Weekly News Recap – June 23, 2017

Weekly News Recap - June 23, 2017
Weekly News Recap - June 23, 2017
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Welcome to the Weekly Recap, where we gather the top stories that happened in the past week to help you catch up with the busy world of eSports!



Dota 2

Valve releases TI invitees

Four-Major winner OG leads five other teams who were given direct invite to the Dota 2’s grandest stage: The International 2017.

OG has won all but one of Valve’s five premier non-TI competitions in the last two years, including this season’s Majors in Boston and Kiev.

Second to get the invite was Russian-team Virtus.Pro, which was the runner-up to OG in Kiev and will enter TI7 as winner of three known events like Mr. Cat Invitational, Russian e-sports Cup 2017 and Dota Summit 7.

TI5 winner Evil Geniuses also secured an invite after a semi-final finish in Kiev and winning the 2017 Manila Masters. The Blues also finished second in the EPICENTER 2017.

DAC 2017 winner and Kiev semi-finalist Invictus Gaming secured an invite, along with two-time EPICENTER winner Liquid and Zotac Cup Masters champion NewBee.

According to reports, Valve decreased the number of invitees after poor performances from past invitees in other Steam-sponsored events.


VP defends Summit title

Virtus.Pro outlasted Team Secret in a feisty best-of-five series in the final to win their second Dota Summit championship in a row.

VP defied the Elimination Challenge mode that it faced as the lower bracket finalist and was smart enough to outdraft Secret in the decider, as its selection of the Warlock-Sven supports duo and cores of Dark Seer-Krobelus-Anti Mage was able to give them leverage against Secret’s draft of Maiden, Sand King, Nyx Assassin, Razor and Medusa.

The Russians were a step ahead of the EU team all throughout the game, and became too dominant in the late game and won two big team fights that forced Secret to give up the title match at the 43rd minute.

VP pocketed $42,500 as champion, while Secret took home $22,500 as second-placer.


NewBee sweeps PO, wins 1st Galaxy Battles

NewBee dominated Planet Odd in the Galaxy Battle final to win its second LAN tourney in a row.

Fresh from its successful ZOTAC Cup Masters conquest, the Blue Boys from China topped Group A, although in contentious fashion, to take its place in the upper bracket, where it thrashed IG.Vitality then destroyed Planet Odd to grab the first grand finals slot.

PO then had to survive a solid fightback from TNC Gaming in the LB final 2-1 to set a revenge date with NewBee in the ultimate round.

NewBee showed how it mastered the new meta, beating the former Digital Chaos roster handily in all three games to win $69,000 as champion.

Odd pocketed $22,500, while TNC settled for $18,000 and mousesports went home with $13,500 on hand.



League of Legends

SKT T1 now leads LCK

Everything must be right with the world again, in the LCK at least.

SKT T1 defeated Jin Air Green Wings in Week 4 to lead the LCK Summer Split table for the first time this season.

The three-time world champion lost its opener to telecom rival Samsung Galaxy but won its last seven games.

SSG, at 6-1, can return to the top if it beats JAG in its first game in Week4.

KT Rolster is tied with SSG at 6-1, followed by Longzhu Gaming at 5-2 and afreeca Freecs and JAG, who are both 4-3.



Immortals battle CLG for NA LCS Summer solo lead

Immortals, Counter Logic Gaming and Team Dignitas ( all at 5-1) are in a three-way-tie for the lead in the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split table but one of the team can get separation from the pack with the schedule this week.

The Immortals will face CLG in Day 1 of Week 4, and will get a chance to move away from Dignitas too as the pair will clash in Day 2.

Following the three-way-lock at the top is Spring champion Team SoloMid at 4-2, then the three-team tie of Echo Fox, Cloud 9 and Team EnVyUs who are all 3-3.



Counter Strike: Global Offensive

SK Gaming rebounds in time to win DreamHack Summer

SK Gaming dominated Fnatic in the DreamHack Summer 2017 final at Elmia in Jonkoping.

The Brazilians uncharacteristically finished second in Group A after losing to Immortals in their second match, but they found their dominant form in their third match of the tournament and went on the usual and blasted their way to the championship.

SK lost its first map to Group B top seed in the semi-finals but dominated the next two 16-7 16-9 to reach the final and face Fnatic, who outlasted the Immortals 2-1 in the other bracket.

It looked like Fnatic was on its way to unseating SK as one of the best teams in the world but a dominant performance by the Brazilians in Mirage allowed SK to finish the match on a 16-8 score.

The South American side went home richer by $50,000, while Fnatic filled its purse with $20,000 as runner-up.


London stage set for ECS 3 

Eight of the best teams in the world collide at SSE Arena in Wembley, London in UK as the Esports Championship Series Season 3 goes underway.

Astralis, considered as the team to beat in the scene right now, is in Group B with Cloud 9, Team Liquid and Fnatic.

DreamHack Summer 2017 champion SK Gaming is in Group A, along with FaZe Clan, G2 Esports and OpTic Gaming.

ECS 3 offers $660,000 in prize pool, with $250,000 going to the hands of the champion team and $120,000 to the runner-up.




LGD, 1246 clash in Premier Series 2017 – Spring

LGD and 1246 collide in a tough best-of-seven series in the Overwatch Premier Series 2017 – Spring finale.

LGD, which topped the group stage with a 9-0 standing and dropped only a total of five maps in the tournament, reached the final after outlasting Lucky Future 3-2 in the best-of-five semi-final.

1246 is the Cinderella team of the tournament, as it placed only seventh in league play but stunned second-seeded FTD Club and third-seeded Oh My God to set the unexpected finals meeting with the Chinese powerhouse team LGD.

Lucky Future and OMG will meet in the battle for third, which is also a best-of-seven affair.