Sep 10 2016 - 3:40 pm

Smite team banned from all Hi-Rez titles after offering players a one dollar salary

Smite developer Hi-Rez has banned European side Paradigm from competing in the game, after the organisation offered its current Smite team just one dollar in monthly salary
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

Smite developer Hi-Rez has banned European side Paradigm from competing in the game, after the organisation offered its current Smite team just one dollar in monthly salary.

After attempting to mend fences between Paradigm and its European Smite roster, the game developer has elected to bar the organization from participating in the Smite Pro League and have given the organization’s slot to the players themselves.

In a series of chat logs posted by former Paradigm solo-laner Jeroen “Xaliea” Klaver, Paradigm manager Lydia Picknell informed the roster on Aug. 28 that the organization allegedly owed the Canadian government $8000 in back-taxes. Picknell also let the roster know that she “will now be running this org professionally and properly as a business like it deserves to be or else it will die.” Picknell presented the new contracts to her roster on September 6.

In Hi-Rez Studio’s competitive ruling, the developer states that “Paradigm was demanding the Players sign contracts with grossly unfavorable terms,” a fair description overall as the players would be receiving just a dollar in monthly salary, as well as sharing half of their revenue stream with the organization. Team captain Emil “Lawbster” Evensen was also told by Paradigm’s legal representative David Fry that he “will sign his contract, today, or you won’t play. That simple.”

As a result of these revelations, Hi-Rez Studios began an internal investigation into the matter and temporarily excused the team from competing in the Smite Pro League. This in turn prompted a response from Paradigm. On September 7 the organization submitted an electronic demand letter to the developer with “alleged contractual and tort claims against us [Hi-Rez Studios] based, in part, on the temporary freeze.” according to Hi-Rez. The following day, Paradigm released a statement in which it claimed not continue competing fielding a Smite roster in the future.

The ruling by Hi-Rez Studios is not exclusive to Smite, however, as Paradigm have also been suspended from competing in the studio’s title Paladins. While Paradigm currently fields a roster in the game, the roster's future is now in question.

H/T PCGamesN

Jan 22 2017 - 9:12 pm

Hearthstone's NA vs CN event ends in controversy

The Chinese players were coasting to victory, but their final win provoked minor outrage.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

China's best Hearthstone players turned back a team of the best North America had to offer—but the event did not end without controversy.

In the final game of the event series, China's "Lvge" made a play that seemed to defy logic. He played Dirty Rat on turn two, risking pulling a hugely advantageous early Tomb Pillager or Gadgetzan Auctioneer for his opponent Keaton "Chakki" Gill.

However, according to the American players the Chinese casters and Lvge's teammates were screaming to play the Rat when he picked the card up, and with no white noise in the player headsets Lvge could likely hear the noise and take the cue.

The play promoted a furious series of tweets from Tempo Storm founder and Team NA player Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk—though the tweets were later deleted.

Chakki and other players have also commented on the controversy, claiming that they raised the issue of players being able to hear the casters. The other members of each team were also watching the stream of the game, meaning they could see the hands of the opposing player.

There was little that could be done to address the controversy unless the admins immediately halted the game in progress, as the game was tournament point for the Chinese side.

Despite the controversial finish, team China had run away with the tournament to get into that position. Thanks to two wins by "OmegaZero" and "Lovelychook" over the two day event, Lvge was left with only Chakki left to beat.

China had also won the first of the three showpiece events, before Canada's Julien “Cydonia” Perrault had single-handedly won the second for team North America.

Today - 8:57 am

Cloud9 and FlyQuest soar in NA LCS openers

After a weekend of exciting games, two teams remain undefeated.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

Cloud9 and FlyQuest found themselves on top of the NA LCS heap after the first weekend of play of 2017.

Cloud9, who dispatched TSM on the opening day in convincing fashion, secured a second win over Team Dignitas on day three.

The match was a close affair, impressing many fans who were unsure what to make of the new Dignitas lineup. Cloud were able to record a 2-1 victory with Dignitas winning game two in just 33 minutes, showing that this may well be a match we see down the road in the post-season.

Dignitas did manage to pick up a win on their return to the LCS, knocking off Pheonix1 2-1.

Cloud9's former sister team, now known as FlyQuest, turned heads on their debut with a pair of strong wins. After beating EnVyUs on day two, they faced a team who have made four playoffs in a row—Team Liquid.

It looked like experience would count for Liquid after they took FlyQuest apart in game one, but the rookie side rallied hard. After levelling the series, FlyQuest took the third game in a lightning fast 25 minutes. In the final two games they kept Liquid to just six kills in each.

TSM rebounded from their loss to Cloud9 with a thrilling victory over Immortals. After two gruelling 50+ minute games, in which both teams topped 90,000 gold, the teams were locked at 1-1. Game three saw a much more assured TSM performance, cleaning up the objectives and taking a decisive win inside 40 minutes.

Counter Logic Gaming also opened their account for 2017, winning against EnVyUs 2-0. That loss and the loss to FlyQuest leaves EnVyUs struggling at the bottom of the table alongside Echo Fox, who were unsuccessful against both Pheonix1 and Immortals.