Apex Pride reportedly kicked, Liquid hires Hungrybox’s coach, Na’Vi wants mascot

Our top stories from Thursday:

An interview with veteran esports photographer Robert Paul.

NRG’s Lucas “Santorin” Larsen talked in an interview about the formation of his team and hopes to turn around their summer split troubles in the League of Legends Championship Series.

The best League of Legends player in the world says he gets nervous when he’s not supposed to.

Two players from League Champions Korea team MVP made fun of each other on stage after winning a match.

Samsung Galaxy players had interesting things to say after momentarily taking over first place in the LCK.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Apex’s Challenger team was reportedly kicked from its gaming house.

Why removing auto relegation invites mediocrity in the LCS.

An interview with Splyce’s Martin “Wunder” Hansen.

An interview with David “Cop” Roberson, former Echo Fox coach now working with Apex.

The undefeated summer of Team SoloMid.

Dota 2

Storylines and rivalries heading into The Summit 5.

A look at Wings Gaming and its chances at The International 6.

Counter-Strike

An interview with Fernando “fer” Alvarenga after SK Gaming won ESL One Cologne.

SK coach Wilton “zews” Prado said after winning that Liquid was a momentum team, and SK took advantage of that.

Spencer “Hiko” Martin confirmed that Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev will not stay on Team Liquid after ESL One Cologne.

An interview with the YouTuber who first alerted people to the CS:GO Lotto scandal.

An interview with Nikola “NiKo” Kovač after mousesports’ exit from ESL One Cologne.

The ESL announced ESL One Cologne will run next July 7-9.

An interview with Cloud9’s Jake “Stewie2k” Yip.

Catching up with ESL One Cologne caster Jason “Moses” O’Toole.

An interview with Ninjas in Pyjamas’ Adam “friberg” Friberg.

Super Smash Bros

Catching up with Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman ahead of EVO.

Team Liquid has hired Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma’s coach, Luis “Crunch” Rosias, as its first Smash coach.

Joseph “Mang0” Marquez is looking for another major victory at EVO.

CEO might change sites and or dates as it searched for a new venue for next year.

A feature about Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni.

A look at the rise of Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios.

Hearthstone

Natus Vincere’s Sebastian “Xixo” Bentert won the StarLadder i-League Season 2 Finals over the weekend.

Industry

Natus Vincere is looking for a mascot.

How to change the mainstream perception of esports.

A look at how esports handles the monetary value of ethics.

Results

Friday

ESL One Cologne (CS:GO)

Quarterfinals

SK Gaming 2:0 Flipsid3 Tactics (16-7, 19-17)

Liquid 2:1 Natus Vincere (11-16 16-12, 16-6)

Fnatic 2:0 Gambit Gaming (16-5, 16-3)

League Champions Korea

MVP 2:1 CJ Entus

League of Legends Pro League

Oh My God 2:0 NewBee

European League Championship Series

Origen 2:0 Unicorns of Love

Fnatic 2:0 Vitality

Splyce 2:0 ROCCAT

G2 1:1 Giants

H2K 2:0 Schalke

North American League Championship Series

Team SoloMid 2:0 Cloud9

Immortals 2:0 EnVyUs

Saturday

ESL One Cologne (CS:GO)

Semifinals

SK Gaming 2:1 Virtus.pro (17-19, 16-5, 16-12)

Team Liquid 2:0 Fnatic (16-13, 16-13)

League Champions Korea

SK Telecom 2:1 KT Rolster

ROX Tigers 2:1 Jin Air Green Wings

League of Legends Pro League

Vici Gaming 2:0 Game Talents

Royal Never Give Up 2:0 Snake eSports

EDward Gaming 2:0 Team World Elite

European League Championship Series

Origen 2:0 Vitality

Fnatic 1:1 Unicorns of Love

Giants 2:0 H2K

G2 2:0 ROCCAT

Splyce 2:0 Schalke

League of Legends Masters Series

J Team 2:0 ahq

Midnight Sun 1:1 Hong Kong Esports

North American League Championship Series

Phoenix1 2:1 Echo Fox

Apex 2:0 NRG

Counter Logic Gaming 2:0 EnVyUS

Immortals 2:1 Liquid

Sunday

ESL One Cologne (CS:GO)

Grand final

SK Gaming 2:0 Liquid (16-7, 16-6)

League of Legends Masters Series

eXtreme Gamers 2:0 Team Mist

ahq 2:0 Hong Kong Esports

League of Legends Pro League

NewBee 2:1 LGD

Saint Gaming 2:0 Oh My God

North American League Championship Series

Team SoloMid 2:0 Apex

Cloud9 2:0 NRG

Counter Logic Gaming 2:1 Phoenix1

Liquid 2:1 Echo Fox

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

League Champions Korea

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

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

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