LOL player banned, ELeague commissioner, FORG1VEN relieved

Our top stories from Thursday:

Tom “lurppis” Kovanen’s key takeaways from the first day of IEM Katowice.

A look at the debate about the best mid laner in the North American League of Legends Championship Series.

Best from around the web:

Riot Games banned a substitute player for Korean League of Legends team ROX Tigers for a year for using an auto bot to level up.

Turner announced the hiring of a commissioner and vice president for the upcoming ELeague, which begins in May.

Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou has been granted a deferment on the military conscription that expected to keep him out of the League of Legends Championship Series.

North American LCS team Renegades executed a multi-player trade with Challenger club Team Dragon Knights.

Oppenheimer & Co purchased more than 34,000 shares of Activision Blizzard stock in the fourth quarter of 2015.

A behind-the-scenes look at the MLG Major qualifier from caster Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner.

Inside the collapse of Chinese Dota 2 teams at the Shanghai Major.

An interview with Counter Logic Gaming mid laner Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya ahead of IEM Katowice.

Here’s a teaser video for the next League of Legends champion.

Embracing esports isn’t a bad idea for casinos.

Marvel Gaming introduced a women of power event, which includes a push for more female characters in its games.

James “Firebat” Kostesich, former Hearthstone world champion, has signed with Cloud9, ending his time as the world’s most coveted free agent.

Ten of the players invited to the second Smash Summit have been announced, and the final six spots can be voted on.

Results

Shanghai Major (Dota 2)

Playoff lower bracket

OG 1:0 Virtus.pro

Fnatic 1:0 Newbee

Alliance vs. compLexity Gaming, 6 a.m.

Playoff upper bracket

Team Secret 2:1 Evil Geniuses

IEM Katowice (CS:GO)

Group B

Virtus Pro 1:0 Team EnVyUs (16-14)

FaZe Clan 1:0 Tempo Storm (19-17)

EnVyUs 1:0 FaZe Clan (16-12)

Astralis 1:0 E-frag.net Esports Club (16-5)

Astralis 1:0 FaZe Clan (16-5)

Tempo Storm 1:0 Virtus. pro (16-9)

Tempo Storm 1:0 EnVyUs (16-7)

Virtus.pro 1:0 E-frag.net Esports Club (16-9)

Virtus.pro 1:0 FaZe Clan (16-13)

E-frag.net Esports Club 1:0 EnVyUs (22-19)

Astralis 1:0 Tempo Storm (16-12)

League of Legends Champions Korea

CJ Entus 2:1 SBENU

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

Shanghai Major (Dota 2)

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

Playoff lower bracket

OG vs. Fnatic, 8 a.m.

Evil Geniuses vs. TBD, 9 p.m.

IEM Katowice (League of Legends)

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

Group A

EVER vs. Team SoloMid, 6:30 a.m.

Origen vs. Royal Never Give Up, 7:50 a.m.

Losers match: 9:55 a.m.

Winners match: 11:15 a.m.

Elimination match: 2:25 p.m.

IEM Katowice (CS:GO)

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

Round of 6

Natus Vincere vs. Tempo Storm, 7 a.m.

Fnatic vs. Virtus.pro, 9:50 a.m.

Semfiinals

Luminosity Gaming vs. TBD, 1 p.m.

Astralis vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday

Shanghai Major (Dota 2)

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

Playoff lower bracket

MVP Phoenix vs. TBD, 12 a.m.

TBD, 7:30 a.m.

Playoff winners bracket

Team Liquid vs. Team Secret, 4 a.m.

IEM Katowice (CS:GO)

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

Finals: 12 p.m.

IEM Katowice (League of Legends)

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

Group B

SK Telecom T1 vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 6:20 a.m.

Fnatic vs. Qiau Gu, 7:40 a.m.

Losers match: 9 a.m.

Winners match: 10:20 a.m.

Elimination match: 1:40 p.m.

IEM Katowice (Hearthstone)

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

SilverName vs. Toaden, 12 a.m.

LuckyShadow vs. Elscouta, 1:30 a.m.

DoKy vs. AKA Wonder, 3 a.m.

espumito vs. Impact, 4:30 a.m.

Semifinals: 5:45 a.m., 7 a.m.

Finals: 8:20 a.m.

Sunday

Shanghai Major (Dota 2)

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

Grand final: 12:30 a.m.

IEM Katowice (League of Legends)

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

Semifinals: 6:20 a.m., 9:40 a.m.

Finals: 1 p.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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