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BLAST reshuffles prize pools for upcoming events to ensure “sustainability” without consulting players

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CS:GO league BLAST Premier earlier today it will reduce the season prize pools to increase teams’ participation fees with “full support of partner teams” today. But the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association has responded that the decision was made “unilaterally without consulting the CSPPA and the players.”

BLAST said that “COVID-19 has had a considerable impact on the esports ecosystem,” causing a “direct financial impact on all people working across” it.

Following an agreement with its partner teams, the planned prize pools for 11 events beginning from the Fall Series 2020 to 2021’s Global Final have been reduced. The league promised that the total sum paid by BLAST “will remain identical,” with the cut prizes reimbursed to the member teams as participation fees.

BLAST CEO, Robbie Douek, believed the “realignment will help sustain the broader ecosystem and ensure that we can all emerge stronger together.”

The CSPPA, for its part, said that the move was made without consulting the association and its players. Per CSPPA’s calculation, a total of $2,925,000 in prize money has been reduced and “given to the member teams instead of the players.”

“It is important to ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem,” CSPPA said. “But players need to be included as key stakeholders and be involved in such decisions.”

CSPPA said that its board “is discussing this issue currently,” and will engage with BLAST “as soon as possible.”

Source: https://dotesports.com/counter-strike/news/blast-reshuffles-prize-pools-for-upcoming-events-to-ensure-sustainability-without-consulting-players

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Lenovo Legion Sponsors G2 Esports as Hardware Partner

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Berlin-based esports organization G2 Esports announced that the company signed a sponsorship deal with hardware brand Lenovo Legion. The PC brand will sponsor the organization’s League of Legends, Rainbow 6, Rocket League, Fortnite, and Sim Racing teams

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Legion is the gaming-focused PC brand owned by Chinese technology company Lenovo. The brand is also the hardware partner of Chinese esports organization FunPlus Phoenix (FPX).

G2 Esports’ League of Legends team has arrived in Shanghai and currently remains quarantined for the upcoming League of Legends World Championship, which hardware sponsor will also be a part of.

Apart from Lenovo Legion, G2 Esports has multiple hardware partners, including Logitech, AOC, and GIGABYTE AORUS

G2 Esports also has partnerships with several non-endemic brands, such as energy drink Red Bull, Paysafecard, Domino’s Pizza, and global automobile brand BMW. On Sept.15, Domino’s Pizza Deutschland signed a commercial partnership deal with G2 Esports, becoming the official quick-service restaurant of the organization.

Source: https://esportsobserver.com/lenovo-legion-g2-esports/

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Here’s the schedule for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship

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The 2020 League of Legends World Championship is rapidly approaching, bringing together the top teams from each regional league in Shanghai, China.

The event kicks off on Sept. 25 with the play-ins, before the group stage gets underway on Oct. 3. The knockout stage will begin on Oct. 15, the semifinals a week later on Oct. 24, and the grand finals on Oct. 31.

The winner will hoist the Summoner’s Cup and earn the title of World Champion.

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Here’s the schedule for the event as it unfolds.

Play-in stage

Friday, Sept. 25 at 3am CT (4pm local time)

  • MAD Lions vs. INTZ Esports
  • PSG Talon vs. Rainbow7
  • Legacy Esports vs. INTZ Esports
  • LGD Gaming vs. PSG Talon
  • Team Liquid vs. MAD Lions

Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3am CT (4pm local time)

  • Rainbow7 vs. V3 Esports
  • INTZ Esports vs. Papara SuperMassive
  • V3 Esports vs. Unicorns of Love
  • LGD Gaming vs. Rainbow7
  • Unicorns of Love vs. PSG Talon
  • Papara SuperMassive vs. MAD Lions
  • Team Liquid vs. Legacy Esports

Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3am CT (4pm local time)

  • V3 Esports vs LGD Gaming
  • Rainbow7 vs. Unicorns of Love
  • PSG Talon vs. V3 Esports
  • Unicorns of Love vs. LGD Gaming

Monday, Sept. 28 at 3am CT (4pm local time)

  • Papara SuperMassive SuperMassive vs. Team Liquid
  • MAD Lions vs. Legacy Esports
  • INTZ Esports vs. Team Liquid
  • Legacy Esports vs. Papara SuperMassive

Group stage

Monday, Oct. 5 at 3am CT (4pm local time)

  • Machi Esports vs. G2 Esports
  • JD Gaming vs. Rogue
  • Top Esports vs. DragonX
  • TBD vs. TBD

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 4am CT (5pm local time)

  • Suning Gaming vs. Machi Esports
  • DragonX vs. FlyQuest
  • Fnatic vs. Gen.G
  • TBD vs. TBD

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4am CT (5pm local time)

  • Machi Esports vs. Suning Gaming
  • G2 Esports vs. Machi Esports
  • Suning Gaming vs. G2 Esports
  • TBD vs. TBD

Friday, Oct. 9 at 4am CT (5pm local time)

  • Rogue vs. JD Gaming
  • Damwon Gaming vs. Rogue
  • JD Gaming vs. Damwon Gaming
  • TBD vs. TBD

Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3am CT (4pm local time)

  • Flyquest vs. DragonX
  • Top Esports vs. FlyQuest
  • DragonX vs. Top Esports
  • TBD vs. TBD

You can catch every match on Twitch, YouTube, or lolesports.

Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/heres-the-schedule-for-the-2020-league-of-legends-world-championship

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How to complete “Request The Boss show your army how to really fight” in TFT

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Teamfight Tactics’ fourth Set, Fates, only went live a couple of days ago and introduced new champions, traits, alongside mechanics. A new ranked season also kicked off, and Riot also added new seasonal passes filled with new quests.

Considering the patch added a new Star Shard System, arenas, emotes, and so much more, questing has suddenly increased in value. Completing all the tasks will get you one step closer to unlocking whatever reward you’ve been eyeing, but some quests can look a lot tougher than they look.

What does Request The Boss show your army how to really fight” mean in Teamfight Tactics?

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This is one of those quests that makes you re-read it more than two times. The wording is a bit complicated, and it’s hard to figure out what exactly you need to do to get the quest done.

Though it doesn’t look that way, you can complete this quest by just placing Sett onto the board for only a single round. He’s The Boss, after all, and he needs to be played so he can teach your army how to “really fight.”

If the quest doesn’t get completed for some reason, keep him on board as much as possible. Try getting him to two-star or winning a round with him, basically anything that will maximize your interaction with Sett should allow you to complete the quest if keeping him on the board for a single round doesn’t work out for you. 

Source: https://dotesports.com/tft/news/how-to-complete-request-the-boss-show-your-army-how-to-really-fight-in-tft

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