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ESL changes VAC ban rules, Oceanic LoL controversy continues

Our top stories from Thursday:

Stephen Chiu previews the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational with 14 players of particular interest (Part 1).

An interview with Cloud9’s Andy “Smoothie” Ta from the North American League of Legends Championship.

A roundup of comments from MVP’s head coach and SKT’s Peanut after their League Champions Korea matches this week.

German keyboard manufacturer CHERRY sponsored KT Rolster’s League of Legends team.

The Oceanic League of Legends controversy with Tainted Minds took another odd turn.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Interviews with Team SoloMid’s Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell and Phoenix1’s No “Arrow” Dong-hyeon.

A look at the top 10 trash talk moments in League of Legends.

A behind the scenes tour of the Phoenix1 house.

Counter-Strike

ESL granted cheaters a reprieve with changes to its VAC ban rules.

ESL released a statement about its rule change.

Five lingering questions in the large gape between LAN events.

Other games

A look at the first esports-specific arena in downtown Las Vegas.

Mineski completed its roster (Dota 2).

Dota 2 received an unusual second patch in one week.

An interview with Hearthstone game director Ben Brode.

D’ron ‘D1″ Maingrette and Jason “Anti” Bates talk about the upcoming Smash 4 2GG: Civil War.

Results

League Champions Korea

Afreeca Freecs 2:1 bbq Olivers

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Splyce 2:0 Vitality

G2 2:0 Giants

ESL Pro League Season 5 (CSGO)

Europe

North 1:1 Heroic (16-19, 16-10)

Virtus.pro 2:0 mousesports (16-5, 16-11)

G2 2:0 Kinguin (16-8, 19-16)

FaZe Clan 1:1 Astralis (14-16, 16-9)

North America

Luminosity 1:1 Winterfox (17-19, 16-6)

SK Gaming 2:0 Misfits (16-6, 16-5)

Immortals 1:1 NRG (16-14, 10-16)

Renegades 2:0 Selfless (16-11, 16-8)

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

European League Championship Series (LoL)

ROCCAT vs. Misfits, 11 a.m.

Origen vs. Unicorns of Love, 2 p.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Cloud9 vs. Dignitas, 6 p.m.

FlyQuest vs. Echo Fox, 9 p.m.

Saturday

European League Championship Series (LoL)

H2K vs. Vitality, 10 a.m.

Fnatic vs. Giants, 1 p.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Team SoloMid vs. Team Liquid, 3 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. Phoenix1, 3 p.m.

Immortals vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 6 p.m.

Echo Fox vs. EnVyUs, 6 p.m.

League Champions Korea (LoL)

SK Telecom T1 vs. Samsung Galaxy, 4 a.m.

MVP vs. ROX Tigers, 7 a.m.

Sunday

League Champions Korea (LoL)

Afreeca Freecs vs. Longzhu Gaming, 4 a.m.

KT Rolster vs. Kongdoo Monster, 7 a.m.

North American League Championship Series (LoL)

Team SoloMid vs. Phoenix1, 3 p.m.

Immortals vs. Dignitas, 3 p.m.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. EnVyUs, 6 p.m.

FlyQuest vs. Team Liquid, 6 p.m.

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