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Our VIP-bet eSports Boulevard News January 2017 provides you with the most recent events in eSports. We have summarized the most important events in LoL, DotA 2, Overwatch, and CS:GO.
The week has been all about the roster changes in the world of Dota 2. EHOME underwent a complete overhaul of their main roster, replacing four of the five players originally on it. With the caption “new year, new roster”, EHOME announced their team composition for the next season. The only player continuing his time on the active bench, Wang “old chicken” Zhi Yong, will be joined by former VG player Chen “Cty” Tian Yu and three players from EHOME’s sister squads. Of the four players released from the team, only Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng and Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei will be staying with the organization; LaNm will be taking the role of coach, while eLeVeN will be a sub for the team.
A new squad spanning over multiple regions, but playing in Europe, features the return of 343 and FATA- to competitive Dota, the announcements of FoREv and YapzOr’s new teams, and the debut of Feero.
While in competitive news, Wings Gaming is finding themselves in a situation where the team cannot secure a Croatian visa before the Dota Pit Season 5 LAN finals on the 19th of January and has been forced to give up their direct invite to the event. In a statement released by Wings Gaming, the reason for their inability to secure a visa is due to time constraints arising from their participation in the ESL One Genting LAN event on the 6th to 8th of January. Given that the event is quickly approaching, Chinese teams which can replace Wings are becoming increasingly limited, hence, it is likely that a European team will replace the Chinese direct invite.
And lastly a new team by the name of Team Onyx is on the map of Dota 2 as the squad features DeMoN reunited with TI4-Star Mason and former Team Liquid’s player BuLba, along with MVP Phoenix’s beastly support player, DuBu. The last member of the team is currently unknown.
The roster changes are all the latest happenings in the world of League of Legends. European League of Legends team Origen has finalized its roster for the 2017 season. The team has signed four new players: top laner Max “Satorius” Günther, jungler Kim “Wisdom” Tae-wan, AD carry Erik “Tabzz” van Helvert, and support Aleksi “Hiiva” Kaikkonen, according to sources close to the team and what players have told ESPN.
Origen founder and owner Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez will reprise his role in the mid lane of the team, according to sources, after a short stint as its AD carry in 2016. The team is set to officially announce its roster Monday, according to its website.
While in more news pertaining to roster changes, former CJ Entus League of Legends support Hong “MadLife” Min-gi has joined North American Challenger Series team Gold Coin United, the team announced Thursday.
Ukraine-based Natus Vincere is finally ready to return to competitive League of Legends with a brand new roster of talented individuals. The eSports organization’s previous roster participated in the Continental Qualifiers of the European League Championship Series (EU LCS). Despite registering a massive finish in the tournament, Na`Vi failed to qualify for the big league. It now places its hopes in a new League of Legends roster that has been formed after “great scouting work” to represent the team in the upcoming spring split of the LCL, the Russia/CIS equivalent of the LCS. The new League of Legends roster of Natus Vincere:
Even if the Christmas event on Overwatch is about to end, there are new bonuses that players can receive because of Diablo’s anniversary. According to Daily Star, the game will have a new character based on the Lord of Terror. Also, the players of Overwatch can get in-game sprays from Diablo 3 classes.
The players can also play an in-game event called The Darkening of Tristram. These will let the players relive the very first time they ever played Diablo. The anniversary celebration of Diablo in Overwatch and other games started on Dec. 31 and there is no definite date when the celebration will end. The players can still enjoy new and exciting features in the game thanks to Diablo.
In other news, a new map was recently added to Overwatch that also contained some bugs and glitches. The newest map, Ecopoint: Antartica, is set at Mei’s old research facility where she was cryogenically frozen. Players around the world are reportedly reacting to some players abusing the new map’s bug to take unfair advantages during the game. This Overwatch new map Ecopoint: Antartica bug allows the character Mei to access restricted areas and attack enemies through the walls.
It has recently been announced that long-time Counter Logic Gaming player, James “Hazed” Cobb, will be parting ways with the team. The NA veteran has been with CLG for two years, seeing both successes and failures, the latter of which spanning most of the time in 2016. During 2016, CLG lost multiple members of their long-standing roster, leaving younger players to take their places. With Hazed leaving the team, Cutler is the final member of the 2015 roster to stay.
In other news, x6tence’s CS:GO roster has been gutted today following the announcement that the organization has decided to part ways with nearly all of their Spanish players, leaving only Antonio “FlipiN” Rivas del Rey. Rajohn “EasTor” Linato, Alfredo “enanoks” Alvarez, Marcos “AEROZ” Gonzalez Ochoa and Carlos “peelk” Barrio have all left the team, a decision which, according to x6tence, was predicated on the players’ doubts about proposed roster changes prior.
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