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Team Dignitas Drops "jkaem" and "AcilioN"

It's safe to say that it's been quite a tough year for Team Dignitas overall. Momentum and expectations heading into 2017 were high, yet instantly crushed by a sudden transfer of their whole roster of five players to North on the first day of the year. Ever since, they've been trying to recover without celebrating much success. Now, we've just got news that they've dropped two players.  Yes, they've reportedly decided to drop the players of Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and Asger "AcilioN" Larsen from their CS:GO roster. A respectable decision following their recent performance, if anything will bring about a change, a player swap should. Poor statistics include missing out on two major events due to not making it. Namely, they missed out on the PGL Krakow Major and they were knocked out of an open online qualifier for the ELEAGUE Boston Major, the earliest part of the action. It's simply unacceptable to see such results.  Dignitas had acquired "jkaem" a little over eight months ago alongside a certain "fox". "AcilioN" on the other hand had a much shorter run, just two months for the aspiring 21 year old. There really isn't anything too significant to comment regarding their history with the team and I personally think that leaving is in their own interest too.  As of right now, the hole left by the departure of the two players is being filled in by former Dignitas player Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen and the coach Morten "zEVES" Vollan is also getting involved. We're unsure who could fill in the new spots, but what we are sure of, is that Dignitas needs to make up for a pitiful 2017.  The esports organisation is also pushing a PUBG roster, who were invited to the PUBG Invitational at IEM Oakland. However, the team played a rough three games in Round 1 and were eliminated almost immediately. Looks like the organisation is on a streak of bad luck, but that should change soon. 

South Korea Are the Overwatch World Cup Champions

Roughly this time last year, South Korea found themselves matched up against Russia in the grand finals of the 2016 Overwatch World Cup. It was an undeniable slaughter as they cruised to victory following a quick and clean 4-0 sweep. Heading back into the competition for a consecutive year, they were the clear favourites and did not fail to reach the expectations set upon them. Momentarily, the grand final against Canada awaited them; here's how it went down. Right off the bat, Canada lost their footing to the focused South Koreans. Offering a lacklustre bit of resistance, they quickly conceeded the first three maps to put them in a vulnerable position indeed. Maps of Oasis, King's Row and Hanamura had been played; would Canada let South Korea sweep them aside? Fortunately, the Canucks managed to mount a sliver of resilience, enough for them to steal Junkertown off of the South Koreans, staining their otherwise clean plate. The next map, Numbani, was absolutely nail-biting as the Canadian side finally appeared confident and back in the form which they've been celebrating all tournament long. Tight conflicts and exciting strategies pushed the map to a 3-3 tiebreaker. Canada were up first, only to put one minute on the board. Unfortunately for them, that mark was easily passed by South Korea, deeming them the champions of the world after a 4-1 scoreline. Thus, South Korea came first, Canada second and for third place, Sweden kept their seat warm from last year. France, one of the other favourites going into this, managed a fourth place finish. In other Overwatch news, Blizzard has revealed the Overwatch League schedule alongside a new mobile app to keep up with all the action on the go. The league season will commence on January 10th, having each of the 12 teams to play twice per week after that point. Many other announcements were revealed at BlizzCon this year, so if you'd like to knwo what lies ahead for Overwatch, check out this link: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/esports/

The 2018 CWL Rule Set - Vetoes Make an Unexpected Return

Remember Call of Duty: Ghosts and the veto system it implemented in the competitive scene? We haven't seen anything like that since, but that all changes as the 2018 Call of Duty World League competitive guidelines give everybody a taste of how the tournaments will play out. Keep reading as we break it down as simply as possible.  "So what is a veto?", you may rightfully ask. The concept of the veto system allows teams to strategically pick and ban specific maps throughout the competitive series. Note that this will only be utilised in the major LAN events, meaning that online matches and tournaments are indifferent. The director of Call of Duty esports, Kevin Flynn gives us a thorough explanation below.  "Map vetoes have been a major request from our community for some time and we're happy to announce it will be part of the 2018 Call of Duty World League season at the CWL Pro League, Global Open events, Last Chance Qualifier, CWL Sanctioned Events, and the CWL Championship. We're excited for the strategy that map vetoes will add to the highest levels of competition this season and hope that fans and players attending events and watching online will enjoy this addition to the 2018 CWL season." This familiar system will certainly add an extra level of depth to every game. Speaking of games, best-of-five series will consist of Hardpoint ,Search and Destroy and a rotation between CTF and Gridiron just for now, allowing the community to select a preference; in that specific order. No, the best-of-seven. We cannot verify if best-of-sevens may sometimes play out like in Black Ops 3.  Vetoes will take place before each map, with the teams taking turns according to seeding or whatever differentiates them. The team which concedes the veto on the respective map gets to pick the side to compensate.  Apart from the inclusion of vetoes, the guide includes all bans, such as High Calibre, removing it completely unlike BO3 and all light-machine gun weaponry. Specific killstreaks and equipment are also targetted. If you'd like to see the full list yourself, go here: https://www.callofduty.com/esports/story/2017-11/2018_CompetitiveGuidelines. If you're looking to enter the scene competitively, it's a must read. Yet, this is only the first draft and is likely to change. Anyway, we hope you've enjoyed our final article regarding COD: WWII before it officially releases November 3rd.  Gamers.com.mt couldn't be more excited. Let the grind begin. 

Samsung Galaxy Redeem Themselves With a Sweep Over SKT

The League of Legends World Championship 2017 Grand final was absolutely breathtaking, yet it was finished in only three games. Samsung Galaxy, silencing all the doubters, finally redeeming themselves, have clenched the title in epic fashion. Nobody saw such a sweep coming.  This team has been fighting and waiting ever since that historical night last year, as SKT shut them down in the 2016 finals. Recovering and sticking together was probably the hardest part, due to the doubt and mockery from surrounding communities. Playoff disappointments in the Spring and Summer Splits didn't help either, all people could coldly ask was; "Is this team finished?" They even lost 0-3 to SKT a few months back, to add insult to injury. Even during the event itself, as they made it no secret that they were chasing victory, there were doubts.  Samsung, although shining in the grand final, expectations weren't set too high as they managed Korea's third seed. This led to an underwhelming yet satisfactory group stage performance. However, the team pulled their socks higher than ever before to take out Longzhu Gaming and Team WE, and they couldn't have done it any later. Finding themselves with such momentum and the rematch of a lifetime ahead of them, the only thing in their way were the defending champions of SKT.  Although Samsung Galaxy were the statistical underdogs, the grand final told a different tale - they were in complete control. Well-thought teamfight attacks was one major factor to their triumph. Watching the euphoria surge through the players of SSG as they hoisted the Summoner's Cup with a few glum SKT fans in the background was quite moving. Denied a third-time victory, what effect will this have on their team dynamic? Will any team changes follow? Personally, second place at the Worlds shouldn't bring about such effect.  The roster of Samsung Galaxy will go down in history as legends who failed to give up, shrugged off the pressure and hate, to end a dynasty and start one of their own. 

Starcraft 2 Will Be Free-To-Play

With BlizzCon entertaining the many curious gamers and followers, Blizzard Entertainment had a few surprising announcements up their sleeve. One of their best received reveals was definitely the fact that Starcraft 2, will be made available to everyone free of charge. After 5 years, it's great to see Blizzard allowing full access to one of the originals in terms of esports.  As mentioned earlier, this was revealed at BlizzCon, the Blizzard-centred gathering of news and content. Mike Morhaime, the president of the organisation, was the one to go ahead and tell everyone the great news. However, not the whole of the game is yours, having conceded "large portions" including the initial game in the Starcraft 2-sage and Wings of Liberty. If you already own a copy of Wings of Liberty, one is entitled to the sequel, Heart of the Swarm, for the same price of zero.  Content continues with full granted access to the ladder of all three games in the series. Yet, before jumping straight into the multiplayer ladder, players need to complete a prerequisite of 10 game-of-the-day victories, supposedly an attempt to reduce combat account abuse.  With five years gone, is this move to late? Probably. Delaying such a move is perhaps why the franchise slipped away into disinterest as League of Legends and Dota 2 surged forward. Blizzard's motives are simple; to start regenerating community enthusiasm and enough funds to kick-start a larger esport, like it once was.  So as of right now, Starcraft Brood War and Starcraft 2 are completely free, with Starcraft 2 multiplayer and Wings of Liberty campaign releasing in due time on November 14. 

Project Eversio Reveals COD: WWII Roster

Call of Duty: WWII is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated titles from the famous franchise, both on an international and local level. We know for a fact that many local Maltese enthusiasts are have already invested a multitude of hours into the game in preparation for the largest event of the year, the GO Malta Esports Festival, also the first local event for the game. Just like the old days, friends are teaming up, the local community is brewing and organisations are preparing themselves. One such example is Project Eversio who revealed their new team for COD:WWII yesterday on their website. Let's take a look.  Almost instantaneously, the list of names brings a smile on our faces since we're quite familiar with them; personally and professionally. Without further ado, here are the names: Reuben "Randu" Grech Daniel "DeXx" Mifsud Luke "Zwa" Scicluna Matthias "Vision" Magro Probably the most well-known from the Maltese squad would have to be "Randu". With a great personality and sense of determination, he never gave up even though the community rejected the era of jetpacks. Only aged 20, he's achieved quite a lot. For the past year, he represented a fully sponsored international team, that of OneHash, alongside foreign teammates. The team managed 37th-44th and 29th-36th place finishes at the CWL Birmingham and Sheffield Open, respectively, this year. Luckily for us, the lone gun as decided to return home with Maltese teammates.  Speaking of which, they aren't pushovers themselves. Most notably, "DeXx" and "Zwa" were on that roster which won the MESF two years ago and the MCS #2, remember? "Vision" was also from that time period. In general, it's essential to point out the staggering amount of experience and potental this team has. The news post also includes an exclusive interview with "Randu"; which we strongly recommend to read:  https://eversio.org/news/view/50/eversio-is-back-to-call-of-duty Our favourite line from the interview is as follows: I think many Maltese teams will come back for WWII So do we, and Project Eversio is just one of many that will be looking to make a name for themselves locally, through our future events, ad perhaps internationally.  Gamers.com.mt wishes the best to Project Eversio's new team. We're excited to see how they perform at the upcoming MESF 2017! Header Image Credits - Eversio.org

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