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OWL by the numbers: NYXL's troubles adapting to new meta

The New York Excelsior entered the Overwatch League playoffs as a clear-cut favorite, but has recently failed to recognize the newest meta and finds itself at risk of elimination in the semifinals.

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Spitfire punches ticket to Overwatch League finals

The London Spitfire smashed the Los Angeles Valiant's hopes of winning the inaugural Overwatch League Playoffs, securing a 3-0 victory during Week 2 of the Overwatch League Playoffs at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.

How to watch Overwatch League on ESPN and Disney XD this week

The Overwatch League has come to the ESPN, Disney and ABC family of networks. Here's how to watch the OWL playoffs this week.

Hayward still fan of esports, not yet investor

NBA All-Star forward Gordon Hayward said on Thursday that although he's considered investing in esports in the past four to five years, given the growth of the industry he feels it's "over [his] head."


Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward talks about how his fellow NBA players have adopted esports and gaming in the past few years. Hayward, who has a long-tenured relationship with League of Legends, is promoting Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at an Xfinity event in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In June, the Fortnite Pro-Am at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles featured six NBA players; Hayward said he was supposed to participate but could not as a result of a second surgery to his leg, which he broke in October in the Celtics' opening game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The hangover of Rift Rivals

And the most important question of all: Is Rift Rivals even worth it?



League of Legends global power rankings through July 16

Griffin, the young upstarts in the LCK, has cracked the upper echelon on the power rankings.

LoL Global Power Rankings: 7/16

Griffin has taken the LCK by storm with a hot start to the Summer Split, but it's taken our panel a little bit longer to warm up to them. However, after another unbeaten week, Griffin ascends to make its debut in the Top 5.




NA LCS: 100 Thieves vs. Team SoloMid

Catch all the NA LCS action here.



Overwatch League playoffs - Spitfire vs. Gladiators

Catch all the Overwatch League action here.


Explaining Boston Uprising's fall from grace

The Boston Uprising were an Overwatch League title contender after their illustrious Stage 3 performance, but their season soon went off the rails.

Overwatch League MVP JJoNak: 'So, [it's] 30 percent hard work, 70 percent talent'

Was there anyone more dominant in the Overwatch League than JJoNak? The simple answer is no, and that's why he's the league's first MVP.


League of Legends

What would a League World Cup look like?

With Croatia facing France on Sunday and the Overwatch World Cup finals in November, we wondered: What would a League World Cup look like?

What would a LoL World Cup look like?

With the world focused in on the FIFA World Cup going on in Russia, Emily Rand joins Treavor Scales to break down what her rosters would look like in a League of Legends World Cup.


Overwatch League comes to ESPN, Disney and ABC

In all, professional Overwatch will be broadcast in some fashion on the flagship ESPN network, ESPN2, Disney XD and ABC and streaming services through the Overwatch League playoffs and Season 2 next year.

Fusion opens OWL playoffs with win over Uprising

The Philadelphia Fusion took down the Boston Uprising in a 3-1 victory on Wednesday, going up 1-0 in the series and kicking off the postseason at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.

Gladiators dominant in opening playoff match vs. Spitfire

The Los Angeles Gladiators defeated the London Spitfire in a 3-0 victory on Wednesday night, going 1-0 in the series and closing out the first day of the postseason at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.



Rift Rivals by the numbers: How it went wrong for NA

North American League of Legends teams looked inexperienced compared to their European counterparts, as Europe calmly took the 2018 Rift Rivals trophy. Here's a statistical look on how it all fell apart for North America.

Rift Rivals: What's Wrong with NA?

While Rift Rivals is intended to be a less-serious event, there are still some very serious bragging rights on the line between regions. This year, NA fell to EU. What happened?


Overwatch League

Quaterfinal Preview

Which teams have the edge in the OWL playoff quarterfinals?

The Boston Uprising take on the Philadelphia Fusion while the London Spitfire clash with the Los Angeles Gladiators. Who will move on to the semifinals? We preview both opening-round matchups.

OWL Playoffs First Round Preview

The long wait is over: the Overwatch League returns for the playoffs. Emily Rand joins Treavor Scales to get you ready for the first round.




Examining Griffin, LCK's hottest team

After blitzing through Challengers Korea with a 14-0 record in Spring, new LCK team Griffin has made a name for themselves in their short time in the big leagues. Riding a soft early schedule, Griffin (6-1) find themselves perched atop the LCK standings.



Inside the England camp: darts, fun and relaxation

England's preparations for one of the biggest games in the country's history have been smooth, thanks in part to a relaxed vibe off the pitch.

NFL side hustles: How players are making money outside football

Frosting cupcakes. Designing suits. Becoming doctors. Running businesses. Here are the crafts that players are working on outside of football.

League of Legends

China's LPL defends Rift Rivals title, beats South Korea's LCK

While the LPL were favorites heading into the finals, the LCK put up a fight worth mentioning.

Europe beats North America at Rift Rivals

The final day of Rift Rivals opened with an upset victory by Echo Fox over G2 Esports, but the European squads came out on top overall.

LoL Rift Rivals Power Rankings: NA vs EU

With Rift Rivals just around the corner, Emily Rand joins Darin Kwilinski to break down which teams are looking best heading into the event in the LoL Power Rankings presented by Schick.


League of Legends

Global Power Rankings

League of Legends global power rankings through July 2

There are no more unbeaten teams left in China, Griffin lost its first game, and everything is all wonky in North America. Here are this week's League of Legends global power rankings.

LoL Global Power Rankings - RNG on top

While Leagues around the world are taking a break with Rift Rivals just around the corner, the LoL Global Power Rankings forge on. Emily Rand joins Darin Kwilinski to break down the Top 5.


ESL One Cologne

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Three teams vie for world's No. 2 spot at ESL One Cologne

Team Liquid, Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan are in a tight race for the world's No. 2 spot. ESL One Cologne might settle the debate.

ESL One Cologne power rankings

While there's no movement for the old guard anytime soon, there are a few dark horses that have the chance to reach the top 5.

Fighting Game Community

Community Effort Orlando

Smash: Hungrybox emerges victorious at CEO 2018

Hbox's win at CEO signaled a return to the status quo -- or did it?

Players, organizers team up to reach CEO despite travel woes

A number of top competitors nearly didn't make it to Daytona Beach, Florida -- but a group effort got almost everyone there in the nick of time.

Jebailey makes historic inroads between fighting games and pro wrestling with CEO x NJPW

Alex Jebailey made historic inroads in growing the relationship between the fighting game community and pro wrestling with the success of his CEO x NJPW event Friday, with help from Kenny Omega, with a live stream on Twitch that did tremendous numbers.

Madlife 'changed the concept of support'

The support position in League of Legends was not the flashiest of roles, until Madlife came along and changed the game.

NA LCS by the numbers: Are C9 and TSM in trouble?

They have a long season ahead of them, but based on the numbers, it's not looking good for the "Big 2" of the NA LCS.

League of Legends

Global Power Rankings

League of Legends global power rankings through June 25

Week 2 is in the books, and chaos is slowly turning into, well, less chaos. Let's not call it order yet, but the League of Legends global power rankings continue to shift.

Global Power Rankings through 6/25

With two weeks now in the books, teams around the world have had plenty of opportunity to adapt to the new meta brought on by Patch 8.11, and continued in Patch 8.12.


North American LCS

League of Legends

Into the new world - NA LCS pros weigh in on League's new meta

AD carry no more? With the introduction of Patch 8.11, we've seen mage champions make their debut in the bot lane. As one player put it, "I'm just a student now."

Doublelift: This League meta 'isn't fun to play'

The crazy team compositions and role-swapping of the current pro League of Legends patch might be fun for viewers, but some players are less enthusiastic.

The Crazy New Meta of Patch 8.11

The most recent League of Legends patch has thrown pro leagues across the world in disarray. Emily Rand joins Darin Kwilinski to examine the new meta and how pros are adapting thus far.




Clutch wins fourth straight over TSM

In its first season as an NA LCS franchise, Clutch Gaming has already earned a reputation as a giant killer.


CLG no match for Team Liquid

Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng's squad tore through its opponent to stat Week 2 of the NA LCS.


G2 improves to 4-0 in Summer Split

The Goliath of European League of Legends is unbeaten after two weeks of play in the EU LCS.


League of Legends

Global Power Rankings

League of Legends global power rankings through June 18

It's a new summer split, and with it comes a new crazy, chaotic meta that some teams are working through better than others.

LoL Global power rankings through 6/18

With the summer split in full swing across the world, so too are our League of Legends Global Power Rankings. Emily Rand joins Darin Kwilinski to run through the top five teams.




Rise Nation wins its third Call of Duty World League title of the year with a 3-1 series victory against Red Reserve at CWL Anaheim. Rise hasn't finished outside the top-8 yet this year at CWL events.

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The crowd at the Call of Duty World League Anaheim Open is ready for the grand final. Rise Nation will face Red Reserve. Rise is going for its third first-place finish of the tour.

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Controversial call in Echo Fox vs. Clutch Gaming

A controversial call was made by officials because of a glitch in the Clutch Gaming vs Echo Fox game during Day 2 of the NA LCS Summer Split.



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