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Raid boss of the East: Shanghai Dragons 2021 team preview




During the 2020 Overwatch League season, the Shanghai Dragons’ accomplishments mirrored those of North America’s standout team, the San Francisco Shock. COVID-19 restrictions stopped the teams from battling until the Grand Finals bracket. Many fans expected an eventual Grand Finals match between the two teams, but the Seoul Dynasty—and Shanghai’s own mistakes—sent the team home with a third-place finish. 

Since then, the Shanghai Dragons have been on a “revenge tour,” winning both the NeXT Cup and Esports Shanghai Masters tournament during the offseason. The Dragons made small but valuable roster changes, filling gaps before they face the rest of the East region in 2021. 


Shanghai may have lost stellar main tank Lee “FEARLESS” Eui-sok to the upgraded Dallas Fuel, but head coach Moon Byung-chul finally nabbed his favorite player for the Dragons. Former Florida Mayhem main tank Koo “Fate” Pan-seung brings a stable, veteran presence that Shanghai sorely needs.

In the off-tank role, Kang “Void” Jun-woo will likely reprise his impressive 2020 performance. Shanghai’s tank line has a lot of potential, but it may be a weak point in this championship-tier team if Fate and Void can’t flex to fit changing metas.  


Last year, main support Lee “LeeJaeGon” Jae-gon and flex support Kim “Izayaki” Min-chul were an absolute nightmare for enemy teams. Leejaegon nabbed a 2020 Role Star award for his high-risk, high-reward playstyle. To balance that chaos out, Izayaki aims to stay consistent and terrifying on heroes like Zenyatta and Ana. 

Former Chengdu Hunters flex support He “Molly” Chengzi has also joined the Dragons as the team prepares for possible double flex support metas. But Molly will likely be relegated to the bench while Izayaki and LeeJaeGon continue their reign of terror into 2021.   


Shanghai stockpiled DPS players over the offseason, adding Atlanta Reign standout Jeong “Erster” Joon. The team also retained hitscan players Bae “Diem” Min-sung and Lee “LIP” Jae-won. Erster’s deep hero pool should help balance the team as new metas arise. 

No matter how many DPS players Shanghai adds, however, no one compares to 2020 Overwatch League MVP Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun. Able to flex to numerous heroes and take over teamfights, Fleta will remain a serious threat to teams everywhere in 2021. His Echo play during the NeXT Cup was critical to Shanghai’s eventual win.       

2021 outlook 

After achieving enormous success during the 2020 season and banking two tournament wins during the offseason, the Shanghai Dragons will likely remain the “raid boss” of the East region. The team is obviously gunning for a championship and will be more motivated than ever after tasting success and defeat in the 2020 postseason. 

Expect a heated rivalry with the Seoul Dynasty, who denied the Dragons’ dreams of a Grand Finals trophy match against the San Francisco Shock. Newly “upgraded” teams like the Guangzhou Charge may also be able to give Shanghai a challenge, but the Dragons’ devastating DPS line could even the score every time.

On April 17 at 4am CT, the Shanghai Dragons face off against the Guangzhou Charge to kick off the East region’s Overwatch League season.

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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.

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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.

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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.

“I saw what sneakyfox wrote on and it made me furious” – PartinG


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


Are you hyped for round 2?

Yes, of course
Thank you for voting!

Nah, I’m only interested in the Majors
Thank you for voting!

Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

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New Silvanus skin bundle adds unique looks for Vandal, Phantom




Prepare your wallets! New Valorant skins are dropping soon. 

Riot Games has actively been delivering rip-roaring skins for Valorant weapons, but this new addition is in a league of its own. The serene yet spooky skin bundle has a novel theme that was earlier spotted in Winter Wunderland, released in Christmas holiday patch. 

The new skin bundle dubbed “Silvanus” will likely arrive before the upcoming map Breeze, currently being teased around Valorant’s existing locations. The bundle doesn’t exactly resonate with the map’s summer beach theme, instead hearkening to a haunted house.

The bundle looks quite similar to Winter Wunderland, Nebula, and Horizon skin line that featured a glass-like exterior, reflecting scenic images. Silvanus has a mysterious forest vibe plastered on the body with bluish nighttime hues flowing like water on top of forest art. While most players favor extravagant skin designs like Glitchpop or Elderflame, these glassy skins are equally appreciated by fans of minimalist weapon cosmetics. 

New Valorant skins have a spooky forest theme 

The developer has recently launched the Magepunk and Infantry skin bundle, but players wanted cosmetics for primary rifles like Vandal and Phantom. The Silvanus skin line will likely be a more popular skin bundle as it features skins for two of the most-used weapons in the game. 

Silvanus skins will be available for: 

  • Vandal
  • Phantom
  • Sheriff
  • Operator
  • Stinger

Since Silvanus doesn’t feature a skin for a knife or a melee, it will likely be released in the Deluxe tier, which should be good news for players. The Deluxe skin collections are easier on the pockets as players can get them for $49 worth of Valorant points. The entire bundle should be available in-store for the standard price of 4,750 Valorant points, which means one skin should cost 1,275 VP. Like Winter Wunderland, the skins may not be upgradeable or have fancy skin variants and animation upgrades. 

The skins will be available to buy for all Valorant players shortly after Magepunk rotates out. 

What’s the most expensive skin bundle in Valorant?

Valorant has stacks of skin, and their prices depend on the class or tier they are released in. Elderflame was unveiled as the first Ultra-edition skin and had a high price tag of $95, which translates to 9,900 Valorant points. The pricy bundle is undoubtedly worth the money for the fierce, dragon-like exterior, unique animations, and a fiery melee weapon.

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