Yellowstar returns to Fnatic, four new IEMs, racism in esports

Our top stories from Wednesday:

Unsponsored Super Smash Bros Melee player Joey ‘Lucky” Aldama is hoping to be Echo Fox’s first signing in the game.

How Royal Never Give Up can overturn China’s recent failures at the international League of Legends level.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Bora “Yellowstar” Kim has returned to Fnatic.

Taking a look at SK Telecom T1’s struggles at the Mid-Season Invitational.

Why Royal Never Give Up will defeat SKT in Friday’s semifinal.

CJ Entus has signed jungler Kang “Haru” Min-seun.

An in-depth interview with Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong about his lone split with NRG.

Battle of the geniuses: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok vs. Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong.

Cloud 9 has reportedly finalized its coaching staff for the summer League Championship Series split.

Dota 2

Fantastic Five has gotten rid of two of its players.

Counter-Strike

An interview with Luminosity’s Gabriel ‘FalleN” Toledo.

Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar talked about his embarrassing moment at DreamHack Austin.

Hearthstone

Terrence “TerrenceM” Miller talked about the racist comments he sees constantly on Twitch chat.

The four decks that stood out most at DreamHack Austin.

Industry

IEM announced four events in the next year, including on in Shanghai in the fall.

The Berlin Pirate Party filed a motion to recognize esports in Germany.

Other games

Previewing Heroes of the Storm at DreamHack Tours this weekend.

Echo Fox has formed a Call of Duty team.

An interview with Street Fighter V pro Julio Fuentes.

How Overwatch fits into Heroes of the Storm.

Results

Epicenter Finals (Dota 2)

Group A

OG 2:0 Alliance

Group B

Virtus.pro 2:1 Team Secret

Evil Geniuses 2:1 Virtus.pro

ESL Pro League Finals (CS:GO)

Group A

OpTic Gaming 1:0 Astralis (16-7)

G2 Esports 1:0 Luminosity (16-12)

G2 Esports 1:0 OpTic Gaming (16-7)

Luminosity 2:1 Astralis (9-16, 16-12, 16-13)

Group B

Fnatic 1:0 Cloud 9 (16-10)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 1:0 Team Liquid (22-19)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 1:0 Fnatic (16-9)

ECS 2016 (CS:GO)

Europe

mousesports 2:1 EnVyUs (5-16, 16-11 16-14)

North America

Counter Logic Gaming 2:0 NRG (16-10, 16-12)

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

ESL Pro League Finals (CS:GO)

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

Group A

OpTic vs. Luminosity, 11:15 a.m.

Group B

Cloud 9 vs. Team Liquid, 8 a.m.

Fnatic vs. Cloud 9/ Liquid winner, 2:30 p.m.

Epicenter Finals (Dota 2)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/epicenter_en1

Winners bracket

Team Liquid vs. Evil Geniuses, 8 a.m.

Newbee vs. OG, 12 p.m.

Mid-Season Invitational (LOL)

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

Semifinals

Royal Never Give Up vs. SK Telecom T1, 1:30 a.m. Friday

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

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