The eSport Report: Way More Entertaining Than the Super Bowl Edition

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Hello again, eSports fans! It’s time for another weekly round up in this week’s eSport Report. While some people were getting pumped up about SPORTSBALL in New York City, the Intel Extreme Masters came and went in São Paulo, an Asus ROG Winter champion was crowned, and the LCS rolled on. All that and more, right here!

LCS Spring Split, Week 3: Gambit hands first loss to Fnatic, TSM knocks off Cloud 9

The League of Legends Championship Series continued with the 3rd week of action for both Europe and North America. Plenty of exciting matches were to be had, but none held a candle to the high profile action at the top of each region’s tables. Top ranked Fnatic faced their first loss of the season at the hands of second-place Gambit Gaming. In a slow but exciting control matchup, Gambit looked every bit as incredible as Fnatic, managing to outmaneuver their opponents slowly into their own base. The two continue to sit atop the table, with a 7-1 and 6-2 record respectively; both teams’ losing to each other once, and Gambit losing an earlier match to Roccat. The full match results, and a VOD of the premier game is below.

Gambit vs Fnatic, week 3:

LCS EU, week 3

Match Results

Gambit 

1

0

* A

ROCCAT 

0

1

* Fnatic

SHC XD 

1

0

* SK

CW 

0

1

* Fnatic

0

1

* SK

SHC XD 

1

0

* CW

SK 

1

0

* ROCCAT

Gambit 

1

0

* Fnatic

 

Not to be outdone, the North American LCS rolled on this past weekend, with close action all the way across the table. The highest profile match featured tied-for-first Team Solomid and Cloud 9. Airing during the Super Bowl, the matchup still managed to garner 283,000 viewers on Twitch TV. Good news for eSports fans, especially with the prominence of football in North America. TSM, although a heavy crowd favorite, would have to pull out all the stops to defeat Cloud 9, whom they had lost five straight to, going into the matchup. The game opened on a very cautious note, going ten minutes before either side scored a kill. Little positional advantages presented themselves over time, and TSM took full advantage, pressing Cloud 9 further and further back across the map. After a bloody Baron fight turned their way, Team Solomid pushed hard on the bot lane, taking their first win against C9 with a dominant kill score of 16-7.

TSM vs C9, week 3:

LCS NA, Week 3

Match Results

TSM 

1

0

* XDG

0

1

* C9

Crs 

0

1

* CLG

EG 

0

1

* C9

XDG 

1

0

* CLG

Crs 

0

1

* EG

CLG 

1

0

* C

TSM 

1

0

* C9

 

Millenium takes IEM LoL, CJ Entus herO prevails in SC2

This last week saw the first of 2014’s Intel Extreme Masters series of tournaments. A three day event boasting a ton of talent from both League of Legends and Starcraft II converged on São Paulo, Brazil for fame and cash prizes. The action began with Starcraft II. With high profile names like Polt, Bomber and TLO, and crowd favorites such as MajOr, the tournament promised plenty of exciting action. The finals came down to two previous champions, Jang “MC” Min Chul and Kim “herO” Joon Ho, the latter taking the title at the most recent IEM as well.

In dominating fashion, herO made it look easy with an amazing blink micro against MC, taking the best of seven, 4 to 1. The win makes herO the first player to win two Intel Extreme Masters championships, and he managed it back-to-back.

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Although the finals took center stage at IEM São Paulo, there were plenty of sideshows featuring stellar players and bigger plays. Perhaps most surprising was the incredible upset of Bomber by none other than the German Zerg Liquid TLO. Bomber, a typically overwhelming Terran player known for his incredible marine control and splitting, fell to the Team Liquid Zerg in a 2-3 loss. TLO would go on to lose to herO in the semifinals, as the last foreigner in the tournament.

The  League of Legends tournament in São Paulo featured a medley of qualified and poll-chosen teams from South America, plus a polled competitor from the EU and NA LCS. Millenium took the plane trip to represent Europe at the tournament, but their North American counterpart Dignitas, was unable to make it due to visa issues. In their stead, Ocelote’s team, oceloteWorld, took their place. With a prize pool of $40,500, there was plenty to play for at IEM. In the end, Millenium took the victory, earning the win over Brazilian poll winner, paiN Gaming. OceloteWorld managed to take 4th place, behind Seven Wars e-Sports.

Plenty of Protoss at the Asus ROG Winter

The Asus ROG Winter came to Finland this past week, featuring 32 of Starcraft II’s top talent. Or rather, it would have been 32, but prominent foreigners Naniwa and Bischu were forced to cancel due to illness. With those two out, the tournament progressed smoothly for the Koreans, with big names like Jaedong, Stardust, ForGG and Dear making playoff appearances. The semifinals showcased three Protoss players in particular, including eventual champion yoe Flash Wolves San.

Devin Younge

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Devin Younge is a pop culture geek and eSports Journalist. When he isn't playing, watching or writing about competitive games, you'll usually find him plotting anarchy over bourbon with Hunter S. Thompson's ghost. Follow him on Twitter @PiraTechnics.