eSports Update – Week of September 22nd, 2015

By – Drew Martz

            Hello, and welcome back to another eSports Update! Nothing super-huge happened over the past two weeks, so this update is going to mostly consist of a lot smaller news tidbits rolled into only a few paragraphs. Anyway, let’s get started!


Let’s start with a bunch of League of Legends news. First off, the 2016 Spring Promotion tournament happened two weeks ago, with Gamers2 and Gambit securing their spot in the EU LCS for next year, while Team8 and Coast claimed their own spots in next year’s NA LCS. Next, the groups for October’s World Championships were drafted this week, with Group A consisting of CLG, Flash Wolves, KOO Tigers, and Pain Gaming,  and Group B containing Fnatic, Invictus Gaming, AHQ eSports, and Cloud9. Finally, Group C contains SKT T1, H2K, EDG, and Bangkok Titans, and Group D consists of LGD Gaming, KT Rolster, TSM, and Origen. Oh yeah, and Riot Games also announced that the All-Star Event is set to make a return. Cool.

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Now let’s talk about a game we haven’t reported on before: Starcraft 2. It’s getting an expansion, called “Legacy of the Void”, which, considering it’s coming out more than 5 years after the original game, makes me wonder why they can’t just make Starcraft 3. Anyway, I won’t get too much into the details, so if you’re interested, go check it out. I hear the trailer is pretty cool. Also – (~segue~) – for the first time in three years, a non-Korean player won the World Championship Series by the name of David “Lilbow” Moschetto. This is pretty big news, considering that my friend who used to play Starcraft 2 said he got out of it because the scene was so heavily Korean-dominated.

esports update image 3           Now for a bit of Hearthstone news. I talked in a previous update about the Archon Team League for Hearthstone; well, that tournament is now over, with Nihilum taking the crown and a $150,000 grand prize, beating out the promising Cloud9 team in the finals.

Here are some last little news bytes for you all, not necessarily related to eSports, but interesting overall: 1) Smite is on Steam now! Even if you already own an account, you can seamlessly move over to the popular PC gaming platform and resume beating deities senseless. Plus, their achievement system actually means something now! 2) DOTA 2 has officially been reborn! The visual overhaul of the game includes a brand new engine and an updated client, which looks absolutely gorgeous. Take notes, Riot Games. Like seriously.

That’s all for this update! Tune in next week for the next Indie Game Spotlight! Want a hint about what the next game is? Okay: it’s about brutally maiming small farm animals. Except it’s really cute. Hey, you wanted a hint.

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.