• Flipsid3 Tactics vs Bpro recap / ESEA / + the immortal f3.electronic

  • Fnatic vs Cloud9 / Rift Rivals Day 3 / c9.sneaky

  • CLG Academy vs The Foundation / ESEA Premier NA + ROOT.Haptic / CLG.char / CLG.djay

  • Rift Rivals NA vs EU Day 2 / G2 Esports vs Phoenix 1/ MikeYeung’s Infinite Rage

It was a dramatic and very close series between these two teams as they entered the rift in week 6.  Immortal, along with TSM, were both battling to tie Counter Logic Gaming for first place in the standings.  Both teams managed to clench that spot, leaving the standings with a current three way tie.  CLG took a surprising loss to Team Dignitas yesterday, so it’s exciting to see where we will end up with a three way tie.  Before the match, IMT Pobleter was saying how close the last series was between the two teams, and that Immortal won only on “very slim margins”, andRead More →

It’s been a very dramatic, yet very fun, couple of days for Arc6 fans.  As they continue their push in the 2017 BEAT Invitational, Arc6 saw two reverse sweeps in two days; one in their favor, and one against their favor.  So what happens to cause such a turnaround in a game?  There are of course many factors that play into it, including: map RNG, tournament rules changing on the fly, and something I’ll call ‘mental steam’.  Arc6 showed a perfectly good display of a team running out of steam yesterday against Rogue, and then the very next day taking advantage of a team thatRead More →

Both teams are 2-3 in the tournament going into the match, with Urgot being the unusual and popular pick with his recent rework.  Six minutes into the game and both teams are playing very patient, we are still waiting for any kind of jungle gank.  The early game continues to be fairly spread out and passive until C9.Sneaky breaks the ice with first blood from a gank in bottom lane, and then a second kill a minute later.  This enables C9 to take their first tower down and Sneaky heads back to bottom.  It’s Sneaky again in the second team fight initiating with a thirdRead More →

In this best of one on Cobblestone, Bpro starts off strong as Counter-Terrorist, winning the first two rounds. Flipsid3 is seemingly getting comfortable with positioning and timing.  F3 has been surprising a number of experts and analysts recently, with this game being no exception to their skill.  Bpro.Psycho1 gets a triple kill in the second round to put his team up in economy to win the third.  Flipsid3 gets momentum back, though, when F3.electronic333 gets a sneaky double kill in round 4, allowing his team some breathing room for their first victory.  The economy for both teams is stable at this point, and f3.electronic keepsRead More →

A lot of G2’s strength comes from having the lead early on, and then steadily closing in on it.  The former EU champions couldn’t get that lead against NA’s Phoenix 1.  P1’s Ryu started off the match smiling, which is a pretty rare occurrence, possibly foreshadowing his victory.  He was sitting next to the young rookie MikeYeung, who everyone is hyped for lately.  Both teams start the match 1-1 in the tournament. After the picks in this BO1, Phoenix 1 looks to have a lot of high value picks, yet seems vulnerable in the early game.  G2’s Perkz was having a lot of success withRead More →

In this best of one match up the chosen map was Cache, with CLG opening strong as Terrorist.  CLG.djay was impressive getting the entry frags in both of the first two rounds.  Going into round 3, CLG had a strong economy that will last them 2 more rounds, but ROOT made a strong push back in round 4 getting to a 2v2 before losing.  Round 5 has Counter Logic Gaming pushing in and both teams losing 2, but it’s ROOT.Haptic that gets two frags jumping down from B point.  This sets up a 1v1 scenario where ROOT.maL gets the kill and disarm for The Foundation’sRead More →

To satisfy current Chinese law necessitating Blizzard to show the odds of in game purchases, players in China can now buy Arcane Dust instead of card packs.  This circumvents the law by having players receive a card pack as a free bonus to the dust that they bought. Blizzard has previously said that the next expansion in Hearthstone will yeild ‘different availability’ of the most rare cards. Since the Chinese law took hold, a pity timer has been discovered as per publications, however, it’s unclear whether these pity percentages will apply to the new bonus Chinese packs.   Players outside of china will not beRead More →

A big nerf came to a lot of heroes in Heroes of the Storm today, seeing only a few buffs, most notably to Thrall, who hasn’t been changed in a while. Thrall’s changes seemingly don’t affect his meta status too much, however, Lucio’s healing has been revamped from a previous patch, giving him more vitality. This all comes as HOTS’ Suns Out, Guns Out event starts, giving players new cosmetics.  The most popular being skins, but additionally, there is a new Brawl mode in which all players start as Stitches and try to pull each other into the pool. The event lasts almost a fullRead More →

Cheaters using everything from ESP hacks, where you can see where everyone is, or Aimbot hacks, allowing players to have perfect aim, are ruining the PUBG experience for everyone.  There are also other cheats that allows players to see where guns are, something that may seem minor but definitely gives an advantage. Battleye is the current technology the game uses to prevent cheaters, but it is implemented in others games that already have their own hacks. Other shooters, such as Overwatch, have recently seen a rise in cheating, and have dealt with it accordingly with a strong ban sense. Banning players is the most effectiveRead More →

  The first map played between the two teams was on Numbani, with Renegades taking defense first.  Jeri had excellent turret placement in the back left of the point with Torb, forcing Kungarna to be poked down heavily at first by the defense.  After a quick regroup, the offense had a spectacular play that rushed in from the front and dove to the back left surprising Jeri and Zacharee  for two quick picks, then immediately taking out the high ground.  It was surprising to see Renegades not catch the dive by simply playing back a little further, instead they are caught out of position andRead More →