Valve bans Dota 2 team, casters reject Riot, EG not disbanding

Our top stories from Wednesday:

Valve has levied bans against members of the Dota 2 team Elite Wolves for match fixing.

Problems with the Shanghai Major were just the latest in a troubling trend of Dota 2 tournaments run in China.

Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner on why FIFA 16 is a gateway drug into esports.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Three popular casters will not attend the Mid-Season Invitational, citing below-standard wage offers from Riot Games.

Why the three OGN casters who declined to work the MSI don’t need Riot.

Duncan “Thorin” Shields’ thoughts on the OGN casters.

Former SK Telecom T1 mid laner Lee “Scout” Yechan has joined Chinese team EDward Gaming.

The legacy of Cloud9’s William “Meteos” Hartman.

An interview with Immortals’ Adrian “Adrian” Ma.

Dota 2

A look at the strong reactions from the community about players leaving Evil Geniuses.

The fear of an exodus from Evil Geniuses was premature, it appears.

A brief overview into some of the World Cyber Arena’s problems.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The first three teams — Luminosity, Counter Logic Gaming and Team Liquid — have been invited to DreamHack Masters Austin.

An interview with Gambit Gaming’s Dmitry “hooch” Bogdanov ahead of next week’s MLG Columbus Major.

Hearthstone

Blizzard is investigating possible win trading and artificial ladder climbing in China.

An interview with SK Gaming’s Esteban “AKAWonder” Serrano.

Previewing the Asia Pacific Winter Championship.

Industry

A look at “listen ins” and how they don’t really do much to progress the game.

StarLadder announced Wednesday new competitive seasons for its Dota 2, CS:GO and Hearthstone tours.

Results

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO): Week 6

Europe

Fnatic 2:0 Flipsid3 Tactics ESP (16-13, 16-14)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 2:0 Astralis (16-8, 16-4)

North America

Luminosity Gaming 2:0 Team AGG (16-13, 16-5)

Cloud9 2:0 Winterfox (16-7, 16-3)

League of Legends Champions Korea

Afreeca Freecs 2:1 KT Rolster

Longzhu vs. SK Telecom T1, 7 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League

EDward Gaming 2:0 Hyper Youth Gaming

Vici Gaming vs. Invictus Gaming, 7 a.m.

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

League of Legends Masters Series

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

eXtreme Gamers vs. COUGAR E-Sport, 7 a.m.

Hong Kong Esports vs. Midnight Sun, 9 a.m.

European League of Legends Championship Series promotion tournament

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

Giants Gaming vs. Copenhagen Wolves, 11 a.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea

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

ROX Tigers vs. Kongdoo Monster, 4 a.m.

Samsung Galaxy vs. Jin Air Green Wings, 7 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League

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

Qiao Gu vs. LGD Gaming, 5 a.m.

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

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