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Our eSports boulevard news provide you with valuable information about the current status of eSports. This time we will be focusing on some recent major events like the Kiev Major and DreamHack Austin.
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OG just can’t stop breaking records at the moment. In the professional history of Dota 2 they are the only team which has won three Valve events and have acquired a legendary status after winning a total sum of four Major Championship titles. A very solid record that is highly unlikely to be achieved by any other team anytime soon.
In the entire run of the Kiev Major, Virtus Pro almost had a flawless run. They qualified for the top seed in the main event after having a near perfect performance in the group stage of the tournament. They didn’t disappoint on the big stage as well and have proved that they are a force to be reckoned with. Also, they were big favorites among the crowd in Kiev.
To face off against OG in the best of five Grand Finals, they defeated three of the strongest Chinese teams which included iG, iG V, and VG J. While, their nemesis OG, finished group stages at fifth place and in Kiev they took on almost every region of the competition in the group.
In the first round of the main event, they defeated Team Random and then wreaked havoc on the last hope of SEA region by taking out Team Faceless, and before reaching the finals, they demolished the American side of Team Evil Geniuses.
Expectations were high for the fans of OG and VP in the Grand Final of Kiev. Until the fifth game of series, they fought tooth and nail. It speaks for itself that the final of the Kiev Major is only the second Valve event where all five games were played in the grand finals – the other one was The International 3.
On Sunday it was the side of Gambit eSports which lifted the DreamHack Astro Open 2017 title after a diminished Counter-Strike competition at the DreamHack Austin.
This past weekend the United States welcomed the return of DreamHack but the British were the ones who came out all guns blazing as team Gambit took home not only the DreamHack Austin trophy but also a check of $50,000 after they came out top after a limited playing field of the tournament.
The American side of Team Immortals fell prey to the side of Gambit on Sunday at the Sunday’s DreamHack Astro Open 2017 Grand Final. They did so in style by defeating them 2-0 in a best-of-three final. By doing so, they have denied a North American Counter-Strike side a victory on their home turf.
Inferno and Train were the two maps where Gambit delivered a solid performance and swept the side of Immortals off their feet with terrific team play. Mou and Dosia of Team Gambit got a total sum of 96 kills with each having 46 kills, while four of the five had a minimum of 74 average damage per round (ADR). Dosia’s ADR was a startling 96. On the other side, Boltz and Fnz of team Immortals had ADR over 70.
It looks like DreamHack Austin might not be up to the mark for the CSGO fans since a lot of teams skipped this tournament for the Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney taking place this week. This whole situation resulted in a large pool of some of the most competitive teams in the world not participating in the tournament.
Fans might favor the previously held DreamHack Masters Las Vegas in February in contrast to the DreamHack Austin. Nonetheless, it is a great win for the side of Gambit who happen to be the runners-up at the recently held the cs_summit and have quietly been building up a solid reputation in the competitive world of Counter-Strike.
In the past weekend, the side of Red Canid was expected to be a team to show some spark in the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational, but they are in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. A $2,000 fine and a three-game suspension have been served to Felipe “YoDa” Noronha after the player posted a racist joke to Twitter.
The mid laner, Noronha targeted the players of Japan and posted several derogatory comments regarding them. To mock their pronunciation, YoDa intentionally misspelled the word for “chicken.” These racist statements made it to the top of the front page of Reddit. However, Noronha later removed the tweet, but another user had already screen-capped the message.
The mid laner of the side of Red Candid published and removed quite a large sum of apology tweets. However, after a couple of days, Riot took matters into their own hands and issued the punishment. In addition to lightening his wallet, the suspension of three games will bench Noronha for at least the first few rounds of MSI.
Taking a look at the previous punishment to players like Svenskeren and Road, Riot acknowledged that the severity of Noronha’s language is what aggravated a three-game suspension, in contrast to a single match, though previous cases would have merited a more serious response in today’s ecosystem.
On Facebook, Noronha stated that his post and opinions are not reflections of the principles of his side, in an apology video. Any statement regarding this matter is yet to be issued by Red Canids. Rest assured that we will keep an eye on this saga.
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