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New patch, new game, but imbalance remains in Dota 2

The anticipation for a new Dota 2 patch crested shortly after the Frankfurt Major ended in late November. The current meta was stale, the games predictable featuring the same heroes and play style. Entering a new game to see the first pick Windranger, with Necrophos and Tusk also used constantly makes the game a chore.

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North American and European Preseason All-LCS teams

After giant offseason rollercoaster ride, the start of the League of Legends Championship Series is finally here. A handful of top European players moved to North American teams, leaving fans with some regret and confusion as who to root for this year, but I’m here to tell you everything will be fine for Europe. North

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Europe’s False Exodus

As a result of some higher-profile players leaving European teams during the League of Legends offseason, LoL Esports, content-creation hub for Riot Games, made a reference to an “EU Exodus” in a video promoting the start of this week’s League of Legends Championship Series. Using the word “exodus” is an overreaction, especially considering that word

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The Incredible Miracle of Longzhu

In what has been the most unexpected developments of the League of Legends offseason, Incredible Miracle, recently rebranded as Longzhu, has put together a team that could win League of Legends Champions Korea. Longzhu has established a 10-man roster for the 2016 season, with expected starters Lee “Flame” Ho-jong, Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun, Shin “Coco” Jin-yeong,

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Permanent CSGO ban shouldn’t be a shock

Valve Corporation became the center of esports conversation late Tuesday afternoon when it announced the ban for players found to be fixing competitive CounterStrike: Global Offensive matches last year would be permanent. As expected, Internet reactions spanned a wide range of emotions, fromoutrage to sadness (and even a bit more extreme). But one feeling that

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On the Economic Sustainability of Esports

Esports is growing up. Like other professional sports and competitive enterprises before it, issues outside the game are generating discussion. Player salaries and transparency took center stage last week. The debate is born from a confluence of desires related to the sustainability of esports. Players need to earn enough to make it a possible and

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Most important esports stories to monitor in 2016

As esports continues to evolve, some bigger-picture issues will, presumably, come to the forefront of the minds of players, fans and developers around the world. So what’s next? The industry has shown a rapid growth that expects to continue in 2016 and beyond. We’re past the point of wondering if esports is a permanent fixture

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