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LoL: TSM suffer shocking loss to Clutch Gaming in LCS Worlds Qualifier

Published: 9/Sep/2019 0:54 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 2:50

by Andrew Amos

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Clutch Gaming have handed a stunning loss Team SoloMid in the LCS 2019 Regional Finals, qualifying for their first League of Legends World Championship.

After going down 0-2 to one of North America’s most recognizable League teams in Team Solomid, Clutch Gaming won three in a row to make it to Worlds. It will be the organization’s first appearance at the end-of-season tournament, set to be held in Europe in October.

Off the back of a late-season resurgence, Clutch Gaming stormed home through the Regional Qualifier Gauntlet to face off against TSM for the final spot at Worlds. The experienced roster was expected to qualify for their eighth Worlds after missing out in 2018, but the rising stars rose up to the occasion.

Riot GamesClutch Gaming will be NA’s third representative at Worlds 2019.

Veterans Sun ‘Cody Sun’ Li-Yu and Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-hoon shone for the Dignitas-affiliated team throughout the postseason.

In the final series on their run to Worlds, Cody Sun’s Ezreal and Kog’Maw proved to be a nuisance for TSM, drawing multiple bans. This freed up the map to allow Huni to shine on some signature picks like Gnar and Irelia, with jungler Nam ‘Lira’ Tae-yoo helping keep the pressure up across the map.

The LCS tweeted out the final moments of the five-game series, saying “They’ve done it! @ClutchGaming reverse sweep @TSM and qualify for the 2019 World Championship!”

Mid laner Tanner ‘Damonte’ Damonte was left speechless after the upset in an on-stage interview with Ovilee May.

“Holy shit. This is surreal. I feel like this split there’s been so much shit that us as a team has had to go through, so much shit I’ve had to go through, and this feels crazy,” he said.

Damonte was able to match star mid laner Søren ‘Bjersen’ Bjerg, negating his influence across the final three games.

Clutch played 27 games across both the LCS Summer 2019 Playoffs and the Regional Finals to make the run to Worlds. After finishing the Spring Split in ninth, the team changed the way they approached the game, allowing for a miracle run like Cloud 9’s last year.

For TSM though, the loss is the end of a bitterly disappointing 2019 season. They lost to Team Liquid in the Spring Playoffs in a reverse sweep and missed out on MSI, while they didn’t make it past the quarters in Summer.

Clutch will join Team Liquid and Cloud 9 as North America’s hopefuls at the tournament. North America have never won a world championship, but Cloud 9 got to the semi-finals in 2018, while Team Liquid lost to Europe’s G2 Esports in the final of this year’s Mid-Season Invitational.

You can keep up with who has qualified for Worlds via our League Worlds 2019 hub.

Fortnite

SypherPK explains why competitive Fortnite’s momentum is slowing down

Published: 18/Jan/2021 4:28 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 4:35

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Fortnite’s competitive scene once had a lot of momentum, but now it’s slowed down to a stand-still for several reasons, and SypherPK explained why.

Fortnite exploded into the competitive esports world, and it’s been in the mix ever since. But although it’s still alive and well, its momentum has slowed down quite a bit.

Professional players like Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ David Fish have expressed their concerns about the dwindling prize-pool. And one of the most popular players in the scene, William ‘Zayt’ Aubin, announced his retirement because he wasn’t having fun.

The game is still incredibly popular. However, the competitive scene is in dire straits, and Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan explained why. Here’s what he had to say.

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Fortnite players can always trust SypherPK’s opinions and insights on the game.

“A lot of people recently have been saying that Fortnite competitive is dying,” he said. “I personally don’t think it’s dying, but momentum is slowing down. Something [needs to be] done to rejuvenate and re-motivate people, because… momentum is dwindling, and I can explain why.”

“NRG Zayt, who is one of the longest-running pro players from back in the OG days, decided to retire,” he said. “He’s still been placing really well in tournaments, [but] he might have lost motivation because… the prize pool is extremely low compared to what it used to be.”

“Another thing that has shifted is the fun factor,” he said. “Back in the day, content creators used to play tournaments for fun. You had people like CouRageJD and TimTheTatman playing. It drove viewership [numbers up]… even though [they] didn’t necessarily win. That doesn’t really happen anymore.”

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Fortnite fans haven’t been able to attend a LAN tournament for quite some time.

“Another [problem]… is the LAN tournaments,” he said. “For a good reason, we can’t have LAN events. But [they] drew more importance to them. People would be able to see competitors… and their reactions. We lost that, and we probably won’t get that back until 2022.”

“[Some of] the most memorable… moments [revolved] around LAN events,” he added. “You get more attracted to the storylines of the players. It feels more important. Right now, there is not as much story involved.”

“On top of that, when Epic Games is doing the live stream, they still use the spectator mode,” he said. “[It’s] laggy and choppy and doesn’t allow you to see the real skill that some of these players have.”

In the end, though, SypherPK re-iterated his belief that competitive Fortnite isn’t dying. However, he is convinced that it’s momentum is at an all-time low and thinks it needs to pick back up again. Only time will tell whether that happens.

Either way, Fortnite’s competitive scene isn’t as strong as it used to be. The signs are worrying, and if more players and viewers keep jumping ship, it will be interesting to see how Epic Games respond.