Aug 12 2016 - 7:02 pm

NRG eSports chairman: The org is keen to stay in League and working on a plan

Despite being eliminated from the North American League Championship Series last week, NRG eSports is looking to remain in the space and make a return to the league
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

Despite being eliminated from the North American League Championship Series last week, NRG eSports is looking to remain in the space and make a return to the league.

The organization was founded in early 2016 by Sacramento Kings co-owners Andrew Miller and Mark Mastrov, with investments ranging from several high-profile athletes. NRG’s entrance into the NA LCS came after the organization purchased the spot of Team Coast in late 2015 for an undisclosed amount.

Throughout the week, former NRG members Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen, Alan “KiWiKiD” Nguyen, and Lee “GBM” Chang-suk announced that they have been released from their contracts with the organization, as it now seems that NRG has released all of the members of its former roster.

While the exit from NA LCS must be a bitter pill to swallow, Miller has publically acknowledged that NRG’s time in League isn’t over just yet. “LOL was a disappointment. Keen to stay in LOL,” Miller wrote on Twitter yesterday. When asked if the organization’s focus on League would be diminished, Miller responded saying that he’s “working on a plan as we speak.”

NRG’s debut season in the Spring of 2016 was initially very successful, but by the fifth week of competition the team began slipping in the standings and ultimately crashed out in the first round of playoffs.

Ahead of the Summer Split, NRG drastically restructured its roster, retaining only GBM from the initial line-up. These changes did not appear to have the desired effect, however, as the team only won four out of 18 games. The squad offered little resistance in the relegation tournament as they dropped to both Cloud9 Challenger and Echo Fox in two straight best-of-five losses.

Jan 17 2017 - 10:33 pm

These are the first four teams confirmed for the IEM World Championship

Eight teams will be competing at one of the largest international League of Legends events.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Half of the teams slated to compete at one of League of Legend's largest international events in 2017 have been announced.

The IEM World Championship will once conclude at IEM Katowice in Poland in March after roughly four months worth of competiton across three international events. Eight teams in total will be attending the event. Earlier today ESL revealed the first half that are slated to compete at the event.

The first four teams that will attend are Europe's H2K and Unicorns of Love, North Americans Cloud9 and lastly the Eastern European M19 squad, which was formerly known as Albus NoX Luna.

A majority of teams attending the event have been invited based off of their performance in the 2016 League World Championship. Additionally the victors at IEM's events in Oakland and Gyeonggi, which were won by Unicorns of Love and Samsung Galaxy respectively.

Reigning world champions SKT T1 and Chinese supersquad EDward Gaming have also secured invites to the event after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championship, but have not confirmed their participation yet.

Eight teams will be competing at the event in total, though the final contestants are yet to be decided. None of the competitors representing the East Asian League Master Series were able to advance from the group stage. They also failed to qualify through IEM Oakland or Gyeonggi.

The IEM World Championship will take place from Feb. 22 to 26.

Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.