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oLARRY2K’s miraculous NBA 2K League return beats Ninja for ESPY Best Esports Moment 2019

Published: 11/Jul/2019 9:45 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 21:19

by Joe O'Brien


NBA 2K League pro Timothy ‘oLARRY2K’ Anselimo won the ESPY for Best Esports Moment of 2019 for his return to competition after surviving a shooting in August 2018.

For 2019, ESPN’s ESPY Awards, which celebrate the top players, teams, and moments of the sporting year, added a new category for Best Esports Moment.

The award was decided by public vote, and ultimately it was oLARRY2K’s miraculous return to the NBA 2K League that emerged victorious.

On August 26, 2018, oLARRY2K was at a Madden esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida when a gunman opened fire at the event, killing two people and injuring fourteen more before turning the gun on himself.

oLARRY2K was one of the fourteen injured, and though he was fortunate enough to survive, he suffered three gunshot wounds, to the chest, hip, and thumb.

NBA 2K LeagueoLARRY2K made an incredible come-back after surviving a shooting at a Madden tournament.

While it may not have been the most life-threatening of his wounds, the damage to his thumb might have spelled the end of his career as a professional player. Thanks to surgery and physical therapy, however, oLARRY2K was able to make his return to the NBA 2K League, as a starting player for Cavs Legion.

oLARRY2K was up against Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and popular DJ Marshmello in the final vote for their win at the E3 Fortnite ProAM. Ninja stated on Twitter that he “(didn’t) wanna win” after realizing who he was up against, but that didn’t stop other NBA 2K pros from criticizing the streamer, arguing that he should have made a clearer endorsement of oLARRY2K.

Ninja’s proclamation apparently had enough of an effect, however, because oLARRY2K, who had previously been trailing behind the Twitch superstar, ultimately ended up taking the award.

Upon accepting the award, oLARRY2K said that it had been a “long journey” with “lots of mental and physical rehab”, but that he’s glad to be back and might even be playing better than he had the previous year.


How to watch Valorant First Strike NA Global Finals: Stream & schedule

Published: 30/Nov/2020 13:39 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 20:05

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant First Strike Global Finals are here and the very best of North America are ready to go toe-to-toe in Future Earth. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one can be the champion. Here’s everything you need to know.

Weeks of competition has led to this. Across the world, the best Valorant teams have been duking it out for the chance to be crowned their regional champion. In no region, however, is the competition more fierce than in North America.

Heading into 2021 with the the Valorant Champions Tour looming on the horizon, a win in First Strike will mean a lot to teams as they start preparing for the first ever World Championship.

If you want to catch the best NA Valorant has to offer, we’ve got you covered right here.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

Just like the accompanying European leg of the event, the First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcasted live on the official Valorant Twitch channel.

The action will get underway on December 3 starting at 1:00 PM PST / 4:00 PM EST / 9:00 PM GMT / 10:00 PM CET. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience, so you can check back in once those times are sorted out.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

From hundreds of teams, only eight made it to North America’s First Strike Regional Finals. Fan-favorites like Sentinels, TSM, and T1 are mixing in with rising stars like Renegades and Immortals.

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, given how close the teams are, it really could be anyone’s title.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Schedule & results


Thursday, December 3

Quarterfinals Envy vs Immortals 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM
Renegades vs TSM 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Friday, December 4

Quarterfinals 100 Thieves vs T1 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM
Sentinels vs FaZe 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Saturday, December 5

Semifinals TBD vs TBD 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Sunday, December 6

Grand Final TBD vs TBD 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

This post will be updated once the action gets underway, so be sure to check back to see the results!