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THE HIGH SCORE ESPORTS NEWS ROUND-UP: AUGUST 4 – 11

Welcome to the High Score Esports News Weekly Round-Up!

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!

Epic Offers Serious Money, Fortnite Pros Ask For Changes

The Fortnite Champion Series starts this Saturday, and Epic has a plan to make it huge. The plan is simple – give away ten million dollars over the next five weeks.

Every weekend for five weeks, a three-round trio event will be held, and the top teams from each region will advance to the Season X finals. Players can also qualify by being just awesome at Fortnite. The big old winner of Season X will be chosen during the finals, which will be held on the weekend of September 20.

There will also be Solo and Trios Cash Cups held each week, so get practicing if you want some of that filthy lucre!

Meanwhile, there are some upset faces in the Fortnite world, all thanks to a certain B.R.U.T.E.

With every season, Epic introduces new toys to the Fortnite world, and for Season X, that toy is a big old mech called B.R.U.T.E. And while the idea of marching around the map in a giant mech may sound like fun to the casual observer, many a hardcore Fortnite player is pointing out that B.R.U.T.E. is a seriously overpowered weapon, with some players comparing it to the Infinity Blade controversy from late last year.

Speaking to ESPN, Ghost Gaming’s Justin “Kayuun” Ha explained why B.R.U.T.E. is worse than the Infinity Sword in his opinion, saying “The sword had very clear openings, although it was very powerful. If you were outside of the slash range, the sword user couldn’t hurt you, so you could then easily eliminate them even though they had 200 effective HP total. Now the mech, on the other hand, doesn’t have a clear and definitive opening like the sword had.”

Once again, it seems like Epic finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place. To keep the more casual players coming back to Fortnite, they need to constantly build new and fun things to do in the game that will make a new or less experienced player feel powerful, but to keep their pros happy, they need to keep everything perfectly balanced.

How Epic will handle this latest issue will be seen in the coming weeks.

The Legend of Echo Fox Continues!

I’m not going to lie, I find the whole bruhaha with Echo Fox endlessly fascinating. A situation that, from the outside, should be easily solvable – kick the racist jerk out – has now been going on for four months with no end in sight!

When last we left Echo Fox, we told you about Kroenke Sports & Entertainment’s plan to buy out Echo Fox’s League of Legends Championship Series slot for $30.25 million. We also told you about how the whole thing has left Echo Fox founder Rick Fox feeling screwed over.

This past Friday, Echo Fox announced that the deal with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment has fallen through.  Word on the street is that Kroenkes had to pull out of the deal after Rob Moore, CEO of esports organization Sentinels, sued them, claiming that the deal with Echo Fox would violate a joint venture agreement he has with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

Still, all is not lost for Echo Fox! With Kroenke Sports & Entertainment out of the picture, the embattled esports organization is looking at offers from Dick Clark Productions executive chairman Allen Shapiro, Complexity, and Evil Geniuses.

Will this wild adventure that started with one guy being racist and threatening the family of a basketball icon ever come to an end? Well… yes… everything ends sooner or later. Heck, one day the sun will die out and the Earth will freeze. Then the sun will implode, taking our whole solar system with it. As a great man once said, “Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact. But maybe everything that dies someday comes back”.

So, yes, this will come to an end, but I have no clue what that ending will be, and that makes me all excited.

Overwatch Sees The Dawn Of Justice

The Washington Justice was having a really rough first season in Overwatch. The expansion team found itself ranked 18th in Stages 1 and 2, and didn’t win a single match in Stage 3. But something changed, and three weeks into Stage 4 the Justice find themselves in 1st place. What changed between Stages 3 and 4?

The rules.

Namely, the 2-2-2 rule that ensures all team compositions are made up of two damage heroes, two tanks, and two supports. Clearly, this rule change has thrown the whole League for a loop. Along with Justice going from winning just 2 games in the last 3 Stages to undefeated in Stage 4, the New York Excelsior – the 1st Place team from last season – are currently ranked 13th with 3 losses – more than they had in the last 3 Stages combined.

Justice member Hong “ArK” Yeon-joon  believes that some of their sudden success is due to just how poorly they were doing before, “Because we kind of started from the bottom, we were able to dump everything we had stacked up starting from there.” Basically, it’s easier to create a new strategy when your last one sucked lemons.

Sadly for the Washington Justice, there’s no way they will make it into this year’s playoffs, but it has to feel pretty good to be owning the hell out of Stage 4.

Ann Arbor Ultimate is This Saturday!

Don’t forget that this Saturday, High Score Esports presents the first Ann Arbor Ultimate August powered by Ann Arbor Sports Commission!

Ann Arbor Ultimate, a Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament like no other, will be held at the very awesome Wyndham Garden Ann Arbor.

Along with your usual solo tournament, we’re holding a “2 Player 1 Controller” duos tournament! A fun and wacky twist on competitive Smash where you and a teammate each use 1 hand to control a character, so start mind-melding with your best pal now to get ready!

Registration is now open!

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