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Reigning LoL World Champions stunned with group stage elimination at 2018 World Championship

Published: 15/Oct/2018 12:23

by Joe O'Brien


The reigning LoL World Champions, Gen.G Esports, have been eliminated in the group stages of this year’s Worlds.

A day of stunning upsets concluded Group B of the 2018 World Championship, which saw Gen.G, who won the tournament in 2017 as Samsung Galaxy, finish in last place.

The result is also the first time that a South Korean team has failed to make it out of the group stage at a World Championship since 2013, and the first time ever in the four-group format that has been used since 2014.

After a slow start to the tournament in week one, Gen.G faced the task of climbing back from a 1-2 record as the second round-robin of the group played out on October 14. Unfortunately, the day started off with a loss to Cloud9, who were the only team Gen.G beat in week one, before suffering another defeat at the hands of Vitality, mathematically eliminating them from the tournament.

Though Gen.G certainly underwhelmed, they weren’t the only team to suffer upsets. In what was undoubtedly the most spectacular day of the event so far, MSI champions and tournament favorites Royal Never Give Up also fell to both Vitality and Cloud9, ultimately having to fight a tie-breaker with C9 to claim first place.

Gen.G looked likely to miss out on Worlds altogether this year, after a slightly underwhelming season saw them finish fifth in LCK Summer. An inspired gauntlet run saw them claim the third seed from South Korea, however, becoming only the second team to get a chance at defending their title after SK Telecom T1.

Fellow South Korean squad Afreeca Freecs are next up to battle for a playoff spot in a Group A that also looks likely to be hard-fought. This year’s tournament has already proved the most vulnerable that the LCK representatives have looked at a World Championship since their ascent to dominance in Season Three.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.