Jul 8 2014 - 12:35 am

Gambit Gaming drop pair of stars in bid to retain LCS slot

Gambit Gaming is set to drop two of its biggest names in a bid to avoid dropping out of the League Championship Series
Richard Lewis
Dot Esports

Gambit Gaming is set to drop two of its biggest names in a bid to avoid dropping out of the League Championship Series. Evgeny “Darien” Mazaev and Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov will be replaced by Jakub "Kubon" Turewicz and Jean-Victor “loulex” Burgevin, respectively, sources close to the team have revealed to the Daily Dot.

Since replacing their iconic mid-laner Alex “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin in May this year, the team has been on a terrible run of form. Currently second from bottom in the European LCS, with a record of five wins and 13 losses, the team has had to turn its attention from earning a spot at the world finals to survival in the league itself.

After losing to fellow relegation candidates ROCCAT this weekend, it seemed that all was not well with the team after, with Reshetnikov seen clutching his keyboard in shock and staring into space.

Although fans might have anticipated changes, they probably weren’t expecting two of the teams stalwarts being replaced.

Polish player Turewicz will replace Mazaev in the top lane. Turewicz was last seen playing with Reason Gaming at DreamHack Summer, where his team finished in second place. Reason Gaming was kept in the dark about his move until earlier tonight just learned. Team management confirmed the player was not under contract during his brief spell with the team, having decided to part ways with him after winning the silver medal at the Swedish event.

Burgevin has arguably bigger shoes to fill. Reshetnikov is often heralded as one of the greatest junglers in the game’s history. French player Burgevin has filled in for Gambit before, having done so when the team were made to play with four substitutes when the LCS went on the road to Wembley Stadium, London. He will now have his chance to reprise the role full time.

It's not clear what the future holds for Mazaev or Reshetnikov—they may remain on the roster as substitutes, move into other roles within the organisation, or look for other teams. Gambit is expected to make an official statement on the changes sometime before this week's LCS European games.

Photo via Gambit Gaming/Facebook

Today - 9:07 pm

Yes, SKT played Ziggs ADC in a competitive game—and they dominated with him

The current League world champs show us all how OP bot-lane Ziggs can be.
Aaron Mickunas
League of Legends Writer
Image via Riot Games

ADC Ziggs has been spreading like the plague (a really, really annoying plague) through ranked games in League of Legends over the past few weeks, and SK Telecom T1 reminded everyone why they’re the World Champions by taking him into a League Champions Korea game—and destroying their opponents with him.

Jin Air, the team that fell at the hands of the mighty ADC Ziggs in the LCK earlier today, probably thought that SKT’s Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik was joking around when he hovered over Ziggs in Champ Select. Surely Ziggs is only a troll pick that streamers play to entertain their audiences or that Bronze players choose because they saw Shiphtur do it once, right? Right?

Wrong.

The irritating, familiar sound of Ziggs saying “This’ll be a blast!” rang loud as Bang locked him in, ready to take the AP terror down into the bot lane. It was a bloody sight to see, as Bang dominated his lane opponents. At the end of the laning phase, Bang had 3-0’d his adversary as the explosive-crazed Yordle. He won trades, outplayed tower-dives, and showed us all just how possible it is to take an AP mage into a role overrun by Marksman champions and thrive.

Was it because Ziggs is OP in that particular position? Was it, perhaps, because the state of ADCs is so pathetic that you can take any old champion into that role and do better than a traditional ADC? Actually, it’s a little bit of both.

This Ziggs pick may begin a trend of meta-breaking within professional play, and because of that casual players will follow suit. Soon, we may see more mages in bot lane, more marksmen up top, and even some supports pick Janna in the jungle.

Ziggs is an important lesson for the future of League. Playing him in the highest level of competition suggests that there may be more instances like this Ziggs game—where pro players figure out ways to use unorthodox champion picks to their advantage.

Sometimes, the meta doesn’t have to be followed—if you can find another champion to play a specific role well enough. A few seasons ago, after all, you’d dodge a ranked lobby if you saw a Rumble lock the jungle role, and now you wouldn’t bat an eye.

Love him or hate him, Ziggs is here to stay, and since the god-team of SKT has now played him in a pro game, you can expect even more ADC Ziggs appearances in your Bronze ranked games. He even has the second highest win percentage out of any other ADC, according to League stats website Champion.gg. Don’t worry if you’re having trouble winning against him, you could always go ADC Syndra.

Today - 8:14 pm

You’ll be able to watch DreamHack and ESL in virtual reality this year

A total of 14 events are set to be broadcast through the rapidly evolving technology.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Image via Valve

Two of the world's largest esports tournament organizers will broadcast in virtual reality in 2017.

ESL and DreamHack will air a total of 14 events through Sliver.TV, a virtual reality platform that allows viewers to immerse themselves fully in a 360-degree rendition of live tournament matches. This can be done on computers and mobile devices via the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Cardboard.

The platform was field-tested last year at ESL One New York and IEM Oakland, with the Oakland event attracting 130,000 unique viewers to its VR broadcasts. A result that appears to have convinced ESL and DreamHack that the demand for virtual reality in esports is growing in tandem with the increasing popularity of the technology itself, which is predicted to generate $30 billion in revenue by 2021.

The partnership between Sliver, ESL, and DreamHack will provide "360 virtual reality, live replays and stats technology to millions of esports fans worldwide," according to Sliver CEO and founder Mitch Liu. He added, rather ambitiously, that the company's vision is "to forever transform the esports spectating experience by providing new perspectives and insights into live esports streams."

The events that will feature broadcasting through Sliver's platform are:

  • DreamHack Masters Las Vegas - Feb 15-19
  • Unnanounced DreamHack Masters stop
  • DreamHack ASTRO Open Austin - Apr 28-30
  • DreamHack ASTRO Open Atlanta - Jul 21-23
  • DreamHack ASTRO Open Montreal - Sep 8-10
  • DreamHack ASTRO Open Denver - Oct 20-22
  • DreamHack ASTRO Open Winter - Nov 30-Dec 2
  • Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, Poland - Feb 25-Mar 5
  • 3 Addtl IEM Global events
  • ESL One Cologne - Jul 3-8
  • ESL One New York - Sep 1-15
  • Unnanounced ESL One event

While virtual reality may still be in its infancy, the billion-dollar industry looks to continue growing in the coming years, and it will be interesting to see its potential influence on esports.