We’re at the business end of the NA LCQ 2022 with the final few days remaining. The lower bracket quarter-finals just took place with 100 Thieves eliminating the Sentinels from NA LCQ 2022. How did the match go down? Who was at the top of his game? What awaits 100 Thieves now? We’ll cover that and much more only at Gamopo!

100 Thieves vs Sentinels

From the look of things before the match, the odds were pretty even between the Thieves and the Sentinels. The Sentinels conceded in their debut match of the tournament against The Guard and were sent to the lower bracket. Their only win came against Shopify Rebellion. 100 Thieves on the other hand won their first match of the tournament against NRG but lost to FaZe Clan. Thus, both the teams met at the lower bracket quarter-finals.

Rosters

Here’s how the teams lined up:

100 Thieves

  • Brenden “stellar” McGrath (IGL)
  • Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk
  • Derrek “Derrek” Ha
  • William “Will” Cheng
  • Sean “bang” Bezerra

Sentinels

  • Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan (IGL)
  • Michael “dapr” Gulino
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
  • Michael “shroud” Grzesiek
  • Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro

Map Picks & Bans

  • Sentinels ban Bind
  • 100t ban Icebox
  • SEN pick Fracture
  • 100T pick Breeze
  • SEN ban Ascent
  • 100T ban Split
  • Haven remains

The Match

Map 1 (Fracture)

100 Thieves started off strong on Sentinel’s pick winning the first 4 rounds rather easily. Things went back and forth from there but the Thieves ended the half 8-4 in their favor. The Sentinels started off the second half trying to level the score and bring the game back in their favor. The score was soon 12-9 with 100 Thieves winning but the game was not over yet. Sentinels turned it around making it 12-12 and it was now overtime. Both teams looked sharp but it was Sentinels that clinched the map in the end winning it 17-15.

Map 2 (Breeze)

100 Thieves started off Breeze strong as well winning the first 2 pistol rounds. From then on, both the teams were pretty neck and neck as the half finished 7-5 in favor of the Thieves. Despite valiant efforts showcase by the Sentinels, Thieves held them off pretty well. They didn’t take long to secure the map winning it 13-7. Sentinels really faced the wrath of 100T in the second map. The match was now 1-1 and Haven was the decider.

Map 3 (Haven)

The Thieves maintained their tradition of dominating pistol rounds with the scoreline reading 2-0 yet again. The first half ended well for 100 Thieves ending it with a scoreline of 8-4. At this point, they were pretty close to victory. They got even closer winning the pistol rounds of the second half. The Sentinels, however, showed great resistance as they won streaks of rounds barely conceding a round to 100T but it was too little, too late. 100 Thieves picked up the map 13-11 and so, they picked up the series.

Image

100T Nadeshot was quick to compliment the Sentinels on Twitter:

 

100 Thieves vs. Cloud9

100 Thieves will be facing Cloud9 in the semi-finals of the NA LCQ 2022 on 13th August. 100 Thieves have one only once against C9 in the last 5 matches they have faced each other. The last time the two teams met were at the VCT NA S1: Challengers where C9 won 2-0. Cloud9 has the same roster since then with Thieves having 4 player changes. With that in mind, it’s a little tough to predict who’ll win but 100 Thieves might just clinch it.

The outstanding Footballing nation, Brazil have now been crowned the undisputed Champions of the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022. The South American nation beat Poland in the grand-finals to bring the trophy home.

FIFAe Nations Cup

 

The FIFAe Nations Cup is the final event of the FIFAe Nations Series. FIFA is the official organizer of the tournament presented by EA Sports. The last time the event took place was in 2019 with France picking up the title. The event was cancelled the following years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, 24 teams from around the world took part in the competition. Denmark were the hosts of the Nations Cup this time. The tournament followed a 2v2 format and 24 teams were drawn into 4 groups of 6 teams each.

Brazil at FIFAe Nations Cup 2022

Brazil’s Lineup

  • Gabriel “Crepaldi” Crepaldi
  • Klinger “Klinger” Correa
  • Paulo “Phzin” Henrique Chaves

Brazil’s Run

Brazil were placed in Group A alongside the likes of Argentina, hosts Denmark, England, Scotland and Singapore.

The Selecaos were off to a rather unimpressive start drawing their first two matches against England and Argentina. Things continued to go South as they lost their next match 1-2 against Denmark. Another draw and a loss against Scotland and Singapore respectively pulled them real close to saying goodbye to the Nations Cup 2022. However, they turned things around going on to win 4 out of their last 5 matches against the same nations. With the help of some luck, they found themselves in the knockout stages. Their first opponent was Spain winning 2-1 on aggregate against them. Up next was defending champions France who also fell a goal shirt losing 1-2 on aggregate. It was then Italy that stood between the South Americans and a chance of making it to the finals. A plethora of goals were scored in both the legs with scorelines reading 2-2 and then 2-3 in favor of Brazil sending them into the grand finals.

Image

Interested in betting on FIFA? Be sure to check out some of the top FIFA betting sites that we highly recommend!

The Grand Finals

The grand finals of the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 took place between Brazil and Poland. Furman and Damie represented Poland while Phzin and Crepaldi hoisted the Brazilian flag.

In the first leg, the teams seemed to play it safe trying to keep possession of the ball. Both the teams created solid chances throughout the 90 minutes but failed to score a single goal. As was the case of many matches, the first leg of the finals ended 0-0. However, fans were not disappointed with the second leg. In the 42nd minute, Walker delivered an early cross from the right side with Kimpembe slotting in a fine volley making Poland go up 1-0. Brazil picked up the pace and started to play a bit more aggressive in the second half. It soon paid off thanks to some razzle dazzle followed up by a beautiful finish by Messi in the near post. The scoreline was now 1-1 and it was anybody’s game now. The clock kept ticking and as it reached the 90 minute mark, the unthinkable happened. A shot by the R9 Ronaldo deflected off of a defender of Poland and was picked up by Cristiano. A beautiful flick to turn it towards the post and was volleyed past the keeper in the 92nd minute. The final whistle blew right after the kick-off and the arena erupted in celebrations for Brazil.

The first ever South American champions of FIFAe Nations Cup, Brazil is now home with the largest share of USD 400,000.

The stage was set at Copenhagen as FunPlus Phoenix faced Paper Rex at the grand finals of VCT Masters Copenhagen 2022. It started off with 12 teams but as the dust settled, only 2 remained. In the end after 5 breathtaking maps, it was FPX that were crowned the champions of Masters Copenhagen.

Team Rosters

FunPlus Phoenix

  • Kyrylo “ANGE1” Karasov
  • Andrey “Shao” Kiprsky
  • Pontus “Zyppan” Eek
  • Dmitry “SUYGETSU” Ilyushin
  • Ardis “ardiis” Svarenieks

Paper Rex

  • Benedict “Benkai” Tan
  • Aaron “mindfreak” Leonhart
  • Jason “f0rsakeN” Susanto
  • Khalish “d4v41” Rusyaidee
  • Wang “Jinggg” Jing Jie

Image

 

FPX’s Run at Masters Copenhagen

Group Stage

Right from the start, FPX had an impressive run and faced some real mighty teams. They, however, probably missed FaZe Clan who failed to qualify for the Masters. FunPlus Phoenix were one of the eight group stage teams, being one of the two teams from EMEA. They took shelter in group B against the likes of DRX, Northeption and XERXIA. They finished second in Group B winning against Northeption and XERXIA but losing to DRX. Since they finished second, they had to take the longer (and harder) route finding themselves in the lower bracket.

Lower Bracket

In round 1 of the lower bracket, FPX faced Guild Esports who they convincingly beat 2-0 in a Bo3. Moving onto the lower quarter-finals, they faced DRX yet again and this time they took revenge. DRX straight up lost 2-0 to FPX bowing out of the competition. It was then an all EMEA showdown as FPX faced Fnatic. Even though Fnatic took the first map, FPX came back winning the next two moving onto the lower bracket final. FPX were now up against one of the tournament favorites, OpTic Gaming. But FunPlus showed their class annihilating OpTic 3-1 without even having to go for the final map. FPX were now finally in the grand finals of Masters Copenhagen 2022.

Grand Finals

Map Results

  • FPX wins 13-3 on Bind
  • PRX wins 13-7 on Icebox
  • FPX wins 13-7 on Fracture
  • PRX wins 13-7 on Haven
  • FPX wins 13-9 on Breeze

Image

 

And with that, FunPlus Phoenix became champions of Valorant Masters Copenhagen 2022. This was the first five map grand final of Valorant Masters history, so it can definitely be deemed as the best one yet.

The stage was set as Natus Vincere (NAVI) met FaZe Clan in the finals of IEM Cologne 2022. What started off with 24 teams earlier this month now trickled down to only them. The two teams clashed with guns blazing as FaZe Clan emerged as the victor.

Rosters of the Finals

FaZe Clan

  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen (IGL)
  • Håvard “rain” Nygaard
  • Helvijs “broky” Saukants
  • Russel “twistzzz” Van Dulken
  • Robin “ropz” Kool

Natus Vincere

  • Denis “electroNic” Sharipov (IGL)
  • Oleksandr “s1mple”Kostyliev
  • Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy
  • Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi
  • Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev

Map Picks

  • FaZe bans Dust2
  • NAVI bans Vertigo
  • FaZe picks Inferno (First map)
  • NAVI picks Overpass (Second map)
  • FaZe picks Ancient (Third map)
  • NAVI picks Mirage (Fourth map)
  • Nuke left  (Final map)

First Map (Inferno)

With Inferno being FaZe’s first pick, you’d expect them to win it. Right from the get go, they played accordingly. FaZe Clan won the first 5 rounds without flinching at all. For the first time in the map, things went NAVI’s way and they won the next 4 rounds thanks to team efforts. Things went back and forth a little before NAVI picked up the lead for the first time making the score 6-7 in their favor. The two finalists kept going at each other as the scoreboard read 12-12. FaZe put it into fifth gear to win 3 rounds back to back making it 15-12. There was a little bit of resistance but FaZE picked up the first map 16-13.

Second Map (Overpass)

It was the first map pick for Natus Vincere but FaZe took the first round. S1mple then took the risk of buying an AK despite losing the first round and it paid off. They picked up the second round thanks to his brilliance. For the first time after the 2nd round, the scores were levelled 5-5 between the two teams. The first half of the second map ended 8-7 in favor of NAVI. After the half, it continued to be balanced for the next few rounds as well and things started tipping in favor of FaZe. But the lead didn’t last for long as NAVI took 7 consecutive rounds. While things seemed a little shaky as FaZe Clan won the next two to make 15-13, perfecto stepped up and defused the bomb right in time to win the map.

A new overpowered boost has been discovered on Overpass - WIN.gg

Third Map (Ancient)

Right from the start, FaZe’s pick seemed to have been NAVI’s. NAVI won the first 8 rounds straight without any problem whatsoever. The form continued as the scoreboard read 15-4. It should’ve been moments before NAVI picked up their second map in a row but this is Counter-Strike! When it matter the most, FaZe responded. They won 11 rounds consecutively to tie the map and head into overtime. Natus recollected themselves and won it in overtime thanks to a 200 IQ defuse by b1t. They were now just one map away from becoming champions.

 

Fourth Map (Mirage)

It was NAVI’s pick again in the fourth map of the finals of IEM Cologne 2o22. They started off well as they picked up the first 3 rounds, no issues whatsoever. But then issues started arising out of thin air. FaZe levelled it 3-3 and then went on dominate the rest of the first half. They ended the first half 10-5 in their favor. NAVI did show some fight in the second half but it just wasn’t enough. FaZE picked up the fourth map winning it 16-9.

Interested in CS:GO betting? Check out our recommendations for some of the top CS:GO betting sites!

Fifth Map (Nuke)

The fans asked for a fifth map and the finalists, FaZe and NAVI delivered it in the grand finals of IEM Cologne 2022. NAVI started off the best way possible picking up the first 5 rounds. However, they couldn’t hold onto their lead for long as FaZe Clan responded drawing the map 6-6. But the first half ended 8-7 in favor of Natus Vincere. FaZe turned the map around in their favor and had a 4-point advantage making it 13-9. NAVI responded and won 4 straight rounds, the 4th being a clutch by perfecto. 13-13 soon turned into 14-14. And just when it looked like it’ll go into overtime, twistzzz and karrigan stepped up to pick up the next two rounds. And that is how FaZE Clan finally won it all at Cologne!

With yet another major under their belt, FaZe Clan are now the best CS:GO champions of the entire world.

Popular content creator and former CS:GO pro, Shroud has joined the Valorant roster of Sentinels. The move comes as a shock to fans as he last played professionally for Cloud9 in 2017. But with the inclusion of the highly-admired popular content creator, a number of questions have arrived. “Who is he replacing? What role will he be playing? How did he even get here?”- and much, much more. Today, we figure out all of that and maybe some more.

Shroud’s Career

Most fans know Shroud as a streamer but before that, the North-American was a well-known Counter-Strike player. Shroud went from a nobody to a CS:GO pro to almost retiring and then retiring to become a full-time streamer and now debuting professionally on Valorant. If that isn’t wild, then I don’t know what is! Let’s dive a little into the illustrious career that Shroud has enjoyed so far.

Shroud in CSGO

Michael “shroud” Grzesiek started off his journey with esports with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Since the launch of the title, Shroud had been a familiar face in the scene. He first j0ined Manajuma as a professional player, a team from America. Soon after, he was acquired by Complexity Gaming as a stand-in player instead of Todd “anger” Williams. Complexity was soon grabbed by Cloud9 and Shroud was given a permanent contract. Shroud found home in Cloud9 as he spent three eventful years with the organization. The Canadian picked up a number of titles under Cloud9 including the ESL Pro League Season 4 and ESL One: Cologne 2017. However, he was one of the players to get benched when William “RUSH” Wierzba and Tarik “tarik” Celik joined the starting lineup. Cloud9 announced that Shroud opted to serve as a backup and pursue full-time streaming. A few months later in 2018, he officially announced his retirement from playing CS:GO as a professional. At the same time, he left Cloud9 to further explore new fields.

Shroud quits CS:GO game after playing just one round - Dot Esports

Streaming Career

Shroud’s transition from a professional CS:GO athlete to a full-time streamer went smooth to say the least. He started streaming regularly on popular platform, Twitch and enjoyed unparalleled success there. Michael has always streamed a diverse set of games, including but not limited to Counter-Strike (of course), PUBG, Escape from Tarkov, Valorant and multiple single-player games as well. This allowed him to be open to massive groups of gamers who didn’t have a hard time liking his cheeky personality at all. All of this led to Michael climbing his way to be the 7th most followed streamer on Twitch. He is just behind the likes of xQc and Tfue in terms of total number of followers on Twitch. His top-notch content also led him to win the Content Creator of the Year at the The Game Awards in 2019 and Gamer of the Year at The Streamer Awards in 2022. His streams on Twitch regularly host more than 40,000 viewers.

Shroud in Valorant

Even though Shroud has never played competitive Valorant, he has streamed hundreds of hours on it. At the onset of Valorant, Shroud played some of the more laidback tournaments like the Nerd Street Gamers Invitational 2020 and the 100 Thieves Invitational 2020.

Shroud joining Sentinels

In a Twitter post yesterday, Sentinels announced the acquisition of Shroud.  Being years away from the competitive scene and with no previous hint, fans all over social media went berserk after the announcement. And it was not just the fans, Valorant professionals and their teams were taken back as well.

Wanna bet on the Sentinels but don’t know how to? Then be sure to check out our betting academy!

Sentinels Roster

With Shroud being the latest recruit of the Valorant roster of Sentinels, this is how we can expect the lineup to look like at North America: LCQ 2022

  • Shahzeb “ShahZam” Khan
  • Erik “Kanpeki” Xu
  • Tyson “Ngo” Tenz
  • Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek
  • Michael “dapr” Gulino

ShahZam will continue to serve as the IGL for the American side. Shroud will serve as a Controller for the team.

Will Shroud prove to be a wise acquisition for the Sentinels Valorant roster? Guess that remains to be seen at the NA:LCQ 2022!

 

BIG Clan secures their first massive title of the year winning the Roobet Cup 2022. The German team beat FaZe Clan 2-1 at the finals to pick up the title. This is their first trophy since winning the Funspark ULTI 2020 which took place last year.

BIG’s Roster

BIG showed up to the event with their ever strong lineup.

  • Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz (IGL)
  • Nils “k1to” Gruhne
  • Florian “SyrsoN” Rische
  • Karim “Krimbo” Moussa
  • Tizian “Tizian” Feldbusch

The entire roster performed well throughout the event. Even as a stand-in player, k1to turned quite a few heads throughout the tournament. But it was syrsoN who won the MVP of Roobet Cup 2022.

If you wanna put your money into this squad, why don’t you check out our CSGO betting section?

SyrsoN wins MVP

SyrsoN put BIG on the map with his phenomenal performance throughout Roobet Cup this year. The German was awarded the HLTV x BitSkins MVP of Roobet Cup. Over the 14 maps that BIG played on their way to winning the tournament, SyrsoN obtained a 1.23-rated performance. This was SyrsoN’s personal best performance since the PGL Major Antwerp Europe RMR. This isn’t his first MVP, however, as he won his career’s first one at DreamHack Masters Spring back in 2020. While there were quite a few players with higher overall ratings, the AWPer was a crowd favorite in the late-tournament matches. It was Cloud9 in the semifinals and FaZe in the finals that witnessed the wrath of SyrsoN.

BIG’s Journey at Roobet Cup 2022

 

BIG started off their journey facing Entropiq and FaZe Clan at the group stages. The German team picked up two 2-1 wins against both of them progressing to the knockout rounds. They then faced Eternal Fire and maintained their streak of winning 2-1. At the semi-finals, BIG faced their toughest opponents yet. Cloud9 topped Group B and convincingly defeated 9z Team. Despite that, BIG defeated C9 two straight rounds, winning 2-0 and moving onto the finals. Surprisingly, it was FaZe yet again that stood between them and the Cup title.

This is how the results turned out

Map 1: Dust 2 16-13 win for BIG (BIG Pick)

Map 2: Nuke 14-16 win for FaZe (FaZe Pick)

Map 3: Mirage 19-17 win for BIG (BIG Pick)

With $150,000 in the bank, BIG are going home with nothing but smiles on their faces. But the team don’t have time to rest as they’ll be facing Order soon at the IEM Cologne 2022 Play-In.

A brand new season of Fortnite has dawned upon us earlier this month. A brand new season calls for competition and with that in mind, the Chapter 3 Season 3 Competitive Fortnite is about to begin. As stated in the latest competitive update, this new competitive season will commence on July 6.

Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS

The FNCS this year will feature a new point system for later rounds in order to encourage more competition.

Qualifiers

The season will begin with 3 separate qualifier rounds. The top five teams from these qualifier rounds will directly move onto the FNCS Finals. So, that makes it a total of 15 teams. Each qualifier will span across four rounds with the final round having a set lobby. As stated previously, there is a new point format in order to create a balance between both placement points and elimination points. There is another notable change as well with the teams qualifying from Round 2 to Round 3 being set to 250 teams per region this time. The dates of the qualifiers are July 6-10, July 11-15, July 16-18.

Semi Finals

The key to qualify for the FNCS finals is to maintain consistency. In a session, you either need to be the winning team of a game or be among the top six most consistent teams to move onto the Finals.

Session 1

  • Top 50 teams from the Series Point Leaderboard from each region.
  • A total of 5 matches.
  • 11 teams from this Session will advance to the Finals.
    • 5 Victory Royale winners and the top 6 most consistent teams.

Session 2

  • Filled with the 11 vacant team spots by the 51st-61st teams on the Series Point Leaderboard.
  • A total of 6 matches.
  • This 50-team lobby will run five matches and advance 12 teams to the Finals.
    • 6 Victory Royale winners and the top 6 most consistent teams.

Session 3

  • Filled with the 13 vacant team spots by the 62nd-73rd teams on the Series Point Leaderboard.
  • A total of 6 matches.
  • This 50-team lobby will compete across six matches and 12 total teams advance to the Finals.
    • 6 Victory Royale winners and the top 6 most consistent teams.

These semifinals of Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS will be taking over 3 days from July 21 to July 24.

Finals

There are two ways to be crowned the FNCS Champions of this competitive season. The first means of winning the Finals is via Match Point. A team will be declared winners by Match Point if they meet both of these conditions:

  1. Earning a total of 475 points
  2. 3 Victory Royales

But it is true that winning via Match Point is a herculean task and is only possible if a single team annihilates everyone else. The other means of winning is by accumulating the most points after 12 matches.

There will be quite the gap between the semi-finals and finals of Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS. The finals will be taking place from August 12 to August 14.

Interested at betting at this mega event? Well just check out everything you need to know about Fortnite betting!

What’s the Prize Pool like this year?

The seasonal prize pool will remain the same this year. The total prize pool for Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS will be $3,000,000.

The prize pool per region are provided:

  • EU= $1,350,00
  • NAE= $690,000
  • BR= $240,000
  • NAW= $240,000
  • ASIA= $240,000
  • ME= $120,000
  • OCE= $120,000

 

XSET faced FaZe Clan this weekend at the lower bracket finals of NA VCT Challengers 2. The winner gets the final NA spot at the Copenhagen Masters 2022. To the demise of the clan, that spot was clinched by XSET. How did the matches turn out and how did Faze miss out Masters Copenhagen? Keep reading to find out more!

Well, how crazy can a match go? Two teams fight, they go guns blazing against each other. Someone wins map, the other wins the next one and on and on, right? But not this match. Something super out of the ordinary happened in Map 4 of this series.

What happened in Map 4?

After losing Map 3 to XSET and losing the first round to them on Map 4, more bad news awaited. At the start of the 2nd round, four of Faze’s players got disconnected. Poised, supamen, Flyuh and babybay just stood still in front of B Main. A technical pause soon ensued as the players got disconnected. While the official stream initially stated that it was a small gear issue, that wasn’t the case.

The stream went back to the casters, SideShow Gaming and BrenCasts where the pair let the viewers know that there has been a power outage. Plenty of pauses and advertising breaks went back and forth till the match returned after almost two whole hours. In the mean time, the team had relocated to a different facility. By that time, it had already been decided that the 2nd round will not be replayed as damage had already been dealt before the players disconnected. Questions then arose with fans asking, “Where’s Faze playing from?”.  A tweet from Poised soon cleared the air:

The tweet has been deleted by Poised hours after it was posted.

How did fans react?

Unsurprisingly, there were mixed reactions on the incident all over Twitter. While some fans were willing to do anything to help the org, others were quick to criticize the clan. Some couldn’t digest the fact that players of a team like Faze Clan are having to play from an internet cafe. Faze Clan are yet to make an official statement regarding this entire situation as of yet.

Map Results

Map 1:  11-13 win for Faze at Split

Map 2: 13-10 win for XSET at Breeze

Map 3: 14-16 overtime win for XSET at Icebox

Map 4: 13-4 win for XSET at Ascent

As you can pretty much see from the score lines, the first three maps went neck-to-neck. None of the teams held back from going all in and it certainly showed.

Image

XSET dephh must be on top of the world. XSET’s IGL had this to say before the game:

I know everyone is thinking that we’re a top-4 finish only (team) , but I think this is the stage that we break through and say, ‘F**K Y’ALL.

Masters Copenhagen

True to it’s name, the VCT 2022: Stage 2 is taking place at Copenhagen. The competition begins on 10th July and the finals will take place on the 24th July. Masters Copenhagen will be the first international Masters event to feature a live audience and tickets are up for grabs!

Participating Teams

  • Fnatic
  • FunPlus Phoenix
  • Guild Esports
  •  DRX
  • OpTic Gaming
  • XSET
  • Paper Rex
  • XERXIA
  • Northeption
  • Leviatan
  • Loud

There is still one spot left which will soon be decided. Only one between Ninjas in Pyjamas and KRU will be taking that final ticket. That match will take place this Thursday. If you’re interested in betting for that event, do head out to our recommended Valorant betting sites.

All in all, you have to admit that this was a worthy matchup for the lower bracket finals. But for now, fans are surely waiting to see what goes down at Copenhagen next month. See you then!

A list of the most prominent esports player stats in 2018. The list includes top-tier players from CS:GO, Dota 2, and League of Legends. It also includes backgrounds and history of each player and how their road to becoming an elite gamer. Let’s get started!

2018 CS:GO Player Stats

Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev

Role: AWPer, Rifler (Entry Fragger)

Current Team: Natus Vincere (NaVi)

S1mple has been playing multiple roles for Na’Vi however in the past year or so he came to be recognized as an entry fragger and AWPer. In the former role, he just makes the first engagement for his team into the enemy territory and wreaks havoc. On a lot of occasions, multiple players target only him in the games in the hopes of seeking victory. While as an AWPer he needs no introduction since he has graffiti on the map Cache, immortalizing his two unzoomed shots in ESL One Cologne Major 2018. He has lifted so many titles but the talented starlet is still missing a Major Championship title.

Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David

Role: Rifler (Entry Fragger), AWPer

Current Team: MIBR

One of the best free roaming players in the game is coldzera. The veteran Brazilian has been admired by many on his exceptional decision making and winning multiple 1v3 or 1v4 engagements in big games.

 His individual records in Major competitions have rated him amongst the best esports player stats in the game. This just shows how much the player is consistent on the biggest competitive occasions. He has a powerful lineup that enables him and the team to lift titles. He has graffitied on multiple maps to immortalize his exceptional match-winning plays.

Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo

Role: AWPer, captain

Current Team: MiBR

We have another player of MiBR on this list, FalleN. He is considered as the king of Brazilian CSGO. FalleN is argu

ably the best AWPer in the game. Along with coldzera, both of these players, have formulated so many winning strategies. FalleN is reputed as one of the calmest and coolest in-game leaders of CS:GO. He was crucial for many title victories of the SK Gaming team.

Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač

Role: Rifler (Lurker), AWPer

Current Team: FaZe Clan

In this year one of the most consistent players of the game has been NiKo. His personal achievements are quite astonishing. To give you an idea, he has over 50% headshot accuracy in some of the biggest tournaments this year. He has also made some remarkable so scope kills. If CS:GO w

as an individual game then NiKo would have been rated as the best player of 2017 and 2018. His crosshair placement is unmatched. The 21-year-old has a lot of experience compared to other players of his age. He started his career with mousesports where he won a decent number of games with a tier 2 team. He has been turned into a superstar ever since FaZe Clan signed him.

Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz

Role: AWPer

Current Team: Astralis

One of the best players of 2018 is dev1ce, He is the captain of the team, Astralis that lifted the title of FACEIT Major in London 2018 and he truly deserves to lift the title. In his early years, dev1ce was rated as a very difficult and quite a raging player. But with time, the player has matured and has taken the game quite seriously. He is one of the most disciplined players of the game. In a very short time, he has groomed to himself to be quite an asset for his team. He and his teammates have the best chemistry in the game of CS:GO.

Best Esports Players stats 2018

2018 LoL Player Stats

Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson

Role: ADC

Current Team: Fnatic

Rekkles is a Swedish ADC, currently representing Fnatic. At a very young age he was playing football, but he had to stop because of a bad injury. Since then he has successfully dedicated himself to LoL, undoubtedly establishing himself among the best shooters in the world. He holds several records, including the highest number of kills and the lowest number of deaths in a single split. Rekkles was quite phenomenal in Worlds 2018, getting the most number of minion kills.

Jian ‘Uzi’ Zi-Hao

Role: ADC

Current Team: Royal Never Give Up

Uzi AD Carry of the Royal Never Give Up is considered together with Rekkles one of the strongest shooters ever. During his games, he prefers to use a pink keyboard and is phenomenal on Vayne. Uzi is the player who holds the highest number of kills in a single professional match, counting more than 2000 in the official matches. With his team, he was champion of the last Mid-Season Invitational 2018 and the LPL.

Song “Rookie” Eui-jin

Role: Mid Laner

Current Team: Invictus Gaming

If someone has to take Faker’s place, it will be Rookie. He has delivered outstanding stats while being a captain and leader for his team, two of the most important qualities for a League of Legends pro. His technical skills are impeccable i.e. Rookie rarely make any mistakes. He is a master tactician and his versatility makes you never know what to expect. Simply put, Rookie is becoming the best player in the world and if there is a mid-laner who can carry his team alone, his name is Rookie. He was also the MVP of Worlds 2018. RNG might be known as the best team in China but the World Champion was IG since RNG did not have the best mid laner in the world. Uzi was clinical in the historic run in the Worlds 2018.

Rasmus “Caps” Winther

Role: Mid Laner

Current Team: Free Agent

Caps, also known by the nickname “Baby Faker” is a player you do not want to be 1v1 against. Unlike many of the best mid laners, Caps is neither Korean nor Chinese, but his precision and skill put him in the same elite category.

During Summer Split, his presence in midlane was phenomenal. Even Perkz, the most prominent player of G2 Esports couldn’t get a kill on him. It seemed like he was playing on a totally different terrain and overhanging the LCS EU.

When he plays his champions, he does not play with the same manual as the others. Caps is a naughty player and he does not like to follow the rules. He is incredibly unconventional and very innovative, changing his champions and his builds to surprise his opponents with his eccentric style of play.

2018 Dota – Esports Player Stats

Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein

Role: Support

Current Team: OG

Following the footsteps of one of most decorated players, Kuroky, one of the best veteran players of the game is N0tail. The Danish star has a very roller-coaster career. N0tail has played for a lot of teams and had never been quite successful. However, the player’s biggest salvation is establishing OG. The team is rated as the best team winning five Majors in 2016. The team was not quite successful in 2017. However, the turned their fortunes in 2018 where against all odds, the team lifted the World Cup of Dota 2, The international. In this journey for the title, N0tail has been criticized a lot but never quit and that is why he is the 2nd richest esports player in the world with $ 3.7 million in winnings.

Sumail ‘Sumail’ Hassan

Role: Mid Laner

Current Team: Evil Geniuses

Samail Hassan is only 19 years old, and he is already among the biggest stars of esports. The player was also a member of Evil Geniuses during their conquest at the 2015 International. He is still a member of Evil Geniuses and in 2018 he has been quite phenomenal for the team. His individual skills have been phenomenal on multiple occasions. After his exceptional performance on the Storm Spirit, no one is able to beat him 1v1 in the mid lane and his carefree attitude keeps the community entertained.

Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Takhasomi

Role: Support

Current Team: Team Liquid

We have Kuro Takhasomi, aka KuroKy. Kuro Takhasomi is a 25-year-old German Dota 2 player. Captain of Team Liquid at the International 2017, KuroKy has amassed most of his winnings during this famous tournament. Other significant gains with his team are first place at the China Dota 2 Supermajor and second place at the Epicenter XL in Moscow. With these gains totaling $ 4.1 million in mid-2018, Kuro Takhasomi is the highest-paid player in the world, and his captaincy skills make him one of the best players in the world.

Amer ‘Miracle’ Barqawi

Role: Carry

Current Team: Team Liquid

We should really let you know that Team Liquid was a bit of Real Madrid version of an eSports organization. The team is quite strong, and its players are some of the richest and most talented players in the world. Amer Barqawi, 20, is also another member of the team.

With gains estimated at 3.7 million according to Statis, Amer Barqawi has a bright future. It is of course part of the victory of his team at the International 2017. Apart from his winnings, he is rated as the greatest player of all time owing to his incredible skills and exceptional ability to win the game single-handedly.

What is Esports?

Electronic sports, or Esports games, are those games which are played through electronic mediums and consoles. Competitive Video Games are often referred to as Esports. According to recent reports, over one billion players participate in esports related matches in one way or another. In Parallel, Esports Betting is exploding.

Esports games are massively popular among the youth of this era. Competitive esports leagues are the future of digital gaming, and more and more gamblers and players are finding their new thirst in betting on them. Our latest esports league news keeps our viewers and the audience up-to-date on the latest developments in the esports industry. 

How Do Esports Leagues Work?

Well, Esports games are divided into different genres based on their offered stories and gameplays. From high speed racing to Multiplayer Online Battle Arena action, these games cover almost everything a player can even dream of. With the modern advancement in the field of technology, the gaming consoles are offering more and more cross-platform tournaments and options.

Once you have purchased and installed a game on your gaming console or computer, you can participate in either offline solo games, or go online and play solo, duo or squad matches with other players. Your achievements will be tracked in the form of player stats, and you can slowly begin to earn ranks as you start showing pro abilities.

There are basically two types of video gamers; casual gamers and professional gamers. Casual gamers are those, who just wish to unwind at the end of a long and a tiring day with a round of an action packed game.

Professional gamers dedicate big chunks of their lives to video games and mastering the art of getting to the top. They spend years in training, and showcase their unparalleled capabilities against other players in pro leagues and tournaments. Essentially, they are hired by professional teams, and they get paid big amounts to defeat other players in international tournaments. They also win millions of dollars in prize pools and gaming events.

Where Can You Watch Esports Leagues on TV?

First of all, let’s get one thing clear, the term TV can now be associated with various forms of live streaming. Back in the day, TV meant the big rectangle television sitting in your living room. Nowadays, TV also includes live streaming channels on the internet such as Youtube or Twitch.

Established esports leagues are most commonly presented and hosted on ESPN’s official channel, but esports news and analysis can also be accessed via online blogs, vlogs, official social media channels, and other live streaming websites similar to Gamopo. Professionals are slowly graduating from the traditional mediums, and entering into a phase of online and a virtual world.

Typically our esports news cover all aspects of league play, yet there are some popular games which are featured more than others. For example League of Legends, DOTA 2, Rocket League, CS:GO, and Overwatch are always highlighted in our weekly esports league updates more than most other games.

All of these games are more popular because of their pro league tournaments, esports betting options, and millions of fans who always want to know the latest updates regarding their favourite esports games.

There are several channels and mediums, where you can enjoy your favorite esports leagues every day. If you are an avid television watcher, then turn to ESPN News, and you can enjoy live commentary, recaps, discussions, and predictions about Lol, DOTA 2, and newer leagues like Overwatch. The professional present these games just like traditional sports, and they invite professional Esports games writers to join them in supportive and helpful discussions.

If you are more of a modern TV watcher, and you enjoy watching news on your laptop, then turn to Twitch, YouTube, ESPN News Website, MLG.TV, or TBS.

You can not only enjoy live streaming on Twitch and YouTube, but you can also view live commentary, breakdown, stats recap, updates, and other news on these websites and their affiliated TV services.

ESPN News website and TBS News website offer a live version of their traditional news. These online news pieces are actually more detailed, and exclusive regarding the latest updates for esports leagues.

What are Some of the Most Popular Esports Leagues?

Popular games have started to establish their own esports leagues, local LAN tournaments, online multiplayer challenges and other action packed events for the audience to enjoy. These leagues vary hugely, and every league attracts a different number and type of audience. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular esports leagues in 2019;

Invitationals: These events are just help to promote the game, and raise awareness. Professionals, as well as newbies are invited from all over the globe, and they participate as individual gamers. There are prize pools, rewards and cash prizes for the winners. These events are also streamed live and audience indulges in Esports betting on these Esports games.

DOTA 2 World Championship: This can easily be referred to as the biggest Esports tournament. It has been around since the release of the game in 2011. The last tournament had a prize pool of $24,787,916. This surpasses any of the other Esports leagues.

International World Championships: Based on the DOTA 2, all the other major titles hold world level championships. The prize pools vary from 1 Million USD to 10 Million USD. Nevertheless, these championships attract a large number of audiences, and the gambling industry has a field day during the international championships. Records are broken. Records are made. Champions are defeated. Champions are born.

ESL Pro Leagues: Electronic Sports League offers Pro leagues every year, which are based around the major titles. The world class professionals are invited to play among one another. Although the major focus is currently on DOTA 2 and CS: GO, but that might change the rise in popularity for Esports games of Battle Royale genre.

The Intel Extreme Masters: ESL is behind this as well. They hold a vast variety of leagues for different types of games, gamers, and gameplays. It originally began as a platform to raise awareness regarding Esports games in the traditional sports audience. Over the years, it has solidified itself as a major component of the Esports games industry.

Other Leagues: There are several other major and minor titles in the Esports industry. These include, but are not limited to:

  • ELEAGUE
  • NBA 2K League
  • Overwatch League
  • Capcom Pro Tour/Capcom Cup
  • Call of Duty Championship/World League
  • Evolution Championship Series
  • Major League Gaming
  • FIFA Interactive World Cup
  • ESWC
  • Smite World Championship
  • World Cyber Games
  • StarCraft II World Championship Series
  • Halo World Championships
  • Battle.net World Championships
  • WESG – World Electronic Sports Games

Conclusion

Well, now we all know what Esports are. We know how big they are becoming. The Esports games are attracting large bodies of greedy gamblers from all over the globe. If one tournament spawns a prize pool of 10 Million USD, imagine what hundreds of tournaments will do every year.

Esports games are definitely getting bigger, more complex and more real with every passing day. It’s time for everyone to benefit from the outcome of this industry.

In order to understand this industry from a betting perspective, learn as much as you can about each game, and watch leagues on all the available mediums. Esports betting is gaining a cult like following, and soon, it will thrive amongst esports enthusiasts looking to add some extra excitment by placing bets. The time is now.