A new Rocket League competition will be held at X Games Minneapolis

FACEIT and X Games team up to create a Rocket League Invitational with $75,000 prize pool. The event will be broadcasted by ESPN.

Teams will compete for the share of the $75,000 prize pool from July 14 to 16. ESPN 3 and another platform that has not been announced yet will be streaming the matches during the event.

“The X Games and ESPN have done a great job of bringing attention to nontraditional sports over the years. Adding esports and Rocket League to that lineup is something we at Psyonix are very excited about. We can’t wait to bring this competition to a whole new audience.” – Josh Watson, Esports Operations Manager at Psyonix.

X Games has hosted several esports competitions in the past, including Call of Duty and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments. The X Games hosts high-intensity sports competition and Rocket League fits in well with that.

It’s not the firts esports competition held in the X Games as they previously hosted Call of Duty and CS:GO tournament.

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Klaj joins PSG after leaving Fnatic

Johan ‘Klaj’ Olsson appears in Riot Games’ contract database as the new support of Paris Saint-Germain’s League of Legends team to play in the Summer Split of Challenger Series.

The Swedish support has played for Fnatic since Febraury of 2016. He qualified Fnatic Academy for the LCS last split, but Ninjas in Pyjamas, who bought their spot, got rid of the players. Fnatic announced early today that Klaj was leaving the organization and released an official statement.

“Working with Klaj over the last year has been an absolute pleasure. Always positive and constantly striving to improve, Klaj has given his heart and soul to our organisation and for that we are eternally grateful. I’m sure there is a lot more to come from Johan and I’m genuinely sad to see him go.” – Finlay ‘Quaye’ Stewart

PSG Esports is not in their best moment in Challenger Series, they are 0-2 in the standings after losing all of their 4 games this first 2 weeks. They currently have Lewis “NoXiAK” Felix and the manager Bora “YellowStar” Kim as supports in their roster, but it seems that they will announce Klaj very soon.

A special painted subway will take on fans attending Rift Rivals in Taiwan

Rift Rivals, the new Riot Games’ tournament, consist in many tournaments around the world featuring the best rivalries in the rift.

One of them will be held in a Taiwanese important city, Kaohsiung. The best teams from Korean LCK, Chinese LPL and Taiwanese LMS will clash for the title from July 6th to 9th.

This event will have a special subway according to the Kaohsiung city mayor’s press conference.

The subway is intended to take viewers of the Rift Rivals to the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center during the event.

So the Taiwanese will be able to enjoy teams like SK Telecom T1, Royal Never Give Up or Flash Wolves from July 6th to 9th, going to the event in a very special subway.

EU vs NA Rift Rivals format update

Riot Games have heard the feedback from players and the community and have changed the format of Rift Rivals two weeks before the event.

They are expanding the tournament from 3 to 4 days in order to deliver more games and longer series. For this reason, the format is being expanded to include a double-round robin Bo1 Group Stage with a Bo5 final between the top team from each region based on Group Stage results.

Rift Rivals EU vs NA - Format Infographic

“When we announced the format for NA vs. EU in late May, we heard feedback that you were disappointed not to see more individual games and a longer series (Bo3 or Bo5) between the top NA and EU teams. This echoes feedback we’ve heard from pros in the run-up to this event.”

Finally, the event will take place from July 5th to 8th and ticket sales will go live on Friday, June 23 at 17:00 CEST. 

EU vs NA Rift Rivals will be held at the EU LCS Studios in Berlin, Germany.

MVP Ranking: EU LCS Summer 2017 (Weeks 1-4)

EU LCS will start next week with the cross-group play, but before we want to rank the players according to their performances in every game played this split.

MVP Ranking is a weekly post where you can see who is the best player in the league. The way we rank the pros is by grading the players from 10 to 1 (from better to worse performance) and calculating their total points*.

*If you want to know more, let your comment below.

Top 10 players are featured in the post but you can find the ranking completed at the end of the article.

Top 10

10. FNC Broxah (3W-1L) – 8’5 KDA – [89’40 Points]

Broxah has the second best KDA ratio in the league behind his teammate Rekkles. He played really bad last game against Roccat, however, he’s been a very important piece for his team since he joined earlier this season.

9. SPY Trashy (3W-1L) – 4’6 KDA – [90’00 Points]

Trashy is the playmaker of Splyce, not only for making great plays but he is the organizer of every kill. He participates in 72,6% of his team’s kills, one of the highest Kill Participation in the LCS.

8. MSF Hans Sama (3W-1L) – 5’7 KDA – [90,20 Points]

Hans Sama was a young promise player when he enter LCS and now is demonstrating what he is able to do. The ADC provides Misfits a lot of damage per minute with his favorite champions such as Varus, Ashe or Xayah.

7. H2K Odoamne (3W-1L) – 4’5 KDA – [92’00 Points]

Odoamne is a player that doesn’t stand out but always is a decisive top laner for H2K. He’s mainly played tanky champions this split in order to take all the damage coming from the other team and, even so, Odoamne has died few times.

6. MSF PowerOfEvil (3W-1L) – 4’8 KDA – [93’40 Points]

PowerOfEvil returned to his playstile after Origen’s disaster last year. Now is one of the greatest mid laners in the EU LCS and he’s feared for his Orianna. We can feature his 77% KP and his 538 DPM.

5. FNC Caps (3W-1L) – 8 KDA – [94’60 Points]

The young star mid laner is improving his last split performance so far as he is currently the best mid laner of the league. Caps is doing a 621 DPM this matches and is dealing the 31.7% of the team’s damage (Considering that Rekkles, sOAZ and Broxah are in the same team is a brutal stat).

4. H2K Jankos (3W-1L) – 5’3 KDA – [95’33 Points]

Jankos is the hard-carry player that all teams need. His early game aggresive style with champions like Lee SIn or Kha’Zix made his team to get ahead in many games. Featured stat: 33% First Blood.

3. UOL Samux (3W-1L) – 7’7 KDA – [97’60 Points]

Samux arrived to LCS from the Spanish League in January and he is already a superstar player. He’s improved from last split: Samus has made a transition from control, utility champs to the carry ones as he played so well on Xayah or Twitch.

2. UOL Xerxe (3W-1L) – 7’1 KDA – [99’20 Points]

Xerxe, what a player! He is surprisingly the carry of the unicorns without playing hard-carry champions. Xerxe is more comfortable on utility champions like Ivern, where he can dominate the game and not necesarily need to risk too much.

1. FNC Rekkles (3W-1L) – 14’7 KDA – [117’60 Points]

Rekkles is the best so far right now. Even when Fnatic loses, he’s doing a good performance. He is the responsible of Fnatic’s great start this split. Best KDA ratio in EU LCS, he only shares 8.9% of the team’s deaths, 10.4 CSPM and 346 EGPM. His stats are amazing and if he keep playing like this, Fnatic is a great contender to win the title.

COMPLETED RANKING (Top 53)

EU LCS Summer 2017 - MVP (Week 4)

Luminosity crown themselves at CWL Anaheim

Splyce and Luminosity fought for the title in an epic Grand Final but finally the North American team beat the European one.

Luminosity upset Optic Gaming on Saturday night and were able to keep their win streak until the first map of the Final against Splyce.

On the other side of the stage, Splyce. They had a harder way to make it to the Grand Final. Splyce lost to Epsilon in WB’s Semifinal in a close series with a 3-1 score. However, they came back and managed to win Enigma6, Cloud9 and Epsilon before playing against Luminosity.

Splyce didn’t confirm their CWL Stage 1 Playoffs title and they have to settle for being the runner-up this time.

Lamabear leaves Mysterious Monkeys

UPDATE: Kikis and Amazing to appear in Riot Games’ Contract Database, so it’s confirmed they are entering Mysterious Monkeys and probably starting in next weekend’s matches.

First weeks of EU LCS have been so tough for Mysterious Monkeys and they have decided to put aside Leon “Lamabear” Krüger. There is no official statement about this roster update yet, but the jungler posted a tweet where he announce he is a free agent.

Rumors point out to the incorporation of Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek or Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider. Both are two veteran players who were playing together in Fnatic Academy, however after the purchase of the place by Ninjas in Pyjamas, they aren’t playing in any team.

Another possible harmed by this move would be Park “Jisu” Jin-cheol. The Korean is not performing well in the top-flight competition and a more experienced player like Kikis could snatch the position.