League of Legends

League of Legends MSI canceled, changes to Worlds announced

Published: 23/Apr/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 18:38

by Albert Petrosyan

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Riot Games have canceled one of League of Legends’ biggest tournaments of the year, the Mid-Season Invitational, as well as announced several changes to the 2020 World Championship.

Following the trend of many other major esports events, League of Legends developers Riot Games announced on April 23 that they will no longer be holding the Mid-Season Invitational this year.

“With this model plus input from health authorities, local governments, regional leagues and teams, travel experts, and other stakeholders, we have made the difficult decision to not hold MSI in 2020,” Riot said in a statement. “We believe this decision was necessary to ensure the health and safety of the players, teams, crew, partners, media, and fans.”

Riot GamesMSI 2020 will no longer be taking place, Riot Games announced on April 23.

The tournament had initially been postponed on March 10, with the new starting date moved from May to July 3 – but with the current global landscape full of uncertainty, they’ve now decided it’s safer to cancel the event, altogether.

Riot’s attention will now fully be on the World Championship set to take place at the end of the year. They’ve announced several seeding and team allocation changes for the competition, as a result of both MSI being canceled and the LoL Master Series and Southeast Asia Tour having merged this past offseason to form the Pacific Championship Series.

Worlds will now feature 24 teams in total, an expansion from the usual 16-team main event, with several circuits now getting an extra spot.

  • Four teams each from LPL (China) and LEC (Europe)
  • Three teams each from LCK (Korea) and LCS (North America)
  • Two teams each from PCS (Southeast Asia) and VCS (Vietnam)
  • One team each from CBLOL (Brazil), LJL (Japan), LLA (Latin America), OPL (Oceania), and LCL (Russia).
Riot GamesThe League of Legends World Championship 2020 finals will be held at the Shanghai Stadium.

Due to their performances in international competitions over the past two years, the Chinese and European leagues are ranked first and second, respectively, which is why they’ll be able to each send four teams to this year’s Worlds.

Similarly, Vietnam has been upgraded to receive two seeds because the VCS put in the strongest international performances of the leagues that were originally set to feature one team, particularly at recent MSI events.

While the dates for the World Championship have not been announced, Riot have announced that the competition will take place in China, with the finals played at Shanghai Stadium.

Whether or not it will actually take place remains to be seen, but Riot have said they will announce further details about the tournament at a later date.

Valorant

5 Best Overwatch players who have switched to Valorant

Published: 8/Jan/2021 12:28

by Lauren Bergin

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As Valorant’s esports scene continues to snowball in 2021, players from all different FPS titles are flocking to score some Valorant glory. Here’s are just some of the best Overwatch League players who have already jumped ship to Riot’s FPS.

Right from the get-go, Valorant has been constantly been compared to FPS titans Overwatch and CS:GO. With the abilities and character design reminiscent of Blizzard’s champion title and the weaponry and gunplay tactics more like CS:GO, Valorant is the perfect blend of the two.

It’s hardly a surprise that the Future Earth shooter has a blossoming esports scene, whose first global event kicks off this year in the form of the Valorant Champions Tour.

We’ve seen a whole host of CS:GO pros up and leave the scene and resettle in Valorant, but the Overwatch League has seen a similar exodus. Here are all the notable players who have made the switch.

Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won

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Sinatraa was one of OWL’s most iconic players.

One of the biggest blows to the Overwatch League was the loss of Jay ‘Sintraa’ Won. The San Francisco Shock flex player helped to carry the team to victory, and has even appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show.”

November 2019, however, marked the end of Sinatraa’s Overwatch career. The MVP chose to take up the Future Earth fight instead, noting in a Tweet that he “straight up just lost passion” for Overwatch. Joining Sentinels only days later, the squad have marked themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the NA Valorant scene, so it’s safe to say Sinatraa’s Overwatch brilliance has transferred to Valorant.

Shane ‘Rawkus’ Flaherty

rawkus outlaws overwatch valorant
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Better watch out Valorant, Rawkus is here to make some noise.

Formerly of the Houston Outlaws, the flex support player certainly made an impact. A part of the World Cup-winning squad of 2019, Houston have become one of OWL fans’ favorite organizations.

Clearly, though, FaZe Clan went shopping for OWL pros for their Valorant roster. Rawkus made the switch to Riot’s FPS last year, and has joined two other OWL superstars on the FaZe roster. A legendary Sova and Jett player, Rawkus is dominating on Future Earth one game at a time.

Andrej ‘babybay’ Francisty

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The King is back and is domination on FaZe Clan’s Valorant Squad.

Known by many as ‘The King’, former Atlanta Reign Hitscan DPS Babybay had a pretty decent career with the OWL icons. Finishing in the upper half of the results tables consistently, Atlanta certainly developed a pretty scary reputation.

Middle of the pack though, wasn’t good enough for the Overwatch pro, who admitted that “my heart is just not in it anymore” when it came to Blizzard’s title. Instead, he’s joined Rawkus on FaZe’s dominant Valorant roster, where his fragging skills have made him one of the many contenders for the Valorant NA throne.

Damien ‘HyP’ Souville

Hyp Valorant
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Hyp has certainly brought some spark to Valorant’s European scene.

Hailing from the iconic Paris Eternal, HyP was one of Overwatch’s most impressive flex supports. The team’s pretty disappointing record, however, is likely the reason that the French FPS star decided to jump onto the Valorant ship.

Since leaving OWL behind the player has successfully remodeled himself in the Valorant image. Having played for Swedish FPS goliaths Ninjas In Pyjamas during the Blast Invitational, the player’s ability to flex between Duelist and Initiator Agents make him one to watch.

Corey ‘Corey’ Nigra

FaZe Clan Corey Valorant
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FaZe are back yet again with another iconic Overwatch pro, Corey!

Last but not least is Corey, the current captain of FaZe’s Valorant roster. The former OWL captain, who guided Washington Justice to an Overwatch World Cup win hung up his OWL jersey last year to pursue a career in Valorant.

Now in charge of FaZe Clan’s star-studded Valorant roster, he’s taken his team to the North American leg of First Strike and earned a silver medal at the JBL Quantum Cup. We can’t wait to see where the iconic organization end up in the Valorant Champions Tour this year with Corey at the helm.


So that’s it for our list of OWL players who have made the transfer over to Valorant. Of course we couldn’t compile a list like this without shouting out FaZe’s Zachary ‘ZachaREEE’ Lombardo, or Cloud9 Korea’s Byeon ‘Munchkin Sang-beom.

As the game’s esports scene continues to develop we can’t wait to see if any other players are added to this list, and if they’ll be wearing a jersey that isn’t a FaZe one!