Oct 6 2016 - 10:54 pm

Albus NoX Luna makes history with 66-minute win over ROX Tigers

A scrappy wild card team from Russia just made the unthinkable a reality
Fran Berkman
Dot Esports

A scrappy wild card team from Russia just made the unthinkable a reality.

Albus NoX Luna took down the top seed in the League of Legends World Championship, Korea’s ROX Tigers. The 66-minute marathon on Thursday clinched a spot in the quarterfinals for Albus NoX, making them the first wildcard team to ever advance through the tournament’s group stage.

Support Kirill "Likkrit" Malofeev was the last-man standing as his Taric wailed away on ROX’s nexus along with a host of super minions. ROX pulled off two miracle Baron steals to even stay in the game, which Albus NoX controlled from the very start.
The crowd shouted and chanted for the Russian side after the win. They quickly became a fan favorite for their ultra-aggressive play, unconventional team compositions, and incredible team cohesion. They’ve also got the attitude to back it all up.
Albus NoX beat Europe’s top seed G2 Esports and twice defeated North America’s Counter Logic Gaming to set themselves up to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. The only game Albus NoX lost was their opening match against ROX. They can wrap up the top seed from Group A with a win in their final game against G2.

CLG and ROX face off in Thursday’s final match to see which other team from Group A will advance.

Jan 20 2017 - 5:28 pm

Combo Breaker announcement may imply the end of auto-qualifiers for Capcom Pro Tour

Capcom may be trying to simplify its 2017 Pro Tour.
Steve Jurek
Dot Esports
Image via Capcom

A big change is coming to the 2017 Capcom Pro Tour, but yesterday's announcement may have hinted at an even larger change—a possible end to players winning automatic qualification into the Capcom Cup through Premier events.

The Street Fighter V tournament at Combo Breaker is being upgraded to a Premier event for the 2017 Pro Tour, Capcom announced via Twitter. The event, which will take place in the Chicago area over Memorial Day weekend, served as a Ranking event in 2015 and 2016. Its spiritual predecessor, the Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament, filled the same role in 2014.

Premier events award more Capcom Pro Tour points to top performers compared to Ranking events. A yet-to-be-announced number of the season's top points earners will earn a spot in the Capcom Cup, the season's championship event. Premier events also offer a Capcom-provided pot bonus. The figure has not yet been confirmed by Capcom, but it is believed to be $15,000.

In previous years, a player who won a Premier event received an automatic berth in that season's Capcom Cup. Thursday's announcement, however, may have implied that this is no longer the case.

An update on Combo Breaker's website stated that placing well at the event "will earn you valuable ranking points that put you well on your way to qualifying for the Capcom Cup!"

Notably, the statement makes no mention of an automatic berth into the Capcom Cup, something that every Premier event winner has been awarded since the Pro Tour's founding in 2014.

The statement does not necessarily confirm that auto-qualification into the Capcom Cup has been eliminated. It does, however, fall in line with statements made by Capcom esports director Neidel Crisan. In conversations with both Yahoo! Esports and EventHubs late last year, Crisan mentioned the possibility of eliminating auto-qualification berths in order to simplify the qualifying process.

A player had three ways to qualify for the Capcom Cup in 2016; winning a Premier event, placing high in the global Pro Tour points standings, or placing high in each region's Pro Tour points standings. The system confused fans, commentators, and players alike.

We may not know how qualification for the Capcom Cup will work in 2017, but we do know that the tour itself will look a bit different than it has in previous years.

Combo Breaker will presumably fill a gap left by Stunfest, a French gaming convention that that served as a Premier event on the Pro Tour in each of the last two years. Organizers of that event announced a "pause" for the convention late last year with plans to return in 2018.

The tour will also be without Cannes Winter Clash, the other French event that was part of the 2016 tour. Organizers of that event, which will take place during the last weekend in February, announced the change last week in a Reddit post. The event had served as the Pro Tour's season opener in both 2015 and 2016.

"Obviously with Cannes and Stunfest out there will need to be at least one French replacement event," Samad "Damascus" Abdessadki, a competitor and commentator who is involved in the organization of the Cannes Winter Clash, told Dot Esports. "[Capcom] can't leave France out of [the Capcom Pro Tour] when it's arguably the biggest community in Europe - and maybe [the] strongest."

France is the only European country that has sent two players to the Capcom Cup in each of the last two years. It is also home to Olivier "Luffy" Hay, the only player from outside of Asia to win a Street Fighter IV Evo title.

One event that will return is Final Round. On Wednesday, Capcom announced that Final Round will serve as the first Premier event of the season for the fourth straight year. That event, now in its 20th year, will take place in Atlanta during the second weekend of March.

Capcom will announce full details of the 2017 Pro Tour in late February.

Disclaimer: The author of this article has worked as part of the volunteer staff at Combo Breaker/Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament since 2014.

Today - 6:44 pm

Riot Games to stage new international League of Legends event

The new event is set to take place this summer.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

Apart from the annual World Championships, Riot Games have staged just one international League of Legends event per year in recent years. Now that is set to change with a new event this summer.

According to a report from Yahoo Esports Ye Qiang, who works for Riot Games in China, spilled some details on the new event at a press conference to mark the start of the new LPL season.

The new event will take place in July of this year, but will not affect the schedule or timetable of the existing domestic league spring seasons.

The event will also take a different form from Worlds or the Mid-Season Invitational, though no concrete details were discussed. Qiang did muse on the idea of a "World Cup-type tournament".

We hope LoL events can be more diversified, can satisfy our audience, and can give everyone a better player experience," Qiang said according to Yahoo Esports' translation. "so this is what we will target for the event this year in July. Wait and see.”

Riot Games are keen to expand the brand of League of Legends in China and widen the audience for the esports events. According to the report, Riot is also considering expanding the collegiate circuit in China and taking LPL league matches on the road around the country.

Though allowing fans to experience regular season matches in person is a priority, the LPL will remain in Shanghai at least through the current season.