The Faker effect, Dota 2 talent unions, Hearthstone expansion

Our top stories from the weekend:

An in-depth look at the rise of psychology and performance coaches in professional League of Legends.

6 impactful people in League of Legends you might have forgotten.

Updates from a 52-hour train ride where a bunch of game designers made their own video games.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

A look at the “Faker Effect” and how players’ careers have benefited from playing with the world’s best.

How Hai “Hai” Du Lam is leading Cloud9 and its unorthodox strategy to success.

An interview with esports psychologist Weldon Green.

Henrik “Froggen” Hansen set the record for most minions farmed in the weekend’s North American League of Legends Championship Series.

European Challenger Series team Inspire eSports has disbanded.

Dota 2

Exploring the idea of talent unions in light of James “2GD” Harding’s dismissal from the Shanghai Major.

An interview with the manager for EHOME about the disastrous Shanghai Major.

The third and final installment of a feature about Shanghai Major champion Team Secret.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Groups C and D for the MLG Columbus Major later this month were revealed Friday.

Hearthstone

The new expansion pack, Whispers of the Old Gods, will be released in May.

15-year-old William “Amnesiac” Barton won the Americas Winter Championship over the weekend.

Industry

Rick Fox told TMZ he feels esports athletes are just like any others.

A popular Twitch streamer appears to have lost her channel as a result of a divorce.

Other games

Korean StarCaft Player Park “ForGG” Ji Soo will leave the game immediately to begin his mandatory military service.

The bracket for this weekend’s “Heroes of the Dorm” tournament were revealed Sunday.

Results

Friday

European League of Legends Championship Series

G2 Esports 1:0 Giants

Elements 1:0 Unicorns of Love

Team Vitality 1:0 Fnatic

H2K Gaming 1:0 Splyce

Origen 1:0 Team ROCCAT

Saturday

League of Legends Pro League

Oh My God 2:1 Snake eSports

LGD Gaming 2:0 Vici Gaming

Qiao Gu 2:0 EDward Gaming

League of Legends Champions Korea

KT Rolster 2:0 Longzhu

Samsung Galaxy 2:1 ROX Tigers

League of Legends Masters Series

ahq e-Sports Club 2:0 COUGAR E-Sport

Taipei Assassins 1:1 Hong Kong Esports

North American League of Legends Championship Series

Team SoloMid 1:0 Team Impulse

Immortals 1:0 NRG Esports

Team Liquid 1:0 Counter Logic Gaming

Cloud9 1:0 Renegades

Echo Fox 1:0 Dignitas

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

Europe

Astralis 1:1 EnVyUs (16-10, 7-16)

G2 Esports 1:1 Virtus.pro (14-16, 16-6)

SK Gaming 1:1 FaZe Clan (25-23, 3-16)

North America

NRG 2:0 Team AGG (16-10, 16-14)

Cloud9 2:0 compLexity (19-15, 16-2)

OpTic Gaming 1:0 Renegades (16-7)

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

Southeast Asia Division

Fnatic 2:0 First Departure

Sunday

League of Legends Pro League

Team WE 2:0 Hyper Youth Gaming

Masters3 2:1 Invictus Gaming

North American League of Legends Championship Series

Cloud9 1:0 Team Impulse

NRG Esports 1:0 Team Liquid

Renegades 1:0 Team SoloMid

Immortals 1:0 Dignitas

Counter Logic Gaming 1:0 Echo Fox

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

Europe

Astralis 2:0 SK Gaming (16-7, 16-5)

G2 Esports 2:0 Flipsid3 Tactics ESP (16-12, 16-7)

Fnatic 1:1 mousesports (16-4, 17-19)

North America

Renegades 1:0 OpTic Gaming (16-9)

OpTic Gaming 2:0 compLexity Gaming (16-10, 16-4)

Renegades 2:0 Team AGG (16-6, 16-12)

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

Fnatic 2:0 Minseki

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

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

Southeast Asia Division

Fnatic vs. TNC Pro Team, 8 a.m.

Americas Division

Digital Chaos vs. Enemy, 5:30 p.m.

Elite Wolves vs. Digital Chaos, 6:30 p.m.

Elite Wolves vs. Team Archon, 7:30 p.m.

Slingshot Editor-In-Chief. Former newspaper reporter from Cleveland, Ohio.

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