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Riot Games announces NA LCS franchising, Krepo misses EU LCS cast

Our top stories from Thursday:

Riot Games announced the North American League of Legends Championship Series will franchise next year.

In place of the Challenger Series will be an Academy League for sister teams run by LCS organizations.

Among the features of next year’s NA LCS will be revenue sharing between the teams, players and Riot.

Riot will also help form a players union that will eventually be independently funded.

A brief history of the Challenger Series and NA LCS relegation.

Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels was not on the cast for the European LCS amid his nude photo leak from two weeks ago.

I MAY’s jungler was suspended one match for using insulting language in Korean solo queue.

Origen signed a new general manager.

A look at the ascension of SK Gaming’s Marcelo “Coldzera” David.

Rise Nation dropped its Overwatch roster.

A ROX Tigers player had to go to the hospital after leaving Thursday’s League Champions Korea match.

H2K partnered with Gamer Sensei to offer League of Legends coaching.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

A roundtable with Riot Games officials, Immortals CEO Noah Whinston and Team SoloMid owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh.

Why franchising in the LCS means esports is here to stay.

Key takeaways from the NA LCS franchising news.

How Immortals will be different this split of the NA LCS.

Ivern and Karma nerfs are on the way.

Riot Games Oceania signed a live streaming deal with Twitter.

The best plays of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng’s career.

An interview with Phoenix1’s Derek “Zig” Shao.

Counter-Strike

An interview with SK Gaming’s Epitacio “TACO” de Melo.

Overwatch

An Overwatch toxicity experiment showed the report feature is working as intended.

Other

An interview with Counter Logic Gaming’s esports director.

Results

ESL Pro League Season 5 (CSGO)

Round of 6

SK Gaming 2:0 mousesports (16-7, 16-8)

Liquid 2:1 EnVyUs (14-16, 16-10, 16-4)

League Champions Korea (LoL)

Jin Air Green Wings 2:0 ROX Tigers

European League Championship Series (LoL)

H2K 2:0 Splyce

Fnatic 2:0 Misfits

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

European League Championship Series (LoL)

G2 vs. ROCCAT, 11 a.m.

Vitality vs. Unicorns of Love, 2 p.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

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

Immortals vs. Phoenix1, 9 p.m.

Saturday

ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals (CSGO)

Semifinals

G2 vs. SK Gaming, 1 p.m.

North vs. Team Liquid, 4:50 p.m.

League Champions Korea (LoL)

KT Rolster vs. Afreeca Freecs, 4 a.m.

ROX Tigers vs. Samsung Galaxy, 7 a.m.

European League Championship Series (LoL)

H2K vs. Mysterious Monkeys, 11 a.m.

Fnatic vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas, 2 p.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Echo Fox vs. FlyQuest, 3 p.m.

CLG vs. Liquid, 3 p.m.

Dignitas vs. EnVyUs, 6 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. Team SoloMid, 6 p.m.

Sunday

ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals (CSGO)

Grand final, 2 p.m.

League Champions Korea (LoL)

Ever8 vs. MVP, 4 a.m.

SK Telecom T1 vs. bbq Olivers, 7 a.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Phoenix1 vs. EnVyUs, 3 p.m.

Immortals vs. Team SoloMid, 3 p.m.

Liquid vs. Echo Fox, 6 p.m.

FlyQuest vs. Dignitas, 6 p.m.

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