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NCAA asks for help evaluating esports, Loda returns to Alliance

Our top stories from Thursday:

Fnatic’s League of Legends team faltered because its problems were never actually solved.

A League of Legends interview with SmittyJ from Schalke 04.

Space Soldiers cannot attend DreamHack Montreal because of visa complications.

SK Gaming and Astralis will attend EPICENTER.

Singularity dropped out of Overwatch Contenders and ChrisTFer inherited the spot with a new roster.

The NCAA asked for help in evaluating its future in esports.

Riot Games introduced Lag Report, a tool for comparing internet quality on League of Legends servers.

Jonathan “Loda” Berg will return to Alliance’s Dota 2 team.

Scripting service EloBuddy was ordered to shut down by Riot Games.

Gambit signed a former G2 assistant coach to its League of Legends staff.

The Helsinki REDS expanded into Dota 2.

Evil Geniuses and LGD were the first two invites to the PGL Dota 2 Open.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

The Echo Fox stream team will continue to play together.

A look at how Team SoloMid can win its third NA LCS title in a row.

Can Misfits’ unexpected playoff surge continue against G2?

What would it take for Immortals to defeat TSM?

A preview of the NA LCS third place match between Dignitas and CLG.

Counter-Strike

Interviews with SK Gaming’s Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, Ninjas in Pyjamas’ Henrik “REZ” Sterner, Astralis Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz and North’s Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke from DreamHack Malmo.

Red Reserve and its team parted ways.

Astralis innovated a strategy to ruin enemy smokes.

Results

DreamHack Malmo (CSGO)

Group A

North 2:1 SK Gaming (5-16, 16-8, 16-11)

SK Gaming 2:0 Cloud9 (16-13, 16-9)

Group B

Astralis 2:0 Natus Vincere (16-6, 16-10)

Group C

Ninjas in Pyjamas 2:1 Gambit (19-16, 17-19, 16-7)

Group D

G2 2:1 Immortals (16-12, 13-16, 16-10)

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

DreamHack Malmo (CSGO)

Group B

Natus Vincere vs. Renegades, 7 a.m.

Group C

FaZe Clan vs. Gambit, 10 a.m.

Group D

Immortals vs. Fnatic, 1 p.m.

Saturday

League Champions Korea (LoL)

Regional gauntlet final

KT Rolster vs. Samsung Galaxy, 4 a.m.

DreamHack Malmo (CSGO)

Quarterfinals, 4 a.m., 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m.

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Third place match

H2K vs. Fnatic, 11 a.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Third place match

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Dignitas, 3 p.m.

Sunday

DreamHack Malmo (CSGO)

Semifinals, 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Grand final, 12 p.m.

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Summer final

G2 vs. Misfits, 11 a.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Summer final

Team SoloMid vs. Immortals, 3 p.m.

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