IdrA is a cautionary tale for Starcraft players -- and any esports pros

The IdrA archetype: How conquering oneself is the key to success

The year was 2011. Twitch was still a niche company and streaming was a niche idea

September 22, 2017
Overwatch needs an FPL-like feature to produce pro Overwatch players

Stuchiu: Why Blizzard can’t rely on the ladder alone as a breeding ground for pro Overwatch players

Out of all the ambitious goals proclaimed for the upcoming Overwatch League, perhaps the most eye-catching plan involved streamlining and systematizing the process of becoming a professional player.

September 21, 2017
FaZe Clan and Team Liquid elevated themselves at ESL One New York

Turning potential into reality: The Ascension of Team Liquid and FaZe Clan

ESL One New York was the second Tier 1 tournament in the post-break CS:GO season.

September 19, 2017
Rift Rivals has some relevance when projecting the League of Legends World Championship

Kelsey Moser: Gauging the relevance of NA vs EU Rift Rivals heading into worlds

Much salt was sprinkled over North America’s dominant form at the Western Rift Rivals event.

September 18, 2017
ESL One New York 2016 was the tournament of broken promises

Reflecting on ESL One New York 2016, the tournament of broken promises

The American Dream is a seductive, dangerous idea. As the engine behind turning a frontier nation into the premier superpower in the world, the very notion is heady.

September 13, 2017
ESG Tour showcased the rising tides in CS:GO

Stuchiu: The rising tides at ESG Tour

The second LAN of the Counter-Strike season felt unsettlingly calm.

September 12, 2017
The NA LCS gauntlet ended with cloud9 winning, but what went wrong with CLG, FLyQuest and Dignitas?

Emily Rand: Breaking down the NA LCS gauntlet and what went wrong for Dignitas, FlyQuest, and CLG

The regional qualifying gauntlet for North America was supposedly one of the toughest yet, even more than last year’s slugfest between Immortals and Cloud9.

September 12, 2017
FaZe Clan rebounded and Snax shouldn't be IGL

DeKay’s Final Five from ESG/ELEAGUE: FaZe rebounds and Snax is too skilled to be IGL

The weekend was filled with Counter-Strike, as ESG Tours, Group A of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier and DreamHack Montreal all took place.

September 11, 2017
Fnatic finished strong when it mattered in the EU LCS gauntlet

Kelsey Moser: On Fnatic’s finish

Although much talk in the finals of the European League of Legends Championship Series regional gauntlet surrounded the catastrophe of H2K Gaming’s bottom lane getting 2-v-2 killed as Sivir and Braum in Game 1 and other misplays by Sin “Nuclear” Jeong-hyeon, I found Fnatic’s draft in the third and final game the perfect culmination of the series.

September 11, 2017