Kikis steps down, ESL One Cologne main qualifier, Dardoch talks

Our top stories from the weekend:

Team Liquid’s Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett gave his first public comments after being suspended for two weeks.

Lee “Wolf” Jae-Wan of SK Telecom T1 said playing foreign teams at the Mid-Season Invitational prepared his team for a strong start in League Champions Korea.

The state of Dota 2 as an esports is solid, but some improvements could help the scene reach higher success.

A look at how the Overwatch professional scene started building before the game even released.

Korean rookie LCK team MVP is looking forward to playing SKT and Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok.

KT Rolster’s Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho said the team’s success largely depends on how well he plays.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

G2 announced Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek is stepping down from its European League Championship Series team.

Catching up with EnVyUs owner Mike Rufail.

Updated playlist of interviews from the European and North American LCS.

An interview with NRG’s Oh “Ohq” Gyu-min.

Reviewing the top three teams in the European LCS.

An interview with Cloud9’s William “Meteos” Hartman.

A look at the ROX Tigers, consistently the second best team in Korea but still behind SKT.

An interview with H2K’s Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski.

A feature on the Challenger Series, the breeding ground for the LCS (sometimes).

What makes a good “match of the week.”

Dota 2

Winning the Manila Major made OG the first two-time champions since Valve introduced the major system last year.

Recapping the Manila Major.

Counter-Strike

Groups have been drawn for ESL One Cologne next month.

Catch up on full coverage from the weekend’s ESL One Cologne main qualifier.

A Counter-Strike scammer in Denmark has received 30 days jail time.

An interview with mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü.

Hearthstone

Thijs Molendijk won the weekend’s European championship to qualify for the world championships in the fall.

Super Smash Bros

A feature on Smash 4 pro Leonardo “Leo” Lopez.

Previewing the summer of Melee events.

Other games

The ESL announced it will host the first Overwatch tournament with six figures in prize money.

EA Sports announced it is implementing a new esports infrastructure with weekly competitions for its games.

Results

Friday

Manila Major (Dota 2)

Lower bracket

Team Liquid 2:0 Fnatic

LGS Gqming 2:1 MVP Phoenix

ESL One Cologne Qualifier (CS:GO)

Round 2 low

OpTic 1:0 Fluffy Gangsters (16-9-)

Splyce 1:0 Renegades (16-14)

Tyloo 1:0 Immortals (16-11)

Dignitas 1:0 Empire (16-13)

Round 2 high

G2 1:0 HellRaisers (16-8)

FaZe Clan 1:0 Flipsid3 (16-5)

mousesports 1:0 Cloud9 (16-12)

Gambit Gaming 1:0 EnVyUs (16-10)

ELEAGUE: Week 3 Final

Astralis 2:1 Counter Logic Gaming (16-7, 16-19, 16-11)

League of Legends Champions Korea

Jin Air Green Wings 2:0 CJ Entus

KT Rolster 2:0 Afreeca Freecs

League of Legends Masters Series

J Team 2:0 eXtreme Gamers, 7 a.m.

Hong Kong Esports 2:0 Machi

League of Legends Pro League

Royal Never Give Up 2:0 LGD Gaming

Vici Gaming 2:0 Oh My God

European League Championship Series (LOL)

G2 2:0 Splyce

ROCCAT 2:0 Vitality

H2K 2:0 Fnatic

Schalke 1:1 Origen

Giants 2:0 Unicorns of Love

North American League Championship Series (LOL)

Immortals 2:1 NRG

EnVyUs 2:1 Apex

Saturday

Manila Major (Dota 2)

Upper bracket final

OG 2:1 Newbee

Lower bracket

Liquid 2:0 LGD Gaming

Liquid 2:1 NewBee

ESL One Cologne Main Qualifier (CS:GO)

Round 3 high

Mousesports 1:0 G2 (16-1)

FaZe Clan 1:0 Gambit (16-11)

Round 3 low

Renegades 1:0 Fluffy Gangsters (16-11)

Immortals 1:0 Team Empire (16-7)

Round 3 mid

HellRaisers 1:0 Dignitas (16-10)

OpTic 1:0 Flipsid3 (16-7)

Cloud9 1:0 TyLoo (16-13)

EnVyUs 1:0 Splyce (16-4)

League of Legends Champions Korea

MVP 2:0 ESC Ever

SK Telecom T1 2:0 Samsung Galaxy

League of Legends Pro League

Snake eSports 2:0 Invictus Gaming

NewBee 2:1 Saint Gaming

EDward Gaming 2:0 Game Talents

League of Legends Masters Series

Hong Kong Esports 2:0 eXtreme Gamers

ahq e-Sports Club 2:0 Team Mist

North American League Championship Series (LOL)

Counter Logic Gaming 2:1 Team Liquid

NRG 2:0 Echo Fox

Cloud9 2:1 Phoenix1

Team SoloMid 2:0 Apex

Sunday

Manila Major (Dota 2)

Grand Final

OG 3:1 Liquid

ESL One Cologne Main Qualifier (CS:GO)

Round 4 high

OpTic 1:0 HellRaisers (16-14)

EnVysUs 1:0 Cloud9 (16-12)

Gambit 1:0 G2 (16-10)

Round 4 low

TyLoo 1:0 Splyce (16-14)

Dignitas 1:0 Renegades (16-12)

Flipsid3 1:0 Immortals (16-12)

Round 5

Dignitas 1:0 TyLoo (16-3)

FLipsid3 1:0 HellRaisers (16-9)

G2 1:0 Cloud9 (16-8)

League of Legends Pro League

Team World Elite 2:0Vici Gaming

Royal Never Give Up 2:1 I MAY

LGD Gaming 2:1 Oh My God

North American League Championship Series (LOL)

Team SoloMid 2:1 Immortals

EnVyUs 2:0 Phoenix1

Cloud9 2:0 Counter Logic Gaming

Team Liquid 2:0 Echo Fox

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

League of Legends Champions Korea

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

SK Telecom T1 vs. MVP, 7 a.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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