TSM coaching statement, Yahoo tech not shutting down, Shanghai Major bracket released

Our top stories from Wednesday:

The current Hearthstone tournament format is unfair and inconvenient for lesser-known players.

An out-of-the-box pick swung KT Rolster’s League of Legends Champions Korea game yesterday, and we had to write about it.

Cross-region picks and bans remained stale in pro League of Legends (for now).

Team Preparation’s co-owner talked about acquiring a new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.

European esports organization Fnatic will add a League of Legends team in the Challenger Series.

Best from around the web:

One day after firing its League of Legends coach, Team SoloMid made a statement on its website.

Yahoo’s tech news site will continue to run after initial reports it might be shut down.

The groups for next week’s Dota 2 Shanghai Major have been revealed.

Tempo Storm’s investment has proven fruitful for North America, but what about Brazil?

The trials of a female esports champion.

Fnatic’s Martin “Rekkles” Larsson talked more about what led to the team getting rid ofLewis “Noxiak” Felix.

Does Valve Corporation care what fans think?

Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen on Virtus.pro, perhaps the most inconsistent CS:GO team in the world.

CS:GO pro Jonatan “Devilwalk” Lundberg is retiring because of ongoing wrist injuries.

An interview with popular League of Legends streamer Wendy “Natsumiii” Luo.

Renegades’ Alberto “Crumbz” Rengifo talks about his team’s struggles through five weeks of the North American League of Legends Championship Series.

Team Taring (Dota 2) has pulled out from all tournaments, citing “internal issues.”

An overview of the next season of Smite.

An argument for why the NBA 2K franchise could gain more esports traction.

Results

European final

Team Empire 3:1 Natus Vincere

Captain’s Draft (Dota 2)

Grand final

Evil Geniuses 3:1 Vega Squadron

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

European East Division

Team Spirit 1:0 Prodota Gaming

Team Empire 1:0 HellRaisers

Tem TORNADO ROX 1:0 Team Spirit

Team Spirit 1:0 HellRaisers

European West Division

Ad Finem 1:0 London Conspiracy

Samurai Champloo 1:0 PRIES Gaming

North American League of Legends Challenger Series

Apex 2:0 Team Dragon Knights

Enemy 1:1 Team Liquid Academy

Ember 2:0 Dream Team

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

European League of Legends Championship Series

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

Elements vs. Origen, 12 p.m.

Team ROCCAT vs. Splyce, 1 p.m.

Unicorns of Love vs. Giants Gaming, 2 p.m.

Fnatic vs. G2 Esports, 3 p.m.

Team Vitality vs. H2k Gaming, 4 p.m.

ESL ESEA Pro League: Week 2 (CS:GO)

Streamhttp://pro.eslgaming.com/csgo/proleague/season-3/week-2/#live-streams

Europe

Flipsid3 Tactics vs. FaZe Clan, 1 p.m.

Virtus.pro vs. mousesports, 3 p.m.

North America

Cloud9 vs. Team Liquid, 8 p.m.

NRG Esports vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 10 p.m.

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

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

European East Division

Power Rangers vs. Vega Squadron, 11 a.m.

Natus Vincere vs. Prodota Gaming, 12:15 p.m.

European West Division

London Conspiracy vs. Samurai Champloo, 2 p.m.

PRIES Gaming vs. Wombat Gaming, 3:15 p.m.

Americas Division

Infamous vs. Elite Wolves, 6:15 p.m.

League Champions Korea

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

KT Rolster vs. CJ Entus, 3:30 a.m. Friday

Jin Air Green Wings vs. ROX Tigers, 6:30 a.m. Friday

League of Legends Pro League

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

Masters3 vs. Vici Gaming, 4 a.m. Friday

Quao Gu vs. Oh My God, 6 a.m. Friday

League of Legends Masters Series

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

COUGAR E-Sports vs. Midnight Sun, 6 a.m. Friday

ahq e-Sports Club vs. Taipei Assassins, 8 a.m. Friday

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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