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Each week, High Score updates you on the week that was in eSports. Catch up on the coolest matches, the biggest battles, and the latest news right here, all in easy to digest word bites! Read on friends and stay in the know!
A Legend Retires
League of Legends is one of the earliest and longest-running esports games, and with age comes change. One change facing LOL is the retirement of South Korean player Choi “inSec” In-seok. The 24-year-old isn’t leaving the sport out of age, but because he is about to enter the military. In South Korea, all able-bodied men must serve in the military before they turn 28, and with just four years left to fulfill his duty, Choi has decided to leave his team.
Choi made his name in the game at the 2013 All-Star event when he used Lee Sin’s “true” inSec against Peter “yellowpete” Wüppen. At the time, the inSec was a flashy move that pros didn’t use, but once Choi showed its power, the world was changed.
Good luck, Choi!
AmaNEk Benches bodyy
CS:GO player François “AmaNEk” Delaunayhad been a free agent since the year began and his contract with Team LDLC ended. That ended this past week when the player signed with G2. While it’s all sunshine and lollipops for AmaNEk, the same can’t be said for fellow G2 teammate Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro.
AmaNEk’s addition puts bodyy on the bench, marking the latest G2 change in recent weeks. Kévin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans and Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux were replaced with Audric “JaCkz” Jug and Lucas “Lucky” Chastang. The team has been struggling to find a path forward – failing to make it to the playoffs in six of the last seven majors.
The addition of AmaNEk – who will be making he G2 debut at WESG – which began today!
Vici Heads to Stockholm
ViCi Gaming took the trophy at the Starladder ImbaTV Kiev Dota 2 Minor of the year and will be heading to Stockholm for DreamLeague Season 11.
ViCi Gaming dominated the competition, leaving the group stage at 2-0 before taking on Old but Gold in the semi-finals. VG didn’t slow down, beating Old but Gold 2-0. The final came down to VG vs Gambit Esports, with VG taking the win 3-0.
DreamLeague Season 11 starts March 14 where ViCi will face off against 15 other teams, including Ninjas in Pyjamas, Chaos Esports Club, and Mineski.
Overwatch League Week 4
— NYXL (@NYXL) March 9, 2019
The New York Excelsior continued their domination over the league, going undefeated yet again for a 7-0 record after taking down the San Francisco Shock with a devastating 4-0 win.
The Shock didn’t let their loss keep them down though – on Sunday they beat Paris Eternal 3-1.
While New York may hold first place in the league, the Vancouver Titans aren’t letting the team rest on their laurels. The Titans, brought their record to 6-0 with a win over Paris Eternal who clearly had a rough weekend.
Next week is the final full week of play before the Stage 1 Playoffs, and with 7th place San Francisco Shock having the week off and the 8th place
Chiquita Evans Makes History
Chiquita “chiquitae126” Evans made esports history when she became the first woman drafted into the NBA 2K League. Joining the Warriors Gaming Squad – the esports division of the Golden State Warriors – as their small forward. Evans was the only woman out of the 198 players to make the cut.
Evans has a long history with basketball. She grew up in Chicago watching the Michael Joran era Bulls dominate the game and played college basketball at Kentucky State University until an injury made it impossible for her to continue.
Still, the competitive spirit burned inside Evans, and she picked up NBA 2K9. She honed her gaming skills for years, making her competitive debut with NBA 2K16.
Anthem Patches Up
BioWare’s Anthem was a much-anticipated game that seemed destined for esports glory.
And then it came out. To put it mildly, the game was a hot mess and players were not happy. Like… at all. Still, BioWare isn’t about to just throw in the towel, and a recent update – which is scheduled to be followed by another big update later this week – may help clean up everyone’s problems. You can check out the patch fixes here. While the patch appears to fix a number of crashes, notably missing is one major problem PS4 players have claimed – that the game is bricking their console. BioWare has denied that Anthem is breaking PS4s. This issue in particular lead to Sony offering refunds for people who purchased Anthem.
Hopefully, BioWare can get the game in shape and all this nastiness can be left in the past.
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