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Blizzard releases statement about OWL articles, Faze and Astralis miss EPL playoffs

Our top stories from Thursday:

An interview with UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson about streaming, esports and why he doesn’t want to own a team.

The ECS and ECS Development League don’t use their own anti-cheat system and they should.

An interview with veteran League of Legends player Berk “Gilius” Demir.

Azubu and Hitbox merged to create Smashcast, which will try to compete with Twitch.

Taking Aim: Episode 9 with Jarek “DeKay” Lewis and Stephen Chiu.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Interviews with the Flash Wolves coach, G2’s Luka “Perkz” Perkovic, Team SoloMid’s Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell and Team WE’s Jin “Mystic” Sung-jun from the Mid-Season Invitational.

Counter-Strike

Duncan “Thorin” Shields’ top 10 CSGO teams in the world.

SK Gaming secured a six figure deal with Razer.

An in-depth interview with Astralis’ Peter “dupreeh” Rothmann.

FaZe Clan and Astralis failed to qualify for the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.

An interview with Faze Clan’s Finn “Karrigan” Andersen.

Overwatch

Blizzard plans to hire an “esports observer” to help Overwatch spectating.

Blizzard released a statement in response to two recent articles about Overwatch League.

Is it time to start worrying about Overwatch League?

Other

BITKRAFT invested in a Philippine esports talent agency.

An in-depth interview with Thijs “Thijs” Molendijk (Hearthstone).

Royal Flush will be packed with Smash talent.

Results

Mid-Season Invitational (LoL)

SK Telecom T1 1:0 Team SoloMid

Flash Wolves 1:0 Gigabyte Marines

Team WE 1:0 G2

Flash Wolves 1:0 Team SoloMid

G2 1:0 Gigabyte Marines

SK Telecom T1 1:0 Team WE

ESL Pro League Season 5 (CSGO)

Europe

Heroic 1:1 Natus Vincere (16-14, 22-25)

LDLC 2:0 Kinguin (16-13, 16-7)

EnVyUs 2:0 Astralis (16-13, 16-13)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 2:0 HellRaisers (16-14, 16-5)

Fnatic 2:0 mousesports (16-10, 16-5)

North 2:0 Virtus.pro (16-6, 16-7)

G2 2:0 FaZe Clan (16-4, 16-14)

North America

NRG 1:1 Cloud9 (16-10, 17-19)

Renegades 2:0 Rush (16-12, 16-5)

Liquid 2:0 Luminosity (16-11, 16-12)

compLexity 1:1 OpTic (16-8, 7-16)

Immortals 2:0 Misfits (16-7, 16-13)

Counter Logic Gaming 2:0 SK Gaming (16-12, 16-12)

ECS Season 3 (CSGO)

Europe

Virtus.proo 1:1 EnVyUs (16-12, 2-16)

G2 2:0 Dignitas (16-10, 16-6)

North America

Renegades 2:0 SK Gaming (16-14, 16-11)

SH Gaming 1:1 NRG (16-7, 14-16)

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

Mid-Season Invitational (LoL)

G2 vs. Team SoloMid, 2 p.m.

Flash Wolves vs. SK Telecom T1, 3 p.m.

Gigabyte Marines vs. Team WE, 4 p.m.

G2 vs. Flash Wolves, 5 p.m.

SKT vs. Gigabyte Marines, 6 p.m.

Team SoloMid vs. Team WE, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Mid-Season Invitational (LoL)

Team WE vs. G2, 2 p.m.

Team SoloMid vs. Gigabyte Marines, 3 p.m.

SKT vs. Flash Wolves, 4 p.m.

G2 vs. Gigabyte Marines, 5 p.m.

SKT vs. Team SoloMid, 6 p.m.

Flash Wolves vs. Team WE, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Mid-Season Invitational (LoL)

SKT vs. G2, 2 p.m.

TSM vs. Flash Wolves, 3 p.m.

Team WE vs. Gigabyte Marines, 4 p.m.

TSM vs. G2, 5 p.m.

Flash Wolves vs. Gigabyte Marines, 6 p.m.

SKT vs. Team WE, 7 p.m.

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