This Week in esports is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines. This is everything you need to know about the week that was, but on steroids.
People making good on their bets
Nobody likes seeing someone welch on a bet, but in certain scenarios where luxury items are involved, we can understand the lack of follow-through.
With that said though, Virtus.pro’s CEO made and lost a bet with TaZ at DreamHack Las Vegas and boy did he pay up in a big way. What did he have to buy him?
#6ix Dad showing esports some love
Warning: We’re a Toronto-based company and are about to show some very biased love to the 6ix, so if you’re a Meek Mill or Texas Ranger fan you may want to skip ahead to the next point.
Many people outside of Toronto may not know who Norm Kelly is, but the city councillor from Scarborough-Agincourt gained a mainstream following after publicly backing Drake in his feud with Meek Mill.
Anyways, the veteran politician further proved that he’s one of the coolest cats in the game by unknowingly plugging FaZe Clan in a tweet to his 510,000 Twitter followers. When our Sasha Erfanian spoke to the 6ix Dad himself and discovered that he was very much on-board to explore how the city of Toronto can get into esports, we at theScore esports were pumped.
Ok, biased 6ix plug over.
We Don’t Like….
Players allegedly getting screwed over by orgs
Unfortunately, esport athletes getting screwed over by their own organizations is nothing new, but few situations have blown up in the same way as the alleged issues surrounding the OPL’s Tainted Minds.
The controversy started at the end of February, when the team’s former coach alleged that the squad was mistreated by the org, and picked up steam in the middle of March when the players and org were locked in a contract dispute.
On Monday, the team’s former AD carry, Tristan “Cake” Côté-Lalumière, explained his side of the story on theScore esports Podcast and detailed a number of allegations that were made against the org, including the allegedly unsanitary garbage situation, lack of proper equipment and being in player purgatory.
Orgs, its 2017. Esports are big and getting bigger. (Alleged) situations like this shouldn’t be happening.
We’re Unsure Of….
Team Liquid’s LCS Future
Well, did anyone see this one coming? If at the beginning of the season you said that Team Liquid would be fighting for their LCS lives in the upcoming promotion tournament then good on you. Seriously, go buy yourself a cookie or something.
But seriously, WTF?!?!? On paper, TL looked strong at the beginning of the season. They signed a superstar jungler in Reignover and Lourlo looked really good in those first couple of games. Heck, even after it was clear that things weren’t going their way, bringing in Doublelift seemed like a sure bet to keep their LCS spot safe.
But alas, here we are.
Will TL be relegated? Who knows. But as a longtime fan I find myself yearning for the “forever fourth” meme to be true. Yes, it’s gotten that bad.
Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers and co. to play Dota 2
Tom Brady playing Earth Spirit. Ndamukong Suh playing Axe. Aaron Rogers loading up as Invoker.
Need we say more about Blake Martinez’s All-NFL Dota 2 team other than that we need to see them band together for a showmatch against Jeremy Lin’s all-NBA team?
Didn’t think so.
Can Journey to Un’Goro make Hearthstone ladder fun again?
Yes, I was initially skeptical about Hearthstone’s latest expansion, but Journey to Un’Goro is shaping up to be an exciting addition to the game. Between cards like Clutchmother Zavas and Spiritsinger Umbra, quests and the new adapt mechanic, there is actually hope that this set can make the ladder fun again.
Oh yeah, did we mention that there’s a possibly viable 12/12 in the set (no, it doesn’t cost 4-mana).
I just can't wait to say bye to Pirate Warrior!
Sure, StarCraft 2 has fallen on some tough times as of late, but I think I speak for most esport enthusiasts and gamers worldwide when I say that the original StarCraft is one of the best PC games of all time.
There’s no doubting that Warcraft 2 was the granddaddy of them all, but for a lot of people (myself included) StarCraft was their first RTS and between Blizzard’s addictive gameplay, rich story and the fact that it took place is f***ing space, I was instantly hooked.
So when Blizzard announced StarCraft: Remastered last weekend, I was confident that thousands of people made sure to put money aside so that they can get re-acquainted with OG Raynor, Tassadar, Kerrigan and the Zerg Overmind when it launches this summer.
And who knows, with PvP play coming, we may even see a ton of StarCraft: Remastered tournaments popping up in the not so distant future.
As for myself? Well I’m not sure if I can wait until summer to mass Dragoons again.
Sean Tepper is the Senior Supervising Editor at theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.
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