More skins gambling trouble, PPMD out of EVO, ESL One Cologne begins

Our top stories from the weekend:

An interview with League of Legends caster Joshua “Jatt” Leesman about the summer League Championship Series split, on-set adjustments and going from player to caster.

Catching up with Team Liquid’s Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett about his team’s future and playing against Immortals’ Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin.

Looking into the rise of relative Smash 4 newcomer James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson.

An interview with Melee player Santiago “Santiago” Pinon.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

A host of interviews from Week 5 of the European and North American LCS.

Two North American LCS players received warnings from Riot Games for account sharing.

A look at the improvement to the middle of the European LCS pack for Giants Gaming.

Fnatic has signed Lithuanian player Giedrius “DoubleG” Dagys as a substitute.

A look at League Champions Korea at the midway point of the summer split.

G2’s Jesper “Zven” Sveningssen broke the world record for CS in a European LCS match Friday.

Phoenix1’s Austin “Gate” Yu talked about the nonexistent support staff he had on Team Impulse.

An interview with Echo Fox’s Terry “BIG” Chuong.

Professional League of Legends is a marathon, not a sprint.

Dota 2

The transparency problem regarding Valve’s direct invites for major tournaments.


Two YouTue streamers — on of which is a part owner of Team EnVyUs, have come under fire for being founders of a skins gambling site (which was previously undisclosed) they both endorse and use on stream.

Team EnVyUs released a statement in attempt to clarify its relationship with the founder of CSGO Lotto, the aforementioned site.

A primer for ESL One Cologne, which started Tuesday morning.

An extensive preview, including expert predictions, for ESL One Cologne.

The case for Ninjas in Pyjamas to make a run at ESL One Cologne.

Major storylines for each group at ESL One Cologne.

A look at the NBA’s influence in Counter-Strike through Rick Fox and Shaquille O’Neal.

An interview with SK Gaming’s Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo ahead of ESL One Cologne.

A look at ESL One Cologne from a different angle.

Super Smash Bros

New esports organization Seven Seas has signed Smash 4 player Sajhmori “Saj” Dunn.

Kevin “PPMD” Nanney announced he will not compete at EVO because of health reasons.

Joseph “Mang0” Marquez won Melee at WTFox 2, and Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby won Smash 4.

William “Leffen” Hjelte has apparently secured a two-year visa to compete in the United States.

Other games

Street Fighter V has broken a record for entrants at EVO with 5,000.

Teams to watch at Overwatch’s Atlantic Showdown qualifiers.

A look at the recent roster dumps in Heroes of the Storm.




EnVyUs 2:0 (16-11, 16-8)

European League Championship Series


Schalke 1:1 Unicorns of Love

G2 1:1 Origen

Splyce 2:0 Vitality

Giants 2:0 Fnatic

North American League Championship Series

Team Liquid 2:1 Cloud9

EnVyUs 2:1 Echo Fox


North American League Championship Series

Team SoloMid 2:0 Phoenix1

Counter Logic Gaming 2:0 NRG

Team Liquid 2:0 EnVyUS

Immortals 2:0 Apex

Demacia Cup (LOL)


Snake eSports 3:0 Star Horn Royal Club

Royal Never Give Up 3:0 Team World Elite


North American League Championship Series

NRG 2:0 Echo Fox

Team SoloMid 2:0 Counter Logic Gaming

Phoenix1 2:1 Apex

Immortals 2:0 Cloud9

Demacia Cup (LOL)


I MAY 3:0 Legend Dragon

EDward Gaming 3:0 Game Talents


League Champions Korea

Afreeca Freecs 2:1 KT Rolster


ESL One Cologne (CS:GO)

Group A

Astralis 1:0 Dignitas (16-12)

Gambit 1:0 Counter Logic Gaming (16-13)


(All times Eastern)

ESL One Cologne (CS:GO)


Group B

Natus Vincere vs. Flipsid3 Tactics, 7:20 a.m.

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. OpTic Gaming, 8:30 a.m.

Losers match, 6:10 a.m. Wednesday

Group C

Team Liquid vs. EnVyUs, 9:40 a.m. vs. mousesports, 10:50 a.m.

Group D

SK Gaming vs. G2, 12 p.m.

Fnatic vs. FaZe Clan, 1:10 p.m.

Group A

Dignitas vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 5 a.m. Wednesday

League Champions Korea


MVP vs. Longzhu, 7 a.m.