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Modern Horizons 2 brings new cards directly to MTG Modern on June 18

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Modern will get another direct shake-up in June with the release of Modern Horizons 2 bringing a collection of new cards created for Magic: The Gathering’s powerful eternal format, Wizards of the Coast announced today.

Two years after the first Modern Horizons set, the sequel will be released on Magic Online on June 3 with a full tabletop release on June 18. The spoiler season for Modern Horizons 2 starts on May 24 and ends on June 2.

From reprints of enemy fetch lands and Counterspell to a plethora of new cards entering the Modern format like Urza’s Saga, Modern Horizons 2 is set to have an even bigger impact on Modern than the first iteration.

In the past two years since the first Modern Horizons, Wizards has expanded its products that are available for main expansions. This diversity of products will be a part of the Modern Horizons 2 release, too.

Draft, set, and collector booster packs will be available for Modern Horizons 2, on top of prerelease packs and bundles. This move to treating the set as a main expansion includes a variety of variants and alternate frames on many of the set’s cards.

Draft boosters are balanced for Limited play. Set boosters are focused on players who enjoy cracking packs with a foil in every pack and three slots dedicated to wildcards that could include alternate art or higher rarity cards.

Collector boosters are more expensive options that include guaranteed foils, extended and showcase art, and showcase cards.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mtg/news/modern-horizons-2-brings-new-cards-directly-to-mtg-modern-on-june-18

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TSM overpower Cloud9, retain first place at the end of the LCS Summer Split week 3

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Cloud9’s quick crumble from the top of the LCS grew one step further tonight, cementing TSM as the new leaders of North American League of Legends.

In a complete snowball from beginning to end, TSM picked up yet another victory against their long-standing rivals Cloud9, securing the team’s first place standing at 19 wins and eight losses.

Cloud9 pulled out all the stops in their last attempt of the weekend to secure a win and maintain their status as the top team in the LCS. With a mix of powerful meta champions, Cloud9 deviated from their normal all-around playstyle to center around a composition ready to engage TSM at any moment and peel for Perkz and K1ng. But TSM had the answer in the form of a giant bear in the jungle.

Spica made Fudge’s life miserable with constant roams on his Volibear into the top lane, carrying over into complete topside river control that placed Perkz behind in the process. Blaber, the MVP of the Spring Split, was up in objectives and gold, but being unable to engage securely without the fear of the bear running in put him behind very quickly.

Eyes were on the PowerOfEvil vs. Perkz match in the mid lane, placing two of League’s esports veterans against one another once more in a matchup where there was sure to be a lot of action. PoE’s Viktor ended up being a crucial component of TSM’s late-game teamfight-oriented composition, providing the burst damage and the crowd control necessary to make Perkz look little more than an enemy minion—though Perkz’s burst damage as Syndra was nothing to scoff at before the game began to roll in TSM’s favor.

One quick Baron from TSM after some Lee Sin freestyle from Huni wasn’t enough for TSM’s top laner. When the second Baron spawned, Huni took advantage of every gap in Cloud9’s defenses to jump right in and throw them into the TSM squad. Spica walked away as the player of the game through his complete jungle control, complemented by allowing Huni to get as far ahead as he did.

With this victory, TSM secured their spot on the throne as the LCS’s top team, with 100 Thieves trailing not that far behind. Cloud9, on the other hand, now join Team Liquid in third place following their third loss this weekend and gained another chip in their morale.

Week four of the LCS will begin on June 25 with a match between Evil Geniuses and Liquid to better organize the middle of the LCS standings.


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Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/tsm-overpower-cloud9-retain-first-place-at-the-end-of-the-lcs-summer-split-week-3

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Video: s1mple vs. G2

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T1 go the distance against Virtus Pro, win ESL One Summer 2021

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T1 carried over their impressive play from the WePlay Esports AniMajor directly into ESL One Summer 2021, dropping just a single series to Virtus Pro before coming back and winning the Dota 2 event. 

VP knocked T1 out of the upper bracket in the finals with a 2-1 victory but failed to close out in the grand finals, losing 3-2 against the top team in Southeast Asia. 

Heading into their rematch with VP, T1 had only lost two games, sweeping Vikin.gg, Quincy Crew, and Alliance to make it to the grand finals. A dominant game one from 23savage’s Phantom Assassin helped T1 grab the match victory, but VP once again took control of the series after the opener. 

Following that game one loss, VP took games two and three in rather dominant fashion, never trailing outside of the opening minutes in either contest. Those wins were fueled by Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko, who went a combined 21-0-21 for 46,200 hero damage on Juggernaut and Faceless Void.

Despite falling behind again, T1 maintained their aggressive playstyle, pushing their advantages and showing why many think they had the best teamfight in the entire event. 

In two closeout games, T1 pulled away late and staved off VP and took the series, taking home $175,000.

Even with this loss, VP had a great showing, bouncing back from a poor performance at the AniMajor to contend with many of the top teams in the world. Both T1 and VP will take this experience into their bootcamps for The International 10, where both teams will compete on Dota’s biggest stage starting Aug. 5.

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Hobbit claims BLAST Premier Spring Final MVP award

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Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov edged out a tight MVP race at BLAST Premier Spring Final, getting the individual accolade after Gambit‘s 2-0 victory over Natus Vincere in the grand final. His team has now won three consecutive titles and cemented their spot at the top of the world ranking.

The Kazakh player was incredibly consistent at the event, his worst map being a 1.11-rated Dust2 in the grand final, with that stability seeing him leave behind AWPers Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev and Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov in the fight for the MVP award.

Hobbit was a key factor in Gambit’s victory

With a 1.21 rating, 84.6 ADR, and a +38 K-D, Hobbit stood out in handful of leaderboards for the event, all while having the most impact in Gambit‘s round wins and boasting a brilliant level of consistency.

WIth the MVP from BLAST Premier Spring Final, Hobbit‘s MVP tally rises to three, having previously netted the highest individual accollade at EPIC League CIS in 2021 and DreamHack Open Zowie Winter in 2016.

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