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After victories last Saturday, both the London Spitfire and the Seoul Dynasty have passed their first tests in the Overwatch League playoff rounds. Both the Dynasty and the Spitfire will advance onto the main playoff stages where they will face the New York Excelsior and Vancouver Titans, respectively.
The Spitfire are the current defending Overwatch League champions. Seoul may have been the team with the highest expectations before the league’s inaugural season kicked off and undeniably still bear the weight of those expectations despite never really meeting them so far. Being South Korea’s home team also may have added pressure on the Korean team.
This week in Esports ENCE and NRG Esports were the first two teams to qualify for the New Legends Stage at the StarLadder Berlin. Both teams swept their Bo3 series in round 3 of the New Challengers Stage on Friday making them the first two teams to qualify for what is essentially the playoff stages of the StarLadder Berlin Major CS:GO competition.
ENCE and NRG beat DreamEaters and Ninjas in Pyjamas to advance from the New Challengers Stage on Friday, eliminating both loses from the competition. The major CS:GO event has a total prize pool of $1,000,000 USD and will see eight teams progress from the New Champions Stage to the final New Legends Stage in what has been a Swiss-System format competition.
The Quake Pro League (QPL) is the premier professional Esports league for Quake Champions and kicked off this year at QuakeCon2019. The QPL will see 20 of the top Quake players in the world competing against each other over the next ten weeks or so, fighting it out for a spot in a LAN event taking place at ESL Lucca Comics & Games, Italy, in November.
During QuakeCon2019, twenty of the best Quake players from two regions, the Americas and EU/CIS battled it out in a heartpounding, 4 day, round-robin event, to determine their global rankings going into this year’s Quake Pro League season. Marcel “k1llsen” Paul from Germany finished at no.1 after QuakeCon 2019 with an impressive 17 – 3 record and 39 points.
Team Cosy have just won the Dota 2 Destiny Cup Season 2 after beating Dota Hero 3 – 1 in the Bo5 Grand Finale. 14 teams from all around Asia have been fighting it out for the last week to make it to the playoff rounds of this year’s Destiny Cup. Team Cozy will take home top-prize of ¥50,000 while Dota Hero finished runners up, and will receive ¥30,000.
This year’s Dota 2 Destiny Cup Season 2 has produced some surprising moments, and tightly-contested battles and not many fans out there would admit to predicting how the Dota event turned out.
ESL and DreamHack this week unveiled plans for the 2020 ESL Pro Tour season. The CS:GO event organisers revealed plans for next year’s season that will feature more than 20 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments and a total prize-pool exceeding $5 million USD.
ESL and DreamHack unveiled major plans last Tuesday for next year’s 2020 ESL Pro Tour. This upcoming season will be THE biggest in CS:GO history, if ESL’s plans come to fuition. It is their intention that the ESL Pro Tour for 2020 will feature more than 20 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments, with a combined total prize pool that will exceed $5 million USD.
Thursday saw the kickoff of the Overwatch League Playoffs for 2019 and two mouth-watering match-ups. The Vancouver Titans took on the Seoul Dynasty, and the Los Angeles Gladiators faced the Hangzhou Spark. Both games were tightly fought affairs and produced some extreme gameplay, ultimately the Titans and Gladiators coming out on top.
Thursday saw the Vancouver Titans and the Los Angeles Gladiators each prevail in what were close fought matches, held in Burbank, California. Victories in the quarter-finals have set up a meeting between both victors in the upper-bracket semifinals in the Overwatch League Playoffs for Season 2.
Will Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) be the next big thing in mobile Esports? It seems MOBA have big plans in store for the multiplayer-online based arena game coming in the near future. MLBB is available on both Android and iOS and was released back in 2016. In the last 2 years the game has gathered a following with over 500 million downloads and 75 million active players according to Moonton, developers of MLBB.
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