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THE HIGH SCORE ESPORTS NEWS ROUND-UP: SEPTEMBER 23-30

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!

A Shocking Overwatch Grand Finals!

The San Francisco Shock are your 2019 Overwatch League champions. The team swept the Vancouver Titans 4-0 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, sending – if you’ll forgive the pun – shockwaves through esports history.

While Lijiang Tower has been a strong map for the Titans all season, the Shock came back from a 65-0 deficit in the second round, with Jay “sinatraa” Won dealing 22 final blows with Doomfist. On Eichenwalde, the Shock subbed in Park “Architect” Min-ho and Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun, and continued to overpower the Titans, who managed just three kills while on defense.

The Titans looked to stop the Shock’s streak at Temple of Anubis, an Assault map, but sinatraa and Gwon “Striker” Nam-joo weren’t about to let hat happen. Shock took the Temple of Anubis 4-3 and set up the match point. Architect and Rascal came in to give sinatraa and Striker a rest as the fourth and final match began at Watchpoint: Gibraltar. On offense, the Shock completed the map with 1:52 on the clock and won the map 3-2, cementing Vancouver’s fate.

Fans voted Choi “ChoiHyoBin” Hyo-bin Grand Finals MVP. San Francisco’s gamers have a lot to celebrate! Here’s hoping they kept the traditional post big game win riot to GTA Online.

High Score’s own Than McClure was on hand for the Overwatch Grand Finals, along with his sons Logan and Xavier, and Doctor Andrea Anderson. And yes, that is Than and his sons hanging out with Bang “JJonak” Seong-hyun from the New York Excelsior as the header image for this weekly round-up. The rest of us at High Score are filled with jealous rage. We’ll just have to console ourselves with this sweet video…

Rick Fox Outfoxed?

Long ago, Michael Corleone expressed the feeling of thinking you’re done with some goofy stuff, only to find that goofy stuff pulling you back in. That’s how I feel about Echo Fox.

The company keeps finding new and fun ways to grab headlines. It started with Riot Games giving Echo Fox a choice; drop minority owner Amit Raizada or get cut from LCS.  Echo Fox, for various reasons, couldn’t drop Raizada, so they instead chose to sell their LCS slot to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. This left NBA legends and Echo Fox founder Rick Fox feeling… uncomfortable. Then the sale fell through when Rob Moore, CEO of esports organization Sentinels, sued Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, saying that the decision to buy Echo Fox’s slot broke an agreement between the two companies. Possibly annoyed by Rob Moore’s lawsuit, KSE ended their relationship with Moore’s Sentinels.

Now, according to a letter sent to Rick Fox and obtained by ESPN, come October 21, Rick Fox will be Rick Fox ousted from the company he co-founded. According to the letter that came from more than 80 percent of his limited partners, Fox did not act with the best interests of the company in mind, and that his negligence lead to the need to sell Echo Fox’s LCS slot. The letter also states that Fock (Rick, not Echo) threatened to “burn this company to the ground” though no context for the quote was given.

The removal letter goes on to claim that Fox Fox tried to steal away three employees from Echo Fox to work at another of Rick Fox’s company’s. The three names given are Echo Fox president Jared Jeffries, head of public relations Haley Hey and general manager Jake Fyfe. It also says that while Evil Geniuses has agreed to pay $33 million for Echo Fox’s LCS slot – $30.5 million will be paid to Echo Fox, with $2.5 million going to Riot to cover debts Echo Fox owed – Rick Fox tried to squash the deal.

“When you are in business with Amit Raizada, a man who has repeatedly been accused of dishonest and fraudulent behavior and who has a long track record of business disputes ending in litigation, then this is unfortunately what you should expect,” Fox told ESPN. “I founded Echo Fox with great hopes that were dashed by racism, deception, and greed. On behalf of the Echo Fox General Partnership, I wish to congratulate Evil Geniuses on acquiring the LCS spot, and look forward to moving forward with high hopes for the future.”

The letter that kicked off the latest wackiness in the Echo Fox legacy was signed by, among others, Vision Esports head Stratton Sclavos, investor Daniel Deshe, Raizada Group manager Ravi Srivastava and SourceRock Ventures co-owner Khalid Jones. The other co-owner of SourceRock Ventures? Rick Fox. So, this must be a fun time for SourceRock.

Chances are we’ll be seeing more Echo Fox news in the near future.

Speaking of Evil Geniuses

After a seven-year break from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, Evil Geniuses beat Astralis 3-1 at ESL One New York on Sunday.

Evil Geniuses acquired NRG Esports’ roster this week, and it looks like a smart acquisition indeed! The team came out strong, winning Inferno 16-3 for a 1-0 lead. They moved that to a 2-0 lead with a 16-12 win on Dust II before Astralis fought back and made it 2-1 with an overtime win of 22-20 in Train. EG came back hard, winning Nuke 16-8 to clinch the victory. EG’s Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte was named MVP.

There can’t be a much better feeling that winning your first tournament after being away for the better part of a decade. Way to buy the right team, Evil Geniuses!

These Are Your 2019 Esports Awards Pro Finalists!

The 2019 Esports Awards are all set to go down on November 16 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, TX, and now we know which pros are up for an award. Do you want to see them? You do? Awesome, cause we have them just below!

Esports Caster of the Year
Jack “CouRage” Dunlop
Henry “HenryG” Greer
Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
Mitch “Uber” Leslie
Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines
Kaci Aitchison
Ben “Benson” Bowe
Indiana “Froskurinn” Black
Clint “Maven” Evans
Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith
Matt “Mr X” Morello
Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett

Esports Coach of the Year 
Danny “zonic” Sørensen
Titouan “Sockshka” Merloz
Brice “Faccento” Faccento
Park “Crusty” Dae-hee
Eric “adreN” Hoag
Mike “Packing10” Szklanny
Nicholas “Ashes” Ridgeway
Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam
James Crowder
Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun
Fabian “GrabbZ” Lohmann

Esports Console Player of the Year
Justin “jstn” Morales
Sam “Octane” Larew
James “Clayster” Eubanks
Gilbert “Xplosive” Rojo
Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma
Brandon “Dashy” O’tell
Alexandre “Kaydop” Courant
Mohammed “Mo Auba” Harkous
Leonardo “MKLeo” Perez
Chris “Simp” Lehr
Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
Kenny “Kenny” Williams

Esports Console Rookie of the Year
Mohammed “Mo Auba” Harkous
Dylan “Dylan” Henderson
Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris
Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson
Dylan “Envoy” Hannon
Chris “Simp” Lehr
Aydan “Aydan” Conrad
Leonardo “MKLeo” Perez
Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey
McArtuher “Cellium” Jovel

Esports Host of the Year
James “Dash” Patterson
Alex “Machine” Richardson
Nyvi Estephan
Tres “stunna” Saranthus
Paul “Redeye” Chaloner
Katie Bedford
Frankie “getfrank” Ward
Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Chris “Puckett” Puckett

Esports Organization of the Year
Cloud9
100 Thieves
Team Vitality
Fnatic
G2 Esports
NRG Esports
Team Liquid
EUnited

Esports PC Player of the Year
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz
Niclas “Pengu” Mouritzen
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf
Jay “sinatraa” Won
Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen
Russel David “Twistzz” Van Dulken
Matthew “Super” DeLisi
Luka “Perkz” Perković
Rasmus “Caps” Winther
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

Esports PC Player of the Year
Danila “dan” Dontsov
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf
Jere “sergej” Salo
Jeong “Nenne” Yeon-kwan
David “aqua” Wang
Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek
Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen
Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

Esports Team of the Year
SK Telecom T1 [LoL]
Vancouver Titans [OWL]
Renault Vitality [RL]
Astralis [CS:GO]
San Francisco Shock [OWL]
100 Thieves [CoD]
G2 Esports [RB6]
G2 Esports [LoL]
Team Liquid [CS:GO]

Fun Plus PhoeniX [LoL]
OG [Dota 2]
EUnited [CoD]

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