The NA LCS will return to the best-of-one format next year

Emily Rand: Returning to best-of-ones reinforces Riot’s marketing-first philosophy for the NA LCS/League of Legends esports

Riot Games announced Friday the return of the best-of-one format for the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) starting next spring. Dropped right in between the play-in and group stages of the League of Legends World Championship, the announcement immediately dominated social media discussion. Despite the fact that it further proves — […]

October 1, 2017
Team Liquid, Astralis and SK Gaming will rematch at Group D of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier

ELEAGUE Group D, the rematch in Atlanta: Team Liquid will now feel the pressure of being chased

At ESL One New York, Team Liquid pulled off the unimaginable in defeating Astralis and SK Gaming during a run to the finals.

September 29, 2017
Leenock retired earlier this month

Alma Mater: a Leenock Retrospective

Lee “Leenock” Dong-Nyoung announced his retirement Sept. 14 following the GSL Super Tournament. It was to be his last StarCraft 2 run before entering military service, one last hurrah before it all came to an end.

September 28, 2017
Team Liquid could be the real deal this time in CS:GO

The Liquid Democracy

At ESL One New York, we bore witness to one of the great runs in recent North American Counter-Strike history.

September 26, 2017
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