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Huge SK Gaming Roster Changes Announced for 2021 LEC Summer Split

SK Gaming will be entering the 2021 LEC Summer Split with a noticeably different roster than expected. Heck, […]

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in League of Legends | Jun, 2nd 2021

SK Gaming will be entering the 2021 LEC Summer Split with a noticeably different roster than expected. Heck, we’re putting it mildly here. Erik “Treatz” Wessén, one of their most important players and undoubtedly one of the best supports in the LEC, will be role swapping to jungle, whereas Jesse “Jesiz” Le — SK’s head coach and former pro player — will be assuming the role of support. 

If you’re scratching your head right now, know that you’re not in the minority. As far as surprises go, this is a pretty darn bad one. So what gives? Why make such huge changes mere days before the second half of the season? 

As it turns out, they had no other option.

Temper Your Expectations


As explained by Joseph El Ouassi, SK’s general manager, no one on the team was satisfied with their placement last split and had voted to switch things up in an attempt to correct course and potentially leave a mark come Summer. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t what they had in mind. With Kristian “TynX” Østergaard Hansen out of the equation, SK Gaming was forced to find a suitable replacement post-haste — something they failed to do, albeit not for lack of trying. As a result, Treatz will fill in (and hope for the best). This change is far from ideal, but it’ll probably be sufficient for SK to weather the storm and find an actual jungler come off-season. 

If there’s a silver lining in all of this, it is probably the fact that Treatz has been able to reach Challenger across a myriad of different positions. That doesn’t mean he’s ready to compete on even footing with the likes of Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek, Javier “Elyoya” Prades, and others. Still, he’ll surely be a lot better than most folks expect. Fortunately, the current jungle meta favors full clearing, so he should have it relatively easy — “should” being the operative word here. 

As for Tynx, his benching does come as somewhat of a surprise. Then again, he’s supposedly hard to work with (a euphemistic way of saying “toxic”), which seems to be at the heart of SK’s problems as well. Where he’ll go from here remains to be seen. In any case, we hope he’ll take this whole thing in stride, work on his issues and come back stronger in the future. He’s worthy of playing on the LEC stage, and it’d be a shame to see him fade into obscurity like so many of his predecessors. 

All in all, it’s hard not to feel for SK Gaming, given the way things unfolded. They had a very good showing back in Spring, and even though they’re still undeniably talented (not to mention surprisingly capable), it’s hard to get excited for what’s to come given such a gimped roster. 

Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/sk-gaming-roster-changes-announced-2021-lec-summer-split/

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Charles Hoskinson hits back after billionaire calls Cardano a ‘cult’

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Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz said over the weekend that he was ‘shocked’ over Cardano’s valuation while calling the community a weird cult.

“And so things like Cardano, it shocks me, the valuation. And it shocks every smart developer I know. They have done something to create this weird cult,” he said.

Cardano, the number five cryptocurrency has a market cap of just under $50 billion and is within striking distance of Binance Coin (BNB). The high-speed blockchain logged one of the highest ‘commits’ on GitHub last week, but some bigwigs remain unimpressed.

Novogratz picked up on a common criticism of the project. That is, how can a half-complete network with no operational smart contracts be valued so highly?

While there is some validity to this point, the “weird cult” comment has drawn a barrage of disapproval from Cardano supporters. Input Output Global (IOG) CEO Charles Hoskinson himself waded into the controversy by accusing Novogratz of bitterness.

“Let me translate the billionaire speak for you guys. He’s saying that he doesn’t see a backdoor to get in at a favorable price or manipulate the market like the rest of the VC coins,” Hoskinson tweeted.

Novogratz says Cardano is all show and no go

Novogratz dropped the bombshell speaking to Yahoo Finance Anchor Zack Guzman, in which he remarked that value is no longer derived from code. Instead, it’s a “social construct,” or as he made more explicit, all about the branding.

Hoskinson has addressed the issue of the lack of smart contracts on several occasions, saying they are on the way. But to accuse IOG and Cardano of criminality is a step too far and grossly misrepresenting the situation.

More recently, addressing the differences between Cardano and Ethereum, Hoskinson said Cardano’s slow and steady “scientific method” is, in his mind, the best way to counter system failure.

“The way we do things is a bit more mature and responsible because the way that we do things results in a better assurance that the systems we build won’t fail,” he said in a recent video.

The question is, is Novogratz’s anti-Cardano stance coming from a pro-Ethereum perspective? Or does he sincerely believe Cardano is all fluff?

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Bitcoin Made Americans More Than $4.1 Billion In 2020, New Data Reveals

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During the peak months of COVID, interest in bitcoin and cryptocurrencies skyrocketed in the United States, and now many traders in the country are profiting from it. According to Chainalysis, an analytical firm specializing in blockchain technology, Americans have seen their bitcoin assets return more than $4 billion.

Bitcoin Made People Rich

While bitcoin is currently trading at a loss, it has recently completed what is likely the currency’s largest and longest bull run in its 12-year history. The coronavirus epidemic started wreaking havoc on global financial markets in March of 2020. As the economy was forced to shut down, stocks and many businesses fell to historic lows around the world.

The digital coin was purchased by notable investors such as Stanley Druckenmiller and Paul Tudor Jones; corporations like as Square, Tesla, and MicroStrategy incorporated bitcoin to their balance sheets; and regular traders joined institutional investors in swarming the market.

As a result, a large number of Americans benefited. According to a new research from software startup Chainalysis, investors in the United States generated an estimated $4.1 billion in realized bitcoin gains in 2020.

According to Chainalysis, this is more than three times as much as the next largest country, China, where investors made $1.1 billion in profit.

In a recent interview, Kim Grauer, director of research at Chainalysis, stated that one of the big contributing factors to such a large number was the fact that several institutions based in America found themselves quickly attracted to BTC. Kim states:

We know from past research that there is growing institutional investment in crypto assets, notably in the U.S. Institutional investors work with large quantities of cryptocurrencies and have been stockpiling bitcoin over the past year. The gains in the U.S. mostly came in toward the end of the year and, therefore, we suspect many institutional traders who fit this profile took in gains as the price rose in late 2020.

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Chainalysis stated that the quoted figures are estimations based on transaction data it collects, and that due to the blockchain’s decentralized design, it is impossible to know for certain where parties are situated.

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China Was Always The First

Though China historically has the one of the highest cryptocurrency transaction volumes, Chainalysis reports, U.S. exchanges saw “huge inflows” in 2020.

“We know from past research that there is growing institutional investment in crypto assets, notably in the U.S. Institutional investors work with large quantities of cryptocurrencies and have been stockpiling bitcoin over the past year,” Kim said.

In addition, “the gains in the U.S. mostly came in toward the end of the year and, therefore, we suspect many institutional traders who fit this profile took in gains as the price rose in late 2020.”

After China, investors in Japan earned the next highest amount, with an estimated $929 million in realized bitcoin gains. After that, U.K. investors realized $829 million, Russian investors realized $632 million and German investors realized $607 million.

“We can start to see country-level variation in the way gains are taken,” Grauer says. “For example, we know that certain countries with a robust cryptocurrency ecosystem, such as Vietnam, took in outsized gains given the overall size of the economy.”

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French Football Partners With Sorare To Release NFT Cards For Men’s National Team

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Sorare announced a new licensing agreement with the French Football Federation (FFF) this morning for the issuance of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

French National Team To Release NFTs

With the Euro 2020 tournament currently underway, blockchain-based fantasy soccer game Sorare has announced a licensing arrangement with a national sports body to create nonfungible tokens of its players.

Prior to the team’s match against Germany on Tuesday, Sorare announced that the France Football Federation, or FFF, had introduced its own line of player nonfungible tokens, or NFTs. The French National Team is currently competing in the 2020 Union of European Football Associations European Football Championship, dubbed “The Blues” due to the color of their jersey. Due to the epidemic, the Euro 2020 event was postponed last year.

The national squad’s new digital cards will join more than 140 other licensed teams that Sorare has secured such as Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid.

The addition of national teams to the NFT collection is a logical next step for the digital collectible platform. The platform has a large international fan base to draw from, with approximately 100,000 active monthly users from 140 countries. France was an obvious option to be the first national team to partner with, given that they are the reigning world champions.

France is one of the first national football associations to enter into a licensing arrangement for official digital artifacts, having won the European Football Championship in 1984 and 2000. Sorare, on the other hand, stated that it was “in active discussion” with other associations throughout the world.

Sorare’s CEO, Nicolas Julia, stated that: “Today is an historic day for Sorare as we release the World Champions to the game through our unique collaboration with the French Football Federation!”

“The team is on fire and much more is coming soon to bring you the best of the world of football,” he added.

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Sorare Will Tokenize French Players

The licensing agreement will allow NFT digital cards of the French men’s team to be created for the Euro competition. The cards will be useful in the same way that the club versions of each player’s card are useful. Each NFT is also included in the current supply of each player’s 111-card 2020 season release.

For the 2020 season, the company will tokenize France national team players such as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, and Hugo Lloris into digital cards. Player cards for the fantasy football game will have varied scores and rarity based on their performance stats stored on the blockchain.

Top players from ongoing Global Nations competitions will be issued National Team cards beginning in Game Week 174, and their numbers will grow as teams are eliminated from play. The top three finishers in each event will automatically get a random FFF Super Rare card.

Sorare said it had sold more than $70 million in digital cards since January and currently has 90,000 monthly active users from 140 countries. Residents of more than 200 countries play football — or soccer, as it’s called in the United States and a few other nations.

“We’ve onboarded the World Champions: the French team,” said Sorare CEO Nicolas. “It is the first of many football associations that will be joining us in the coming weeks and months.”

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