theScore esports Daily (Dec. 15): peacemaker to stand in for Tyloo, LG and Renegades drop Smash players and G2 esports grab GrabbZ
  • "I see great things in this team and when I said, that we’d work hard to meet and exceed everybody’s expectations, it wasn’t just words.
  • "I’ve seen the way GrabbZ interacts with the players and creative approach he brings on the table.
  • Dabuz, who is ranked fourth in the world in Smash 4, left the organization in October.
  • Thank you to @Renegades for the great year and the many opportunities— Swedish Delight @ Amsterdam (@SSB_Swedish) December 15, 2017 Renegades previously had Smash 4 player Samuel "Dabuz" Buzby signed to their roster.
  • We are grateful for your support!💙— Luminosity Gaming (@Luminosity) December 15, 2017 Abadango was ranked 10th in the world on the most recent Panda Global Ranking.
The Top 10 No-Scopes in CS:GO History
  • How did he even win this round?2. s1mple’s Falling AWPWe couldn’t possibly do a no-scope list without including s1mple’s falling AWP in the top two.
  • FalleN’s No-Scope WallbangIt’s an impossible shot that makes no sense, which is why FalleN’s crazy wallbang no-scope is in at number eight on our list.7.
  • And it’s a jumping double no-scope with another no-scope for style. coldzera’s legendary jumping AWP deserves nothing less than number one on our list.For more videos like this one, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.
  • One of the best plays in CS:GO history.
  • Sometimes all you need to finish off a sick play is to forget that you have a scope and just pull the trigger.
Stewie2k: ‘I thought that making the Major was the biggest thing that could happen in CS:GO, but now that 24 teams can do it … I think that devalues it a lot’
  • Do you believe that there are 24 teams that deserve, or are at the level to be called elite?
  • I dont think Asia should have two slots, definitely, because the level is simply not there.
  • So coming from ESL Pro League I dont think is a disadvantage, I think if anything its an advantage because they just played at a tournament and theyre going to another.
  • Its still the Major, its still a big tournament, but I feel like its another ordinary tournament just because theres so many teams.
  • But basically, the consensus is Europe should have more slots.Daniel Rosen is a social editor for theScore esports.
Astralis Xyp9x: ‘We still don’t know if dev1ce will be ready for the Major’
  • We had a good start to the year, and I think up until the Major, the second Major in KrakĂłw, I think we had a satisfying year.
  • So the feeling that you have 24 teams right now, it seems like everyone can qualify for the major right now and I think thats a little bit sad in some way.Daniel Rosen is a social editor for theScore esports.
  • The team has been hit by inconsistent results, coupled with medical issues that have taken Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz out of commission at least until the Major.
  • In hindsight I think Im benefitting a lot from this situation despite actually having to play different role and going up against the bet players.
  • I dont think we approach it different in terms of how we went through our strategies with each player and how we prepared.
FaZe GuardiaN on why stand-ins will devalue the Boston Major title: ‘Winning against a stand-in team is not fun’
  • Sean Wetselaar is a supervising editor for theScore esports.
  • Because winning against a stand-in team is not fun.
  • Given the stand-in situation at the upcoming Boston Major, will the value of winning that Major be diminished?GuardiaN — Yes it will be.
  • Its going to take some time to get used to, especially for GuardiaN and olof, whove never been on an English-speaking team like this before.
  • I mean, qualifying to a Major is, I mean... [Ive been] to two Majors, you know, it should be something... the value of winning a Major title should be much higher than any other event.
theScore esports Daily (Dec. 14): Golden Guardians reveal roster, Overwatch photo tops National Geographic list and EPL finals break records
  • The EPL Season 6 finals saw SK Gaming take home first place, with FaZe Clan coming second after a hard-fought, 3-1 series.
  • The Golden Guardians are one of four new NA LCS teams in the newly franchised league, and are operated by the NBAs Golden State Warriors.
  • The photo is a shot of the Apex stage, featuring Team Envy facing off against Kongdoo Panthera.
  • "As Halo grew into the one of gaming’s most legendary franchises, so too did MLG, creating its reputation for incredible production, storytelling and event experiences.
  • We watched as local hometown heroes became global icons on the MLG mainstage, and their stories continue to be told today in the Halo Championship Series."The last Halo esports event hosted by MLG was the HWC NA Regional Finals in 2016.
Iconic Esports Moments: Alliance versus Natus Vincere at The International 3
  • The TI Grand Finals were historically pretty one-sided affairs.
  • Na`Vi won the first TI technically only winning two games, since they got a default win from the upper bracket.
  • Meanwhile, Invictus Gaming won the TI2 Grand Finals convincingly, even though it was a 3-1 series.
  • TI3’s Grand Final however, was something else altogether.For more videos like this one, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.
CLG’s Nick Allen on the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality: ‘It could have literally stifled the entire [esports] industry’
  • The Federal Communication Commissions vote to repeal net neutrality laws could have a serious impact on esports in the future.
  • But net neutrality wouldnt have just impacted esports past, it also has major implications on esports future.
  • Or they were really laggy or the quality was really bad, because these rules werent in place."It could have literally stifled the entire industry.
  • And Counter Logic Gaming COO and former Twitch head of esports Nick Allen told theScore esports it could have been a huge blow to esports if the laws were repealed years ago."What happens if [there was no] net neutrality, or there was much more exploitation of the lack of net neutrality years ago, when Twitch and were just getting started?"
  • A full repeal would also allow ISPs to charge individual websites to access "fast lanes" that would let their websites load faster for internet users.
Fnatic sign Hylissang, retain the rest of their roster
  • Fnatic have signed support player Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov to their 2018 roster, which will otherwise feature four returning players from 2017.Hyllisang will join Martin "Rekkles" Larsson, Paul "sOAZ" Boyer, Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen and Rasmus "Caps" Winther on Fnatics roster.
  • Hylissang is replacing Jesse "Jesiz" Le as Fnatics support."I’ve always been fan of Fnatic and of course Rekkles and this year I got the opportunity to play with both!
  • I’m looking forward to see how good we’ll match and how we translate it to the stage," Hylissang said in a press release.
  • He finished the summer split with a 2.88 KDA and placed third in the EU LCS with UoL.Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • "Im also super excited to play with Caps and the other Fnatic players, I think we have similar mindset and if we are on the same page I dont think anyone can hold us!"Hylissang last played for UoL, and has been on their roster since 2014.
Best fails and funny moments from All-Star 2017
  • The All-Star Event saw Chinas All-Star team triumph over the competition and brought with it a ton of exciting plays and sweet 1v1s.
  • But it also came with its fair share of hilarious fails and funny moments.For more videos like this one, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.
theScore esports Daily (Dec. 13): BnTeT to miss Boston Major Offline Qualifier, HellRaisers drop Dota roster, ROCCAT sign Blanc
  • The organization only had four players signed to their roster, after dropping Uroš "Swiftending" Galić in September.
  • Blanc finished the 2017 EU CS Spring Split with a 3.86 KDA across 10 games.
  • Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • Goal is to bypass Japans strict gambling laws by separating "pros" from general public.
  • This paves way for Japan to become e-sports powerhouse— Yuji Nakamura (@ynakamura56) December 13, 2017 The country has long been a hotbed for strong esports players in fighting games, but has been limited in terms of how esports athletes can earn money within their home country.
H2K sign SmittyJ, Santorin, Caderel, Sheriff and sprattel for 2018 roster
  • "But a lot of different people, and most of the people we talked to said that hes really talented, especially in lane, hes a really good laner.
  • While SmittyJ and Cadrel came from Schalke, Sheriff is returning to Europe after playing the past few months in Turkey.
  • When his name first came up, I wouldnt say I dismissed it, but I did say enh and pushed it aside.
  • We felt that this is obviously when Pr0lly was stilly head coach.
  • I wasnt really interested," Wells said.
Cloud9’s Jack Etienne: The 2018 NA LCS is ‘the biggest evolution of esports that’s been around in years and we had to be a part of it’
  • And it definitely made me feel like, Hey, were making progress here. And that our communication is getting better and its being competitive.
  • I think its going to be one of those years we remember where, hey — this is the year where esports actually is considered on the same par as a lot of the traditional sports."Sean Weteselaar is a supervising editor for theScore esports.
  • So, 2018s going to be something special.
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  • And I think that, given that trajectory, yes, were going to become more competitive as time goes by."But whatever the next year brings, Etienne said it could be the most successful for esports as a whole to date."2017 has been the most exciting year in esports that Ive had.
100 Thieves sign ex-Immortals lineup
  • This marks the organizations first foray into CS:GO, after recently acquiring an NA LCS franchise slot.RELATED: 100 Thieves Nadeshot: We just didn’t want to be a team that was 10th place.
  • That’s not good for League of Legends, that’s not good for 100 ThievesEarlier in the year, kNg and the Teles twins found themselves amid a controversy following DreamHack Montreal 2017, after they were late to the Grand Finals and kNg tweeted a death threat to Counter Logic Gaming player Pujan "FNS" Mehta.
  • This eventually led to an internal investigation from Immortals, kNg being released, and the Teles twins requesting a transfer."We are fully aware of the situations that took place at DreamHack and then the events that took place after and we do not take the situation lightly in any capacity," said Haag in a video announcement.
  • 100 Thieves have signed the core of the ex-Immortals lineup, acquiring their slot at the ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018, according to an announcement from the team.The lineup consists of former Immortals players Henrique "HEN1" Teles, Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles, Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, multi-Major champion Lincoln "fnx" Lau and former Team One player Bruno "bit" Lima.100 Thieves is helmed by Call of Duty legend Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag and backed by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA franchise.
The story of Armada
  • But North America was where the best players were, and Armada wanted to prove that he was among the game’s elite.For Armada, second-best was not enough.This is the story of Armada.For more videos like this one, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.
  • Armada wanted more.
  • Prize pools were low, especially in Europe, and few Smash players could rely on Melee as a full-time job.
  • Adam “Armada“ Lindgren didnt start his Super Smash Bros.
  • Europe’s scene was smaller than North America’s and players rarely traveled between regions to compete in Smash tournaments at the time.
theScore esports Daily (Dec. 12): Memento sings with Team ROCCAT, Shanghai Dragons fine players for account sharing
  • theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.Memento sings with Team ROCCATJungler Jonas "Memento" Elmarghichi will be wearing ROCCAT blue going into 2018, the EU LCS team announced today.Memento previously played for ROCCAT for a brief two months in the summer of 2016.
  • More recently, he was with FC Schalke 04 during their successful summer Challenger run that saw them qualify for the EU LCS.Team ROCCAT narrowly avoided playing the 2018 Spring Promotion Tournament after placing fourth in Group A in the 2017 summer season.RELATED: theScore esports Daily (Dec. 11) — Sprout acquires majority of ex-PENTA roster, Profit signs with Team ROCCATImp renews contract with LGD-GamingChinese League of Legends team LGD-Gaming has renewed their contract with AD carry Gu "imp" Seung-bin, according to an announcement from the team.imp first signed with LGD in November of 2014.
  • Prior to that he played with Samsung White and MVP Ozone.Imp has renewed his contract with us for the 2018 Season, hooray! 🎉🎊🎈— LGD-Gaming (@LGDgaming) December 12, 2017 LGD had a less than stellar 2017 summer regular season, placing at the bottom of the league at 11-12th.Shanghai Dragons fine players for account sharingTwo Overwatch players signed to the Shanghai Dragons OWL team are in hot water after sharing an account over the weekend.Fang "Undead" Chao and Liu "Xushu" Junjie are being fined the equivalent of roughly $450 by the org after Undead used Xushu’s secondary account in order to duo queue with him.
  • The difference in their main accounts’ rankings would have prevented them from queuing together otherwise, according to the Dragons’ statement.“As professional game players, they should have acted as role models and abided by Blizzard’s use codes and regulations,” read a statement posted by the Dragons. “Now, we sincerely apologize to the gamers’ community for the negative impact caused by this account sharing between Undead and Xushu.”This comes about a week after Philadelphia Fusion player Kim "SADO" Su-min was suspended for boosting player accounts for money.Is Activision Blizzard developing Overwatch 2?Speculation about a potential sequel to Overwatch has reared its head again after investment banking company Goldman Sachs upgraded Activision Blizzard’s stock to buy from neutral and raised their price target to $73, from $67, partially on the back of an alleged upcoming Overwatch sequel.According to CNBC, a note to clients from Vice President Christopher Merwin noted Goldman Sachs was raising their estimates “on account of a robust multi year pipeline of games — Diablo, Overwatch 2, and a Blizzard mobile title — which we dont think Street estimates are fully taking into account."No information regarding a potential sequel to Overwatch has been released by Blizzard.This comes about two months after Blizzard posted a job posting for an intern, seeking a candidate to work on "an unannounced project at Blizzard” with “knowledge and understanding of the Overwatch universe.”Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports.
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The Best of All-Star 2017
  • The fifth iteration of the League of Legends All-Star event has come and gone, with China reigning supreme in both the 1v1 event and the inter-regional Dream Team competition.
  • Both tournaments were full of great plays, insane teamfights and a few laughs — here is the best of All-Star 2017.
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theScore esports Daily (Dec. 11): Sprout acquires majority of ex-PENTA roster, Profit signs with Team ROCCAT
  • theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.Team ROCCAT sign ProfitTeam ROCCAT today announced the signing of former SK Telecom T1 substitute Kim "Profit" Jun-hyung.The top laner previously played for Ninjas in Pyjamas.
  • While with NiP, the team placed 9th-10th in the EU LCS in the Summer Split, losing to FC Schalke 04 in the Spring Promotion tournament.
  • With our team, consisting @denisCSGO @kRYSTALcsgoo @SpiidiCS @zehncsgo @innocentCS and @towbcs we are sure that we can excel.
  • FaZe to drew first blood, winning Inferno 16-13.
  • We begin our journey today.
theScore esports Daily (Dec. 8): Faker, C9 and Overwatch take home Game Awards, Dota major schedule changes and Nadeshot calls out OpTic
  • Last year, Faker was snubbed in favor of SK Gamings Marcelo "Coldzera" David.
  • I’m out for blood with OpTic, straight up.
  • The new March major still does not have a tournament organizer attached to it.GESC, on the other hand, was set to run four minors this season, in Sinagpore, Kuala-Lumpur, Bangkok and Jakarta.
  • Two minors, GESC Singapore and GESC Malaysia have been canceled, while the major scheduled for February has been pushed back to March.The March spot was freed up when Beyond the Summit cancelled their minor in November.
Echo Fox sign Huni, Dardoch, Altec and Adrian; reveal academy roster
  • Echo Fox has finalized their 2018 lineup, signing Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon, Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett, Johnny "Altec" Ru and Adrian "Adrian" Ma to their main roster.
  • The main roster will be coached by Nick "Inero" Smith.Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • "When this roster takes to the Rift, you’re going to see a level of play that you’ve never seen before since Echo Fox was established in 2015," Echo Fox owner Rick Fox said in a press release.
  • Echo Fox has also filled out their academy roster with Kieran "Allorim" Logue, Nathan "TheOddOrange" Ryan, Tanner "Damonte" Damonte, Lawrence "Lost" Hui and John "Papa Chau" Le.
  • The team placed eighth in both the 2017 NA LCS spring and summer seasons.
G2 sign Jankos, Hjarnan, Wunder and Wadid; retain Perkz
  • "The players consider G2 Esports to be a perfect environment to develop their competitive and branding careers due to the immense levels of ambition within our club.
  • Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • We are going to ensure that this lineup lifts trophies with us."G2 lost four of its players during the offseason, as Team SoloMid took Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen and Alfonso "Mithy" Aguirre-Rodriguez to NA, and the BBQ Olivers brought Kim "Trick" Gang-yun back to Korea.
  • The organization also released top laner Ki "Expect" Dae-han, who has yet to join another team.G2 placed first in both the 2017 EU LCS Spring and Summer playoffs, but failed to make it out of their group at Worlds, placing third in Group C with a 3-3 record.
theScore esports Daily (Dec. 7): OWL preseason results, H2K cuts budget for 2018 LoL team and Clutch Gaming director talks building a fanbase
  • "Here’s why we picked this person, here’s why you should be fans of us — and give people reasons to be fans."To hear Parks full interview, check out his episode of theScore esports Podcast.Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • "In doing so, H2K will also satisfy RIOT’s franchising criterion requiring teams to demonstrate financial discipline and stability.
  • H2K has appropriately responded to RIOT’s messaging that teams who incur significant year over year losses, even if those losses are willingly funded by VC’s and other investors, won’t be considered financially stable."The letter ends with H2K stating that the EU LCSs current financial structure is "backwards and upside down."
  • theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.OWL preseason resultsWhile the Overwatch League hasnt launched quite yet, Blizzard is working out the kinks in their production with the OWL preseason, which kicked off last night.The San Fransico Shock played two games, taking home a 3-1 win against the Florida Mayhem and a 2-3 loss to the Los Angeles Valiant.
Iconic Esports Moments: The inSec Kick
  • “The inSec” is a play so famous, it immortalized the name of the player who first pulled it off.
  • It’s a play that even non-esports fans probably know.
  • Its legacy has grown well beyond the borders of the game in which it happened, and was highly influential in how we play, and think about, the game of League of Legends.This is the Legacy of the inSec.For more video interviews and highlights, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.
Team SoloMid on their 2018 goals, shotcalling and if their all-star roster will succeed
  • "On paper we look like a strong team, but we havent even had the chance to play a single game together.
  • I dont think theres really any other way to practice," Hauntzer told theScore esports.
  • After two years of relative stability, Team SoloMid used this offseason to shake up their roster, retaining only two players going into 2018.
  • "If we can get that then I dont think any other team will be able to beat that for a long time."Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
  • But though the untested roster looks strong right now, even Mithy is wary of calling his shots this early."I think its super early to say," Mithy told theScore esports.
theScore esports Daily (Dec. 6): Sheever’s health improves, G2 reportedly set to sign Jankos and ESL Finals results
  • Misfits followed in third place.Quarterfinals start this Friday, with OpTic taking on Fnatic and HellRiasers against Sean Gares Misfits.
  • Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports.
  • The team that handed them their only loss, OpTic, came second in the group.
  • Their UofT squad made it to the 2017 Tencent Global Collegiate Cup and ULoL NA Finals and won the Taipei Universiade.Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.
The best fails and funny moments from the DreamLeague Season 8 Finals
  • DreamLeague Season 8 Finals, the second Major of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit has delivered with fantastic games and awesome moments.
  • However, in true DreamLeague fashion, there was more than a few wacky moments, meme-filled banter and hilarious shenanigans.
  • And so today we celebrate the DreamLeague Season 8 Finals by reliving the best fails and funny moments from the event.For more video, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube.