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Evo 2020 returns to Las Vegas – dates and venue revealed

Published: 31/Oct/2019 20:28 Updated: 31/Oct/2019 21:35

by Alan Bernal

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The dates and location for the EVO Championship Series 2020 have finally been revealed for FGC fans to start planning their trip to the premier tournament.

EVO is hands down the biggest event in the 2020 fighting game circuit, as the best players from around the world in Super Smash Bros., Street Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat and more will look to compete for the crystal hardware suited for champions.

Every iteration of the event has delivered thrills ranging from glorious comebacks to shocking upsets, and fans expect no less from the first Evo of the new decade.

Robert Paul/EvoChampions will look to defend their spot on top, while challengers will do all they can to take them down.

Home of Evo 2020

Starting the hype train early, the tournament organizers revealed on October 31 when community and competitors can expect to return to Sin City.

Evo is going back to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2020. Moreover, the upcoming tournament will mark the fifth consecutive year that FGC fans will converge on the Mandalay Bay to see the stories of the event unfold.

From pools to playoffs, the packed tournament will feature three days of intense matches from July 31 to August 2.

With that said, Evo will be partnering with the hotel resort and casino for event-goers to book their stay for the entirety of the competition.

Even though the schedule and lineup of games to be played have yet to be announced, attendees can expect the weekend to be filled with exciting bouts from all titles.

“Evo brings together the best of the best from around the world in a dazzling exhibition of skill and fun,” Evo’s description reads. “As players and fans gather to honor the competitive spirit in an open format and determine a champion.”

EvoThe biggest fighting game tournament returns to the Mandalay Bay.

Who is going to Evo 2020?

As the FGC wait for confirmation on 2020’s pool of games, previous event winners could be returning to defend their titles as runner-ups look to dethrone them.

With Smash Ultimate growing in popularity, Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Lopez will undoubtedly make an appearance to further cement his place among the greatest of all time.

It doesn’t matter which games get featured at Evo 2020, the FGC have come to expect Dominique ‘SonicFox’ McLean to absolutely destroy competitors in a number of titles like MK11 and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Bradlee Rutledge/BETSonicFox and other champions will look to build on their legacy of winning.

Last year Masato ‘Bonchan’ Takahashi took the top honors in Street Fighter V, while Pakistan’s Arslan ‘Arslan Ash’ Siddique overcame the heap of entrants to win it all in Tekken 7.

The competition is sure to be rife with storylines and intense matchups, leading the FGC to get hyped for the next iteration of Evo in the Summer of 2020.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal

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League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.