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

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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.

League of Legends

Caps passing Perkz as greatest western LoL player – Amazing & Munchables

Published: 23/Oct/2020 14:37

by Daniel Cleary

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With the topic of the “greatest Western League of Legends player of all time” heating up once again, Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider and Joseph ‘Munchables’ Fenny have explained why G2 Esports star Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther could be taking the number one spot over teammate Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, in Dexerto’s recent Worlds 2020 review.

As Worlds 2020 is coming closer to declaring a new set of champions, one of the biggest talking points in the League of Legends community has been the overall performance of Western teams at the international event and the individual players who contribute to them.

After G2 Esports defeated Gen.G in the quarter-finals and cemented themselves as “the last Western hope” following Fnatic’s narrow defeat to Top Esports, it raised the question of who exactly is the best Western player of all time.

Speaking on the matter in our Worlds review, Amazing highlighted that Perkz being around for longer has let him build up a more impressive resume than his teammate, “Caps has the highest highs I would suppose and Perkz has the better career so far, because he has done more in his career so far.”

Is Caps better than Perkz?

Munchables followed up by adding that the success Caps has seen in such a short span of time can not go unnoticed when discussing the pair, making it even more difficult to rank who is truly the best player of all time.

“I honestly think the problem is Caps is too good,” he explained. “The amount of time he has been in the scene, versus the amount of time he has been successful, is such a one-sided ratio on the side of success.”

Munchables also claimed that Caps might have had a greater impact on the region as a whole, comparing the success of Europe internationally before and after his time on teams like G2 and Fnatic, who have both made appearances in the Worlds final with him on the roster.

“European success versus, before Caps and with Caps is so dramatically skewed to Caps being a part of that,” Munchables explained. “At this point, I find it almost unarguable that Caps is the best Western player of all time.”

Amazing later added that Perkz had paved the way for Caps to be the best in the west, after years of putting together a roster that is now helping the mid laner to shine on the biggest stage. “He’s granted Caps the ability to understand what winning really means.”

Only time will tell how each of these remarkable players will fare throughout the rest of their careers as there will be plenty of opportunities to sway public opinion. But for now, it will likely remain up for debate as the two G2 stars continue to perform on the Rift.