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With Kenny “kennyS” Schrub taking home the Paysafe MVP award, G2 Esports won the series 3-1 to lift the ESL Pro League Season 5 title.
Both sides exhibited why they were the best of the lot with some brilliant plays. However, it was the French side that came out guns blazing by limiting North to less than or equal to five rounds on two maps and narrowly losing Overpass after being down 13-2 at halftime.
The support player, Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro, had a solid performance. The rifler managed to be a consistent fragger, going +26 over the four maps. He was rivaled only by his own teammate, kennyS, who went an insane +35.
G2 showed no signs of weaknesses whatsoever. While the individual player performances of North were highly questionable, the side failed to deliver on the big stage after all the trash talk of the players and organization.
Emil “Magisk” Reif has failed to deliver on LAN for quite some time now. If it wasn’t for some great performances by Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, North would be in disgust right now.
Despite the complete domination from G2, North did manage to take a map from them, in an incredibly tight game on Overpass. There were signs of a complete washout if not for some great plays by Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen, who led his soldiers for one last fight.
In the end, it was just not enough for the Danes, as they were completely outplayed by G2 on Inferno, which has proved to be an exceedingly good map for the champions.
The Chinese side of TyLoo was defeated by Australia’s Renegades, who claimed $30,000 and the Championship title.
To lift the PGL Asian Minor Championship, Renegades had to beat TyLoo in a tough best-of-three series. The sides last met in the semi-finals of the competition, where Renegades beat TyLoo 2-1. After this defeat, TyLoo defeated Team Immunity and Flash Gaming without losing a single game in the lower bracket to secure the 2nd spot in the Grand Finals.
The first game of the Grand Finals was held on Mirage, where TyLoo took the edge after some great plays by Hui “DD” Wu and Hansel “BnTet” Ferdinand. They outplayed the Australians by overcoming a 0-4 deficit in the early rounds of the match and were just one game away from lifting the title.
In the 2nd match Renegades came back fighting. They matched the score of TyLoo in the first round, while in the 2nd round the Aussies showed complete dominance.
After a 1-1 score, the series moved to the third and final map, Cobblestone, which went into Overtime. However, in the last moments, Renegades proved their mettle and overcame TyLoo’s defenses to win the series in a reverse sweep, 2-1.
TyLoo did not go home empty-handed, though, and the team snatched $15,000 in second-place earnings, while Australian Squad Team Immunity earned $5,000 and the third place spot.
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The North American League Championship Series is structuring itself to become more like the NBA or NFL.
The NA League has come to a conclusion to form 10 teams with locked rosters rather than ever-changing line-ups of the teams every season.
This astonishing announcement came out last Wednesday. The agreement cost for a spot will be $10 million. In an Interview with Yahoo Esports, Riot Games further announced that each player on the team that will take part in the league will have a minimum salary of $75,000.
All of these changes will kick in starting next year. This is the biggest alteration to the competitive gaming since 2013 when the championship tour kicked off.
In the current format, there is no guarantee that a team will be getting a spot in LCS. Currently, teams had to fight their way through various stages of the tournaments, with a high chance of getting knocked out by one of the lower-rung teams in the league.
From next year onwards, these series of competitions will not take place, at least in the NA region. The spots will almost be guaranteed in the NA LCS, with locked rosters of the 10 competing teams in the league. This particular format is very common in traditional sports.
Some performance incentives for the teams participating in the league have also been announced by Riot.
The league has announced a policy which takes away the competing right of a team if it finishes in 9th or 10th place five times over an eight-split (or four-year) period.
Revenues of the league will also be shared with the competing teams. If the league manages to meet some extra profits, then the players will also receive a share of the revenue.
The “rebooted” Challenger series will become an academy league, where each franchised teams in the North American league will field a developmental team to train up young talent for the LCS proper.
Though this cuts off an avenue for amateur teams and organizations to fight their way into the LCS, now the focus could shift to individual talent and scouting.
Your pickup squad has less chance of making the proverbial NBA finals, but it opens up teams to signing more players and taking a chance on talent earlier on.
The association will provide representatives in tri-party negotiations as well as vetted legal and financial resources for helping younger, fresher faces to the league plan out their career trajectories and futures.
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