Vexed players unpaid, ELeague teams announced, MLG Groups

Our top stories from Thursday:

Slingshot contributor Kent Engel is making a video game while on a bus to Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Check out his first of periodic updates of the next few days.

The seven most influential people in early League of Legends.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Five things to know about patch 6.5.

Dota 2

Why the Shanghai Major disaster looks bad for everyone involved with Dota 2.

Two players have reportedly joined Chinese team Vici Gaming.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The first six teams competing in Turner’s ELeague were announced Thursday.

Players from the disbanded Vexed Gaming team made a statement saying they went the last six months without pay.

The first two groups were revealed for the MLG Columbus Major. The other two will be released today.

As CS:GO gains momentum, so does skepticism about how well the game keeps out cheaters.

Hearthstone

A feature about the unexpected rise of a 15-year-old professional.

Previewing the Hearthstone Americas Winter Championship.

Other games

A Q&A with members of Team Dignitas’ Heroes of the Storm team.

A look at poker’s experiment in esports with HoldemX.

Wade “Dreadnaught” Penfold’s transition from player to caster.

Results

European League of Legends Championship Series

Fnatic 1:0 Giants Gaming

H2K Gaming 1:0 Team ROCCAT

Origen 1:0 Unicorns of Love

G2 Esports 1:0 Team Vitality

Splyce 1:0 Elements

League of Legends Champions Korea

SK Telecom T1 2:1 Afreeca Freecs

Jin Air Green Wings vs. Kongdoo Monster, 6 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League

Royal Never Give Up 2:0 Energy Pacemaker

Team WE vs. Invictus Gaming, 6 a.m.

League of Legends Masters Series

Flash Wolves 2:0 COUGAR E-Sport

Hong Kong Esports vs. Machi, 8 a.m.

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO): Week 4

Europe

EnVyUs 2:0 Flipside3 Tactics ESP (16-9, 16-7)

Natus Vincere 2:0 FaZe Clan (19-17, 16-12)

North America

Luminosity 2:0 NRG Esports (16-9, 16-3)

NRG Esports 2:0 compLexity Gaming (16-13, 16-13)

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

European West Division

Samurai Champloo def. COOKISS (forfeit)

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

European League of Legends Championship Series

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

G2 Esports vs. Giants, 12 p.m.

Unicorns of Love vs. Elements, 1 p.m.

Team Vitality vs. Fnatic, 2 p.m.

H2K Gaming vs. Splyce, 3 p.m.

Origen vs. Team ROCCAT, 4 p.m.

Saturday

League of Legends Pro League

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

Snake eSports vs. Oh My God, 12 a.m.

LGD Gaming vs. Vici Gaming, 2 a.m.

Qiao Gu vs. EDward Gaming, 4 a.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea

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

KT Rolster vs. Longzhu, 3 a.m.

Samsung Galaxy vs. ROX Tigers, 6 a.m.

League of Legends Masters Series

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

ahq e-Sports Club vs. COUGAR E-Sport, 6 a.m.

Taipei Assassins vs. Hong Kong Esports, 8 a.m.

North American League of Legends Championship Series

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

Team SoloMid vs. Team Impulse, 3 p.m.

Immortals vs. NRG Esports, 4 p.m.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Liquid, 5 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. Renegades, 6 p.m.

Echo Fox vs. Dignitas, 7 p.m.

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO): Week 4

Stream: http://pro.eslgaming.com/csgo/proleague/season-3/week-4/#live-streams

Europe

Astralis vs. EnVyUs, 12 p.m.

G2 Esports vs. Virtus.pro, 2 p.m.

SK Gaming vs. FaZe Clan, 4 p.m.

North America

NRG vs. Team AGG, 6 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. compLexity, 8 p.m.

Renegades vs. OpTic Gaming, 10 p.m.

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

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

Southeast Asia Division

Fnatic vs. First Departure, 8 a.m.

Sunday

League of Legends Pro League

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

Team WE vs. Hyper Youth Gaming, 3 a.m.

Masters3 vs. Invictus Gaming, 4 a.m.

North American League of Legends Championship Series

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

Cloud9 vs. Team Impulse, 3 p.m.

Team Liquid vs. NRG Esports, 4 p.m.

Team SoloMid vs. Renegades, 5 p.m.

Immortals vs. Dignitas, 6 p.m.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Echo Fox, 7 p.m.

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO): Week 4

Stream: http://pro.eslgaming.com/csgo/proleague/season-3/week-4/#live-streams

Europe

SK Gaming vs. Astralis, 1 p.m.

G2 Esports vs. Flipsid3 Tactics ESP, 3 p.m.

Fnatic vs. mousesports, 5 p.m.

North America

compLexity Gaming vs. OpTic Gaming, 7 p.m.

Team AGG vs. Renegades, 9 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. NRG Esports, 11 p.m.

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

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

Fnatic vs. Minseki, 8 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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