Entries in 'must reads' (609)

CS:GO

fREAKAZOiD on Echo Fox's struggles, over-saturation and his time as a rugby player

Echo Fox has been the talk of the professional Counter-Strike world for all the wrong reasons in the past week.

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 14th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Riot Games

Top prospects for first-ever League of Legends NA Scouting Grounds

Starting Monday, 20 of North American League of Legends' top Challenger ladder players will have a chance to prove themselves in a combinelike competition called Scouting Grounds, hosted by League ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 14th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
League of Legends

Spiral Cats talk cosplay in America and what gives them strength

At the League of Legends World Championship Finals in October, I got to sit down and talk to two members of the Spiral Cats cosplay team, Doremi and Tasha.

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 14th 2016 at 8:00AM in News

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Northern Arena co-founder: 'The Canadian esports scene right now is in its infancy'

Northern Arena is currently hosting their second event in Montreal, just over two months after their inaugural tournament in Toronto. Though the first event was focused solely on CS:GO, the ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 14th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
CS:GO

Maikelele on subbing for NiP, a tough year and making his own bad luck

Ninjas in Pyjamas earned a spot in the ELEAGUE Season 2 playoffs by finishing second in Group B over the weekend. Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with NiP stand-in Maikel ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 9th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
League of Legends

Ambition and reinvention in the jungle

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok's early claim to fame in League of Legends has been dissected time and time again. His professional debut on SK Telecom T1 in 2012, where he managed ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 9th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Overwatch

Overwatch League's Daring eSports Gamble

After months of speculation concerning the future of Overwatch eSports, Blizzard has dropped their bomb: Overwatch League. Broad in scope, the new organization is charging out of the gate in ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 9th 2016 at 8:00AM in News

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Hearthstone

The 10 most played cards at this year's BlizzCon

Following in the footsteps of James “Firebat” Kostesich and Sebastian “Ostkaka” Engwall, 18-year old Pavel “Pavel” Beltukov was crowned this year’s Hearthstone World Champion at BlizzCon. The young Russian showed ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 9th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Team Liquid

Ted Leonsis on Team Liquid purchase and the future of esports

In September, an investment group led by Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics owner (and former AOL exec) Ted Leonsis and Golden State Warriors co-owner (and Mandalay Entertainment CEO) Peter Gruber ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 9th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Overwatch

The Sombra ARG, Reviewed

Very few game developers have created such a stir around character releases as Blizzard has for its new Latina hacker Sombra. In fact, they’ve gone so far as to create ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 7th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Dota 2

Q&A: FYM Hot Sauce founder Dane Wilcox on backing Dota's Team NP

When I heard that FYM Hot Sauce, a company based out of Portland, Oregon, had entered esports by sponsoring Team NP, I was confused. What do hot sauce and esports ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 7th 2016 at 8:00AM in News

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Overwatch

South Korea affirms esports dominance at BlizzCon

BlizzCon took place at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Southern California this past weekend, but inside the venue, you might have mistaken it for Seoul, South Korea. Out of ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 7th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
CS:GO

Team Dignitas on the comeback trail in CS:GO

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the tide can turn in a single round, but not without the right confluence of conditions. Perhaps the underdog has slowly been chipping away at their ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 7th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Riot Games

The pre-World finals League Festival was an awesome live experience

After landing in the beautiful Los Angeles, I was excited to explore the city. I was then notified that there was a League related event at L.A Live across the ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 7th 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Overwatch

Q&A: Anders Blume on casting Overwatch and the importance of being able to pivot

Slingshot’s Blake Bottrill had the chance to talk to longtime caster Anders Blume at the ESL New York at the beginning of October to talk about casting Overwatch in addition ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 3rd 2016 at 8:00AM in News

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BlizzCon: Favorites and upstarts for the Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship

The Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship will conclude at BlizzCon on Friday and Saturday, with the winning team as the recipient of the $300,000 first-place prize.

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 3rd 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Hearthstone

The heroes of Hearthstone to watch at BlizzCon

Hearthstone's World Championship has officially begun, with the group stages getting underway before BlizzCon this week. Already we're getting a feel for who's going to be a tough opponent in ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 3rd 2016 at 8:00AM in News
League of Legends

Doublelift opens up on LCS burnout: 'It's such a bad life'

Team SoloMid shocked fans this week when it announced that star AD carry Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng would be sitting out the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split. After TSM's disappointing group ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 3rd 2016 at 8:00AM in News
eSports Pro

Competitive Splatoon Is Ready for Nintendo Switch

It’s that time again. After a long console cycle, Nintendo showed off a first glimpse of their mysterious NX, now known as the Nintendo Switch. Touting a hybrid console/handheld experience, ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 1st 2016 at 8:00AM in News
eSports Pro

Unkillable: By Faker

My name is Lee Sang-hyeok. My American fans call me “God.” My Korean fans know me as “the Unkillable Demon King.” I actually prefer God, because it feels just a ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 1st 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Street Fighter V

2016 Canada Cup: A Street Fighter V bloodbath

This weekend is the Canada Cup 2016 in Toronto, and it is the last Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event that will reward points. The player list is enormous, and a ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 1st 2016 at 8:00AM in News
League of Legends

Find out why Bengi is our MVP of Worlds 2016

There have been a few occasions where the final of the League of Legends World Championships has underwhelmed, and after the incredible all-Korean semi-final between ST Telecom T1 and ROX ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 1st 2016 at 8:00AM in News
Riot Games

League of Legends: How one video game is on its way to becoming the next major worldwide sport

They showed up hours early, the young people did, dressed in the uniforms of their favorite athletes. (They called them athletes, too, and one day so will you.) The names ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Nov 1st 2016 at 8:00AM in News
eSports Pro

What does another Korean win mean for Worlds?

Hold on a minute, haven’t we been here before? With just the grand final to go, the 2016 League of Legends World Championship knockout stage is looking remarkably similar to ...

Mike Stubbs
by Mike Stubbs
on Oct 26th 2016 at 8:00AM in News