MAD Lions eliminated from LoL Worlds 2020 in SuperMassive upset - Dexerto
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MAD Lions eliminated from LoL Worlds 2020 in SuperMassive upset

Published: 29/Sep/2020 15:32

by Matt Porter

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MAD Lions made unfortunate history on September 29, becoming the first European team to drop out of the League of Legends World Championship in the play-in stage after falling to Turkish squad Papara SuperMassive. 

In the nine Worlds events that have taken place over the years, only one seeded team from a major region have failed to progress from the play-in portion of the event, when in 2017 HKA from the LMS region lost 3-0 to Fnatic to drop out of the tournament at the final hurdle.

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For MAD Lions, the defeat gives them the unfortunate distinction of being the first LEC team to drop out in play-ins, coming up short in a tense battle against the Turkish squad that required all five games of the best-of-five series to determine a winner.

Carzzy competing in the LCS.
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Three MAD Lions players, including Carzzy, made their LEC debuts in 2020.

MAD Lions came into play-ins with momentum, finishing third at Spring Playoffs and second in the regular-season portion of the Summer Split. But, the team filled with rookies struggled to put together the performances they put on in LEC competition, and with 2020 marking Carzzy, Kaiser, and Shad0w’s first years as top-level professionals, they looked overawed at times by the occasion as SuperMassive piled on the pressure and forced mistakes.

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The series saw the blue side of Summoner’s Rift dominate throughout, with the team on that side winning every single game, but many may look at MAD Lions’ drafting, especially heading into the final game, as one of the main reasons they are now heading home, which their champion selection leaving a little to be desired, and causing synergy issues when their game plan didn’t immediately work in Game 5.

Humanoid tried to pull his team through with impressive performances across the series, but SuperMassive’s teamwork proved to be too slick and too powerful for the inexperienced MAD Lions to contend with, especially in the final game which saw the TCL representatives turn the screw early on and punish MAD Lions in team fights, culminating in a 29-minute stomp that rarely looked like it would end any other way than with a SuperMassive victory.

SuperMassive celebrate at Worlds 2020
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SuperMassive are one match away from Worlds 2020 group stages.

While the loss may be historic for MAD Lions, the victory puts TCL’s SuperMassive just one match away from the group stages of Worlds 2020, and would see them make history of their own should they make it that far.

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To do so they’ll need to make it past LCL’s Unicorns of Love in another best-of-five series on September 30, while Oceania’s Legacy Esports take on the LPL’s LGD Gaming for their own shot at groups.

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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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