eSports Update – July 27th, 2015

By: Drew Martz

Before we start, I’m happy to announce that these blogs will be coming to you on a weekly schedule from here on out. Be on the lookout for eSports Updates every two weeks, with a soon-to-be-determined special blog series premiering soon.  Finally, I will be able to end each blog with “See you next week” as opposed to awkwardly signing out while trying not to specify an exact date for the next post! HOORAY FOR CONSISTENCY.


Now then, to the news.  Chinese superstar League of Legends player and Team Impulse mid laner Yu “XiaoWeiXiao” Xian has been found guilty of ELO boosting players’ accounts for large sums of cash. This is obviously a very large deal, so XiaoWeiXiao has been suspended from pro play for the time being while the investigation into the matter continues.  This is less than a week after Impulse’s starting support player “Adrian” Ma stepped down from the team, citing personal play-related reasons.

The ESL has become the first major eSports organization to announce that they will start mandatory tests for performance enhancing drugs. This policy follows the controversy that started when CS:GO player Kory “Semphis”  Friesen admitted that his entire former team, Cloud 9, took Adderall before playing in a professional tournament. Taking Adderall off prescription is dangerous and, well, pretty illegal, and so the ESL is taking precautions to prevent this from happening in the future.


With the Dota 2 International 5 just around the corner, Valve has released the two groups of eight teams who will all be competing for the record-breaking grand prize. Group A consists of compLexity Gaming, Invictus Gaming, LGD Gaming, Natus Vincere, Fnatic, Cloud9, and Team Secret, while Group B contains EHOME, Evil Geniuses, Team Empire, Vici Gaming, Newbee, Virtus Pro, and MVP.Hot6ix, with the two wildcard teams split up to round out the pairings.



Finally, the Smite Pro League Summer Finals started this past weekend (July 24th-26th). The top 3 teams from NA (Cloud9 G2A, Team SoloMid, and AFK Gaming) and EU (PARADIGM, Titan, and Fnatic) have been invited to play in the tournament, and it will determine which teams will qualify to participate in the World Championship in 2016.

That’s all for this week! Check back in two weeks for the next update in all things eSports, and tune in next week for a whole new blog series!

Man, that outro was easy.



aaaaAbout the blogger

Drew 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.