Record MLG Columbus viewership, new Halo League, Melee injuries

Our top stories from Tuesday:

Analyzing the storylines in the League of Legends Champions Korea spring playoffs.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

An interview with G2’s Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek.

Ranking the four possible League Champions Korea finals.

Dota 2

Dota 2 players are featured on the latest episode of GQ’s docu-series, “The Grind.”

Fnatic qualified for ESL One Frankfurt by defeating MVP Phoenix to win the Southeast Asian qualifier.

CS:GO

Activision Blizzard announced the MLG Columbus Major had 71 million total viewers, including a record 1.6 million concurrent during the grand finals.

Recapping the first day of DreamHack Malmo.

Cloud 9 has let go of Ryan “fREAKAZOiD” Abadir, with Liquid’s Eric “adreN” Hoag substituting in the interim.

An interview with Astralis’ Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth ahead of DreamHack Malmo.

Team Empire has swapped Ilya “fix” Golovko for Emil “kUcheR” Akhundov.

An interview with Markus “pronax” Wallsten of GODSENT.

A look at some of the challenges players face in professional Counter-Strike.

Luminosity’s Epitacio “TACO” Pessoa talked about playing another tournament right after winning a major.

Hearthstone

An interview with Splyce’s Victor “VLPS” Lopez.

Super Smash Bros

Dealing with hand injuries in the pro Melee scene.

An argument that though Fox is the most popular character, there’s still enough variance in the game.

Industry

Is TV asking the wrong question when it comes to esports?

How brands can step into the world of esports.

Other games

The $250,000 Halo Championship Series Pro League will launch in May.

Recapping perhaps the craziest 24 hours in fighting games free agency history.

The last — and largest — Overwatch beta event began Tuesday.

Weekly roundup of the Capcom Pro Tour.

Results

Dreamhack Malmo: Group Stage

Group B

Natus Vincere 1:0 GODSENT (16-11)

Counter Logic Gaming 1:0 G2 Esports (16-2)

Group C

Astralis 1:0 Lounge Gaming (16-9)

Dignitas 1:0 Ninjas in Pyjamas (16-2)

Group D

Virtus.pro 1:0  FaZe Clan (16-8)

Tempo Storm 1:0 EnVyUs (16-14)

Group A

Tyloo 1:0 Liquid (22-19)

Group B

GODSENT 1:0 G2 (16-8)

League of Legends Pro League: Spring playoffs

Vici Gaming 3:1 LGD Gaming

Snake eSports 3:0 Invictus Gaming

League of Legends Champions Korea: Spring playoffs

Jin Air Green Wings 2:0 Afreeca Freecs

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Dreamhack Malmo: Group Stage

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

Group A

Luminosity vs. mousesports, 11 a.m.

Group B

Natus Vincere vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 12:30 p.m.

Group C

Lounge Gaming vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas, 8 a.m.

Astralis vs. Team Dignitas, 2 p.m.

Group D

FaZe Clan vs. EnVyUs, 9:30 a.m.

Virtus.pro vs. Tempo Storm, 3 p.m.

League of Legends Pro League: Spring playoffs

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

Hyper Youth Gaming vs. Masters3, 1 a.m. Thursday

Energy Pacemaker vs. Oh My God, 5 a.m. Thursday

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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