Happy New Year!
Let's take a look at 2019's first gaming week!
Valve issued a record high of over 600,000 bans through their Valve Anti-Cheat system a month after CounterStrrike: Global Offensive went fully free to play.
Within December alone, the VAC system fielded a huge volume of bans that went up to 609K leading to 2019. The numbers dramatically eclipsed the previous record set in June 2017 at 60K.
Chinese organization Flash Gaming officially disbands their CS:GO roster days after TYLOO acquired YuanZhang "AttackeR" Sheng and YuLun "Summer" Cai from their team on a loan basis.
Multiple reports emerged hinting the possible fifth member of Faze Clan. Khazakstan’s Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev became the biggest candidate to complete the depleted roster of Faze Clan after sources claimed that the American organization is in pursuit of his services.
The 33-year-old who coached Faze Clan from the beginning of the organization’s CS:GO ventures stated that he stepped down due to personal reasons. RobbaN became a father for a second child back in September. He added that the hectic schedules as part of the team affects his paternal duties.
However, he also said that he is staying as a part of Faze where he will transition to a different role.
I became a dad for the second time back in September and the traveling has been very hard for me. It has been hard to coach and still be the father I want to be. However, I will still work in Faze, I will have a different role that I will announce later in January.
League of Legends News
In a four-page gallery published by League of Legends, we can see some teasers for an upcoming champion. The gallery goes with the title "Visions of Demacia" and in it we can see some of our favorite Demacians in a bit of a pinch.
What can these golden chains mean?
Following the popularity of virtual girl group K/DA, Taiwan-based concept artist Shen YH recently drew some concepts for what might be the next skin line-up.
The fanart used the same clothing style K/DA has been known for, which is mainly based on Korean pop music.
Dota 2 News
Team Liquid recently did a Q&A with Matumbaman, where he talked about the team. Talking about the roster, he said:
“Nobody has ever done that. Not even in League. They have never had the same roster win twice. This would be something amazing.”
He also said that Miracle is the “light bulb of the team.” Whenever they need to relieve some stress and pressure, they turn to Miracle for some humor. Didn't see that coming?
On the 3rd of January, OG decided to let Pajkatt go, citing ‘Chemistry issues’.
In a post on Facebook, they had said:
“During the weeks following his addition to our DotA 2 roster, we faced chemistry issues.
We realized there was not enough space in OG for Pajkatt to express his full potential. His profile, at the end of the way, no matter how excellent it is, did not match.
Team chemistry is a very complex matter, and regardless of how competent an individual is, sometimes the puzzle just doesn’t come together.”
Since Pajkatt was instrumental in helping OG secure a slot at the Bucharest Minor, OG will also be giving him a cut, and more if they qualified for the Major.
This 2019, Mogul is excited to announce that it will be collaborating with the Esports Thai League, (ETL) a league focused on three skill groups.
Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) are the games that the ETL will focus on. The skill groups will be amateur, minor, and major.
Different tournament formats will be used for these three games. Registration for the Esports Thai League starts on January 2, 2019.