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ManU reportedly in Overwatch bidding war, esports recognized in Russia

Our top stories from Thursday:

Three up, three down in Counter-Strike for the month shows how ELEAGUE has succeeded where others have failed.

It’s time for voice communication to come to League of Legends.

The Rough Drafts Week 2 “Guess the Lines” podcast for the North American League Championship Series.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Catching up with Origen’s Enrique “xPeke” Cedeno Martinezabout being a player and owner.

Dota 2

Team Secret wasted no time making a roster changeafter a disappointing showing at the Manila Major.


Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović is on trial to be mousesports’ coach.

Team Spirit has entered Counter-Strike with the purchase of the former Arcade roster.


Catching up with Simon “Crane” Raunholst before this weekend’s qualifier for the Hearthstone World Championships.


Esports has officially been recognized as a sport in Russia.

Other games

English soccer Giant Manchester United is reportedly in a bidding war with Fnatic for an Overwatch team.

Overwatch is closing in on League of Legends as the most played game in Korea PC Bangs.

Cloud9 is disbanding its Heroes of the Storm team, dealing another blow to the game’s esports scene.

The field for the upcoming Overwatch tournament, Operation Breakout, has been announced.


Manila Major (Dota 2)

Lower bracket

Team Liquid 2:0 Natus Vincere

Vici Gaming Reborn vs. LGD Gaming, 1:20 a.m. Friday

Upper bracket

Newbee 2:0 Fnatic

ELeague: Week 3 (CS:GO)

Astralis 2:0 NRG (16-13, 19-16)

Counter Logic Gaming 2:1 SK Gaming (6-16, 16-10, 16-14)

League of Legends Champions Korea

Longzhu 2:0 ESC Ever

League of Legends Masters Series

Machi 1:1 J Team

Flash Wolves 2:0 Midnight Sun

League of Legends Pro League

Snake eSports 2:0 Saint Gaming

EDward Gaming 2:1 Invictus

European League Championship Series (LOL)

Vitality 1:1 Origen

H2K 2:0 Giants


Fnatic 2:0 Unicorns of Love

Splyce 2:0 Schalke

ESL One Cologne Qualifier (CS:GO)

Flipsid3 1:0 Renegades (16-9)

HellRaisers 1:0 Splyce (16-9)

Cloud9 1:0 Team Empire (16-12)

mousesports 1:0 Fluffy Gangsterss (19-16)

EnVyUs 1:0 Immortals (16-6)

Gambit 1:0 OpTic (16-14)

FaZe Clan 1:0 Dignitas (16-8)

G2 1:0 Tyloo (16-9)


(All times Eastern)


Manila Major (Dota 2)


Lower bracket

Fnatic vs. Team Liquid, 4:40 a.m.

MVP Phoenix vs. TBD, 10 p.m.

ESL One Cologne Qualifier (CS:GO)


Round 2 low

OpTic vs. Fluffy Gangsters, 7 a.m.

Renegades vs. Splyce, 8:10 a.m.

Immortals vs. Tyloo, 9:20 a.m.

Dignitas vs. Empire, 10:30 a.m.

Round 2 high

G2 vs. HellRaisers, 11:40 a.m.

FaZe Clan vs. Flipsid3, 12:50 p.m.

mousesports vs. Cloud9, 2 p.m.

EnVyUs vs. Gambit Gaming, 3:10 p.m.

ELEAGUE: Week 3 Final

Astralis vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 10 p.m. (TBS)

League of Legends Champions Korea


Jin Air Green Wings vs. CJ Entus, 4 a.m.

KT Rolster vs. Afreeca Freecs, 7 a.m.

League of Legends Masters Series


J Team vs. eXtreme Gamers, 7 a.m.

Machi vs. Hong Kong Esports, 9 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League


Royal Never Give Up vs. LGD Gaming, 5 a.m.

Vici Gaming vs. Oh My God, 8 a.m.

European League Championship Series (LOL)


G2 vs. Splyce, 11 a.m.

Vitality vs. ROCCAT, 1 p.m.

H2K vs. Fnatic, 1 p.m.

Schalke vs. Origen, 1 p.m.

Unicorns of Love vs. Giants, 3 p.m.

North American League Championship Series (LOL)


Immortals vs. NRG, 5 p.m.

EnVyUs vs. Apex, 8 p.m.


Manila Major (Dota 2)


Upper bracket final

OG vs. Newbee, 1:20 a.m.

Lower bracket matches at 4:40 a.m., 10 p.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea


MVP vs. ESC Ever, 1 a.m.

SK Telecom T1 vs. Samsung Galaxy, 4 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League


Snake eSports vs. Invictus Gaming, 1 a.m.

NewBee vs. Saint Gaming, 4 a.m.

EDward Gaming vs. Game Talents, 7 a.m.

League of Legends Masters Series


Hong Kong Esports vs. eXtreme Gamers, 7 a.m.

Team Mist vs. ahq e-Sports Club, 9 a.m.

North American League Championship Series (LOL)


Team Liquid vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 3 p.m.

NRG vs. Echo Fox, 3 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. Phoenix1, 6 p.m.

Apex vs. Team SoloMid, 6 p.m.


Manila Major (Dota 2)


Grand Finals, 3 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League


Team World Elite vs. Vici Gaming, 1 a.m.

Royal Never Give Up vs. I MAY, 4 a.m.

LGD Gaming vs. Oh My God, 7 a.m.

North American League Championship Series (LOL)


Immortals vs. Team SoloMid, 3 p.m.

EnVyUs vs. Phoenix1, 3 p.m.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Cloud9, 6 p.m.

Echo Fox vs. Team Liquid, 6 p.m.


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