Report: Phoenix1, Team Envy NA LCS franchise applications denied
  • Phoenix1 and Team Envy will not be included in the 2018 North American League of Legends Championship Series, according to a report from ESPNs Jacob Wolf.Both P1 and Envys applications were denied for undisclosed reasons, according to the report.
  • As a result, both organizations will be forced to sell or terminate existing contracts with players and are entitled to compensation payments.RELATED: Hastr0 on Envys NA LCS application, the Dallas Fuel and going back to TexasThe news closely follows a report that the co-owner of the NBAs Golden State Warriors has acquired an NA LCS slot.The 10 teams that will form the franchised 2018 NA LCS will be announced in November.Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Discipline Priest Pharah a silenced Cavity 9mm Ryu Bounty Hunter Dual Berettas.
theScore esports Daily (Oct. 16): San Francisco Overwatch team revealed, Krepo retires and former IMT players announce new team
  • It’s a move many people were expecting, after dominant showings at ESL One: New York and the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier.No minor offenseThe Major season is often the most exciting period for CS:GO fans and players alike.
  • The CS:GO news and statistics outlet has updated their worldwide rankings, putting FaZe Clan at the top.
  • You can follow them on Twitter.
  • However, HEN1, LUCAS1 and fnx are still under contract with the IMT organization, which could impede their ability to play at the Major if their contracts are not bought out.Colin McNeil and Dennis Gonzales are editors for theScore esports.
  • The announcement came via Krepo’s official Twitter, with the former Counter Logic Gaming support player saying “I’ve spent the last few months out of the spotlight and thought a lot about how I want to go on from here.
HEN1, LUCAS1, kNg team up with fnx and bit, hold ELEAGUE Major 2018 slot
  • The ex-Immortals squad that has been rumored for weeks has finally been revealed by Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles, with the new roster featuring himself, Henrique "HEN1" Teles, Lincoln "fnx" Lau, Vito "kNg" Giuseppe and Bruno "bit" Lima.We are proud of presenting our team for the MAJOR! It will be Fnx, hen1, kng, bit and I. [1/2]— Lucas Teles (@IMTLucas1) October 16, 2017 Additionally, because the majority of the IMT squad that finished second at the KrakĂłw Major 2017 are now part of this squad, they technically have possession of the ELEAGUE Major 2018 Legend slot.However, HEN1, LUCAS1 and fnx are still under contract with the IMT organization, which could impede their ability to play at the Major if their contracts are not bought out.theScore esports reached out to Immortals for comment, but they had not yet responded at the time of publishing.If this roster is unable to attend the Major, an extra slot will be made available from the Main Qualifier, which takes place on Jan. 12-15, 2018.Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Discipline Priest Pharah a silenced Cavity 9mm Ryu Bounty Hunter Dual Berettas.
Around the Web: Major trouble in the CS:GO Minor open qualifiers with cheaters getting banned mid-game
  • Every week well be breaking down what you missed on social media this week, from the pop-offs to the pop culture.No minor offense: Cheaters caught during CS:GO Minor open qualifiersThe Major season is often the most exciting period for CS:GO fans and players alike.
  • WHERES THE POLICE ?— Nathan Schmitt (@G2NBK) October 14, 2017 After the Minor open qualifiers concluded, CEVO released a response to the controversy, owning up to the technical issues that took place.
  • But lets be real: you dont have time to read everything.
  • Others were forced to extend their already grueling day of playing even further.
  • "If all organizers cooperated with a third-party entity and provided sufficient technical data to support a suspension, such a system might work – but the reality of CS:GO is that no such system exists.
What to Watch in Esports This Week: Worlds, eXTREMESLAND and PGL Bucharest
  • However, Samsung came second at Worlds 2016, and as a fellow Korean team, they have to be taken seriously.
  • The MongolZ also qualified, but they inexplicably pulled out at the last minute.Of the teams not attending the Asia Minor, three stand above the rest: Eclipse, Recca Esports and B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape.
  • League of Legends: Worlds QuarterfinalsWhere: Guangzhou, GuangdongWhen: Oct. 19-22Why: #NAThingCanHappenIt wouldnt be Worlds without the bracket handing us at least one Grand Finals-caliber match in quarters.
  • Evil Geniuses and Team Secret will both be playing at the Minor and next weeks Major, ESL One Hamburg 2017.
  • Dennis Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports.
theScore esports Daily (Oct. 15): NA’s last hope at Worlds & the Knockout Stage matchups are set
  • Fnatic (4-4 in Group B) on Saturday and the aforementioned Team WE (5-1 in Group D) vs.
  • Misfits (4-3 in Group D) on Friday, Royal Never Give Up (5-1 in Group C) vs.
  • That was my last time on stage.— Parth (@parthenaan) October 15, 2017 TSM has not released a statement on Parth’s future with the team.
  • Cloud9 (3-3 in Group A) on Sunday.Make sure to set your alarms early and have a (large) pot of coffee ready as all games start at around 4 a.m.
  • EST.Parth tweets that Worlds 2017 was his "last time on stage"A day after TSM were eliminated from Worlds, the team’s coach Parth Naidu took to Twitter to apologize for the team’s disappointing performance while adding that Worlds would mark the last time he’d be on stage.Sorry to our fans.
Sadokist: ‘After the Major, I very nearly quit altogether’
  • Just ask Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett, caster and amateur race car driver, who told theScore esports Podcast the PGL Major was very nearly his last casting gig.Find theScore esports Podcast on iTunes.Click or tap here to listen in on SoundCloud."After the Major, I very nearly quit altogether.
  • I just tend to be much like when Im casting and Im loosy-goosey or Im very extreme in my emotions, Im the same way off air and that goes both ways," he said.
  • The Majors are a pat on the back for all your hard work."Colin McNeil, Josh Bury, Dennis Gonzales and Sasha Erfanian are editors for theScore esports.
  • It definitely was a thought on my mind."In some ways, Sadokist likened his feelings to a case of Summit Syndrome.
  • As long as we did something else to stay relevant, to stay in peoples mind," Sadokist said.
theScore esports Daily (Oct. 14): FaZe win another championship, TSM disappoints at Worlds & Newbee’s early SL i-League Minor exit
  • And though TSM defeated the European squad earlier, the rabbits are the ones that had the last laugh.For TSM?Blow it up.
  • theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.FaZe Clan win ELEAGUE Premier 2017The winning moment.#FaZeUp— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) October 14, 2017 No mom, its not just a phase.
  • The Taiwanese team were already guaranteed a group stage exit with an abysmal 0-5 record, but were able to pull out a win against North Americas top seed.This resulted in TSM being tied with Misfits, as both squads sported a 3-3 group stage record.
  • That is absolutely unreal!
Why is it called a Nerf? [A Trip Down Meme-ory Lane]
  • Balance in video games is always a contentious issue, and players are quick to voice their opinions on any changes developers make—especially when it affects them personally.When something is made weaker in a video game, we call it a “nerf”, but where did that expression come from, and why has the term gained such massive popularity?
  • To find out, we have to travel back in time to 1997.For more great videos, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.
theScore esports Daily (Oct. 13): Golden State Warriors reportedly clinch NA LCS slot, Immortals sign zqk and Hearthstone World Championship location announced
  • theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.Golden State Warriors reportedly secure NA LCS spotThe Golden State Warriors have taken a definitive step into the NA LCS, according to a report from ESPN Esports.
  • Peter Guber, a part owner of the Warriors, is part of aXiomatic, the ownership group that has a controlling stake in Team Liquid.Immortals finalize CS:GO rosterThe Immortals new CS:GO roster is now complete.
  • The report says that Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob, along with his son and Warriors assistant general manager Kirk Lacob, have secured a spot in the 2018 franchised NA LCS.RELATED: Report: Golden State Warriors co-owner secures NA LCS spotThis isn’t the first time the Warriors ownership has dabbled in the league.
  • The team announced that they’ve added Caio “zqk” Fonseca to the roster as the primary AWPer, where he will compete alongside Lucas "steel" Lopes, Ricardo "boltz" Prass, Lucas "destinyy" Bullo and João "horvy" Horvath.
  • The Beurs van Berlage Conference Center will play host to the last event of the season.Josh Bury is a Zerg cerebrate who uses a keyboard by psychically macroing six separate zerglings.
This Week in Gaming: We’re ‘shipping esports and the NBA and is Star Wars: Battlefront II pay to win?
  • This Week in Gaming is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines.
  • In this case, Im actually unsure whether or not Fnatic actually made it to the bracket stage of Worlds.How could this happen?
  • According to a 2014 study less than one percent of players contributed half of all revenue in in-app purchases.
  • Public sale starts 10/17.
  • More details ➡️— Fate/Grand Order USA (@FateGO_USA) July 11, 2017 Were Unsure Of...Fnatic making it out of groupsNormally, this section is reserved for events and announcements Im not sure will work.
Hastr0 on Envy’s NA LCS application, the Dallas Fuel and going back to Texas
  • Now, Envy is running the Dallas Overwatch League team, the Dallas Fuel, and are moving to Texas.
  • Team Envy has been the recipient of two major investments over the last couple of years, and theyve taken the organization in very different directions.
  • According to Envys owner, Mike "Hastr0" Rufail, that investment, for now, is primarily going towards the OWL."I think we have to start somewhere," he said.
  • According to Hastr0, the organization has little-to-no ties to Charlotte anymore, aside from a few investors.
  • We felt like that was the best opportunity for us right now, to localize."Building a localized franchise is very important to Hastr0.
Report: Golden State Warriors co-owner secures NA LCS spot
  • The Golden State Warriors will reportedly have yet more NA LCS representation.
  • Peter Guber, a part owner of the Warriors, is part of ownership group aXiomatic, which owns the controlling interest in Team Liquid.
  • Golden State Warrior co-owner Chamath Palihapitiya was part of a Series A funding round that raised money for Cloud9 in March.An announcement regarding the final 10 teams for the 2018 season is expected this month.theScore esports has reached out to the Golden State Warriors for comment.Josh Bury is a Zerg cerebrate who uses a keyboard by psychically macroing six separate zerglings.
  • The NBA franchise already has some ties to the league.
  • You can find him on Twitter.
Sadokist on the Dust II rework: ‘The hard part is because it’s so iconic you can’t change everything, otherwise it’s a whole new map and then you get too far away from it.’
  • They were really, really good on it right before they brought in fnx and TACO," he explained.
  • "I dont think its going to change that much right away.
  • And everyone is going to go back to the old meta to start and then see how it changes, so I would look at french teams, KennyS was always really really good on it.
  • So I think theres a bigger issue in how you set up your team to hold Mid and B at the same time.
  • But well see if it ends up changing at all."Colin McNeil, Josh Bury, Dennis Gonzales and Sasha Erfanian are editors for theScore esports.
PSG brand director on leaving League of Legends: ‘We take the risk and at the end, we need also the support of the publisher’
  • I mean, first of all the fact that we moved from League of Legends is not the end of Paris St-Germain esports.
  • But of course, League of Legends is still an amazing game with a lot of players all around the world.
  • And for me thats really key.
  • We take the risk and at the end, we need also the support of the publisher.
  • Its exactly the same kind of organization, of emotion I will say than in soccer or in the other thing.
CS:GO Skin MarketWatch: Looking at the best Japan-inspired skins
  • CS:GO Skin MarketWatch is a weekly look at the best deals and trends when it comes to skins.
  • I just think that gunmetal is boring, neon is cool and Japanese inspired aesthetics are cooler.
  • Great for the undercover weeb.Galil AR | KamiFactory New "30-day" average price: $0.36Alright, enough high-concept, low-key stuff.
  • I want to be really clear here, not everything anime is Japanese, and not all of Japan is anime.
  • This is the only gun in CS:GO that I know of that has an anime girl on the stock.
theScore esports Daily (Oct. 12): Fnatic makes comeback history at Worlds and Riot founders go back to game design
  • But those tiebreakers became necessary as Gigabyte Marines, Immortals and Fnatic all held 2-4 records.
  • If we win this, were in it.”A team that has started the group stage 0-3 has never advanced to the knockout stage at Worlds.THE MIRACLE RUN IS REAL!!! #Worlds2017— FNATIC (@FNATIC) October 12, 2017 Also in Group B, Longzhu Gaming went 4-0 to emerge as the top seed.
  • Fnatic miraculously makes it out of groups at WorldsFnatic began their matches at the League of Legends World Championship early this morning with a loss to Longzhu Gaming, bringing their record to a dismal 0-4.
  • Fnatic rallied to take two tiebreakers, advancing to the knockout stage in the process.On the broadcast, Fnatic ADC Rekkles gave his teammates a bit of a pep talk before their first win.“This is the game.
  • Last game didnt happen.
Iconic Esports Moments: League’s Greatest Underdog Story, ANX at Worlds 2016
  • The Tigers were favorites to make it to the Grand Finals, and everyone was confident that Albus NoX would meet their low expectations.But in just two days, Albus NoX blew those expectations away.Two days later, Albus NoX made history.Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • Albus NoX fell to the ROX Tigers in a quick, bloody game that saw ROX’s AD carry, PraY, pick up 12 kills — as much as all of Albus NoX combined.
  • Before 2016, Wild Card teams had a combined record of three wins and 21 losses in the group stage.
  • Likkrit was often the reason for both Albus NoX Luna’s victories and defeats.
  • Being the underdog doesn’t make you a loser.No one has ever expected much from the International Wildcard teams at Worlds.
Off Meta: Jungle Twitch
  • In a sense, Twitch starts the game with red buff damage which will help him clear much faster.
  • The difference between Twitch in lane and Twitch in the jungle is that the latter doesn’t care for scaling, thanks to his unencumbered jungling.
  • The Chinese zodiac suggests that 2017 is the year of the Rooster, but jungle Twitch may just prove that it’s actually the year of the Rat.Why does this work?Jungle Twitch is one of the cheesier early game picks available to players.
  • The ability to go invisible allows Twitch to flank enemies through unsuspecting angles and as a result guarantee kills or summoner spells.
  • As you continue into the game, Twitch jungle also scales well as a second AD carry, especially when using items such as Bloodrazor enchantment and Runaan’s Hurricane, which can turn Twitch into an immediate tank shredder.The BuildHunters Machete + Refillable PotionSkirmishers SabreBoots of Mobility or Berzerkers GreavesBloodrazor EnchantmentRunaans HurricaneInfinity EdgeMortal ReminderGuardian AngelGabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team.
North’s aizy: ‘I feel like analyst[s] don’t always see the details and that’s fine, it’s not easy from the outside’
  • What’s your take on your apparent superstar storyline?I feel like analyst[s] dont always see the details and thats fine, its not easy from the outside.
  • What’s your comfort level nowadays in your role?Im now playing as a lurker, which Ive never tried before.
  • How does this affect the overall meta or your gameplay?To be honest I havent really paid that much attention to it.
  • What does former Heroic player valde bring to the table?We will just approach the game like we approach any game, doesnt matter who we play.
  • How would you describe him as a person?valde is a really calm guy both outside the game and inside and I think thats very useful for the team to help with more stressed situations.
IMT’s new president on what’s left for sports to share with esports, building the OWL brand and his “unsexy” job
  • I think that a strategy that never goes out of style."Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • But its a question hes excited to answer."I think sometimes in traditional sports were a little bit too afraid of why questions," Segal told theScore esports.
  • "When youre in San Diego, its easy to market the home team, its also easy to market root against Los Angeles."
  • In 2014, he was working at McKinsey and was asked to look into esports, which was his first brush with the space.
  • Why would Phil Anchutz or Lamar Hunt or Bob Kraft want to own a soccer team?
The Top 10 Dota 2 Caster Calls
  • Ding Ding Ding MotherfuckerSome would say dirty humor is cheap comedy.
  • Just listen to the emotion as they crown the Kings of the North champions.Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • The whole kit and kaboodleTobiwan is one of the most popular casters in Dota and for good reason.
  • Not only was it the first TI with a crowdfunded prize pool, it was also the crowning achievement of Alliance’s freshman year in Dota.
  • They explain storylines, give valuable context and occasional game knowledge and most of all, underline the emotion of the most powerful moments in Dota history.Plus, memes. 10.
theScore esports Daily (Oct. 11): Warriors reportedly vying for NA LCS spot, Dust II enters beta and H1Z1 gets a pro league
  • The Dust II rework is live on beta and boy is it a beauty.Although structurally similar to the original incarnation, the new Dust II has been re-textured into a beautiful pearl-white version of its former self.
  • theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.Dubs reportedly vying for LCS spotGolden State Warriors fan?
  • Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports.
  • All players competing in the league will have a guaranteed annual salary of $50,000.The H1Z1 Pro League will kick off its inaugural season in early 2018.
  • A total of 15 teams will be competing, with the season culminating in a championship at the end of 2018.
Infographic: Worlds Groups Stage’s Top Performers after Week 1
  • With the first week of Worlds main event in the books, keep track of some of the top players at the event with this infographic.RELATED: The top 20 players at Worlds 2017While Royal Never Give Ups Shi "ming" Sen-Ming received the highest KDA in the event at 33.0, it bears mentioning that its because the player garnered 33 assists in three games to go along with no kills or deaths.Three players at the event currently field 100 percent kill participation, however Samsung Galaxys Kang "Haru" Min-seung only played one game while SwordarT and Crash played the full three games.One notable thing is that players from 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports garnered some respectable stats, despite not winning a single game so far.
  • For instance, ADC Ege "padden" Acar Koparal who had the third-fourth highest creep score per minute at 10.5, tied with G2s Luka "PerkZ" Perković.
  • Meanwhile the teams support Bahadır "JAPONE" Çolakhad the second highest wards placed per minute at 1.4.Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports.
Esports meets mainstream: OWL’s new team brands are good for orgs, leagues and even players
  • For one, Blizzard doesnt want to be in the business of advertising other leagues with the Overwatch League.
  • These organizations have spent a long time building up their brands, and they have a lot of value to existing esports fans.
  • Their existing fans will likely know whos who thanks to social media, and if they dont, the rosters should clue them in.
  • On top of that, it gives the Overwatch League a fresh start, separate from Overwatchs less-than-stellar history in the esports space.
  • The hardest thing is going to be, for example, making sure Envy fans are also Dallas Fuel fans without leaving one organization in the cold.
Immortals sign destinyy
  • Immortals have acquired Lucas "destinyy" Bullo from Tempo Storm, the team announced Tuesday.Its official, weve found our fourth man!
  • Please welcome our new Entry Fragger, @imtdestinyy!🔗— Immortals (@Immortals) October 10, 2017 destinyy is the fourth confirmed member of the primary roster after the team was forced to rebuild their squad after Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe was removed and twins Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles were benched indefinitely.With a majority of IMTs roster in limbo, this puts a big question mark over who their fifth player will be as it will determine whether they retain their direct invite to the next CS:GO Major.RELATED: ELEAGUE to host next CS:GO Major, playoffs in Boston from Jan. 26-28IMT technically retain their Major slot due to HEN1 and LUCAS1 still being part of the org, albeit on the bench.
  • But if neither player are fielded for the coming season, IMT will not have a majority of their roster from the Kraków Major, therefore ceding their direct invite.
  • If that happens, they will be relegated to the qualifier into the Americas Minor.News of IMTs fifth player is expected in the coming days, as the Americas Minor closed qualifier kicks off on Oct. 15.Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Discipline Priest Pharah a silenced Cavity 9mm Ryu Bounty Hunter Dual Berettas.
theScore esports Daily (Oct. 10): ELEAGUE playoffs kick off, destinyy joins Immortals and Fnatic Academy goes reality TV
  • Please welcome our new Entry Fragger, @imtdestinyy!🔗— Immortals (@Immortals) October 10, 2017 The player is a noted entry fragger, and brings the number of permanent starters for the roster to four.
  • You have to participate in a reality show to get your chance to make the academy roster.
  • C9 won a pair of convincing maps against the EU side, taking down G2 16-12 and 16-8 on Cobblestone and Inferno, respectively.
  • As of deadline, Astralis and Fnatic have yet to get underway.
  • Those who advance will reap a larger share of the $1 million dollar prize pool.
theScore esports Daily (Oct. 9): GODV retires from LoL and ESL partners with Hulu for four esports series
  • Immortals recently benched Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lecas "LUCAS1" Teles after they requested a transfer following Vita "kNgV-" Giuseppe departure from the team.
  • GODV was a longtime member of LGD, joining in May 2014.
  • Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • During his time on the team, LGD would most notably win the 2015 LPL Summer Playoffs, though they would go on to place a disappointing 9-11th at the 2015 Season World Championship.
Around the Web: Fnatic fans react to team’s dismal Worlds performance and Rogue says goodbye to Overwatch roster
  • Or not.wat happen to eu lcs ???????— Wadid (@wadidXD) October 6, 2017 EU LOL is not dead at all.
  • It is to RIOT, orgs and fans to work together to get the hype back again.
  • Come Friday, they fell to the NA LCS second seed Immortals in a heartbreaking, down-to-the-wire contest.
  • Best of luck to the whole team!— Klever Quesada (@Klever0490) October 8, 2017— Lisa Lingvall (@Rogue_lizlin) October 8, 2017 Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports.
  • Those guys busted their asses for over a year and demonstrated they deserved a spot.