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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!
Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson Dies At 33
Geoff “iNcontrol” Robinson, who made a name for himself as a StarCraft II pro, sadly passed away this weekend after a sudden illness.
Geoff started his career playing StarCraft: Brood War before moving on to StarCraft II. He was the captain of Evil Geniuses before retiring from the pro player life and moving into esports commentary, streaming, and hosting. Geoff’s family has requested that if you wish to honor him, you make donations to So Cal Bulldog Rescue.
Our hearts go out to his friends and family.
eUnited Answers The Call Of Duty
After going 18-4 in the Call of Duty World League season, eUnited almost lost the grand final to Gen.G. GenG was able to force eUnited into a reset situation by going 250-123 on Arsenal Hardpoint, 6-3 on Payload Search and Destroy and 3-2 on Arsenal Control, raising the stakes for everyone involved. eUnited was able to come back in the second set, winning Seaside Hardpoint 250-119, Hacienda Search and Destroy 6-4, and Frequency Control 3-0, ending the season and taking home the $500,000 first prize, along with 50,000 Pro Points. GenG will have to dry their second-place tears with the $300,000 and 40,000 Pro Points they earned.
The two teams will be the top seeds at the 2019 CWL Championship this August in Los Angeles, where they will be duking it out for the massive $2 million prize.
Team Liquid Continues Their Global Offensive Of 2019
Team Liquid’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team is having a heck of a year, taking their 6th first-place win out of the 9 tournaments they’ve played. This time, Team Liquid took the top spot at Intel Extreme Masters XIV Chicago, defeating ENCE 3-0 for the big prize of $125,000. Not a bad weekend!
Overall, Team Liquid is having a wonderful year. Along with their CS:GO team and their 6 first-place wins, the DOTA 2 team took 2nd in both MDL Macau 2019 and MDL Disneyland Paris Major while the League of Legends team pulled out a 1st place finish at the 2019 LCS Spring Playoffs, followed by 2nd place at the 2019 Mid Season Invitational. The Rainbow Six: Seige Team isn’t having as great a year, though, falling to Team Empire in the Quarter Finals of Six Invitational 2019, and coming in 3rd at both Pro League Season 9 – Latin America and Allied Esports Vegas Minor.
The International Tells Fortnite To Step Back
Last year, DOTA 2’s International set the record for the biggest esports prize pool with $25.5 million. Epic, wanting to make their name literal, stepped up this year by taking the big money title with a $30 million prize pool for Fortnite World Cup. Clearly, we wouldn’t be telling you all this if International didn’t clap back, and this weekend, they clapped back.
With a month of in-game sales packages still to go, International 19 has passed the Fortnite World Cup prize pool by reaching $30,136,205. That prize pool consists of the base prize pool of $1.6 million and the fan contributed prize pool of $28,536,205. That’s a whole lot of cheddar.
If any of you fans want to contribute to Evan’s guitar collection, we won’t turn away your cash. Just saying!
Echo Fox Is On The Clock
Back in April, it was revealed that Echo Fox minority owner Amit Raizada was a big ball of jerkwad, going around being racist towards former Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall and threatening the family of former LA Lakers player and Echo Fox head honcho Rick Fox. In May, Riot Games made it clear that Echo Fox had to either chuck Raizada to the curb or their participation agreement for the League of Legends Championship Series will be terminated. Riot has set garbage day as today, and we’ll be sure to update you with the news when it breaks!
This wouldn’t be the first time Riot Games has chucked teams out of their LOL series. In 2016 both the Renegades and Team Impulse were kicked out of the LCS, with the Renegades being accused of collusion and Team Impulse having an issue with paying a player.
Riot previously removed two teams, Renegades and Team Impulse, from the LCS in May 2016, citing wrongdoing and collusion for the former, and failing to pay its player. And since collusion came up, that gives me the chance to include Rodney Ruxin in this piece!
The Guangzhou Charge Charges Up For Stage 4
The Guangzhou Charge isn’t having a great season. They’re currently ranked 10th in the Overwatch League, and I guess they aren’t super happy about that. To try and improve for Stage 4 of the season, the Charge are adding two new players; off-tank Hyung-seok “Bischu” “Aaron” Kim and tank Joona “Fragi” Laine.
The Charge got Fragi from the Philadelphia Fusion in exchange for DPS player Finley “Kyb” Adisi and snagged Bischu from the Los Angeles Gladiators for an undisclosed amount of cash that we would like to think was delivered in a briefcase that was handcuffed to some dude’s wrist.
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