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Astralis clinch semi-final spot after tight win over Virtus.pro

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Astralis will take on G2 in the semis of IEM Cologne on Saturday following a 2-1 victory over Virtus.pro. The Danish team was transparent about their issues going into the event and hinted at upcoming changes, but put up an impressive display in the quarters nonetheless.

A standout player in the series was Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth, who before the match said that they are not satisfied with just quarter-finals, and did his best to secure the victory over Virtus.pro.

“I felt we should’ve closed them earlier,” the ‘Clutch Minister’ said about the overtime affairs on Overpass and Dust2, but Inferno was a straightforward victory which saw them eliminate Virtus.pro and take on G2 next.

Xyp9x’s 40 kills on Dust2 weren’t enough to close out the series in two

Lucas “⁠Bubzkji⁠” Andersen was hot to trot as Overpass kicked off, Virtus.pro not getting off to a strong start on their map pick. The Danes were up 6-0 on the defense before Virtus.pro started to come back, winning five out of six round, shaking off an eco loss. However, Astralis dealt with the CIS side’s late-round pushes well to close out the half 10-5 up, moving closer to the victory after a Bubzkji Glock ace.

The map wasn’t going to end that fast, though, as Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov stepped up in key moments and his team scraped into overtime. In the added rounds, Virtus.pro looked deflated, though, and Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander‘s team closed out map 1.

Despite Virtus.pro main opener Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis starting Dust2 quietly, his team went blow for blow with Astralis on the second map. The rifler came alive in round 10 with a triple to break the Danes’ money, but they fought back on a save round to seize control of the half.

Astralis‘ 9-6 lead melted away following a clean pistol win for Virtus.pro, and the momentum swung. Four rounds away from taking Dust2, Virtus.pro lost two advantageous rounds, with Xyp9x bringing his team back into it. The momentum was now on Astralis‘ side, the Danes again got to map point first, but overtime was needed to decide the victor. Early on struggling, YEKINDAR was better and better as the map progressed, finishing with 40 frags after OT2 and closing out Dust2 in his team’s favor with a quad-kill hold on B.

Inferno followed the same script early on, Astralis taking the lead but Virtus.pro staying alive, courtesy of great entry play from Alexey “⁠Qikert⁠” Golubev. The half ended 9-6 in favor of the Danes, but this time around, they powered on to a massive lead with a great T-side start. Emil “⁠Magisk⁠” Reif fired up and joined an in-form Xyp9x at the top of the scoreboard, pushing Astralis to a convincing victory on the decider, 16-8.

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/32067/astralis-clinch-semi-final-spot-after-tight-win-over-virtuspro

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HUNDEN decides not to extend with Heroic: “I wish to begin a new chapter of my career”

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Nicolai “⁠HUNDEN⁠” Petersen has decided not to extend his contract with Heroic, the 30-year-old announced in a press release on Wednesday. The Dane chose not to reveal when his current deal with the organization expires when asked by HLTV.org.

“In the past few months, I have been in negotiations with Heroic about a contract renewal, but I have come to the realization that I wish to begin a new chapter of my career once my contract with Heroic expires,” HUNDEN said in a statement amid reports that he could be joining Astralis as Danny “⁠zonic⁠” Sørensen‘s replacement in 2022.

The coach has seemingly already spent some time on the sidelines, as he did not travel with the team to Germany for IEM Cologne in early July for reasons the players and the organization never shared. Instead, Heroic‘s mental and performance coach, Troels “⁠robl⁠” Robl, stood behind the team during their matches at the event.

HUNDEN will leave Heroic after his contract expires at an unknown date

“Heroic and I have been a perfect match, but the recent turn of events is deeply regrettable,” HUNDEN went on to explain before revealing that he had been accused of sharing his team’s strategies behind the scenes.

“Recent rumors claim that I have shared Heroic’s stratbook. This I can categorically deny. I have the biggest respect for Heroic, and I would never want to harm the team or in any way affect them negatively.”

“The material I have shared is anti-strat material of opponents. This material was shared with colleagues from other teams in the context of sparring. Knowledge sharing is essential for me as a coach in respect to staying in the loop and developing. At no point in time has Heroic’s own tactics been shared or discussed.”

HUNDEN has been a part of Heroic for well over a year, having joined the organization in early 2020 as a replacement for Frederik “⁠LOMME⁠” Nielsen. As the coach of the team — and the analyst during the period in which he was banned by ESIC for using the infamous coaching bug — he helped the organization reach new heights, as the Danish squad quickly became a consistent contender for deep runs and titles, most notably winning ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Fall in 2020 and ESL Pro League Season 13 in 2021.

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/32108/hunden-decides-not-to-extend-with-heroic-i-wish-to-begin-a-new-chapter-of-my-career

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Victory Five fines jungler pzx for not taking Smite in their match against Suning

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LPL continues its tradition of having players who forget to take Smite. After eStar Esports fined jungler Wei last split, Victory Five joined in today with another fine for their jungler Peng “pzx” Zhan-Xiang for failing to take Smite in V5’s series against Suning yesterday.

According to an unofficial translation of an article posted on Weibo by the organization, the player was fined one month’s salary for his mistake and received a warning for his behavior. This situation happened in the LPL repeatedly in recent times, and it’s unclear whether there will be changes to the ruleset to allow for a remake should such a situation arise again.

This win would have been important for the V5 squad, who are currently sitting in the last place without a series win with a score of zero wins and 13 losses. They were close to taking down Suning during the series, but the mistake from the first game was a free loss in the series. With the draft they had, they would have been able to stand a chance against the 2020 world finalists and potentially end their dreadful losing streak.

With three matches left against EDward Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, and LGD Gaming, it’s unlikely that V5 will be able to pick up a series win and end the regular 2021 LPL Summer Split with a win.


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Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/victory-five-fines-jungler-pzx-for-not-taking-smite-in-their-match-against-suning

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Evil Geniuses partners with UK soccer club Wolves

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North American esports organization Evil Geniuses has revealed a partnership with Premier League soccer club Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, it was announced today.

The partnership will see the Fosun Sports Group, which acquired the Wolves in 2016, make a minority investment in EG, valuing the team at $255 million post-investment. With this deal, Evil Geniuses will be the first esports team with a physical presence in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

The partnership and investment will enable EG to continue expanding its business into global markets. The deal will also see Wolves branding featured on EG’s uniforms, as well as collaboration to create English and Chinese content, sponsorship opportunities, and jointly branded merchandising.

“We are thrilled to partner with Wolves, a storied football club and strong sports and entertainment brand that aligns with our values and mission,” EG’s CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson said. “This deal will help power Evil Geniuses’ expansion into the Asian markets while also providing new capital to sign more world-class players and grow into new esports titles.”

This is not the first step for Wolves in esports as the soccer club owns teams in FIFA, Call of Duty Mobile, and Rocket League, which will not be dissolved, according to Wolves Esports’ manager Michael Moriarty.

“Wolves Esports isn’t going anywhere–we’ll still be keeping our presence in China as well as the titles we have based here in Wolverhampton,” he said. “This partnership between the club and EG will benefit all sides, as we grow and develop esports excellence together.”

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Source: https://dotesports.com/business/news/evil-geniuses-partners-with-uk-soccer-club-wolves

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G2 Mikyx: ‘I feel like LCK bot lanes are worse than the LEC and LPL ones’

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G2 Esports’ Mikyx is not impressed with the quality of bot lanes on show in the LCK.

Mikyx did not shy away in an interview with InvenGlobal. When asked about his opinion related to the LPL bottom laners and the bottom laners of DWG KIA after their recent MSI performance, Mikyx had a pretty straightforward opinion.

“Yeah, I feel LCK bot lanes are worse than the LEC and LPL ones. I wasn’t very impressed by anyone there. I think some of the LPL bot lanes are pretty good. I think in Europe you also have some really good bot lanes,” he said. “So I feel like they’re a bit behind.”

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G2’s support believes that DWG KIA and T1 are the only two teams with strong bottom laners in the LCK, with Gen.G, who’ve been losing matches in the past couple of weeks, a distant third. He believes that the LEC has a lot of strong bottom laners, while the mid lane is lacking in that department.

Going into the last matches of the LEC, Mikyx believes that G2 has better individual players and better adaptability compared to other teams in the best-of-five series.

LEC returns this Friday with the last week of the Summer Split regular seasons, where five teams are looking to improve their placement going into playoffs, four teams are battling for the last playoff spot, and one is trying to make their last memory of the organization within the LEC, for now, memorable after they’ve been eliminated from playoff contention.


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