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Professional Carry: Yeon Gets It Done




Yeon: spelled Y-e-o-n, it’s pronounced like the word “yawn.”

Like an opening, a term you reserve for epic-style writing – yawning abysses, maws, entrances, and exits. All that drama.

Alternatively: Like the thing you do when you’ve finished a long day of work.

Fittingly, Yeon is also the tag of a very young, very talented carry built out of North America’s increasing interest in infrastructure. He comes as the most subtle piece of a 5 man amateur exodia that formed under the 100 Thieves banner. Formed up by Papasmithy and Kelsey Moser and called 100 Thieves Next, this team blitzed through the amateur scene.

Over the course of June and August, 100T Next won 4 different amateur leagues – Challengers Uprising regular season , BIG League Season 3, Legends Weekend League, and the Upsurge League (UPL). It was so much success that Yeon lost track of it.

100T Next also did super well in the UPL season in general. What was that run like for you?

“I don’t really remember, we did so many tournaments actually. They were all like mushed together and on the same week. We had 5 game days a week, I think. So it was kind of crazy.”

Yeon speaks in an even keel for the most part. It gives the sense that from his perspective, the competition around him is natural and in some ways run-of-the-mill. In competitive, performance-based worlds, this approach can be key. It keeps the mind steady and less easily shaken from the task at hand.

Was that really stressful for you?

“Um,” Yeon pauses, “not really. Surprisingly enough, I thought I’d be more tired from it but it was really fun.”

Sometimes putting down an abnormal weight and feeling on something that comes naturally can take away from the moment. Inside a flurry of thoughts and desires, everything tightens and the conscious mind constantly interferes. In my experience, this is often the tacit understanding a professional operates under.

When someone’s craft requires skill, even the parts of it that require a great deal of conscious thinking will also take an intuition that comes from being loose. Game winning plays come from free flowing action and game losing ones come from blocked and stilted ones. Just a few frames of doubt can rupture that flow, so in the moment where the work gets done, you don’t want to think too hard.

In your [Mobalytics] player questionnaire you said that you really hated to play badly and don’t particularly like to get carried. When did you really start to take pride in your performances? When did playing bad start to sting for you?

As soon as I started competitive I guess. I think it’s pretty normal, like if you play bad you’re just gonna feel bad about how you perform but if you play well you’ll always feel good – kinda thing

How do you know just when to use your summoners and how do you maintain a calm?

I’ll just use whatever I can or need to [in order to] win a fight. If the fight requires me killing someone for my flash or the fight requires me to stay alive the entire fight, I’ll just do whatever it takes to win that fight.

How do you get the sense of what that fight requires?

I dunno, it’s hard to say but in the moment I feel like you realize what you need to do.

Is it sort of like a muscle memory from playing so often?

I think so. It’s like, you think about what their champions can do so you just realize what you need to do to survive or win the fight – whether it be a one-for-one or just killing them all.

As a player going from amateur to academy, Yeon already has the mark of a professional both in his game and in the way he talks about it.

Let’s look at the game first.

When I ask Yeon about his summoner usage and maintaining calm, it’s because it’s a standout part of his gameplay in the amateur scene. As a player, he was regularly put on weak side not only because a weak side botlane fit the fasting Senna meta but also because he could absorb and reflect pressure well.

In the Grand Finals of the UPL 2020 Summer Playoffs, Yeon earned the series MVP award for keeping a cool head and steady hand on his defensive keys.


In game one, Yeon positions just a bit too forward, causing ANEW to collapse on him. In these moments, Yeon often waits a thin tick before committing to an escape tool, seeing if there isn’t a less expensive way out first. He holds cleanse for that tick before seeing enough ANEW members to know that he needed to burn it. Rather than flash here, he uses hail of arrows as he’s being stunned to put a slow field between him and ANEW’s follow-up.

When the reengage comes and the Galio ult lays out over the teamfight, Yeon holds flash again, patiently playing to the outer edge of the ult, and letting the knockback hit because the rest of ANEW aren’t near enough to follow up. With his flash saved, he’ll use it in a very tight window to break out of a team combo between the Galio and Lee Sin. In the process, he dodges several protobelt missiles, and repositions to win the fight that will lead to baron.

Come game 4, Yeon will score the back-breaking play the nails the series shut and he’ll do it with the same patient, tight-margin defense. 100T Next’s jungler goes topside to get the Rift Herald, leading ANEW to look for a counterpunch on the bottom lane. ANEW’s bot lane pushes the wave to set up for a 4-man dive. If the dive succeeds, then ANEW can nullify the Herald by trading a tower for a tower.

The Dive

The dive ends up looking foolish but this is because Yeon uses his resources close to perfectly. First, Yeon uses Senna’s Last Embrace to root Shoryu’s Ashe and slow down the follow up. Then he uses Senna’s invisibility to force Winter’s Braum forward.

After the initial collapse, Yeon dumps out one last bit of healing and damage before casting his ult right as he’s stunned. The ult will still channel through the stun, laying out a huge field of damage, healing his support Auto, and shielding him just enough to survive ANEW’s CC chain.

Up to this point Yeon’s held both his flash and stopwatch. Now he’ll use both.

First comes the stop watch to throw off the aggression and bring ANEW’s focus to him, letting Auto scoop an easy kill off of Winter. Then, he finds the small timing window to flash out of Camille’s W and survive. The play ends with Winter dying, bot lane resetting, and 100T Next getting two plates off the top turret for free.

Make no mistake, ANEW misplayed the dive. Winter lost focus on Auto and didn’t respect the Blitz hook nearly enough. The CC layering between Camille, Volibear, and Braum didn’t look as airtight as it could’ve been either. However, this is what you expect from the amateur or semi-pro leagues. Ironing out these plays in a high pressure environment is what these leagues are literally made for.

This is also why Yeon’s defensive play is still impressive. It’s a difference in levels: a professional’s understanding within an amateur’s league.

You were really known for being a potent weak side laner. So what do you think goes into being a good weak side laner?

Just doing what it takes to win. It’s kind of weird cause… I think you just do whatever it takes to win – for me. So if it requires me to go down a certain amount of CS or play for the jungle, or do something, it’ll just happen. It should happen.

I think during that meta, ezreal, senna, those poke champions and support champions were really good at the time as well. […] Senna was actually just busted.

Spawn said that you’re surprisingly vocal over comms.


There’s a little bit of hesitation, do you agree?

Recently I haven’t been as much cause I feel like my team is pretty vocal so I don’t need to be. I’ve been pretty quiet recently but I used to [speak up] in the past. Especially in Scouting Grounds cause I tried my best to win. I was a bit more vocal about what I wanted.

Do you kind of adapt that based on your team?

If I need to do something, I’ll do it for sure, you know? Right now, it’s like a waste of time, you know. But I do need to work on it a bit more again.

Do you have any specific moment or game in your competitive career that you wish you could’ve redone?

Hmm… Not really. The only thing I wish I coulda done better is land more Ashe ults [chuckles]. That champion’s so hard for me. Ashe ults are not my forte for now

Now let’s talk about the talking.

A professional often sits in a still zone of quiet enjoyment and confidence. It’s a space where you acknowledge the skill set you have and the fun that’s in expressing it. However, it’s not too great a space to ponder about the skill, where it came from, what it means. That isn’t always pragmatic and it can bleed into an attachment to things that distract from the end goal.

When I was young, I always wanted my mom to talk more about her job – because she is a professional clown (children’s entertainer, technically). The ins-and-outs of it were fascinating to me. But to her, the job has long been dull and quietly enjoyable. A lot of what I learned about the job was through the noise of balloon pumps, twisting rubber, and phone calls.

One thing I learned was at the end of the day, you usually don’t have the time to consider the whole process. Instead, it’s often more productive to hone in on one element you’ve been working on recently. That previous piece that you worked on isn’t in the working memory anymore, buried somewhere for if you need it later.

In Yeon’s case, the Ashe arrows are fresh memories and good ones to highlight. His arrows were a big part of both Team Ocean’s successes and struggles.

(Whiffs at 19:45, 16:25, 23:23, 26:55, 36:55
Aggressive hits at 25:20, 41:25
Defensive hits at 30:10, 34:10)

His hit rate was overall low, especially at the start of the series versus Infernal. That spelled some trouble for Team Ocean because their team comp in game 1 needed the engage tool. Rodov’s Renekton was the other biggest engage tool and without either a tricky flash in or teleport flank, Renekton’s engage is linear.

Yeon often fired ambitious or telegraphed arrows that called for him making a heavy read, or his opponent falling asleep at the keyboard, or both. By the mid and late game, he changed his strategy and landed several crucial stuns. With aggressive arrows, he started firing as his opponents were preoccupied, making a reaction flash or juke much harder.

On the defense, he found some of his best arrows by exploiting Rakan and Lilia’s tendencies to play like agility tanks. At their ceiling both of these champs soak a huge amount of unseen damage by using mobility to bait and dodge CC. Yeon shot two arrows from point blank range at Lillia and Rakan as they overstepped, hitting them with hard, nearly unreactable, CC.

How do you feel like you developed [your sense of the game]?

I wasn’t on a team but I watched other people play so it was a good headstart and then I did have a lot of friends to teach me how to play the game and think about the game. […] One was Max Waldo [C9 Academy’s current coach] and another was kitsuo.

What about your teammates in 100T and in general? Do you feel like they shaped your idea of the game at all?

Oh yeah. I think I improved a lot on that team as well. I think they all did. I think a lot of my fundamentals came from there as well – my polished ones.

What was the biggest lesson you felt you learned in the amateur league?

It’s kind of hard to think on the spot cause I just learned so many things. […] I’d say it’s level 1 – game starts at level 1. We’d always do these level 1 cheeses and invade if we have the stronger lanes or 3v3. Use our advantages.

I think a lot of players would approach [playing weak side] with a bit of ego – maybe even wounded ego. “I need to be the carry!” kind of mentality. Did you ever feel that?

Once in a while, right? But I know to my own standards if it requires me to be a carry, I will be a carry. If it doesn’t, I’ll just do whatever it takes to win. I think my ego was hurt at one point but I don’t think it bothered me that much.

Another thing that was impressive [about your play] was you could have less resources but you were still outputting a lot of damage. Do you feel like you managed that through your own strengths, through the meta? What do you think created that?

I think I’m pretty resourceful so I’ll just do a lot of damage regardless. Like, if I don’t have enough resources I’ll probably still do it cause in the end I think I still am a carry player but I don’t need to be one. You know?

Who was the most challenging bot laner for you to play against so far in your career?

In solo queue or competitive?

Let’s start with competitive.

I don’t really struggle at all with competitive bot lanes. It doesn’t seem like they play the game in amateur at least.

[Laughs] Can you expand on that a little bit?

They’re not trying to do anything, they’re just playing to play. They’re not trying to expand on anything or make any aggressive plays. It’s hard to explain. I’m sure it’ll be harder this year but I’m expecting myself to be on top still.


For you is it sort of like they’re autopiloting a little?

I guess. One example would be, if they’re playing in challenger and my support’s playing a tank, their support would not be up in my tank’s face. They’d just be behind their casters and not know what they can actually do. That kind of thing.

What’s the answer for solo queue?

It would probably be Zven-Vulcan, Tactical-CoreJJ. They’re really good. They know what they can do. They will choke me out if they can whereas another AD carry or support will not do the same. Just like, being oppressive basically.

Are you looking forward to talking and working with Tactical and Core?

Yeah I think they’re both really nice people and I’ve actually learned a lot from Core especially. I think he’s a really great person and he tries to help everyone. […]

He’d tell me what I can do better on my fundamentals. “you should auto-attack here, you shouldn’t be scared. You should have a bigger ego when you can.” You should know your limits, kinda thing.

Yeon’s approach to ego was another way where he struck me as surprisingly professional.

Ego is the dark side of the moon called confidence. Ego has a certain place in the professional world because it helps you hone style and find the right openings. However, too much ego is the death of profession – and sometimes skill too.

Acknowledging better work, understanding where the levels are, recognizing the shoulders of giants when you’re standing on them – all of that matters in any field. Even in the deeply subjective world of writing, I can feel when I’m outdone. The artists and musicians I talk to – they feel it too: That unique pang of jealousy and that sense of excitement at seeing something awesome.

I wanted to hit that angle but I didn’t even know it existed until you showed me.

Yeon is straightforward about how he sees his own skill. He’s quick to say that he can carry and enjoys playing the meta’s heaviest hitters – like Kai’Sa or Lucian. He’s pretty firm in the belief he has for himself and his skill. At the same time, he knows where the levels are and looks forward to learning from the giants.

His approach to League mirrors the simple approach you’d take to work. Do what needs to be done, fill the role that needs to be filled. If it’s shotcalling then it’s shotcalling, if it’s engage then it’s engage, if it’s weak side then it’s weak side. Yeon manages that bit of ego that you need with a steady sense of self. You don’t always see that in a 19 year old just breaking into a field.

Do you ever have a little bit of that “I need to prove myself” spirit?

Not really. I don’t think I need to prove myself. I feel like I know what I can do and I think I know what I’m capable of and who I’m better than. So I don’t really think I care about proving myself too often.

Does it feel kind of like you’ve already proven yourself to yourself?

Not to myself, but to other people it doesn’t really matter. Proving myself to others is not really one of my goals.

So then is it a goal to prove yourself to yourself?

Yeah, that would be a bigger goal more than anything.

There’s always a tinge of the obvious when someone says they’re not concerned about how others see them. This is how we all should be, of course. Willing to self-express and focused on our internal goals.

In reality, achieving that ready detachment from the narrative around you is difficult. It’s something that, when you start in a field, can feel impossible. I remember how much I used to track views, read comments, and engage. Slowly, the urge fell away, but it took making large mistakes in communication and being behind some big flops to get to that point.

When I first talked with Tactical – who had two years of experience on Yeon at the time – it was clear there was more he wanted than to just win. There was an element of proving himself, returning to the LCS stage, showing that he was the wise choice over even Doublelift. That’s the normal motivation to have – and clearly not a bad one given what we’ve already seen from Tactical in 2021.

It was Yeon’s relaxed attitude that ran counter to what I expected. This is an amateur player that held things down for a star-studded lower-league team. His weak side play enabled three of his teammates to get all-pro in the UPL while he got third team. The room is there to have an axe to grind.

But those kinds of grinds always make for double-edged blades. Usually as players get older and sink deeper into their profession, those grudges don’t hold as well because they weigh a lot. Carry them too far and you start to sink.

When I do get as close as I can to unearthing a real grudge or fire from Yeon, it’s more humor than anything.

When I ask him if he’s looking forward to beating anyone in academy he says, “I’m really looking forward to beating K1ng and Isles because I know most people value them highly as well. I just wanna see how they are. Also I just wanna beat C9 [Academy] because they have Max [Waldo] and he’s a pretty close friend of mine and I can talk shit to him if I beat him.”

It’s a surprisingly mature and honest approach: the best bot lane for the challenge and one of your best friends for the shit talk. Yeon’s answers are full of these mature and simple approaches that have little flare but a lot of wisdom.

In our Academy announcement video, Spawn said that Yeon was surprisingly easy to talk to and that he could see the player becoming one of those next big homegrown ADCs. After speaking with Yeon and learning his unique career path as the weak side carry of an amateur juggernaut, I could see it too.

And I’d like to see it, even though it could be for another LCS team and the path to that point is still a long and winding one. It seems there’s a lot more for Yeon to show and that he has the steady attitude to reveal those things all at his own pace.

So far, does it feel like you’ll be playing a similar weak side role on TLA as you did on 100T [Next]?

Probably not based on the meta. RIght now it seems like Kai’Sa is just super busted and I really like champions like that. Short range carries that output a lot of damage.

Are you looking forward to showing off more of those [carry] talents?

Yep, for sure. I think our team is really good so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we came in first to me.

What are you most looking forward to about playing in Academy?

Just competing. Competing is always fun.

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Excedrin partners with Nadeshot to battle gaming headaches




100 Thieves Founder Michael ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has partnered with Excedrin to educate gamers on how to prevent and treat headaches.

This is Excedrin’s first foray into esports. The partnership includes a six-step mindfulness routine designed to help reduce both physical and mental stress that can lead to painful symptoms.

Image credit: Michael ‘Nadeshot’ Haag (via Twitter) / Excedrin

RELATED: Valkyrae and CouRage made co-owners of 100 Thieves

In a release, Excedrin cited internal research that 71 per cent of gamers are concerned about headaches related to prolonged gaming, yet the majority of them play through the pain. Meanwhile, 92 per cent of gamers reported that they are spending more time gaming during the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposes them to more headache triggers.

The methodology for this research was not disclosed other than the fact that it was a nationwide survey. If the routine doesn’t work, the initiative recommends Excedrin Extra Strength pain reliever.

Speaking to Esports Insider, Michael ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, the Founder of 100 Thieves, said: “Headaches are not something widely discussed in the gaming world.

“Many of us just brush it off and avoid getting to the root of the issue finding ways to prevent themselves from getting future headaches. This sucks because headaches can really take you out of the game and negatively impact performance.”

Haag added that his partnership with Excedrin is important because gamers tend to ‘power through’ headaches and suffer needlessly while impeding performance. He now incorporates Excedrin’s six-step mindfulness routine into his everyday activities.

“Many people don’t realise it, but both physical and mental health are important components to being a successful gamer,” he said. “Practicing mindfulness is crucial because when we feel our best, our minds and reflexes are quicker, sharper and more focused, which helps us to play better. I’m really impressed with how Excedrin is taking the steps to help gamers embrace mindful gaming and think it’s something that should be brought up more in the gaming world.”

The former Call of Duty player added that he suffers from painful headaches if he is exposed to excessive stimulation and light.

“If the headache gets really bad, I may have to take a break for a few minutes to take something, like Excedrin, until the pain starts to go away,” said Haag. “That can be really frustrating at times because I don’t want to let anyone down.”

RELATED: How blue light blocking is playing an important role in branding, gamers health

Rishi Mulgund, the Brand Director of Excedrin’s parent company GSK Consumer Healthcare told Esports Insider: “Connecting with gamers on a personal level is important to us as a brand.

“So much so that in addition to the [six-step mindfulness routine], we also evolved our creative content to be hyper-focused for gaming. We even developed a whole cast of characters we’re calling The Healing Academy.”

Mulgund added: “A partnership with Nadeshot felt so natural to us because he can speak authentically to both headaches and gaming and we know that having a mindful and healthy mentality is important to him and the entire team at 100 Thieves.”

Esports Insider says: Excedrin is the latest healthcare brand to step into the esports/gaming world — a trend that will likely continue as organisations take the healthcare of their players more seriously This partnership with Nadeshot could also open the door for additional sponsorship opportunities down the line. As a gamer who also suffers from ocular migraines, it’s nice to see brands try to solve a problem rather than simply cash in on the hype-filled esports market.

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FlaSh going to army in 3 weeks





Korea (South)942 Posts

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이사 이제 끝냈어요

몸도 너무 안좋았구 인터넷 설치하구

내일이라도 방송 킬수 있도록 하겠습니다

시간이 3주정도 남았네요…

생각보다 방송키는게 늦어져서 이렇게 남겨요..

I have finished moving
my body condition wasn’t the best and installing internet took time
I should be able to stream tomorrow
I have around 3 weeks left///
I’m streaming later than I thought so I’m leaving this

“Best Mind Shuttle Best Mind Shuttle” -Telecom, 2010-present, Finally banned

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Australia2830 Posts

Thanks for the translation Jinjin. Hope his military service goes well.

Artosis loves Starcraft


Singapore3861 Posts

Oh dam, sad to see him leave but I guess it was only a matter of time. All the best and we’ll be waiting for your return!!!


United States9275 Posts

Really sad but he’ll be back one day. Good luck in military service Flash! o7

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thedeadhaji *

38994 Posts

hope the time off helps his wrists.

Poland1786 Posts

Nooo! End of an Era. (even if for 1 year)

Dark days for terran incoming. 😉


Sweden3629 Posts

On April 15 2021 16:26 kogeT wrote:
Dark days for terran incoming. 😉

ZvZ finals incoming until he returns :O


291 Posts

On April 15 2021 15:25 thedeadhaji wrote:
hope the time off helps his wrists.

Yeah this might be a good thing. Good luck to him and let’s hope his wrists recover.

thedeadhaji *

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On April 15 2021 16:26 kogeT wrote:
Nooo! End of an Era. (even if for 1 year)

Dark days for terran incoming. 😉

Is it only 1 year? I’ve never heard of South Korean military service being that short. Is it a special circumstance in light of his surgery/injuries?


592 Posts

I think mandatory service is 1 yr and 6 months now.


TLADT24635 Posts

I always thought he was exempt for some reason. Best of luck to him. Thanks for translating jinjin.

On April 15 2021 17:11 thedeadhaji wrote:

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On April 15 2021 16:26 kogeT wrote:
Nooo! End of an Era. (even if for 1 year)

Dark days for terran incoming. 😉

Is it only 1 year? I’ve never heard of South Korean military service being that short. Is it a special circumstance in light of his surgery/injuries?

It was reduced to 1 year last year if I’m not mistaken.

Former BW EiC“Watch Bakemonogatari or I will kill you.” -Toad, April 18th, 2017


Singapore3861 Posts

On April 15 2021 17:58 oxKnu wrote:
I think mandatory service is 1 yr and 6 months now.

That’s actually quite short, it’ll go by in no time.


France5854 Posts

North Korea is so screwed.

“Back then teams that won were credited, now it’s called throw. I think it’s sad.” – Kuroky – Flap Flap Wings!


Finland1538 Posts

So it’s finally time huh? Best of luck to him. Hopefully we see him return gloriously with Terran to beat the reigning Zergs (and maybe Protosses)



Poland1948 Posts

bye bye to FlaShuuu.. but a super short one, so it’s no biggie.

hope when he finishes his service, he’ll be able to play at least couple more tournaments

odi profanum vulgus et arceo


7765 Posts

Dark days for Random incoming.

2021 is such a bloodbath though.

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Australia1424 Posts

If only proleague still existed – what a recruit he’d be for Airforce Ace

Philippines800 Posts

so BaBy and FlaSh together in military huh?

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One stop shop; DPC 2021 Season2 guide




Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

DPC 2021 Season 2 is now set in motion, bringing new teams to the upper-division leagues and a whole lot of dota games over the next six weeks. 

DPC 2021 Season 1 brought pro circuit competitive games back to life and came to an end crowning Invictus Gaming the champions of the first Major (and LAN). 

DPC 2021 Season 2 is now getting underway as teams jockey for more points, better positions, and a place at the last Major of the season and hopefully onward to TI10. 

DPC 2021 Season 2 

The DPC 2021 Season 2 kicks off with the upper-division league play on Tuesday, April 13. 

Season 2 league dates: April 13-May 23 
Major 2: June 2-13
Season 2 upper-division prize pool: $205,000 and 1150 Pro Circuit points
Season 2 lower-division prize pool: $75,000

Major Slots

At the end of the league, the top teams from each region’s upper division will qualify to the Major. For the first major, the distribution of the 18 slots will be as follows:

EU: Top 4
China: Top 4
SEA: Top 3
CIS: Top 3
NA: Top 2
SA: Top 2


The bottom two teams of the Upper Division in each Region will be relegated to the Lower Division, while the top two teams of the Lower Division will be promoted. The bottom two teams of the lower division will be eliminated from the league.

At the end of Season 1, the bottom two teams of the Upper Division in each Region were relegated to the Lower Division, while the top two teams of the Lower Division were promoted. The bottom two teams of the lower division were eliminated from the league and open qualifiers decided which are the two teams that will occupy those slots.

Upper-Division teams:


  • Invictus Gaming
  • PSG.LGD 
  • EHOME 
  • ViCi Gaming 
  • Elephant 
  • Team Aster
  • Sparkling Arrow Gaming
  • RNG


  • TNC Predator 
  • Fnatic 
  • T1 
  • BOOM esports 
  • Neon Esports
  • Execration
  • Lilgun
  • Omega Esports


  • Team Liquid 
  • OG 
  • Team Secret 
  • Team Nigma 
  • Alliance
  • Tundra Esports
  • hellbear smashers
  • Brame


  • Na’Vi 
  • Team Spirit 
  • Live to Win 
  • Team Unique
  • PuckChamp
  • Winstrike Team 

North America

  • Quincy Crew 
  • Evil Geniuses 
  • 4Zoomers 
  • Pentace
  • undying
  • Black N Yellow
  • The Cut
  • Simply TOOBASED

South America

  • SG Esports 
  • Thunder Predator 
  • Infamous 
  • beastcoast 
  • No-Ping esports
  • Team Unknown
  • Infinity Esports
  • Hokori

Lower Division teams:


  • Team MagMa
  • LBZS
  • Phoenix Gaming
  • Xtreme Gaming
  • CDEC Gaming
  • Dragon
  • Xtreme Gaming
  • Aster.Aries
  • Demon Slayer


  • 496 Gaming
  • South Built Esports
  • Galaxy Racer
  • Omega Esports
  • Team Mystery
  • Army Geniuses
  • Cignal Ultra
  • Motivate.Trust Gaming
  • Team SMG


  • High Coast Esports
  • Hippomaniacs
  • No Bounty Hunters
  • Level Up
  • Creepwave
  • Team Bald Reborn
  • Ghost Frogs


  • Team Empire
  • No Techies
  • B8
  • HellRaisers
  • Prosti Esli
  • Fantastic Five
  • Trident Clan
  • Nemiga Gaming

North America

  • Wind and Rain
  • 5 Man Midas
  • Team DogChamp
  • Felt
  • Electronic Boys
  • Arkosh Gaming
  • D2 Hustlers
  • Pecado Squad Gaming

South America

  • Incubus Club
  • Crewmates
  • Inverse
  • Gorillaz-Pride
  • Binomistas
  • EgoBoys
  • Latam Defenders


Overall, the new schedule is as follows (All times Pacific Time). Be sure to keep an eye on the match-ticker and our tournament page for specific matchups each week. 

Upper Division

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
12AM   China SEA   China SEA China
3AM   China SEA SEA   SEA China
6AM         CIS   CIS
9AM   Europe Europe CIS CIS Europe CIS
12PM   Europe SA NA SA Europe NA

Lower Division

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
12PM China     SEA      
6AM CIS Europe Europe CIS   Europe  
9AM Europe     SA SA SA  
12PM SA NA Europe SA   NA  
3PM NA   NA     NA  
9PM China SEA SEA China SEA China China

Tournament Organizers

The six regional leagues will be operated by the following tournament organizers. More information on qualifiers, broadcasting, show, and talent information for each region will come from the respective organizer within the next few days. 

Europe: Dreamhack
China: Perfect World
SA: Dotapit


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GNC Names GHOST Gamer its Official Esports Partner 




Nevada-based sports and esports nutrition company GHOST announced Thursday that it has signed a multiyear partnership with global health and wellness brand GNC 

Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed. 

Under the terms of the new deal, GHOST Gamer has been named “official esports partner of GNC,” making it the exclusive vendor of esports lifestyle products for the company. GHOST Gamer products featuring flavors from partner brands such as Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, and Sonic Drive-In fast food chains will also be sold at GNC retail locations.  

“Authenticity as you know is super important in this category,” GHOST CEO Daniel Lourenco told The Esports Observer. “GNC doesn’t know anything about gaming, so they’re exclusively leaning on GHOST to bring them into the world of esports. I think the timing is right as gamers are not only looking for products like GHOST Gamer and Energy, but many are starting to care about overall health/fitness and looking for proteins (Ctrl good example), vitamins, etc. GNC carries the full Ghost range and has since launch in 2016.” 

Lourenco added that GHOST Gamer is working with GNC on some activations such as contests and giveaways, as well as planning some future events. 

GHOST signed a two-year partnership with gaming lifestyle company XSET in August of last year, which included jersey sponsorship, a limited edition XSET flavor, a merchandise line, and a content collaboration. It also sponsors several content creators and streamers. GNC has dabbled in esports in the past; in December of 2018 it partnered with U.S.-based World of Warcraft raiding guild Limit for a one-off sponsorship deal. 

GNC, a brand of Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer Harbin Pharmaceutical Group, claims more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the United States (including franchises and store-in-store operations with partners) as well as franchise operations in 46 international markets. 



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