Apr 19 2014 - 3:15 pm

Team Curse tops Dignitas despite the return of a legend

Team Curse narrowly edged Dignitas in the quarterfinals of the North American LCS playoffs Friday, despite the return of one of America's biggest League of Legends stars
Ferguson Mitchell
Dot Esports

Team Curse narrowly edged Dignitas in the quarterfinals of the North American LCS playoffs Friday, despite the return of one of America's biggest League of Legends stars.

Entering the quarterfinals, both teams had some challenges to overcome. Curse’s 11-17 season was less than encouraging for fans. For Dignitas, though, the problems were much bigger.

In late March, Dignitas’ most recognizable member, the affable William “Scarra” Li, was removed from the active roster and became the team’s coach, leading the way for Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer, a promising rookie, to take his place. Gilmer led the team in a late season match against Team Curse, scoring eight kills.

Fans were subsequently puzzled by the announcement that Li would be rejoining the team as it began playoffs. The team said it wanted a more experienced hand, but many were confused by the sudden change. The team’s jungler, Alberto “Crumbzz” Rengifo, put it simply, “Scarra’s back, and we’re going to win.”

But as the games began, it became clear that Curse was ready to put up a fight. Dignitas and Curse took no time to push down each other’s towers, clearing opposite lanes on the field. Dignitas came out slightly ahead, and used that lead to keep up the pressure on Curse.

Armed with Li manning the spear-throwing Nidalee, Dignitas proved to be superior in that first game, challenging objectives from afar and pushing Curse back until they were starved for gold. Nidalee’s high damage and long range attacks proved to be one of Dignitas’ biggest strengths as they took the win.

Game 2, however, came with a reversal of fortunes. Dignitas again pulled out ahead in the early game turret race, but Curse was keen on defending. The biggest change was in Curse’s top laner, Diego "Quas" Ruiz, whose use of the champion Jax proved to be too much to handle for the Dignitas squad. Ruiz eventually steamrolled Dignitas, opening up the game for Curse, which pushed back to tie up the series.

It all came down to the final match, where again Li armed himself with Nidalee. But it seemed by now that Curse had figured out his style. The secret to defeating Nidalee’s long range is simple—dive in and don’t let her escape. All they had to do was wait for Dignitas to move to take an objective, like the Dragon, and then dive right in.

By sticking close to Dignitas, they won almost every major team fight, as Dignitas fell further and further behind.

Starved out, and with Li’s spears unable to find home, Dignitas had to throw in the towel. Li’s return hadn’t been enough, and with him managing only four kills over all three games, he may have even been a weak point.

Curse, however, felt vindicated after a poor regular season. “This match means a lot to me. We did not have the best season,” Joedat "Voyboy" Esfahani explained. “I’m really proud of how far we’ve come.”

Dignitas falls down to the fifth place match, where they fight to stay in the LCS, while Curse will advance to the quarterfinals to play against Cloud 9 in tomorrow’s matches.

Photo courtesy of Riot Games

Jan 15 2017 - 10:59 pm

Staz bests Orange in WESG Hearthstone final

It's the first major win for an SEA player.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Screengrab via Starladder_HS_en/Twitch

At the first major Hearthstone event of 2017, Euneil “Staz” Javinaz bested European star Jon "Orange" Westberg to win his first title—and the first for his region.

Staz and Orange went the full seven games in the stunning final set, trading games back and forth before Staz eventually came out on top 4-3. The final game was a grinding affair, a Reno Mage mirror that played over close to an hour.

Representing the South East Asia region, Staz is the first player from that region to win a major title.

Staz reached the final after beating out a pair of Europeans—Orange's countryman Elliot "Fluffy" Karlsson and the impressive Raphael "BunnyHoppor" Peltzer—arguably having the toughest road through the bracket stage.

Orange's run was no easy feat either as he had to take out Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert, one of the most successful players of 2016 playing in his first tournament since joining Counter Logic Gaming.

The loss meant that Orange was unable to string together back to back major victories, after winning his second Seat Story Cup title in December.

For his victory Staz takes home a whopping $150,000, one of the largest prizes ever awarded in Hearthstone. For second place Orange will have to make do with $70,000.

Jan 15 2017 - 10:31 pm

Kinguin and Fnatic Academy secure spots in European Challenger Series

The two teams made short work of the opposition.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Fnatic Academy and Team Kinguin qualified for the European League of Legends Challenger Series, taking themselves one step closer to the game's premier competition.

In rather emphatic fashion, the two teams completely decimated their opposition. Both teams were able to secure quick 3-0 victories, and will now be competing in the upcoming season of the EU CS league.

While both teams fell short of first place in the qualifiers group stage, the teams made up for it in spades in the tournament finals. The Polish Kinguin roster were the first team to qualify for the league, as the team completely decimated opponents on Nerv.

Despite featuring former EU CS players such as mid laner An "SuNo" Sun-ho, as well as support Christophe "je suis kaas" van Oudheusden, it seemed as if Nerv weren't able to find any opening against the Polish team.

The final series of the day saw Fnatic Academy, in equally as dominant fashion, defeat Team Forge.

The academy team's display in the three games was incredible impressive, in particular the performances of mid laner Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer and former FC Schalke AD carry Rasmus "MrRalleZ" Skinneholm, as both players only died once throughout the entire series.

With the qualifiers over, Kinguin and Fnatic Academy now join FC Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain, Millenium and Misfits Academy in the 2017 Spring Season of the EU CS.

The 2017 League of Legends season gets underway next week, when all regional leagues begin their spring seasons.