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Cloud9’s Blaber Wins the 2021 LCS Spring Split MVP Award

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in League of Legends | Apr, 12th 2021

Cloud9’s Rober “Blaber” Huang is the 2021 LCS Spring Split MVP! This is the second time this prodigious North American jungler has been awarded this highly coveted award, which is not only astounding in and of itself but also a true testament to his talent and overall potential. 

Two MVP awards in just three splits. Let that one sink in. It boggles the mind. The rest of his team deserves a shout-out as well, but it was Blaber who delivered on a consistent basis and was Cloud9’s most important catalyst. He was the driving force behind much of their success and was always up to the task. 

Team Liquid’s Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen was the only jungler in North America who could trade blows with Blaber, but he wasn’t as big of a catalyst for his team. More often than not, a motivated Blaber was all it took for Cloud9 to win regardless of whom they were up against. He’s the kind of hardcarry jungler who only needs the smallest of openings to capitalize. Watching him perform has been an absolute pleasure. 

A Statistical Breakdown


Statistically speaking, Blaber had a mind-blowing regular season. 5.1 KDA, 72.2% Kill Participation, 23.9% Kill Share, and 56% First Blood Rate — truly astounding numbers. That, however, is just the start: Blaber did over 400 damage per minute. The second-best jungler in that statistic did just a bit over 300. It’s fair to say that Blaber utilized the age-old “see hero, kill hero” method, and it worked wonderfully. 

Calling him the best North American jungler of all time still feels somewhat premature, but if he continues performing so darn well it’ll be impossible to deny him of that oh-so-prestigious title. He’ll have yet another shot at making history at this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, so make sure to tune in!

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Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/cloud9s-blaber-wins-2021-lcs-spring-split-mvp-award/

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Zain wins Slippi Champions League S2 week four, first players qualify for Smash Summit 11

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The second season of the Slippi Champions League came to a close today, setting the stage for a return to offline Super Smash Bros. Melee competition at Smash Summit 11 in July. 

Zain Naghmi continued his dominant run from SCL Season One, winning two of the four weeks over the likes of Wizzrobe, Mang0, and iBDW, including the final week with a 3-0 bracket reset win over Mang0. 

Over four weeks, there were three different winners for SCL Season Two, with Mang0 winning week one, Wizzrobe took his first SCL division one win during week three, and Zain cleaned things up in weeks two and four. In the context of Smash Summit 11, only week four’s results were taken into account, with the top six players earning a spot at what could be the first big Melee LAN event in over a year. 

In order of placement from SCL season two week four, here are all six players that made the cut for the next Summit.

  • Zain
  • Mang0
  • SFAT
  • iBDW
  • Plup
  • moky

Zain, Mang0, and iBDW were the top three finishers from Smash Summit 10, so it is fitting that they are three of the first to earn a spot in the event. 

Additionally, both Leffen and aMSA received direct invites to Smash Summit 11 as the top players from their respective regions. This will be the first time either player has competed in a major Melee event outside of Europe and Japan respectively since Smash Summit Nine in early 2020. 

The remaining eight players attending the event will be decided in typical Summit fashion, with two qualifying through other events and six invited based on a crowdfunding campaign. 

More details about the crowdfunding contest will be shared soon, but the qualifier spots will be given to the winners of Rollback Rumble: The Big One and the player with the most points from the SAME Circuit, which is an EU event. 

Smash Summit 11 will run from July 15 to 18 at the Beyond The Summit studios in Los Angeles and is currently slated to be an offline competition, though that is still subject to change if anything unexpected happens. The event will be themed after the Olympics and more information will be released in the near future.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/fgc/news/zain-wins-slippi-champions-league-s2-week-four-first-players-qualify-for-smash-summit-11

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Triumph, TeamOne secure final cs_summit 8 closed qualifier spots

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Triumph and TeamOne have claimed victory in the second cs_summit 8 open qualifier, besting Third Impact and Imperial, respectively, to earn the final spots in the closed stage which will run from May-14-18 and offer four spots in the North American Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event.

After easing through the early stages of the bracket, Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side faced strong contention from SKDC in the first best-of-three round, managing to narrowly secure a victory in two maps to meet Imperial for a spot in the closed stage.

The Brazilian roster had fallen early on in the previous qualifier, and despite mustering a better run this time around, they were unable to prevail over Triumph, who opened the series strong with a Mirage win before bouncing back from losing their map pick by edging out a 16-13 win on Nuke to advance.

Cooper was the highest-rated player for Triumph against Imperial

TeamOne, who suffered a similar fate to their countrymen in their last qualifier bid, were able to claim redemption for themselves as they fought past Party Astronauts in a three-map series, and wasted little time in securing their closed qualifier spot by trouncing Third Impact 16-5 on Inferno and Nuke in the ensuing round.

Four spots at cs_summit 8 will be up for grabs through the closed qualifier, which will also mark the return of Extra Salt and paiN to North America, as well as GODSENT‘s first appearance in the region after playing in Europe for the first portion of the year.

The complete team list for the closed qualifier consists of:

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/31723/triumph-teamone-secure-final-cs-summit-8-closed-qualifier-spots

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What does Rook’s armor do in Rainbow Six Siege?

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Rainbow Six Siege features a diverse cast of operators with different abilities and tools to help their team. Some are tedious and tough to master, while others provide excellent support and are easy to use. Rook, one of the original operators in Siege, is a perfect example of the latter. 

Rook’s armor plates provide an excellent boost to teammates that can make a difference in gunfights. But a lot of players aren’t familiar with what the plates actually do.

Rook can place a bag full of armor plates each round that he and his teammates can pick up. Players can only pick up one armor plate at a time and can grab a plate at any point during a round. 

The plates provide a 20-percent armor boost to the user without penalty, which is an incredible boost for a team. The plates also guarantee players will enter the down-but-not-out stage when damaged instead of instantly dying. But a headshot will still instantly kill a player even if they are wearing Rook’s armor. 

If a player is picked up by a teammate, they will lose the armor plate. But they can pick up another plate if there are plates available. Rook’s Armor Pack can be destroyed by enemies, so avoid waiting long to pick it up. Also, avoid shooting it, since friendly fire can also destroy the pack. 

Rook is an excellent choice for new players because he is available by default and his ability is easy to use. Just ping the armor pack to let your teammates know it is available, and they will have a slight advantage for the rest of the round.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/rainbow-6/news/what-does-rooks-armor-do-in-rainbow-six-siege

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TOTW 33 Predictions FIFA 21: Who’s Getting in?

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TOTW 33 predictions for FIFA 21 are coming in as fans prepare for yet another Wednesday content drop in Ultimate Team.

Team of the Week cards are more or less irrelevant at this point in the year for actual gameplay. Yes, they’re still required in Squad Building Challenges here and there, but fans are more concerned with what those particular SBCs are and which Team of the Season cards they’re working into their teams. Especially considering TOTS cards replaced TOTW items in FUT Champions rewards at the start of the promotion.

Still, expect EA Sports to eventually release a repeatable TOTW upgrade SBC at some point in the rest of the FUT cycle. Perhaps they’ll even make it 84+ overall.

Here are some favorites for TOTW 33 in FIFA 21:

Expect there to be a decent amount of Premier League players in this TOTW considering the PL TOTS squad just left packs. The headliner of the group should more than likely be Robert Lewandowski. Although, if the Bundesliga TOTS squad is next, he will miss out considering he’ll be featured in that promotion and there cannot be two special versions of him in packs at the same time. Same goes for Sancho.

TOTW 33 will be announced and released May 12 at 1 p.m. ET.

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Source: https://www.dbltap.com/posts/totw-33-predictions-fifa-21-who-s-getting-in-01f59j3fm19f?utm_source=RSS

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