The ultimate objective in Dota 2 is to destroy your enemy's ancient, the massive structure at the heart of their base. Do that and you win. When Evil Geniuses went on a potentially game-ending push into Fnatic's base today, Jacky "EternalEnvy" Mao of Fnatic responded by going straight for the game-winner.
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In May of last year, the first season of the esports reality show Gamerz promised to award a six-month professional contract to five up-and-coming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players. The show, hosted by Gamingzone Entertainment in Sweden, filmed over the course of three weeks. It broadcasted live daily episodes featuring 12 contestants living together in a gaming house, facing off in drills and challenges that resulted in elimination for the losers. Think Big Brother, except it's live, and the top prize is a pro gaming contract for the last five standing.
In an article titled "Are eSports Going To Replace The Beautiful Game?" British GQ contributor Andy Mitten spins a yarn about going somewhere where there are no Manchester United fans.
Where are all the sports-hungry young men, he wonders? This is where the esports hook comes in, a full twelve paragraphs after the article has begun.
Briefly: Speaking of dramatic shake-ups in League of Legends eSports, top European player Yellowstar just said he's leaving Fnatic to go play in another region. The entire EU region is susceptible to a talent-drain this year as investment in eSports increases in the US and China and teams there offer higher salaries.
Briefly: Europe's best League of Legends team just lost two of its star players. This morning Fnatic announced that Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon and Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin, the team's top laner and jungler, are both leaving for "career opportunities in another region." No word on what region that is yet.
The Daily Dot revealed yesterday that rockstar Swedish League of Legends player Martin "Rekkles" Larsson is joining the European pro team Fnatic. Transers happen all the time in eSports, of course. What made this one interesting was that Rekkles had just left Fnatic last November. The prodigal son returns!