With Australia's biggest esports event coming up this weekend, all eyes are on some of the international competitors flying down under. One of those is Renegades, the Aussie team that moved overseas to play in the big leagues -- but it just suffered a defeat against local upstarts Chiefs. The matches this weekend might be closer than we expected.
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Things were looking shaky for a while this weekend at the Asia Minor, a qualifier for the US$1 million ESL One Cologne event later this year. Eight teams rocked up, two of them Australian -- and that was only after a public furore that resulted in the organisers behind forced to hold an extra qualifier for Oceania.
But while things had been quietly improving for Australian Counter-Strike, the group stages looked tricky. But both Australian teams managed to pull out enough solid performances, with Renegades securing a spot to fly the Australian flag in Germany.
It doesn't happen often, but when Riot decides to crack down on teams they crack down on them hard. Australia was rocked by the Riot banhammer a couple of years ago after Team Immunity were found to have failed to pay match payments to their players on time.
But today's bans are a little bit bigger. Not one, not two, but three League of Legends teams have been banned from participating in any developer-sanctioned leagues, with a third given 10 days to sell their lucrative LCS spot.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive qualifier at DreamHack Open Stockholm was pretty disappointing for Australians. Two of our teams made it all the way to the elimination set in their groups -- Renegades and Team Immunity -- but they both fell just short of the final prize.
It was a big tournament, so it's not surprising that the competition was stiff. But a huge amount of buzz is being generated about the most unlikely source -- a player from Vietnam.
Counter-Strike had a two-year run on cable TV in America, along with a suite of other games. It was called the Championship Gaming Series, and many believed the league's collapse in 2008 spelled the end for eSports trying to wedge itself into a traditional broadcast format.
But a new report suggests that may no longer be the case, with a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league airing from next year on the TBS basic cable channel.
The first woman to make it into the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is going to keep playing after all, she said on Twitter. Maria "Remilia" Creveling originally said that she was planning to step down from her position on team Renegades after winning the LCS qualifying game last week. Woo-hoo!
On Wednesday night, the pro League of Legends team Renegades secured a victory against Team Coast, securing themselves a spot in the next League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). Making it into the big leagues is normally routine news, but RNG's win was special. It was the first time a woman made it into the LCS.