Did you miss anything from the last week in esports? Swamped with work or school? Still hungover (or sugar-crashed) from the Halloween partying? VPEsports’ Stories from the Week brings you all the biggest headlines you might have missed.
Veteran David “LD” Gorman is back to the Dota 2 casting desk and his next step will be the MDL Chengdu Major. The BTS co-founder will go from DOTA Summit 11 straight to the first major of the season, partnering with the likes of Austin “Capitalist” Walsh, Owen “ODPixel” Davies, and Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas.
The post-TI period is always a low point for Dota 2, as there’s no esports to watch and the community is waiting for the next big patch. However, the end of October was particularly bad for Valve’s game, as it hit just over 530,000 peak players. Dota 2’s numbers haven’t been that low in over six years and the drop is quite visible, especially if one goes back to the 1M peak in January 2019, brought on by the popularity of Auto Chess.
Of course, the numbers will jump right back up when the DPC season starts and Dota 2 gets its several new heroes. The question is: just how high?
After long months of trying to find success with different rosters and different IGLs, FaZe Clan are victorious again. The EU stack claimed BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen this weekend, their third LAN championship this year.
Despite signals that this could finally be the successful team FaZe was meant to be, BLAST remains just a LAN that is regarded somewhat lower due to its format. Still, with wins over Astralis, NaVi and Team Liquid, FaZe should be happy about this one and use it as trampoline into the rest of the season.
100 Thieves has officially revealed the acquisition of Renegades’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster via transfer. The Australian side will move to Los Angeles, as 100 Thieves are in the process of building a 15,000 square feet esports facility.
The signing comes off of Renegades’ impressive third place at the StarLadder Major, making them one of the teams to watch in 2019 and a great pick for 100 Thieves’ return to CS:GO.
The 2019 League of Legends World Championship has fixed the last two remaining teams into the grand final: G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix. This sets up a repeat of the CN vs. EU grand final from last year, when Invictus Gaming swept Fnatic for the title.
FPX punched their ticket in a four-game series against defending champions iG, running a slew of unorthodox mid lane picks and seeing their mid laner and jungler absolutely pop off to carry the series. G2, on the other hand, won a dramatic series against SKT, taking several games while being down in gold and map control.
The final is coming November 10 in Paris, France.
Apart from deciding the grand finalists, the Worlds 2019 semifinals set the record for the most watched game in the entire esports history (not counting Chinese viewers). SKT vs. G2 peaked at 3.98M concurrent viewers, good 1.7M more than the previous record holder in the Fortnite World Cup.
With the hype being high for the grand finals, Worlds 2019 might just break even more records before it’s over.
Chinese Hearthstone player Xiaomeng “VKLiooon” Li hoisted the Hearthstone Grandmasters Global Finals trophy on Saturday and made history. She is the first female pro player to become Hearthstone World Champion in the game’s history — a tremendous achievement of its own. She is also the first player to claim a Global Finals trophy for China, a region that’s always been counted as one of the strongest ones in Hearthstone, but which always tripped over come playoffs time.
Liooon is also the first female champion in the entire BlizzCon history across all the esports titles that have been played on its stage, making her achievement all the more impressive.
All the leaks that led up to BlizzCon 2019 turned out to be true. Whether this was a strong BlizzCon for Blizzard, who’ve struggled with terrible PR for the past year, is up for debate, but these are the cold facts in terms of announcements:
- Diablo IV is coming, and it’s going back to Diablo II’s stylistic roots: grim, dark, bloody combat. But we’ll have to wait for it, a lot. According to Blizzard, it’s not even “Blizzard soon.”
- Overwatch 2 has also been confirmed with the expected PVE content. OW2 will focus on the story of the world, and will send players on various co-op missions. Through these missions, players will be able to customize their heroes through levels and talents.
- World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is the next WoW expansion, revealed through an epic cinematic. If you’re wondering what Sylvanas is up to now, it’s apparently breaking down the Lich King crown, opening a portal to a new realm. The game will also introduce a new experience for new/returning players, while squashing the level cup back to 60.