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Oct 17 2014

eSports Weekly (Week of 10/13-10/19)

This week, we preview the climactic Grand Finals of the 2014 LoL World Championships, we take a look at the upcoming qualifiers for the CS:GO DreamHack Winter event, and Sony has started a new eSports league. This and more in this week’s eSports Weekly.

League of Legends World Championships Grand Finals Preview

LoL WorldsA month ago the World Championships began with group stage play in Taiwan, and now we’ve finally reached the climactic grand finals. Samsung Galaxy White and Star Horn Royal Club will fight on Sunday, October 19th on the grand stage in Seoul to determine the 2014 world champion, and which team will walk away with $1 million USD. Samsung White demolished their sister squad Samsung Blue, eventually taking the third and final game in just 21 minutes, and sweeping the semifinal series 3-0. In the other semifinal, Chinese teams Star Horn Royal Club and OMG faced off. Star Horn had struggled in their 3-2 win over Edward Gaming the first round, highlighted by serious communication problems. OMG, on the other hand, trounced NaJin White Shield in the quarters, which came as a shock to viewers. After a rough first game loss to OMG, it looked like Star Horn’s problems would finally cost them. But they rallied to win games two and three before OMG came back to win game four, setting up a pivotal game five with a spot in the grand finals on the line. Star Horn got out to an early lead and took control after a mere fifteen minutes, and held on to win the game and the series. The story of the grand finals is this: Star Horn made a lot of mistakes throughout their first two series of this main event, and still scraped by, winning both series in five games. If they continue to make these mistakes during the grand finals, they have no chance. Samsung White is just too good. Star Horn will have to be almost perfect. The grand finals starts on Sunday at 3:00 am on the east coast, and 4:00 pm in Korea. For those on the U.S. west coast, the match will begin at midnight. You can of course watch the event on Riot’s Twitch channel.

CS:GO: FACEIT League Hosting Qualifiers For DreamHack Winter

dreamhackThe open and closed qualifiers for the 2014 DreamHack Winter Global Offensive Tournament begin this weekend, and will be hosted by FACEIT League. The tournament that takes place from November 27-29th will feature 16 teams and a $250,000 grand prize. This weekend, FACEIT is hosting open qualifiers that are open to a potential 256 teams. That’s a lot of teams. Five teams will earn spots from the European regional finals that will consist of open qualifier winners and invited teams. There will be one sole team from America. The closed qualifiers for each region will take place on October 20-21st. These six teams that earn spots through qualifiers don’t include the top eight teams from ESL One Cologne, who have already been invited to the main event. These teams include powerhouses such as Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.Pro, Titan, Dignitas, and Epsilon. The final two spots in the tournament will consist of teams that qualify through international qualifiers. Information about the international qualifiers will be released in the near future.  DreamHack 2014 will also feature tournaments in Dota 2, Starcraft 2, and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Sony Launches Its Own eSports League

ps leagueIt seems Sony is launching its own eSports league for the PS4: The Playstation Official League. The league was created for use in Spain, and will soon come to Portugal and Italy, with a possibility of coming to America and the rest of Europe in the future. According to Spanish gaming site Gamereactor, the league is designed to reward and encourage players of all levels, not just experts and professionals. The POL will take care of things such as matchmaking, and will award prizes to its participants. FIFA, Battlefield, and Call of Duty: Ghosts are the first games that have been added, with many more on the way. (Author’s Note: This feels less like a professional eSports league, and more like a recreational gaming league. But honestly, that’s a really good thing. I know it’s not always sensical to compare eSports to athletic sports like football and basketball, but the reason there is always a constant stream of new sports fans is because play is encouraged at the lower level. This is a great new way of building up eSports fans from the ground up, and getting more of the community involved.)

Radar Blips

  • SC2: Terran player Choi “Bomber” Ji Sung of Team Red Bull won the WCS Season 3 America Premier League last weekend, defeating Kim “Heart” Min Hyuk of Axiom. The win netted Bomber 2000 WCS points, placing him at the top of the standing with 6550 points.
  • CS:GO: Andreas “Maxaki” Andersson, of Team Orbit, revealed on HLTV this week that Property’s Joel “emilio” Mako cheated at a Copenhagen event in 2012, utilizing a wallhack. emilio is the subject of recent controversy, after he received a VAC ban during a Fragbite Masters match against HellRaises. Property was kicked out of the Fragbite tournament, and Valve is still investigating the incident.

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