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Fighting for the Manila Masters Champion trophy, Evil Geniuses had a chance for redemption against their Chinese nemesis Newbee. They did exactly so by claiming the crown last week and exacting vengeance in the process.
In Game 1, Evil Geniuses took an early lead by taking advantage of some sloppy plays and utilized the map to its full potential. This advantage paved the way for a good mid game as well. Newbee showed some glimpses of a comeback through some smoke ganks, but Evil Geniuses avoided every attempt in style. EG capitalized not only in taking kills, but also in taking objectives, which served them well as the Chinese tapped out before the 25-minute mark.
In Game 2, Newbee showed what they were made off. This time around, the game went the distance, as both opted to farm and spit-push rather than getting involved in fights. Newbee took the early game lead which was highlighted by some great plays by Ursa, while the side of Evil Geniuses struggled to calm the roaring beast and lost Game 2.
In Game 3, Evil Geniuses showed the spirit of champions, but Newbee didn’t go down without a fight. The mid to early game was evenly matched because both sides anticipated each other’s move in every step of the way. At the end, it was the Aegis of Roshan in the late game that enabled Evil Geniuses to push high ground. It proved to overwhelm Newbee and ultimately Evil Geniuses won the game.
In Game 4, which was also the last game of the series, Evil Geniuses came out guns blazing. Very similar to the third round, there was a lot of back and forth between the two teams with no clear cut answers as to who would end up winning from the early to mid-portion of the game. But it was a massive team fight in the latter part of the game where Evil Geniuses forced Newbee to burn their income with buybacks. This solidified the fact that Evil Geniuses were truly worthy of winning the Manila Masters Championship trophy.
Evil Geniuses have won The Manila Masters 3-1 over Newbee. While their invite to The International 2017 was already assumed due to the stellar track record of the team, their win in Manila makes it a foregone conclusion that we will see Evil Geniuses in Seattle.
A huge benchmark has been set by arguably the best playerin the competitive world of League of Legends, Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok.
Professionally the player has earned over $1 million. By doing so, “Faker” is the first player to achieve this milestone. This news has been made official by the data-tracking site eSports earnings. The 21-year-old South Korean sensation, after splitting the prize money of over 30 tournaments, has managed to rack up a total of $1.047 million.
For the professional scene of League of Legends this is a huge achievement. The mid lane of the Summoner’s Rift is completely dominated by aggressive playing style of the player. To the large sum of the community, Faker might be the best player ever to play the game. This statement can be exemplified by the milestones achieved by the player on the streaming platform Twitch.
This $1 million figure came after his team, SK Telecom T1, pulled out a victory at the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI 2017) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last weekend. From the competitive world of League of Legends, 13 teams were invited for the MSI, which had a prize pool of over $1.69 million.
At the end of the day, the biggest share of the prize, $676,000, went to SK Telecom T1 who managed to come out on top in fantastic fashion.
While in the world of LoL, this record of Faker’s is a huge achievement. However, when compared to the rival MOBA DotA 2, it falls under the shadow of other players.
Both of these MOBA titles have their origins from the Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III. But Valve, the developer of DotA 2, financially beefed up the professional scene with the fan-funded prize pool campaigns which worth over tens of millions of dollars.
This has enabled young players like 18-year-old Syed Sumail Hassan from Pakistan to have already won $2.46 million. Moreover, Hassan is only No. 3 in terms of total DotA 2 earnings.
Of course, that discrepancy isn’t hurting League of Legends. The game is as popular as ever, and Faker is still its king.
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