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Trusting that a pro player retirement will last for long is often not a good bet. On Sunday, Pan “Fade” Yi officially confirmed that he’s back to playing Dota 2 professionally and joined to complete Team Aster’s roster. On Aster, Fade will play alongside veterans Song “Sccc” Chun, Lin “Xxs” Jing and Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao as the organization continues to look for its first TI appearance.
PSG.LGD Pan “Fei” Fei released a video on LGD’s Weibo account, talking about what steps the team would make following yet another second place finish at The International. “After IT concluded, we had some sort of mental turbulence”, Fei explained, saying that Lu “Maybe” Yao and Xu “fy” Linsen will go on long breaks, which is the reason why LGD will be skipping the first Major of the season. Fei also added, that LGD are looking at veteran Xiao8 to come in as replacement for former coach QQQ.
Goodbye, carry Io, it was nice while it lasted. Dota 2’s latest Patch, 7.22g, targeted not only the Wisp (which is getting back to being a support, as designed), but also Enchantress, Chen, and Alchemist. On the upside, heroes like Clockwerk, Chaos Knight, and Lycan got some nice buffs.
The best CS:GO roster of all time did it again. Astralis secured their fourth Major title and completed their three-peat to set two CS:GO records in one night, winning the StarLadder Berlin Major with 2-0 over Avangar.
The win comes in the wake of a long tournament lull for Astralis, where the Danes mostly competed in the small-scale BLAST Pro Series tournaments. Astralis looked shaky in the group stage of the Berlin Major, but by the time of their quarterfinal vs. Team Liquid, the team had visibly leveled up, defeated its main rival, and cruised undefeated to the championship.
G2 Esports CS:GO as we knot it is coming to an end it and one of its longest-standing players is reportedly on is way out. In-game leader Richard “shox” Papillon is likely to part ways with the “samurai” together with Lucas “Lucky” Chastang. If he leaves, shox will end a three and a half year-long stint with the organization.
G2 are reportedly looking at several CR4ZY members to fill up their new line-up. The names mentioned include Nemanja “nexa” Isaković and Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač, who impressed fans and pundits with their run through to the New Challengers and New Legends stage.
FunPlus Phoenix completed their impressive regular season run in the LPL by hoisting the Summer Championship and qualifying for Worlds as China’s #1 seed. This will be the organization’s first international appearance, after their Spring campaign to qualify for MSI ended with semifinal elimination.
“We can’t be too relaxed for Worlds,” said Kim “GimGoon” Han-saem, who now looks to meeting the world’s best League of Legends team during the World Championship.
G2 Esports secured their back-to-back LEC title, defeating Fnatic in a five-game series. G2 proved once again they are the strongest team in Europe and even though Fnatic took them to five games in both the semifinal and the grand final, G2 looked more prepared and their wins were more cleaner than those of their rivals.
G2 now enter Worlds as Europe’s #1 seed and repeat their case for being the best team in the world.
Despite paling brand-wise to Team SoloMid, Clutch Gaming were able to defeat the storied organization in the LCS Gauntlet Finals to qualify for Worlds and rob TSM of qualification spot. Clutch Gaming engineered a 3-2 reverse sweep, punishing TSM’s bot lane flaws and exploiting the inexperience of their new jungler, earning their spot at the World Championship.
This is the second year in a row TSM will be absent from LoL’s crown event, signalling that massive changes within the org and the team are needed, lest they achieve a grim hat-trick in 2020.