Player gets banned for using an aimbot during a tournament. ‘Tis the season? Read more below.

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1/Blizzard issues ban during Path to Pro event

The Overwatch “Path to Pro” series is a gateway for aspiring Overwatch League players to compete and possibly catch the eye of pro teams looking to hire. Unfortunately for DPS player WoW, scrutiny came in the form of Blizzard tournament admins who banned his squad, “Team Minions on the Flank,” from the Breakable Barriers event held December 14-15th.

WoW’s team did exceptionally well throughout the tournament, but an opponent, ValentineOW of team Retired Washing Machine, noticed that this success was likely aided by WoW’s use of an aimbot. As third-party cheats are a no-no in any esports tournament, the only thing Blizzard could do was issue the ban after a manual investigation. As it stands, WoW is completely removed from leaderboards, a confirmation of said ban.

2/Doublelift claims League more challenging than Dota 2

Popular League of Legends player Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng recently made a controversial comment concerning rival MOBA title Dota 2. The popular Team Liquid AD carry stated on a recent stream that he believes “there’s a zero percent chance Dota has more mechanical skill ceiling than League.” Dota 2 is frequently touted by fans as the more “mechanically challenging” game, so this brought up a lot of commentary on social media after the fact. Doublelift cited major game changes over the years that have pushed League towards skillshots, complex new character kits, and expanded map options. 

Professional Dota 2 player, OG N0tail, responded in kind stating that Doublelift’s interpretation is questionable; reasons being that a long early lane phase makes League of Legends less intense and often leads to a fairly predictable late game. However, N0tail said that he’d like to explore these assumptions with well-known League players further.

Do we have any takers for the first ever League of Legends-Dota 2 ecumenical summit?

3/G2 Eports LEC lineup shift a sign of strength?

G2 Esports announced a lineup shakeup right before the holidays to keep things interesting, because why not! The move involves shifting back Luka “Perkz” Perković to mid-lane and introducing Rasmus “Caps” Winther to the AD carry position alongside support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle.

Rather than a sign of instability or weakness, G2’s flexibility is more of a show of strength. Caps himself reportedly requested the change, and the team was willing to accomodate it, given their own multifaceted skill sets. With the LEC starting up again in late January, it is important that G2 test out this new combo before they settle into the season. 


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/Germany is the first country to establish an esports visa

After years of issues, the German Federal Government has finally given the green light on an esports visa. Beginning in March 2020, players can apply for an esports visa in German, provided they meet the requirements.

Requirements: The requirements listed for obtaining an esports visa include the following terms:

  • The player must be at least 16 years old.
  • The player must have a determined salary.
  • The player needs confirmation of their professional activity, namely by the institution responsible for esports in their country.



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  • Overwatch: The San Francisco Shock have given fans an early Christmas present by adding DPS Lee “ANS” Seon-chang to the championship squad roster.


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/Pakistani player wins ESPN’s Esports Player of the Year award

This last year has been a good one for Arslan Ash. At only 24 years old, he became the first-ever unified EVO champion, this following his victory at the biggest esports tournament for Tekken. Now Arslan Ash has been named ESPN’s Esports Player of the Year for 2019, clinching the award for both the fan’s poll and ESPN choice.

Reasons for winning: Why did he deserve it? Well, he faced visa issues that threatened his participation, then came down as sick during the international tournament. But he beat the odds and brought Pakistan to the map of esports.

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  • Overwatch:Here is a list of some of the best Overwatch League players of 2019.



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