Did you miss anything from the last week in esports? Swamped with work or school? Enjoyed sun and beaches instead of staying on the internet 24/7? VPEsports’ Stories from the Week brings you all the biggest headlines you might have missed.
Usually, esports companies are all about energy and soft drinks when it comes to beverages, but not Team Secret. The Dota 2 powerhouse announced Wednesday that they’ve launched their own brand of craft beer called “AFK”. Those who tasted it at The International 2019 vouch for its quality and now the beer is available in esports venues, bars, and restaurants around the world.
Soon, maybe in your country too.
Midas Mode is one of the most popular, unorthodox tournaments in Dota 2, but now, the 2.0 edition scheduled for Sep. 24 – Oct. 2 has run into some serious issues. The tournament dates collide with the first qualifier for the DPC 2019/2020 season, which are taking place Sep. 30 – Oct. 5.
“I really do hope this is just a typo for the DPC qualifier dates…..if not, the most popular non CM #DOTA2 tournament may crash and burn,” wrote Toby “TobiWan” Dawson on Twitter.
It’s been a tumultuous year for TNC Predator, from Carlo “Kuku” Palad’s racially insensitive comments to the team getting booed on the TI9 stage. And now that the off-season is upon them, the org has gone through some serious roster changes. Earlier this week, TNC released their captain Nico “eyyou” Barcelon alongside KUku and are now bringing in two players to replace them: Damien “kpii” Chok and Park “March” Tae-won.
The full TNC roster is now: Gabbig, Armel, kpii, Tims, and March.
Natus Vincere confirmed what has been known for some time now. After BLAST Pro Series Moscow, their long-time in-game leader Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko will retire from CS:GO. Once he leaves, coach and close friend Mikhaylo “Kane” Blagin is also to follow, leaving NaVi one coach and one player short.
Reports have pointed to Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács possibly coming to replace Zeus. There’s been no information as to who may come to take over Kane in the coach role.
The Filip “NEO” Kubski with FaZe Clan is over, without much success. On Wednesday, the org officially released the Polish player and for the time being, they are one man short. Add do that the reported departure of GuardiaN and now FaZe have to look for two new players to bring on.
Other reports, though, indicate that the org is already thinking in that direction. Marcelo “coldzera” David (ex-MIBR) and Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen (ex-ENCE) will potentially join FaZe, ushering a second super-team era for the team — one that perhaps can bring in results this time around.
Former Fnatic players Robin “flusha” Rönnquist and Maikil “Golden” Selim might don the black-and-orange jersey again, recent reports indicated. Fnatic recently parted ways with Richard “Xizt” Landström and Simon “twist” Eliasson after failing to achieve any significant results, so naturally the org is looking to re-assemble a roster that used to win podium placements for them.
The question is how in form are flusha and Golden. Flusha has been inactive for some time after his brief stint with C9. Similar is the situation with Golden, who also failed to make a difference with C9 and has recently been playing with NiP as a stand-in.
If you fail to make Worlds two years in a row, you have to suffer the consequences. LCK team Kingzone DragonX announced earlier this week that they’ve fired head coach Kang “Hirai” Dong-hoon after the loss to DAMWON Gaming in the LCK Regional Qualifiers.
“Hirai failed to reach Worlds for two straight years, a starting member [PawN] left due to negligent management while he had full authority over team management, and for harming the team reputation through individual activity that is contrary to the company’s direction,” Kingzone wrote.
Now that Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith has moved from being a caster to being a LoL team manager for 100 Thieves, there’s an opening on the LCK desk. Riot Games announced Wednesday that it’s officially recruiting candidates for LCK color commentator to broadcast the matches from the studio in Seoul, South Korea.
Candidates can apply with resume and cover letter and who knows — you might be the next new face on the LCK desk.