Speedrunning event AGDQ 2018 has begun!

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) kicked off last Sunday from Herndon, Virginia. AGDQ is an annual event featuring top speedrunners from around the world. The speedrunners play in a week-long marathon of 130 hours, covering dozens of games. The event raises millions of dollars for charity each year. AGDQ has raised over $6.6 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation since 2011.

AGDQ gameplay

Speedrunning is the sport of beating a videogame as quickly as possible. You might have raced your friends to see who can finish the game the quickest. Speedrunners take this competition to the next level. They’ll use obscure tricks or glitches to gain any advantage. Speedrunners might run a level backwards to go faster. They might squeeze their character through walls into areas that were never intended to be seen. They might even glitch their way past entire levels.

AGDQ gameplay

Speedrunning can be done with multiple rulesets. Here are the most popular ones:

  • Any%: The classic run where you finish the game as fast as possible.
  • 100%: The runner must collect every item in the game.
  • Low%: A run that completes the game with the least amount of levels and items possible.
  • All bosses: Every boss in the game must be defeated.
  • Glitchless: Players can’t use glitches in their run. This mode is mainly used in extremely exploitable games.

AGDQ features games of all generations, from the original Mario games to Skyrim. The most popular games will be played on Friday and Saturday. This includes many Mega Man games, Zelda games, Super Mario games, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Diablo, Mass Effect and Bloodborne. The weirdest run of the week might be Prey, on Thursday.

The marathon event even runs at night and is broadcast live on Twitch. You can find the full schedule at the AGDQ website. Don’t forget to visit mastermazuma.com if you’re interested in competitive games.

eSports Top 5 Plays of the Year

It’s time for Master Mazuma’s eSports Top 5 Plays of the Year 2017. A few special moments stood out as the best plays across all of eSports. These plays were game-changing. Tournament-winning even. The ones every fan dreams about.

Astralis’ Tec-9 rush (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Astralis was behind 7-13 in the ELEAGUE grand finals against Virtus.pro. The team was extremely low on money. Normally, teams save their money and give up the round. Astralis however was desperate and took a huge risk. The entire team bought Tec-9 pistols and rushed to bombsite A. This was an all-or-nothing attempt to surprise Virtus.pro. The attack caught Virtus.pro completely off-guard and the risk paid off. This play gave Astralis the momentum to make a comeback and win 16-14. Astralis won their first major tournament with the biggest CS:GO play of the year.

Ruler’s flash-ult to kill Faker at the World finals (League of Legends)

The League of Legends Worlds finals once again featured Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1. Last year, SK Telecom T1 narrowly won thanks to Faker’s world-class plays. Samsung Galaxy’s Ruler was one of the biggest losers, getting outplayed in crucial moments. This year the reverse happened. Ruler made the decisive play against Faker. He used his flash to go in on Faker and kill him with his Varus ultimate. This won Samsung Galaxy the fight and ultimately the game. Ruler redeemed himself with the biggest League of Legends play of the year.

SumaiL’s 5 man Electric Vortex (Dota 2)

Sometimes, you just have to go in and hope for the best.” SumaiL followed his own advice in the Manila Masters Loser’s Finals against Team NP. His team, Evil Geniuses, was way behind against Team NP and on the brink of being knocked out of the tournament. SumaiL played his signature Storm Spirit. He went in on the entire enemy team and caught all of them. This fight turned the tide in the game. Evil Geniuses went on to win the series and eventually the entire tournament. This was all made possible thanks to SumaiL’s biggest Dota 2 play of the year.

Kaiser’s 5-man Earthshatter (Overwatch)

It was the deciding game 5 of the APEX semifinals between RunAway and LW Blue. RunAway’s Kaiser made the best play of his life. He caught the entire LW Blue team with his Earthshatter ability and wiped the team. This play decided the series and brought RunAway to the finals. Kaiser’s Earthshatter play proved to be the biggest Overwatch play of the year.

Salem’s last game last stock comeback (Super Smash Bros. for WiiU)

Salem made it to the grand finals of EVO, the biggest fighting game tournament of the year. He took on ZeRo, who was the best Super Smash Bros. WiiU ever and the heavy favourite. Salem made to the final game of two best-of-five series. Both players were on their last stock, but Salem was way behind in percentage. Against all odds, Salem made a single opening into a death combo on ZeRo. This completed one of the greatest comebacks in Smash history. Salem’s combo was without doubt the biggest Smash WiiU play of the year.

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A 50 Million Dollar eSports Prize Pool?

Biggest eSports prize pool ever

Imagine playing your favourite videogame for a 50 million dollar eSports prize pool. You win, lift the trophy and get handed a cheque. You just earned 20 million dollars for winning first place. Crazy fantasy, right?

This tournament might actually happen in the next five years. Prize pools in all eSports are rising. The biggest tournaments of the year make their winners millionaires. The biggest of them all is The International. This is the yearly Dota 2 world championship. The International 2017 had a total eSports prize pool of 25 million dollars. Team Liquid took home 10 million dollars for winning first place.

A 50 Million Dollar eSports Prize Pool? - Team Liquid

An eSports Revolution

The International had its first edition in 2011. Valve, developer of Dota 2, funded the 1.6 million dollar prize pool. This was a revolutionary eSports prize pool in 2011. Almost no eSports tournament ever exceeded 100.000 dollars, and certainly not 1 million! Na’Vi won 1 million dollars for first place and became legends. But this was just the start.

In 2013, everything changed. Valve introduced crowdfunding to increase the prize pool. Players could purchase in-game items, and 25% of sales were added to the prize pool. These items included the ‘Compendium’ and ‘Battle Pass’ and gave in-game benefits. The total increased to 2.8 million dollars, again the biggest in eSports history. But this was just the beginning. Each next year saw a massive increase: 10 million in 2014, 18 million in 2015, 20 million in 2016 and finally 25 million in 2017.

A 50 Million Dollar eSports Prize Pool? - TI7 prize pool

Bigger than the Super Bowl

If The International continues to grow, 2022 might feature a 50 million dollar prize pool. This would be more than the Super Bowl! However, it is unlikely that Dota 2 will keep growing at the same rate. Experts predict that The International won’t grow as much in the next years. So, is a 50 million dollar eSports prize pool still a crazy fantasy?

No! Dota 2 might never hit 50 million. But new eSports games will emerge and become even more popular. The International showed us how to run successful crowdfunding campaigns. Maybe in five or ten years, Dota 3 will launch and set new records. The prestigious 50 million tournament will happen within ten years, you can count on that.

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A 50 Million Dollar eSports Prize Pool? - eSports prize money

ESL Pro League Finals Preview

This week in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features the ESL Pro League Finals. The best 12 EU and NA teams have fought their way to the live finals in Denmark. The event will take six days. The total prize pool is $750,000. You too can earn a lot of money with Master Mazuma betting. Read on to find out what the best odds are in the ESL Pro League Finals.

ESL Pro League Finals betting: The best teams in CS:GO

G2 eSports won last year’s ESL Pro League Finals but failed to qualify this year. The favourites to win it all are SK Gaming and FaZe Clan. But there are many strong dark horse teams at this event. There is a lot of games to play and a lot of games to bet on.

Will SK follow up their recent success with another win in Denmark? Or will FaZe step up to their potential and take home their share of $750,000? These are two potential outcomes, but there are many strong teams at the event.

The teams are placed into two groups of six teams. Both groups have clear favourites, so we might see less group stage upsets. It might be best to play safe until the group stage is over. The quarterfinals will definitely feature much closer matches.

Each team will play one game against every other team in their group. This means a total of five games for each team. The team that finishes as number one in their group immediately goes to the semifinals. The second and third place teams play each other in the quarterfinals. The bottom three teams are eliminated from the event. The quarterfinals and semifinals become best-of-three matches. The finals will be a best-of-five.

ESL Pro League Finals Schedule

Who will win the group stage?

The 12 teams in the ESL Pro League Finals have been put in Group A or Group B. Both groups contain teams who can win the tournament. Let’s analyse the groups  to see which teams are most likely to win it.

Group A

  1. Fnatic
  2. FaZe Clan
  3. Astralis
  4. Liquid
  5. Hellraisers
  6. Luminosity Gaming

Group A has three clear favourites: Fnatic, FaZe Clan and Astralis. All group stage matches are best-of-one though, which means it’s easier to cause upsets. Team Liquid and Hellraisers have both proven that they are capable of upsets. Luminosity is the weakest team and has the worst odds.

The top three teams in this group are all playing well. FaZe has the most individual talent in the world. Based on recent results, FaZe might be the favourite to win the tournament. Read more about FaZe Clan in the Spotlight article.

Astralis still misses its star player dev1ce. The team still finished second at BLAST Pro Series last week without him, behind the strong SK Gaming. Astralis also has the home crowd advantage, since they’re a Danish team. This might be the best place to make it far into the tournament.

Fnatic is one of the most improved teams of the year. The Swedish team has the talent to make it far, but has to prove itself against the best teams in the world. Expect great results in the group stage. The playoffs is where it gets hard though.

Group B

  1. OpTiC Gaming
  2. SK Gaming
  3. North
  4. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  5. Misfits
  6. NRG eSports

Group B has two favourites for qualification; SK Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas. The third spot is up for grabs for North or OpTic Gaming.

SK Gaming comes into this tournament with recent wins at BLAST Pro Series and EPICENTER. The Brazilians might be the best team in the world. They beat Astralis, North and Ninjas in Pyjamas all at BLAST Pro Series.

Ninjas in Pyjamas won IEM Oakland over SK Gaming and FaZe Clan. The team is coming into this event with confidence and strong form.

North has a slight advantage over OpTic for third place. North has been playing better and better. The Danish team als has home crowd advantage, just like Astralis. OpTic struggles to play as team, but still has some of the best players in Europe. Nobody should underestimate OpTic.

The weakest teams are Misfits and NRG eSports. Both played well enough to qualify for the Finals. However, they are outmatches by the strong top four teams in their group. Their upset potential looks quite weak.

ESL Pro League Finals Odense

ESL Pro League Finals odds: Insight into the favourites

SK Gaming is the team to beat right now. SK won two of their last three live events and looks to be in top shape. Especially their leader FalleN has been playing great. He finished the BLAST grand final against Astralis with a 1.63 kill/death ratio. If SK’s other stars Coldzera and Fer can find their form as well, SK Gaming would be a good bet in the ESL Pro League Finals odds.

Astralis was the big surprise at BLAST Pro Series, almost winning the event. The team has great momentum coming into the ESL Pro League Finals. Their biggest weakness is RUBINO, who is the stand-in for star player dev1ce. Astralis had little time to practise with RUBINO. The team will probably struggle in the quarterfinals.

FaZe Clan has the talent and firepower to win this tournament. However, recent events have shown that the team has been struggling to find consistency. FaZe’s teamwork also doesn’t match that of other teams. FaZe relies on its star players to carry the team with their aim heavy style. This means that the players must individually outplay their opponents. Some teams have found ways to counter this with teamwork. FaZe’s leader karrigan will need to give the roster a more tactical approach to the matches.

ESL Pro League Finals Trophy

Chances for upsets?

Ninjas in Pyjamas proved to be capable of upsetting top teams FaZe Clan and SK Gaming. The team defeated both to win IEM Oakland. Ace players f0rest and GeT_RiGhT are veterans of the game, on par with FaZe and SK’s best. Ninjas in Pyjamas could potentially win it all if the pieces fall into place.

North could also cause an upset in Denmark. The team showed promise at BLAST Pro Series. They had some encouraging results against FaZe and Astralis. North might be able to turn the home field advantage into some upsets in the group stage.

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eSports World Champions 2017

Master Mazuma brings you the final 2017 eSports champions. This weekend concluded the eSports season for League of Legends, StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and World of WarCraft Arena. Visit mastermazuma.com and earn some real money with eSports.

League of Legends eSports Worlds Finals

Worlds 2017 concluded with yet another all-Korean finals. Reigning champions SK Telecom T1 came into the finals looking shaky. The eternal favourites almost fell against the European team Misfits and the Chinese team Royal Never Give Up. Samsung Galaxy joined them in the finals after easily dispatching the Korean Longzhu and Chinese Team WE.

What looked to become a clash between two Korean eSports titans quickly became a total stomp by Samsung Galaxy. Even legendary mid player Faker couldn’t stop Samsung from defeating SK Telecom T1 with a one-sided 3-0 score. This victory marks Samsung’s seconds Worlds victory. Samsung White emerged victorious in 2014.

eSports World Champions 2017 Samsung Galaxy
Worlds Champions Samsung Galaxy
eSports World Champions 2017 Faker
SK Telecom T1’s Faker in tears after the loss

StarCraft 2 eSports WCS Global Finals

Reigning GSL champion INnoVation looked to solidify his status as ‘best of all time’ by winning the Global Finals. Meanwhile, Zerg player Rogue came hot off a Super Tournament victory. He just barely qualified for the Global Finals as the 16th eSports player. Both players were set to meet each other in the semifinals. However, INnoVation got upset by fellow Terran player TY. Rogue defeated herO and TY to earn his spot in the finals.

The other side of the bracket featured the last non-Korean players Elazer and SpeCial. The Mexican eSports player SpeCial emerged victorious and faced soO, who had defeated GuMiho. soO quickly crushed any hope and swept SpeCial 3-0. soO is the eternal second place finisher because he lost 6 GSL finals and won zero. The Global Finals proved no different, and Rogue became the world champion after defeating soO 4-2.

eSports World Champions 2017 Rogue
WCS World Champion Rogue

Heroes of the Storm eSports HGC Grand Finals

Favourites MVP Black, Fnatic and Ballistix kicked off the eSports weekend by defeating Team Freedom, Tempo Storm and Roll20. Team Expert managed to upset Dignitas, but quickly fell to MVP Black in the semifinals. Fnatic defeated Ballistix in the same 3-0 fashion.

Fnatic wanted continue their domination after winning Mid-Season Brawl, Western Clash and Europe Pro League. Meanwhile, MVP Black wanted to prove their complete return to form after winning South-Korea Pro League. The grand finals were close, but MVP Black proved to be the better team. Results: 3-1 with superior drafts and execution.

eSports World Champions 2017 MVP Black
HGC Champions MVP Black

Overwatch eSports World Cup

Heavy favourite South-Korea took on Canada in the World Cup grand finals. South-Korea made an unstoppable run through the bracket, defeating the US and France. Canada however had a much harder time, just barely beating Australia and Sweden.

South-Korea proved their Overwatch dominance by defeating Canada 4-1 in the finals. South-Korea won last year’s World Cup undefeated in games, with an 11-0 score.

Overwatch players are gearing up for the brand new Overwatch League. The league was announced at BlizzCon and will feature a Pacific and Atlantic Division.

eSports World Champions 2017 Overwatch South-Korea
Overwatch World Champion South-Korea

World of WarCraft Arena eSports World Championship

The Arena World Championship celebrated its tenth anniversary at BlizzCon. Both Method Triforce and Method Synergy won their groups 3-0. However, both lost in the semifinals by underdogs Panda Global and ABC. ABC demolished Panda Global 4-0 in the finals to take the trophy.

eSports World Champions 2017 ABC
WoW Arena Champions ABC

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This weekend in eSports

Master Mazuma recaps this weekend in PC gaming eSports. Visit mastermazuma.com, predict next week’s results and earn some real cash.

Dota 2 ESL One

Virtus.Pro enter the Dota 2 Pro Circuit in full force. The CIS team made an incredible run at ESL One Hamburg, defeating The International 7 champion and runner up Team Liquid and Newbee. Virtus.Pro won in the grand finals with an impressive 2-0 victory over Team Secret to secure the championship. The team grabbed $500.000 and 750 qualifying points for The International 8.

Virtus.Pro Dota 2
Virtus.Pro

StarCraft 2 Global Playoffs

Koreans and Global Circuit players (non-Koreans) duked it out at the StarCraft Global Playoffs group stage. 16 players battled for 8 spots at the live finals at BlizzCon next week. Mexican Terran player SpeCial notably defeated Stats and TY, two top Korean players, to advance to the Global Finals. He meets Elazer in the quarterfinals, the other Circuit player to advance from his group. The Polish Zerg Elazer eliminated the Korean player Dark in the group stage. This marks Dark’s first official loss to a non-Korean player.

The other players to advance are all Korean: TY, SoO, Rogue, herO, INnoVation and GuMiho.

SpeCial StarCraft 2
SpeCial

League of Legends Worlds semifinals

Samsung Galaxy defeated the Chinese Team WE in the Worlds semifinals to complete the all-Korean finals versus SK Telecom T1. The Koreans managed to outplay Team WE in a 3-1 victory, even when the Chinese had supposedly won the draft. Samsung Galaxy meets SK Telecom T1 in the World Championship Finals. These Korean juggernauts also played in the finals last year. That time SK Telecom T1 emerged victorious. Samsung Galaxy fields the exact same team as last year and looks to get revenge against Faker’s squad.

Samsung Galaxy League of Legends
Samsung Galaxy

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Epicenter

Virtus.Pro managed to get out of their slump and went on a run at Epicenter. They impressively defeated Gambit, FaZe and G2 to get to the finals, where they met SK Gaming. The Brazilian team SK showed they are the best in the world. Coldzera and his squad ended Virtus.Pro’s run with a 3-2 victory to win Epicenter. The finals notably attracted 550.000 concurrent viewers.

SK Gaming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
SK Gaming

Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Grand Finals

The group stage for the HGC Grand Finals has concluded. Favourites MVP Black, Fnatic, Dignitas and Ballistix all advanced first place in their groups. Roll20 eSports managed to upset Tempest to take second place. Tempo Storm, Team Freedom and Team Expert join them as well at BlizzCon.

Roll20 eSports Heroes of the Storm
Roll20 eSports

eSports next week

Next week will be the big conclusion of the eSports year. BlizzCon will feature the global finals in Heartstone, StarCraft 2, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft. League of Legends finishes the World Championship in Beijing. Don’t miss any of the action on mastermazuma.com.

6 CS:GO weapon skins you never knew you wanted

The most popular feature in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? Weapon skins. Who doesn’t love some high quality gunporn? Master Mazuma brings you the most expensive and exclusive weapons in the game. And when you’re done drooling, make the big money on mastermazuma.com to afford them.

StatTrak USP-S – Kill Confirmed (Factory New)

$310

Combine stealth and style as you rack up the tally on your kill tracker.

  • Stealthiest gun in the game, now with the flashiest design.
  • New school graffiti design featuring a bullet-pierced skull.
  • Official StatTrak counter tracking up to 999,999 kills live on your weapon.

Bloodhound Gloves – Snakebite (Field Tested)

$291

It’s time to put on the original gloves from the Operation Bloodhound campaign.

  • Exclusive snakeskin fabric for high class killing.
  • Tough and gritty design.
  • Features the Operation Bloodhound logo.

Bayonet – Slaughter (Minimal Wear)

$170

A practical and deadly knife, the bayonet has been a staple in the military for centuries.

  • Displays a slick red design.
  • From the original Slaughter knife series, using an urban camouflage pattern.

AK-47 – Fire Serpent (Minimal Wear)

$265

Rain fire and fury upon your enemies with the lethal Fire Serpent.

  • A skin for the most famous rifle in the world and possibly the best in the game, the AK-47.
  • Classic eastern dragon design, exclusive for this weapon.

Flip Knife – Tiger Tooth (Factory New)

$143

Dash and kill as swift as a tiger with this flashy Flip Knife.

  • Exotic tiger stripe design from the premium Tiger Tooth series.
  • A striking contrast with the original gritty Flip Knife.

StatTrak M4A4 – Desolate Space (Factory New)

$95

Unleash the frigid wrath of the Desolate Space M4A4, the most trusty counter-terrorist rifle in the game.

  • Features a cool and frosty space theme including an astronaut skull, exclusive for the M4A4.
  • Uses the official StatTrak counter to confirm every kill.

 

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Master Mazuma’s top 10 gamer girls

Master Mazuma brings you the ten most talented and charming ladies in the world of video game streaming. They’re cool, they’re hot, and they can game. Earning some serious money while doing it. Scroll down to discover what your new favourite past time will be (if it wasn’t already). And when you’re done, don’t forget to make some serious money yourself on mastermazuma.com!

Artemis

Artemis streams first-person shooters on Twitch. She’s the cool owner of her own eSports team TABOO.

Favourite games: Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch.

Fun fact: Her gamer tag stems from her favourite goddess in Greek Mythology.

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/artemis

Kat Gunn

Kat made her fame as an old school competitive gamer girl. She contended on television in WCG Ultimate Gamer, which she won gloriously – beating both male and female opponents.

Favourite games: Dead or Alive, Halo

Fun fact: Kat often wears sexy cosplay!

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/katgunn

Loserfruit

Loserfruit is one of the cutest gamer girls around.  Just watch her interactions with the chat!

Favourite games: Overwatch, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Fun fact: As her gamer tag suggests, Loserfruit’s stream and merchandise are all fruit themed.

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/loserfruit

Missharvey

Hands down the most accomplished competitive gamer girl around. Missharvey now streams her exploits in Counter-Strike on Twitch.

Favourite games: Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Fun fact: Achieved nine first places in Counter-Strike playing for teams like SK and CLG.

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/missharvey

Mizzi Mie

Mizzi works as a professional cosplayer and model in addition to her streaming career. It shows.

Favourite game: Tekken 7

Fun fact: Master Mazuma picked Mizzi as hottest gamer girl on Twitch!

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/mizzimie

Pamcakes

Pamcakes often streams popular eSports like Overwatch with her dogs.

Favourite games: Overwatch, World of Warcraft

Fun fact: Pam only posts selfies of her pretty face on Instagram.

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/pamcakes

SavEdgeDoll

One of the coolest gamer girls around. SavEdgeDoll is a true adrenaline junkie. She loves fast cars and fast first-person shooters.

Favourite games: Call of Duty, Battlefield

Fun fact: SavEdgeDoll works as a professional model too.

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/savedgedoll

SeriesOfBlurs

SeriesOfBlurs loves adventure, in game and in nature. Her favourite genre is horror.

Favourite games: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Destiny 2

Fun fact: Mia’s companion on stream is Olive, a cute dog.

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/seriesofblurs

Tara Babcock

Tara Babcock immediately draws attention to her two big pluses. She works as a model and is actually really passionate about games.

Favourite games: StarCraft 2, League of Legends

Fun fact: Tara had her boobs enlarged to a stunning 34F!

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/tarababcock

xMinks

A prominent figure in the Call of Duty scene. xMinks often surprises her viewers with a live cooking lesson or a sexy cosplay.

Favourite games: Call of Duty

Fun fact: xMinks completed her Pharmacy studies before she started streaming.

Twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/xminks

 

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