Major LoL esports changes, Ajax signs FIFA player, Shaq interview

Our top stories from Thursday:

An interview with Team EnVyUs Overwatch player Timo “Taimou” Kettunen on becoming a pro.

A look at the 10 most pants-on-head crazy things said in League Champions Korea this summer.

Catch up on the latest blog posts: Chiu on This, Found in Translation, Blake’s Hot Takes and Mangaka’s Study.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

An internal email from Riot Games leaked, explaining major changes to League of Legends esports (which Riot later confirmed).

An interview Riot’s esports directors about what the changes mean.

How Riot’s changes nudge League toward a more traditional model.

A day spent in South Korea with Counter Logic Gaming.

A look at the top five AD Carries entering the world championships.

A look at poaching allegations in the Brazilian league.

Overwatch

mousesports has signed four players to its Overwatch roster.

Industry

An interview with Shaquille O’Neal about the esports industry.

Other games

Blizzard announced the format for the Hearthstone World Championship.

AFC Ajax has signed a professional FIFA player.

An interview with Hearthstone designer Ben Brode.

Results

ESL Pro League Season 4: Week 6 (CSGO)

Europe

Natus Vincere 1:1 Virtus.pro (3-16, 16-9)

PENTA 1:1 Flipsid3 (16-14, 7-16)

North America

Immortals 2:0 SK Gaming (16-11, 16-4)

OpTic 2:0 Selfless (16-13, 22-20)

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

Gfinity Invitational (CSGO)

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

EnVyUs vs. Epsilon, 6:30 a.m.

Saturday

ESL Pro League Season 4: Week 6 (CSGO)

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

Europe

Virtus.pro vs. EnVyUs, 10:30 a.m.

PENTA vs. HellRaisers, 3:20 p.m.

North America

Cloud9 vs. NRG, 6 p.m.

SK Gaming vs. Splyce, 8 p.m.

Echo Fox vs. Winterfox, 10 p.m.

Gfinity Invitational (CSGO)

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

mousesports vs. GODSENT, 6:30 a.m.

Sunday

ESL Pro League Season 4: Week 6 (CSGO)

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

Europe

Flipsid3 vs. Hellraisers, 10:30

Fnatic vs. Natus Vincere, 12:50 p.m.

Dignitas vs. FaZe Clan, 3:20 p.m.

North America

Cloud9 vs. Winterfox, 6 p.m.

NRG vs. compLexity, 8 p.m.

Echo Fox vs. Splyce, 10 p.m.

Gfinity Invitational (CSGO)

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

Finals, 6:30 a.m.

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

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