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The week has been all about the Boston Major in the world of Dota 2, where, like most of the competitions, the pre-tournament crisis took place. One of the most shocking ones was Execration, a team directly invited to the Boston Major, has been forced to put their dreams on hold only two days prior the tournament because of one missing paper that would have confirmed their invitation to the event. The US visa crisis has been plaguing Dota 2 for a couple of years now, and it just reached the next level. After all the drama, it was announced that LGD Gaming will replace Execration and will fly to Boston. After this major hit, the group stages of the tournament took place with some exciting and phenomenal plays. A huge upset in Group A delivered by WG Unity denied Wings first place and paved a clear path to the top for Digital Chaos. Coming to Boston as one of the leading favorites to take it all, Virtus Pro didn’t disappoint their fans yesterday after putting on yet another solid show in the group stage. Called ‘the group of death’ by many , group B delivered exciting performances last night from all its four teams. Did anyone call for Major upsets? Day two of the Boston Major Group stage provided them as compLexity Gaming denied Evil Geniuses any chance at winning their group. LGD Gaming in Group C and OG in group D took the top spots. After the group stages, the elimination round kicked off. The winners of each group were randomly seeded against a fourth-place finisher from another group, and the second-place finishers had also been randomly assigned to fight with a third position team from another group. The many upsets that happened during the two day group stage make the main event single elimination bracket look extremely impressive, especially for Evil Geniuses and Wings Gaming fans because one of the two teams is now bound to exit the tournament after the first round.
The world of LoL has been all about the roster changes and locks this week. One of the best bot-lane duos in South Korean League of Legends will remain together for the 2017 League of Legends Champions Korea season, albeit in a new organization. Longzhu Gaming announced on Sunday that Kim “PraY” Jong-in and Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeun, formerly of ROX Tigers, will join the team’s roster for the upcoming campaign. The news was released via a post on the team’s official Facebook page. Moreover, Former H2K Gaming mid laner Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook and former KT Rolster AD carry No “Arrow” Dong-hyeon is expected to sign with North American League of Legends team, Phoenix1, in the coming days. One of the greatest (and longest) rivalries in eSports is about to get even better. SK Telecom T1 announced its re-signing of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok to an “unprecedented offer.” KT Rolster re-signed its captain and star jungler Go “Score” Dong-bin. SKT T1 answered with the signing of the world’s most explosive jungler in former ROX Tiger, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho. The 2016 League of Legends World Championship runner-up, Samsung Galaxy, has re-signed its starting line-up to compete in the 2017 season, and the organization announced the team roster on Wednesday.
In the world of CS:GO, competitive gaming is thriving with TyLoo securing the remaining LAN finals spot offered by the DreamHack Masters: Las Vegas 2017 Asia Closed Qualifier by defeating rivaling countrymen VG.Cyberzen. The best-of-three series was cut short by the team, attaining victory in two maps, one of which went to overtime. Yesterday it was revealed that one of Dignitas’ star players, Emil “Magiskb0Y” Reif, would be unable to attend the upcoming Season 2 ECS finals due to exams. Now the Danish team has sourced a replacement following their announcement that they will temporarily be bringing in Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså to take his spot. Vexed Gaming has been without a CS:GO lineup since March of this year when the organization decided to part ways with their Polish roster following a decision by the parent company to disassociate themselves from professional gaming. That decision seems to have been reversed however as The French line-up of Platinium has found a new home with their recent signing with Vexed Gaming.
What has been a good year for Blizzard games got a lot better Thursday night as the publisher was announced as the winner of a bevy of awards at the 2016 Game Awards. Their latest release, colourful FPS Overwatch, was the star of the show, taking home Game of the Year for 2016 as well as Best eSports Game, Best Game Direction, and Best Multiplayer Game. After winning four awards at the 2016 Game Awards, including best eSports game, Overwatch will stop for a big display in Gyeonggi, South Korea, on December 16-18 as the part of the IEM Season XI circuit. The event will be the first time ever Overwatch will be played at a stadium in front of an audience and will also mark the start of the 2017 WCS circuit for StarCraft 2. This will be the second-time ESL has invested $100,000 in an Overwatch live event, following the success of the Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom, where Rogue ran away with the gold ahead of Reunited, EnVy, and Fnatic. However, the tournament will not feature any American teams and will be a battle between Europe and Asia with a total of six invited teams.
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