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There has been a lot going on lately. As always, we present you our eSports Boulevard news February 2017. This time we will be focusing on CS:GO, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.
Astralis has secured a landmark title in Atlanta this week with their narrow victory over Virtus.Pro in the grand finals of the ELEAGUE Major, taking first place with a 2-1 series score line. The win is historic for the Danish roster as the team had, until now, never managed to clear the semi-finals stage of a single CS:GO major.
The German team mousesports, has made an unexpected change to their line-up this week with the announcement of their decision to move the longest standing member of the team, Chris “chrisJ” de Jong, to a substitute role. Mousesports have had a disappointing run of form as of late, culminating in a group stage exit in Atlanta this weekend.
k1ck eSports’ starting roster for 2017 is now known, following this week’s announcement that they have finalized their player choices. For this latest team, k1ck have brought back former members Ricardo “rmn” Oliveira and Christopher “MUTiRiS” Fernandes as the foundation of the team, supplementing the duo with Diogo “syon” Oliveira and Pedro “million” Teixeira, and João “horvy” Matheus Rodaczynski Horvath.
The Spanish organization has been down to only one active player since the end of December when x6tence dropped all except for Antonio “FlipiN” Rivas del Rey. However, they have brought that number back to five this week following the announcement of four new players that will be rounding out the roster.
128 players traveled to San Antonio, Texas for the first major LAN for the Americas region, hosted at PAX South. Organized by ONOG, the tournament offered $10,000 and 75 HCT points but felt lackluster in its execution.
The players were seeded into a single elimination bracket, a format officially allowed by Blizzard but disliked by the vast majority of Hearthstone professionals. The short notice announcement of the tournament also meant that only a few top pros could attend, with about a dozen of them going against a field of unproven first-timers.
Seven rounds later, tournament favorites including Jon “Orange” Westberg, Cong “StrifeCro” Shu, and Will “Amnesiac” Barton lay were defeated while “Leadpaint” took the title over Raymond “Rayc591” Cipoletti in the finals, both of them securing their spot in the Americas Winter preliminaries.
Immortals beat Ghost to take the first place $40,000 prize of the Overwatch Premier, while Luminosity fought back compLexity to take third place. Ghost was awarded a prize money of $20,000. Luminosity and compLexity both received $12,000 for their third and fourth wins, respectively.
The Xtra Cup by Glory4Gamers concluded yesterday at Xtra studio, where the remaining four teams played for the €5,000 prize pool. Backed up by a one game advantage, and continuing it with a clean 2-0 run on Watchpoint: Gibraltar and Lijiang Tower, The Chavs can now add another title to their record, possibly making them the best-unsigned roster in Europe.
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