signing Wgb — noting that GFE "loved his work ethic and what he brought to the table" — Gale Force was approached by Immortals, who asked if they could use the tank player for Overwatch Open."Immortals is a class act organization, and their CEO Noah Whinston is very easy to deal with, as well as always available to offer any help in return to other organizations who need help," Crespo told theScore esports.
Shaquille ONeals Twitter bio says that he performs "random acts of Shaqness," but his most recent move has stretched that definition to its limit.Shaq, who is also an investor in NRG eSports, challenged YouTube personality Brennon "GoldGlove" ONeill on Twitter to a one-on-one game of Rocket League Wednesday.
But while Shaqs Twitter bio also describes him as "quotatious," it appears that the big mans tweet has been boxed out by some quotation marks left there after a pass from his publicity team."Hey @GoldGloveTV, how about a little 1:1 @rocketleague match up?
Cant beat @NRGgg Shaq! #NRGFam"— SHAQ (@SHAQ) September 21, 2016
A little bit of good-natured trash talk has always been a part of Shaqs arsenal, but whether or not he has been practicing enough to actually beat GoldGlove at RL remains to be seen.NRG does not currently have a Rocket League roster, but the organization, which also counts Alex Rodriguez among its investors, recently expanded to Gears of War and Overwatch.Josh "Gauntlet" Bury likes cars because they are expensive to maintain and our cities make them mandatory.
FlipSid3 Tactics have announced that they have taken Denis "electronic" Sharipov on trial.
Gordeevs last event with FlipSid3 was DreamHack ZOWIE Open Bucharest, where the team finished bottom of their group following defeats to Cloud9 and dignitas.
FlipSid3 currently have the following roster:
Since joining the team, Gordeev had come under intense scrutinity, even though it was with the Ukrainian player, formerly of KerchNET and Spraynpray, that FlipSid3 finally managed to finish top 8 at a Major, at ESL One Cologne.
The Russian youngster, 18, will replace Aleksandr " " Gordeev, who had been part of the team since December, when FlipSid3 finally added to their squad after playing with Vadim " " Vasilyev as a stand-in for several months.
The last four IEM Oakland CS:GO teams will be decided at the iBUYPOWER Masters tournament, ESL announced Wednesday.The tournament will feature a $100,000 prize pool, and the top four teams from the event will qualify for IEM Oakland the next weekend, which is set to have a $300,000 prize pool.
Those top four teams will join SK Gaming, Team Liquid, Vritus.pro, Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, Natus Vincere and mousesports.
Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
The Top 16 teams that will compete at the Overwatch World Cup have been finalized.
For example, Team USA features NRG eSports Brandon "Seagull" Larned as team captain with Team EnVyUs DPS player Ronnie "Talespin" DuPree also on the roster.
You can find him on Twitter.
The top four members of each roster were decided by those ballots, and the team captain then picked the remaining two members to round out the team.Many of the teams feature top talent in the current esports scene that will be thrust into competition alongside lesser-known names.
USA, Canada, Brazil, China, South Korea and Australia/New Zealand automatically advanced to BlizzCon based on what Blizzard called "a variety of factors, including server locations, regional infrastructure and connectivity, and other geographical considerations."The groups and schedule for the event have yet to be announced.Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is powered up: get in there!
Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi is set to sign with Team Vitality, the organization announced Wednesday."Im both happy and excited to join Team Vitality," Steeelback stated in the press release.
At the beginning of the 2016 season, he was playing for the Unicorns of Love, but switched teams after UoL placed 5th-6th in the 2016 EU LCS Spring Playoffs.
"Following a disappointing season, I want more than ever to be part of 2017 World Championship and I feel its something that I might be able to do here.
The team placed seventh in the summer split, locking them out of playoffs.In the press release, Vitality noted that the signing is pending Riot approval, thought it is unclear exactly when Riot will begin approving new player signings.Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
While he was with ROCCAT, the team placed last in the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split with a 2-6-10 record, finding their only two wins of the season against FC Schalke 04 and Vitality.
Groups for the 16-team ELEAGUE Season 2, starting on October 21, have been revealed by the organizers.
The groups are following:
Season 2 of ELEAGUE will feature GSL-style groups, with top two teams advancing to single-elimination playoffs.
Season 2 of ELEAGUE is set to begin in exactly one month, on October 21 when Group A is scheduled to begin, with the groups running until November 19.
Qualifiers in North America and Europe took place to determine eight out of the sixteen teams, with the other eight securing their spot by reaching quarter-finals in the previous season.
SK placed in Group C alongside Na`Vi and Astralis
The seeding of teams hasnt been officially revealed, but the assumption is that they were based on placing in the previous season and qualifiers, in a similar way that is used at Majors.
Filip "NEO" Kubski is our MVP of DreamHack Bucharest, and here we will explain why, as well as present our EVPs and other valuable players.
So as a player who made great contribution in numerous ways for a team that won the event, hes one of our EVPs of DH Bucharest.
EVP (Exceptionally Valuable Player) – player who performed exceptionally throughout the event, standing out either by consistent high level displays or superb displays in big matches that led to his teams success.
The second notable LAN event after the summer off-season, DreamHack Bucharest, took place last weekend with $100,000 on offer.
Here are some interesting stats for the end:
That all but concludes our DreamHack Bucharest 2016 review, though you can also expect a highlight movie with the MVPs frags.
eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals are set to kick off tomorrow with 16 teams fighting for their share of the $100,000 prizepool from September 22-25.
eXTREMESLAND will feature some of the best teams from the Asia-Pacific region, including Renegades, VG.CyberZen and MVP project among others.
All teams, apart from the aforementioned Koreans and Japans Rascal Jester, made it through to the $100,000 finals taking place in Shanghai, China, via national or regional offline qualifiers.
VG.CyberZen are heading to Shanghai for eXTREMESLAND VG.CyberZen are heading to Shanghai for eXTREMESLAND
TyLoo have not participated in the China Finals due to the event clashing with the CS:GO Super League Finals, also featuring Born Of Fire B.O.O.T and 5POWER
The group stage of eXTREMESLAND will be played in a GSL format, with all matches featuring best-of-ones barring the best-of-three decider matches.
Top two sides advance to the best-of-three playoffs, played on the last two days.
The groups are following:
The organizers have also revealed the complete schedule yesterday: