Diamondprox sub, Thorin’s CSGO rankings, more visa issues

Our top stories from Wednesday:

European League of Legends Championship power rankings: FORG1VEN leads H2k.

With all League of Legends regions playing the same patch, a look at the pick and ban trends among the NA/EU LCS and Korea.

Best from around the web:

The growing issue of League of Legends player eligibility based on Riot Games’ crackdown on checking visas has resulted in another player being out this week, H2k’s Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook.

Esports lawyer Bryce Blum broke down why Riot’s timing and inconsistency with this issue is problematic.

Updating an earlier roster hole because of this problem, Unicorns of Love has acquired jungler Charly “Djoko” Guillard to fill in for Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov.

After being removed from Giants Gaming’s starting lineup, Tri “k0u” Tin Lam tweeted what reads like an apology for all sorts of things.

A feature on Immortals’ strong start to the North American LCS season.

Speaking of Immortals, members of the staff did an insightful AMA on Reddit.

The second part of a series looking at the career of Bora “YwllOwStaR” Kim.

Rough Drafts’ podcast previewing this week’s European LCS.

Analyzing the strong League of Legends Champions Korea start by Jin Air Green Wings top laner Yeon “TrAce” Chang-dong

Kenneth “koosta” Suen talked about Enemy’s recent CounterStrike” Global Offensive success and looking forward to March’s Major League Gaming tournament.

Duncan “Thorin” Shields’ top-10 CS:GO team rankings.

Dan Gilbert, owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, is part of a groupinvesting $35 million on tech startups, possibly including esports.

A look at how esports is driving digital video game sales.

Meltdown, a French esports bar franchise, is coming to North America.

The lineup for EVO, which takes place in Las Vegas in July, has been released.

Some veteran players talk about EVO and the growth of the fighting games community.

What ESPN needs to do to maximize its investment in esports.

Can esports and traditional, mainstream media ever coexist?

A conversation about the future of broadcast rights in esports.

Why console games will always face struggles when it comes to esports.

Can drone racing ever be as big as esports?

Call of Duty power rankings.

Results

League of Legends Champions Korea (Thursday)

Jin Air Green Wings 2:0 CJ Entus

KT Rolster 2:0 Samsung Galaxy

League of Legends Pro League (Thursday)

Invictus Gaming 2:1 Vici Gaming

EDward Gaming 2:0 Hyper Youth Gaming

League of Legends Masters Series (Thursday)

Flash Wolves 2:0 COUGAR E-Sport

MarsTV Dota 2 League LAN Finals

Group A

OG 2:0 Newbee

Vici Gaming 2:0 Evil Geniuses

Group B

EHOME 2:0 Mineski

compLexity Gaming 1:1 Team Secret

Group A tiebreakers (Thursday)

Evil Geniuses 1:0 Newbee

Group B tiebreakers

LGD Gaming 1:0 Team Secret

EHOME 1:0 compLexity Gaming

Team Secret 1:0 compLexity Gaming

LGS Gaming 1:0 EHOME

Team Secret 1:0 compLexity Gaming

LGS 1:0 EHOME

Playoff winners bracket

EHOME 2:1 Evil Geniuses

OG vs. Team Secret

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

SEA Division

MVP Phoenix 1:0 Execration

MVP Phoenix 1:0 TNC Pro Team

European East Division

Vega Squadron 1:0 Team TORNADO ROX

Vega Sqadron 1:0 Prodota Gaming

Schedule

European League of Legends Championship Series

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Giants Gaming vs. Splyce, 12 p.m.

Origen vs. Team ROCCAT, 1 p.m.

G2 Esports vs. Fnatic, 2 p.m.

Unicorns of Love vs. Elements, 3 p.m.

H2K Gaming vs. Team Vitality, 4 p.m.

IEM Taipei: Group Stage (CS:GO)

Stream: http://intelextrememasters.com/season10/taipei/schedule/

Group A

CyberZen vs. Risky Gaming, 9:30 p.m.

MVP.karnal vs. Chiefs esports Club, 11 p.m.

Winners match, 12:30 a.m. Friday

Elimination match, 2 a.m. Friday

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/joindotared

European East Division

Team Empire vs. Walrus Punch, 11 a.m.

Americas Division

Elite Wolves vs. Infamous, 5 p.m.

European West Division

COOKISS vs. No Logic Gaming, 3:15 p.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea (Friday)

SK Telecom T1 vs. e-mFire, 3:30 a.m.

Longzhu Gaming vs. Afreeca Freecs, 6:30 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League (Friday)

LGD Gaming vs. Masters3, 4 a.m.

Snake eSports vs. Team WE, 6 a.m.

Slingshot Editor-In-Chief. Former newspaper reporter from Cleveland, Ohio, who appreciates clean copy and good Counter-Strike. You can reach him at Vince@slingshotesports.com

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