Our top stories from Wednesday:
The best from around the web:
Riot Games’ August “Gypsylord” Browning talks about his design philosophy.
A look at two of the most important support players to join North American LoL teams this season.
Elements’ owner said he was “very close” to signing some big-name players before they fell through.
Two Reddit AMAs worth reading: newly-formed Counter Strike: Global Offensive team Astralis and Riot Games (though not as useful).
Team Liquid’s Christian “IWillDominate” announced his retirement from professional League of Legends on Wednesday.
In semi-related news, Eugene “Pobelter” Park put over Team Liquid Academy with some pretty high praise
A look at how at least one Chinese team has tried to figure out a 10-man roster through one week.
Millenium and Team Huma qualified for the European Challenger Series.
Thorin’s Thoughts on why North American esports teams have more money than those in Europe.
A look into the resurgence of Dota 2 team Alliance.
Professional CS:GO player Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa did a video recap of last week’s Major League Gaming North American minor.
A Q&A with well-known League of Legends host Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere.
The latest episode of Unfiltered (podcast).
Why more money equals more problems in esports.
What, exactly, is Blizzard Entertainment?
One Nation of Gamers announced its Hearthstone circuit for the year.
An interview with the No. 1-ranked Hearthstone player in North America.
A documentary about StarCraft made its way to YouTube.
League of Legends Champions Korea
ROX Tigers 2:1 KT Rolster
SBENU vs. CJ Entus, 6 a.m.
League of Legends Pro League (China)
Masters3 2:0 Snake eSports
Qiao Gu vs. Energy Pacemaker, 6 a.m.
League of Legends Masters Series
Machi 2:0 Midnight Sun
ahq e-Sports Club vs. Hong Kong Esports, 7 a.m.
WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage
European West Division
Team Liquid 1:0 Wombat Gaming
Team Liquid 1:0 Steak Gaming
Team Spirit 1:0 Prodota Gaming
Team Empire 1:0 Prodota Gaming
Elite Wolves 1:0 Team Archon
Shazam vs. Team Archon, ppd.
European League of Legends Championship Series (times dependent on previous games)
Giants Gaming vs. G2 Esports, noon
Team ROCCAT vs. Elements, 1 p.m.
Origen vs. Unicorns of Love, 2 p.m.
Splyce vs. Vitality, 3 p.m.
Fnatic vs. H2k Gaming, 4 p.m.
Leagus of Legends Pro League
Royal Never Give up vs. OMG, 4 a.m.
Invictus Gaming vs. Hyper Youth Gaming, 6 a.m.
WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage (Dota 2)
(Stream at http://weplay.tv/dota2)
European East Division
Team Spirit vs. Team Empire, 11 a.m.
Team Spirit vs. Power Rangers, 12:15 p.m.
European West Division
Mamas Boys Dota vs. No Logic Gaming, 2 p.m.
COOKISS vs. Ad Finem, 3:15 p.m.
Leviathan vs. Elite Wolves, 5 p.m.
Infamous vs. Team Archon, 6:15 p.m.
League of Legends Champions Korea (Friday)
Samsung Galaxy vs. SK Telecom T1, 3:30 a.m.
Afreeca Freecs vs. Jin Air Green Wings, 6:30 p.m.