MSI begins, Hax$ surgery, Giants adds two

Our top stories from Tuesday:

Splyce’s recent coaching change in Counter-Strike highlights the impasse that aspect of esports always seems to be  facing.

An interview with Haiwei “ADWCTA” Wang, who runs a website devoted to Hearthstone tier lists.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

An interview with NRG’s Lucas “Santorin” Larsen, including predictions for the Mid-Season Invitational.

Ranking the top 15 players at the MSI.

Dignitas’ owner said his team hasn’t sold its Challenger Series spot just yet.

A complete primer for the MSI, which kicked off early this morning.

Giants Gaming has reportedly added two players to its European League Championship Series roster.

Who, if anyone, can beat SK Telecom T1 at the MSI?

Why G2 Esports is the true wild card at MSI.


Splyce will have another stand-in for this weekend’s DreamHack Austin tournament.

compLexity has made a change to its starting five by signing Brad ‘androidx23’ Fodor.


Why Yogg-Saron is an interesting and fun card in the new expansion deck.

Super Smash Bros

Melee player Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami will have to undergo another surgery because of his ongoing wrist injury.

A look at EGLX as the first step back for William “Leffen” Hjelte.


A look at this week’s DreamHack Austin event from the broad perspective.

A look at MVP, the “kingmaker” of Korean esports.

Other games

A look at the ascent of Joo “Zest” Sung-wook (StarCraft II).

Breaking down the Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft II tournaments coming up at DreamHack Austin.

A new organization called Rogue has compiled an Overwatch team.

Circa eSports has signed Street Fighter V pro Long “LPN” Phi Nguyen.

A look at the newest MOBA, Paragon, entering the esports scene.


Mid-Season Invitational (LOL)

Royal Never Give Up 1:0 Counter Logic Gaming

Flash Wolves 1:0 G2 Esports

SK Telecom T1 1:0 SuperMassive Esports

Counter Logic Gaming 1:0 Flash Wolves

SK Telecom T1 1:0 G2 Esports

Royal Never Give Up 1:0 SuperMassive Esports


(All times Eastern)

Mid-Season Invitational (LOL)


Counter Logic Gaming vs. G2 Esports, 1:30 a.m. Thursday

SK Telecom T1 vs. Royal Never Give Up, 2:30 a.m. Thursday

Flash Wolves vs. SuperMassive eSports, 3:30 a.m. Thursday

Royal Never Give Up vs. G2 Esports, 4:30 a.m. Thursday

Counter Logic Gaming vs. SuperMassive eSports, 5:30 a.m. Thursday

SK Telecom T1 vs. Flash Wolves, 6:30 a.m. Thursday

ECS: Week 3 (CS:GO)



FaZe Clan vs. G2 Esports, 12 p.m.

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

North America

Team Liquid vs. Luminosity, 7 p.m.

Luminosity vs. OpTic Gaming, 10 p.m.

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