August 18th – August 25th: Welcome to this week’s edition of ‘Too Long, Didn’t Read’. Check in at Esportsnow every Sunday and find the most up to date, to-the-minute Esports news, a summary of everything that has been happening over the last week in Esports. Missed out on last weeks? No problem. Catch up on last week’s edition of Too Long, Didn’t Read by clicking here. So what’s been happening this week in Esports?
Early last week Call of Duty fans watched on as eUnited won the Call of Duty World League Championships, defeating 100 Thieves in the Grand Finale. The finale took place at UCLA on day 4 of the event yesterday, the 18th of August. The final Call of Duty event of the year, 32 teams battled it out for their share of the $2 million USD prize pool, 100 Thieves falling at the last hurdle and eUnited snatching victory in the last possible round.
eUnited has won the Call of Duty World League Championships after four days of intense fighting, the final Call of Duty event of the year coming down to the very last possible round of the Grand Finale. eUnited faced off against 100 Thieves in the final game of the competition winning 3 – 2 overall, and getting their hands on the $800,000 USD top prize.
Also this week Developers Wizards of the Coast announced their plans for Magic: The Gathering for the 2020 season and beyond. After only three major events into the 2019 Magic: The Gathering season, Wizards of the Coast are already making big plans going forward into 2020. It is their aim to push Magic Esports to the next level after a successful 2019 for both the digital and tabletop forms of the game.
Wizards of the Coast, developers of Magic: The Gathering have revealed their plans for the 2020/21 season for both the digital and tabletop versions of their game. Next year’s season will provide players of all levels a number of new opportunities to compete and access quality broadcasts/content. Their biggest aim going forward to develop a ‘clear path to pro’ for their most famous title, steps to be taken in this direction already being set in motion.
Overwatch fans this week got an update in the current Overwatch League power rankings. Stage 4, Week 4 of the Overwatch League is in the books and there has been some significant changes to the Overwatch League power rankings. The new role lock meta in Stage 4 undoubtedly led to what were some surprising wins, shocking upsets and some leap-frogging in the rankings, unlike we have ever seen before.
Last week’s results included a few minor upsets with teams like the Florida Mayhem and the Washington Justice beating top-ten teams like the London Spitfire and Vancouver Titans. It was not enough for either team to break their way into the Overwatch League power rankings Top 10. The New York Excelsior remain just outside the Top 10, sitting in 11th place after a comprehensive loss to the Chengdu Hunters currently sitting pretty in 5th place.
This week Call of Duty fans received the news that Misfits Gaming have secured the Florida sport for the upcoming Call of Duty franchised league. The Miami based organisation who own the Florida Mayhem, currently a pro Overwatch team in Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League.
Misfits Gaming announced their decision to join the Call of Duty pro league. They join the likes of OverActive Media and Immortals Gaming Club as one of the only organisations with three teams in franchised Esports leagues (Riot Games’ LOL leagues, Overwatch League and the upcoming Call of Duty League).
The StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 will be the 15th Valve-sponsored Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship and the second major CS:GO tournament of the year. The competition will see 24 teams fighting it out for the title of champion, and their cut of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool up for grabs.
This will be the first time StarLadder will be the official host of a Valve CS:GO tournament, previously having hosted multiple Dota 2 Pro Circuit events in both 2018 and 2019. The event will be made up of three stages; The New Challengers Stage taking place between August 23rd and 26th. The New Legends Stage taking place between August 28th and September 1st And The New Champions Stage taking place between September 5th and 8th.
The Dota Pro Circuit’s biggest event of the year, The International 2019 is taking place right now. Five teams remain at The International 9. Today will see Vici Gaming take on Team Secret, both fighting for their place in the competition.
Friday saw a pair of lower-bracket matches taking place at the backend of the competition here in Shanghai. Eighteen teams have been fighting it out in the quest to become The International 2019 champions. The top prize is currently sitting at a staggering $15 million USD, the total prize pool has already reaching $34,000,000.
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