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TSN enters esports, industry awards, Katowice problems

Our top stories from Monday:

Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen provided his key takeaways from the Counter-Strike portion of IEM Katowice.

The League of Legends event, however, showed once again why the best-of-one format must go.

SK Telecom T1’s win in Katowice proved why Korea remains a step above the rest of the world in League of Legends.

HellRaisers’ general manager said the stream comments of one of its players about leaving the team were a joke. We’re skeptical.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

SKT’s win in Katowice is just the start of the challenges it faces climbing out of the League Champions Korea hole it dug.

Dota 2

There could be a lot of roster movement in the Chinese scene after the disappointing Shanghai Major. It could lead to a youth movement.

The Shanghai Major’s disaster didn’t end with the competition. Teams have reported missing equipment from their hotel rooms.

Fnatic announced it does not plan to make any roster changes heading into The International 6 this summer.


Duncan “Thorin” Shields released his updated world rankings, covering the last few months of action.

It didn’t take long for a sexist question to arise at a news conference about the IEM Challenge event in Katowice over the weekend.


The new Hearthstone expansion is set to be released Friday.

Rumors are floating about the title (and even some of the cards) for the new release.


Canada’s largest sports news network, TSN, has launched an esports section.

Sky Sports broadcasted a two-hour IEM Katowice highlight show Monday night.

IEM Katowice left a lot of people with complaints about the tournamaent’s behind-the-scenes workings.

The Esports Industry Awards are now a thing. The first ones will be held in November.

Other games

The case for the next rising star in StarCraft II.




(All times Eastern)

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO): Week 4



Astralis vs. mousesports, 1 p.m.

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. FaZe Clan, 3 p.m.

North America

Winterfox vs. Renegades, 8 p.m.

Team AGG vs. Splyce, 10 p.m.

League of Legends European Challenger Series


Spring playoffs-semifinals

Inspire eSports vs. Team Huma, 3 p.m.

League of Legends North American Challenger Series


Spring playoffs-semifinals

Ember vs. Team Dragon Knights, 9 p.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea


Longzhu Gaming vs. Kongdoo Monster, 3 a.m.

Jin Air Green Wings vs. KT Rolster, 6 a.m.


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