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THE HIGH SCORE ESPORTS NEWS ROUND-UP: AUGUST 18–25

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!

Team Liquid Fills Its Fourth Cup

Team Liquid won its fourth straight League of Legends Championship Series title, coming back from a 2-1 series deficit against Cloud9 to force a fifth game at the LCS Summer Split playoffs right here in Detroit.

Liquid started strong, taking the first game of the match, thanks in no small part to a quadra kill by Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. Cloud9 came back strong, winning the next two maps, putting them just one win away from winning their first title in half a decade. Sadly for Cloud9, winning the title wasn’t to be their legend on this day.

Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen pulled off a triple kill in the fifth game, turning things around for Team Liquid in the pivotal final battle. Along with securing a place at the League of Legends World Championship in October.

Not to be left out, Counter Logic Gaming put on a hell of a show with a massive comeback and fly right past Clutch Gaming’s 2-0 lead for a 3-2 victory, sending the fans at Little Caesars Arena into a frenzy.

OG Takes The International

This week was just filled with amazing comebacks. While Team Liquid’s League of Legends team pulled one off at LCS Summer Split right here in the Mitten, across the world in Shanghai, their Dota 2 team found itself on the losing end of one at The International 9. After losing the first game in the best of five series, OG took the next 3, solidifying their back to back International championships.

Liquid, who won the International in 2017, had to play the entire main event in the lower bracket, facing the threat of elimination with each match.

OG beat out 17 other teams to win The International 9, taking home the top prize of $15,609,362.

Atlanta Reigns Over Stage 4

After a very rough Stage 2 and 3, the Atlanta Reign went undefeated in Stage 4 of the 2019 Overwatch League season, assuring themselves a place in the playoffs after raking down the Boston Uprising 4-0.

The real story of Stage 4 was the 2-2-2 rule change and how it completely changed the team standings. As we told you about before,  the biggest surprise is the Washington Justice, who went from never getting higher than 18th place in the previous stages to coming in 4th in Stage 4. Stage 4 has given us a peek at what could be a very different season next year. Of course, every team will have plenty of time to practice. That is, once the playoffs end. As it stands, only two teams who made the 2018 playoffs – New York Excelsior and Los Angeles Gladiators – are returning this season.

The 2019 playoffs will start this Friday.

Overwatching 2020

Speaking of next season, the Overwatch League announced the dates for the 2020 season, which will kick off on February 8 in New York and Dallas.

The 20 teams will each host at least two games in their home city, a first for OWL, which was primarily set in Los Angeles for the first two seasons.  Dallas, Washington, and Guangzhou will each play host five times. Each team will play 28 matches – going up against every other team in their conference twice, and facing off against nonconference opponents once.

 

Epic Bows To Boisterous Bellows, B.R.U.T.E Brought To Balance

Two weeks ago, we told you about the latest addition to Epic’s Fortnite, and the less than happy reaction to it.  It now seems that Epic has taken the response into consideration and will be balancing the B.R.U.T.E.

Along with the changes listed below, Epic will also alter the B.R.U.T.E so that pilots no longer gain materials when they use the mech to destroys resources.

      • The number of guided missiles fired will be cut from 10 to six.
      • The time between salvos by the missiles will increase by 56 percent.
      • The area affected by each rocket explosion will be lowered by 42 percent.
      • The velocity gained from boosting while in air will go down by 33 percent.

Epic also removed the Junk Rift from Arena playlists for the time being.

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