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After a long, almost 12-hour day of competition, the London Spitfire emerged victorious last night in the first stage playoffs of the Overwatch League. After dropping two maps to the New York Excelsior, the Spitfire surged back and took three straight to reverse-sweep the finals and win the playoff bonus.

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Instead of finding a documentary about Mickey Mantle or a replay of the 1998 World Series on the Yankees' TV Network next week, you might end up watching a match of H1Z1 or League of Legends. It's not just an offseason thing, either - the New York Yankees, baseball's most storied franchise, are betting on esports.

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The Seoul Dynasty has had a rocky conclusion to its Overwatch League run. Despite an early start that made them look all but unstoppable, this squad has struggled in the twilight hours of stage 1. And while it started to recover and look more like itself against San Francisco last night, it was too late to salvage the Dynasty's playoff hopes.

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In a recent quarterly earnings call, Activision Blizzard announced that it plans to add new franchises and cities to the Overwatch League in its second season. The Kotaku staff came up with a few suggestions for those teams' names. Some were very good; others, quite bad. Here they are, ranked best to worst.

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At last night's Next Level Battle Circuit, the mic was somehow unoccupied right before Arturo "Sabin" Sanchez's match against a player who goes by SonicSol, as all the other commentators had seemingly vacated the stream at the same time. Rather than play in silence, Sanchez decided to call his own match.

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Yesterday, partnered Twitch streamer and Fortnite pro Jordan "Scubby" Selleck said on a stream that if anyone he knew threatened suicide, "I would dare them to do it, and then I would never talk to them again." (The topic came up after another Twitch streamer said she had been having suicidal ideations.)

Scubby also repeatedly decried anxiety as "fake". Yesterday, his esports team HavoK Esports said that they had decided to "part ways with Scubby," then linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn made history for both women and non-Korean StarCraft pros yesterday by placing first in a premier tournament, IEM Pyeongchang 2018. The Canadian defeated two-time world champion Kim "sOs" Yoo Jin playing as the Zerg, her old standby, in a 4-1 victory. She's the second North American pro to ever place first at a major StarCraft 2 tournament in South Korea.