The Leaderboard: This week in esports
On this week’s episode of the Leaderboard, our hosts preview two of the big tournaments coming up this weekend in Katowice, Poland: ESL’s major in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the IEM World Championship in League of Legends.
The Counter-Strike tournament will be the biggest yet in 2015, and will feature the game’s best talent in the world. Envy and Fnatic enter the event as the heavy favorites, but their path to the final won’t be an easy one. Local stars Virtus Pro will be riding a wave of crowd support as they attempt to defend their ESL Katowice title from last year, while Ninjas in Pyjamas will be looking to prove their acquisition of Aleksi “Allu” Jalli was worthwhile.
In League of Legends, some of the best teams from each region will collide, with most everyone gunning for Korea’s GE Tigers. With the likes of Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng and Kim “Pray” Jong-in on its side, GE Tigers have run the table thus far in Korea, the world’s strongest region in the game. With no Korean team yet able to best them, the deck will be stacked against Western squads Cloud9, SK Gaming, and Team SoloMid.
We also discuss the fine levied against Vici Gaming’s Cho “Mata” Se-hyoung and the results of the Halo Championship Series and Call of Duty’s North American regionals.Screengrab via Rooster Teeth