The first ever Demacia Cup took place as the 2013 season came to a close. It was the last Grand Final between long time rivals and international heavyweights Invictus Gaming and Team WE after WE’s dramatic divide. The classic Invictus Gaming roster remained intact with the exception of a support change and Liu “PDD” Mou at the helm. Only Wei “CaoMei” Handong and Gao “WeiXiao” Xuecheng were left of WE to close the door on the first, and perhaps greatest, rivalry in Chinese League of Legends history. Invictus Gaming won the match 3-2, as the era of WE’s international and domestic acclaim finally collapsed afterRead More →

If you want to get better at Dota 2, our Get Good Series will break down the best ways to play against the heroes you are most likely to see in your pubs. Phantom Assassin is the second most played hero of all time, and has edged out even Pudge to become the most picked hero over the past six months. Phantom Assassin is one of the many popular carries in pub games that can blow up squishy heroes in an instant, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t simple ways to deal with her huge physical burst. Hero counters: Queen of Pain, Timbersaw, Lion, RazorRead More →

North American LCS team Phoenix1 will play a showmatch against League of Legends Pro League team Invictus Gaming on Nov. 15, according to a promotional announcement on the Sina gaming website. The match is for PandaTV, which is Invictus Gaming owner Wang Sicong's streaming platform. The announcement had very few details on the nature of the showmatch itself, but featured a promotional image with Phoenix1, Invictus Gaming's LPL team, and their all-female team, iG KA. The showmatch will take place at the Shanghai World Expo Park, and the announcement explained that P1 will attend in part because of their sponsorship ties to a Beijing-based filmRead More →

Citing a heavy travel schedule, Virtus.pro have left ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 6, according to a statement on DreamLeague's website. They will be replaced at the LAN finals by Alliance. https://t.co/jcqWMK2kZ5 leaves season 6https://t.co/NZERGb8B7h pic.twitter.com/sHA5maOHiT — ASUS ROG DreamLeague (@DHDreamLeague) November 10, 2016 The statement goes on to say that Virtus.pro are officially disqualified due to the departure, and will lose the $10,000 they won from league play. That money will be redistributed into the prize pool for playoffs, making the new prize pool $185,000. Alliance, who placed fifth in the league play, will take Virtus.pro's spot at the LAN finals. They will now goRead More →

The Afreeca Freecs have declined their spot at IEM Oakland, and will be replaced at the tournament by Longzhu Gaming, Longzhu coach Ham “Lustboy” Jang-sik announced on Twitter Thursday. btw since Afreeca has declined their seed for IEM Oakland, Longzhu Gaming is going as the second priority — Lust (@LustLoL) November 10, 2016 IEM Oakland's qualification rule for South Korean teams was that the highest ranked 2016 LCK Summer team that missed the 2016 KeSPA Cup playoffs would receive an invite to IEM Oakland. The Freecs technically took that spot after their 2-0 loss to MVP, but Longzhu will take their place since they've declinedRead More →

CJ Entus have reportedly chosen not to sign trial AD carry Minsik “MoMo” Park to a full-time contract following the Korean LoL community’s discovery of his past as a toxic troll, according to a report by Inven KR’s Minyoung “Iro” Jang that was translated by Inven Global’s Young Jae “RallyJaffa” Jeon. According to Jeon’s initial report on Inven Global, MoMo was known as a player who frequently harassed players both in and out of game. Screenshots of messages allegedly sent by MoMo to an unnamed victim were shared on the Iven forums, and include phrases such as “I want to kill your mother” and “IRead More →

MVP Phoenix has taken on former player Lee "Forev" Sang-don as a temporary substitute, according to Valve's Dota Major Registration site. Forev was part of Team Secret until earlier this week, when he was replaced by Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann. The South Korean has spent the majority of his competitive career with MVP, only parting with the organization after The International in August when his contract expired. Earlier this year while Forev was still with the team, they placed 5th-6th at The Manila Major and 5th-6th at The International. After leaving MVP, Forev joined Secret in their bid to qualify for The Boston Major, along withRead More →

With Season 7 just around the corner, Riot has overhauled a lot of the fundamental aspects of League in their most recent patch, 6.22. The first pre-season patch, 6.22 revitalizes an underused class of champions, changes the jungle and brings us an updated set of items to use and misuse. Oh yeah, and there’s plants. Green spaces: Plants Summoner’s Rift and its ecosystem now supports some brand new life, in the form of game-altering plants. Three types of plants litter the map, each with their own unique ability and a requirement to be attacked to be activated; after their usage, they wilt, and there isRead More →

Counter Logic Gaming have hired John Spiher as their new director of business development, the organization announced Wednesday on their website. Announcing our Director of Business Development, John @Spiher. “We have lots in store coming 2017.” Find out more» https://t.co/6RE0hIu5c6 pic.twitter.com/xJTlCpMxOr — Counter Logic Gaming (@clgaming) November 9, 2016 Spiher will work with CLG's partners and sponsors, as well as handling brand development for the organization and players. "I really want to focus more on our content, I think it's one area we've been lacking lately in," Spiher said in a video. "I want to provide more direction and input on how to create uniqueRead More →

After weeks of competitive play in ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 6, the last spots at the LAN Finals have been claimed by The Imperial and Team Liquid, who will join Escape Gaming and Virtus.pro at DreamHack Winter on Nov. 25-26. The Imperial went up against Escape Gaming and Vega Squadron on Nov. 8, the last day of regular league play. After going 1-1 against Escape in the day's first match, The Imperial were tied with Liquid for third place in the standings, but Vega still had the potential to take a 2-0 and force a three-way tie for the spot. But Vega couldn't cut it,Read More →