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!
Ann Arbor Throws Down!
This weekend was a big one for your pals here at High Score. Along with celebrating the 200th tournament we’ve put on, we also took the long but not too long journey to a new and wonderful place called Ann Arbor where we teamed up with the Ann Arbor Sports Commission to put on the Ann Arbor Ultimate August.
We saw some friends from the Smashfield Weekly we sponsor, but the majority of players were new faces to us, and we couldn’t have been more excited to meet them. The event, held in the beautiful ballroom at the Wyndham Garden in Ann Arbor, was filled with great matches and lots of smiles. We couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out, and we owe it all to the players.
But enough gabbing! How about we look at some matches?! The Losers Final came down to Smasher vs Ksev, and the two warriors put on one hell of a show, going five fantastic rounds.
Watch Ann Arbor Ultimate August – Losers Finals! from HighScoreEsports on www.twitch.tvFollowing that amazing battle, it all came down to this! Zinoto vs Ksev for bragging rights as the Grand Champion of High Score’s first-ever Ann Arbor Ultimate Tournament!
Watch Ann Arbor Ultimate August Grand Final! from HighScoreEsports on www.twitch.tvTo add to the celebration, we put on a side tournament that was a little different. In 2-Players-1-Controller, teams of two duked it out in an interesting fashion – each team had to share a controller!
Check out the Grand Final for that!
You can watch the full stream here!
We really can’t thank the Ann Arbor Sports Commission, AmiiboKing, and the players for helping make High Score’s 200th tournament a smashing success (pun intended!)!
The Legend of Echo Fox Comes To An End?
I initially wrote about the whole Echo Fox debacle as an excuse to run the gif that accompanies this little segment of our weekly update, but to be honest, the whole thing ended up becoming really interesting to me. Getting a look inside how Riot Games handles LCS controversies when dealing with racist declarations and creepy threats has been enlightening – and I think Riot has done the right thing from the start here.
But, as with any legend, there has to be an ending, and the ending to this story is apparently right around the corner.
On Tuesday, Riot announced that they had terminated their agreement with Echo Fox and would be selling the newly open slot in LCS. This comes after a deal between Echo Fox and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment fell apart. Riot began accepting applications to buy the slot on Friday, and expects to have chosen a new owner in the near future.
Following the loss of their LCS slot, Echo Fox announced that they were releasing their League of Legends players from their contracts.
“We’ve had to take the unfortunate step of terminating our contracts with our current League of Legends players,” said the Echo Fox press release. “While each player contract is different, we are making sure to handle every case with the care necessary to ensure they are treated fairly in this time of transition.
“We will also be working to support them as they enter the next phase of their careers, whether that be with another esports organization or whatever path they may choose. We are deeply grateful for our players for what they have given to Echo Fox during our time in League of Legends.”
Co-founded by NBA champion Rick Fox, Echo Fox still has teams that compete in Super Smash Brothers, Fortnite, and Madden among other games.
So it is that we appear to be saying so long to our weekly Echo Fox updates.
eUnited Answer The Call Of Duty
The Call of Duty World League Championship came to an exciting conclusion this weekend as eUnited came from behind to pull off a 3-2 victory over 100 Thieves.
Led by tournament MVP Chris “Simp” Lehr, eUnited took game one with a 250-126 win on Seaside Hardpoint. 100 Thieves stole the next two rounds, taking Hacienda Search and Destroy 6-3 and Frequency Control 3-1 win on Frequency Control, giving them a 2-1 edge in the best-of-five series. Also, they didn’t actually steal it. Like, there isn’t any controversy here, I was just making a jokey joke based on the team’s name.
Now that I’ve explained a joke and therefore made it super unfunny, I can tell you that eUnited came back in Arsenal Hardpoint with a 250-219 win to force a fifth round. eUnited took the fifth and final round, beating 100 Thieves 6-4 on Arsenal Search and Destroy.
The five day, 32-team tournament was filled with great moments for CoD fans. 100 Thieves lost in the first round and had to beat 6 other teams to make it back to the finals. Three of those make or break games took place on Sunday, meaning that their battle against eUnited was their fourth of the day. That’s some grueling work for 100 Thieves, and they should be damn proud.
OG and PSG.LGD Get Ready For The Main Event At The International 9
With a prize pool of $33,061,437 and still rising, and with seven days still to go, The International 9 has found its main event with OG and PSG.LGD. The two teams won their groups, with defending champion OG splitting their final series against Vici Gaming and finishing at 14-2.
PSG.LGD also split their final series vs. Alliance, but that was enough for them to finish at the top of Group A with a 13-3 record.
OG and PSG.LGD will be facing off for more than $15 million dollars. It’s sure to be one hell of a match!
Analynn “bawlynn” Dang Gets Justice
The Washington Justice has shocked Overwatch League fans by going from the bottom of the rankings to 1st in the fourth stage of the season (well, they’re third now, but they were 1st for the first three weeks of Stage 4). And while the team won’t be part of this year’s playoffs, they’re planning on being their next season.
Part of that plan is bringing in Analynn “bawlynn” Dang to be the new general manager. The former general manager of Overwatch’s Team USA made her intentions for Justice clear, “My insights and experiences from working with past organizations mean that I’m set up to build on the Justice’s undefeated Stage 4 performance and carry it into the 2020 season”.
Clearly, Dang said this before the Justice lost 2-1 to the Atlanta Reign this week. Still, there’s no arguing that the Washington Justice have turned a corner with the new 2-2-2 rule. With some hard work and little luck, Dang may be able to turn the expansion team into a serious contender next season.
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