Aug 12 2016 - 1:46 pm

NRG cuts ties with all its players

Every member of recently relegated NRG Esports has left the side after relegation from the North American LCS
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

Every member of recently relegated NRG Esports has left the side after relegation from the North American LCS.

According to a report from ESPN, the organization cut ties with the players due to a contract clause that was triggered in the event of relegation.

Public statements on Twitter followed, with former jungler Lucas “Santorin” Larsen confirming he'd left. Mid laner Lee “GMB” Chang-seok announced that he was also switching roles in his departure tweet, going from the mid lane to the jungle

He said coaches had been telling him to consider the role swap, and that he’d been preparing for a year to make the change.

Support player Alan “Kiwikid” Nguyen hinted at his retirement, saying that he will be looking for no- playing roles in the foreseeable future. It wouldn’t be the first time the player has flirted with the idea of hanging up his mouse and keyboard.

Team manager Barry “KoreanEdelweiss” Lee stated that he, along with GBM and AD Carry Oh “Ohq” Gyu-min, will be returning to South Korea. Neither he nor Ohq gave any indication that they would return to the North American LCS in the future. The only member to remain quiet on the matter is top laner Diego “Quas” Ruiz, who has given no insight into his plans. The top laner returned to LCS play with NRG after leaving Team Liquid and "retiring" last year.

It's unclear whether NRG will continue their investment into League of Legends by finding a new lineup for the Challenger Series, or if they will give up their spot and pull out of the scene for the near future.

Jan 14 2017 - 8:43 pm

ESPN survey reveals League of Legends pro pay, opinions on female players

The anonymous answers are quite revealing.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

An anonymous LCS player survey has revealed some just how much the average League of Legends pro gets paid—and what some of them think about the prospect of playing with a woman.

The ESPN's Confidential article surveyed 33 anonymous European and North American League of Legends professionals, asking their opinions on everything from team houses, drugs and injuries.

According to the survey, North American players are significantly better paid than their counterparts. Of the players surveyed those in North America had an average base salary of $105,385, compared to just €76,137 ($80,816) in Europe.

However due to the anonymous nature of the survey, it's hard to extrapolate much from the averages themselves.

What does give us more insight however is the selected comments from the pros directly however—particularly their comments on playing with women.

While most pros, 73 percent, would have no issue with a female player joining their team, comments from two of the 27 percent have angered the community.

"If a female was to join my team," says the first. "she would have to prove she was worth it more than a guy [in the same role]."

Though this comment is shocking to hear as someone's definitive opinion, it does reflect what many believe is the reality for aspiring female pros in the current esports culture, where female players are held to higher standards than their male counterparts.

The second highlighted comment claims that they would have concerns over the likelihood of their male team mates being attracted to a female player.

Elsewhere in the survey, 27 percent of players claim to know of players taking drugs to perform better in competition, while 24 percent say they have suffered an injury as a result of gaming.

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.