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More ESL layoffs, LDLC blasts Blizzard on its way out of Overwatch

Our top stories from Wednesday:

ESL layoffs hit the North American office.

An interview with FlyQuest’s Galen “Moon” Holgate.

NiKo’s move to FaZe Clan unlocked all the potential fans knew existed.

Twelve teams have been invited to DreamHack Malmo.

The talent for the PGL Krakow Major has been revealed.

MEGA ESports signed the Fireball Overwatch roster.

LDLC blasted Blizzard in a statement announcing its departure from Overwatch.

EnVyUs’ EFFECT says he’s practicing CS:GO on the side.

SKT’s League of Legends World Championship skins finally went live.

Team Faceless disbanded after failing to qualify for The International.

The new League of Legends honor system was met with criticism about limits.

CloudTemplar discussed on stream the concept of pro gamers dating.

Jeff Kaplan assured Overwatch fans the dev team doesn’t hate McCree.

More details emerged about Doomfist.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

A look back at the balance disaster of worlds in 2015.

Cho’Gath’s upcoming changes are going to make him a monster.


Interviews with FaZe Clan’s Aleksi “allu” Jalli, North’s Kristian “K0nfig” Wennecke and’s Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski from ESL One Cologne.

Flash Gaming signed two Chinese players.

South African amateur players will get a shot to play an esports tournament.


A guide to playing Genji.

The University of California-Irvine added Overwatch to its scholarship esports list.

Other games

Toshiba partnered with Panda Global.

Day 1 recap of the MarsTV Dota League.

A rundown of Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao’s Reddit AMA.

Two Hearthstone pros weighed in on the viability of The Witcher as a possible esport.


ESL One Cologne (CSGO)

Round 3

Cloud9 1:0 TyLoo (16-9)

Natus Vincere 1:0 Space Soldiers (16-9)

SK Gaming 1:0 North (16-10)

G2 1:0 Immortals (16-7)

FaZe Clan 1:0 Fnatic (16-12)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 1:0 mousesports (16-10)

Team Liquid 1:0 OpTic Gaming (16-5)

Round 4

Fnatic 1:0 Space Soldiers (16-3)

North 1:0 Heroic (16-14)

Rift Rivals: EU vs. NA (LoL)

Team SoloMid 1:0 G2

Fnatic 1:0 Phoenix1

G2 1:0 Cloud9

Phoenix1 1:0 Unicorns of Love

Cloud9 1:0 Fnatic

TSM 1:0 Unicorns of Love

Rift Rivals: LCK vs. LPL vs. LMS (LoL)

Samsung Galaxy 1:0 J Team

Oh My God 1:0 MVP

Samsung Galaxy 1:0 EDward Gaming

Machi 1:0 OMG


(All times Eastern)

ESL One Cologne (CSGO)

Round 4

Cloud9 vs. Immortals, 8:20 a.m.

Natus Vincere vs. mousesports, 9:30 a.m.

SK Gaming vs. G2, 10:40 a.m.

FaZe Clan vs. OpTic, 11:50 a.m.

Round 5 matchups TBD

Rift Rivals LCK vs. LPL vs. LMS (LoL)

ahq vs. Royal Never Give Up, 8 a.m.

SK Telecom T1 vs. Flash Wolves, 9 a.m.

Machi vs. MVP, 2 a.m. Friday

KT Rolster vs. Royal Never Give Up, 3 a.m. Friday

J Team vs. EDG, 4 a.m. Friday

Flash Wolves vs. Team WE, 5 a.m. Friday

Rift Rivals EU vs. NA (LoL)

Cloud9 vs. Unicorns of Love, 11 a.m.

G2 vs. Phoenix1, 12 p.m.

Team SoloMid vs. Fnatic, 1 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. G2, 2 p.m.

Phoenix1 vs. Fnatic, 3 p.m.

Unicorns of Love vs. TSM, 4 p.m.


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