Aug 28 2016 - 6:56 pm

Alliance waves goodbye to s4, AdmiralBulldog, and Akke

The Dota 2 roster shuffles continue, just three weeks after the conclusion of the International 6
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

The Dota 2 roster shuffles continue, just three weeks after the conclusion of the International 6. Alliance is undergoing massive changes, the legendary roster announced today.

Three players have left the squad, as Gustav “s4” Magnusson, Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ehnberg, and Joakim “Akke” Akterhall now seek fortune elsewhere. This leaves only Jonathan “Loda” Berg and Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist as the sole remaining players under the Alliance brand.

Akke will not be continuing his playing career, however, with the official statement saying that he “has decided to leave the current team but his future with Alliance remains undecided.” The organization is open to working with Akke in a different role.

AdmiralBulldog’s statement explains that the offlaner’s choice to leave the roster was predicated on s4’s decision.“Seeing as s4 is leaving Alliance I felt there is need for change for myself as well,” he notes. In late 2015, Alliance re-assembled its 2013 roster which won the International 3, and found a lot of initial success winning WCA 2015 and the SL i-League StarSeries LAN finals in impressive fashion. Following these results, however, the legendary line-up never came close to taking home another major title throughout the remainder of 2016.

In the organization’s statement, team captain Loda adds that the lack of results and a 9-12th finish at the International 6 was what eventually tipped the scale and prompted the changes, writing that “We [Alliance] got back together again to do our thing and we reached for the top, but faltered along the way. It sucks, but now we all need a change.”

This is the third dramatic roster change in only two days, as Team Secret and Evil Geniuses unveiled major changes to their respective line-ups yesterday. With the end of the trade season closing on Sept. 4, it’s safe to assume that even more teams will stand to change in the coming days.

Jan 17 2017 - 10:33 pm

These are the first four teams confirmed for the IEM World Championship

Eight teams will be competing at one of the largest international League of Legends events.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Half of the teams slated to compete at one of League of Legend's largest international events in 2017 have been announced.

The IEM World Championship will once conclude at IEM Katowice in Poland in March after roughly four months worth of competiton across three international events. Eight teams in total will be attending the event. Earlier today ESL revealed the first half that are slated to compete at the event.

The first four teams that will attend are Europe's H2K and Unicorns of Love, North Americans Cloud9 and lastly the Eastern European M19 squad, which was formerly known as Albus NoX Luna.

A majority of teams attending the event have been invited based off of their performance in the 2016 League World Championship. Additionally the victors at IEM's events in Oakland and Gyeonggi, which were won by Unicorns of Love and Samsung Galaxy respectively.

Reigning world champions SKT T1 and Chinese supersquad EDward Gaming have also secured invites to the event after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championship, but have not confirmed their participation yet.

Eight teams will be competing at the event in total, though the final contestants are yet to be decided. None of the competitors representing the East Asian League Master Series were able to advance from the group stage. They also failed to qualify through IEM Oakland or Gyeonggi.

The IEM World Championship will take place from Feb. 22 to 26.


Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.