Aug 2 2016 - 9:50 pm

Where things stand on the Capcom Pro Tour

This past weekend's Capcom Pro Tour action brought plenty of excitement, high drama, and incredible comebacks
Steve Jurek
Dot Esports

This past weekend's Capcom Pro Tour action brought plenty of excitement, high drama, and incredible comebacks.

The one thing it didn't bring was clarity.

Three tournaments took place this past weekend to kick off the second half of the Pro Tour season. There were plenty of points to be won and many opportunities to move up the Pro Tour standings. All three tournament fields included players hoping to solidify their grasps on Capcom Cup berths with wins, as well as plenty of players hoping to jump start their season with big performances.

The winners of each event all had one thing in common: they all entered the weekend with fewer than 75 points. All three winners went from pretenders to contenders in the blink of an eye, while nobody was able to lock up a place in the $250,000 season finale this week. In short, an already-crowded qualification picture is now even more crowded.

If you missed any of this past weekend’s action, here’s a recap of what happened and what it means to the Capcom Cup qualification picture.

Sonic Boom: Summer Edition (Europe)

What happened:

Egami "MOV" Joe scored a thrilling win at Sonic Boom: Summer Edition in Madrid, Spain on Sunday. MOV, who was coming off of his top-eight finish at Evo two weeks ago, defeated three Pro Tour event winners in the losers' bracket to reach the grand final against fellow Japanese player Haitani Tatsuya. Once there, MOV erased a 2-0 deficit to win the first set 3-2, then scored a 3-1 victory to take home the title.

Olivier "Luffy" Hay finished in third place, while Younes "CCL" Lazaar finished fourth. Frenchmen Nathan "Mister Crimson" Massol and Wilfried "Will2Pac" Jean-Baptiste tied for fifth, with Brits Benjamin "Problem X" Simon and Marcus "Packz" Parker close behind in seventh.

MOV earned a spot in the European regional final with the victory. He joins Problem X, CCL, Mister Crimson, Ho Kun Xian, and Arman "Phenom" Hanjani as qualifiers for the November event.

What it means:

MOV had just eight points three weeks ago. Now, thanks to this win and his fifth-place finish at Evo, he's in the thick of the hunt for a Capcom Cup berth with 200 points. He still needs to do plenty of work—I project 375 points will be needed to qualify via the global leaderboard—but he's given himself a fighting chance to reach that number.

Haitani's second-place finish brings him to 356, just outside of that cutline. It's hard to imagine he wouldn't be able to get there over the final 38 events, but he still has work to do.

As for the Europeans in the field, they all saw their chances at Capcom Cup qualification suffer.

Problem X maintained his lead in the European standings, but this was a missed opportunity to gain some breathing room. Luffy's third-place finish leaves him in virtually the same position as he was before the weekend began. CCL's fourth-place result helps him, but not significantly. And with yet another week of Asian players taking home the lions' share of points at a European event, the odds of any European player qualifying through the global leaderboard took a big hit.

Defend the North (North America)

What happened:

Ricki Ortiz claimed victory at Defend the North in New York on Sunday to take home her first Pro Tour title in nearly two years. Ortiz dominated during Sunday's finals with 3-0 victories over Antwan "AlucarD" Ortiz (no relation) and Kenneth "K-Brad" Bradley to reach the grand final, where she beat Du "NuckleDu" Dang 3-1.

Ricki Ortiz earned a place in the North American regional final with her performance. She officially clinched her spot in that event before the grand final began, as NuckleDu had already qualified.

K-Brad took third place, one spot ahead of Julio Fuentes. Peter "Flash" Susini and AlucarD tied for fifth place, and Arturo "Sabin" Sanchez and Idris "D-Rezz" Salahuddin tied for seventh.

What it means:

Ortiz's win was a much-needed breakthrough. She had finished in the top 16 of six Pro Tour events before this weekend, including five top-eight finishes. However, the Pro Tour format rewards victories far more than it rewards consistency, and Ortiz had not finished higher than fourth place in any of those events. With the win, she now sits in third place on the North American leaderboard, which would be good enough to qualify for Capcom Cup if it were held today. Ortiz is not out of the woods yet, but she controls her own destiny the rest of the way.

Julio's 32-point haul for his third-place finish brings his season total to 355, just one point behind Haitani. He still needs to earn some points, but it's hard to see him not getting into the Capcom Cup field at this point.

K-Brad and NuckleDu would both be in Capcom Cup if the season ended today, but both still have much work  to do to secure their spots. K-Brad will have a chance to do some of that work this weekend as he is one of three high-profile American players set to attend VS Fighting in the UK.

Online Qualifier #1 (North America)

What happened:

Miky "XsK_Samurai" Chea edged out Eric "Sugi" Moore in one of the most entertaining grand finals of the season to win the first online Pro Tour event of the 2016 season. With the win, XsK_Samurai became the eighth player to qualify for the North American regional final in November.

XsK_Samurai, who entered the final from the losers' side of the bracket, fell behind 2-1 and was reduced to a pixel of health in the decisive round of Game 4. He fought his way back to win the round, took the fifth game to reset the bracket, then raced to a 2-0 lead in the second set. Sugi fought back to tie things at 2-2, but XsK_Samurai clutched out a tense final game to earn the victory.

Hsien Chang finished in third place. Frankie "Stupendous" Lee, Jr. took fourth place in his first event since getting signed to Australian team Dark Sided. Ryan "Fubarduck" Harvey and Andrew "Lamerboi" Nguyen tied for fifth place, with Ryan "FChamp" Ramirez and "RichNemesis" sharing seventh place.

What it means:

XsK_Samurai had just two points to his name before this past weekend, so he is still well outside of qualifying position despite his victory. He'll need some great results in the second half of the season to earn a place in Capcom Cup, but this win could be the catalyst for a great run.

Sugi's path to Capcom Cup is incredibly difficult despite his second-place finish. He has not had much offline success this year, including a 1-2 performance at Evo. His only path may be a win at the second North American online qualifier next month.

The online tournament was a missed opportunity for both FChamp, who tied for seventh, and Brentt "Brenttiscool" Franks, who tied for ninth. FChamp remained in the top 25 on the global leaderboard, but he lost ground to both Ricki Ortiz and NuckleDu, making his path to Capcom Cup all the more difficult. Brenttiscool remains well outside of qualifying position as his two-point haul did nothing to close the 120-point gap between himself and the current contenders.

Today - 1:25 am

Get your Red Envelopes ready—the Lunar Revel event in League starts today

Riot is kicking off the 2017 Lunar Revel with some slick new skins.
Aaron Mickunas
League of Legends Writer
Image via Riot Games

The Lunar New Year is a sacred, historic holiday that is celebrated by nations in the far east. It marks the beginning of the year based on the cycles of the moon. There’s dancing, festivals, parades, but much more importantly: A special League of Legends event. Why is that so important? Because you can get sweet new skins, of course!

The Lunar Revel Event is a yearly occurrence in League that features shiny new goodies to buy in-game. The event was announced and started today, so after you update the client, you’ll be able to take part in the festivities.

1) Free Icon

That’s right, for the small cost of going to the official Lunar Revel web page, you can claim a free Summoner Icon! The interactive home page acts as the hub for the Lunar Revel event, and you can click through the menu to see all the features. There’s even some lore tying each of this year’s Lunar Revel skins to their respective champions.

2) Champion Skins

There are three skins coming out for the Lunar Revel event this year: Garen, Azir, and Vi. Each has a matching Summoner Icon available in the store.

Garen’s sword and rad man-bun make this skin what it is: Awesome. When he spins to win, a green dragon swirls around him. When he ults, the giant sword that falls from the heavens... well, it’s green.

Azir seems to be more of a themed skin specific to this year, as it’s the Year of the Rooster—and Azir is as rooster-like as any League champion gets. His soldiers are also made to match his skin, sporting golden armor.

Vi’s theme is “the green demon” and when she ults, a big green dragon swirls up into the air and slams back into the ground as she does. This one’s our favorite, but mostly because it’s the only time we’re ever going to see Vi in a ponytail.

Not only are those three new skins available now, but past Lunar Revel skins and bundles are in the shop as well.

3) Crafting

A brand new Lunar Revel crafting system will also be in the client until the end of the event. It uses the same crafting page as usual, where you open chests with keys you earn from playing games and combine shards to form skins and champions. You can buy a Revel Red Envelope for 250 RP and visit the crafting page in your client to turn it into a skin shard and one random relic.

The relics come in three types: the Pauldron Relic, the Golden Relic, and the Gauntlet Relic. Once you have all three, you can combine them into Epic Skin Shards (1350 RP skins), random skin permanents, Gemstones, or Hextech Chests and Keys.

4) Merch

Finally, you can visit the Lunar Revel merch store to check out some IRL event goodies. Want a shirt featuring each Chinese Zodiac with League champions instead of the usual animals? Well it’s in the merch store, as well as a collectible figurine of Lunar Revel Azir.

The event is running from now until Feb. 2, so be sure to log into the game and check it out!

Today - 12:27 am

University of Toronto students can now apply for an esports scholarship

Who said gaming was a waste of time?
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Image via CC 3.0

Canada's top-rated university will begin taking applications for an esports scholarship to be awarded next year.

University of Toronto alumnus Victor Xin started the scholarship program as a way of providing extra support to students who want to hone their skills in competitive gaming. While this is the first such scholarship to be introduced in Canada, several U.S.-based universities such as University of California, Irvine began offering esports scholarships in 2016.

Xin works at Toronto-based wealth management firm Athena Capital Partners, which also funds the scholarship. He told the university that students that display competitive drive through computer games shouldn't be distracted from trying achieving success in the world of esports.

"There are trailblazers on campus who are rallying a different set of students to build campus organizations focused on an alternative way of learning to lead and succeed in life," Xin told the university. The former student, who graduated in 2008 after studying at its Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, began following StarCraft during his tenure at the institution and also founded the University of Toronto eSports Club. For Xin, the fund is aimed at making sure that students who show drive and leadership through esports won't "fall through the cracks."

Are you thinking of applying for the Victor Xin scholarship? The requirements are: That you're an undergraduate at the university's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, you've got a 3.5 GPA, and participate regularly in gaming-related extra-curricular activities. If it means we get to play League of Legends during school hours, we're totally in.