eSports is a fast business, news break by the hour, so it's easy to miss what's going on at times. Therefore from now on we'll provide you with a weekly wrap-up letting you know about all the relevant stuff that has been happening in the world of eSports.
Massan dropped as C9 undergo major roster changes
After receiving his second temporary suspension from Twitch, Harry "Massan" Cheong and C9 officially parted ways.
Massan had previously been accused of viewbotting, he however stated on twitter that these allegations were false, and his twitch suspension had nothing to do with them.
With Hafu leaving in November, and Ek0p having a fallout with C9, it seems like C9 wants to focus on professional players rather than streamers in the future. Their current roster now consists of former World Champion Firebat, Kolento, StrifeCro and DDaHyoNi, a player from South Korea that was recently added to their roster. DDaHyoNi recently managed to win the 2016 HCT Asia-Pacific Winter Championship.
Tempostorm release first WoTog Meta Snapshot
As the new Hearthstone expansion quickly corrupted the existing Hearthstone Meta, players from all around the globe have been waiting for the judgement of TempoStorm affiliated players regarding which decks are best to play right now.
Due to the newly released Aggro cards both for Shaman and Warlock, Aggro Shaman and Zoolock have secured a Tier 1 spot. But a completely new deck managed to find its way into the Tier 1 ranks as well: N'Zoth Paladin is a reimagined Control Paladin (For those of you that played since Vanilla Hearthstone) packing loads of heals to survive the early, mid and potentially fatigue game and with N'Zoth a true late-game menace, that could potentially resummon a Sylvanas Windrunner or Tirion Fordring amongst other things.
A few WoToG-lists managed to to get into the Tier 2-4 charts as well, namely C'Thun Druid, N'Zoth Rogue and Yogg Mage amongst others. Ever popular decks such as Patron Warrior, MidRange Hunter and Freeze Mage were still present in Tier 2, so they seem here to stay.
16 finalists named for Dreamhack Austin
After two days of Swiss battles being fought, and 159 players facing elimination, the final 16 players that will compete at Dreamhack Austin for the first prize worth 8000$ have been determined.
Amongst the 16 remaining players, we see quite a few reminiscent faces with the likes of XiXo, Zalae, Orange, SuperJJ and Chakki proving their Hearthstone abilites.
Furthermore, TempoStorm analyst JustSaiyan and Hearthlytics' Frozen are amongst the lucky contenders as well. On the other end of the spectrum, former World Champions Firebat and Ostkaka didn't make it to the elimination round, neither did Amaz, Tiddler or Kolento.
The group stage of MSI 2016 has ended, with many upsets nonetheless.
Surprisingly the North American team CLG managed to secure the 2nd top spot, after beating Flashwolves, RNG and SKT, overall ending up with a 7-3 score.
After SKT-T1 suffered a four game loss-streak on the second and third day of MSI, the renowned Korean team made a promising comeback beating CLG, SuperMassive and G2 in the process to secure a spot for the knock-out stage, tying with Flashwolves for third place.
The Chinese team RNG played a convincing group stage, only losing their rematch to CLG on day four and their last match against SKT on day five, ending group stage at first place with a 8-2 scoreline.
The European team G2 and Turkish team SuperMassive weren't so lucky however: Both teams missed out on the top 4 spots. This results in a harder bracket to play in for all European and wildcard teams that'll manage to qualify for Worlds 2016.
German Football Team Schalke 04 Buy Elements' LCS Spot
Since football teams Besiktas Istanbul and VFL Wolfsburg have started to sign eSport teams and athletes, popular German football club FC Schalke 04 have decided to jump onto the bandwagon big time.
The renowned football club decided to buy Elements' EU LCS spot, which had been on sale for months.
Schalke 04 is the fourth biggest sports club in the world, with the football players alone worth 572 million US dollars.
Due to recent sponsorship negotiations, the club received millions of additional funding, which could partly be invested in the new eSports team.
It's currently unknown as to which players will play for Schalke 04, and whether the former Elements players will remain active.
WestHam United sign first ever Fifa player
Talking about football clubs signing eSport athletes, British Premier League side WestHam United have signed their very first Fifa-player.
Sean 'Dragonn' Allen is not only the world's No. 2 ranked Fifa player, but also received a professional WestHam United kit with his very own back number: No football professional will be able to take the number 50 from him as long as he's signed to WestHam United.