Imagine it's the end of the month. The new NBA season is about to start just days later, but right before that, a majority of the Los Angeles Lakers' owners decided to cut their losses with the team and sign a new one. With a once proud legacy firmly in the rear-view mirror, they'd had enough. New blood was needed.
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While the explosive growth in popularity for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has mostly made the Fnatics and the Na'Vis of the world into esports stars, the women's competitive scene has often been an overlooked cornerstone of the game. That's finally starting to change as they some of esports' biggest sponsors and organisations have started to give them serious support.
Oh, the irony. Professional League of Legends player Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng has been sidelined from his position on the North American team Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) due to an IRL sports injury. Peng gashed his pinky finger playing basketball recently, deep enough that he needed to get stitches.
Burnt out and tired of playing for a losing team, professional League of Legends player Austin "Link" Shin announced last night that he was leaving the game. He did so in a bombastic way: writing an 18-page screed that called out nearly all his former teammates, coaches, and ultimately the game itself.
Killing all five members of the opposing team within a few seconds of one another in League of Legends is such an impressive feat that it has its own name: "pentakill". Like many awesome League plays, it's also old hat by pro players' standards. Except for those great moments when it seems like you're so close to getting the fifth kill but might not seal the deal in time.