League of Legends worlds group draw, fer returns, Smite team banned

Our top stories from the weekend:

The Global StarCraft League final was about two men with very divergent career paths.

The ROX Tigers seem very gracious to be going to the League of Legends World Championship as League Champions Korea’s No. 1 seed.

A former StarCraft coach has joined Samsung Galaxy’s League of Legends coaching staff for worlds.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

The groups have been drawn for worlds, which begins at the end of the month.

First impressions of the worlds group draw.

Dota 2

Zhang LaNm Zhicheng has re-joined EHOME.

Counter-Strike

Fernando “fer” Alvarenga is ready to return to the SK Gaming lineup after surgery.

GODSENT was stunned in the finals of qualifiers for ELEAGUE Season 2 by German team Alternate aTTaX.

Super Smash Bros

Adam ‘Armada Lindgren won Syndicate 2016 (Melee), defeating Weston “Westballz” Dennis in the finals.

Gonzalo ‘ZeRo” Barrios will be in the Guinness Book of World Records for his 53-tournament win streak.

Industry

An interview with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman about esports.

The esports mom: A profile of Susie “lilsusie” Kim.

An interview with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns about esports.

Other games

A team was banned from professional Smite for allegedly urging players to accept $1 monthly salaries.

Hearthstone is removing 45 cards from Arena mode.

The most surprising cards in the One Night in Karazhan Hearthstone expansion.

Daigo Umehara won Lockdown to qualify for the Capcom Pro Tour European Regional (Street Fighter V).

Justin Wong won Manila Cup 2016 to qualify for the Capcom Pro Tour Asian Regional (Street Fighter V).

An interview with Splyce owner Marty Strenczewilk at the Call of Duty World Championships.

Results

Friday

StarLadder i-League Season 2 (CSGO)

Group B

Flipsid3 2:1 FaZe Clan (4-16, 16-12, 16-14)

Group C

Astralis 2:1 Tyloo (16-7, 10-16, 16-12)

Group D

EnVyUs 2:0 VG.CyberZen (16-14, 16-3)

Saturday

StarLadder i-League Season 2 (CSGO)

Cloud9 2:1 Flipsid3 (16-8, 8-16, 16-5)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 2:1 Astralis (6-16, 16-12, 16-6)

G2 2:0 EnVyUs (16-14, 16-13)

Dignitas 2:1 Heroic (16-11, 12-16, 16-12)

League of Legends Masters Series: Promotional Tournament

eXtreme Gamers 3:1 Wings of Liberty

Sunday

StarLadder i-League Season 2 (CSGO)

Semifinals

Ninjas in Pyjamas 2:0 Cloud9 (16-9, 16-7)

G2 2:0 Dignitas (16-13, 16-12)

Grand final

Ninjas in Pyjamas 2:0 G2 (16-7, 22-18)

League of Legends Masters Series: Promotional Tournament

Team Mist 3:1 NonHK

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

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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