As the title states Hai "Hai" Lam will be stepping down as the Mid Laner and Shot Caller for the North American powerhouse Cloud9. He has been under some scrutiny for a while now, due to his support carry play style and it would appear the saga has finally come to a close.

Hai has struggled with a wrist injury for some time which has impeded his training, while the rest of the team have supported as best they can, however this could only be maintained for so long. With the changes in the games meta is was only a matter of time before the limited mid player would fall steadily further behind his counterparts in teams like TSM, Team Liquid and the remaining top tier NA teams.

Fortunately Hai will not be leaving the organisation, instead he will become the Chief Gaming officer for Cloud9 and take on several responsibilities from team developments to managing existing partnerships and building new ones.

For the full article and a statement from Hai himself head over to the C9 website here:

There you will find a detailed report with the reasons for the change. We wish Hai all the best in his new role and wait with much excitement for the announcement of his replacement. As always we will be on hand to deliver you the news as and when it comes to light.

Until then - GL and HF Hai ;)
Blizzard's own MOBA is set to officially come out as a free-to-play competitive title on June 2nd, 2015. Blizzard originally announced the game in 2010 as "Blizzard DOTA", originally a mod for Starcraft II. The MOBA genre continues to grow and become the current trend and flavor while Real Time Strategy games phase out. Despite the genre's popularity, this will be Blizzard's first attempt at executing a game of its type.

For a cheeky video on the launch head over to our sister site to have a watch:
Posted by   Damage on 20/04/2015
Yesterday saw the finals for both the EU and NA regions of the LCS Spring split. It turned out to be a thrilling final in both matches. In Europe we had the infamous Fnatic versus the controversial Unicorns of Love and in North America we saw the powerhouses of Cloud9 versus Team Solomid.

The European game would turn into an edge of your seat thriller, with the unexpected Unicorns of Love (in their inaugural season) pushing Fnatic right to the edge, trading maps back and forth until the deciding 5th match. Unfortunately the Unicorns weren't able to quite gather themselves for the final match and with a stunning display from Fnatic the Unicorns were defeated, crowning Fnatic the EU LCS Spring Split Champions with a 3 - 2 victory!

EU LCS Spring Split Play Offs Final Standings:

1st: Fnatic
2nd: Unicorns of Love:
3rd: H2K
4th: SK Gaming

Heading over to North America and we saw a slightly different match up. The two giants that are C9 and TSM have met many times in the past however this season it has really been about TSM, so for Cloud9 to come out and win the first map with some confidence was a bit of a shock to the TSM team and fans. This was not to last however as TSM changed gears and turned up the heat, storming out of the blocks for both game 2 and 3, showing Cloud9 who is currently the best in North America. Unfortunately for Cloud9, a valiant fight in the final map would not prove strong enough to hold the unstoppable force that is currently TSM and the Solomid boys went on to claim their 3rd and final map of the series. With a 3 - 1 victory TSM are your NA LCS Spring Split Champions and we come to the end of a very exciting split.

NA LCS Spring Split Play Offs Final Standings:

1st: Team Solomid
2nd: Cloud9
3rd: Team Liquid
4th: Team Impulse

The action isn't over there though, as we still the LCS lay-Offs between the relegation teams and the new hopefuls from the Challenger Series play their matches on the 22nd April to see who will complete the ladders for the Summer Split.

Be Sure to watch the games, they promise to be every bit as exciting as these LCS Spring Split finals!
It is always good news to hear a major brand continuing to work heavily inside esports and that is exactly what Coca Cola have said they are going to do for 2015. They have renewed their deal with Riot Games as a title sponsor for the entirety of 2015. The partnership is said to bring forward LCS broadcasts into Cinemark Cinemas, expanding the amount of theaters it can be viewed in.

For a statement from Coca Cola head over to our sister site, link is below:

Exciting times!!
With the first season complete and Team Empire crowned champions, the second rendition of the MLG Pro League has been announced. Merely a few days away, the qualifiers are set to begin on the 20th April.

We are still waiting on announcements regarding which teams will compete in these regional qualifiers but these should also be released with the name of the second invited team before 20th April.

Team Empire will not have to compete in the qualifiers as they get a direct invitation to the main event along with a second team that is yet to be chosen / announced. It would appear there will be no Chinese teams attending the event due to visa timing, lets hope that this issue can be resolved for future competitions. The current information surrounding the Chinese teams is that they will appear in the final event in October to compete for the $250,000 prize pool.
Posted by   Damage on 16/04/2015
This is exactly what the title says, a new update for CS:GO and it has a few significant changes that should be made a note of. The most noticeable being a fix to a bug that allowed crouched and scoped-in players to move exceedingly fast, especially with the Scout. The exact changes are below:

– Fixed a bug that affected crouched movement speed.

– Added the Chroma 2 Case.

– Fixed a bug where a spot in Long A had the wrong radar name.

As you can see there has been a quick fix to the radar and the introduction of a new Case for those who like to trade. Combined with the other recent update we are starting to see some real game changes coming into play.
Posted by   Damage on 15/04/2015
It is always a sad day when a long standing organisation shuts down so it is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to 3DMAX. Having been in the competitive Counter Strike scene for 6 years they have fielded some incredible players ranging from their current team through to players like GuardiaN and dupreeh.

They will be releasing their current line-up who are on the look out for any potential organisations looking to branch ito the upper echelons of CS:GO. The line-up consists of:

Taneli "disturbed" Veikkola
Jesse "KHRN" Grandell
Tom "stonde" Glad
Joona "natu" Leppänen
Mikko "xartE" Välimaa

Pegged as a team to watch, any organisation would be lucky to pick them up. It will be interesting to see where they go, watch this space as we will keep you posted.

May this not be goodbye but see you soon 3DMAX, lets hope the old saying "3 Days Max" applies to this news!
Riot Games are renowned for their impressive venues for their World Championships and this year they have done it again. If you didn't get a chance to catch the 2014 Worlds then check this video out:

As you can see their multiple destinations simply get bigger and more impressive as the competition goes on, with a live performance from Imagine Dragons at the finals I cannot wait to see what they have in store for this year.

Without further ado, this years League of Legends Worlds destination locations and dates:

Group Stages:October 1-4 and October 8-11 - Le Dock Pullman, Paris

Quarterfinals:October 15-18 - SSE Arena Wembley, London

Semifinals:October 24-25 - Brussels Expo, Brussels

Finals:October 31 - Mercedes-Benz Arena (currently O2 World - Berlin)

See you there? ;)
Posted by   Damage on 14/04/2015
Good day one and all!

It has been a while since my last post due to being unwell. This means there are many updates to inform you all of which will come over the following 72 hours. We have new tournaments, a LOT of news and some exciting new projects we are aiming to release.

You may have noticed small tweaks and changes around the site, some of these were highlighted in the previous update post although there are several more that have been put in place. I will put together a full list of all the changes once the final ones have gone in so you can make use of all the new features.

We have several new tournaments we are looking to release in the next few days, these are in a variety of games so keep your eyes peeled for your respective game as all will be coming with prizes worth fighting over! You will be able to access these tournaments through the Tournament tab or by checking the news regularly for the announcement post.

We have one major development coming, I cannot say what it is yet until it is completed however this will be a sustained event and hopefully your team all like climbing ;)

We will keep you posted on all the above soon but for now, over and out!
Posted by   Damage on 23/03/2015
Taken from our sister site, this is the rumour of the week. Late last week, Esports Heaven(.com) reported that Team SoloMid Darkness’ AD Carry, David “t3azer” Berube livestreamed scrimmage matches versus Counter Logic Gaming Black on He then gave VODs of the scrimmages to CLG Black’s upcoming opponent Team Fusion; specifically coach Keaton “Bee Sin” Cryer.

As a consequence of his actions a source close to TSM has inform Esports Heaven(.com) that the team will be released from their current contracts due to the unsportsmanlike behaviour, combined with their terrible run in the NA Challenger Series, currently sitting last with 1 - 7 as their results.

For statements from CLG and Team Fusion, read the full article over on our sister site here:

As always we will keep you up to date with the latest in breaking news while we prepare for our next set of tournaments.