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Evil Geniuses spoil Cloud9’s perfect record, force tie for second place in LCS




Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses sat in first and second place, respectively, coming into the second week of the 2021 LCS Spring Split. But a dominant performance from EG has ruined C9’s hopes of going undefeated this season.

Evil Geniuses completely rolled over the league’s top squad, winning by a final kill score of 26-10 in just over 31 minutes. EG was able to turn its 5,000 gold lead at the 15-minute mark into an increasingly larger advantage throughout the game, eventually taking every objective on the map, including all of Cloud9’s turrets and an Ocean Soul.

“They just had a good early game,” C9 coach Mithy told Dot Esports after the loss. “They just had a huge advantage from early game and their champions were really hard to deal with in the mid-game. It was an uphill battle.” 

All five EG players put up season-best performances against the LCS’ top team, but the squad’s main difference maker was top laner Impact. After carrying the team on multiple occasions last weekend, Impact’s Gragas gameplay netted him a perfect scoreline of 5/0/12, good enough for a kill participation of 65 percent.

On the flip side, Cloud9’s team-wide performances left a lot to be desired. A floundering Blitzcrank pick from Vulcan, combined with a lack of pressure from Blaber’s Taliyah, ultimately served as the linchpins in C9’s loss. The two posted a brutal combined scoreline of 2/15/8 across the jungle and support positions. 

“This time around, we were not as prepared.” Mithy said. “But now is a time for us to rethink the meta and think over what went wrong early for us and what we want to improve on over the next few days.” 

With this win, Evil Geniuses moves into a tie for second place alongside Team Liquid and C9. The team will close out its weekend with relatively favorable matchups against Dignitas and Immortals.

After tonight’s games, 100 Thieves sit atop the LCS with sole possession of first place and as the only undefeated team in the region. C9 will have a chance to hand them their first loss tomorrow, though, when they face each other at 4pm CT.

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League of Legends global power rankings for April 12




Over the past week, three of the four major regions in the League of Legends global power rankings have locked in their representatives for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, leaving China’s League of Legends Pro League to follow suit on April 18.

DWG KIA of South Korea’s League of Legends Champions Korea have earned their spot as favorites entering into the tournament. With the League of Legends Championship Series’ Cloud9 punching their ticket to Iceland for North America and MAD Lions wearing the League of Legends European Championship crown for the first time, the stage is set for the first international tournament of 2021.

Here’s a look at the top teams around the globe as we prepare for MSI and the Summer Split beyond it.

10. Cloud9

Record: 19-8

Results this week: 3-2 against Team Liquid

Movement this week: New

After missing out on the chance to attend MSI after winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 have earned a shot at international glory.

Their hard-fought 3-2 victory over Team Liquid in the LCS 2021 Mid-Season Showdown grand final has earned them a spot at the 2021 MSI (and on our rankings) for the first time in the organization’s history.

It’s clear that Cloud9 are the best team in North America after this series. Across the board, the team stepped up and showcased some of the highest-level individual play the LCS has seen all year. Superstar mid laner Luka “Perkz” Perković was an X factor for the team. His playmaking and fearlessness them team from the brink of elimination at multiple points throughout the series, and he averaged a staggering 80.7% kill participation throughout all five games, according to Oracle’s Elixir.

In addition to an impressive showing from Perkz, the team showcased their strategic creativity in Game 5, where they initiated a lane-swap in the early game to counter the effective roaming of Team Liquid support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in.

If the resilience and real time problem-solving Cloud9 displayed in finals is any indicator of what we’ll see in Iceland, LCS fans can be proud to have them represent the region overseas in May.

— Nick Ray

9. MAD Lions

As the first LEC team other than G2 or Fnatic to win a European title since 2014, MAD Lions earned their way onto this week’s power rankings. Photo by Michael Konkol for Riot Games

Record: 16-10

Results this week: 3-2 against Rogue

Movement this week: New

MAD Lions showed their perseverance in a five-game series by taking advantage of small windows of opportunity and showing excellent teamwork against LEC final opponent Rogue. The first two games favored Rogue, with MAD struggling to close the 1.5K gold gap in the second match. In Game 3, however, MAD Lions top laner İrfan “Armut” Tükek started dominating team fights, going 6-1 as MAD gained momentum, took down Baron and denied Rogue the 3-0.

MAD then pushed it to Game 5, where Javier “Elyoya” Prades’ overall shot-calling and Armut’s bravery in the final teamfight led the squad to their first LEC title and made them the first team other than Fnatic or G2 Esports to win an LEC title since 2014.

Now, they’ll have a chance to prove that European teams other than those two dynasties can shine on an international stage, too.

— Carolynn Soba

8. Suning Gaming

Record: 14-7 (34-15 game record)

Results this week: 3-0 against LNG Esports, 3-0 against Team WE, 1-3 against Top Esports

Movement this week:

Suning Gaming had an explosive start to their playoff run, slamming LNG in a 3-0, winning their third game in just 17 minutes in a nearly perfect manner. That was to be expected, though, since Suning had just beaten them 2-0 two weeks before during the regular season.

Suning then faced Team WE in Round 2, sweeping them as well with another near-perfect game despite a 2-0 loss a few weeks prior. Unfortunately for Suning, the momentum of their 6-0 start to the playoffs wasn’t enough to ram through the fresh Top Esports, who matched Suning’s pace and rivaled Lê “SofM” Quang Duy’s creativity in the jungle.

After multiple 40-minute bangers, Top Esports came online to smack down Suning and end their hot streak. Suning may not have advanced to MSI, but they concluded with a 7-3 run in the playoffs to take them into their break before summer.

— Parkes Ousley

7. Gen.G

Despite sweeping T1, Gen.G continue to fall in the wake of DWG KIA. Photo courtesy of League of Legends Champions Korea.

Record: 14-6 (32-18)

Results this week: 0-3 DWG KIA

Movement this week: -2

After thrashing T1 in a 3-0 series, Gen.G went up against the behemoth that is DWG KIA. Gen.G put up a valiant fight, especially in Game 2 as AD carry Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk posted a 14/2/8 kill/death/assist performance. Still, the No. 2 team in the LCK went down to the League of Legends Champions Korea regular season and playoff champions in a sweep.

Gen.G were a solid second-place team in the LCK this spring. They split their matches against DWG in the regular season and defeated most of the lower-placed teams with ease. If given the opportunity to play internationally, Gen.G may match up well against other top teams. However, fans will have to wait for the summer to see the squad test their metal against the rest of the world.

— Declan McLaughlin

6. JD Gaming

Record: 12-5 (25-12)

Results this week:

Movement this week: +1

The beneficiaries of a Gen.G loss, JD Gaming have moved up a spot since their loss to FunPlus Phoenix a week ago. The team was a victim of FPX’s deep playoff run but still have the chops to claim a top 10 rank.

Jungler Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok remains a bright spot for the team’s future. The 2020 regular season MVP is still a focal point for the squad, with his 72% average kill participation and early objective control sense. When he gets his team a lead, they tend to win out, as JDG won 86% of their matches when they are ahead in gold at 15 minutes this spring.

— McLaughlin

5. Top Esports

Record: 12-4 (25-10)

Results this week: 3-1 vs. Suning, 2-3 vs. RNG

Movement this week: -1

If you needed any more confirmation that China’s LPL is currently the most competitive region in the world, look no further than Top Esports finishing outside of the top three for the spring split after a dramatic 3-2 loss to RNG.

TES are arguably an upgraded side from last year’s team that won the summer domestic title and finished top-four at Worlds with the inclusion of new starting support Wang “Zhuo” Xu-Zhuo. While the solo lanes for TES seemed to have fallen into a spring slumber, the silver lining for the former Chinese champions is that their star jungler, Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan, is playing some of the best League of Legends in his career.

It wasn’t the spring split TES were hoping for, but there should be little worry that Zhuo “Knight” Ding will rediscover his world-class form come the summer. TES are still one of the most talented teams in the world individually and proved that with their win over Suning, but unlike previous seasons, the LPL is too deep to rely on just one or two players having a career split. To win the LPL this spring, the champion needs to bring their A-game every night.

— Tyler Erzberger

4. Royal Never Give Up

Record: 15-3 (32-13)

Results this week: 0-3 against FPX, 3-2 against TES

Movement this week: -3

Before Royal Never Give Up’s matches last week, they had a week and a half to watch the other teams battle through the playoffs to reach them in their triple round bye. But when it was finally their turn, they were caught off guard.

FPX used their playoff momentum to steamroll RNG and won 3-0, with each game clocking in under 30 minutes. Luckily for RNG, that loss was enough of a wakeup call for them to find a victory in their first loser’s bracket series against Top Esports. After a full five-game set with the last game going 43 minutes, RNG found themselves at the top and advanced to the losers final against EDward Gaming.

— Ousley

3. EDward Gaming

Record: 14-4 (33-11)

Results this week: 3-0 against TES, 2-3 against FPX

Movement this week: -1

EDward Gaming looked poised to take over RNG’s top spot after they rolled over against FPX, especially since they had just knocked off Top Esports. However, the LPL squad suffered a similar fate as RNG when they finally ran into FPX.

EDG did a lot of things right in the series and actually reached match point after a dominant Game 3 win saw Zhao “JieJie” Li-Jie outclass FPX’s Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang. That, in turn, enabled first-team All LPL players Lee “Scout” Ye-chan and Park “Viper” Do-hyeon to do the rest of the lifting, giving them an opportunity to close out the series.

However, after some poor fights from EDG the middle of Game 4, FPX took over, and in Game 5, EDG were simply out drafted and outclassed by Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang’s pocket Akali pick.

It was a heartbreaking turn of events for EDG fans after the team got so close to their first LPL finals in three years. However, EDG proved they have have the tools to beat FPX in a rematch — they just have to beat RNG in the losers final for a shot at redemption.

— Warren Younger

2. FPX

Record: 15-5 (36-15)

Results this week: 3-1 against JDG, 3-0 against RNG, 3-2 against EDG

Movement this week: +4

FunPlus Phoenix continue to make a shocking tear through the LPL playoff bracket, but their biggest test to date was against EDG. After falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-five series, FPX turned it around in Game 4 off the backs of Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang and stomped EDG in 25 minutes to force a decisive game.

Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang brought out yet another of his endless supply of pocket picks in Akali for the second time in the series. It ended the series with its second win. Doinb never died during the two games he played Akali, putting him en-route to a 10/0/10 KDA. More importantly, he was the MVP in the deciding game of the series that sent FPX to their second-ever LPL grand final.

FPX now have wins against the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 teams in the LPL, all back-to-back, and stand atop the region until another team proves otherwise.

— Younger


DWG KIA are poised as the favorites to win the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational after securing the LCK Spring Split title. Photo courtesy of League of Legends Champions Korea.

Record: 18-2 (39-10)

Results this week: 3-0 against Gen.G

Movement this week: +2

With DWG KIA’s demolition of a strong Gen.G roster in the LCK Spring Split final, their unrivaled supremacy continues. While they may not have played exceptionally well against Hanwha Life Esports, DWG KIA certainly showed they were only testing their limits with that series. They showed no mercy to Gen.G with a 3-0 clean sweep that let them lift the LCK Spring Split trophy.

The LCK champions began the series with a dominant showing in Game 1. Their Hermeirdinger and Senna champion combination perfectly answered all of Gen.G’s challenges, and Kim “Khan” Dong-ha’s flanks on the Sion proved instrumental, leaving Gen.G without a chance even before the fights began.

DAMWON mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su stole the show in Game 2 on Renekton, which allowed his team to stave off Gen.G once again. DWG KIA finally closed out Game 3 in under 28 minutes with just one tower lost.

DWG KIA’s read on the meta makes them a scary team to play against in any competition. According to Oracle’s Elixir, they had a mid-late game rating of 53.5 in the LCK 2021 Spring Playoffs, with the closest other playoff competitor, Gen.G, having a rating of 5.9.

Any team hoping to get the most out of MSI will have to find a way to dismantle the DWG KIA machine. Right now, it doesn’t look possible.

— Rashidat Jimoh

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Valve releases stealth patch to buff Dawnbreaker; leads to 10% increase in win rate




Dota 2 Siddharth “Gopya” Gopujkar

When Dawnbreaker was first released, the hero was quite weak with a win rate of less than 40%. A stealth patch released by Valve changed that.

Typically, when a new hero embraces the game of Dota 2, the hero is overpowered and has a crazy high win percentage. This is possibly by design, as it encourages players to pick it and helps them get acquainted with the hero. The hero released in patch 7.28, Hoodwink, was insanely broken on release and had to be brought down by many notches before being introduced in Captain’s Mode. However, in the case of Dota 2’s newest hero – Valora, the Dawnbreaker, released with patch 7.29 – things started off a bit differently.

While the hero’s concept seemed innovative (especially her ultimate, Solar Guardian), her win rate in the first two days after her release made the case that the hero was quite underwhelming in terms of performance and needed some early buffs. Valve did that without announcing the buffs or releasing patch notes and overnight, her win rate shot up from 39% to 51%.

Change in Dawnbreaker’s win rate after the buffs (taken from Dotabuff)

So what buffs did Dawnbreaker exactly get? Let’s make some quick comparisons between the initial version and the post stealth patch version to get an idea.

Dawnbreaker buffs

1) Strength gain increased

Added strength gain for a strength hero is always welcome, since besides HP and HP regen, it also adds to the hero’s damage. The strength gain has been increased from 3.2 to 3.8, making it one of the highest strength gains in the game, less than only Centaur Warrunner (4.6), Earth Spirit (4.4) and Tus (3.9). The added 0.6 strength gain is 18 additional strength over the 30 levels, which is 18 damage more and 360 HP higher (12 more HP per level).

2) Celestial Hammer DPS increased

The DPS for level 3 of Celestial Hammer has been increased from 20 to 50 (increments of 10 from 20 to 50 as the level of the skill increases, instead of a flat 20 before). For the 2.5 second of that trail duration, that is an increase in 75 damage. The damage isn’t too significant against heroes, but it could be useful while farming stacks.

3) Luminosity heal increased

The luminosity heal from the critical strike has been increased from 40% to 60%. Considering the crit is 10%, the heal is now 108% of her damage. But the big benefit of this is while farming. Even though the creep penalty is still 50%, earlier, the heal against creeps was 20% while now, it is 30%, which is 54% her damage (lot of percentages coming in here). This is a huge boost to sustenance while farming and even while in lane, as every level of the skill has seen an increase in the heal.

4) Solar Guardian radius and stun increased

The Solar Guardian radius has been increased from 400 to 500. Considering the fact that the circle for the skill does not move with the player it is targeted upon makes it quite easy to get out of it while Dawnbreaker is channeling her ult. Not that it will be impossible now, but it is a 56.25% increase in the area of the skill, which is bound to make it more impactful, especially in chaotic team fights.

The stun on landing Solar Guardian has also been increased from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds, which gives Dawnbreaker a good amount of time to follow up with a Starbreaker.

The buffs might seem minute ones, but the increase in win rate is a clear indication that it was all Dawnbreaker needed to get over the average line. Additionally, the hero is yet to get her Aghanim’s Scepter and Aghanim’s Shard upgrades, which will add to her versatility and strength. The hero is currently being played in mid lane and offlane in high level pubs. Even though she won’t be available in the upcoming DPC Leagues Season 2, Dawnbreaker will embrace Captain’s Mode in time for TI10!


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Siddharth “Gopya” Gopujkar

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VCT Stage 2 roster changes: Fnatic adds new members, TenZ returns




The VALORANT Champions Tour has moved past the Challengers 1 stage, as teams are still hunting for their golden roster. Most teams have locked their squads in for Stage 2, but others are still moving pieces or finally signing to organizations. But, as Stage 2 comes to its final qualifying stage, teams are fighting for a final chance to qualify for Masters 2 in Iceland. These are some of the more important VCT Stage 2 roster changes.

Fnatic adds new members

In a whirlwind new cycle last week, Fnatic benched two of its starting players and signed two new players on April 8. Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev and Martin “MAGNUM” Penkov debuted for the roster at Challengers 2. The team has already qualified for the main event and they are in contention for a spot in the Challengers Finals.

Before Fnatic, Derke was the lone Swede on the Russian squad CrowСrowd. The Duelist played most recently in the CIS Challengers 1 Grand Final. His team lost but he notched 93 kills in the five-game series on Jett and Raze. MAGNUM, on the other hand, has bounced around a few squads before landing on Fnatic. He primarily plays Sentinels but he has piloted Skye in Fnatic’s recent matches.

Of the roster changes in Europe for VCT Stage 2, these two may be the most important as Europe only has two slots for Turkey, Europe and the CIS regions at Masters 2.

Kooky Koalas hint at future singing

The Kooky Koalas, formerly DaHoonkaBhanKoloos, is an amateur team that qualified for the last Challengers event of Stage 1. The team, captained by Kyle “ScrewFace” Jensen, went out of the tournament relatively quickly. However, they caught some eyes from fans. The team is on-par with other tier two, and even tier one, VALORANT squads despite not representing an organization.

The team may be on the path to representation soon as their Twitter account has posted the patented contract signing gif. The squad did miss out on Stage 2 Challengers 1, but they have another chance to qualify for Challengers Finals starting April 15.

TenZ returns to Sentinels

After a few weeks of skepticism on whether Tyson “TenZ” Ngo would continue his loan to Sentinels, he recently announced that the team has retained his services. TenZ was an instrumental part of their run to win Masters 1 and should be a factor in their attempts to qualify for Masters 2.

Sentinels failed to qualify for Stage 2 Challengers 1 and now they have one more shot to make it to Masters 2. The team was defeated by Built By Gamers and will have to battle through a qualification pool full of other Masters 1 attendees.

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DreamHack Online Open Ft. Fortnite April Edition – How To Register, Format, Dates, Prize Pool & More




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Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.

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