Aug 7 2016 - 3:20 pm

Cloud9 Challenger win the right to sell an LCS spot, Echo Fox and NRG face relegation

Either NRG Esports or Echo Fox will have to get used to life in the Challenger Series, after both lost their LCS promotion matches yesterday
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Either NRG Esports or Echo Fox will have to get used to life in the Challenger Series, after both lost their LCS promotion matches yesterday.

Cloud9 Challenger, the second squad of top North American franchise Cloud9, defeated NRG in a one-sided affair to claim a spot in the LCS. But due to LCS rules, Cloud9 is not allowed to have two teams in the LCS at one time, meaning it has no choice but to sell one of its spots—pocketing potentially more than $1 million in the process.

The win also guarantees that we will see a new side in the LCS next season, who did not have to qualify through the Challenger Series.

While Cloud9 celebrate their windfall, Phoenix1 were able to re-qualify for the LCS after a remarkable turnaround in their debut season. After losing their first nine matches Phoenix1 looked certain to face relegation, but the team was able to pick up a number of wins and hit form towards the end of the season.

After splitting two matches with Echo Fox in the regular season, one win apiece, Phoenix1 outclassed Rick Fox's side 3-0. Echo Fox had come through a five-match thriller on Thursday against Team Liquid Academy.

Echo Fox and NRG Esports will now face off later today in the final match of the promotion tournament, with just one spot in the LCS remaining.

Jan 21 2017 - 10:20 pm

G2 Esports and H2k-Gaming on top after EU LCS opening weekend

Last year's top teams haven't missed a beat.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

G2 Esports and H2k-Gaming picked up exactly where they left off as the 2017 European LCS season got underway.

Both G2 and H2k, who had the most championship points in Europe in 2016, won both of their first two matches of the 2017 Spring Split as they look to win out in their respective groups.

In the biggest match of the weekend on paper, G2 beat Fnatic 2-1 in a thrilling series to the delight of the crowd in the LCS studio. The first game was a cagey affair, with G2 securing all of the objectives and getting a relatively comfortable win, but the second game was far closer.

The game was level for most of the first thirty minutes, until Fnatic managed to take Baron. From there the team's advantage slowly developed despite G2's best efforts. Fnatic broke down G2's defences and left the Nexus exposed, before this daring flash play let Fnatic in the backdoor to win the game.

Fired up by the audacious play, G2 Esports fired back in game three. Though Fnatic were able to secure more kills than G2, 20-14, G2 once again took almost all of the objectives. They wore down Fnatic with repeated attacks on the Nexus until Fnatic could no longer withstand the pressure.

G2 also defeated Roccat 2-0, finishing the week top of Group A.

H2k-Gaming went just one better than G2 in Group B—not only did they win both of their initial matches, they also did without dropping a game. The 2016 World Championship semifinalists defeated Origen in the first game of the season, before knocking off fellow World Championship competitors Splyce.

Misfits and Unicorns of Love were the only other victorious sides on the opening weekend, over Giants Gaming and Vitality respectively.

Jan 21 2017 - 6:44 pm

Riot Games to stage new international League of Legends event

The new event is set to take place this summer.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

Apart from the annual World Championships, Riot Games have staged just one international League of Legends event per year in recent years. Now that is set to change with a new event this summer.

According to a report from Yahoo Esports Ye Qiang, who works for Riot Games in China, spilled some details on the new event at a press conference to mark the start of the new LPL season.

The new event will take place in July of this year, but will not affect the schedule or timetable of the existing domestic league spring seasons.

The event will also take a different form from Worlds or the Mid-Season Invitational, though no concrete details were discussed. Qiang did muse on the idea of a "World Cup-type tournament".

We hope LoL events can be more diversified, can satisfy our audience, and can give everyone a better player experience," Qiang said according to Yahoo Esports' translation. "so this is what we will target for the event this year in July. Wait and see.”

Riot Games are keen to expand the brand of League of Legends in China and widen the audience for the esports events. According to the report, Riot is also considering expanding the collegiate circuit in China and taking LPL league matches on the road around the country.

Though allowing fans to experience regular season matches in person is a priority, the LPL will remain in Shanghai at least through the current season.