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Let’s talk Fortnite and the World Cup Qualifiers for week 5.

The World Cup Qualifiers saw its week 5, and, as expected, things didn’t quite go as planned for Epic Games.

Before we get into that, here’s who qualified out of the different regions.

From Europe, we’ve got 8 players, starting with Atlantis Letshe in first, AGO Jarkos in second, and N47 Klusia in third. From there, its NRG MrSavageM, Ghost Issa, MGA Snayzy, Fnatic Smeef, and DualMedia Blastr rounding out the remaining spots.

Out of North America West, we’ll be seeing Liquid Riversan in first place, then WBG Rhux, and finally Twitch Pzuhs in the final spot in the West.

In the second biggest server, North America East, we’ll see FaZe Dubs. in first, then NRG Zayt in second, and MSF Clix taking third place. Walking it down the standings, we’re also looking at RogueShark_, kolorful, FaZe Megga, BuckeFPS, and Klass rounding it all out.

Still, things aren’t all roses and sunshine for the Fortnite World Cup. Even more problems reared their ugly head during the event yet again. Just hours before the Qualifier, Epic disabled vehicles due to a bug in which players couldn’t exit the vehicle properly. To add to that, point scoring also appeared to have been somewhat bugged during the event, though it seems like it ironed itself out successfully.

Look at our next shooter, we’re examining PUBG and this weekend’s results of the NPL, in which just saw its week 2.

In first place, team Rumblers went home with 71 points, and only a single first place win. In second, team Ghost  are comfortable with happy 65 points, and just behind them, P1E are in third at 64 points, and team END are in 4th at only 63, with all three teams all within 3 points of each other.

Looking at the overall standings as a result of this weekend’s matches. In first place is The Rumblers, at a total of 119 points. In second, we’re seeing Tempo Storm at 115. Third has PlayerOne Esports at 112, with eUnited, last week’s leaders, dropping to fourth place at 110, and finally Cloud9 at a comfortable 108. All of these teams are within touching distance, and the point distribution down to 8th is just as close, with Ghost Gaming and Lazarus both at 104 points, and still in the race for the rest of the season.

Fun numbers

PUBG - avg 400,000 players, peak of 900,000 in the past month.

Fortnite doesn’t release their numbers, but last heard was 10 million in March, at highest concurrent. Assuming avg is same as PUBG, that’s 5 million avg players in March. For arguments sake, assume same numbers in May. As of this writing, Fortnite’s highest viewership numbers for the World Cup is 67,000, a gross outlier over the weekend, considering their average weekend viewership has been around 31k.

Should the game be played competitively?

Time to look at the results from the Overwatch League Playoffs that took place this past weekend.

Starting with Friday’s matches, we had New York Excelsior vs Los Angeles Gladiators, in which the Excelsior took a clean 3 - 0 to advance to the semifinals. Afterwards, the Dallas Fuel challenged the Vancouver Titans. Titans took the series easily at 3 - 0, though Dallas put up a very competitive round 2 on King’s Row.

Looking to the semifinals, San Fransisco Shock again proved their superiority over their opponents with a 4 - 0 win against Hangzhou Spark, to advance to the grand finals on Sunday. Looking to the other half of the bracket, the Vancouver Titans, fresh of their win against Dallas, continued their forward swing to roll over the New York Excelsior at 4 - 1.

Ultimately, it came down to the grand finals, with a clash between the Vancouver Titans and the San Fransisco Shock, on the final Sunday of Stage 2. This series was a rematch of Stage 1’s playoffs, from earlier this year in March, where the Titans previously defeated the Shock at 4 - 3. This time around, things were eerily similar, with Shock taking game 1 on Busan, and Titans taking Game 2 on King’s Row, following an identical pattern to the Stage 1 playoffs. From there, things deviated from last season’s norm, with Titans taking game 3 on Paris. Afterwards, we had a very intense Game 4 on Watchpoint: Gibraltar, and ultimately it was Shock who took the map at 4 - 3, which tied the series up at 2 - 2 overall. With even ground set up for both teams, it was the Shock who would find their strength beyond the original series, taking game 5 on Oasis with a clean 2 - 0, and closing out the series at 2 - 1 on Blizzard World, to win everything with a 4 - 2 series line. San Fransisco Shock are the champions of the Overwatch League Stage 2.

In other shooter news, the Blast Pro Madrid took place this weekend.

Six teams took to the big stage in Madrid. Astralis, Cloud 9, Na’Vi, Ninjas in Pyjamas, ENCE, and Giants Gaming played in this two day tournament for a $250,000 prize pool.

The Round Robins circulated across Saturday and Sunday, which saw ENCE coming out in first place at 4 - 1, with Astralis in second tied at 4 - 1, though ENCE had won the head to head against Astralis in round 4 of the round robin. Ninjas in Pyjamas came in 3rd, at 3 - 2 and got the chance to compete in the Blast Pro Standoff. They chose Giants Gaming as their opponents, and won the shootout with a total of 3 - 2. Finally, Na’Vi, Cloud 9, and Giants Gaming rounded out the rest of our group.

Entering into the Grand Final was ENCE and the tournament affiliates Astralis. ENCE had already defeated Astralis earlier in the tournament, and they proved their success again twice in a row, taking both game 1 and game 2 effectively, with a 16 - 9 on Nuke, and a 16 - 13 on Train. ENCE flew home with a bonus 125,000 dollar in their pockets.

Looking towards our MOBA news, LoL continued all of this weekend with MSI.

Starting earlier this weekend, the group stage began its thunderous tear.

As of the time of this filming, the games are still going on, in which we just saw FW vs SKT. We’ll still get plenty more games for the rest of today and tomorrow as well, so we’ll be doing our best to keep you updated on the standings of the tournament, but here’s the teams you should be keeping an eye on, if you hadn’t been already.

First up, its the powerhouse first place team of Invictus Gaming. As of this filming, they’re at 7 - 0, and they look unstoppable. Jackeylove has been on fire lately, looking like the “Chinese Prodigy” AD Carries that we’ve all come to know and love out of the LPL, and when you sprinkle in TheShy, Rookie, and the rest of the IG family, this team is nigh unbeatable.

Just behind IG is G2 esports, and at 5 - 3, they look like the best team so far to be able to contend against the current World Champions of Invictus Gaming. They also beat SKT, who were expected to be top performers. The wacky style is doing a lot of work for the team, and their aggressiveness is converting into big success, aside from their 2 losses against iG and one loss against Buffalo.

The next team you need to keep an eye on is SKT, they were expected to be performing well, but look like they’ve been seeing some trouble in converting their regional prowess into proper success. And while they haven’t locked in a playoffs spot yet, this is still a team with Faker, and more talent than you can shake a stick at.

We’ll be providing more insight and results as the group stage continues over today and tomorrow morning.

Looking at our next MOBA, the DOTA 2 MDL Disneyland Paris Majors concluded yesterday, with a thrilling end week long event.

Team Liquid found the drive to push through the stiff competition to advance through the lower bracket, from round 2 all the way up to the grand finals, playing a total of 6 Bo3’s to advance to that finals spot. Their opponents, on the other hand, were looking much more fresh, having played exactly half that number of series, as Team Secret casually strolled their way through the upper bracket

The grand finals Best of Five saw Team Secret contending with the uprising of Team Liquid, and while TL fans could rejoice, the challenge was only beginning.

Game one went Team Liquid’s way with a 36 minute victory, but their luck seemed to have run out. Game 2 dragged on for 46 full minutes, before Team Secret was able to take the victory, tying up the series at 1 - 1, but Team Secret seemed to have figured Liquid out, or at the very least, worn them down with the fatigue of the sheer volume of games played over the course of the week. Game 3 was Team Secret’s to claim at 36 minutes, and Game 4 closed the series at 29 minutes, with Team Secret taking home the win, alongside 15,000 pro circuit points. Their first place prize gave Team Secret a bonus 350,000 dollars out of the million dollar prize pool, with Liquid’s second place finish netting a happy 170,000 dollars of their own.

Team Secret’s victory here has secured them a spot in the 2019 International, for the opportunity to compete in Shanghai for their share of a massive prize pool. As of the time of this writing, TI’s prize pool is just shy of 11 million, at 10.9, and is already breaking all of the previous records set by previous TI’s. There is still a lot of time until those matches in August, so expect that prize pool to continue to grow by monumental amounts before the games finally begin.

The NBA 2K League Turn Tournament concluded this past weekend in Las Vegas.

It was intense. Fans flocked to the Esports Arena in Los Vegas to see the action live.

The finals saw the 76ers challenge the Warriors Gaming Squad, something of a surprise, as the Warriors are currently at 3 - 2 in the standings, putting them at 7th, and the 76ers are tied at the same score in 9th.

The matches began with the 76ers hoping to win their second straight tournament championship, but almost immediately out of the gates, the Warriors stalled out the 76ers, taking a stellar 18 - 7 first quarter lead. This is the first time the 76ers have had a single digit first quarter in all of 2019. By the end of the third quarter, Golden State boasted a 43 - 28 margin, an almost insurmountable advantage. This is in large part due to the Warriors Center of Type, who not only celebrated his birthday on Saturday, but also celebrated with the Intel Player of the Game Honors.

76ers struggled in the matchup, but one bad day shouldn’t count out all hopes for the roster, and they’re definitely on my watch list for the remainder of the 2019 season.

The RLCS will wrap up our esports coverage, with their North American and European regional playoffs taking place this past weekend.

Starting things off in North America, all eyes were on the first seed of NRG Esports, as they were undefeated in rounds coming into the playoffs.

Let’s talk Fortnite and the World Cup Qualifiers for week 5.

The World Cup Qualifiers saw its week 5, and, as expected, things didn’t quite go as planned for Epic Games.

Before we get into that, here’s who qualified out of the different regions.

From Europe, we’ve got 8 players, starting with Atlantis Letshe in first, AGO Jarkos in second, and N47 Klusia in third. From there, its NRG MrSavageM, Ghost Issa, MGA Snayzy, Fnatic Smeef, and DualMedia Blastr rounding out the remaining spots.

Out of North America West, we’ll be seeing Liquid Riversan in first place, then WBG Rhux, and finally Twitch Pzuhs in the final spot in the West.

In the second biggest server, North America East, we’ll see FaZe Dubs. in first, then NRG Zayt in second, and MSF Clix taking third place. Walking it down the standings, we’re also looking at RogueShark_, kolorful, FaZe Megga, BuckeFPS, and Klass rounding it all out.

Still, things aren’t all roses and sunshine for the Fortnite World Cup. Even more problems reared their ugly head during the event yet again. Just hours before the Qualifier, Epic disabled vehicles due to a bug in which players couldn’t exit the vehicle properly. To add to that, point scoring also appeared to have been somewhat bugged during the event, though it seems like it ironed itself out successfully.

Look at our next shooter, we’re examining PUBG and this weekend’s results of the NPL, in which just saw its week 2.

In first place, team Rumblers went home with 71 points, and only a single first place win. In second, team Ghost  are comfortable with happy 65 points, and just behind them, P1E are in third at 64 points, and team END are in 4th at only 63, with all three teams all within 3 points of each other.

Looking at the overall standings as a result of this weekend’s matches. In first place is The Rumblers, at a total of 119 points. In second, we’re seeing Tempo Storm at 115. Third has PlayerOne Esports at 112, with eUnited, last week’s leaders, dropping to fourth place at 110, and finally Cloud9 at a comfortable 108. All of these teams are within touching distance, and the point distribution down to 8th is just as close, with Ghost Gaming and Lazarus both at 104 points, and still in the race for the rest of the season.

Fun numbers

PUBG - avg 400,000 players, peak of 900,000 in the past month.

Fortnite doesn’t release their numbers, but last heard was 10 million in March, at highest concurrent. Assuming avg is same as PUBG, that’s 5 million avg players in March. For arguments sake, assume same numbers in May. As of this writing, Fortnite’s highest viewership numbers for the World Cup is 67,000, a gross outlier over the weekend, considering their average weekend viewership has been around 31k.

Should the game be played competitively?

Time to look at the results from the Overwatch League Playoffs that took place this past weekend.

Starting with Friday’s matches, we had New York Excelsior vs Los Angeles Gladiators, in which the Excelsior took a clean 3 - 0 to advance to the semifinals. Afterwards, the Dallas Fuel challenged the Vancouver Titans. Titans took the series easily at 3 - 0, though Dallas put up a very competitive round 2 on King’s Row.

Looking to the semifinals, San Fransisco Shock again proved their superiority over their opponents with a 4 - 0 win against Hangzhou Spark, to advance to the grand finals on Sunday. Looking to the other half of the bracket, the Vancouver Titans, fresh of their win against Dallas, continued their forward swing to roll over the New York Excelsior at 4 - 1.

Ultimately, it came down to the grand finals, with a clash between the Vancouver Titans and the San Fransisco Shock, on the final Sunday of Stage 2. This series was a rematch of Stage 1’s playoffs, from earlier this year in March, where the Titans previously defeated the Shock at 4 - 3. This time around, things were eerily similar, with Shock taking game 1 on Busan, and Titans taking Game 2 on King’s Row, following an identical pattern to the Stage 1 playoffs. From there, things deviated from last season’s norm, with Titans taking game 3 on Paris. Afterwards, we had a very intense Game 4 on Watchpoint: Gibraltar, and ultimately it was Shock who took the map at 4 - 3, which tied the series up at 2 - 2 overall. With even ground set up for both teams, it was the Shock who would find their strength beyond the original series, taking game 5 on Oasis with a clean 2 - 0, and closing out the series at 2 - 1 on Blizzard World, to win everything with a 4 - 2 series line. San Fransisco Shock are the champions of the Overwatch League Stage 2.

In other shooter news, the Blast Pro Madrid took place this weekend.

Six teams took to the big stage in Madrid. Astralis, Cloud 9, Na’Vi, Ninjas in Pyjamas, ENCE, and Giants Gaming played in this two day tournament for a $250,000 prize pool.

The Round Robins circulated across Saturday and Sunday, which saw ENCE coming out in first place at 4 - 1, with Astralis in second tied at 4 - 1, though ENCE had won the head to head against Astralis in round 4 of the round robin. Ninjas in Pyjamas came in 3rd, at 3 - 2 and got the chance to compete in the Blast Pro Standoff. They chose Giants Gaming as their opponents, and won the shootout with a total of 3 - 2. Finally, Na’Vi, Cloud 9, and Giants Gaming rounded out the rest of our group.

Entering into the Grand Final was ENCE and the tournament affiliates Astralis. ENCE had already defeated Astralis earlier in the tournament, and they proved their success again twice in a row, taking both game 1 and game 2 effectively, with a 16 - 9 on Nuke, and a 16 - 13 on Train. ENCE flew home with a bonus 125,000 dollar in their pockets.

Looking towards our MOBA news, LoL continued all of this weekend with MSI.

Starting earlier this weekend, the group stage began its thunderous tear.

As of the time of this filming, the games are still going on, in which we just saw FW vs SKT. We’ll still get plenty more games for the rest of today and tomorrow as well, so we’ll be doing our best to keep you updated on the standings of the tournament, but here’s the teams you should be keeping an eye on, if you hadn’t been already.

First up, its the powerhouse first place team of Invictus Gaming. As of this filming, they’re at 7 - 0, and they look unstoppable. Jackeylove has been on fire lately, looking like the “Chinese Prodigy” AD Carries that we’ve all come to know and love out of the LPL, and when you sprinkle in TheShy, Rookie, and the rest of the IG family, this team is nigh unbeatable.

Just behind IG is G2 esports, and at 5 - 3, they look like the best team so far to be able to contend against the current World Champions of Invictus Gaming. They also beat SKT, who were expected to be top performers. The wacky style is doing a lot of work for the team, and their aggressiveness is converting into big success, aside from their 2 losses against iG and one loss against Buffalo.

The next team you need to keep an eye on is SKT, they were expected to be performing well, but look like they’ve been seeing some trouble in converting their regional prowess into proper success. And while they haven’t locked in a playoffs spot yet, this is still a team with Faker, and more talent than you can shake a stick at.

We’ll be providing more insight and results as the group stage continues over today and tomorrow morning.

Looking at our next MOBA, the DOTA 2 MDL Disneyland Paris Majors concluded yesterday, with a thrilling end week long event.

Team Liquid found the drive to push through the stiff competition to advance through the lower bracket, from round 2 all the way up to the grand finals, playing a total of 6 Bo3’s to advance to that finals spot. Their opponents, on the other hand, were looking much more fresh, having played exactly half that number of series, as Team Secret casually strolled their way through the upper bracket

The grand finals Best of Five saw Team Secret contending with the uprising of Team Liquid, and while TL fans could rejoice, the challenge was only beginning.

Game one went Team Liquid’s way with a 36 minute victory, but their luck seemed to have run out. Game 2 dragged on for 46 full minutes, before Team Secret was able to take the victory, tying up the series at 1 - 1, but Team Secret seemed to have figured Liquid out, or at the very least, worn them down with the fatigue of the sheer volume of games played over the course of the week. Game 3 was Team Secret’s to claim at 36 minutes, and Game 4 closed the series at 29 minutes, with Team Secret taking home the win, alongside 15,000 pro circuit points. Their first place prize gave Team Secret a bonus 350,000 dollars out of the million dollar prize pool, with Liquid’s second place finish netting a happy 170,000 dollars of their own.

Team Secret’s victory here has secured them a spot in the 2019 International, for the opportunity to compete in Shanghai for their share of a massive prize pool. As of the time of this writing, TI’s prize pool is just shy of 11 million, at 10.9, and is already breaking all of the previous records set by previous TI’s. There is still a lot of time until those matches in August, so expect that prize pool to continue to grow by monumental amounts before the games finally begin.

The NBA 2K League Turn Tournament concluded this past weekend in Las Vegas.

It was intense. Fans flocked to the Esports Arena in Los Vegas to see the action live.

The finals saw the 76ers challenge the Warriors Gaming Squad, something of a surprise, as the Warriors are currently at 3 - 2 in the standings, putting them at 7th, and the 76ers are tied at the same score in 9th.

The matches began with the 76ers hoping to win their second straight tournament championship, but almost immediately out of the gates, the Warriors stalled out the 76ers, taking a stellar 18 - 7 first quarter lead. This is the first time the 76ers have had a single digit first quarter in all of 2019. By the end of the third quarter, Golden State boasted a 43 - 28 margin, an almost insurmountable advantage. This is in large part due to the Warriors Center of Type, who not only celebrated his birthday on Saturday, but also celebrated with the Intel Player of the Game Honors.

76ers struggled in the matchup, but one bad day shouldn’t count out all hopes for the roster, and they’re definitely on my watch list for the remainder of the 2019 season.

The RLCS will wrap up our esports coverage, with their North American and European regional playoffs taking place this past weekend.

Starting things off in North America, all eyes were on the first seed of NRG Esports, as they were undefeated in rounds coming into the playoffs.

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