At 16 years old, Super Smash Bros. Melee has no shortage of unique glitches and mechanics hidden in its GameCube-era code. At this past weekend's Runback 2017, Justin "Plup" McGrath went hurtling into one of those glitches during a doubles match: An invisible ceiling that spiked him back down to the ground.
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After two days of play in Berlin, the grand finals for the FIFA Ultimate Team Championship came down to the wire between Chevrey "Vitality_Rocky" Corentin and Shaun "xShellzz" Springette. Despite losing the lead on his home turf, a last-minute rally helped Corentin barely scrape by and secure his spot as the 2017 Ultimate Team champion.
Two games in, Team SoloMid looked poised to deftly sweep the number-two seed Cloud9 in the finals of the North American League Championship Series Spring Split. Cloud9 would not cede so easily, however, and rallied back to push it to a climactic game five, where a single clash would decide the champion of the split.
Oasis' active traffic, even in the face of an ongoing superhuman turf war, has led to some fantastic vehicular highlights. In a match between Detonator Gold and Hong Kong Attitude in the ongoing Overwatch Pacific Championship, pro player ManGoJai learned the hard way that you shouldn't jaywalk.
OGN, a Korean esports organisation, hosted the grand finals for Overwatch Apex Season 2, and it was a barn-burner. RunAway, a Cinderella story team with no organisation, met the titanic Lunatic-Hai, a team whose only loss in the group stage was to RunAway. A mixture of revenge and underdogs, and a grand finals that went the distance.
At about 11:00PM local time a day ago, in the European West servers of Dota 2, 10 players queued up for an average, unranked match. Over the course of five hours, these players would rage, taunt, abandon, create new accounts, and become good friends. It was an odyssey of Dota matchmaking, a play in five acts, and God bless it, a damn glorious battle.
The lower bracket seems like a strange place for a match-up like Evil Geniuses and Wings Gaming to happen, but in the first round of the Dota 2 Asia Championships bracket, both teams found themselves on their last leg in a best-of-one match. Back against the wall, both teams turned to oddball strategies, leading to one wild ride of a match.
Last night was a fond walk down memory lane for any StarCraft fan. Between the announcement of StarCraft Remastered and the showmatches between old Brood War favourites like Lee Jae Dong and Lee "Flash" Young Ho, anticipation kept building for the night's climactic battle for the Global StarCraft II League finals.
This weekend held many different events in some of the biggest esports, from League of Legends and Street Fighter to Call of Duty. In a small arcade tucked away in Akihabara, Japan, however, players were duking it out in some of the best bouts I've seen all weekend, in a language I don't understand and a game I hadn't heard of until this morning.
The regional qualifiers for the next Dota 2 major have been exciting, with over 100 matches played in the last 48 hours. The Kiev Major boasts a prize pool of $US3 ($4) million, and so everybody and their grandmother has been competing to earn a spot, including one team that made a desperate move to Southeast Asia to do so.
Jun "TY" Tae Yang doesn't have the illustrious career of many other StarCraft pros. Despite playing the game for a decade, since the age of 12, Jun had never won a premier event until January. But at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Jun took his second-ever first place finish at a premier, besting the top player in the world to do so.