Category: Esports

2021 League of Legends World Championship Quarter-Finals Preview

The 2021 League of Legends World Championship group stage is in the rear-view mirror, as only eight more teams remain in the race for the coveted Summoner’s Cup. The LoL Worlds Playoffs will begin on Friday, October 22, with the opening match of the quarter-finals.The #Worlds2021 Quarterfinals! pic.twitter.com/GyambE83sT— LoL Esports (@lolesports) October 18, 2021The LoL World Championship draw has produced quite a few exciting matches, including an all-Chinese clash between EDward Gaming and Royal Never Give Up and a Korean derby between T1 and Hanwha Life. On the other side, we will get to see Europe’s MAD Lions take on the reigning world champions, DWG KIA, and North America’s Cloud9 clash with Gen.G.Game 1: T1 vs Hanwha Life EsportsT1 and Hanwha Life Esports will kick off the 2021 LoL World Championship playoffs on Friday, October 22. It will mark a rematch from the final match of Lol Champions Korea (LCK) 2021 Regional Finals, where T1 edged out a 3-2 victory.Even though Hanwha Life Esports showed a lot of fight in their most recent meeting with T1, it seems unlikely that they’ll see the same level of success on Friday. T1 might have had some struggles in the earlier stages of the LoL World Championship, but the three-time world champions found their stride just in time to show to the world that they still “got it.”T1 ended the group stage as Group B’s top-seeded team, with a 5-1 record. During their group stage run, T1’s only loss came against Chinese champions, EDward Gaming, who they defeated in the rematch.On the other side, Hanwha Life Esports claimed Group C’s second seed by the skin of their teeth. Although they have done enough to secure a spot in the playoffs, HLE were anything but impressive.T1 should be heavily favored to win this bout and make it into the semi-finals.Game 2: Royal Never Give Up vs EDward GamingThe second match of the 2021 LoL Worlds quarter-finals will serve us with a treat as Royal Never Give Up clash with their regional rivals, EDward Gaming. These two LoL Pro League (LPL) teams last met during the regular season, when Royal Never Give Up won.However, EDG ended up with the LPL 2021 Summer title in their hands, thanks to their phenomenal run through the playoffs. Having established themselves as one of the top teams at 2021 LoL Worlds, the expectations put on EDG were high.Unfortunately, EDG weren’t very impressive. After a solid start to the group stage, EDG slipped and dropped games against T1 and 100 Thieves, ending the group stage in second place with a 4-2 record.Royal Never Give Up were just as unconvincing, and while they have managed to claim the top spot in Group C, they also finished with a 4-2 record.Both are strong teams, but they’ve also both underperformed at the World Championship so far. It will be interesting to see who makes it out alive, but one thing is for sure – it won’t be an easy match for either of them.Game 3: DWG KIA vs MAD LionsAs the reigning world champions, DWG KIA will be heavily favored to defeat MAD Lions, which is fair. However, based on what we have seen from these two sides so far, there is a world where MAD Lions cause an upset.The European champions have shown the best mid-late game of the tournament. But fittingly, the only other team that can compare to them in that regard is DWG KIA.DWG KIA should win more often than not, but if they happen to slip for just a second, MAD Lions will be there to take full advantage of the situation. It’s not beyond the realms of possibilities for the Europeans to make a splash here – even though they have already lost to DWG KIA twice during the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational in May.Game 4: Cloud9 vs Gen.GThe LoL Championship Series’ lowest-seeded team, Cloud9, are also the only North American team to make it into the playoffs. Although much of their success is thanks to FunPlus Phoenix’ disastrous performance during the group stage, it’s not like Cloud9 didn’t deserve to advance into the next stage of the competition.Fortunately, Cloud9 also drew Gen.G, who haven’t looked too good so far in this tournament. Although Gen.G have a very high ceiling and have done well in the group stage (3-3), most of their wins looked shaky.The Koreans will be favored to win, and that’s fair. However, if they don’t improve their decision-making and get more out of their star players, this match could get spicy.There is a huge upset potential in this match, and while a lot will have to go right for Cloud9 to make it into the semis, it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise of the tournament if they do.T1, EDG, DWG KIA, and Gen.G should advance into the semi-finals in a perfect world. However, there’s a real possibility for Cloud9 and MAD Lions to replace Gen.G and DWG KIA on that list. Similarly, the EDG vs RNG game is a complete coin-toss, with no clear winner.Stay tuned for more esports betting picks and news over at EsportsAllStar.com!

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2021 League of Legends World Championship Series Knockout Stage Finalized

This year’s LoL WCS has been nothing short of absolutely riveting. Each group brought its own surprises and very unique results, with no one group sharing the same scoring. As a quick recap, Group A yielded the only flawless competitor, with DAMWON Gaming (DWG KIA) entering the knockout stage 6-0.At the same time, Group A is the only group with an NA team moving forward, with Cloud9 (2-4)–the 3rd seed for NA–moving on to the knockout stage after coming into the tournament through play-ins.Group B produced a shocking upset as Edward Gaming (4-2) lost two matches in a row on Day 5 of the tournament, still qualifying, but yielding their first place seeding in the group to T1 (5-1). Group C, similar to Group A, also produced a play-in-qualifying team moving on to the knockout stage in Hanwha Life Esports (4-2), who came in just behind the first-place seed Royal Never Give Up (4-2).Group D, and perhaps the most interesting group, produced a four-way tie after Day 7 of the group stages, with all four teams scoring 3-3. In perhaps the most surprising upset of the tournament, MAD Lions came back after starting 1-2 to secure the second place seed in their group by winning 3 matches in a row.2021 League of Legends World Championship Group Stage Wrap-UpThe teams moving forward into the knockout stage are as follows:Group ADAMWON Gaming (DWG KIA) (6-0) (LCK)Cloud 9 (2-4) (LCS)Group BT1 (5-1) (LCK)Edward Gaming (4-2) (LPL)Group CRoyal Never Give Up (4-2) (LPL)Hanwha Life Esports (4-2) (LCK)Group DGen.G Esports (3-3) (LCK)MAD Lions (3-3) (LEC)Knockout Stage Round 1 and FormattingThe knockout stage of the tournament will begin on October 22nd, continuing until the 25th, before picking back up on the 30th and 31st and ending on November 2nd. In this year’s knockout stage, all matches will be played in a best of five format. This means each team will need to secure 3 matches on the rift in order to avoid elimination.Each first-place team (DWG KIA, T1, Royal Never Give Up, and Gen.G Esports) will play against the second-place team from another group for the first leg of the playoffs.For the first match, the first-place team will be given Side Selection Privilege, meaning they can choose either blue or red side for the opener against the second-place team. However, the subsequent matches will yield Side Selection Privilege to the loser of the previous match.The #Worlds2021 Quarterfinals! pic.twitter.com/GyambE83sT— LoL Esports (@lolesports) October 18, 2021After the first round of the playoffs, when only 4 teams are remaining (semi-finals), Side Selection Privilege will be determined via a coin flip for the first round, and subsequently by the loser for the following matches.The quarterfinals/first leg of the knockout stage is as follows:Match 1Royal Never Give Up vs Edward Gaming(Winner Plays Match 2 Winner)Match 2Gen.G Esports vs Cloud9(Winner Plays Match 1 Winner)Match 3T1 vs Hanwha Esports(Winner Plays Match 4 Winner)Match 4DAMWON Gaming vs MAD Lions(Winner Plays Match 3 Winner)

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Cloud9 Going to Quarterfinals, 100 Thieves Fall Short, Group Stage Day 4-5 Overview

After a horrific, winless start in the group stage, and one of the most difficult group stages in the bracket, all hopes for a Cloud9 2018 repeat were lost. With 2 more matches to play, no one was expecting Cloud9 to secure the second, and final, slot in Group A for the quarterfinals.With tough opponents in the 2019 League of Legends Worlds Champions FunPlus Phoenix (FPX), the 2020 League of Legends Worlds Champions DAMWON Gaming (DWG KIA), and 3rd place LEC Summer qualifier Rogue, Group A was aptly labeled the “group of death.”Expectations for Cloud9 were low, but their first match against Rogue gave NA fans some hope. With a definitive 17-9 kill tally, Cloud9 went in for their first of three matches. Fans were ecstatic, and the hype started on Twitter with #Cloud9Win trending after the first of 3 critical NA wins.Hope for C9 reached its peak after game 2 against FPX where C9 absolutely obliterated the 2019 WCS Champions. With an 18-4 kill tally, C9 demonstrated just how badly they wanted a repeat of their 2018 performance. After these crucial wins, and a Rogue win over FPX, C9 was now tied with FPX and Rogue in the bracket, meaning the three would have to go into a tiebreaker.Group A’s Three-Way TiebreakerWhile DAMWON Gaming continued their sweep to a 6-0 lead in the group, reminding everyone that they were not done after last year’s championship victory, the final slot in Group A for the quarterfinals was left to a tiebreaker between the remaining three teams. The first match, between Rogue and FPX spelled a serious blowout in favor of Rogue with a 22-8 kill tally, knocking FPX out of championship contention.Now, all that stood between C9 and a quarterfinals appearance was a final match against Rogue, whom they had already beaten earlier that morning. In one of the closest matches of the entire tournament, C9 edged out a critical victory over Rogue.With a kill tally of 17-15, and a nearly hour-long match timer, C9 narrowly scraped out the much-needed win to see themselves into the 2021 LoL WCS Championship Quarterfinals.T1 Dominate, Knocking 100 Thieves Out of Championship ContentionAfter losing to T1 a few days prior, hopes were low for a 100 Thieves quarterfinal appearance. With Edward Gaming (EDG) topping the bracket and T1 below them, a path was cut for 100 Thieves to win, but it was not going to be easy. 100 Thieves needed EDG to beat T1 and DemolitioN FocusMe, and then win all of their own matches. This was the only path to victory.100 Thieves’ quarterfinal dreams fell apart as they lost their first match to T1, making it mathematically impossible for 100T to reach the quarterfinals; with two matches left to play, 100T had needed three wins.Although now down for the count, 100T did show some resilience by beating the now second place team in the bracket EDG, after EDG’s loss to T1 earlier that morning.With NA favorites 100T out of Worlds 2021 and Cloud9 in, all eyes are on Team Liquid as Day 6 of the group stage will open on October 17th. In the most contested group in the series, there’s a 1 win gap between 1st and 4th position in the group, and TL is looking to take it. Although currently seeded 3rd, TL has the potential and opportunity to show C9 they are not the only NA team who wants to win it all.Stay tuned for more esports news over at EsportsAllStar.com!

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8th Inning Program Rewards

Content! Content! Content! The team over at San Diego Studios does it again and we have another week of new content. This week we have the 8th inning program.Just like the other programs, the 8th inning program gives out rewards at milestones. All of the rewards are completely free and can be obtained simply by playing the game and earning XP. Let’s take a look at the three bosses in the 8th inning ProgramChris SaleThe first option is 99 overall 300 Strikeout Club starting pitcher Chris Sale from the Boston Red Sox. This card is representative of Sale’s 2017 season where he recorded 308 strikeouts. Having this information, it is easy to see that this card is going to have an awesome repertoire of pitches.Sale has a four-pitch mix of four-seam, slider, circle-change, and sinker. If you have used any Chris Sale card in the past, a lot of the benefit from this card comes from his crazy arm slot. He has solid per 9s, with 101 H/9 and 121 K/9. Opponents will have much smaller PCI’s trying to hit one of the hardest pitchers in the game to hit.Ernie BanksAnother option of bosses is the 99 overall MVP Awards series shortstop Ernie Banks from the Chicago Cubs. Ernie Banks won the National League MVP in back-to-back years in 1958 and 1959. While this card does not disclose which year the card is built after, it does not matter because this card’s attributes are awesome.His hitting attributes read 103 contact and 122 power against righties, with 114 contact and 102 power against lefties. While Banks was a great hitter, he was also a gold glove winner in both of his MVP seasons. He gets 92 fielding with 86 reaction, which means he will get to balls quickly hit in the hole or up the middle. The one knock on this card is his lack of speed with only a 54 speed attribute.Willie MaysWhile those first two cards are great, this last card may become the best card in the game. 99 overall 300/300 club center fielder Willie Mays from the San Francisco Giants. A lucrative club, Willie Mays is one of eight members. This card is based on his whole career with 660 home runs and 338 stolen bases.Mays’ hitting attributes read 117 contact and 113 power against righties, with 118 contact and 123 power against lefties. If those hitting stats were not enough, he also has 99 fielding with 99 reaction, which means fly balls in play towards the middle of the field, there is a good chance Mays is going to be able to get to it. Because of his stolen bases, Mays also gets 94 speed and 91 steal attributes.OverallWow! This may be the best program of the season. All three of these options are awesome. I think it is safe to assume that if you have the stubs, players will purchase all of these cards as they are all viable options at any difficulty.Make sure to check back in next week as we will go over all of the cards that San Diego Studios put out for the divisional series program. Happy Grinding!Stay tuned for more esports news over at EsportsAllStar.com!

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Top 10 Brawlers in Brawl Stars (Oct 2021)

Ranking The Top 10 Brawlers In October 2021This list will go over the top 10 brawlers about halfway through October. The meta hasn’t shifted too much since the last balance changes but will always be a little different. As you will notice, the chromatic and legendary brawlers are very good right now, which is fun to see. Read below to see me ranking the top 10 brawlers in Brawl Stars (Oct 21).Brawlers That Are Unstoppable In This Meta (6-10)10. Meg: Once again, just cracking the top 10 is the newest brawler in the game Meg. She is definitely very good in this meta, but I still have a tough time ranking her compared to other brawlers. Her survivability with her gadget and star powers that heal her mech and give her a shield is amazing. She definitely can output a ton of damage which makes her so great.9. Buzz: Buzz is now in the top 10 because of how much damage he can deal with some of the top brawlers in the meta. He definitely counters the squishy brawlers and can go on a rampage with his super stuns. He has a viable gadget that allows him to close the gap between enemies and delete them from the game. Buzz is such a solid brawler right now.8. Sandy: Mr. Consistent remains in the top 10 and is still the invisible menace that he’s been for months. Sandy’s gadget is still completely broke, especially in game modes like Brawl Ball and Gem Grab, and has great zonability everywhere. Sandy always seems to find his way into Power League games as he synergizes well with every brawler.7. Belle: Belle has certainly dropped off with her two nerfs but is still playable and dominant everywhere. She still has one of the best kits in the game with her slowing gadget and then super that can last the entire game. Belle just doesn’t have many weaknesses and is such a powerful brawler in Brawl Stars.6. Stu: Stu is also dropping in the rankings slowly with nerf after nerf, but still has so much mobility. He also has two-star powers and gadgets that are interchangeable, in my opinion. Stu has very few counters because you can play aggressive or laid back, which makes him so strong.Top 5 Brawlers Who Can’t Be Beat Right Now (1-5)5. Spike: Spike has emerged into a top 5 brawler these past few months, thanks to his new Life Plant gadget. It has the ability to counter many different brawlers and offers so much protection for Spike. He also has two phenomenal star powers that are interchangeable for whatever map you’re playing. And the damage is just sensational with Spike, which makes him so good.4. Leon: Leon has been a great brawler ever since his Lollipop Drop gadget was released. He has been able to give invisibility and control to his teammate brawlers, as well as himself, which has made him so viable in this meta. Leon used to be only great in Showdown but is arguably better in 3 vs. 3 modes thanks to the gadgets.3. Byron: Byron has such a great kit and is so unique in his ability to deal damage and heal. He pairs very well with Ash and any other tanks, making him one of the best in the game. Byron’s super is the best thing about him because it can deal with aggressive brawlers as well as throwers, who are usually his counters. Push Byron now!2. Brock: Brock’s nerf/buff was actually a huge buff in the end. It’s almost impossible to dodge his rockets, and he can even tag a brawler through a wall! His damage is still one of the best in the game, and he is such a beast in every game mode. Play him now before his radius is nerfed because there’s no way this will last very long.1. Ash: I now understand all the hype around Ash. The trash can absolutely destroys on any short to medium ranged map with his high-damage and tanky build. Paired with a healer, there are very few counters to Ash, and he runs through the competition. Both star powers are usable, and his gadget is great to keep him alive. Ash is undoubtedly the best brawler in the game.5 Honorable Mentions For the Top 10CrowTaraMortisPocoBea

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New Battle Royale Rewards

The baseball season is coming to an end with the MLB Playoffs currently taking place. Even with all of the live content San Diego Studios is pumping out, they are still dropping content for the everyday player.There are two new rewards this time through in the Battle Royale Program. The first reward is collected when you get to 90 Batte Royale points. The second is in the flawless pack that can be obtained by going 12-0 or by getting to 100 Battle Royale points.Cole HamelsTaking the position at the 90 point mark is the 99 overall No-Hitter Moment Cole Hamels. This card is representative of Cole Hamels’ no-hitter that he threw back in July of 2015. In the game, Hamels struck out 13 batters and walked just two.This starting pitcher card has a five-pitch mix of four-seam, circle-change, sinker, sweeping curveball, and cutter. This pitch mix could be an absolute problem. He has pitches that go in both directions with velocity as well as slower speeds.There are a couple of negatives to the card, however. The first is the lack of velocity, his fastball and sinker top out around 92-93 mph. The other is the 96 K/9 attribute. This will allow for online opponents to have larger PCI’s and make getting them out that much more difficult.Nolan ArenadoThe newest flawless reward is the 99 overall Signature Series Nolan Arenado. This card is a signature series for his time in Colorado, which means it encapsulates all of his statistics into one card. In his eight seasons in Colorado, Arenado averaged right around a .300 batting average and hit 30+ home runs in five of the eight seasons. Arenado also won the gold glove at third base in all eight of his seasons in Colorado.This cards hitting stats are superior with 105 contact and 106 power against righties, with 125 contact and 120 power against lefties. He can do it all at the plate and will be a constant tough out with 100+ in contact on both sides of the plate. He also has 99 fielding and 95 arm strength, which ranks him as a top defensive option as well at third base.One of the main negatives with this card is that he does not have any secondary positions. This far along into the season, guys who play the game pretty regularly will have the collection reward of Chipper Jones by this point, who has a primary position of third base. The other semi-negative to this card is his lack of speed, with only 46 in his speed attribute.OverallThese cards could both be used instantly if you can obtain them. While the cost to play Battle Royale is 1,500 stubs per draft, obtaining these cards without having to go 12-0 is such a nice feature this season.With the Division Series games wrapping up, there is more content on the horizon soon. Also, the 8th inning program is set to drop Friday afternoon as well. Make sure to come back this weekend and check out the newest cards added over the weekend.Happy Grinding!Stay tuned for more esports news over at EsportsAllStar.com!

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Gla1ve Returns to Astralis for PGL Major Stockholm

As revealed by Astralis, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander will return to the active Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The news surfaced on Wednesday, October 13, just ten days before the PGL Major Stockholm 2021.Gla1ve Is BackGla1ve has returned to Astralis CS:GO active lineup and is confirmed to attend the upcoming PGL Major Stockholm 2021. The 26-year-old CS:GO veteran will replace Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen on the team for the $2,000,000 event.The Danish in-game leader has been sitting on the sidelines for the past month. Gla1ve announced he was stepping down from the team in September, as he did not want to miss the experience of his child being born.Astralis have since been playing with Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth as gla1ve’s replacement and have achieved reasonable success. Shortly after losing gla1ve to his paternal duties, Astralis placed top-six at BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2021, and recently finished the Intel Extreme Masters XVI – Fall: Europe in fourth place.Despite their lack of titles, Astralis have done enough throughout the year to accumulate 3055 Regional Major Ranking (RMR) points. This qualified them for the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 as Challengers.With gla1ve back in the team, Astralis will boast four of five defending Major champions, who will travel to Stockholm to compete for the organization’s fourth Major title.Bubzkji Will Sit Out the MajorWith gla1ve’s return, Astralis had to make room for their in-game leader and decided to bench Bubzkji. Unfortunately, the 23-year-old, who has been with the team since July 2020, will have to skip the PGL Major Stockholm and miss out on his Major debut.“It is never easy to take a player out of the starting lineup and with Lucas it can seem a bit unfair as, no matter the circumstances, he has been a true professional and always delivered his best on and off the server,” said Astralis’ Director of Sports, Kasper Hvidt.“Danny and I have had a good talk with Lucas [Bubzkji] around the decision. He is disappointed, but he also knows he is a big part of the team, and he will give his best to help out.”By benching Bubzkji, Astralis have also been penalized with a 20% RMR points deduction for making a roster change. However, that won’t change their Major qualification or status, as they remain the fourth-highest seeded European team.Despite the deduction, Astralis will keep a healthy advantage over ENCE, who are at 2344 RMR points.The initial speculations of gla1ve’s return suggested that he would replace Xyp9x, who has served as gla1ve’s replacement over the last month. However, instead of the 26-year-old, Astralis decided to bench Bubzkji.Even though Bubzkji won’t be able to make his debut at a Major, another Astralis player will. Philip “Lucky” Ewald, who has joined the Danish team in August, has earned a spot in the active lineup and will now get a chance to compete for the lion’s share of the $2,000,000 prize pool.Astralis will begin their Major title defense on Tuesday, October 26, in the first round of the PGL Major Stockholm New Challengers Stage.Stay tuned for more esports news and betting picks over at EsportsAllStar.com!

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LoL WCS Group Stages Set and Underway

League of Legends 2021 World Championship Group Stages Set and Day 1 ReviewWith the Play-in stages of the 2021 LoL World Championship yielding the four remaining qualifiers for the group stages, and Day 1 of the Group Stages complete, there’s a lot to review.Both LNG Esports and DetonatioN FocusMe qualified in round one of the play-in stage, it comes to no one’s surprise that the teams immediately below them, Cloud9 and Hanwha Life Esports took the two remaining spots in the second round of play-ins.With the groups filled, day one of the group stage yielded a critical upset, but otherwise mostly predictable results.The finalized group stages are as follows:Group ADAMWON GamingFunPlus PhoenixRogueCloud9Group BEDward Gaming100 ThievesT1DetonatioN FocusMeGroup CPSG TalonFnaticRoyal Never Give UpHanwha Life EsportsGroup DMAD LionsGen.G EsportsTeam LiquidLNG EsportsDay 1 OverviewDWG KIA v FunPlus PhoenixDWG KIA win.The reigning champions of the 2020 LoL WCS championship in DWG KIA demolished FPX in one of the most one-sided matches of the day. With the final kill tally at 18-2, the defending champions surprised absolutely no one, demonstrating their intentions to secure a back-to-back championship win.Royal Never Give Up v PSG TalonRoyal Never Give Up win. RNG took a swift, early lead with a 2000 gold lead by the seven-minute mark. While PSG did not give in easily and put up a good fight, securing the only baron of the game, RNG secured Infernal Soul and was able to farm up enough gold with their advantage to make a successful assault on PSG’s nexus.Hanwha Life Esports v FnaticHLE Win. Although the early stages of the game were contested and it was either team’s game, Fnatic took an early lead that was quickly taken over by HLE. After HLE took the lead, the game was in their hands. With a final tally of 25-5 kills, HLE asserted dominance similar to that of DWG KIA over FPX, only allowing Fnatic to secure one objective to their five.LNG Esports v Gen.GGen.G win. One of the less active games of the match, both teams played very carefully to avoid snowballing from any lane. Nonetheless, Gen.G secured a pivotal first blood that allowed them to secure two drakes and a rift herald. With this sizeable objective lead, Gen.G was able to sweep the rest of the game, without deaths, leaving a final kill tally of 1-8 in favor of Gen.G.DetonatioN FocusMe v T1T1 win. Possibly the most decorated team in League of Legends history, T1 want the championship. Posting a kill tally reminiscent of the domination of their early WCS championships, T1 easily defeated the play-in qualifier DetonatioN FocusMe 2-22.Edward Gaming v 100 ThievesEdward Gaming win. One of the slower matches of the day, NA LCS champions 100T secured first blood after a silent first 10 minutes, but Edward Gaming’s focus on objective plays allowed them to secure pivotal ganks and the rest of the game. The final kill tally was 19-6, with total objective control belonging to Edward Gaming.Team Liquid v MAD LionsTeam Liquid win. In one of the more surprising upsets of day one, TL took an early lead with first blood, but MAD Lions responded resiliently trading even and positive. Looking good for MAD Lions, they overextended after TL secured the baron, got turned on and shut down. With this team wipe, TL rushed MAD Lions’ nexus and secured the game.Cloud9 v RogueRogue win. In a classic NA V EU rivalry match, the game was very close for almost its entirety. A late game baron play for Rogue followed by a triple kill, allowed the EU favorites to end the game through top with an 8-16 kill tally.

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Content Drop from San Diego Studios

One of the best things San Diego Studios does is add live content based on what is happening with MLB in the current state. This week we received a Postseason Program based on the wild card games from earlier this week.The team at SDS also added another player program that will help with obtaining cards in the seventh inning program. Let’s take a look at both programs and discuss the cards that you get for completing the program.Wild Card Postseason ProgramThe developers at San Diego Studios have created a program based on the two Wild Card games played earlier this week. In this program, we receive four cards based on top performers from each of the four teams. Let’s take a look at each of these cards.The first card in the program is 98 overall second baseman Tommy Edman from the St. Louis Cardinals. In the Cardinals’ Wild Card game, Edman tallied three hits and stole two bases. His hitting stats read 125 contacts and 71 power against righties, with 109 contacts and 85 power against lefties. He was given 87 speed as well as a 99 stealing attribute.The next card is 98 overall left fielder Giancarlo Stanton from the New York Yankees. Stanton went three for four with a home run in the Yankees’ Wild Card game. This card’s hitting stats read 107 contacts and 125 power against righties, with 104 contacts and 120 power against lefties. The defense has always been Stanton’s downside on his higher overall cards, however, this card has 81 defense so could get the job done in left field.After Stanton, you will receive 98 overall starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi from the Boston Red Sox. In Boston’s Wild Card game, Eovaldi struck out eight batters in five innings, allowing just a single run. The pitch mix for Eovaldi reads four-seam, curveball, slider, splitter, and cutter. His per 9’s are solid, with 102 H/9 and 101 K/9, making his usable, especially after a few parallels.The final card in the program is 99 overall left fielder Chris Taylor from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Taylor hit the walk-off home run against the Cardinals on Wednesday night to give the Dodgers the victory. This card’s hitting stats read 110 contacts and 125 power against righties, with 111 contacts and 103 power against lefties. Another benefit to this card is the fact that he can play every position on the field, except catcher, and has 87 defense so he will not be a liability at any position.This is always a fun time of the year for MLB The Show. The team at SDS will do this for every single round. Expect them to pump out content when the divisional series round of games ends sometime in the next couple of weeks as well.7th Inning Player ProgramThe Player Program for the week is 96 overall closing pitcher John Smoltz from the Atlanta Braves. This is a signature series card, which means it is a compilation of his best seasons at this position. Smoltz has a five-pitch mix of slider, four-seam, splitter, changeup, and curveball. One of the best features of this card is his speed variances, going from 98 mph on his fastball to 85 on his changeup.This card also has solid per 9’s with 104 H/9 and 116 K/9. If there was one negative to this card, it would be none of the five pitches he throws breaks to his arm side. This means that when facing righties, he does throw a pitch that is going to break in towards their hands, like a sinker or two-seam. I could see this card being used by players who need bullpen help, but doubtful he makes it into the top-tier competitive players’ bullpens.

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100 Thieves Sign Reemerge in the Apex Legends Scene, Signing Former NA ALGS Champions

Although very new to the professional gaming scene, 100 Thieves have made a serious impact in the community. The aptly named “hoodie org” has long since been criticized for its investment in the “apparel” market, but the proceeds from this investment have been nothing short of lucrative.With their ridiculous cash inflow, 100 Thieves have made serious money moves, signing some of the top players across a wide array of games to land themselves in the apex tier of gaming organizations. After the acquisition of 4 new players, 100 Thieves became NA League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Champions and have consistently remained in the 2nd place spot in the NA VALORANT scene (behind the two-time international VCS champions, Sentinels).Following their previous successes, their eyes are now turned to the Apex Legends scene. After a horrific performance in the scene for the past two years, 100 Thieves have acquired all three reigning champs from the 2021 NA Apex Legends Global Championship winning team, Kungarna NA. 100 Thieves Apex Legends Record and ChangesAfter their final squad member Connor “Gigz” White retired from the Apex Legends professional scene in May of 2020, 100 Thieves had made very little progress or impact in the scene. With a total of $1,500 in prize money accumulated across 10 tournaments, it looked like 100 Thieves were done with professional Apex Legends.However, on October 8th, 100 Thieves announced, on Twitter, their acquisition of professional Apex Legends players Nicholas “Vein” Hobbs, Alex “scuwry” Scala, and Brendan “Omnuu” Pode.As the NA ALGS reigning champions, these three dominated in the 2021 NA Apex Legends competitive scene, bringing home 177 times more money in one event than 100 Thieves has seen in two years of competing: $265,591 in prize money.Contribution to the Apex Legends CommunityAlthough they are the top contenders for the upcoming 2022 NA ALGS series after signing the reigning champions, 100 Thieves are not only interested in the tournament scene. Turning their eyes to the content creators of Apex Legends, 100 Thieves also announced the acquisition of Apex Legends streamer Jack “NiceWigg” Martin in September of this year.As quite a decorated player himself, having played for both Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) and Team SHEEEEEESH, Martin has brought more than $57,000 in prize money as a former professional Apex Legends player.Now retired from the Apex Legends professional scene, Martin is a dedicated, full-time content creator. Having amassed over 440,000 followers on Twitch, Martin streams Apex Legends-related content to well over 5,000 viewers daily. He is a top streamer in the Apex Legends category and the second-largest full-time content creator in the category behind Timmy “iiTzTimmy” An.While it is unlikely that 100 Thieves will sign any more Apex Legends content creators, the sky is the limit for their newly-acquired Apex Legends team. Now the reigning champions of the NA ALGS, keep your eyes on 100 Thieves as the 2022 NA ALGS season begins.

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Tyler O’Neill is the September Player of the Month

The newest Monthly Awards cards have dropped for the month of September. In this program, we received five hitting cards, three relief pitchers, and one starting pitcher.Let’s take a look at each of these cards and discuss where they will be the most useful.Adbert AlzolayThis first card you will receive is the 96 overall relief pitcher Adbert Alzolay from the Chicago Cubs. This card has a great five-pitch mix with slider, sinker, four-seam, changeup, and cutter. This pitch repertoire is one of the best in the game for a relief pitcher.Another positive to this card is the 101 H/9, making PCI size very small for your opponents. A negative to this card is the 93 K/9, which means your opponent has a greater chance of fouling balls off and extending at-bats. Overall, this card is really nice, especially if you need a little bullpen help.While the top guys may not be using him, due to his lack of velocity, but guys who are mid-tier or below could instantly put this guy in their bullpen.Camilo DovalAnother relief pitcher is the second card in the program, 96 overall Camilo Doval from the San Francisco Giants. In the month of September, Doval did not give up a single earned run and included three saves to his resume. This card only has a three-pitch mix of a slider, four-seam, and cutter.While this card does have the velocity, his fastball gets up to 99, this card will not make many bullpens due to the three-pitch mix. He also does not get outlier so his fastball will stay rather flat. This is a theme team card at best.Austin HaysWe get our first hitting card with 97 overall left fielder Austin Hays from the Baltimore Orioles. In September, Hays batted .284 for the Orioles, getting on base at least once in every game except for two. This card’s hitting stats read 78 contact and 114 power against righties, with 95 contact and 92 power against lefties.While these stats are not the craziest, there is some potential. One of the negatives to this card is the lack of 100+ contact. This far along into the game, it seems like every card that is used in the competitive setting has over 100 contact from both sides of the plate.Ian HappAfter Hays, we get our next hitting card with 97 overall left fielder Ian Happ from the Chicago Cubs. Happ recorded an eight-game hitting streak during the month of September, tallying 16 hits and four home runs. Happ’s hitting line reads 96 contact and 125 power against righties, with 100 contact and 75 power against lefties.This card could be used immediately for any skill level player, especially after a couple parallels to get his contact to 100+ against righties. One negative is he only has 77 fielding, so even though he does have four other secondaries, he will more than likely be forced to play his primary.Ranger SuarezOur only starting pitcher is next with the 97 overall starting pitcher Ranger Suarez from the Philadelphia Phillies. In the month of September, Soireez led all starting pitchers with a 1.15 ERA. This card features a four-pitch mix of sinker, changeup, four-seam, and slider.This is another card that is pretty cool to have on a theme team but will more than likely not get used much in competitive settings. His fastball/sinker combo barely breaks 90 and his changeup sits at 85 so there is not much speed variance on this card at all.Lucas SimsOur next relief pitcher is the 97 overall Lucas Sims from the Cincinnati Reds. In the month of September, Sims struck out 50% of the batters he faced, while not walking a single batter. He has a four-pitch mix of four-seam, curveball, slider, and changeup.This card does feature really nice per 9’s with 108 H/9 and 112 K/9 which is something you definitely want in a relief pitcher. The biggest negative to this card is the lack of velocity, with his fastball topping at 95 mph. A potential addition for the mid-tier player but more than likely is another theme team card.Eugenio SuarezOur only infielder of the program is next, 98 overall third baseman Eugenio Suarez from the Cincinnati Reds. Suarez his .370 for the month of September, with the last 12 games hitting .413 with six doubles and five home runs. Suarez’s hitting stats read 125 contact and 120 power against righties, with 102 contact and 102 power against lefties.This card immediately becomes useful with his success against both righties and lefties. He can be placed on the bench of any competitive team and used as a regular pinch hitter, not just for the matchup. Look for Suarez to be used a lot right away.Lourdes Gurriel Jr.Our final card before the lightning card is the 98 overall left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from the Toronto Blue Jays. In September, Gurriel led the MLB with 30 RBI’s and hit .542 with runners in scoring position. Gurriel’s hitting stats read 97 contact and 118 power against righties, with 125 contact and 86 power against lefties.Besides the 125 contact against lefties, I struggle to understand how this card received a 98 overall rating. This is a mediocre card, that could have been used much earlier in the program in my opinion. This is a possible theme team card at best.Tyler O’NeilThe lightning card for September is 99 overall Tyler O’Neill. In September, O’Neill hit .328 while leading the MLB in home runs with 13, RBI’s with 30, and total runs with 31. O’Neill’s hitting stats read 106 contact and 115 power against righties, with 125 contact and 125 power against lefties.This card’s insane and is easily one of the best lightning cards of the year. His hitting stats are phenomenal and his defense is also great. He has 94 fielding coupled with 99 speed, allowing him to be a great outfield option at any level. Looking at this card, it is hard to find a negative, and it is safe to assume he will be used immediately.OverallOverall, there are a couple of really nice cards in this program that can be used at any level. This Tyler O’Neill card is going to be a blast to use. Remember, these cards are completely free by completing the moments and knocking out the missions.While there is a little bit of work to be done to obtain these cards, getting one of the best hitters in the game for free is completely worth it. Make sure to check https://esportsallstar.com for all your esports news. Happy Grinding!

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