H2K Gaming sold, GuardiaN out, interview with Avyd CEO

Our top stories from Thursday:

A deep dive on the Halo career of Brett “Naded” Leonard, who has come close many timeswithout winning a major event.

What’s holding back the CIS region from being successful in Dota 2?

Team Liquid jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett talked about being held “in contract prison”in the Challenger scene.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

H2K Gaming has been sold to a new ownership group and will rearrange its upper management.

Apex’s Alex “Xpecial” Chu said it’s “inevitable” he’ll become the best support player in North America again.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s European LCS playoffs.

The win conditions for teams playing in the LCS playoffs this weekend.

European shoutcaster Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels predicts who will win the semifinals this weekend.

A closer look at the H2K/Origen matchup this weekend.

Counter-Strike

Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács will miss DreamHack Austin after all because of a wrist injury.

compLexity is replacing Daniel “roca” Gustaferri with Kia “Surreal” Man.

An interview from the MLG Columbus Major with broadcaster Chris Puckett.

An interview with members of Splyce from the MLG Columbus Major.

Hearthstone

A look at every “Whispers of the Old Gods” card to be released so far.

Super Smash Bros

The final two players have been voted into Smash Summit 2.

Industry

An interview with Scotty Tidwell, CEO of Avyd, a new event organizer that has recently made headlines.

Analyzing the possible return on investment in college esports.

Other games

Preview of the “Heroes of the Dorm” semifinals.

Results

North American League of Legends Championship Series-spring promotion

Renegades 3:0 Team Dragon Knights

Team Impulse 3:1 Apex

ECS 2016: Qualifier

Europe

HellRaisers 2:0 SK Gaming (16-14, 16-12)

Gambit Gaming 2:0 HellRaisers (16-14, 16-9)

Gambit Gaming 2:0 Team AGG (16-14, 16-9)

North America

Echo Fox 2:0 KKona (16-12, 16-14)

KKona 1:1 Winterfox (16-11, 4-16)

Obey Alliance 2:0 Winterfox (16-14, 16-14)

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO): Week 7

Europe

Ninjas in Pyjamas 2:0 Flipsid3 Tactics (16-4, 16-8)

SK Gaming 2:0 Virtus.pro (16-11, 16-12)

Dignitas 2:0 EnVyUs (16-14, 16-7)

North America

Team Liquid 2:0 Cloud 9 (16-8, 16-5)

Team Liquid 2:0 OpTic Gaming (16-10, 16-12)

League of Legends Champions Korea

Smasung Galaxy 2:1 Kongdoo Monster

Afreeca Freecs 2:0 CJ Entus

League of Legends Pro League

Vici Gaming 2:1 Oh My God

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

League of Legends Champions Korea

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

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

League of Legends Pro League

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

Team WE vs. Snake eSports, 5 a.m.

Masters3 vs. LGD Gaming, 8 a.m.

ECS 2016: Qualifier (CS:GO)

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

mousesports vs. HellRaisers, 12 p.m.

North American League of Legends Championship Series-spring promotion

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

Team Dragon Knights vs. Apex, 3 p.m.

Saturday

League of Legends Pro League

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

Royal Never Give Up vs. Invictus, 1 a.m.

EDward Gaming vs. Oh My God, 3 a.m.

Hyper Youth Gaming vs. Vici Gaming, 5 a.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea

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

KT Rolster vs. Kongdoo Monster, 4 a.m.

Jin Air Green Wings vs. Longzhu, 7 a.m.

European League of Legends Championship: spring playoffs

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

H2K Gaming vs. Origen, 11 a.m.

North American League of Legends Championship Series: spring playoffs

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

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Liquid, 3 p.m.

ECS 2016: Qualifier (CS:GO)

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

G2 Esports vs. Gambit Gaming, 12 p.m.

Sunday

League of Legends Pro League

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

Team WE vs. Qiao Gu, 1 a.m.

Snake eSports vs. LGD Gaming, 3 a.m.

Energy Pacemaker vs. Masters3, 5 a.m.

European League of Legends Championship: spring playoffs

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

G2 Esports vs. Fnatic, 11 a.m.

North American League of Legends Championship Series: spring playoffs

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

Immortals vs. Team SoloMid, 3 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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