Sep 1 2016 - 10:27 pm

Unicorns of Love lash out over scrim cancellations

Securing proper practice heading into the most important tournament of your season is obviously pretty important
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

Securing proper practice heading into the most important tournament of your season is obviously pretty important. So it's understandable that Unicorns of Love is a little angry that they'll be entering the European gauntlet without any practice under their belt.

In a statement, the organization called out both Fnatic and Splyce for canceling scheduled scrim blocks. The Unicorns were planning to practice against the two sides today and tomorrow. However, Splyce coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi and Fnatic coach Nicholas “Nico” Korsgard both canceled their sessions.

“And we are frustrated because those last-minute cancellations are impacting in a really bad way our preparation," the statement read. "Not cool guys, really not cool. Slightly unprofessional, to say the least.”

YamatoCannon responded to the statement with one of his own, saying that the “villains” of this situation are actually Giants Gaming, who are refusing to scrim entirely.

“This is not personal at all, this is how business is done," YamatoCannon wrote. "My greatest fear was to be in the position that UOL is in now, and it is and was my job to prevent that from happening. I would do the same if it happened again.”

“One out of all three of us was bound to be in UOLs position, they just drew the shortest straw. I gave UOL a one and a half day notice but in the end it would not matter, because they would not have found anyone to scrim against even if I told them 10 weeks ago.”

The situation certainly isn’t ideal, and Unicorns of Love will certainly feel aggrieved at their lack of practice. But there's something of a silver lining: they will face an also out-of-practice Giants on Saturday in the first round of the gauntlet.

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.

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 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 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.

Due to the anonymous nature of the survey, however, 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.