Last week in e-sports: Battle for the Stones details revealed
Last week we saw the announcement of several new Overwatch League teams as well as plans for the EU LCS to adopt a new franchising model. We also saw the fifth infinity stone holder be crowned in Capcom’s Battle for the Stones. Let's dive into the full recap.
Capcom’s Battle for the Stones Tournament
Five of the stones' powers have been revealed for Capcom’s controversial Battle for the Stones tournament. These stones are granted to winners of specific qualifying tournaments and let them break the rules of the finals. Here is what each stone so far does and who has won it.
Space Stone - The Space Stone allows the Stone Bearer to swap their position in the bracket, and face a different opponent! The position must be in an equal place in the tournament. Held by Robert “Sacktap” Capps, winner of SoCal Regionals.
Soul Stone - The Soul Stone allows the Stone Bearer to erase one of their losses in a 3 out of 5 set. Held by Richard Nguyen, winner of Milan Games Week.
Time Stone – The Time Stone allows the Stone Bearer to cease the flow of time, enabling them to negate the use of an opponent’s Stone Bearer power any time during the tournament for one match! Held by Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue, winner of South East Asia Majors.
Power Stone – The Power Stone allows for the Stone Bearer to land the first hit in a match, giving them a guaranteed life advantage over their opponent by executing the first combo of a match. Held by Jonathan Morales, winner of Red Bull Proving Grounds.
Mind Stone – The Mind Stone allows the Stone Bearer to control their opponent’s mind by choosing both of their characters and Infinity Stone. Held by Teemo, winner of Canada Cup.
Only the Reality stone is yet to be revealed. Even so, the stones have caused yet more controversy, with fans claiming they are clearly unbalanced. The Time Stone, for example, is only useful against other Stone Bearers. Meanwhile, the Power Stone and Mind Stone essentially equate to instant wins. What power will the Reality Stone grant upon its bearer? We will have to wait until this week’s Latin America Finals to find out.
Franchising Coming to EU LCS in 2019
Riot games has announced that they will phase in a franchising model into the EU LCS in 2019. That still leaves one year of chaos in 2018, before a more stable league is established. However, there are some stop gaps in place to make the 2018 season more appealing. The Spring Split will no longer feature relegation and promotion twice a year, making the league a bit more secure. In addition, the league will continue to a single group best of one format.
Mercy Overtakes Lucio as Overwatch’s Most Consistently Used Pro Hero
Lucio has always been one of Overwatch’s most reliable heroes and considered one of the most powerful supports from day one. Despite many nerfs, Lucio continued to be a must play hero on pro teams, until now. New data from Overwatch stats site, Overbuff shows that Mercy is now the most used hero in professional Overwatch with a 95 percent usage rate during the APAC Premier. Lucio, on the other hand, only came in at 13 percent. The rework of Mercy’s abilities and her incredible new resurrection ability are largely to blame, along with repeated nerfs to Lucio’s auras.
Players Announced For First Hearthstone Inn-Vitational
With the Hearthstone championships moving away from Blizzcon this year, the new Hearthstone Inn-Vitational will take its place. This will put some of Hearthstone’s best players against some of its biggest celebrities. The players and teams for the event have recently been announced. They are as follows:
Team Jungle Giants – Kripparian, Firebat, and J4CKIECHAN
Team Big-Time Buccaneers – Disguised Toast, Ant Revino, and Alliestrasza
Team Grimestreet Grifters – Reynad, Thijs, and Pathra Cadness
Team Chillblade Crusaders - Dog, Rdu, and NAVIOOT
Call of Duty: WWII Season Plans Announced
The schedule for the 2018 Call of Duty World League season has been announced. Starting with COD:WWII’s release, players will have the chance to earn points in online tournaments. The first major tournament will be the CWL Dallas Open, taking place from December 8th to 10th. This will be followed by the New Orleans Open on January 12th through 14th and the Atlanta Open on March 9th through 11th. Further majors will be announced at a later date with the official CWL Pro League kicking off in late January.
EVO Happening One Month Late in 2018
EVO, the world’s biggest fighting game tournament, is being delayed one month in 2018. It will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Aug. 3 to 5. A reason for the change of date has not yet been revealed. A full list of games to be played at the tournament will be revealed at a later date, though Street Fighter V and MVCI are almost certainly going to get main stage slots.
- Nozaki "Dogura" Ryo picked up his second Capcom Pro Tour Premier event win at the Canada Cup’s Street Fighter V tournament last weekend.
- Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1 will be facing each other in next week’s League of Legends Worlds Finals in Beijing.
- SK Gaming have won EPICENTER 2017’s CS:GO tournament with a victory over Virtus pro. They will be taking home $250,000 for their sixth championship of the year.
- The final eight teams have been chosen from IEM Oakland’s PUBG online qualifiers. The teams are Avangar, WhiteKids, aAa, and Team PogChamp on the EU side and Ghost Gaming, Ronin Esports, Miami Flamingos, and Corn Shuckers from the NA region.
- Ryan "Dragon" Walker and Christian "ForeverKing" Quiles took the top two spots in Group A of the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship. The favored champion, Dominique "SonicFox" McLean, took third place, a placing he attributes to how hard he has been practicing for MVCI’s Battle of the Stones.
The Roster Shuffle
- New York’s Overwatch league team has announced their name: The New York Excelsior or NYXL. "'Excelsior' represents the extreme scale and boundless ambition of the city, and the passionate drive of a team committed to reaching the top and never letting up," NYXL said in a press release. "Excelsior represents the heroic optimism and positivity of Overwatch, a game that empowers everyone to become a hero."
- Dallas’ Overwatch team will be named the Dallas Fuel and will consist of former Team Envy players Timo "Taimou" Kettunen, Jonathon "HarryHook" Tejedor Rua, Sebastien "Chipshajen" Widlund, Christian "Cocco" Jonsson, Hwang "Effect" Hyeon, and Pongphop "Mickie" Rattanasangchod as well as Brandon "Seagull" Larned, Scott "Custa" Kennedy, and Félix "xQc" Lengyel.
- Boston has also announced their Overwatch team, the Boston Uprising. The lineup consists of Former Afreeca Freecs player Woo-yeol "Kalios" Shin, CONBOX's Yeong-jin "Gamsu" Noh, ROX Orcas' Kwon "Striker" Nam-Joo, 123's Stanislav "Mistakes" Danilov, Keep Gaming's Gabriel "Snow" Ceregatto, Tempo Storm's Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez, Team Singularity's Kristian "Kellex" Keller, and Toronto Esports' Lucas "NotE" Meissner.
- Seoul will be naming their Overwatch team the Soul Dynasty. No roster has been announced so far.
- Cloud9 has picked up the former roster of GC Busan and will be merging it with members of Kongdoo Panthera to create their Overwatch League team. Member include Lee "Hooreg" Dong-Eun, Hong "Gesture" Jae-Hee, Park "Profit" Joon-Yeong, Jo "HaGoPeun" Hyeon-Woo, Sung "WOOHYAL" Seung-Hyun, and Jung "Closer" Won-Sik.
- Gosu Crew has signed a new Call of Duty roster consisting of Robert "JuJu" Lamkin, Jesus "HumanJesus" Hernandez, Brett "KlinK" Kovach, and Sean "Pemby" Pembroke.
- Draco Esports has also signed a now COD roster consisting of Nick "Happy" Suda, Steven "Diabolic" Rivero, Remington "Remy" Ihringer, and Tanner "Mosh" Clark.
- Jordan "JKap" Kaplan and Johnathan "John" Perez are officially joining Luminosity Gaming for the COD:WWII season.
- Echo Fox has announced its new COD lineup consisting of Brice Faccento, Renato "Saints" Forza, Adam "Assault" Garcia, and Peirce "Gunless" Hillman.
- Team Kaliber has made two major changes to its roster; signing Martin Chino and Kenny Kuavo to replace Jevon "Goonjar" Gooljar-Lim and Nick "Happy" Suda.
- Li "Vasilii" Wei Jun from team Newbee has been suspended "effective immediately from all professional, semi-professional, and Riot-sanctioned competitive play," according to Riot games. His suspension is a result of clips of him abusing his girlfriend on stream circulating the internet. "There is no place for physical violence in the League of Legends community," the company said. "We will not hesitate to exclude from our game and from our sport those who use violence or physical intimidation against others."
- Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho and Max "qojqva" Bröcker will be replacing David "MoonMeander" Tan and Abed "Abed" Yusop on Digital Chaos’s DOTA2 team.