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European Challenger Series: Pre-season Power Rankings

The European Challenger Series kicks off in a few days and our final participants have been confirmed. I am Josh 'Howspiffing' Raven, Esports journalist and former European Challenger Series manager, breaking down the teams and ranking them as they stand during the pre-season.   1 – Origen sOAZ, Amazing, xPeke, Niels, Mithy Recent Results – …


European Challenger Series: Pre-season Power Rankings

The qualifiers have ended, and the 6 teams that will participate in the European Challenger Series 2015 is decided. I am Josh Howspiffing Raven, Esports journalist and former European Challenger Scene manager. This is how I think the teams stack up as the start of the season approaches. 1 – Origen sOAZ, Amazing, xPeke, Niels, …


Picks & Bans in Competitive Play: iG vs VG

Written by: Sergio 'Bonnene' Alarcon   Bans for Invictus Gaming: Bans for Vici Gaming: None Rek'Sai None Sivir None Azir When analyzing pick and bans in competitive play, it’s important to note what side you are on, which champions are OP in the current patch, and what style of team composition you wish to run. …


Kung Fu Cup qualifiers and details

Announcing: Kung Fu Cup 2015 Season 1 The broadcasting powerhouse of the Chinese Starcraft community, The Starcraft Boys (SCboys) are proud to announce Kung Fu Cup 2015, a series of international online tournament, featuring 21k$ in prize pool and global qualifiers.  Format 32 man GSL/WCS style tournament, with two dual tournament group stages and a …


EU LCS: Week 3 Storylines

Welcome to my weekly European LCS column. Each week I’ll be taking a look at the most interesting storylines for you, the fans, to be keeping an eye on. Week three begins tomorrow, so here are my most interesting storylines to watch for the 3rd week of the EU LCS. ROCCAT slow on the acceleration …


The Dire Wolves: The 2015 OPL Underdogs

For four years, there was one team that dominated the Oceanic region: Team Immunity. Despite going through a number of different iterations, they managed to keep up their winning form. Led by AD Carry Raydere, they were unstoppable. The Winter Regional saw them finally dethroned, and as a result someone else stood up. Avant Garde …


Return of the King: FORG1VEN

During the pre-season of Season 5, Team Curse announced that long-time AD Carry, David “Cop” Roberson, would be released from the roster of the main team. With LCS only four months away and upcoming pre-season tournaments like IEM San Jose and Cologne right around the corner, the team would need to decide on their new …


Staring into the abyss – An interview with the trolls behind the IEM attacks

  Trolling is a time honored tradition among social misfits and other internet miscreants. Trolling can range from a relatively benign activity to aggressive and highly intrusive behaviors. One of the most prominent form of trolling in eSports is the act of gaining access to televised games in order to display inflammatory statements on stream. …


EU LCS: Week 2 Storylines

Welcome to my weekly European LCS column. Each week I’ll be taking a look at the most interesting storylines for you, the fans, to be keeping an eye on. Week two begins tomorrow, so here are my most interesting storylines to watch for the 2nd week of the EU LCS. Are Fnatic as strong as …


Challenger Chat Episode 4: Interview with Fusion Nien

Challenger Chat is back! In this episode I interview former CLG top laner and current Fusion Gaming AD Carry Zach 'Nien' Malhas about his past experience as a challenger player, his current team, and his thoughts on the rest of the challenger scene in North America.      


 

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