IEM Katowice begins, and the Shanghai Major disappoints

Our top stories from Wednesday:

Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen with his key takeaways from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Day 1 matches at IEM Katowice

The Dota 2 Shanghai Major has been an unequivocal disaster.

Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios will have to miss this weekend’s Shots Fired Super Smash Bros. event for an undisclosed health reason.

Chinese League of Legends teams badly need a good showing at IEM Katowice.

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How Origen and Fnatic could use IEM Katowice to turn around an otherwise dull start to the League of Legends season.

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An interview with Daigo Umehara about his Street Fighter match with rapper Lupe Fiasco.


Shanghai Major (Dota 2)

Playoff upper bracket

Team Secret 2:1 OG

Evil Geniuses 2:0 Fnatic

Playoff lower bracket

compLexity Gaming 1:0 Team Spirit 1:0 Vici Gaming

Newbee 1:0 CDEC Gaming

Alliance 1:0 EHOME

compLexity Gaming 1:0 LGD Gaming

IEM Katowice (CS:GO)

Group A

mousesports 1:0 The MongolZ (16-7)

Luminosity 1:0 Natus Vincere (16-11)

Luminosity 1:0 Fnatic (16-12)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 1:0 The MongolZ (16-5)

Fnatic 1:0 Ninjas in Pyjamas (16-14)

Natus Vincere 1:0 mousesports

Natus Vincere 1:0 Ninjas in Pyjamas (16-13)

Luminosity 1:0 The MongolZ (16-6)

Fnatic 1:0 The MongolZ (16-4)

Luminosity 1:0 The MongolZ (16-14)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 1:0 Luminosity (16-13)

Fnatic 1:0 mousesports (19-17)

Natus Vincere 1:0 The MongolZ (16-6)

Group B

Astralis 1:0 Team EnVyUs (16-11)

FaZe Clan 1:0 Esports Club (16-5)

League of Legends Champions Korea

KT Rolster 2:0 Samsung Galaxy

ROX Tigers 2:0 Longzhu Gaming


Shanghai Major (Dota 2)


Playoff lower bracket

OG vs., 8 a.m.

Fnatic vs. Newbee, 8 a.m.

TBD, 4 a.m. Friday

Playoff upper bracket

Team Secret vs. Evil Geniuses, 12:30 a.m. Friday

IEM Katowice (CS:GO)


Group B

Team EnVyUs vs. Virtus Pro, 9 a.m.

FaZe Clan vs. Tempo Storm, 9 a.m.

EnVyUs vs. FaZe Clan, 10:20 a.m. Esports Club vs. Astralis, 10:20 a.m.

FaZe Clan vs. Astralis, 11:40 a.m.

Virtus. pro vs. Tempo Storm, 11:40 a.m.

EnVyUs vs. Tempo Storm, 1 p.m. Esports Club vs., 1 p.m. vs. FaZe Clan, 2:20 p.m.

EnVyUs vs. Esports Club, 2:20 p.m.

Astralis vs. Tempo Storm, :220 p.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea


CJ Entus vs. SBENU, 3 a.m. Friday

IEM Katowice (League of Legends)


Group A

EVER vs. Team SoloMid, 6:30 a.m.

Origen vs. Royal Never Give Up, 7:50 a.m.

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