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Invictus Gaming put a question mark on EG’s record to win the Singapore Major

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Invictus Gaming reverse swept Evil Geniuses 3-2 in the grand finals of ONE Esports Singapore Major to win their first Valve major event after The International 2012.

Coming to the ONE Esports Singapore Major as the NA seed#1 team, Evil Geniuses played spotless throughout the entire tournament, dropping just one game, in the upper bracket finals. Their clean and fully focused performance spared them from playing too many series or facing too many different playstyles. In fact, except for Fnatic, who were their first opponents at the Singapore major, EG played only against teams from China. They took down Invictus Gaming in the semifinals, PSG.LGD in the finals and were pitted against iG again in the grand finals.

Although they got dismantled by EG’s fast paced drafts in the upper bracket finals, Invictus Gaming came to the grand finals with the same appetite for late game scenarios and at the same time, they allowed EG to pick Abed’s signature Storm Spirit five times in a row.

In game one, the Chinese team doubled down on their preference for taking the game into late stages and besides a core Naga Siren, they also picked Morphling, while EG were looking to end it fast with a carry Leshrac for RTZ and godlike initiations from Abed on Storm Spirit. The game went so terrible for iG that they actually made the GG call right after they lost the first tier three tower.

Heading into the second game, iG tried to secure the Alchemist Aghanim’s Scepter factory strat, but they banned Juggernaut themselves, one of the carries that would have benefited from an early gift, while EG took away from them Monkey King. The draft went completely downhill with iG’s last pick, Faceless Void, a hero that was totally ignored throughout the entire Major up to that point. EG had the same fast paced game on their mind with Beastmaster ensuring the push and the overall superior vision on the map and with Arteezy and Abed running down iG on Bloodseeker and Storm Spirit respectively, giving no time for their adversaries to actually make use of the Faceless Void Aghs.

One game away from claiming the first-ever Major title for the NA region, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and Abed Yusop all together, EG forced iG to the same fast paced, objective focused style, but they underestimated their adversaries’ capacity to learn and adapt through the series. Invictus Gaming went for a Sven carry and an Underlord that proved to be the perfect disengage tool that iG needed in order to outmaneuver EG and drag the game to the late stage.

Game three not only marked iG’s comeback in the grand finals but also a possible victory in the mental warfare department. Zhou “Emo” Yi, who had seven deaths in the early to mid-stage game, typed “?” in the all chat after killing four of the EG players on their own high ground.  

From there on, EG’s game and their entire grand final went south. Their focus seemed to have been ruined, just like the entire twitch chat and social media feeds, which got flooded by question marks.

By the time the series reached game five, iG looked confident and worked like a well oiled machine, while EG seemed really in shambles, making rookie mistakes, misplays and not finding any opportunity to stop the momentum for iG.

While EG finished second on the major stage twice in a row now, Invictus Gaming will return home with the first major title since 2012, $200,000, and 500 Dota Pro Circuit points to their name.

Along with the 500 points earned from taking the first seed in the China DPC Regional League, Invictus Gaming are now the ranked one team in the DPC standings with a total of 1000 DPC points and thus secured their TI10 spot.

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Source: https://www.gosugamers.net/dota2/news/54149-invictus-gaming-put-a-question-mark-on-eg-s-record-to-win-the-singapore-major

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MAD Lions claim LEC throne, reverse sweep Rogue 3-2

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MAD Lions have overcome a late 6,000-gold deficit in Game 5 against Rogue to win the 2021 League of Legends European Championship. The team made history on April 11 by beating Rogue 3-2, becoming the first team outside of Fnatic, G2 Esports and Alliance to win the European title. İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek claimed the series MVP award after being instrumental in the team’s comebacks and engages on Wukong.

MAD Lions will represent the European region at the Mid-Season Invitational at Reykjavík, Iceland starting May 6.

Rogue went up 2-0 early

Rogue went up 2-0 in the series quickly as Kacper “Inspired” Słoma and Steven “Hans sama” Liv brought the team two wins. Hans sama on Varus in both games had absurd damage output. He and his lane partner Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus dominated their lane with multiple early kills. Inspired on Hecarim was a force in game 1 with a 2/0/6 score line. His second game was less impressive, but still instrumental, as he notched a 1/4/7 score line.

Rogue won the first game in 35 minutes after a back-and-forth mid game. They took control after claiming their third Drake off of a massive team fight around the objective.  In game 2, Rogue came back after MAD took the lead because of a team fight at 24 minutes. MAD claimed four kills, Baron, three towers and a Drake off of the fight win. But, Rogue came back off of some smart Baron calls and a disastrous fight at the Dragon pit at 44 minutes. Both teams wanted the Dragon Soul as they each had three Drakes, and Rogue claimed the Soul and fight. They ended the game shortly after.

MAD Lions win three straight to become LEC champions

In the third, and possibly final, game, MAD went back to comfort and power picks. Armut picked his patented Wukong while Marek “Humanoid” Brázda returned to Orianna. The game was close, but the two carrys for MAD put up good stats and fights to take the game in 35 minutes. Armut finished with a 6/1/3 score line and Humanoid went 8/2/5. Game 4 was a more measured affair as MAD was in control then entire game with the quickest game of the series at 23 minutes. Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla, the Rookie of the Split, had a great game 4. He dominated the jungle with a 5/1/6 score line on Udyr.

Game 5 was shaky for MAD. At one point, Rogue had a 6,000 gold lead. It was Humanoid on Viktor that helped close out the game. He, along with Elyoya on Volibear, and their teammates outfought Rogue in the final minutes of the game to make the comeback.

MAD will take on other league champions in May at MSI to fight for an international title.

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/mad-lions-claim-lec-throne-reverse-sweep-rogue-3-2/

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LoL: MAD Lions vs Rogue LEC Spring Split 2021 Grand Final Recap

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After the Lower Bracket upset which saw Rogue take down G2 Esports, the LEC would finally get a new title winner.


After their dramatic win against G2 Esports on Saturday, Rogue set up for a battle against MAD Lions. The first time we’ve never seen Fnatic or G2 in a final, and the first new winner since Alliance in 2014. It was a LEC Grand Final to remember as Rogue and MAD Lions locked horns.

Game One

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game One of the LEC Finals match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of the LEC stage above.

To start off the action in Game Four, Rogue made good on an early start. They used Odoamne’s GP ultimate towards bot lane so Rogue could take an important first blood. MAD Lions found a way back in shortly after, when they caught Hans Sama behind enemy lines. It wasn’t too bad for Rogue, however, as Inspired was able to come in and claim a kill back for his side. But next, MAD Lions made a huge play top side to swing the gold lead in their favor at the 15-minute mark.

Finding confidence, MAD Lions postured around the drake and they looked to take a fight. But it’s Rogue who won the fight, with Inspired charging in to remove Carzzy from the action. Because Rogue won the fight, the gold lead was completely evened up. Shortly after, MAD again got caught out trying to find a fight and it’s Rogue that came out on top as they moved back into the lead. Rogue continued to push and win fights as they sieged down the MAD base with Baron buff in tow.

Sensing blood in the water, Rogue looked to swiftly win the game. And they found their moment as Kaiser is yet again caught out inside his own jungle. MAD did manage to get Larssen but Rogue took down three members of MAD. Having a perfect opportunity, Rogue moved towards Elder and Baron as they looked to end the game. They do exactly that. One Nexus kill later and Rogue claims the first game of the series.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 36:26
  • Kills: 8-20
  • Turrets: 3-11
  • Gold: 59.9k – 71.1k
  • Dragons: 0-5
  • Barons: 0-1

Game Two

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game Two of the LEC Finals match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of the LEC stage above.

After a Game One disaster, Game Two got off to the worst possible start for MAD, as Inspired sniffed out an invade and snagged First Blood. Things got even worse for MAD Lions when they dropped a fight in the bot lane 2v2. With this, Rogue gained a massive early game advantage in Game Two.

Things started to calm down by the 15-minute mark. MAD did manage to get on the board, but Rogue still had a gold lead and looked to take down the mid lane tier one. But Rogue continued to slow the game down. Their methodic approach to LoL was effective, so they waited for the third drake to spawn at around the 21-minute mark. In the fight here, MAD did take a kill, but Rogue was able to equal them. So Rogue moved onto three drakes and Soul point.

In a desperate attempt to get back into the game, MAD found a massive pick onto Odoamne, who was stuck in the bot lane. They took the fight, won it, and moved to Baron as MAD finally showed up in game two. Both sides postured for the fight while the Baron and fifth drake spawn. Though MAD got one kill, they used everything for it, so both sides backed away. Finally, Rogue saw an opening and claimed the Baron buff, but MAD chased them down. Another fight ensued, but Rogue flipped it and took a kill to even out the gold. Even with that buff, Rogue soon got caught out and lost four members. This allowed MAD to pull ahead once more and they looked to take the series to 1-1.

Flipped in an instant

Then, a fateful 5v5 happened, and it went the way of MAD. They got the Gnar engagement they wanted and knocked down four members of Rogue. They moved to take the Baron with the base next in their sights. As the teams prepare to fight over the Drake, it’s Rogue this time that won the fight, taking down two members of MAD and crucially taking the Ocean Soul. Without hesitation, Rogue pushed down the mid lane and that was that. Rogue turned the game back in their favor in an instant as they took the series to 2-0.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 44:06
  • Kills: 15-13
  • Turrets: 8-8
  • Gold: 78.6k – 77.1k
  • Dragons: 3-4
  • Barons: 2-1

Game Three

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game Three of the LEC Finals match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of MAD Lions' mid laner Humanoid above.

Down 0-2, all eyes were on MAD Lions to pick it up. To kick off the action in Game Three, it was MAD Lions who went for a 3v2 gank in the bot side. In it, Hans Sama used his Flash to make sure he got First Blood, but he did lose his life, which kept the play relatively even. MAD found pressure on the top side, as Eloya had success with two ganks in the lane. Despite that, Rogue still had a lead due to their lane pressure.

After taking a Rift Herald, MAD used it mid, and while it got the charge off, Rogue still managed to get a kill as MAD failed to capitalize on the play. MAD again tried to make a play in the mid lane, and while this one goes 1-for-1, Rogue still took the positives. Ramping up momentum, Rogue started the fourth drake, which MAD stole the drake in cost for one member. In the midst of this play, Rogue took the opportunity to take a free Baron and take full control. Rogue pushed the bot side to take advantage of their Baron, but MAD countered it. Armut had a perfect flank engage, which helped MAD beat down Rogue, and once again, the match was in a stalemate.

When Rogue looked for the third drake, they spotted Armut who was hiding behind them. Regardless, Rogue took the drake, but yet again it was MAD who won the all-important team fight as Baron spawned on the map they moved into the lead. With a little more effort, MAD refused to be taken down and won the game, denying Rogue the 3-0 and turning this into a real series.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 35:02
  • Kills: 18-8
  • Turrets: 11-6
  • Gold: 66.6k – 57.9k
  • Dragons: 3-3
  • Barons:1-1

Game Four

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game Four of the LEC Finals match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of the LEC stage above.

With a Game Three victory, the dream of a reverse sweep was alive for MAD Lions. Unlike the previous games, this time MAD did manage to get First Blood, though it was instantly traded back. In the early game, MAD continuously caused Rogue trouble. While they had a lead, it was a slender one at the 11-minute mark.

While not much happened for a while, but Rogue was the side that pulled the trigger on the next big fight. They got some early kills before MAD flipped it back and took the kills back. Afterward, MAD continued to keep up the pressure on Rogue, who seemed to have run out of answers for what MAD brought to the series.

Eventually, MAD marched down the mid lane, destroying the Rogue team and their base with them. After blasting the Nexus, MAD took the series to 2-2 and brought the series the full distance. Game Four was one that could have gone either way, but MAD always looked the hungrier of the two sides as they took down Rogue in it.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 23:35
  • Kills: 7-14
  • Turrets: 2-8
  • Gold: 38.9k – 47.3k
  • Dragons: 0-2
  • Barons: 0-1

Game Five

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game Five of the LEC Finals match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of the LEC stage above.

Silver Scrapes. Game Five. With everything on the line, it was Rogue that came out on top in the early game with a top lane gank. They lost one for their trouble but they secured two massive kills. Rogue doubled down on the top lane pressure and claimed even more kills. As a result, they moved to 2k gold ahead before making yet another play in the bot side. All of this amounted to Rogue making huge strides to win this series.

Rogue continued to pile on the pressure as MAD just looked lost across the Rift. Rogue pushed the top side and penned MAD into their base, even at the earlier stages of the game. The first big team fight broke out in the mid lane and, not surprisingly, it’s Rogue that win it. Afterward, they moved for Baron, with the game-winning play so close they can taste it. Shortly after, another team fight happened. Rogue got two kills early in it, but Humanoid turned the fight around in a massive way and kept MAD alive in the series.

Then, of course, another fight. And it’s MAD that got the early kill, but Rogue came back in and kept the game alive. Despite their massive early lead, Rogue just couldn’t seem to close out the series. A huge fight breaks out in the Rogue jungle, and despite the early lead, it’s MAD that does it. They win the fight, the final fight of the series. They kill four members of Rogue, the Nexus claim the series. MAD became the first team since 2014 that wasn’t Fnatic or G2 Esports to win an EU title.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 34:33
  • Kills: 14-15
  • Turrets: 5-6
  • Gold: 61.7k – 59.8k
  • Dragons: 3-2
  • Barons: 1-0

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Source: https://estnn.com/lol-mad-lions-vs-rogue-lec-spring-split-2021-grand-final-recap/

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Armao to start for Team Liquid in MSS Grand Finals as Santorin Recovers

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Team Liquid has confirmed that that jungler Jonathan “Armao” Armao will continue to start over Lucas “Santorin” Larsen in the 2021 Mid-Season Showdown Grand Finals as Santorin focuses on recovery. The organization put out a tweet on April 11.

“The doctor advised Lucas to rest a few days as he is slowly starting to feel better and on medication now,” the tweet read. “We will be starting with Armao for today’s series against C9. Thank you for your overflowing support.”

On Friday, April 9, Santorin said that he had been suffering from migraines for a week in a tweet. He added that Armao would be subbing in for him in Team Liquid’s match against TSM on April 10. Santorin stated that while there was a chance he’d play the match if he was feeling better, he’d been bedridden for two days and wasn’t confident in his ability to play his best given his current condition. Team Liquid defeated TSM 3-1 on April 10 with Armao starting for all four matches.

“It’s frustrating to potentially miss out on such important games,” he said earlier this month. “But I’m doing everything I can to play second game onwards tomorrow.”

Armao previously subbed in for Santorin during the 2021 League of Legends Championship Series Lock In tournament. Visa issues had kept him from arriving in North America in the offseason. Team Liquid won that event after a five-game series against Cloud9.

Team Liquid play Cloud9 in the 2021 MSS Grand Finals on April 11 at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time for a chance at an LCS title and spot in the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational.

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CS:GO Navi Chooses “b1t” For Their Five-man Lineup At RMR Tournaments

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Egor “flamie” Vasilev will be left out of RMR tournaments and DreamHack Masters Spring 2021.


Natus Vincere will be performing at the upcoming RMR tournaments with a change in its roster, due to the player-change penalty rules established by Valve. The team has announced through Twitter that they are moving away from the six-man roster approach to adhere to Valve’s new rules. Because of this, Egor “flamie” Vasilev will be left out of their roster for the upcoming RMR (Regional Major Ranking) tournaments and DreamHack Masters Spring 2021. On the other hand, Valeriy “b1t” Vakhovskiy will hold a permanent position on the team.

Flamie out, B1t in

Due to Valve rules stipulating penalties for using substitute players, NaVi’s rotating six-player roster was put in question. A team found in violation has to undergo a compounding penalty of 20% of the points earned at the event if they substitute at least one player during the tournament. In response, Na’Vi has said “Valve made it clear that they do not intend to change the rules. Na’Vi needs as many points as possible to qualify for the Major. In this regard, the team had to coordinate the final roster for the next tournament to avoid penalty points.”

Na’Vi will prepare for their upcoming challenges at a boot camp in Kyiv, Ukraine, from April 11-24. DreamHack Masters Spring, their first focus, will be held between April 29 and May 9. The later CIS RMR tournament is expected to take place in May, around the same time as the European and the North American tournaments. “Despite this, DreamHack is still an important tournament for NAVI,” the organization noted.

The decision to opt for b1t over flamie was not explained in detail. But the team’s coach, Andrii “B1ad3” Gorodenskyi, will be providing clarification in a YouTube video to be posted “next week.”

NaVi roster for DreamHack Spring:

  • Oleksandr ‘s1mple‘ Kostyliev
  • Denis ‘electronic‘ Sharipov
  • Ilya ‘Perfecto‘ Zalutskiy
  • Kirill ‘BoombI4‘ Mikhailov
  • Valeriy ‘b1t‘ Vakhovskiy
  • Andrii ‘B1ad3‘ Gorodenskyi (coach)

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