The Leaderboard: This week in esports
On the latest episode of the Leaderboard, our panelists discuss tournaments held over the weekend in Katowice, Poland, featuring some of the biggest games in the industry, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Hearthstone.
In the year’s first Counter-Strike major, Fnatic defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas in a tight three-game series. The victory highlighted Fnatic’s dominance in the scene and further underlined the questions the Ninjas in Pyjamas team now faces after having chosen to drop Mikail “Maikelele” Bill in favor of Aleksi “Allu” Jalli.
Meanwhile, one of the year’s few international events in League of Legends played out as the latest Intel Extreme Masters series concluded with its world championship tournament. North American side Team SoloMid shocked fans and pundits alike by overcoming Korean and Chinese teams alike en route to the squad’s first major international title. The results of the tournament, which also saw Korea’s GE Tigers upset by China’s Team WE, were wild and often unexpected. Our hosts break it all down.Screengrab via Rooster Teeth/YouTube