LoL Worlds 2020 groups confirmed after LGD & Unicorns of Love wins - Dexerto
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LoL Worlds 2020 groups confirmed after LGD & Unicorns of Love wins

Published: 30/Sep/2020 13:42 Updated: 2/Oct/2020 6:41

by Matt Porter

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The groups for League of Legends Worlds 2020 have finally been confirmed, with victories for LGD Gaming and Unicorns of Love securing them the final two spots in the tournament’s main event. 

10 teams entered the play-in portion of Worlds 2020, with only four able to secure a place in the group stages, and six heading home from China. With victories on the final day of play-ins, LPL’s LGD Gaming and LCL’s Unicorns of Love defeating Legacy Esports and Papara SuperMassive respectively to move on in the tournament.

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They will now join the 12 teams who qualified for Worlds 2020 through their domestic performances, with day one of the group stages kicking off on Saturday, October 3.

LGD Gaming after beating Legacy at Worlds 2020.
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LGD Gaming swept Legacy Esports to advance.

Legacy Esports’ underdog run came to an end at the hands of LGD, with the Oceanic team struggling to combat the strong performances of Su ‘Xiye’ Han-Wei and Han ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho, who was the catalyst for LGD turning around game two of the series when Legacy were starting to build momentum after a mid-game swing. The series finished 3-0 in the end, with LGD taking the third game in comfortable fashion, taking just 24 minutes to destroy the OPL team’s Nexus — and their hopes of reaching Worlds group stages for the first time.

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While Oceania’s dreams were crushed, Unicorns of Love finally made it to Worlds groups for the first time, becoming the first squad from the CIS region to make it through since 2016. UoL missed out last year by just one game, but made no mistakes at their second attempt at the knockout stages, putting Papara SuperMassive to the sword.

The Turkish squad were unable to carry the momentum of beating Europe’s MAD Lions through to their final match, with Unicorns of Love sweeping them in three games to take their well-earned spot in the main event.

With the four play-in teams confirmed, we now know the final make-up of the Worlds 2020 groups, with Team Liquid joining G2 Esports in Group A, PSG Talon heading into this years “group of death” in Group B, LGD Gaming joining TSM, Fnatic, and Gen.G in a tough Group C, and Unicorns of Love meeting up with FlyQuest in Group D.

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Finalized LoL Worlds 2020 groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
G2 Esports DAMWON Gaming Fnatic DRX
Machi Esports JD Gaming Gen.G FlyQuest
Suning PSG Talon Team SoloMid Top Esports
Team Liquid Rogue LGD Gaming Unicorns of Love

Worlds 2020 now takes a two-day break from competition, with FlyQuest and Top Esports kicking off action in the main portion of the tournament on Saturday, October 3.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG casting CS:GO at DreamHack event
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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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