League of Legends Pro Picks: E-sports Equipments

Like a tennis racket or a set of clubs, good equipment does more than simply facilitate play, it is the key to mastering the craft, and familiarity with the different pieces needed to play the game is necessary to consistently perform at a high level. In e-sports, your tools are just as critical. Rather than cleats or bats, players' tools for most e-sports can be counted down to a handful of key components: the mouse, mouse pad, keyboard and headset. Wiktor "Taz" Wojtas, a member of Virtus.Pro's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, stresses the necessity of each piece in a succinct manner. "In Counter-Strike, you need to have good movement, which is your keyboard. You need to have good aim, which is your mouse and mouse pad," Wojtas says. "And then, in order to actually move on the map and understand what is going on, you need to have a good ...


League of Thrones: SKT continues dynasty at MSI

Defeating the reigning king was never going to be easy, and Counter Logic Gaming, in its current form, was not the chosen one to halt the SK Telecom T1 dynasty. Sunday's final resulted with the Korean king charging its way to a fourth straight major title. Counter Logic Gaming's words of defiance toward the undisputed world champion continued until the final Nexus push. CLG deflected back at everything SKT T1 threw at it in the Mid-Season Invitational finals, but it wasn't enough; the heavy sword of the SKT dynasty put to sleep another contender. In the past three international events SKT T1 has attended, it's faced a different region's combatant in the final. At the 2015 Riot World Championships, it was fellow countryman, KOO Tigers, who challenged SKT for the throne. Although the Tigers pierced through SKT’s armor to deliver it the first loss of the tournament, it wasn't nearly ...


XiaoWeiXiao and Shernfire suspended due to ELO Boosting

One of the best League of Legends teams in North America took a huge hit in their rooster due to the fact that of their star players was suspended for ELO boosting. Team Impulse mid laner Yu “XiaoWeiXiao” Xian has been involved in an ELO boosting operation that allegedly involved team manager Alex Gu. Riot Games confirmed the player was involved in “misconduct.” “We have spoken with XiaoWeiXiao regarding ELO boosting allegations,” Hunter Leigh, esports manager at Riot Games, told the Daily Dot. “He has confirmed misconduct and is suspended pending investigation.” “On July 21, LCS officials were made aware of evidence suggestiong that Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” Yu was engaged in ELO Boosting. Further investigation also suggested that XiaoWeiXiao had been in talks to sell and account with all champion skins unlocked to the same party who paid him to ELO Boost. XiaoWeiXiao came forward shortly after alleagations were made publica and admitted to ...


2016 MSI Knockout Stage: SKT Faker vs RNG Mata

Over the course of two days back in 2013, two of the greatest League of Legends players of all-time would begin their careers in South Korea. Cho "Mata" Se-hyeong, a rookie support for the team MVP Ozone, debuted in the support role, having a victory in his first game with a 1/0/17 score on Sona against KT Rolster. The following day, hype met reality as the highly anticipated amateur mid laner, Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, made his mark on the professional scene by solo killing domestic all-star Kang "Ambition" Chan-yong and defeating tournament favorites, CJ Entus Blaze, in his pro-gaming opener. The first player to ever knock Faker out of a tournament was Mata during their rookie tournament in Champions Spring 2013. SKT were eliminated by MVP Ozone in the semi-finals (3-1). Mata and Ozone went on to win the competition. The first player to ever knock Mata out of a ...

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