Jul 14 2014 - 12:58 pm

Mango continues hot summer with Evo championship

The biggest Super Smash Bros
Jared Wynne
Dot Esports

The biggest Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament of the year came to a close Sunday evening with the game’s hottest star continuing a spectacular run through the summer season.

Joseph “Mango” Marquez emerged from the event as champion. This was Marquez’s third significant victory in less than a month’s time and his second consecutive Evo championship in Super Smash Bros. Melee. And while Marquez did not go unchallenged during his run to the title, it was clear by the end of the day that he was again a cut above his competition.

Surprisingly, Marquez’s most significant challenge did not come from Swedish player Adam “Armada” Lindgren. Marquez and Lindgren had met in the grand finals of three consecutive events, but Lindgren came up just shy of facing Marquez in Las Vegas thanks to the play of Juan Manuel “Hungrybox” Debiedma.

Debiedma, widely considered to be the world’s premier Jigglypuff player, was able to defeat Lindgren in both the upper and lower brackets. Their lower bracket match was especially intense, with Lindgren taking the first two games in the best-of-five series before Debiedma was able to rattle off three consecutive victories to take the match in dramatic fashion.

The confrontation saw the use of multiple character switches, as Lindgren switched from Peach to Young Link to counter Debiedma’s play, while Debiedma himself tested the water with “space animal” characters before returning to his main character in Jigglypuff. Debiedma’s faith in his most practiced character ultimately paid off, and he was confident heading into his grand finals clash with Marquez.

That confidence wouldn’t pay off. The grand final set was tight, but Marquez was ultimately able to prevail by a score of three games to two, the same score by which he had defeated Debiedma in the upper bracket final.

Reigning Apex champion Kevin “PPMD” Nanney rounded out the top four behind Lindgren.

The 970-player event saw a surprising amount of character variety: 13 different characters were put to use by the top 24 players in the final standings, and of the top eight finishers, only two shared a character choice.

Screengrab via Twitch/Evo

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.