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ESL Open Week #73: Dark, HeroMarine, Solar win (again!)

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Week #73 of the ESL Open Cups gave us a weird case of déjà vu, as all the week #72 winners came back to defend their thrones. (Wiki)Dark even played the exact same finals match-up to win the Korean edition (defeating Zest), while (Wiki)HeRoMaRinE triumphed over weakened opposition in Europe. Finally, (Wiki)Solar kept America under his heels after some tough battles.

While every region saw the Week #72 winners defend their titles, Korea went one step further and even had the exact same finals match-up and score. Dark cruised through his bracket’s opposition consisting of (Wiki)Hyperion, (Wiki)Spear and his DPG colleague (Wiki)Cure before once again clashing with (Wiki)Zest. For the second week in a row, Dark took down Zest by a 3-0 score, perhaps indicating that Zest’s PvZ style is weak against Dark, or that the 2019 global champion is finally recovering his form. The repeat runner-up had to battle through some PvP series before meeting his end at the hands of his team mate, beating (Wiki)Cyan and (Wiki)Trap—with his more convincing win coming against the Korean opponent. Cyan apparently had a really good day and not only almost eliminated Zest, but actually advanced into the money over (Wiki)DongRaeGu. Other notable results include Team GP’s (Wiki)Rex taking out (Wiki)SpeCial for a top eight finish (which now awards prize money due to Shopify’s support).

With some big names missing compared to last week’s XXL edition of the ESL Open Cup ((Wiki)Clem and (Wiki)Reynor chiefly among them) and a surprisingly early exit from his most dangerous remaining rival (Wiki)ShoWTimE, who met a shocking end against (Wiki)Strange, HeRoMaRinE flew through his bracket overcoming (Wiki)YoungYakov, (Wiki)Kas and (Wiki)souL to make into the semi-finals. There, the big hurdle of this run appeared in the form of (Wiki)MaxPax with the two players engaging in a brutal duel that saw the lead swapping two times until Big Gabe shattered his opponent in the final map of this Bo5. Compared to this ordeal, the finals against (Wiki)Vanya proved to be a walk in the park for the Terran, who secured his second win of the season with a clean 3-0 against the Russian Zerg, who’d played a very good tournament up to this point, taking wins over (Wiki)Bly, (Wiki)ShaDoWn and (Wiki)Gerald.

Falling in the quarterfinals of the Korean edition against Trap, Solar let off some steam in his colonial kingdom of the American ESL Open Cup and got himself into a series of very tough battles on his way to defend his crown. Both Gerald and (Wiki)SKillous proved to be quite pesky opponents for the ZvP expert, both bringing Solar to the brink of elimination before the Korean could turn the series around and deliver the final blow to them. On the other side of the bracket, Zest had made his second finals in this ESL Open Cup cycle with a perfect run, dropping not a single map during his destruction of MaxPax and (Wiki)MarineLorD. Whatever the differences between Solar’s and Dark’s ZvP are, Zest seemed to have a better handle on the KaiZi Gaming player and traded maps with him evenly, but once again the Protoss did not have what it takes to win the deciding series: Solar took the final game and defended his title, dealing Zest the second finals loss in as many days.

Thanks to the partnership with Shopify, ESL Open Cup winners earn $250 in prize money and 10 ESL Pro Tour points. Players who finish second earn 5 ESL Pro Tour points and $150. A top 4 finish guarantees at least $100, reaching the top 8 pays out $50. Edition #74 of the ESL Open Cups will take place on the 6th (Korea) and the 7th of June (Europe and America).

by TheOneAboveU

Korean Server Cup #73 (Click for full bracket)

European Server Cup #73 (Click for full bracket)

Americas Server Cup #73 (Click for full bracket)

Source: https://tl.net/forum/starcraft-2/573668-esl-open-week-73-dark-heromarine-solar-win-again

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Riot reveals planned changes to weaken Lillia’s early game, buff durability and scaling

She’ll still be a scary threat when the mid-to-late game rolls around.

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Many people know Lillia as League of Legends‘ resident Bashful Bloom in the jungle, where she has made a name for herself among pro play and solo queue play alike. However, Riot Games has detailed some changes for the champion that will pull back some power from her early game to make room for more durability and late game power.

Game designer Daniel “Maxw3ll” Emmons gave the players a general overview of some of the planned adjustments, which consisted of giving her Q ability a regeneration effect while dealing damage-over-time, while also getting more base damage, and an AP scaler.

On the other hand, the developers are looking to nerf how much movement speed Lillia gains from her Blooming Blows ability in the early portions of the game, while also increasing the cooldown on her Swirlseed. Her ability to whack people with her Q, then dance around them with her increased speed made her so annoying to deal with pre-level six. She will also be getting a nerf to her ultimate, Lilting Lullaby, but that change hasn’t been detailed just yet.

The goal for these changes is to make her more widespread towards solo queue, instead of just being a pro play focused champion. Currently, Lillia has a 42.7 percent win rate in ranks Platinum and above, according to Champion.GG, but she was one of the most played junglers in the LCS, LEC, LPL, and LCK during the 2021 Spring Split. By making her more durable, the early game clears will be a lot more forgiving for players who are as efficient with her movement speed and damage.

Lillia hasn’t seen much play during the start of the 2021 Summer Split across major regions, with junglers like Rumble, Xin Zhao, and Udyr rising up in priority again. It’ll be interesting to see if these adjustments will help her in terms of her success in solo queue as the changes settle in.

Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/riot-reveals-planned-changes-to-weaken-lillias-early-game-buff-durability-and-scaling

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Rocket League Championship Series X Championships begin tomorrow

Four regions, four brackets, $1 million.

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The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) X Championships are about to begin, with round one kicking off at 10am CT on June 15, with 16 teams competing for their share of $1 million in overall prizing.

Matches will run through June 20, with the final day featuring the European and North American finals. 

The event will take place over four different regions, EU, NA, Oceania, and South America, though Oceania and SA will only feature the two top teams from each region facing off in a single best-of-seven series. EU and NA will have six teams each, competing in a full playoff bracket. 

Here are all of the teams competing within each of the regional competitions. 

Europe

  • Team BDS
  • Team Vitality
  • Top Blokes
  • Guild Esports
  • Solary
  • Team Queso

North America

  • NRG Esports
  • Team Envy
  • Spacestation Gaming
  • Rogue
  • G2 Esports
  • FaZe Clan

Oceania

  • Ground Zero Gaming
  • Cringe Society

South America

  • True Neutral
  • FURIA

The SA and Oceania finals will run on June 19, with a special 3v3 show match scheduled to showcase some talented Japanese players acting as a break between the two. 

You can learn more about the tournament format, prizing, and the full schedule on the official Rocket League website. All of the matches will be streamed live on the main Rocket League Twitch channel.

Source: https://dotesports.com/rocket-league/news/rocket-league-championship-series-x-championships-begin-tomorrow

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Razer reveals AMD-based Blade 14 at E3 keynote

The best of both worlds.

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After years of Intel-based releases, Razer unveiled its first AMD-powered laptop with the Blade 14 at E3 2021.

Razer is bringing back the Blade 14 after a lengthy three-year absence, and with it, a new partnership with AMD. The Blade 14 features an eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 9 5900HX unlocked processor with a base clock of 3.3GHz that boosts up to 4.6GHz. AMD’s processors power some of the strongest gaming laptops on the market, like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and ROG Strix series. The ROG Strix series features the HX-class processor found in the Blade 14, while the more comparable G14 features an HS-class processor.

Aside from its new partnership with AMD, Razer is implementing Nvidia’s RTX 3080 GPU and a 165Hz QHD display into the Blade 14. There are three different models of this laptop. The base version ships with the Ryzen 9 5900HX, an RTX 3060, and an FHD 144Hz display. Moving up the line, Razer offers two models with a 165Hz QHD display with the same 5900HX processor. The only difference between the two QHD models is one features the RTX 3070, and the other offers the RTX 3080.

Razer packs all of this power into an impressively slim 14-inch laptop that follows the same Blade design language fans have become accustomed to. Along with the familiar design comes a wide feature set including upgradable storage from 1TB, Chroma RGB, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz RAM, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, several USB connections, DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.1.

Each model of the Razer 14 runs $1,799, $2,199, and $2,799, respectively.

Despite its new partnership with AMD, Razer still offers its newest Intel-based Blade laptops.

The Blade 14 is available now. For more information, fans can visit the official Razer Store.

Source: https://dotesports.com/hardware/news/razer-reveals-amd-based-blade-14-at-e3-keynote

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