Sep 17 2016 - 4:58 pm

Mixed performance for the Americans in Japan Cup opening day

Six of the eight American players in action during Saturday’s Japan Cup Street Fighter V pool play advanced to Sunday’s round of 64—but five of those players advanced out of the losers’ bracket
Steve Jurek
Dot Esports

Six of the eight American players in action during Saturday’s Japan Cup Street Fighter V pool play advanced to Sunday’s round of 64—but five of those players advanced out of the losers’ bracket.

That performance at the Tokyo Game Show wasn’t as successful as some had hoped, but it wasn’t as poor as some had feared either.

Brentt “Brenttiscool” Franks was the only American in action on Saturday to win their eight player qualifying pool. Fellow ‘Trinity’ members Julio Fuentes and Chris Tatarian also advanced to Sunday's semifinals, as did Kenneth “K-Brad" Bradley, Eliver “KillerKai" Ling, and Vu “Ranmasama" Tra.

Despite solid performances, both Antwan “alucarD” Ortiz and Ryan “Gootecks" Gutierrez were eliminated on Saturday.

The big-name Japanese players in action performed about as well as expected. Kishida “Go1" Goichi, Nagata “Eita" Hiroyuki, Fujimura “Yukadon" Atsushi, Egami “MOV" Joe, and Inoue “Kazunoko" Ryota all won their groups.

Haitani Tatsuya also advanced to the semifinal stage, albeit in the losers’ bracket.

Two Americans scheduled to be in action on Saturday did not participate. Peter “Flash” Susini was initially scheduled to attend the event but was a late scratch. He will instead compete at Thunderstruck 4 in Monterrey, Mexico this weekend. Hsien Chang did make the trip out to Japan but withdrew from the event after an injury left him unable to walk to the venue.

Justin Wong, who is among the tournament favorites, is one of three Americans who will be in action during the second day of pools. He will be joined by Singapore's Ho Kun Xian and Japanese favorites Umehara Daigo and Hayashi “Mago" Kenryo.

Pool play continues at 9pm ET on the Capcom Fighters Twitch channel. The semifinal and final stages of the tournament will take place later in the day. 

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.