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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!
League of Legends Will Never PRaY Again
After making it to the world championships five times, and being on the winning team of the Korean Championships three times, Kim “PraY” Jong-in has decided to retire from playing League of Legends professionally.
PRaY broke the news during an impromptu stream last Sunday, leaving fans saddened. PRaY explained to viewers that he had lost confidence in his skills as a pro, despite his outstanding 58-19 career record.
The decision to retire wasn’t completely shocking; PRaY had stepped away from the LoL pro circuit in 2018 after failing to make it to the World Championship, putting his focus on streaming instead. Still, there is a sadness seeing the man responsible for “The Arrow Heard Round the World” decide that the time has come to hang up the keyboard.
A Ban Hammer Brings Down the Dragon Gate
In other League of Legends news, Hong Kong’s Dragon Gate has been permanently banned from the League Master Series, with team leader Hu Wei-Jie being banned from being affiliated with any team, professional or amateur, in LMS or in a Riot-sanctioned tournament. Along with Hu Wei-Jie, Liu “JGY” Yang was given an 18-month in-season ban, while coach Fan “yoga” Jiang-Peng and manager Li “xiaoyu” Xin-Yu both got themselves 12-month in-season bans.
What brought out the ban hammer, you ask? Just a serious amount of doing bad stuff!
A league investigation found that Dragon Gate, who came in dead last at the 2019 LMS Spring Split, was fixing games and betting on matches. As the story goes, the team’s AD carry, Liu “Soul” Kai, was asked to throw matches. For his part, Soul would receive $750 a match. Soul refused, and the decision was made to replace him with Jiang “YuLun” Yu-Lun for the final three weeks of the season.
SuperEsports, who came in first at the 2019 Elite Challenger League Spring Playoffs, will be taking Dragon Gate’s place for the summer split.
The Hunter(ace) Takes the Hearthstone
Casper “Hunterace” Notto walked out of the Hearthstone World Championship as the top player, earning himself a kingly sum of $250,000. Hunterace battled his way through 16 of the best Hearthstone players in the world to take the championship. Along the way, Hunterace took down Brian “bloodyface” Eason in the quarterfinals and Guan “SNJing” Zhendong in the finals before facing off and defeating Torben “Viper” Wahl in the grand final.
Crabby Fan Lets it Fly
After winning the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament at Pound 2019, Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma got an unexpected prize – a dead crab.
The lifeless crustacean was thrown at the champion by a spectator just after Hungrybox came back from a 5-set losers run to defeat Joseph “Mang0” Marquez for the championship. An understandably upset Hungybox then gave the audience a stern dressing-down, for which he later apologized (though I kinda feel like if someone throws shellfish at you, you really don’t need to say you’re sorry for getting upset).
The unnamed wanna-be Aquaman fled the scene but was later caught in the claw of security and removed from the facility.
We Watch Overwatch
The Los Angeles Gladiators, San Francisco Shock, and Vancouver Titans – the four top teams (three of which are undefeated in Stage 2) in Overwatch League, all had the week off, leaving everyone else to battle it out for moral victories.
The Dallas Fuel defeated the Los Angeles Valiant and the Houston Outlaws to snag the 6th spot with only one round to go before the Stage 2 Playoffs begin. The London Spitfire, currently sitting at 5th, had a mixed week, beating Paris Eternal, but losing to the 10th place team, Chengdu Hunters.
The Hangzhou Spark won both their games (against Paris Eternal and Chengdu Hunters respectively) to stay in the playoffs race. Meanwhile, the Seoul Dynasty had a split weekend, with the Houston Outlaws handing them an ‘L’ but being able to take a ‘W’ from the Los Angeles Valiant. Seoul Dynasty is currently in 8th, with the
Fortnite World Cup Heats Up
Things are getting bonkers with the Fortnite World Cup! This past week, Epic banned over 1,000 players from taking part in the series, saying that these players attempted to enter the tournament from multiple regions – a big no-no! One player was banned after it was discovered that they were using malicious plugins during the semifinals.
Meanwhile, superstar streamer Ninja failed to qualify in North America East, coming in at #130. Turner “Tfue” Tenney, who just a few weeks ago said he was walking away from playing Fortnite professionally, came in first for the North America East region, securing his ticket to New York and a cool $5,000.
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