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Tampa Bay Lightning owner invests in Team Liquid ownership group, Loda steps away from professional Dota 2

Our top stories from Thursday:

Epsilon signed UK Counter-Strike player Owen “smooya” Butterfield for $10,000.

Interviews with EnVyUs’ Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik and FlyQuest’s Galen “Moon” Holgate from the League of Legends Championship Series.

A Counter-Strike interview with Cloud9’s Jake “Stewie2k” Yip.

The original concept for Overwatch hero Lucio could be a skin someday.

Kennen, Fiora and Galio are all set to be nerfed in a future League of Legends patch.

Team Liquid entered FIFA by signing Lasse “Kongen” Baekklund.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik invested in Team Liquid’s ownership group

LGD Gaming will move its operations to Hangzhou.

Overwatch Double XP Weekend runs through Monday night.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

The North American Challenger Series is moving to a best-of-three format.

Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung will sit out the summer split.

SK Telecom T1 keeps winning even with Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok in a momentary slump.

Misfits signed Aleksi “Hiiva” Kaikkonen as a strategic coach.

An interview with Liquid’s Samson “Lourlo” Jackson.

The third part of a behind the scenes profile of Immortals’ Lee “Flame” Ho-jong.

First impressions of Team Envy.

Interviews with Phoenix1’s Rami “Inori” Charagh and CLG’s Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett.


Winners and losers of the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.

An interview with Spirit’s Sergey “starix” Ischuk.

Flipsid3 Tactics signed an Academy team.


Blizzard banned a professional player from Overwatch Contenders for bad behavior.

Blizzard is implementing serious punishment for Overwatch leavers.


Jonathan “Loda” Berg will take a break from professional Dota.

The NBA refuted a report that claimed it was looking to run an esports league in China.

Why it’s time for Magic: The Gathering to make an esports play.

An interview with Daigo Umehara (Street Fighter V).


Americas Minor (CSGO)

Immortals 1:0 compLexity (16-8)

Luminosity 1:0 NRG (16-11)

Immortals 1:0 Luminosity (16-5)

NRG 2:0 compLexity (22-18, 16-7)

Luminosity 2:0 NRG (16-14, 16-14)

CIS Minor (CSGO)

Group A

Tengri 2:0 Team Spirit Academy (16-5, 19-16)

Group B

Quantum Bellator Fire 1:0 Spirit (16-10)

pro100 1:0 Spartak Esports (16-13)

Quantum Bellator Fire 1:0 pro100 (16-14)

ECS Season 3 (CSGO)


EnVyUs 2:0 Dignitas (16-8, 19-17)

FaZe Clan 1:1 mousesports(11-16, 16-6)

G2 2:0 (16-10 16-14)

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Misfits 2:0 Ninjas in Pyjamas

Fnatic 2:1 G2


(All times Eastern)


CIS Minor (CSGO)

pro100 vs. Team Spirit, 11 a.m.

Americas Minor (CSGO)

Cloud9 vs. Pain Gaming, 1 p.m.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Misfits, 2:30 p.m.

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Splyce vs. Vitality, 11 a.m.

Unicorns of Love vs. Mysterious Monkeys, 2 p.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Phoenix1 vs. Cloud9, 6 p.m.

Immortals vs. EnVyUs, 9 p.m.


CIS Minor (CSGO)


Quantom Bellator Fire vs. Tengri, 3:15 a.m.

Vega Squadron vs. TBD, 6 a.m.

Americas Minor (CSGO)

Semifinals, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

League Champions Korea (LoL)

Jin Air Green Wings vs. Longzhu, 4 a.m.

SK Telecom T1 vs. Ever8, 7 a.m.

European League Championship Series (LoL)


Misfits vs. ROCCAT, 11 a.m.

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. G2, 2 p.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Dignitas vs. Team SoloMid, 3 p.m.

Echo Fox vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 3 p.m.

Immortals vs. FlyQuest, 6 p.m.

Liquid vs. EnVyUs, 6 p.m.


CIS Minor (CSGO)


Grand final, 12 p.m.

Americas Minor (CSGO)

Grand final, 9 p.m.

League Champions Korea (LoL)

ROX Tigers vs. bbq Olivers, 4 a.m.

KT Rolster vs. MVP, 7 a.m.

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Splyce vs. Mysterious Monkeys, 11 a.m.

Unicorns of Love vs. H2K, 2 p.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Echo Fox vs. Cloud9, 3 p.m.

Liquid vs. Dignitas, 3 p.m.

Team SoloMid vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 6 p.m.

Phoenix1 vs. FlyQuest, 6 p.m.


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