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Here are the top players to watch during the 2021 LEC Summer Split

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When the 2021 LEC Spring Split ended, not many people expected to see a plethora of roster shifts ahead of the next season. And yet, the European League of Legends scene has brought a ton of surprises once again, with multiple teams making big-time moves that have shaken up the league.

From massive roster revamps to unpredictable role swaps, the LEC brought the sugar, spice, and everything nice this past offseason. The individual storylines across Europe have only started to heat up as we approach the summer. But which players should you be keeping your eye on this split?

There are so many different names that should be on your list, for many different reasons. Some players are looking to prove themselves on a new path in their career, while others are trying to find themselves again after a disappointing performance in the spring.

Here are a few of the top LEC players to watch when the 2021 Summer Split kicks off on June 11.

Bwipo

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A new era in Fnatic’s storied League history has begun and at the forefront stands the team’s former top laner turned jungler, Bwipo. After over three years, the 22-year-old has found a new role to play for the squad as they look to find better fortunes this summer.

Last split, the team dropped out of the 2021 Spring Split playoffs during the second round after getting swept by Schalke 04. It was the organization’s worst playoff showing since 2016—where they were swept by H2K in the 2016 Summer Split quarterfinals—and was the straw that broke the camel’s back. As a result, the team parted ways with Selfmade and made the surprising decision to fill the slot with Bwipo while picking up former Karmine Corp top laner Adam.

Even though Bwipo is a veteran and one of the most well-known European pros, this will be one of the biggest challenges of his career thus far. On top of filling in the most important role in the game, he’ll also have to guide a rookie in his inaugural split in the LEC while leading the rest of the roster to a position where they could possibly challenge for a spot at the 2021 World Championship. With all of these aspects combined, there will be a lot of pressure on Bwipo this summer.

Adam

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For those who aren’t familiar with Adam, the rookie from Karmine Corp was the best top laner in the LFL last split. The young hopeful had the third-most kills during the 2021 LFL Spring Split, had a dominant early game, and ran through the league with plenty of aggression built into his playstyle, according to Oracle’s Elixir. At the Spring European Masters, his early game was even stronger with an average difference of 433 gold at 10 minutes.

He’s brimming with potential that could be unlocked in a more competitive setting, but there are plenty of things that need to also fall into place for the best to happen. For example, Adam will need to build cohesion with the team’s “new” jungler Bwipo, who will be playing the role competitively for the first time. It’s good that the veteran can share his extensive top lane knowledge with the 19-year-old, but he’ll also be learning and adapting to a new role with new responsibilities.

As a result, Adam will need to be a fast learner because he’s facing a massive challenge in his first split in the big leagues. Wearing the orange and black comes with plenty of pressure and many people have come to expect plenty from European rookies over the past few seasons. But that’s always been the motto for pro play: Leap for greatness or fall below the rising tide of hungry rookies looking for a shot.

Treatz

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Another surprising role swap happened over in the SK Gaming camp with the team’s talented support Treatz making the switch over to jungle. In his stead, the team’s former head coach Jesiz has returned to pro play as SK’s new support for the summer.

Many people tried to make sense of this unexpected decision, especially after the 25-year-old was finally able to rejuvenate his pro career last split. He was coming from several seasons in the NA Academy scene and hadn’t gotten a chance to play in the LCS. When he came to SK, he blew expectations out of the water and quickly became one of the best supports in the region.

Now, like Bwipo, he’ll be switching to the most demanding positions in pro play. Although both support and jungle have similarities in terms of time management, vision, and objective control, the former has less responsibility over the team’s overall state of the game compared to the latter. It’ll be interesting to watch if Treatz can keep his momentum from last season going, while also trying to impact the game at the same level with a completely different champion pool.

Rekkles

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We haven’t had to associate the G2 Esports name with words like “struggle” and “failure” before, but calling this past Spring Split a disappointment would be a pretty large understatement for a roster as loaded as the one fans have before them. The former kings of Europe lost their crown, even though they acquired another piece of royalty with Rekkles. But if you’ve already started claiming their demise, you might be sorely mistaken.

In an interview with the team’s support Mikyx, he mentioned that the roster got complacent in the spring. That, combined with a lack of duo queue practice with Rekkles, meant things weren’t as smooth as the roster would have liked. But after two full months of preparation and practice, fans and analysts should prepare for the coming storm once again.

After leaving Fnatic for more success, Rekkles will be hungry to finally prove himself with his new team and win a championship. The superstar ADC was the most destructive player in his role, picking up a 12.8 KDA through the regular season with 101 kills and a measly 18 deaths, according to Oracle’s Elixir. The last time a player had a double-digit KDA in Europe was back in 2018—and that player was also Rekkles. That was the last time he won an LEC trophy, too.

Last season, the crown prince of Europe was outplayed and outgunned by rogues and lions alike. This season, however, he and the rest of the emperors have been given plenty of time to prepare their next moves against the major forces of the region. Now, he and the rest of G2’s star-studded roster will look to recapture the throne that the organization has sat on for so long.

Selfmade

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One of the LEC’s best junglers has joined a new roster for the summer and things are only going to heat up for fans of Selfmade and Team Vitality. The 21-year-old firecracker has made a living on carry champions. But even though the meta started to lean away from Graves, Kindred, and Evelynn, he still kept up with his aggressive style of play.

There were plenty of issues that plagued the team outside of individual performance, however. This split, he’ll have a blank slate with Vitality and he’ll be reuniting with a former teammate in Crownshot. He’s also getting an aggressive mid laner in LIDER, who has frequented exciting picks like Yone, Lucian, Akali, and even threw in a Zed game this past spring.

Selfmade will ultimately be the linchpin for this new roster. If things start to fall in the right place for this team, Vitality could become one of the most explosive—and most exciting—teams in Europe.


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Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/here-are-the-top-players-to-watch-during-the-2021-lec-summer-split

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Skye’s ‘nerf’ in VALORANT Episode 3 is actually a massive buff

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Riot is planning to overhaul Skye in VALORANT’s upcoming episode, according to an early access test build, increasing the cost of her Trailblazer and Guiding Light abilities, reducing her flash charges from three to two, and adding a 40-second cooldown to the mix.

At first glance, the changes look like a plain and simple nerf, targeting the agent’s presence in solo queue and pro play. Though they’re not as they seem.

A cost increase of 150 creds for both Trailblazer and Guiding Light will almost certainly hit Skye in the opening rounds of a match and one less flash will reduce her impact in securing or defending a site. But a 40-second cooldown could work in her favor. 

As soon as Skye uses her flash, that 40-second cooldown starts ticking. If she pops it immediately, it will be up and ready again in 40 seconds. The same can be said for her second flash.

This means over the course of a 140-second round, which can be further increased to 185 seconds if the spike is planted, Skye could potentially use her flash four or even five times. 

She’ll be able to gather information, wait, wind down the clock with her team, and have her flashes ready again for a push or a retake. This gives her much more flexibility as an agent, from both an attacking and defending perspective. 

But the biggest change to Skye comes in the form of her new flash animation. When Skye uses a flash on the live servers, a one-second equip-time prevents her from instantly swapping back to her weapon. If she flashes down a corridor, for example, she’ll have to wait before peeking out into the opening. 

Riot has reduced this animation time in the next episode, allowing her to better capitalize off her flashes. She equips her “bent birds” faster, and if she lets a bird “fly straight,” she can pop the flash without taking her gun down, VALORANT gameplay researcher Coleman “Altombre” Palm confirmed on Reddit

In a dev interview in 2020, Riot differentiated duelists and initiators for their ability debuff and re-equip times. 

Agents like Phoenix or Yoru are intended to have shorter ability debuff times but faster re-equip times, allowing them to thieve in one vs. one situations. Whereas agents such as Skye or Breach are supposed to have longer debuff times and longer re-equip times, making them more reliant on their teammates.  

The upcoming changes to Skye steer away from this direction, blurring the lines between duelists and initiators. As always, she’ll be able to support her teammates, gather information, and heal up, but she’ll also be able to take the game into her own hands, entry-frag, and make plays. 

In other words, she’ll be stronger than ever.

VALORANT’s Episode Three, Act One is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22. The patch will include changes to numerous agents and weapons and introduce KAY/O, a new agent to the game.


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Source: https://dotesports.com/valorant/news/skye-nerf-valorant-episode-3-actually-buff

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How to unlock Buzz in Brawl Stars?

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Buzz joined the roster of Brawl Stars alongside the latest season, Jurassic Splash, earlier today. Using his whistle, the cute dragon will wreak havoc on the battlefield.

He has a chromatic rarity, however, which doesn’t make him the easiest Brawler to acquire, similar to Belle in the previous season.

Here are his abilities and gadget:

Main Attack: Buzz Off

  • A series of short-range attacks that goes from left to right.

Super Ability: Torpedo Throw

  • Buzz shoots his Torpedo Buoy and pulls himself to the target enemy or a wall.
  • The Brawler briefly stuns enemies in the area after arriving at the location. The stun length is based on the distance traveled.
  • Buzz can charge his Super ability passively from nearby enemy Brawlers, the range is visualized as a circle around the Brawler.

Gadget: Reserve Buoy

  • Instantly charges the super ability but removes the stun effect from the next super activation.

Star Power: Tougher Torpedo

  • Minimum super stun length is increased by 0.5 seconds.

Star Power: Eyes Sharp

  • Super ability charging area is increased by 33 percent.

Here is how to unlock Buzz on Brawl Stars.

How to unlock Buzz on Brawl Stars?

Buzz is a chromatic Brawler, the highest level of rarity, so he’ll be very rare in random boxes. But throughout the Jurassic Splash season, which will last for 70 days, the players who own a premium pass will be able to unlock the Brawler upon reaching tier 30.

The batle pass method should be complete after a few weeks of completing both daily quests. If you don’t have much time to play, it’ll be easier to earn more XP at the end of the season when all seasonal quests will be up.

If you don’t own a premium pass, you’ll have to believe in your luck and hope to get him in a random box.

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byali joins Izako Boars

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The Polish side is still missing the last piece of the roster after losing two players to mouz NXT.

Ex-Virtus.pro star Paweł “⁠byali⁠” Bieliński has joined Izako Boars, the Polish organization has revealed on Twitter. The 27-year-old has been added to the team on a permanent basis following a brief stint with them as a stand-in in May.

The Polish squad, who only have Mateusz “⁠TOAO⁠” Zawistowski left from the core of the 2020 roster after undergoing several changes in the past six months, have yet to announce their final player after mousesports acquired Kamil “⁠siuhy⁠” Szkaradek and Hubert “⁠Szejn⁠” Światły for their academy team last week.

byali returns to activity in Izako Boars

The move sees byali reunite with TOAO, with whom he competed under the Virtus.pro banner for a short period in early 2019. The veteran was last seen playing with StylDunow alongside the likes of Tomasz “⁠phr⁠” Wójcik and Miłosz “⁠mhL⁠” Knasiak in a mixed roster that took part in various qualifiers and smaller tournaments in early 2021.

With byali‘s addition, the Izako Boars lineup looks as follows:

Poland Mateusz “⁠TOAO⁠” Zawistowski
Poland Daniel “⁠STOMP⁠” Płomiński
Poland Michał “⁠mono⁠” Gabszewicz
Poland Paweł “⁠byali⁠” Bieliński

Poland Bartosz “⁠Hyper⁠” Wolny (coach)

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Gamers Without Borders 2021 announced with $1.5 million charity prize pool

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Gamers Without Borders, a virtual festival consisting of a number of esports tournaments, as well as live shows, concerts, and a learning platform, announced its return for the second year. The project is backed by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), with the $1.5 million charity CS:GO tournament hosted by ESL just one part of the month-long festival that will distribute $10 million.

Eight teams will compete in the Gamers Without Borders 2021 CS:GO event on June 22-27, with the teams that place higher at the event given the opportunity to distribute a larger chunk of the prize pool to the charity of their choosing. The mission of this year’s edition of the festival is to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to underdeveloped countries and communities at risk.

GWB 2021 will be mouz’s first event since winning Flashpoint 3 in May

The tournament will feature exclusively BO3 matches, starting with two four-team GSL groups and concluding with a single-elimination playoff bracket. Unlike the 2020 edition of the tournament which experimented with an MR12 ruleset, Gamers Without Borders 2.0 will use the classic, MR15 ruleset.

Aside from the NIP and mousesports, Brazilian side MIBR, as well as fan favorites FaZe and Dignitas will compete at the tournament.

The group stage draw is available below:

The group stage will take place over the first four days, June 22-25, followed by the playoffs. Aside from the competition, the broadcast will also include exhibition matches and show segments.

The charity prize pool, which the teams will distribute based on their placings:

1. $600,000
2. $300,000
3-4. $150,000
3-4. $150,000
5-6. $100,000
5-6. $100,000
7-8. $50,000
7-8. $50,000

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/31947/gamers-without-borders-2021-announced-with-15-million-charity-prize-pool

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