Category: Esports

100 Thieves Secure VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Spot

Fresh off of a massive rebuild, the 100 Thieves VALORANT squad has officially secured themselves a spot in the NA Stage 2 Challengers. Comically titled “Asuna Will bang Derrek and Stellar” by fans online, the new 100T lineup was built around star player Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk. While the original roster was constructed around former Team Liquid and Rogue CS:GO professional player Spencer “Hiko” Martin and underwent multiple rebuilds with him as the focus for nearly two years, an abysmal VCT Masters and NA LCQ run forced 100T Founder and CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag to seriously consider the future of 100T VALORANT. After deciding that the 32-year-old CS:GO veteran was no longer the best focus of the organization for the coming years, 100 Thieves opted to rebuild around 18-year-old star player Asuna. Hiko officially retired from VALORANT on April 12th, and 100T signed him as a content creator/streamer. Now left with only two players on their roster, 100T made the tough decision to bench Ethan “Ethan” Arnold and sign players to accommodate Asuna. Taking advantage of their vacancies, 100T signed Sean “bang” Bezerra on a loan from TSM after he was benched and replaced. From the 100T bench, NRG was quick to sign Ethan, while 100T acquired community favorites Daniel “ddk” Kapadia and Sean “sgares” Gares as general manager and head coach respectively. Together, these two new signees carefully tried out and tested a multitude of players from different roles to supplement Asuna and bang. After a few short weeks, they signed on three new players that they felt would best facilitate 100T’s success. With their comedic group name aside, the roster was completed with the addition of William “Will” Cheng; Derrek “Derrek” Ha, and Brenden “stellar” McGrath.The complete 100 Thieves roster and their roles is/are as follows:Asuna (signed 10/02/2020) (Flex, transition from Duelist)Will (signed 04/12/2022) (Duelist)bang (loaned from TSM 02/21/2022) (Controller)Derrek (signed 04/12/2022) (Flex, bought out from the Rise roster that beat 100T in NA LCQ)stellar (signed 04/12/2022) (IGL [in-game leader]) Credit: 100 ThievesOpen Qualifier 1 ShortcomingsDespite having a roster carefully crafted for success and built around functioning components with no role overlap, 100 Thieves had very little time to prepare for the first open qualifier of the 2022 VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers. After just a few weeks of time to practice and develop chemistry, 100T debuted their new roster against TSM, one of the most prominent teams in eSports, who had, coincidentally, also rebuilt their roster just a few months earlier. As with most rebuilds, 100T fell short and lost their first match 2-1. Despite starting the matchup strong, and taking the opener 13-3 on Split, the Thieves fell short as TSM pulled off the come-from-behind victory. Now relegated to the losers’ bracket, 100 Thieves matched up against Gen.G. Once again winning Split, 100T beat Gen.G 2-1, picking up Ascent after losing it to TSM 11-13. Transitioning up the lower bracket, 100T 2-0’d Evil Geniuses in statement victory games on both Bind (13-6) and Split (13-8). Moving further along the bracket, 100T faced off against the Pittsburgh Knights, whom they narrowly beat 2-1 without playing Split. With one match to go to secure a spot in VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers, a familiar face emerged. After losing to FaZe Clan in their Upper Bracket Final, TSM fell to the lower bracket for a chance to redeem themselves and secure their ticket to the NA VCT. Unfortunately for the new 100T roster, they did just that. While 100T managed to win Split for the third time, they once again dropped the following two matches and were sent home to return in the second round of qualifiers.Read more about 100 Thieves’ road to the LCS Spring Grand Finals here.Open Qualifier 2 TriumphWith a few professional games under their belt, the new 100 Thieves roster had all they needed to succeed. Without TSM to stump them, the Thieves needed to win a minimum of three consecutive games in order to qualify for VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers. With fans having mixed reactions towards the new roster, their opening match against the Soniqs hushed any doubters. Silencing their opponent 13-4 and 13-3, 100T secured an easy 2-0 victory without playing Split. Their next matchup, however, completely changed the dynamic. Despite winning every Split match they played up until this point, 100T were stomped 5-13 by the New York Fury. While this might leave viewers with the impression of an 0-2 loss, the Thieves rebounded to dominantly win Icebox (13-4) and Breeze (13-5).With just one match to go, a 100T victory was well within sight. A loss, however, wouldn’t put them out of contention entirely: they would have a second shot at qualifying like TSM did by falling to the lower bracket to face off against Sentinels. While a luxury indeed, this backup plan wouldn’t matter as 100T slammed their opponents, Akrew, 2-0 with a 13-7 victory on Split and 13-1 on Breeze.With their new roster thoroughly tested, the future is bright for 100 Thieves. While a spot on the international stage will be no easy task, 100T are in the big leagues and two spots are available if they can overcome NA’s current powerhouses: Cloud9 Blue, OpTic Gaming, The Guard, and XSET. 

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Cloud9 Announces the Release of Summit, Isles, and Winsome

The LCS is no stranger to drastic offseason roster changes. Top orgs like Team Liquid, TSM, and Cloud9 have always pursued “winning” rosters by spending as much money as necessary to secure the top imports and LCS veterans from the free-agent market. This is evident in each team’s roster decisions this spring. Behind the scenes, rumors indicate that Team Liquid spent more money than any LCS team ever has for their spring roster. TSM alleges that they spent as much on their Spring acquisitions Keaiduo and Shenyi as they would’ve for NA veterans Jensen and Doublelift. And Cloud9 dished out serious buyout money in their acquisition of T1 Challengers star Berserker, as well as LCK prospects Winsome and Summit. With TL likely to maintain their current roster, and TSM continuing to try and bankroll young LPL talent going into the summer split, Cloud9 has been the focus of many fans’ ire after they announced on Twitter that they would be releasing Spring Split MVP Summit, as well as young supports Isles and Winsome.Is Cloud9 MVP Summit Gone Too Soon?While Summit was faulted heavily for faltering in the final weeks of the Spring Split, his performance in the playoffs drew the most negative attention. Despite being the seemingly unanimous MVP for the spring split, the announcement of said award after his underwhelming playoffs run brought attention to the seemingly inappropriate timing of the honor. His incredibly dominant play in the regular season earned him the MVP award; however, his playoff performance was so abysmal that serious outrage sparked among fans who felt that he was no longer deserving of the MVP award. This outrage was predominantly spurred up by naïve fans who were misled by the timing of the announcement rather than the timing of the award. The MVP award is designated to the best performing player in the regular season. This does not include playoffs, as the MVP can be someone who did not make playoffs but had a dramatic impact on their team. However, because the announcement is made on playoff finals weekend, many fans are left with the impression that playoff performances are accounted for.After Cloud9 announced it would be releasing Summit, presumably for his lackluster playoffs performance, many fans took up arms with the opposite perspective. Now citing his MVP award in support of him, prevalent community members and fans alike drew attention to just how ridiculous it is that the current LCS roster management process facilitates actions as outrageous as releasing the incumbent MVP into free agency. While the controversy surrounding Summit continues to dominate the conservation of C9’s midseason roster adjustments, their other releases drew similar criticisms. Namely, the release of Isles after just six games was a serious point of contention. The former C9 Academy player was promoted to a starting position on the main roster to replace Winsome for C9’s games against Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses. After losing 3-0 to EG, and having a pro record of 3-3 for his LCS debut, C9 management opted to completely release Isles from their team and invest elsewhere to fill their empty support role. Fans believe that Cloud9’s decision not to return him to their academy roster or keep him in the starting lineup is incredibly egregious. This decision drew more negative attention when Isles announced on Twitter that his U.S. residency will be terminated by May 14th if he doesn’t find a new team.Winsome was put in a similar position. While he will most likely return to Korea and the LCK, his release from the team seems almost too soon. Because of the current system in place where top teams want to win every single split, teams like C9 refuse to pursue development rosters where young players gain league experience at the cost of, oftentimes, a losing split. Winsome, like Berserker, was a promising, young player from the LCK. However, because he failed to perform, unlike Berserker, he will not be given time or the opportunity to develop. C9’s heavy emphasis on instant success is a serious issue. While teams like 100 Thieves who made no roster changes in the offseason, and EG who invested in domestic talent, made it all the way through the bracket to reach the finals, C9 faltered. These two teams are evidence to the idea that development and stable rosters can facilitate victory, yet C9 continues to pursue instant success.Read more about the growth of the eSports market.The Return of Jensen/Zven to Support?While no official statements have been made, rumors and speculations heavily suggest the return of two key players to the LCS stage. First, and more likely, Zven is rumored to be transitioning to the Support role to fill the team’s vacancy. This is corroborated by recent changes in his match history, which indicate that he is playing a lot of support. Furthermore, Zven is currently part of Cloud9’s inactive roster. After it was announced that the only other unsigned LCS veteran support IgNar would be signing with Immortals, C9 will likely opt to promote someone internally, rather than investing in Academy support talent such as Eyla or Busio.On a more exciting but less probable note, rumors are swirling that Jensen will make a return to the LCS as C9’s new mid laner. While Fudge is currently their active mid laner, it is likely that he will roleswap back to top lane now that Summit is gone. As one of the best top laners in the league during Summer 2021, Fudge will definitely find success for C9 if he returns to form. With that transition, C9 will have an opening in mid lane that they will seek to fill with a veteran presence in the pursuit of instant success. During the spring split, there were three names circling around the free agent market as potential midseason mid lane signings: Jiizuke, Nisqy, and Jensen. Jiizuke announced recently that he will return to the ERL and sign with the Giants. Nisqy has not made any announcements; however, there is heavy speculation surrounding his return to the LEC with Mad Lions. Jensen, on the other hand, remains unsigned and has both an excellent domestic and international record. While there have been no official announcements from Cloud9 on who will fill the vacancies of Summit and Isles/Winsome, the rumored Summer 2022 roster is as follows:Top: Fudge (role-swapped from Mid)Jungle: Blaber (retained from Spring)Mid: Jensen (acquired through Free Agency)ADC: Berserker (retained from Spring)Support: Zven (role swapped from inactive roster ADC)

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How Big Is The Esports Market Worldwide?

Esports is growing rapidly and is now a multi-billion dollar industry. Here we take a look at the worldwide esports market, and some of the key players in it.The esports market is estimated to be worth around $1.1 billion in 2020, up from $696 million in 2018. This is expected to grow further to $1.65 billion by 2023. North America and Asia are the two largest markets for esports, accounting for around 60% of the global market.Major players in the esports industry include game publishers, such as Riot Games (League of Legends) and Blizzard Entertainment (Overwatch), as well as tournament organizers, such as ESL and Major League Gaming. There are also a number of investors, including venture capitalists, who are backing various esports startups.The majority of this market is in the Asia-Pacific region, with China and South Korea leading the wayThese two countries are home to some of the biggest esports teams and organizations in the world, such as SK Telecom T1 and Invictus Gaming.The reasons why esports are so popular in these regions are many and varied. In China, for instance, the government has been supportive of the industry and has even hosted a number of large-scale tournaments.This is in contrast to the situation in the West, where esports is often seen as a niche hobby. Nevertheless, there are a number of countries in Europe and North America where esports is growing in popularity.Some of the most popular esports games include League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, and Hearthstone. These games are played by millions of people around the world and have large prize pools.The top players in the world can earn millions of dollars per year from salaries, sponsorships, and prize money. The best players in the world are often treated like celebrities and have a large following on social media.The global esports audience is estimated to be around 380 million peopleThis is made up of both casual viewers and dedicated fans. The majority of esports fans are aged between 21 and 35, although there are also a significant number of younger fans.The esports market is still growing, and it is expected to be worth around $3 billion by 2022. This growth is being driven by the increasing popularity of esports, as well as the growing interest from brands and investors.With its large audience and global reach, esports is an attractive proposition for advertisers and sponsors. Brands such as Coca-Cola, Red Bull, and Intel have all invested in esports in recent years.As the industry continues to grow, we can expect to see more brands get involved. In addition, we can also expect to see more countries invest in the development of esports.This will help to grow the industry even further, and make it more sustainable in the long term.One in particular which has a direct relationship with esports is the betting industry. Esports betting sites have popped up all over the internet, and some of them are even offering special bonuses for people who bet on esports.This is another area where the industry is expected to grow in the future. With more people watching and playing Esports, it’s only natural that more people will want to bet on the outcome of matches.As well as betting, there is also a growing market for fantasy esports. This is where people can create teams of players, and then compete against each other based on the real-world performance of those players.This is similar to traditional fantasy sports leagues, such as the NFL or Premier League.Fantasy esports is a growing industry and is expected to be worth around $50 million by 2020.The global esports market is already worth billions of dollars and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years. This growth will be driven by the increasing popularity of esports, as well as the growing interest from brands and investors. With its large audience and global reach, esports is an attractive proposition for advertisers and sponsors.As the industry continues to grow, we can expect to see more brands get involved. In addition, we can also expect to see more countries invest in the development of esports. This will help to grow the industry even further, and make it more sustainable in the long term.

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What Games Fall Into The Category Of Esports?

Humans have invented games since the beginning of the age. Some modifications came along with the modern world. People began to do games for fun rather than turn it into a more competitive side and involve money.Casinos are the places for people to play games for money but nowadays, most of the games are transferred into the digital world. The rise of the internet has caused the rise of online gaming. Games like poker, blackjack, and slots which used to be able to play at casinos only have become the best casino games online which can be accessed from your home.The Rise Of Online GamingWith the development of mobile devices, there are more and more games that can be played on phones. The games vary from simple ones such as solitaire to complex strategy games that need hours to finish one game. Mobile games have become one of the most popular genres in the gaming industry. In 2018, mobile games generated revenue of 50 billion U.S. dollars and this number is expected to grow in the following years.The term “esports” describes competitive video gaming at a professional level. The players competing in esports tournaments around the world have honed their skills for years and practice for hours every day.The first esport was a game called “Space Invader,” which was created in the late 1980s. It was a simple game, but it quickly grew in popularity, and soon people were competing in tournaments for money and prestige. Since then, dozens of other games have been added to the esports scene, including classics like “Super Smash Bros.” and “Street Fighter.”There are a few games that are more commonly associated with esports than others. Some of the most popular esport games include “League of Legends,” “DOTA 2,” “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” and “Overwatch.” These games are played at the highest level by professional teams who compete for large prize pools.While any game can technically be played competitively, not all games are well-suited for esports. The best esport games are typically those that are easy to learn but difficult to master. They also tend to be fast-paced and exciting to watch. Games that require a lot of strategic planning or that are slow and methodical are generally not good candidates for esports.If you’re interested in getting involved in esports, the best way to do so is to find a game that you enjoy playing and then look for tournaments or leagues that you can compete in. There are many different levels of competition, so you can find something that’s right for your skill level. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned pro, there’s an esports scene for you.It is no secret that video games have been around for a long time. What may be more of a mystery to some is which particular games are considered esports. The answer to that question is not always so straightforward, as the term “esports” can be interpreted in different ways. Generally speaking, however, one could say that the competitive gaming scene falls into three different categories: first-person shooters (FPS), real-time strategy (RTS) games, and multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA).FPS games are some of the most popular esports titles. Common examples include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Halo 5: Guardians, and Overwatch. These types of games tend to be fast-paced and emphasize individual skill over all else. As such, they are often very exciting to watch.RTS games take a bit more of a strategic approach. In these games, players have to carefully manage their resources and make intelligent decisions in order to win. Common examples include StarCraft II and WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne. These games can be very complex, but they are also very rewarding to those who put in the time to learn them.MOBA games are a relatively new breed of competitive games. In these games, players control characters with unique abilities and work together as a team to destroy the enemy’s base. Common examples include League of Legends, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm. MOBA games require a high level of teamwork and strategic planning, making them very exciting to watch.So, which games are considered esports? Generally speaking, any game that is played competitively can be considered an esport. However, the three most popular genres are FPS, RTS, and MOBA games. Whatever your preference, there is sure to be an esport out there for you.How Competitive Are Esports Games?The level of competition in esports varies depending on the game. Some games, such as Halo 5: Guardians, have very organized professional leagues with strict rules and regulations. Other games, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, have a more relaxed competitive scene with many different tournaments happening throughout the year. No matter what game you are interested in, there is sure to be a level of competition that suits you.What Is The Future Of Esports?The future of esports is looking very bright. With more and more people getting involved in competitive gaming, the scene is only going to grow. Additionally, with the advent of new technologies such as virtual reality, the possibilities for esports are endless. The sky is the limit for competitive gaming, and we are excited to see what the future holds.

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Evil Geniuses Claim First Ever LCS Title in 11-1 Lower Bracket Run

The LCS is home to a new victor! In its first seventeen splits, the LCS only had four winners: Team SoloMid, Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Counter Logic Gaming. Last split, 100 Thieves became the fifth ever team to win and were eager to repeat this split. Unfortunately for them, Evil Geniuses had other plans.From Out of Nowhere?While their victory was not entirely unanticipated. Rumors swirled around the LCS throughout the season that EG was insane in scrims.C9 head coach Max Waldo was quoted in an interview with Travis Gafford, an independent League of Legends content creator and host of famous LoL podcast “Hotline League,” saying that EG was the best team in the league in scrimmages. Similar remarks were echoed by other head coaches earlier in the split; however, EG failed to replicate these performances on the big stage.With a split record of 9-9, Evil Geniuses was in a three-way tie with FlyQuest and Golden Guardians, narrowly qualifying for one of the remaining three spots behind Team Liquid, Cloud9, and 100 Thieves. At the end of the split, anyone who had seen EG perform could confidently say that they were a 4th place team at best.While they had a promising performance in the Lock-In Tournament, their 0-3 loss to Team Liquid in the finals seemed to completely change the team dynamic. Casters and analysts alike felt that the three teams above EG in the regular season standings were better by a significant margin, and that EG realistically had no chance at winning the split.With 100 Thieves on the rise, Team Liquid being a consistent 1st place team, and Cloud9 falling off after the 0-3 loss to 100T in the winner’s, there was talk of EG making it to the loser’s finals over Cloud9. However, their sudden rise to the top was, while not entirely unprecedented, certainly shocking.The 11-1 Miracle RunAfter winning two tiebreakers against both Golden Guardians and FlyQuest, Evil Geniuses secured the last spot in the winner’s bracket against Team Liquid. As the fourth seed in the tournament, via tiebreakers, EG was not considered a serious contender to Team Liquid.Many analysts felt that the matchup would be a 3-0 for TL, and that Evil Geniuses would be relegated to the losers bracket to face FlyQuest. While they were not entirely wrong, EG fell to the loser’s bracket, the matchup could have easily gone the other way. EG lost the opener, but forced TL to game five, nearly winning 2-3. Is what at this point that views and analysts started to put faith in the young roster.After their loss to TL, they were relegated to the loser’s bracket to face FlyQuest. Like in their tie breaker, EG handily won the matchup, but not after giving up their only loss of their finals run. They won 3-1, and their dominant winning streak started to snowball.In another shocking turn of events, 100 Thieves 3-0’d Cloud9 and set them up to face off against EG. This is where things started to get interesting.Although many viewers had lost hope for C9 after their abysmal playoffs performance and lackluster season ending, C9 was still the heavy favorite for the matchup. But the Evil Geniuses just played better. Cloud9, the 2nd ranked regular season team was handily defeated 3-0 by the young North American roster.While this win was massive for them, EG had not quite gathered a strong enough resume to be seriously considered to win. After 100T pulled off the reverse sweep and sent TL to the loser’s bracket, the rematch was set for one of the best games of the season.Despite going 2-3 in their first matchup, EG proved that they were a completely different team. After one of the most exciting highlight pentakills in LCS history, EG took the first match and rode that energy all the way to game three, where they closed out the series over the Spring Split favorites in a definitive 3-0 statement.It was at this point that Evil Geniuses won over the hearts of the LCS fans, a serious advantage moving into the finals against 100T.Just like in their matchup against TL, EG won the series 3-0. They sent the defending champions home packing and became the 6th ever team to win an LCS title. While the audience was heavily in favor of the young underdogs prior to the first match, their statement victory over 100T sent the live crowd into an eruption of cheers.For the first time in LCS history, a team with North American talent won a title, and a spot at MSI. While the status quo of the LCS has long been to import the best talent outside of the U.S, EG may have fostered a new success strategy: investing in domestic talent.

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100T Reverse Sweep Team Liquid to Secure Their Spot in LCS Spring Grand Finals

Following the dull and boring 3-0 and 3-1 score lines last week, the top four teams put on quite a show this weekend.With Cloud9 fighting to redeem their likely MVP Summit, EG breaking team barriers, and both 100T and TL competing for a guaranteed spot in the final, these four giants clashed in one of the most exciting series in LCS history. EG made organizational history by making their second ever Round 3 appearance since their inception in 2013.However, TL; C9; and 100T are no stranger to this territory, with at least one of them having appeared in Round 3 for the past eight splits. The power rankings for the Spring Finals going into this weekend were as follows:1. Team Liquid2. 100 Thieves3. Cloud94. Evil GeniusesWith TL and 100T at the top, their matchup in the Winners’ Bracket Finals was nothing short of incredible. Recognizing that the series would most likely go all five games, fans and analysts were in for quite the showing.Team Liquid Control the SeriesFor the second split in a row, 100T and TL faced off against one another in the winners’ bracket finals. Last time, 100T narrowly lost to TL in an electric 3-2 series.Relegated to the Loser’s Finals, 100T beat C9 3-1 to rematch TL in the Grand Finals. This time, the Thieves beat TL 3-0 and secured their first ever LCS title.This weekend, the defending champions were hungry for another title shot, and they went all the way. The first two rounds of the Winners’ Finals were incredibly disappointing for 100T fans. The opener was won within the first three minutes of the game after huhi and FBI played aggressively in hopes of securing level two advantage.This plan went awry when CoreJJ and Hans sama hit level two and dove onto huhi, securing first blood for Hans sama. With control of the lane and a gold lead in the most crucial part of the laning phase, the TL bot lane controlled the lower half of the map and the remainder of the game. TL won handily with a 14.3k gold lead and a 16-2 scoreline.In the second game, 100T secured the first blood, this time the reverse of the situation in bot lane. However, TL found multiple trades in the early game to prevent 100T domination.This was swiftly followed by an insane play by CoreJJ over the third drake where TL found three for nothing and accrued a nearly 5k gold lead.Although 100T almost found their way back into the game, TL retained a notable gold lead that allowed them to run over 100T in the final teamfight of the match and secure a 2-0 lead.The 100 Thieves Reverse SweepIt was at this point that most viewers turned off the stream and went to sleep, believing that TL would 3-0 sweep and find themselves in the Grand Finals; however, the defending champions had a different idea in mind. While the early game was heavily contested, 100T found an incredible dive onto the TL bot lane in mid, securing a 2.5k gold lead at 20 minutes.Their lead expanded more after slaying both CoreJJ and Bwipo for free at the Baron pit followed quickly by a three-for-none fight for baron. With a 7k gold deficit at 24 minutes, TL were unable to find a way back into the game and 100T won 18-3 with a nearly 12k gold lead at 30 minutes.Game four started very similarly. The early game was heavily contested; however, the scoreline was much closer, with less than ten deaths at the 30 minute mark. The momentum of the game swung heavily in 100T’s favor after they secured soul point and baron without losing any members.While they also found no kills in this endeavor, the buffs they acquired set them up for tremendous success in the bot lane. After ARAMing through bot lane with Baron buff and dragon soul, 100T found a four-for-none trade in TL’s base at 30 minutes, allowing them to win 9-5 just seconds after.Game five was far and away the most exciting matchup of the day. With the series tied 2-2, everything was on the line for both teams.Although a loss wouldn’t take them out of the tournament, it would force them into the Losers’ Finals where they would have to win another series in order to make it to the Grand Finals. TL found first blood onto FBI after huhi left him alone to roam top.This was left unanswered until 15 minutes where 100T dove Bwipo and found their first kill. Multiple skirmishes across the map left the game state at 2-5 in favor of TL who held a 2.8k gold lead.This completely turned around after Abbedagge and Ssumday were able to chain CC onto Bjergsen, winning a crucial fight over control of soul point. This resurgence was followed by a five-for-none teamfight over Baron where 100T slaughtered TL’s gold lead.Eager to end the series, the Thieves opt to try to end instead of taking the Baron. This was most likely due to the unfavorable scaling of their draft as opposed to Team Liquids.Unfortunately for 100T fans, they are unable to destroy the nexus before TL’s death timers end and they rally. Importantly, the nexus is left completely open, with no turrets or inhibitors left standing through mid. With a negligible gold lead, both teams are forced to fight over dragon soul.However, TL commits all members whereas 100T are left without Abbedagge. Realizing the opportunity, Abbedagge teleports into TL’s nexus with Twisted Fate ultimate and destroys it before anyone from TL can arrive to stop him.

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C9, EG Secure Spots in Round 2, Knock GG and FLY Out of Playoffs

In an unsurprising series of events, both Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses will be moving on to the LCS Spring Playoffs Round 2. After beating their opponents 3-0 and 3-1, respectively, the two higher-ranked teams have now secured a matchup against one another for the opportunity to make the finals against either 100 Thieves or Team Liquid.While most analysts predict a rematch between 100T and TL in the finals, both C9 and EG have proven they can compete against 100T and TL. C9 showed promise in the spring split, where they had 1-1 records with both 100T and TL. EG, on the other hand, had an otherwise underwhelming split performance, but went 3-2 with TL in the first round of the upper bracket. At the same time, rumors from numerous teams suggest EG is a terrifying team to play scrims against, indicating their stage performances are not a clear representation of the cumulative talent of the team.C9 vs. GGAlthough both matchups were pretty heavy stomps by both C9 and GG, there are some key takeaways from both performances. After getting trounced by 100T in round one of the upper bracket, C9 showed incredible resilience and adaptability in their subsequent matches against Golden Guardians. While 100T demonstrated a serious exploitation in C9’s playstyle by shutting down Spring Split MVP Summit in the top lane, GG simply didn’t have the talent to mimic that strategy. Critically, C9’s mid laner stepped up when they needed it the most. Renowned for exhibiting the “Fudge Factor” — the ability to perform and carry when needed — in his previous splits as a top laner, the 19-year-old prodigy proved his intrinsic “clutchness” is still alive and well. While Summit was forced to play outside of his realm of comfort with Gangplank, Fudge came up incredibly clutch with his insane Viktor and LeBlanc performances. With a 25/1/23 stat line for the weekend, Fudge received a well-deserved Player of the Series award after nearly going deathless as C9 tore apart GG. With C9 demonstrating they can play through mid, their series against EG next weekend will be even more interesting. Notably, Cloud9 hasn’t lost a spring split in two years. Is it time for a new champion? Will 100T continue their winning streak and start a dynasty? Will Team Liquid reignite their 2018-19 dynasty? Or will Evil Geniuses win their first-ever split title? Only time will tell.Learn more about the 2022 LCS Spring Playoffs.EG vs. FlyQuestUnfortunately, EG’s performance against FLY was nothing short of expected. Although they dropped a match to FLY in Game 2, there is not much to discuss regarding their ability. C9 was put under serious scrutiny following their complete dismantling at the hands of 100T in the first round of playoffs. They needed to prove they could play through lanes other than top in their match against GG. And they did just that. EG, on the other hand, had already demonstrated what many other teams and viewers had already speculated heavily about in their matchup against Team Liquid. After repeatedly being touted as one of the scariest teams to scrim against in the regular season, EG had little to show for it prior to their TL matchup. They held 0-2 records against the top three teams (100T, C9, and TL) and finished the split with a 0.500 (9-9) record. Before their performance against TL, Evil Geniuses were not even in the finals picture. However, after nearly beating the number one team in TL, EG have already proven themselves as a serious contender. Their series against FLY only reaffirmed that. Their loss in game two came off of a failed base race. After nearly winning the match three minutes prior and coming back from a 12,000 gold lead held by FlyQuest, FLY Kumo teleported into EG’s base and destroyed the nexus before any of EG’s carries could get back to stop him. The game could have easily gone in EG’s favor. Regardless, the top four teams in the spring split are all that remain in the playoffs. With both TL and 100T duking it out on Saturday, one of them is guaranteed to make a finals appearance. C9 and EG, on the other hand, will fight each other to remain in the playoffs. The winner will have to win another match to even make it to the finals, while the loser will go home empty-handed. Tune in next week for the most exciting matchups of the Spring season.

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100 Thieves Upset C9, EG vs. TL Goes All the Way: LCS Spring Playoffs

To say that this weekend’s playoffs were electric is a drastic understatement. With the potential to see the top two seeds (TL and C9) in the losers bracket looming in the air before game five of EG vs. TL, many fans and analysts were shocked.With EG consistently underperforming relative to their incredible Lock-In Tournament form prior to the start of the Spring Split, many EG fans were excited to finally see a return to form in their best of five against TL.On the other hand, C9 fans were left terribly disappointed as the All Pro top and likely MVP Summit and his All Pro jungler Blaber were absolutely decimated by the 2nd All Pro top Ssumday and his 3rd All Pro jungler Closer.100 Thieves vs Cloud9While two of the three analysts on the LCS panel predicted 3-2 and 3-1 for the series in favor of 100T, the other two, and many fans, predicted a similar scoreline in favor of C9. Regardless of who came out on top, the general consensus was that the best of five would go the full distance with a 2-2 tiebreaker to end it. No one, however, predicted the absolute stomp that 100T delivered to Cloud9.The Thieves’ strategy however was quite noteworthy. Particularly, their automatic bans of both Gnar and Jayce to counter Summit’s unrivaled laning phase, forced C9 into an uncomfortable position. While Summit is known for his insane ability to blind pick and carry on the weak side, 100 Thieves focused heavily on dismantling him early.Acknowledging the skill advantage FBI and Huhi have over Berserker and Winsome, the only potential for C9 to win fell in the hands of Fudge.While he continued to lane and teamfight very safely, giving up very little to 100 Thieves, he failed to be particularly effective against Abbedagge. With limited options for Blaber to help his team, 100T were the definitive winners in all three games.While C9 is an incredibly talented team, 100 Thieves have laid out a blueprint for the likes of EG and GG to try and take advantage of as the Loser’s bracket matches open this weekend.Evil Geniuses vs Team LiquidWhile it was undeniably thrilling to watch 100T 3-0 C9, it would be crazy to say that their series was more exciting that EG vs. TL. Coming in as the top team with a record of 14-4, only losing to GG; 100T; FLY, and C9, Team Liquid was the heavy favorite for a 3-0 sweep.This was especially supported by the lackluster performance of EG the entire Spring Split. Despite securing the fourth spot in the standings by clutching up in the final week of the split, EG went 0-2 against all three of the teams above them (TL, C9, 100T). Citing their inability to perform against the top teams, all four analysts predicted an EG defeat either 3-0 or 3-1.There was, however, one team that got it right. After swiftly defeating C9, 100T FBI was interviewed alongside his bottom side companion Huhi. When asked about their upcoming matches against the winners of EG vs TL, FBI had this to say:“I think the matchup is actually closer than a lot of people think. Team Liquid and EG I kind of think are evenly matched.”Similarly, 100T General Manager PapaSmithy had a similar response following the matchup where he stated that he agreed with FBI and thought the two teams played at similar skill levels and would go the distance.While Inspired’s unique pathing was a large factor in both of their wins against TL, it was particularly notable in their first victory. At 15 minutes, the former LEC MVP had secured five assists and 100% kill participation against TL. The rest of EG played incredibly as well, with a fight over Baron lasting nearly five minutes as TL engaged and reengaged against EG’s relentless attempts at securing the game-changing objective. Eventually, TL relented after losing their jungler Santorin.While that match was certainly electric for viewers, as it brought the scoreline to 1-1, their fourth game was far and away the most exciting. After drafting Graves; Ryze; and Lucian, EG opted to have Impact play Ryze, Jojopyun play Lucian, and Inspire play Graves.While a Ryze hasn’t been played top in multiple splits and Lucian is not particularly popular in mid lane, the matchup seemed to be fairly unique; however, EG defied all expectations by opting to swap Jojopyun and Impact. This set up an incredibly favorable matchup in the top lane where Jojopyun’s Lucian completely countered Bwipo’s Gangplank.This matchup went heavily in the favor of EG and forced the game to five matches. Although EG ended up losing, the most important takeaway from that best of five was undeniably the threat EG brings to the tournament.While Team Liquid and 100 Thieves both have two weeks to practice and change their playstyles, TL’s performance here was particularly concerning. 100T, on the other hand, might just be the team to beat. It appears that they are no longer in a slump and are firing on almost all cylinders.Regardless, the playoffs continue this weekend as C9 opens against on Saturday and EG faces off against FLY on Sunday. Be sure to tune in as you won’t want to miss who makes it to Round 2 of the playoffs.

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LCS Spring Playoffs 2022

With the second super week now concluded, the 2022 LCS Spring Split is officially over. This means that the top six teams will now compete for their chance to play in the MSI (Mid-Season Invitational). For the bottom four teams, the split is over and the opportunity to make roster changes is now. The final split rankings are as follows:1. Team Liquid (14-4)2. Cloud9 (13-5)3. 100 Thieves (12-6)4. Evil Geniuses (9-9)5. FlyQuest (9-9)6. Golden Guardians (9-9)7. Dignitas (8-10)8. Counter Logic Gaming (6-12)9. TSM (5-13)10. Immortals (5-13)LCS Spring Playoffs QualifiersTeam Liquid narrowly secured first place pending 100 Thieves’ decommission of Cloud9 on Saturday followed by FlyQuest’s incredible upset victory on Sunday. With Cloud9 going (1-2) this weekend, Team Liquid was able to ascend the rankings with a (3-0) super week. While the top three teams (TL, C9, 100T) had already secured their spots in the playoffs in week 7 (6 for C9), the remaining three spots were up for grabs by almost every team.Unsurprisingly, TSM and IMT failed to make the playoffs this split. Despite starting to show hope in weeks 3 and 4, IMT fell off significantly. TSM, on the other hand, demonstrated quite the resurgence in week 7, with the craziest upset victory of the split over C9 and a subsequent dismantling of IMT. However, when it came time to face 100T and TL, TSM couldn’t replicate the success they found over Cloud9.While many fans were hoping the young CLG roster could clinch playoffs, TSM crushed their hopes with a statement victory in a rivalry match reminiscent of the early LCS. This prompted them to field their Academy roster: the number one team in LCSA this split. With Dignitas’s playoff hopes riding on a CLG upset, Evil Geniuses shut them out of playoff contention with an easy victory over the amateur team.Playoffs Formatting and SeedingThese LCS Spring Playoffs follow the traditional format, all matches will be played in a best of five format. For the top four teams, the bracket is double elimination, meaning that each team would have to lose twice to be fully eliminated from the tournament.The bottom two teams, however, are automatically placed in the losers bracket and will be eliminated from the playoffs if they lose to the losers of the winner’s bracket matches. While there are $100,000; $50,000; $30,000; and $20,000 cash prizes for the top four teams, the grand prize is a spot at MSI.MSI is essentially Worlds before Spring Split but on a much smaller scale. Instead of the best teams qualifying, only the top teams from each of the 12 regions will compete at MSI. We’ll discuss MSI in greater detail as it approaches. The LCS playoffs, on the other hand, have already been slated and the opening matches have been determined via seasonal seedings.In the winner’s bracket, the first seed will play the fourth seed and the second seed will play the third seed. While this may seem more difficult for the top teams, a loss does not remove them from the tournament. As a result, the bottom two seeds are in a much more dangerous position despite playing against comparatively weaker opponents.The upcoming matches are as follows:Match 1 (Saturday, April 2nd)Cloud9 (#2) vs 100 Thieves (#3)Match 2 (Sunday, April 3rd)Team Liquid (#1) vs Evil Geniuses (#4)Subsequent loser’s bracket matches will be played the following weekend (April 9th-10th). With Spring Playoffs starting next weekend, the stakes of each BO5 (best of five) are high. Be sure you don’t miss a single match as C9 kicks it off against 100T on Saturday.

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Top 2 Matches of The Week LCS Spring 2022

Last week yielded some of the most exciting matches of LCS Spring 2022. With Team Liquid and Cloud9 both going 1-1, 100 Thieves securing a playoffs spot, and the fight for the remaining three playoff spots getting more tense, this week had a huge impact on the LCS playoffs picture.While TL, C9, and now 100T are locked in, the remaining six teams (excluding TSM) still have the opportunity to make the playoffs in the upcoming super week.Regardless, there are three matches, in particular, this week that drastically changed the dynamic of the split. The updated standings from this week are as follows:1. Cloud9 (12-3)2. Team Liquid (11-4)3. 100 Thieves (10-5)4. FlyQuest (8-7)5. Dignitas (7-8)5. Evil Geniuses (7-8)5. Golden Guardians (7-8)8. Counter Logic Gaming (5-10)9. Immortals (4-11)9. Team SoloMid (4-11)LCS Spring 2022 Match One of the Week: EG vs 100TAfter a slew of Zeri nerfs hit the rift, the ADC has fallen from perma-ban status and her pick rate has increased dramatically. Eager to finally use Zeri in a match, EG took little time to lock her in against 100 Thieves’ team fight-centric composition.With Inspired finding first blood onto Abbedagge, EG took a minor gold lead until Vulcan’s bad positioning for vision put Abbedagge back into the game and turned the lead in 100T’s favor. At around the 14-minute mark, Closer found a gank onto jojopyun in the mid lane, further increasing 100T’s lead to around 1100 gold.Action ceases until nearly 14 minutes later when both teams meet up in the drake pit. 100T, looking to secure dragon soul, are unable to find an entry because of Danny’s poke with Zeri; however, jojopyun finds Closer with his ultimate and the rest of EG engages onto the 100T, including Inspired. Recognizing that EG’s jungler Inspired is preoccupied, Ssumday flashed onto and stole drake, giving 100T cloud soul. 100T used this disruption to completely flip the fight and find a one-for-five trade and baron.With a 7,000 gold lead, 100T initiated the elder drake with Ssumday split pushing in the top lane. However the 4v4 goes drastically in the favor of EG and they secure elder drake and baron, decreasing 100T’s gold lead to a negligible amount.Action ceased once more until the 41-minute mark, where another 4v4 erupted over the next elder drake. Once again, Ssumday is split pushing, however, jojopyun is holding him off this time while Impact fights the 4v4. EG finds themselves in a one-for-three trade, leaving only Abbedagge alive. Thinking on his feet, Abbedagge uses Twisted Fate’s ultimate to teleport onto it the EG-contested drake and steal it with Ultimate Spellbook Smite.With a 2000 gold lead and baron buff, 100T found a team fight in the mid lane, narrowly trading one-for-five. With death timers too high to contest, 100T ran it down mid and destroyed EG’s nexus, ending the game 16-10 in 48:26.LCS Spring 2022 Match Two of the Week: C9 vs. TSMWith both casters teasing TSM about the impossibility of a victory, the worst team in the LCS put on quite a spectacular demonstration of the “caster curse.” Going into the matchup, C9 sat atop the LCS with an 11-2 record. Their opponents, on the other hand, sat completely opposite to them, holding down the leaderboard with a pitiful 2-11 record. With their head coach being fired and the starting roster adjusted just last week, TSM were in shambles. It seemed impossible for a TSM victory. Cloud9, for obvious reasons, were the heavy favorite to win the matchup and extend their lead; however, it wouldn’t be an LCS split without an insane upset.The match started as everyone expected. Cloud9 struck first blood at just under five minutes, giving Blaber a lead in the jungle. While TSM were quick to respond with a kill onto Summit, C9 were even quicker to find a three-for-none trade. Just minutes later, a team fight in the topside jungle ends with an even trade for both teams and a scoreline of 5-2. Despite the kill difference, gold was nearly tied with C9 having a negligible lead.Action ceases until around the 16-minute mark where Huni and Spica find a kill onto Fudge in the bot lane. The gold lane shifts to TSM as they manage to secure their second drake and find another pick: this time onto Winsome in the bot side jungle. With the scoreline now tied, TSM had a hefty 1700 gold lead that increased even more with a kill onto an overextended Summit under their bot lane tower.With drake point to spawn soon, both teams rally in the bot side river for vision control. A team fight erupts after C9 initiates onto Huni. Unable to burst him down quick enough, the remainder of TSM have enough time to engage and dismantle C9, trading two-for-five. With no opponents alive to contest, TSM secured soul point and extended their gold lead to over 4000. Using this momentum, they transitioned over to Baron, where a team fight erupts yet again. This time, C9 is able to steal the objective, but not without trading three of their lives for it.With the scoreline at 14-8, TSM found another kill, this time onto Blaber in the bot side jungle. With the enemy jungler now down, TSM has priority on ocean soul. Unwilling to give up the drake for free, C9 initiates a fight and manages to find a kill onto Shenyi, but loses three of their own in the process. With a man disadvantage, C9 cannot reengage and TSM secures ocean soul.With a 5000+ gold lead, TSM found a one-for-one trade onto Fudge in the top lane. Minutes later, they manage to grab Baron without C9 seeing them and take a team fight in C9’s base with a nearly 8500 gold lead. Unsurprisingly, TSM are able to pick off C9 one-by-one and claim this split’s craziest upset victory 22-11 in 35:32.While this week boasted the most exciting matchups of the split so far, next week is far and away the most important. With the split coming to a close in the second super week, the remaining three playoff spots are heavily contested. With every remaining team (except TSM) still eligible for playoffs, the outcome of next week’s matchups will dictate who will join TL, C9, and 100T in the spring playoffs. Tune in next week for the super week highlights and playoff information.

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Cloud9 Stun Team Liquid, Secure Top Spot in LCS Spring

Going into the weekend 9-2, Cloud9 was tied with Team Liquid for the top spot in the LCS for the second week in a row. An entire weekend (two wins) ahead of third place, these two teams were deemed the top teams in the LCS and the primary competitors for the LCS spot in MSI. This weekend, the two North American juggernauts duked it out for bragging rights and the best placement in the LCS Spring Playoffs. This isn’t the first time these two titans have clashed in this split. In their first meeting, Team Liquid played without star support “CoreJJ” due to complications with securing his green card. The LCS’s import rules allow a maximum of two imports per game. Imports are players that do not have U.S. residency, but can still play for their respective team under work visas.  Because of this limit, “CoreJJ” could not play with the other two imports acquired this season: “Hans sama” and “Bwipo” in their first matchup against Cloud9.However, that didn’t stop TL from narrowly securing a victory 17-11 in 38:48. This time, however, both teams fielded their entire intended starting rosters for a rematch of the ages. The starting rosters are as follows:Team LiquidTop: BwipoJungle: SantorinMid: BjergsenADC: Hans samaSupport: CoreJJCloud 9Top: SummitJungle: BlaberMid: FudgeADC: BerserkerSupport: WinsomeA Rematch for the AgesThe match opened with a first blood by Summit against Bwipo with an assist from Blaber at the 5-minute mark. Bwipo held onto his stun as Jax to keep Blaber under turret long enough for a postmortem trade 1-1. Worried about how lethal the C9 top laner has been all split, TL opted for a four-man gank onto Summit at the 6:20 mark, securing Santorin a kill and the rest of the team a minor gold lead. This lead was short-lived as a team fight broke out for the rift herald at the 9-minute mark. With Hans sama trailing the fight, TL was left without crucial damage and C9 found a four-for-one trade, rift herald, a gold lead, and a hefty bounty on top of their now fed Tryndamere.A critical misplay by Bwipo led to Summit finding his fourth kill of the game, further extending the top gap and making the window for TL to win very small. An ambitious invade by Blaber and Summit at the 13:30 mark fell short, allowing TL to secure Summit’s shutdown and Blaber at the cost of CoreJJ. This is followed shortly after by an aggressive play in the bot lane by TL. While it looked good initially, Berserker was able to kill Hans sama with his Jinx ultimate, leaving Santorin exposed and susceptible to the rest of C9. This brought the scoreline to 9-5 with a 3,400 gold lead for C9.The next play wouldn’t unfold until around the 18 minute mark, where Fudge, Blaber, and Winsome look to pick off Bwipo, who they think is alone. However, CoreJJ and Hans sama emerge from the fog of war and find a kill onto Fudge before Blaber and Winsome can engage.The game remains largely quiet until soul point drake emerges for C9. Both teams rally around mid, but Bwipo hops into the right brush where both teams have vision. Unbeknownst to him, Fudge and Winsome are just on the other side of the wall to that brush and they are able to burst him down before the rest of TL can engage. With a man advantage, C9 push into TL and find another pick onto CoreJJ.C9 secure soul point, and reacquire their diminished gold lead. Seeing Berserker alone, Bwipo dives him under mid lane tier one turret, but miscalculates his damage and is outplayed once again, leaving the scoreline at 12-6 at the 30:40 mark. Summit and Berserker combine for a play onto Hans sama in the top jungle, while Blaber keeps Bjergsen at bay in the bot lane. With both Bwipo and Hans sama down, C9 focuses their efforts to midlane, securing all turrets up to the nexus where they are able to end before TL can recoup and re-engage. Cloud9 won in 31:35 with a 13-6 scoreline.Outlook on the SplitWith C9 now topping the LCS with a win over the next best team, there is not much room for error here. While it is likely C9 will continue their win streak into Week 7, Week 8 poses the next biggest challenge for them. Week 7 pits the number one seed against the current last-place seed in TSM (2-11) on Saturday (March 19) and CLG (currently 7th place seed 5-8) on Sunday. While C9’s second loss this split was to CLG, it is unlikely to repeat due to the development since that week 3 mishap. Their next opportunity to lose would be in week 8 where they would face off against number 4 seed FlyQuest (7-6) followed by 3rd seed 100 Thieves 8-5). While they also play against Dignitas (7-6) that weekend, an upset loss would be shocking.Regardless, C9 currently leads the LCS and will likely continue to as the remainder of the split unfolds into playoffs. While TL is still the favorite to win, C9 are definitely a force to be reckoned with and definitely have a shot at securing the MSI spot. The LCS kicks off once again for Week 7 on March 19th, before closing the next day on the 20th. Be sure to tune in so you don’t miss the action!Stay with Esports All Star for more news from the industry!

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