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Yogg-Saron is one of the most random cards in Hearthstone, a digital card game that loves randomness. Dropping it is usually -- always -- a gamble, so when Hearthstone pro Thijs Molendijk dropped it with one health against a stacked board, he was leaving the game up to one last chance.

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At Blizzcon 2017, the Heroes of the Storm team announced the debut of Overwatch's Hanzo and World of Warcraft's Alexstrasza with a cinematic featuring the two dragon-themed characters facing off. In it, Alexstrasza transforms into her massive red dragon form, towering over her measly human opponent. But Heroes of the Storm game director Alan Dabiri couldn't make her that big and powerful in the game.

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After skipping 2016, long-running Super Smash Bros. tournament series Tipped Off is set to return to the state of Georgia this weekend for its twelfth instalment. But while the weeks leading up an event of this calibre are typically a time to promote the upcoming competition, the festivities have taken on a dour tone after the head organiser announced he was forced to sell off his house in order to fund the tournament.

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The grand finals of a recent Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tournament would have normally passed by without much fanfare, if not for the buzz that passed through the scene as it became known the winning player, a relative unknown named Brian "Abbock" Murphy, was in fact an infamous gamer known since 2012 as Cryin' Brian.

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Earlier this year the Adelaide Crows AFL club made waves by becoming the first major Australian sporting organisation to buy into esports, via the acquisition of Legacy Esports. And later today, they took another first step for the industry: by building a high performance centre exclusively for esports.

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The Dueling Fates update hit Dota 2 last week after a long waiting period, bringing two new heroes, several new items, map changes, and new abilities and talents; in a week's time, it's already been updated, from 7.07 to 7.07b.

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When the clock counted down the last 100 seconds, Injustice 2 Pro Series player Dominique "Sonic Fox" McLean knew he'd already won the match. His opponent's health bar had been reduced to a sliver. All Sonic Fox had to do was kill time. So he started teabagging.

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A woman said earlier this week that Max Bateman, former manager of the San Francisco Shock of the forthcoming Overwatch League, sexually assaulted her in September after a drink he gave her made her feel dizzy and confused, and later had her "in and out of consciousness".

Fourteen hours after the woman posted about what happened on Twitter, using the handle "Krystlin," the Shock fired Bateman.

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With its colourful cast and proclivity for wild plays that are equal parts tactical and mechanical, Overwatch is brimming with esports potential. Problem is, it can be a mess of exploding mechs, screen-engulfing ghost dragons, and middle-aged men in Scream Halloween costumes -- too much of a mess, sometimes, to actually sit down and watch.