FORG1VEN to sit summer split, MMR boosting drama, MSI previews

Our top stories from the weekend:

An interview with Tempo Storm Super Smash Bros Melee player Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson.

Catching up with a player from Dota 2 team Kaipi, which won an open qualifier for the Manila Major over the weekend.

Three up, three down for the month of April in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou-Napoleon announced on Facebook that he will sit out the summer split of the League Championship Series.

An in-depth look at Team Liquid’s building of an organization.

Tracking Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s role with SK Telecom T1.

Royal Never Give Up’s unsteady rise to the Mid-Season Invitational.

A look at the Flash Wolves, who seemingly came out of nowhere in the League Masters Series.

How to place Counter Logic Gaming’s expectations at the MSI.

Inspire Esports will reportedly merge with Belgian organization Epsilon eSports and will compete in the European Challenger Series.

Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi will reportedly sign with Team ROCCAT.

Dota 2

Natus Vincere has distanced itself from a streamer who actively advertises MMR boosting on his stream.

Mineski has threatened legal action against some of its players for a breach of contract.

Charlie Yang is no longer the manager of Evil Geniuses.


Fluffy Gansters won the CIS Minor over the weekend to earn a spot in the ESL One Cologne open qualifier.


Cong “StrifeCro” Shu won the first tournament since the new expansion was released.

A snapshot of how the new expansion has shifted the pro metagame.

Super Smash Bros

Results from the weekend’s EGLX event in Toronto.

A look at Hax$’s retirement and injuries in the Smash scene.

Other Games

Blizzard will allow in-game coaching for the Summer Global Championships (Heroes of the Storm)

Justin Wong won his second Capcom Pro Tour event of the year.

Vainglory has released Battle Royale mode.

Panda Global wants to survive esports’ “Wild West” era.

An interview with Street Fighter pro Chris Tatarian.

How EA Sports could make Madden ’17 a better esports game.



League of Legends Champions Korea: Summer promotion

MVP 3:1 Kongdoo Monster

WePlay Dota Season 3 Finals

Winners bracket

Vega Squadron 2:1 Elite Wolves

Losers bracket

Evil Geniuses 2:1 Team Spirit

Team Empire 2:1 Ad Finem

CEVO Season 9 LAN Finals (CS:GO)

Group A

HellRaisers 2:0 (16-14, 16-11) 2:0 OpTic Gaming (16-6, 16-8)

Group B

Tempo Storm 2:1 Dignitas (16-12, 12-16, 16-14)

SK Gaming 2:0 Dignitas (16-3, 16-11)

ECS: Week 3 (CS:GO)

North America

Team SoloMid 2:1 NRG (16-19, 19-16, 16-12)

Luminosity 2:0 Cloud 9 (16-7, 16-14)


WePlay Dota Season 3 Finals

Team Empire 2:0 Natus Vincere

Evil Geniuses 2:0 Elite Wolves

Evil Geniuses 2:1 Team Empire

MVP Phoenix 2:0 Vega Squadron

CEVO Season 9 LAN Finals (CS:GO)

SK Gaming 3:0 HellRaisers (16-10, 16-14, 16-3)

Tempo Storm 3:2 (16-9, 16-7, 4-16, 13-16, 16-11)

ECS: Week 3 (CS:GO)

North America

NRG 2:0 Echo Fox (16-10, 16-10)

compLexity 2:0 Team SoloMid (19-16, 16-14)

Counter Logic Gaming 2:0 Team Liquid (19-17, 16-10)


WePlay Dota Season 3 Finals

Losers bracket final

Vega Squadron 2:1 Evil Geniuses

Grand final

MVP Phoenix 3:1 Vega Squadron

CEVO Season 9 LAN Finals (CS:GO)

Grand final

Tempo Storm 3:1 SK Gaming (16-5, 19-17, 9-16, 16-8)

ECS: Week 3 (CS:GO)


FaZe Clan vs. mousesports, 12 p.m.

Astralis vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas, 3 p.m.

North America

Luminosity 2:0 compLexity (16-6, 16-13)

Counter Logic Gaming 2:0 Without A Roof (16-12, 16-12)

Luminosity 2:1 Team SoloMid (13-16, 16-14, 16-12)