eSports Update – Week of September 8th, 2015

By: Drew Martz

               Hello, and welcome back to another eSports Update! Let’s get started with the latest in eSports news over the past two weeks!

               This past week has been chock full of League of Legends eSports news. First off, Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) took home their first-ever first place finish in the League Championship Series against fan favorites Team SoloMid, securing a top seed in the upcoming World Championships. Speaking of which, as the World Championships quickly approach, we’re starting to flesh out our lineup of who’s attending. Origen secured their spot at Worlds as 2nd place in Europe behind Fnatic, which wasn’t too much of a surprise, given their performance. However, the biggest upset was the miracle run of NA’s Cloud9, who beat the odds and won 3 Best of 5 games in a row against Gravity, Team Impulse, and Team Liquid, who won the NA Summer Split and was even still denied a Worlds trip after the loss to C9. If you’re a fan of League of Legends like I am, watch those games. They were a great show.

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In Heroes of the Storm news, Korea took home first place in the MSI Master Gaming Arena, the first major international HotS tournament, at PAX Prime last weekend. Beating both Europe’s Team Liquid and NA’s Tempo Storm 2-1 and 3-0 respectively, MVP Black showed their dominance in yet another eSports industry and secured a nice $50,000 prize.

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In Hearthstone news, Blizzard announced that, following the very successful Heroes of the Dorm collegiate tournament, they will be hosting the Collegiate Hearthstone Championships. Students from across North America can compete in teams of three and vie for a chance to win up to $12,000 in scholarship money. The tournament begins September 28th.

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Finally, looks like we might be seeing a new eSports franchise rise in popularity… maybe? Well, in Japan certainly. The adorable new Nintendo IP Splatoon will be given its first major competitive tournament in Japan, with $1,000,000 being given out in cash prizes. The tournament is slated to be held in Tokyo and ends on January 30th.

               That’s all for this week! Check back next week for another Indie Game Spotlight, where I will not be playing another horror game! See you next time!

 

 

About the blogger

aaaaDrew Martz is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Computer Science, and has been an avid gamer since he was only 5 years old. His favorite games include League of Legends, Pokémon, and Animal Crossing, but also is a big fan of the RPG genre.  His dream job is to be a character designer.  In his downtime, when he’s not playing games or following E-Sports, Drew enjoys binge-watching TV shows on Netflix and YouTube videos.