SK Gaming banned from ELEAGUE, Sporting Lisbon and Man City enter esports

Our top stories from Wednesday:

An interview with Phoenix1’s Rami “Inori” Charagh about reaching the North American League Championship Series for the first time.

More transparency was needed from ELEAGUE when it came to disqualifying SK Gaming and X Team from the league.

Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye talked about his move from Dignitas to Astralis.

Samsung Galaxy’s Park “Ruler” Jae-Hyuk mentioned falling asleep during tests as part of his League Champions Korea break.

Catch the latest episode of the Rough Drafts “Guess the Lines” podcast: Week 6 of the European LCS.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Portugese soccer club Sporting Lisbon is reportedly set to enter the League of Legends landscape.

Does Team Liquid finally have what it takes to reach an LCS final?

How Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho would be the most likely esports equivalent of Kevin Durant’s NBA free agency decision.

Interviews with Counter Logic Gaming’s Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes and Team Liquid’s Matt “Matt” Elento.

Dota 2

Chinese legend Bai “rOtk” Fan has retired, according to his own tweet a few days ago.


ELEAGUE teams petitioned to have SK Gaming removed from the league.

Astralis’ Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen is out of ESL One Cologne because of an appendix infection.

Splyce has released Jason “JasonR” Ruchelski from its roster.

Catching up with Fnatic’s Jesper “JW” Wecksell after his team’s elimination match win at ESL One Cologne.

An interview with mousesports’ coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović at ESL One Cologne.


The ugly collision between esports and gambling ethics.

Other games

Manchester City has ventured into esports with acquisition of a FIFA player.

REUNITED confirmed Eric “2Easy” van Hoorn has left the team (Overwatch).

Breaking down the Overwatch meta.

Examining the controversial decisions in the Call of Duty World League.


ESL One Cologne (CS:GO)

Group B

Natus Vincere 1:0 Ninjas in Pyjamas (16-12)

Flipsid3 1:0 OpTic Gamin (16-13)

Group C 1:0 Liquid (16-12)

mousesports 1:0 EnVyUs (16-12)

Group D

SK Gaming 1:0 FaZe Clan (16-6)

Fnatic 1:0 G2 (16-13)

League Champions Korea

CJ Entus 2:0 Jin Air Green Wings

North American Challenger Series (LOL)

Apex 1:1 Dream Team

Team Liquid Academy 2:0 Eanix

Cloud9 Challenger 2:0 Nova


Apex 1:0 Dream Team

League of Legends Pro League

Team World Elite 2:0 Saint Gaming


(All times Eastern)

ESL One Cologne (CS:GO)


Group A

Dignitas vs. Astralis, 5:30 a.m.

Group B

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Flipsid3 Tactics, 8:45 a.m.

Group C

Liquid vs. mousesports, 12:15 p.m.

Group D

Fnatic vs. FaZe Clan, 4 p.m.

League Champions Korea


SK Telecom T1 vs. ROX Tigers, 7 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League


Royal Never Give Up vs. Game Talents, 8 a.m.

Invictus Gaming vs. I MAY, 5 a.m. Friday