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!
Astralis CS:GOs and Gets Their 3rd Major in a Row
Astralis beat AVANGAR 2-0 in the grand final of the StarLadder Berlin Major to win their 3rd straight major in a row. The team took an early lead in the first half on Inferno, outplaying AVANGAR and taking a 12-3 lead. Astralis was just as strong playing as the Counter-Terrorist side, stopping every AVANGAR attack on their bombsites, winning the first game 16-6.
Moving to Dust II, Astralis continued to dominate their opponent, winning 16-5 and taking the major.
Before defeating AVANGAR, Astralis took down the heavily favored Team Liquid in the quarter-finals. The Danish team has come in in the top three at five of the seven majors they’ve played in, making Astralis one of the most dominant teams in the history of CS:GO.
Along with the win, Astralis teammate Nicolai ‘Dev1ce’ Reedtz walked away with the MVP award, thanks to his 313 kills, 148 frags and a KDD of +81. This marks the 14th MVP award for Dev1ce.
Overwatch League Heads Towards the Grand Final
The Vancouver Titans and New York Excelsior will face off in the Overwatch League’s 2019 season winner’s final. The winner will secure their seat at the grand finals in Philidelphia on the 29th.
The two teams have faced off twice before this season, with Vancouver winning both matches (a 3-2 win during the regular season, and a 4-1 victory in the Stage 2 playoffs).
Both the Titans and Excelsior had a bit of a struggle to defeat the teams they played this week (The Los Angeles Gladiators and Atlanta Reign respectively) with each victor pulling out a 4-2 win.
While the Titans and Excelsior duke it out in the winner’s bracket, the losers bracket will see the Reign take on the Hangzhou Spark while the Gladiators duke it out with the San Francisco Shock.
Some Peeps Won DreamHack Montreal
The Peeps won the Rocket League DreamHack Pro Circuit Montreal after a 7-game final against G2 Esports. G2 started strong with a 4-3 overtime win over the Peeps in DFH Stadium, but the loss only seemed to motivate the Peeps as they won the next three matches – 4-3 on Aquadome, 3-2 on Mannfield, and 3-1 on Wasteland.
G2 came back to win 4-2 on Neo Tokyo and 2-1 on Utopia Coliseum, forcing a seventh game. Unfortunately for G2, that seventh game at Champions Field went to the Peeps 4-0
G2 Become Legends
While G2’s Rocket League team was dealt a rough loss to the Peeps, their League of Legends team got a taste of sweet victory at the LEC 2019 Summer Split title with a hard-fought win over Fnatic.
The two teams have had a long history over the last year. It started in 2018 when G2 picked up Rasmus “Caps” Winther, who Fnatic had just dropped. With Caps on their team, G2 defeated then reigning champs Fnatic at the Spring Split. The two teams then faced off against each other last week in the Summer Playoffs, and while Fnatic won the first two rounds, G2 came back with a reverse sweep to win the final 3.
After sweeping Schalke 04 earlier in the week, Fnatic gained the opportunity to face off against G2 once again. The battle between the two rivals was one for the record books, as they traded victories. Fnatic took the first round, while G2 took round two. Round three, which went on for an exhausting 40 minutes, went to Fnatic, but G2 came back in game four to tie things up again. In the end, game five went to G2. Along with the win, G2 was also able to celebrate the 1000th career kills for teammates Carry Luka “Perkz” Perković and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski
The Metarama Gaming + Music Festival Isn’t Going to be Very Festive
ESPN is reporting that the Metarama Gaming + Music Festival, which was to take place in Las Vegas this October, has been canceled. While no official announcement has been made, ESPN’s sources tell them that lackluster ticket sales and a struggle to secure sponsorship for the festival have lead to the decision.
Along with Overwatch League teams Fusion, Dynasty, Charge, and Shock, the festival was set to feature Marshmello, Ninja, Logic, Snoop Dogg, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, Imane “Pokimane” Anys and Diesel, the music alter ego of Shaquille O’Neal. If you can’t sell tickets to see Shaq’s musical alter ego these days, what can you sell tickets to?!