Weekly News Recap – June 30, 2017

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Welcome to the Weekly Recap, where we gather the top stories that happened in the past week to help you catch up with the busy world of eSports!

 

 

Dota 2

TI7 Main qualifiers update

With only six direct invites for this year’s International, teams across the world are vying for spots in the bloodfest that is known as the regional qualifiers.

Some teams have already went through the eye of the needle to grab a spot in Dota’s most premier competition, but some of the qualifiers are not yet done. So here’s our chance for an update!

 

In the Southeast Asia qualifiers, TNC Gaming ran rampant and won eight of nine games to grab the outright spot in TI7.

The other two spots allotted for SEA teams were grabbed by Fnatic and Execration, but not before beating Mineski and Clutch Gamers in a double elimination playoff.

Fnatic actually defeated Execration in the first round of the upper bracket then swept Clutch Gamers to get the second TI spot. Execration then pulled off a series of comeback wins in its series against Mineski and then Clutch Gamers to get the third spot.

 

In South American, Team Infamous survived a shaky start in the preliminaries then swept all their matches in the playoff to grab the lone spot allotted for the southern peninsula.

The Fist finished the prelims third in the table with a 7-2 standing but demolished SG E-sports 2-0 in the upper-bracket semis, then downed top-seed Midas 2-0 in the finals before thrashing SG again 3-0 in the grand-finals.

 

In the North American Scene, Team NP sealed the first slot after finishing 8-1 in the standings and beating Team Freedom in the tie-breaker.

Digital Chaos, backed by the 10k-MMR midlaner Abed, secured the second NA spot after dominating Freedom 3-0 in the lower bracket finals.

 

Team Secret grabbed the first qualifying spot in Europe, finishing top of the preliminaries after winning eight of nine games.

Planet Dog, which picked up the roster of Prodota Gaming, grabbed the second spot after it outclassed mousesports 3-1 in the grand finals of the playoffs.

 

In CIS, Team Empire grabbed the only TI berth after sweeping Team Spirit 3-0 in the grand finals of their playoffs. Empire, Vega Squadron, M19 and Spirit all finished 7-2 in the preliminaries, but it was Empire who escaped the playoffs unscathed.

 

As of writing, two out of three spots given to China have been grabbed by iG.Vitality and LGD.Forever Young. LGD and Vici Gaming are set to fight to see who will face EHOME.Keen for the third China slot.

 

 

League of Legends

Summer Split Updates

LCK

Samsung Galaxy can go for the solo lead in the LCK table as it faces Jin Air GreenWings in Day 4 of Week 5.

SSG (8-1) defeated JAG (4-5) when the pair met earlier in the Split and is favoured to come away with its ninth victory in 10 series.

But Spring champion SKT T1 (8-1) can catch up or even leap frog its rival telecom power in Day 5 as it is set to battle MVP, who is fresh from a 2-0 win over bbq Olivers but is 2-7 in series this split.

 

LPL

Surprise Summer Split leader Team OMG of Group B stakes its undefeated run against Group A second-place running DAN Gaming in Day 3 of Week 4.

OMG dropped only two maps in all of its five series wins as it raced to the top of Group B, a game and a half ahead of Royal Never Give Up, who will play EDward Gaming in the next day.

DAN Gaming, on the other hand, is 4-2 in series in Group A, just half a match behind Spring champion Team WE, who will face NewBee in Day 4.

 

EU LCS

Fnatic continued to spread its lead in EU LCS Summer Split after it beat Splyce 2-0.

The Danish-filled squad have won six of seven series in Group A to start the split, dropping only three in 16 games.

Following them in the group is Misfits at 4-1, while tied below them at 2-3 are G2 Esports and ROCCAT.

In Group B, Unicorns of Love sit precariously atop the cluster with a 4-1 win-loss card, which is just slightly ahead of H2k-Gaming’s and Splyce’s record of 4-2.

 

NA LCS

The Immortals get a chance to prove its mettle as the real leader of NA LCS Summer Split as it is set to fight Spring champion Team SoloMid in Day 2 of Week 5.

Immortals, who is 14-6 in games, lead the NA LCS table with a 7-1 card, a full game ahead of TSM, at 6-2.

TSM is tied with Counter Logic Gaming, and a game ahead of both Cloud9 and Team Dignitas.

 

 

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

SK Gaming turns back FaZe in gripping ECS 3 finale

SK Gaming lost the first map in the last round by stunning fashion but the Brazilians regained enough composure to pull-off the thrilling comeback against FaZe Clan and win the Esports Championship Series Season 3 final.

SK lost in Mirage 11-16 but a 9-1/2-6 score to start Inferno allowed the Brazilians to heat up with momentum and blast Faze to Smithereens in Train, where SK dominated early and only let up when victory seemed close.

SK went home richer by $250,000, while FaZe settled for $120,000. Astralis and Cloud 9, who are semi-finalists, were consoled with $65,000.

 

 

Overwatch

Top seed Flash Wolves battles Blank in OPC Season 1 final

Top seed Flash Wolves and Blank Esports collide at Blizzard Estadium in the first Overwatch Pacific Championship final.

The Wolves reached the ultimate round after a 25-3 finish on the elimination round, while Blank had to dispose of ahq E-sports in the semi-finals to reach the grand stage.

The Taiwan-based Wolves swept the Australian squad of Blank in both rounds in the elimination, winning all six games even without home court advantage.