Last Week in E-Sports: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite gets its first tournament

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Last Week in e-sports we saw the announcement of a major Marvel Versus Capcom: Infinite tournament, the postponement of a major Gears of War 4 tournament, and one of the heaviest weeks for the roster shuffle that we have seen in a long time.

Capcom Announces “Battle for the Stones” It’s First Major MVCI Tournament

 

Capcom has decided to kick off the new Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tournament season with one of their most innovative tournaments yet. Their introductory tournament, titled “Battle for the Stones” is something of an exhibition tournament featuring old pros from the previous game, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. It will put the last seven Marvel EVO champions against six players decided via open qualifiers and three players decided through online qualifiers.

It’s the six open qualifiers that really shake this tournament up. Each qualifier is being called an “Infinity Stone Tournament.” The winner will get one of the six infinity stones and will carry it on to the finals. The Infinity Stones allow them to alter the rules of the tournament in some way, though Capcom has not clartified on what this means. Losing with an Infinity Stone in hand will forfeit it to the person who beat you.

Jay “Viscant” Snyder, , Job “Flocker” Figueroa, Nick “KaneBlueRiver” Gonzalez, Chris “Chrigg” Gonzalez, and Ryan “RyanLV” Romero, and Justin Wong have already qualified for the event because of their EVO champion status. Qualifiers for everyone else will run over the next few months and the tournament proper will begin sometime in December. The tournament will feature a $30,000 prize pool.

Gears Pro Circuit Mexico City Open Delayed Due to Natural Disasters

The opening event for the second season of the Gears Pro Circuit was originally scheduled to take place from Oct. 13th to the 15th at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico. It has been postponed due to the series of natural disasters which have struck the country.

“Over the past few weeks, Mexico has experienced a series of natural disasters including hurricanes and, most recently, a devastating set of earthquakes,” Gears Esports said. “Due to these recent events and for the safety of all fans, players, partners, and staff, the Gears Esports team has made the difficult decision to postpone the Gears Pro Circuit Mexico City Open from its original October date to early 2018. We are working closely with our partners to announce a new date as soon as possible.”

The postponement means that the first tournament of the season will likely take place in the United States.

Blizzard Holding Casting Call for New Overwatch Hosts

With the first season of the Overwatch League upon us, Blizzard is looking for new on-air talent. “We’re looking for charismatic broadcasters to join our already stellar talent pool to interview players, commentate matches, and analyze plays,” Blizzard said in its casting call. “The ideal addition to our team has exemplary social skills, a natural affinity for the camera, keen understanding of the game, and experience conducting upbeat and engaging interviews.”

Interested applicants have until December 15th to send in a resume, headshot, video audition, and talent reel. More details can be found on the official Overwatch site.

SK Telecom T1 Becomes Shopping Channel Hosts?

 

In one of the weirder promotional moves, members of the championship League of Legends team SK Telecom T1 posted a promotional video featuring their players as hosts of a home shopping channel. They are selling computer parts as part of a sponsorship deal. Why not? If traditional athletes can do commercials like this, why not professional gamers?

Big Wins

  • SonicFox continues to prove that he is the best Netherrealm Games player in the world, dominating the Injustice 2 Pro Series and taking home $120,000. This win also qualified him for the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championships along the seven other top eight finishers.
  • Cloud9 and Team WE both advanced from their groups undefeated in the League of Legends World Championship play-in stage.
  • Team EnVyUs outpaced Ninjas in Pyjamas and Virtus Pro in Group C of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier.
  • Ryan “FCHAMP” Ramirez won the first ever MVCI major at SoCal regionals for Splyce. 
  • We also saw first place finishes from Fujimara “Yukadon” Atsushi in Street Fighter V, and Hyun Jim “JDCR” Kim in Tekken 7,

The Roster Shuffle

  • Team Envy, one of the twelve teams participating in the first Overwatch League season, will expand its roster past six players. Players are guaranteed a minimum salary of $50,000 a year, even when acting as a sub.
  • Brandon “Seagull” Larned will be joining Team Envy for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, however they are still looking for potential players.
  • Cloud9 has signed on the entire roster of the OGN Overwatch APEX second place team, KongDoo Panthera. “KongDoo Panthera’s run in season three was nothing short of incredible, and the skills and passion they displayed in the finals are going to be right at home with Cloud9,” Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne said in a statement. “These guys are fierce competitors and I know they’re going to finish what they started, so we’re really excited for what’s to come.”
  • In addition, Cloud 9’s Overwatch manager, Ali Saba, has stepped down from his position. “It is best for my career development and for the organization that I move on to explore other options and opportunities that have been presented to me,” Saba said in a statement. “In particular, an alleged contractual dispute with a few former players has surfaced now that requires my full and immediate attention to ensure that the situation is properly and justly resolved.”
  • ROX Orcas has disbanded their Overwatch team after a disappointing performance in season four in OGN Overwatch APEX.
  • CLG has also decided to drop their Overwatch team. “Many teams in the months prior had released their rosters in order to re-evaluate their position in the esport, but we still believed that the Overwatch League could be the right fit for CLG,” the organization said in its announcement. “After months of discussion, however, it was determined that entering the Overwatch League does not align with our goals at the present time and that we will be parting ways with our Overwatch team.”
  • Enigma6 has added Brandon “Dashy” Otell, Jacob “Decemate” Cato, and Embry “Bevils” Bevil to their Call of Duty team in preparation for the COD:WWII season.
  • Fnatic is known for their high quality shooter teams, yet they are stepping down from competitive Call of Duty. They have released their entered CoD roster and will not be participating in tournaments for the foreseeable future. This is potentially motivated by a poor showing in the 2017 season.
  • Mysterious Monkeys have let go of jungler Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider. He is currently looking for other opportunities as either a League of Legends player or coach. The Mysterious Monkeys have not yet announced a replacement.
  • Immortals have taken half of their Counter Strike: Global Offensive lineup off their roster. Henrique “HEN1” and Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles have been benched following the termination of Vito “kNg” Giuseppe.
  • Method will be joining in the rapidly expanding professional PUBG environment. They signed a new team consisting of Jamon “RaptorDaRaptor” Moretz, Anssi “AndyPyro” Huovinen, Ludvik “Aitzy” Jahnsen and Mathias “EnergeticTurtle” Nielsen.
  • Luminosity has picked up a second PUBG team. The new roster includes Brazilian players Bruno “aXt” Habitzreuter, Joseph “Tecnosh” Touma, Tiago “SkipNhO” Lannes, and Mateus “yeTz” Duarte. “I am extremely proud to widen our footprint in both the PUBG & Brazilian community,” said LG founder Steve Maida. “The Brazilian fans have given our organization so much over the years and their support is unyielding. We have put together an exciting group of talented and experienced competitors. To date we’ve amassed over $140,000 in prize money from battle royale tournaments. Its early days and the future is bright. We’re all in and I can’t wait to see our new squad in action.”
  • The Madison Square Garden Company has decided to hire industry veteran Nick Allen to head up its e-sports division. Allen is known for helping to create the IGN ProLeague and for acting as Riot Game’s e-sports operations manager from 2013-2015. He then moved on to Twitch as their Vice President of e-sports.
  • Paris Saint-Germain is entering professional Rocket League after signing on the entire roster of Frontline. They will compete for PSG in the further season of the Rocket League Championship series. 

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