Aug 11 2016 - 3:32 pm

TSM and G2 dominate LCS AllPro Teams

The LCS awards for the 2016 Summer Split have begun, beginning with the AllPro lineups announced by Riot yesterday
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

The LCS awards for the 2016 Summer Split have begun, beginning with the AllPro lineups announced by Riot yesterday. Five players from each region have been selected as the best in their positions in their respective regions. In North America, TSM have swept the vote with four members, while G2 have three in Europe.

The North American AllPro team is Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell, Yeu-Jin “Reignover” Kim, Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, Yilliang “Doublelift” Peng, and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang.

Reignover of Immortals is the only member to make the side outside of TSM, while Biofrost stands out as the only rookie to secure a spot. It’s not too surprising that TSM members took the vote by storm, considering their almost perfect regular season performance. The only member from the side to make it in is Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen.

The European AllPro team includes Martin “Wunderwear” Hansen, Kang-yun “Trick” Kim, Gun-woo “Night”, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre.

There were no surprises in Europe either as split winners G2 secure a large portion of the vote, especially with their newly acquired bottom lane combo of Zven and Mithy, widely considered the best in the LCS. Wunderwear makes the cut in the top lane after a fantastic season with high flyers Splyce, and Giants mid laner Night also secures a spot. The mid laner racked up eight Player of the Game awards during the split, just one below the highest of nine, secured by Trick.

The teams were decided by votes from the LCS broadcast team, LCS players, and third party media. Coach of the split, rookie of the split, and the overall MVP’s are yet to be decided, with the first being announced on Aug 17.

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.