NA LCS summer finals in Toronto, Valencia CF enters esports, s1mple back to Liquid

Our top stories from Monday:

The summer finals of the North American League Championship Series are coming to Canada, and it’s a big moment for a part of the region often overlooked.

After dying in an embarrassing way during a match, SK Telecom T1’s Bae “Bang” Jin-Suk said he’s working on not dying in such stupid ways.

An insightful Q&A with long-time Smash player, commentator and writer Wynton “Prog” Smith.

Comments from SKT coach Choi Byung-Hoon after Monday’s dominant win against the ROX Tigers.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Riot Games announced the summer North American LCS finals will be in Toronto.

A look at the first week of the League of Legends Pro League summer split.

A career look back at Jeon “Ray” Jiwon of Apex Gaming.

A feature about Apex players Ray and Jang “Keane” Lae-young hitting their stride together.

A handful of interviews from the North American LCS.

On Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett and the double edged sword of putting wins first.

Dota 2

A look at the relationship between Peter “PPD” Drager and Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, two of the most famous players of all time.

New kings will be crowned in Manila.

Counter-Strike

Team Liquid has parted ways with Eric “AdreN” Hoag and will temporarily bring backOleksandr “s1mple” Kostylev.

Astralis will use a temporary substitute but expects Finn “karrigan” Andersen to be able to compete in some ELeague matches this week.

Faruk “pita” Pita will be the fifth player for Counter Logic Gaming in this week’s ELeague matches.

Casper “cadiaN” Moller will play for Team SoloMid in ELeague.

StarLadder has announced a $10,000 women’s CS:GO tournament next month.

Selfless Gaming has released Michael “Uber” Stapells.

Hearthstone

Why Hearthlytics disbanding is a wakeup call for Hearthstone.

Catching up with Tempo Storm owner Andrey “Reynad” Yanyuk.

Super Smash Bros

An interview with Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman.

Industry

The Copenhagen Wolves are ceasing all operations.

Spanish soccer club Valencia is reportedly entering esports and will field teams in FIFA, Rocket League and, eventually, League of Legends.

Blizzard and Facebook have partnered to bring players live stream integration to the Battle.net client.

Buffalo Wild Wings is, in a way, the battleground for mainstream esports acceptance.

Other games

Gale Force eSports came through with an upset win at the North American Regional (HotS).

Takeaways from the group stage of the Rocket League European Championship.

Catching up with two Overwatch casters to talk about the game’s esports scene.

Results

League of Legends Champions Korea

SK Telecom T1 2:0 ROX Tigers

Manila Major (Dota 2)

Upper bracket

MVP Phoenix 2:0 Team Liquid

OG 2:0 Natus Vincere

Lower bracket

compLexity 1:0 Wings

Alliance 1:0 Mineski

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

League of Legends Champions Korea

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/lck1

Longzhu vs. CJ Entus, 7 a.m.

Samsung Galaxy vs. Jin Air Green Wings, 4 a.m. Wednesday

Manila Major (Dota 2)

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

Lower bracket

Vici Gaming Reborn vs. Evil Geniuses, 7:45 a.m.

Team Empire vs. Team Secret, 9 a.m.

Upper bracket

Newbee vs. Digital Chaos, 10 p.m.

LGS Gaming vs. Fnatic, 1:20 a.m. Wednesday

ELeague: Week 3 (CS:GO)

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

Astralis vs. NRG, 12 p.m.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. SK Gaming, 2 p.m.

Astralis vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 4 p.m.

European Challenger Series (LOL)

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

Huma vs. Nerv, 11 a.m.

Misfits vs. Team Forge, 1 p.m.

EPsilon vs. Millenium, 3 p.m.

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

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