Oct 1 2016 - 10:14 am

China records perfect score on Worlds day two as EU picks up first win

Teams from China’s LPL have reversed their fortunes after an inauspicious start to the League of Legends World Championship
Fran Berkman
Dot Esports

Teams from China’s LPL have reversed their fortunes after an inauspicious start to the League of Legends World Championship.

All three Chinese teams—I May, Royal Never Give Up, and EDward Gaming—scored impressive wins Friday to improve the region’s overall record to 4-1 overall at Worlds. The lone LPL loss to this point came Thursday when top seed EDG fell in a historic upset to Brazil’s INTZ e-Sports, a wildcard team.

EDG avenged the defeat with a rock solid performance against ahq e-Sports Club. Jungler Kai "Clearlove" Ming ensured an early lead for EDG, using Hecarim’s knockback to secure two successful ganks before the four-minute mark.

I May’s win over Flash Wolves was easily the most entertaining of the six games played Friday. Flash Wolves held a gold lead from four minutes into the game until the 40 minute mark, when they finally fell victim to their repeated indecision around the Baron pit.

Jungler Chunwai "Avoidless" Fan, whose Zac was in the middle of every big play for I May, sealed the victory by slingshotting himself into the middle of four Flash Wolves players to steal the Elder Dragon.
Royal Never Give Up became the first team to pick up two wins at Worlds, stomping Splyce with a 19-3 kill differential. AD carry Zihao "Uzi" Jian’s Ezreal dealt as much damage to champions as the combined total for the top three members of Splyce.
The loss brought teams from the EU LCS to a combined 0-4 record, but the region avoided being shutout in consecutive days when H2K delivered a reality check to INTZ with a smooth 12-1 kill differential victory.

H2K’s mid laner Sang Wook "Ryu" Yoo and AD carry Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou smothered INTZ throughout laning phase. It took more than 18 minutes for H2K to draw first blood, but top laner Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu poured on the damage once the dam broke.

Worlds resumes Saturday with a fresh slate of six games, including Royal Never Give Up against Samsung Galaxy and I May taking on SK Telecom.
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 - 4:16 pm

Funko Pop! releasing new wave of Overwatch toys

We're most excited about D.Va's tiny vinyl mech.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Funko Pop! is extending its Overwatch toy lineup. Mei, McCree, Lúcio, Symmetra, Reinhardt, and D.Va were unveiled on Monday at the London Toy Fair.

Previously, only Tracer, Winston, Soldier: 76, Widowmaker, Pharah, and Reaper were available as vinyl Funko Pop! toys. Mei, McCree, Lúcio, and Symmetra will likely stand around 3 3/4 inches tall—standard for Funko Pop! toys—with D.Va in her mech and Reinhardt hitting the six inch mark. Funko is known for its adorable, stylized Pop! vinyl toys—big heads and extra large, round eyes—and these don't disappoint.

Image via Funko

From the photos on the Funko blog, it appears that each character will come with its own weapon. Mei's got her tiny blaster, McCree with his cigar and pistol, Lúcio has his sonic amplifier, while Reinhardt holds his giant hammer and Symmetra places her mini turret. D.Va, of course, gets her mech—but there's no bunny blaster in sight.

Neither Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment nor Funko have announced exactly when the toys will be released, except that they're expected in 2017. A tweet from the official Overwatch account suggests they'll be available on Blizzard's website.