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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Newbee terminate Vasilii’s contract following domestic abuse allegations

Newbee has terminated League of Legends player Li “Vasilii” Wei-Jun’s contract.

After the player was heard allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on-stream earlier.

In VODs of Wei-Jun’s stream, he can be heard leaving his computer. The sound of a woman screaming as Wei-Jun screams at her follows. The camera is not facing the two during the apparent altercation. Later in the stream, he leaves again, and was allegedly taken away by police.”We absolutely condemn this sort of behavior and we’ve terminated his contract,” a spokesperson for Newbee told the press in a statement.

Wei-Jun has made headlines before for anger-related issues. In 2016, Wei-Jun left the stage during a live LSPL match and allegedly smashed equipment on his way off. Earlier that year, images surfaced of computers Wei-Jun had allegedly smashed while playing at the Vici Gaming house.

Wei-Jun is best known for his playing in North America as the AD Carry for LMQ in the 2014 NA LCS Summer Split.

This weekend in eSports

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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.

West fights East in League of Legends World Championship

Every Western team has been knocked out of League of Legends World Championship. This weekend saw North American team Cloud9 and Europe’s Misfits almost upset China’s Team WE and two-time reigning champion SK Telecom T1 from South Korea.

The other two series saw Fnatic and Longzhu got smashed by League juggernauts Royal Never Give Up and Samsung Galaxy, 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. The real battles occurred in the other two series.

Everyone hoped Misfits would put up a good fight versus SK Telecom T1, but nobody expected it to be so close. SK Telecom T1 is the undisputed number 1 team in the world, having won three World Championships and fielding the best player in the world, Faker.

For a long time in the series, it looked like Misfits would upset SK Telecom T1. The Europeans went up 2-1 in the series and looked poised to take the series in game 4. However, the Koreans suddenly seemed to remember they were the reigning champions. They not only turned a losing game 4 around but also took advantage of a mistake by Misfits to take game 5 and the series. This series was the closest a Western team has come to take down the seemingly invincible SK Telecom T1.

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Faker saves SK Telecom T1 from the brink of defeat

Following Misfit’s example, Cloud9 fought hard to to upset Team WE and keep the West in the tournament. The Americans also went up 2-1, only to go down in the last two games. Especially in game 5 everything seemed to fall apart, from the draft to the execution of the strategy.

Western team yet again fail to make a splash in the World Championship and defeat their Chinese and Korean demons. Misfits and Cloud9 put up a good fight and made their series very close. However, the gap between West and East still exists.

Next weekend has Royal Never Give Up and SK Telecom T1, and Team WE and Samsung Galaxy duking it out for a spot in the World Championship finals. Put your League knowledge to good use and predict the winners on Master Mazuma!

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eSports to keep growing in 2017

eSports – A History of Growth

Go back in time for several years and wannabe gamers would meet at conventions to challenge each other playing games such as Counter Strike.

Popularity increases

During the years, these matches have separated the average gamer from the elite. The media started to pick up on eSports after a while and nowadays we are bombarded with live streamers on Twitch.

According to a research conducted by Business Insider: “… a Google search for “lol” does not produce “laughing out loud” as the top result. Instead, it points to League of Legends”

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