Optic Gaming Steps into The Dota 2 Scene

One of the biggest names in esports, namely Optic Gaming, is making a confident step into MOBA territory in the form of Dota 2. Following their recent announcement regarding new ideas for Overwatch, this bit of news was a pleasant surprise for the organisation’s fans who’ve been waiting for this for some time. Read on as we discuss the details. The squad, constellated by seasoned professionals, has been in free agency for roughly 3 weeks. Optic Gaming saw their opportunity and seized it without hesitation. The names of Peter “ppd” Dager, Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg and Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen are just a few names which will be joining the Greenwall. It’s definitely a stacked roster, formerly known as The Dire. All players do have an established position in the scene, yet they’ve slacked when it comes to qualifications for upcoming tournaments. Continuing on that point is the fact that the European roster hasn’t been able to qualify for the Hamburg Major and PGL Minor, mainly due to time restrictions. Their first event in the green jersey will be at the Summit Dota 2 Minor in early December. The squad will need to prove themselves assertively, solidifying their place which is so probable on paper. As stated prior, the FPS-based organisation has only quite recently, taken a slot in Blizzard’s looming Overwatch League. Apart from that, there have been speculations of the thought of entering League of Legends. Nothing for certain until now, but it remains a possibility. Following a convincing victory at Call of Duty Championships this year, Optic Gaming are certainly feeling confident, with all this expansion emphasising this. Having COD WWII on the horizon, the future is looking brighter than ever for the Greenwall. How do you think this new squad will perform in the Dota 2 scene right now? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

An Introduction to The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

The local event you've been waiting for all year, The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017, is only weeks away and we're so excited to begin sharing some of the details. It's Malta's annual celebration of esports events, which will certainly live up to our reputation of organising high-quality tournaments.  With its early beginnings rooted all the way back in 2012, things have changed in the five years since. We'll be celebrating this anniversary, honoring it through the games that will be played. This will all be carried out in an arena of 1000 square metres, allowing space for over 200 participants with room for a little more. Speaking of participants, you have the choice of joining the PC gaming area, Console area or the Exhibitor stands if you fancy supporting. To boost up support and viewership, The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 will be open to the public.  For those who've probably raced down this article, desperately trying to find out what games will be played at this event, we've got some upsetting news. We'll be revealing each title seperately, so if you'd like to make sure that you don't miss anything, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter. What we can say about the games being played is that it will be a healthy mixture of classic and modern games across all platforms which will accomodate many different tastes.  The team at has been working profusely all year round to ensure that this is our best event ever. We hope that your enthusiasm and involvement will help accomplish this too. Let's end 2017 with a bang!

Dota 2 Active Player Count Plummets to 2014 Numbers

With PUBG having such a monumental increase in its player-base, surely other games are being effected right? Yes indeed, with Dota 2 being one of the victims to this change in interest. Read on, as we discuss the declining numbers of this esports goliath.  Respectively, the game has been out for four years now, so when a fresh and intuitive title such as PUBG arises players are bound to give it a go. The FPS is a game which requires much less commitment than Dota 2, thanks to quick match-times and relatively simple mechanics compared to the intense study required to succeed at MOBAs. The unusual drop in player count is probably due to the unnaturally long time it's taking to push out update 7.07, as 7.06 is currently six months old! When it does roll out, players should be keen on trying out the two new heroes introduced at TI7. Without further delay, below are the numbers. All of which were taken from third-party number provider SteamCharts.  In the last 30 days, the most amount of players logged on simultaneously was 843,000.  As the title states, numbers haven't been that low since July 2014.  In July, this number was down to lower than 825,000.  Also in July, it was recorded that a total of around 100,000 active players stopped playing. Further reasons to back up this decline in enthusiasm include the somewhat broken matchmaking system which prioritises behaviour score over skill level. Hopefully, everything will be sorted out in the update, which is yet to be given a date. Dota 2 players will either hold on or move on until the new content and the Pro Circuit.  Is Dota 2 getting stale or is this just a temporary dought? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. 

PSG Enters Rocket League

Topping the leaderboard of the League 1, Paris-Saint Germain look to continue their winning form by branching out into Rocket League as an esport. Perhaps with some left over money, they easily joined the scene as you'd expect, by signing the European team Frontline. All the information is taken from an announcement which the organisation made on Friday 22nd September.  Now having the team of "Chausette", "Ferra" and "Bluey", they also inherit their second place position in Europe, right below the top dogs in the form of Method. As of now, they're undefeated both matches that they've played, as the two of them finished with a 3-2 score. Officially, the team's first game under the name of PSG will be against the side of Secret, a team which doesn't look to be too much of a threat due to its unimpressive abscence of wins. Europe Season 4 off the Rocket League Championship Series is where the best of the continent will be fighting it out these coming weeks. Here's what "Ferra" had to say about the news: "I am really proud and delighted to join PSG, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am glad to be part of the project. Our qualification for the RLCS this season was a big achievement, our first goal was to get qualified at the Regional Championship but after the results we had recently and especially our really good season opening, I think we can aim for the World Championship qualification. The PSG eSports arrival will increase people’s interest for the game and for the competitive scene. PSG is certainly setting the pace for other football-based organisations out there, first joining the scene in October 2016 with their LoL team and now Rocket League. It will be exciting to see what further investments bring to the table as esports grows. Hopefully it won't be too long before one could support a team on the field while also on their favourite videogame too. Now that's the future. 

Method Forms Full PUBG Roster

Joining the likesof Cloud9, Team Liquid, Tempo Storm and Luminosity, the esports organisation of Method has formed a full team for the upcoming PUBG action. Included in their roster are players who've teamed before and even those that have already competed in PUBG events.  To be exact, the four man team consists of Jamon "RaptorDaRaptor" Moretz, Anssi "AndyPyro" Houvinen, Ludvik "Aitzy" Jahnsen and Mathias "EnergeticTurtle" Nielsen. Having already represented Method earlier this year in the Invitational and finishing third place in FPP Duos, "AndyPyro" is the most prominent name on the roster. He's the reason why "Raptor" finds himself on the team, as he states below.  "I wanted Raptor on the team because of his natural in-game leader personality, He's a smart tactician who gives me the opportunity to focus on my strengths in the game." However, two isn't enough for a full team, therefore they began their search for two more members. Team Captain "RaptorDaRaptor" decided on the two players listed above as they filled out his criteria .  "Looking for the last players to fill out the team was quite a task—not only was it important to find two players who are capable of winning tournaments, it was also important to find players who understand the importance of motivation and self-improvement. People who would stay loyal to the team, even when things go south." "What really caught my attention with EnergeticTurtle and Aitzy was how calm and positive they were able to stay even when losing our first trial matches. It convinced me that these players had the right attitude and past performances, and then further trial matches also proved that they were capable of putting up a good fight against other top players." We'll just have to wait and see how this team stacks up against the opposition. 

LoL Worlds Group B: Too close to call?

As the groups were determined for the second stage of the tournament, surprisingly enough, the Group Stage, many had their eye on group B while thinking of the endless possibilities to come from it. With the largest League of Legends event beginning shortly, we’ll soon find out who’ll be moving on and who simply won’t. Read on as we breakdown this pool of teams. At the moment, it’s not so much of a pool, if you could call three teams such. Namely, these are Longzhu Gaming from the LCK region, Immortals from North America and Gigabyte Marines from the GPL alongside a team which is yet to be determined. This last team is a possible spot for all 16 teams battling it out in the Play-in tournament that will act as the preliminary action before the main event. Longzhu Gaming hasn’t been the most prominent name in the LoL competitive scene, often being known for their disappointing performances which busted expectations considerably. Just last Spring Split, the team was still recycling their habit of simply prioritising individual performance over joint chemistry and effort. That’s when it was shockingly revealed that coaches and players weren’t getting paid, giving more reason to their lacklustre appearances. Luckily, they got taken over by KeSPA and everyone knows what happened then. Longzhu Gaming found a new drive, passion, something which made them play a totally different game and of course, inevitably leading to a victory at the LCK Summer Split and slaying the giants of SK Telecom T1. Such a triumph has made them favourites for the upcoming tournament, probably alongside their wounded foes of SKT. Thus, they are also the predicted team to take first seed when all the dust settles in the group stage period.  The roster of “Khan”, “Cuzz”, “BDD”, “Pray” and “Gorilla” along with their respective roles will be doing their utmost to verify this.  However, although first seed may seem a little certain, second place is the last thing from a sure bet.  What else do you expect when Immortals and Gigabyte Marines are primed for eachother’s necks? Immortals from North America have been consistently improving over the year, making a name for themselves in their region, being the NA LCS of course.  As the season went by, only TSM could stop them in their tracks making them quite mortal, if we fancy being a little cheesy.  Probably their most prolific player, “Flame”, an LCK legend who dominates the top lane, could unite them to face a challenge which they haven’t yet met as a team. Performing in Worlds this year is essential for the roster, if they fancy sticking together and progressing as we move forward. Hopefully, they won’t replicate their underwhelming performance at the NA LCS Spring Split, where they didn’t even make the playoffs.  Immortal’s journey through the competition hangs in the balance as they have to beat out Gigabyte Marines to do so. I’ve got a feeling that it’s slightly easier said than done. Reinforcing my thought, is a brief bio of the Marines from the GPL. Fearless is a suitable word which captures the mentality on this roster. So much so that the opposing team’s name means little to them, as they will quickly disrespect anybody. TSM felt this when they received one hell of a test from them in the MSI play-in to everyone’s surprise. GM gave a sizeable spanking in the same event in the group stage too. Many enthusiasts who’ve followed the League of Legends scene can taste a familiar story; that of Albus NoX Luna. This was another GPL squad who had a reputable arrogance across all opposition.  Gigabyte Marines find themselves in the group after establishing themselves as the top dogs from their region, kicking Ascension Gaming off their throne. They are one to watch this event, not just because of their wide potential but due to their aggressive playstyle which makes for an intriguing show.  “Archie”, “Levi”, “Optimus”, “Noway” and “SYA” all have a big part in the success of this team. To top of the briefing, we should have a little think on who could stir up the most trouble in the empty slot. Maybe a stranger from a different region with little history against these teams could create an upset. I think that if a team like Cloud9 falls into this group, it could make things that much more interesting. Of course, all we can do for now is wait and see, possibly even betting if one wishes to go big. May the odds be in your favour.

Team EnVyUs Finalises Huge Sponsorship From Oil Magnate

Team EnVyUs Finalises Huge Sponsorship From Oil Magnate With a tone of achievement, Team EnVyUs announced earlier this week that they’ve concluded an investment deal with Hersh Interactive Group. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but when an eight-figure sum is put in the mix, that’s when things get interesting. This number was predicted by an ESPN report, which assumes that a whopping $35 million in funding was transferred to the esports organisation. All the transactions were executed by the natural gas and oil industry representative, Kenneth Hersh. The deal has meant that Team EnVyUs will be relocating from North Carolina to Dallas, Texas. CEO of EnVyUs Mike Rufail had a few words in a press release. "In order to be the best esports team in the world, you have to be playing the best esports games and have the best partners. We're doing that while cultivating a growing, engaged, and loyal fan base for Team EnVy. EnVy teams have played live in front of tens of thousands of fans at some of the largest arenas in the world. There is nothing like being surrounded by 20,000 passionate fans in a live setting, and with the support of Ken Hersh and Hersh Interactive Group, we will build that type of thrilling fan experience in Dallas." So, what’s the organisation going to do with all that money? A few things, actually. Firstly, they just bought the Austin-Dallas Overwatch League slot in the looming worldwide league organised by Blizzard. More interestingly however, is the collaboration between both ends to begin developing North Texas as an esports hub. They plan to do this by conducting research areas into player health, developing programmes to educate players and staff on managing mental fatigue of competition and so much more. A very interesting development from a huge deal.

FaZe Clan Storm ESL One New York

After recruiting some new faces, FaZe Clan have successfully claimed their second CS:GO championship of the year in the form of ESL One New York. They had something to prove and they did so astonishingly. Such a performance built up to a grand final which ended as quickly as it started. The minor $125,000 and major reputation was won after maps across Inferno, Overpass and Mirage. Team Liquid would be blown out of the water. Starting with the Inferno match, it was horrifically ugly. FaZe absolutely pummelled them into a 15 round deficit at the end of the first round. Numbers like those of “karrigan”, being 22-6, explain how this happened. The match closed with a 16-3 scoreline and Team Liquid demoralised. Things got better for Team Liquid, but not enough to steal a map. Overpass was next and the first round flew by to settle at a 11-4 score in favour of FaZe.  However, Team Liquid were determined to jump back into this, as they stringed together many rounds to reach round 30. Yet, a 3k from “NiKo” ended everything while also getting a quad kill in the first map. At that moment, Team Liquid was deflated after giving it all they had. Everyone knew who was to lift that trophy soon enough. As stated, Mirage went as expected. A familiar first round scoreline of 11-4 again greeted FaZe Clan at the end of the first half. Winning all five rounds of the second half, Team Liquid packed their bags for the flight home. It’s safe to say, that FaZe’ investments into “olofmeister” and “GuardiaN” have paid off considerably. Let’s see who’ll be able to take them down.

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