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League of Legends pro Rookie steps down from Invictus Gaming

Published: 13/Jun/2019 16:31 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 17:05

by Daniel Cleary


Reigning League of Legends world champion Song ‘Rookie’ Eul-jin, has officially stepped down from Invictus Gaming’s active LPL roster, following the news of an unwell family member.

It came as a shock to many Chinese League of Legends fans when iG announced that their star player was going to be stepping back from active competition, with substitute mid laner Forge taking his place on the starting roster.

Invictus Gaming detailed that the reason for Rookie’s absence from their future Chinese LPL matches was due to concerns about one of his family member’s health condition.

Riot GamesRookie was among the Invictus Gaming line-up which crushed Fnatic 3-0 in the Worlds 2018 final.

Rookie is expected to return and stay in Korea long term for the first time in almost 5 years, since he signed to the Chinese roster in December 2014.

As of yet, it is unknown when Rookie will return to compete again for Invictus, although he will be a massive loss to the team during his absence from the starting roster.

Rookie has often been brought up in conversation for best player in the world alongside the likes of Faker, with many fans even claiming that he is one the most mechanically skilled LoL players of all time.

He was regarded as one of the best players in 2018 after his incredible performances all year in the LPL, as well as leading Invictus Gaming’s roster to a 3-0 win over Fnatic in the grand finals of Worlds 2018.

Invictus Gaming are expected to be without their star mid-laner for the rest of their regular Summer Split 2019 season matches, although fans are hoping for him to return in time for Summer Playoffs to qualify for Worlds 2019.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.