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ESL layoffs, KeSPA seizes control of Longzhu, Rocket League to X Games

Our top stories from Wednesday:

ESL laid off at least 20 people, mainly in production

A jungler for a jungler: Emily Rand’s look at the Dardoch/Xmithie trade.

A League of Legends interview with Cloud9’s Andy “Smoothie” Ta.

A Counter-Strike interview with OpTic Gaming’s Will “RUSH” Wierzba.

The Summer X Games will host a $75,000 Rocket League tournament next month.

A new item called Bramble Vest is coming to League of Legends soon.

Chroma skins for Graves, LuLu and Fiora hit the League of Legends PBE.

Singed changes are back in the PBE after being left out League of Legends Patch 7.13.

League of Legends’ new rune system will let players go into (gold) debt to buy items.

Ranking high in League of Legends’ honor system will get you exclusive skins.

AnJ joined NRG’s Counter-Strike team.

Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in made fun of CuVee’s solo queue rating.

The EU LCS summer finals will take place in Paris.

Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun said he wants to keep winning so SKT has a skin got every champion.

The ROX Tigers released Mickey.

KeSPA took control of Longzhu Gaming’s League of Legends team.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

How the incoming Academy System can earn a good reputation.

Why Jake “Xmithie” Puchero is the mid-season MVP of the North American LCS.

The best of Lee “Flame” Ho-jong.

Interviews with Alex “Xpecial” Chu and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart.

Counter-Strike

An interview with FaZe Clan’s Erik Anderson.

An interview with G2’s Dan “apEX” Madesclaire and TyLoo coach Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu.

CLG released its coach.

Splyce released ryx and Arya.

Overwatch

A look at what was on a survey for the Overwatch League scouting report.

Why Reinhart seems out of place in the current meta.

A look at the rise of Afreeca Freecs Blue in OGN Apex Season 3.

Other games

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins seem confident in their Call of Duty abilities.

Results

League Champions Korea (LoL)

Afreeca Freecs 2:0 Jin Air Green Wings

MVP 2:0 bbq Olivers

PGL Major Qualifier (CSGO)

G2 1:0 Immortals (22-20)

PENTA 1:0 OpTic (16-14)

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

League Champions Korea (LoL)

KT Rolster vs. ROX Tigers, 7 a.m.

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Mysterious Monkeys, 11 a.m.

Fnatic vs. Splyce, 2 p.m.

PGL Major Qualifier (CSGO)

Team Liquid vs. TyLoo, 6 a.m.

Godsent vs. Dignitas, 8:40 a.m.

mousesports vs. Tengri, 10 a.m.

HellRaisers vs. Vega Squadron, 11:30 a.m.

Renegades vs. Flipsid3, 1 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. BIG, 2:30 p.m.

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