Did you miss anything from the last week in esports? Swamped with your Steam backlog, because now you can’t go out and have all the time to play these games you bought on sale once and never even looked at? VPEsports’ Stories from the Week brings you all the biggest headlines you might have missed.
If you’ve been playing Dota 2 pubs these days, chances are you’ve been dying a lot to Necrobook Lycans and lightning fast Weavers. Released last Wednesday, Patch 7.25b toned down some of these heroes’ strengths, with Lycan starting with lower base damage, hurting his laning capabilities, and Weaver having its Shukuchi movement speed nerfed, as well as its Agility gain.
Ring of Tarrasque, Trusty Shovel, and Necronomicon are the three nerfed items with Patch 7.25b.
Wrapping up the months and months of matches, the China Dota 2 Pro League playoffs took place this weekend with the eight best teams from league play. Coming hot from their WeSave! championship run, PSG.LGD looked to be back in form and took the $112,000 first place prize after a tense five-game series against Vici Gaming.
PSG.LGD also spoke about their recent roster changes, struggling at the start of the season and finding recent success. “We didn’t adapt and master the change of meta after several patch updates,” LGD said, adding that they lacked synergy and chemistry with Li “ASD” Zhiwen.
The Dota 2 10K MMR club added three more players last week, growing to a total of 13. The headliner of the new additions is none other than Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan, followed by Alliance’s Linus “Limmp” Blomdin and FlyToMoon’s Alik “V-Tune” Vorobey.
2020 is still young, but more and more Dota 2 players are hitting the 10K MMR threshold. In February, Fathur “Mikoto” Rahma and Aliwi “w33” Omar joined the club. And in March, six more reached the achievement: Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang, Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios, and Vladimir “None” Minenko, in addition to the three most recent alumni.
The saga hat is FunPlus Phoenix’s entry into CS:GO refuses to end. The reigning LoL world champions originally opted to sign Heroic, but the acquisition of Patrick “es3tag” Hansen by Astralis cut negotiations short. Shortly after, FPX looked to grab the former eUnited roster, a.k.a. Swole Patrol, but similarly to the Heroic deal, an announcement came before the deal was made official.
FunPlus’ latest move is to now sign the stack behind IGL Peter “ptr” Gurney, Bad News Bears — the former Riot Squad Esports roster. The new FPX will debut in FLASHPOINT Season 1 this week against c0ntact, provided there isn’t yet another twist in their pursuit of CS:GO presence.
CS:GO might get updated with Source 2 engine in the coming months, several community members have reported. First broken by VNN’s Tyler McVicker and later confirmed by community figure Nors3, Source 2 could be closer than anticipated, perhaps in the next two months.
Nors3 further elaborated that this is not “totally a different engine compared to Source 1, it’s like an updated version” and that parts of Source 2 are already in CS:GO, like Panorama.
Brazilian stack MIBR has been struggling for more than a year now and fans and experts have long been advocating for a roster change or even a complete rebuild. The roster behind IGL Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo hasn’t made a single LAN final since ECS Season 6 in 2018 and so the first roster chance for 2020 is already in effect.
After 15 months with the org, coach Wilton “zews” Prado left MIBR last Wednesday, with Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia taking over the position. Whether this will be enough is yet to be seen, but chances are slim. MIBR have a lot of high-profile opponents ahead of them as in addition to FLASHPOINT, they are also competing in EPL North America.
League of Legends org Rogue Warriors are embroiled in match fixing scandal once again. Last Wednesday, the team released jungler Wang “WeiYan” Xiang from the roster following allegations of match fixing and two days later, LPL management came out with the official punishment — and it is severe.
WeiYan received a two-year ban from competing and even streaming League of Legends, leaving him with no way to draw income from Riot’s MOBA. Rogue Warriors, on the other hand, were fined $423,000, a harsh fine for one of the weaker teams in the LPL.
The LEC Spring Season is ready for its playoffs stage, as the six best teams were drawn into the bracket this Saturday.
G2 Esports will open against MAD Lions on Apr. 4, followed by Fnatic versus Origen, and then Misfits versus Rogue in the lower bracket. The champion will be crowned on Apr. 19, with G2 coming as the heavy favorites for third consecutive LEC title.