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AMD Ryzen Skyesports League 2021 powered by WD Black announced

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After a successful first edition of the Skyesports League, which was broadcasted across seven languages and amassed over 3.7 Million viewers, SkyEsports announced that the league is returning in 2021.

The Skyesports League 2021 features a city-based model where eight teams will battle in Valorant for a share of the Rs. 15,00,000 prize pool — the biggest for Valorant esports in South Asia to date. Skyesports has continued its association with AMD Ryzen™ and WD Black, who are presenting and powering the tournament respectively. GOGAME has joined as the platform partner & ACT Broadband has joined as a connectivity partner.

The Skyesports League 2021 continues to have teams from eight prominent cities, namely Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, and defending champions Hyderabad. Each city was represented by a team owner who participated in the player auction on March 31 to select their roster.

Team owners bid for players/gamers from a pool of registered players and influencers in the auction. Each team players’ roster consists of 4 players and one content creator. Each team can have up to 10 players in order to complete their team slot. The league promises to have the most popular and influential gamers in India displaying their skills in Riot’s popular FPS.

The franchise owners for the Skyesports League 2021 are:

  • Hyderabad Nawabs: Sentinel
  • Bengaluru Crushers: Rushindra
  • Delhi Dragon: Scout
  • Mumbai Aces: 8Bit Thug
  • Chennai Clutchers: MidFail
  • Punjab Pinnacles: Hydra flick
  • Rajasthan Strikers: Ghatak
  • Kolkata Tridents: Kronten

The teams will descend into the battlefield from April 9 for 55 days of non-stop action. They will compete in Valorant in a round-robin format with each team facing each other twice. It will be livestreamed on Skyesports’ YouTube channel in over six languages.

“The esports arena in India is only getting stronger and better with exciting tournaments like the AMD Ryzen Skyesports League 2021, which give immense opportunities to players to compete and push their boundaries with their smart gaming strategies”, shares Mukesh Bajpai, India Marketing Head, AMD.

“AMD has always empowered the gaming community with its Ryzen and Radeon products and technologies, allowing gamers to gain an edge when playing top esports titles.”

Jaganathan Chelliah, Director Marketing, India, Western Digital, said, “We are glad to associate with Skyesports League 2021 and look forward to an exciting 55-days intense gaming. At Western Digital, our constant endeavor to introduce innovative products from the WD_BLACK portfolio to enhanced gameplay. We wish each player luck, and may the best team win. Let the game begin!

Notably, Chennai clutchers’ logo was launched by emerging popular Kollywood actor Mr Kathir & Hyderabad Nawabs’ logo has been launched by actor Abhinav Gomatam.

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Source: https://www.talkesport.com/news/amd-ryzen-skyesports-league-2021-powered-by-wd-black-announced/

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Heroic defeat Gambit to win ESL Pro League 13

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The ESL Pro League final was a rollercoaster ride where we saw two exceptional teams fight it out with each other for the title and the cash price of $200,000. 

The matchup was a best of 5 and it started off with Heroic winning the first map on Vertigo which was a closely contested matchup with a scoreline of 19-17.

The second map was Vertigo and Gambit made sure that they earned their spot into the finals and replied back by winning 16-3.

The third map went a long way as both the teams wanted to win it and the map went into overtime but with the help of  Casper ‘cadiaN’ Møller they secured the map 28-16.

The series was still not over as Gambit came back on Overpass and fought back to win the map 16-10 to take the finals to the last and final map Mirage.

The final map saw Heroic winning in a heroic manner with Cadian pulling out one of his best career plays and clutching out 1v4 with a knife kill and that too on the match point to put the cherry on top. 

Heroic finally won the series 3-2 and took away $200,00 home and a guaranteed spot at the BLAST Premier Global Final in December. Although Gambit lost the finals Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov was still named the ESL Pro League Season 13 MVP for his “amazing consistency and impact throughout the event.”

Also Read | RpK to step down after Blast Premier Showdown, Vitality sign Kyojin

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Source: https://www.talkesport.com/news/csgo/heroic-defeat-gambit-esl-pro-league-13/

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Cloud9 takes down Team Liquid to win LCS Mid-Season Showdown

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After a thrilling five-game series, Cloud9 has exacted its LCS Lock-In revenge on rivals Team Liquid to win the LCS Mid-Season Showdown. The team will now represent North America at the Mid-Season Invitational in Reykjavík, Iceland next month.

Throughout the series, games were evenly traded between the two teams. Games one and three went Liquid’s way, with two and four going to Cloud9. Game five was by far the most entertaining, thanks to an inspired level one cheese strategy from Cloud 9.

Ibrahim ‘Fudge’ Allami’s Sion cleared the team’s blue buff and gromp with his zombie form, while the trio of Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, Phillippe ‘Vulcan’ Laflamme, and Robert ‘Blaber’ Huang invaded Liquid’s top side jungle. With three quadrants of the jungle locked down by Cloud9, Jonathan ‘Armao’ Armao could do little but clear his bottom side and wait for the scuttle crabs to spawn. Before Liquid’s stand-in jungler could potentially equalise with Blaber, he was dispatched by Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković, putting him even further behind his opponent.

From there, Cloud9 continued to snowball the game, with Perkz and Zven getting increasingly more and more fed throughout. Down 10,000 gold, Liquid made a last-ditch attempt at contesting for the Baron. However, the team was intercepted before it could get near the pit, the picks came through, and Cloud9 closed out the series.

Cloud9’s victory is also significant as it marks Perkz as only the second player in the history of Western LoL to win both European and North American domestic titles. He joins teammate Zven who was the first to achieve the feat.

With MSI now on the horizon, the West’s most decorated player will now be looking to defend his title in lieu of former team G2 Esports’ absence.

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Source: https://www.theloadout.com/tournaments/lcs/cloud9-wins-mid-season-showdown

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Shroud Explains Why Your KDA in Valorant May Not Matter

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It’s a well-known fact that Valorant is a highly competitive game. More often than not, players are seen getting stressed over their in-game performance or their kill-death ratio when they’re at the bottom of the scoreboard. However, legendary Twitch streamer Michael “shroud” Grzesiek doesn’t seem to be bothered about players bottom-fragging in certain games.

In one of his recent streams, shroud has explained why your kill-death ratio might not matter at all in a game, and how players can have an impact while having poor K/D.

During his stream, a viewer asked the former CSGO pro, ‘How do you feel when you’re a bottom-fragger?’

To this, shroud replied that it doesn’t matter what a player’s score is, as long as they’re having a positive impact for their team in a game.

“You could do good without having a good score,” the 26-year-old said. “That’s just how these games work. It’s a team game.”

Shroud then proceeded to explain how you can create space for your team without having a good KDA. 

“Let’s say you entried every round,” shroud explained. “You got so much space and your team always traded, but you never got a kill… That’s amazing, you did good.”

Needless to say, this shouldn’t be an excuse for players to underperform in games. Proper game sense and consistent practice should still go a long way in improving your overall impact in any competitive game.

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Source: https://www.talkesport.com/news/shroud-explains-why-your-kda-in-valorant-may-not-matter/

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flusha leaves Fnatic for new CS:GO venture

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veteran Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist has left Fnatic for a third time, 15 months after rejoining the organisation. The 27-year-old will be joining a number of other notable CS:GO pros – who are all currently benched or inactive at their current teams – in a new venture, which according to the player has the backing of a yet to be revealed organisation.

The Swede’s latest stint with Fnatic began in September 2019, but flusha has been sat on the sidelines since January after he was benched. Three months later, he has finally been released. In a statement, Fnatic’s head coach Andreas Samuelsson describes flusha as “one of the smartest and most iconic players in CS:GO history.”

Following Fnatic’s announcement, flusha revealed his next steps. The veteran will be forming a new roster, featuring some well-known names that are all currently looking for a new home. They are Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi, Jere ‘⁠sergej⁠’ Salo (both previously ENCE), Rokas ‘EspiranTo⁠’ Milasauskas (previously c0ntact) and Buğra ‘⁠Calyx’ Arkin (previously Envy).

Speaking to HLTV, suNny has confirmed that he, flusha, sergej, and EspiranTo have all been signed by their new organisation, while Calyx will be joining as a trialist. The identity of the organisation is yet to be announced.

HLTV also claims that the project has been a few months in the making and was put on hold in February after one of the original candidates to be on the team, former Gen.G player Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta, left to pursue a career in Valorant. He now represents T1.

autimatic reportedly left the project for Valorant as there was a lack of interest from esports organisations to sign the team. However, that hurdle now appears to have been jumped.

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Source: https://www.theloadout.com/csgo/flusha-leaves-fnatic

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