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Dota 2 Patch 7.25c released last Tuesday, April 7, and brought a basket of nerfs to various heroes and items. The changes aim to reduce to speed of the games, which often end under 30 minutes in a death-ball style, and target heroes like Lycan, Meepo, and Wraith King.
Many of the health regen items have also been nerfed, including Ring of Regen, Soul Ring, Mekansm and Pipe of Insight.
On Wednesday, Ninjas in Pyjamas officially released Saahil “Universe” Arora from the roster, citing the need to shift away from cross-region rosters in the current online competitive climate, forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The majority of NiP’s roster resides in Europe, including captain Peter “ppd” Dager, but Universe is locked in the US. Universe’s replacement, Brazilian Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos is also stranded across the pond, however, so NiP have been playing with stand-ups in ESL One LA.
After confirming that the CS:GO ESL One Rio Major will have no invites and fresh sets of qualifiers due to its postponement to November, ESL released Wednesday a lot of new information about the $2M event.
As team c0ntact switched from NA to Europe, ESL have adjusted the prize pool for the Europe qualifier and awarded the region one additional Challenger spot. ESL also released a full list of teams, pending the tiebreaker matches in CIS and Asia.
Just hours after the transfer was reported, Evil Geniuses officially announced the signing of coach Wilton “zews” Prado. EG were left without a coach after the team split with Chet “ImAPet” Singh, who cited “horrendous” relationships with Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz and Tarik “tarik” Celik.
Zews hails from a year-long stint with MIBR, which yielded no significant results to the organization. The move reunites him with IGL stanislaw, whom he played with during their time at Team Liquid.
Not even the biggest FPS streamers could match the firepower of VALORANT’s devs in a recent exhibition match. The quintet of Michael “shroud” Grzesiek, Jardy “summit1g” Lazar, Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, Coby “dizzy” Meadows and Erik “fl0m” Flom teamed up to take on VALORANT’s creators in their own game, but ended up embarrassed on the server.
The stack of streamers lost all three games, winning only a total of 10 rounds between all maps. The matches can be viewed below.
VALORANT’s closed beta launch day will go down as one of the best in video game history. As fans arrived to Twitch en masse, looking for a beta key to drop, VALORANT alone pulled a 1.7M peak concurrent audience, for a total of 34M hours watched on day 1 alone.
While the numbers are not representative of the game’s potential longevity in any way, given that most viewers tuned in just for the chance to get a beta key, the popularity of VALORANT on its debut is surely to make Riot Games happy.
South Korea’s LCK will finally join the LEC, LCS, and LPL in having a franchised format, abolishing relegation for good. Riot Korea has already asked teams to submit their franchise applications by June 19, so that league management can select the partners by September.
There is no information on what entry fee will the LCK partners have to pay, but numbers for LCS and LEC varied between $9-12M, paid over time. How many teams exactly will make the cut was also not disclosed.