Sep 15 2016 - 12:10 pm

Roster dilemma for Origen: Team may need to replace every position by 2017

After a lackluster season, Origen may soon see changes across the board
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

After a lackluster season, Origen may soon see changes across the board.

Both Maurice “Amazing” Stuckenschneider and top laner Paul “sOAZ” Boyer are considering leaving the squad, sources close to the team tell Dot Esports. Meanwhile, the team is also looking at options to replace Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage.

The side only barely retained a spot in the LCS after defeating Misfits in the relegation tournament, and will be hoping that a roster shakeup will them avoid a similar test next split.

The bottom lane remains vacant after support Glenn “Hybrid” Doornenbal stepped down following the relegation tournament. The AD carry position has been open ever since the departure of Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou early in the Summer split. Former Roccat AD Carry Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi has been linked with one of the spots, though there's also speculation he could forgo Origen and join up with Vitality.

Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage struggled through the season after moving from Unicorns of Love last year. The player failed to cement a starting spot in the lineup and was used in rotation with owner and veteran mid laner Enrique “Xpeke” Cedeno. Felix “Magifelix” Bostrom and Rasmus “Caps” Winther are in contention for the spot, according to team sources. Magifelix is the highest ranked player on the EUW server, while Caps has featured for Nerv in the Challenger Series and Dark Passage in the Turkish Championship League.

Both Amazing and sOAZ, unhappy with how the team performed this year, are considering leaving the team. The departure of former bottom lane Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre, who surprised the team by leaving before the start of the Summer Split, could also be a factor too.

The pair, now at G2 Esports, the EU LCS champions, didn’t inform their teammates that they planned to leave Origen before the Split. Had Amazing and sOAZ known, they may have looked to depart the lineup as well, according to sources. If the team fails to retain sOAZ, Max “Satorius” Gunther, who was rumored to be a trialist for Fnatic after the departure of Heo “Huni” Seung-hoo, is one candidate to replace him.

Jan 23 2017 - 8:37 pm

Armada takes out Genesis 4 Melee crown

His win at Genesis 4 helps solidify his claim as the best Melee player of all time.
Xing Li
Dot Esports

We've seen this story before. Adam "Armada" Lindgren vs. Joseph "Mang0" Marquez for the Genesis Super Smash Bros. Melee title.

Once again, Armada emerged victorious.

Both players are idolized in the Smash community for their stunning success over the years. But if any venue has been the site of their personal rivalry, it's Genesis, where the two have met in the finals again and again. There were other talented players in the field, but this is the matchup most fans wanted to see at Genesis 4.

Armada had the easier path to the final by virtue of his 3-1 victory over Mang0, which sent his rival to the loser's bracket. Armada had a relatively easy time, absolutely controlling stages and strangling life from his opponents. His run seemed relatively routine until he ran into Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman.

Mew2King was on-point with grabs and air attacks on his signature Marth. Many times, Armada was stalling on Peach, trying to get into winning situations. Mew2King had a lead and momentum.

But Peach is hard to finish off and Armada's stalling got him to a deciding fifth game. Even then, Mew2King had chances, but missed key inputs. Small mistakes compound against a talent like Armada, and he punished Mew2King relentlessly.

In the loser's bracket, Mang0 survived by grit and guile, coming back from numerous deficits. First, it was against William "Leffen" Hjelte, where Mang0 mounted an insane comeback to tie the set at two games apiece. But Leffen came out strong in the deciding game and quickly took a two-stock (life) lead. Down to his last stock, Mang0 found his way back to the middle of the stage and went ham, somehow ending Leffen's run. The comeback ignited the crowd, with fans hugging and high-fiving at what they just witnessed.

Things wouldn't get easier. Juan "Hungrybox" Manuel Debiedma, valiantly playing with a broken finger, used Jigglypuff's burst to take big stock leads. But Mang0 continued to control the center of the stage to take Hungrybox down. He then beat Mew2King—reeling from his loss to Armada—to set up the finals rematch.

Fans wanted to see a show, but it was a different one than they might have expected. Though these two have gone back and forth in extremely close sets over the years, Armada has been on a tear for the last several months. And the final against Mang0 was no different. Instead of a close, tightly-fought match, fans got a coronation.

Armada had an answer for everything Mang0 threw at him. He floated around and seemed to take no damage. It was perhaps his most convincing win of the day.

Melee has been ruled by the Six Gods (which includes all the aforementioned players) for years now. But Armada is beginning to separate himself from the pack. He stands alone at the top at the beginning of 2017—if he ends the year in the same position, he could cement himself as the greatest Melee player of all time.

Today - 6:15 pm

Razer's updated Blackwidow keyboard is just as beautiful as you'd expect

Razer's added a new keyswitch option to their lineup.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Razer

Razer's sleek BlackWidow Chroma keyboard is getting a refresh.

And the update isn't only to make it prettier than ever before: It's comfier, with a new keyswitch option, too. An added magnetic wrist rest comes with the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 keyboard to promote wrist health during long gaming sessions. It snaps on and off, so you don't have to use it if you don't want to.

The real upgrade is Razer's new keyswitch offering—the Razer Yellow switch. These switches are designed to be quick and silent, so perfect for those who find traditional mechanical switches too loud and clicky. All of Razer's switches—Green, Orange, and Yellow—are available in the BlackWidow Chroma V2, however. If you're really into keyboard tapping sounds, then you'll want to go with Green. Orange is definitely quieter than Green, finding itself the middle ground between Green and Yellow.

Image via Razer

All switches are rated for 80 million keystrokes, which Razer said allows their keyboards to last years longer than others.

"We've made improvements across the board and are still the only company designing keyboard switches made specifically for gaming," Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said in a statement. "The Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 builds on the legacy we started in 2010 with the original BlackWidow by offering legendary durability and comfort. This is the best mechanical keyboard we've ever produced."

As with its other keyboards, Razer requires its users to enable the Razer Synapse software to take full advantage of the keyboard's lighting effects. There are a bunch of different lighting options preset in Synapse, but Razer allows plenty of customization, too, with 16.8 million colors to choose from. A couple games, like Overwatch and Call of Duty: Black Ops III, have built-in lighting options that sync up with your keyboard, which is an extra special touch.

Razer's BlackWidow Chroma V2 is available now, priced at $169.99—the same price as the earlier iteration.