Aug 5 2016 - 11:54 pm

League player FORG1VEN invited to participate in Overwatch World Cup

Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou is widely recognized as one of the most individually-talented players in League of Legends
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou is widely recognized as one of the most individually-talented players in League of Legends. And it seems the 24-year-old is also quite adept at Overwatch, as the Greek AD Carry has been nominated to participate in the game’s inaugural world cup by the developer.

For many, this would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The world championship is taking place at BlizzCon from Nov. 4 to 5, and few players will ever have the chance to represent their country of origin in a truly global event on one of the world’s biggest esports stages. The issue? It’s rumored that FORG1VEN will be participating in the playoffs of the European League Championship Series with H2k-Gaming, and if the team qualifies for the League World Championship he would be ineligible to compete in Overwatch due to time restraints.

FORG1VEN shared an image earlier this evening of an email sent to him by Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment.

“We’ve been searching for exceptionally-skilled Overwatch players in Greece, and you have certainly proven to be just that!” the email reads, before outlining the criteria of how to be picked for the upcoming world championship. This includes going through a fan vote in attempt to assemble the best possible roster, and finally playing in a best-of-three single-elimination qualifier, the winner of which will make their way to BlizzCon.

Having signed with Origen at the beginning of the current EU LCS Split, the player was reportedly unceremoniously ousted from the team after the first week of the league. During his absence from League, the Greek AD Carry took to Overwatch and quickly rose through the game’s ranks. A similar situation occurred at the end of last year’s Summer Split, when FORG1VEN received a penalty from League developer Riot Games due to “negative in-game behaviour,” and subsequently had to sit out of four games in the tournament’s playoffs. As the off-season began, he dedicated his time to Blizzard’s MOBA title Heroes of the Storm and reached rank 1 on the European server.

It is unlikely that FORG1VEN will accept his invitation to the event, in case he will be participating with H2k in the EU LCS playoffs, and even so he’d have to be voted into the roster by the Greek community.

If FORG1VEN ever decides to retire from League, it’s safe to say that he’ll probably have a place in professional Overwatch.

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.

Jan 21 2017 - 10:55 pm

Contractz shines as Cloud9 topples TSM

Cloud9’s rookie jungler made a big splash in his LCS debut
Xing Li
Dot Esports
Photo via Riot Games

Cloud9’s Juan "Contractz" Arturo Garcia didn't just make an impression in his LCS debut. He blew away all expectations, and showed himself to be a force to be reckoned with.

Contractz was the last cut from the Players to Watch list we wrote before the League Championship season. We weren’t sure how much priority Cloud9 would give him, especially with so much talent elsewhere on the roster. Still, we felt uneasy--someone not on the list was almost guaranteed to break out.

We just didn’t know that it would happen in the very first series.

In a rematch of last summer’s LCS Finals, Cloud9 and TSM clashed on the rift. And despite the star power that this matchup brings, much of the focus was on Contractz. He was a major focus for C9, almost a win condition in themselves.

Let’s see how he did it.

Jungle Priority

Due to the changes Riot made to the jungle in the offseason, priority has risen for junglers. More experience and more ganks means a good jungler can more easily carry a game. Cloud9’s coach, Bok “Reapred” Han-gyu talks about priority all the time.

Priority is a League term that indicates which lane has a strong matchups and should be a focus for jungle ganks. The player or lane with priority gets earlier picks and more attention from the rest of the team.

In a bit of a role reversal, C9 picked jungle to have priority in game one. That meant C9 players actively played around Contractz’ Kha’zix and made plays to get him ahead. In one telling instance, AD carry Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi burned his Ashe ult so that Contractz could invade and secure red buff.

Contractz rewarded that allocation by killing TSM ADC Jason “WildTurtle” Tran for First Blood. Cloud9 picked a risky comp that required Contractz and mid laner Nicolaj Jensen (playing Fizz) to snowball. Aided by some questionable team play from TSM and baffling itemization from WildTurtle, they accomplished that.

How would TSM react in game two?

A Lee Sin God

Cloud9 continued to give Contractz priority by first-picking Lee Sin for him (only one jungler, Rengar, was banned). This time, he lived in TSM’s red side jungle, playing around pressure from Jensen and top laner Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong.

A well-executed gank gave C9 First Blood again, this time on Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. C9’s duo lane kept their own red-side safe, allowing Contractz to clear and run to the top lane to kill Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell.

For much of the series, Cloud9 exhibited superior team play and coordination, and Contractz was at the center of big plays. He is an aggressive, carry-oriented player and C9 enabled that aggression extremely well. Even when TSM jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and the rest of the team was there, it was often C9 making the right moves, faster. Following a decent TSM dive in the bot lane, Contractz responded with kill after kill.

It’s still very early in the season, but this team has come together very fast. Their communication was superb as was the shot calling. TSM had poor performances from Turtle and Svenskeren, but this victory was still more about C9's macro-oriented team play, rather than individual performances. They will have chances to come back, just like C9 will have to keep their play high by continuing to aid their jungler.

Contractz just dominated what was the best team in NA. Keep this performance up, and he’ll find himself on another one of our lists: the end of split awards.