Tag Archives: must reads

Crumbz makes the uncommon jump from pro to caster

High above the main audience inside the Chicago Theatre stands Alberto "Crumbz" Rengifo, 23. A retired professional League of Legends player, who has specialized in coaching and content creating, Rengifo is not only talking to the 4,000 fans in Chicago’s historic theater, but hundreds of thousands watching the League of …

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Wings Gaming’s manager on being the best in Dota 2

It’s safe to say that Wings Gaming surprised the world with their sheer dominance in the summer. Whilst we considered them ‘one to watch’ ahead of the biggest eSport event in history – The International 6 in Seattle – we could never have anticipated the seeming ease at which the …

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PapaSmithy talks Worlds meta, surprises and semifinal matchups

The weekend of the League of Legends Worlds 2016 Quarterfinals is over, and with that, we have said goodbye to four teams. Next weekend we, move into the semi-finals to determine which two teams will be facing of in Las Angeles for the Grand Finale. Read more on The Rift …

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friberg on NiP’s summer slump: ‘We knew we all had the ingredients the team needed to be the best’

ESL One Cologne 2016 was the first time that Ninjas in Pyjamas haven’t made Top 8 at a Major, and it was the low point of a disappointing summer for them. But they partly made up for it by finishing in Top 8 at the first season of ELEAGUE, and …

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The new world order of Counter-Strike: SK, Na’Vi, VP then everyone else

With the ending of ESL New York, the new world order of Counter-Strike has arrived. And that will be tested once again at EPICENTER. At the very top of the pack sits SK Gaming, Natus Vincere and Virtus.Pro, with each capable of beating the other. The strongest and most stable …

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Does Cloud9 have a shot against Samsung Galaxy?

The League of Legends 2016 World Championship quarterfinals begin Thursday at 6 p.m. ET with what many expect to be the most lopsided series of the round: Group D winners Samsung Galaxy, the No. 3 seed from Korea, facing off against Group B second-place team Cloud9, the No. 3 seed …

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DaveBTW talks pro football clubs entering FIFA

Over the last year or so the world of competitive FIFA has exploded. Previously some of the players who became world champions didn’t earn enough from playing to make it a full time career, while many more weren’t even signed to an organisation, instead floating around the scene as free …

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League of Legends World Championship post-group stage power rankings

I wrote up a League of Legends World Championship power ranking before the tournament began two weeks ago. Now that we’re on the verge of the quarterfinals at the historic Chicago Theatre, it’s time to see how wrong I truly was and try to right some wrongs from the initial …

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The perverse psychology of Dota 2’s Battle Pass minigames

Last week, Valve announced and made available for purchase the Dota 2 Fall 2016 Battle Pass. Rejoice! Alongside more familiar compendium-ish fare (unique items, quests, etc.), the Battle Pass marks the return of Rylai’s Battle Blessing. The minigame is a lovely bit of skeuomorphism; the digital roulette wheel whirls round …

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Inside the Unique Culture and Business of Jonas Jerebko’s Trendsetting eSports Deals

This past July, while at Vegas Summer League watching his young Celtics get their fresh start in the NBA, Jonas Jerebko was up to something new himself sitting in the stands. Jerebko, who was with a business partner James O’Connor, texted Tobias Sherman, the IMG global head of eSports, We …

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