May 24 2014 - 6:57 pm

Shiphtur caps off Dignitas debut with pentakill

It was the perfect finale to the debut match of Dignitas’ shiny new toy, mid laner Danny “Shiphtur” Le
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

It was the perfect finale to the debut match of Dignitas’ shiny new toy, mid laner Danny “Shiphtur” Le. The high-profile pickup capped off a ridiculous start to his Dignitas career in the League Championship Series (LCS) with a pentakill, the toughest play in League of Legends. Le killed all five members of Complexity to end the match, finishing with a perfect 15//0/4 Kill, Death, Assist mark, setting the stage for what looks like a very promising Summer Split for the team.

It wouldn't have happened without good guy Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal letting Le finish him off. It was a tip of the cap to Le, rewarding him for his superior performance. A “respect” penta, as Le called it after the game.

Dignitas stormed into Complexity’s base with a huge lead, ready to put the LCS newcomers out of their misery, a harsh initiation to the highest level of League competition in North America. Le had already posted 10 kills on the shifty mage-assassin LeBlanc, including an impressive triple kill mid-game that secured Dignitas the important Baron objective. And Le wanted more.

As his team crashed into Complexity’s nexus turrets, Dignitas forced Complexity into a desperate team fight. Dignitas support Alan “KiWiKiD” Nguyen landed a perfect Zyra ultimate, rooting most of the opposing team, and Le went to work. One kill. Two kills. Three. Complexity were dropping like flies. The coL jungler, Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal, managed to escape to his nexus pool, securing him safety and health, just as Le laid waste to his final remaining teammate.

The game was over. All Dignitas had left to do was attack the nexus. Djemal is sometimes a miracle worker on Lee Sin, but this was one miracle beyond even him.

So he did the gracious thing. Djemal walked out of his spawn as he saw Le’s “quadra kill” announced across his screen, sacrificing himself to gift Le one of the rarest plays in Leaguea pentakill.

It took the entire Spring Split before someone scored a pentakill in the LCS last season, the first occurring in the playoffs. In the Summer Split, it took one day of North American play, thanks, in part, to Djemal. More thanks go to the superb play of Dignitas’ emerging superstar, Le, who earned it.

Of course for the conspiracy theorists out there, maybe Djemal only did it because he started Le on his fantasy team? While that’s doubtful, we’ve already seen one pro begging his teammate not to kill off his fantasy starter during a stomp, after all. 

Missing out on the pentakill and its huge point bonus would have lowered Le’s fantasy point total by 7 points, so if that makes the difference in your fantasy match, you’ve got Djemal to thank.

But if you started Le, you probably won’t need it. The 15/0/4 KDA posted by him produced a ridiculous number of fantasy points, especially with the triple kill, pentakill, and 10-plus kill bonuses he earned 51.84, all told.

In the EU LCS, the top scoring fantasy player during the Super Week was Millenium’s mid laner, Adrian “Kerp” Wetekam, who used a huge first day to tally 116.85 points, but that was in four games. Le’s managed just about half of that in one.

Le’s pace will fall, especially considering he won’t have any more LCS rookies to beat up in Dignitas’ three remaining Super Week matches, but if you invested in him or any of the Dignitas players in your fantasy draft, you should be happy.

Dignitas' two new players, Le and top laner Darshan “ZionSpartan” Upadhyaya, sure looked great as they trounced Complexity to open the Summer Split with a 1-0 record.

“I really feel like with this roster… we’re going to go places,” said Dignitas jungler Alberto “Crumbzz” Rengifo after the match. Places like the World Championship in Korea, perhaps? If Dignitas and their mid laner can keep playing like they did today, it certainly seems possible.

Screengrab via LoL Esports/YouTube 

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.

Jan 20 2017 - 9:49 pm

IEM Katowice’s CS:GO tournament is going to be awesome

The final two invites went out today, and the tournament's guaranteed to be exciting.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

The final two teams to be invited to one of the year's biggest events have been announced.

FaZe Clan and Danish soccer club FC Copenhagen's esports venture, North, will be attending IEM Katowice's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals from Mar. 1-5, ESL announced today. The teams, which showed impressive form towards the end of 2016 at multiple international LAN events, will be competing against some of the best teams in the world.

The two teams are also the last to receive invitations to the event, as four teams will be added after a series of online qualifiers. In total, three more European teams will be attending IEM Katowice, as well as one North American team. With an already-stacked ensemble of teams ready to attend, such as Brazil's SK Gaming, Polish hometown heroes Virtus Pro, and Denmark's top team Astralis, the four teams that will be advancing through the online qualifiers will be making an already-competitive event all the more fierce.

In October 2016, the current North roster, which was signed to Dignitas at the time, took home the $500,000 EPICENTER event in Moscow. Aside from being one of the biggest events of the year, it had all the top teams in the world in attendance. Since then, however, North has struggled to live up to the expectations placed upon them, and have recently fallen short at nearly all events they have attended since.

The opposite can be said about FaZe, since the team picked up former Astralis in-game leader Finn "Karrigan" Andersen. Since Karrigan's arrival, FaZe have had their best results since the team's inception, and have looked stronger at each event they have attended.

Taking place roughly one month after the ELEAGUE Major, which begins on Jan. 22, IEM Katowice will likely be the debut tournament of several new rosters—so make sure to keep an eye on what could be one of the biggest CS:GO events of the year.