Sneaky admits he's eyeing LCS return in 2021: "I will be actively looking for opportunities next year" - Dexerto
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Sneaky admits he’s ready for LCS return but needs “right team” in 2021

Published: 11/Aug/2020 5:32 Updated: 11/Aug/2020 5:58

by Isaac McIntyre


Two-time League of Legends champ Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi has admitted he is “looking for a new LCS team” to join in 2021, after being dropped by Cloud9 heading into 2020 Spring in favor of Danish carry Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen.

Sneaky was one of the longest-standing veterans in the North American league, winning two LCS titles back in 2013 and 2014 and representing the Championship Series a record seven times at the Riot-hosted World Championship.

Heading into 2020, however, Cloud9 dropped the 26-year-old star in a partial roster overhaul for Spring. Sneaky had played more than 330 matches for the legacy org over his seven-year career. He decided to take a break after being dropped.

The North American star is now ready to return in 2021, and step back from his heavy Twitch streaming schedule once more. It has to be with the “right team” though, Sneaky admitted to LCS insider Travis Gafford on August 10.

“I think I will be more actively looking for a pro play opportunity coming up next year,” the NA star confirmed. “If I don’t find the right one I won’t [return] though. Next year I’ll look, but not 100%. Maybe nobody wants me!”

Sneaky was dropped by Cloud9 in 2019 after 339 appearances and two titles with the NA org.
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Sneaky was dropped by Cloud9 in 2019 after 339 appearances and two titles with the NA org.

Sneaky nearly returned in Spring

The seven-time Worlds representative revealed he “could have returned in Spring,” but knew he would have to “win right away” or be blamed for Cloud9’s 2019 struggles. To add to that, his former org went on to win the Spring championship, breaking a five-year title drought.

“If I joined last Spring I would need something like that [winning immediately]. If I did join in Spring there would have been a lot of pressure on me, or people would have said stuff like ‘Sneaky was the problem’,” the 26-year-old explained.

“Who would I have joined too, Dignitas? That would have been me, I wouldn’t have fixed that! I could help. Maybe we would have got a few more wins, but it wouldn’t have changed all that much in terms of placing for the team, realistically.

“I had some offers last Spring, but not really anything for Summer. Some of the teams were looking, apparently, but nothing really came of it so I took time off.”

The related segment begins at 3:56 in the video below.

Where could Sneaky land in LCS return?

There are a few places Sneaky could land if he does pull off a successful return to the pro scene in 2021. First off the bat are Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals, both of whom just missed Summer playoffs with 5–13 and 4–14 records.

Sneaky admitted he probably wouldn’t come back if it was for a “struggling team,” however, which rules those two rosters out. Instead, he may slot into a squad like Evil Geniuses or 100 Thieves. Both could use veteran talent to push into the top spots.

He would also, of course, sign up for a team like FlyQuest, or his old organization Cloud9. His return doesn’t necessarily have to be to a championship contender heading into 2021 either.

“That’s what I was saying, before it needed to be someone that would do really well, but now it’s okay. I still won’t join a bottom feeder roster… but middle of the pack isn’t bad,” he said. “If I do join a team we’ll have time to work.”

Sneaky has a few potential options heading into LCS 2021 Spring.
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Sneaky has a few potential team options heading into LCS 2021 Spring.

The LCS Playoffs begin this weekend, with eight of the ten Summer orgs now contesting the second 2020 trophy. The upper-bracket round begins with Team SoloMid (12–6) against the Golden Guardians (9–9) on Saturday afternoon.


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.