Last Week in E-Sports: Bans, Clashes, and Overwatch woes

Last week in e-sports saw multiple player bans, a one million dollar Clash Royale tournament, and a mass exodus from the world of professional Overwatch.

While Overwatch is easily one of e-sports’ fastest growing games, the creation of the Overwatch League appears to be putting too much of a burden on team owners to warrant competing.

Let’s take a closer look at the latest happenings in the world of electronic sports. .

Clash Royale Gets a One Million Dollar Tournament

A while ago, Clash Royale was given an award for being the “best e-sport.” This struck many people as strange considering this mobile game hasn’t even had one major competitive tournament. However, it looks like developers Supercell are taking that award to heart. They have announced the first competitive season for Clash Royale, beginning on May 11.

Anyone level 8 or above will be able to enter, and the tournament will eventually boil down to eight players who will compete to be the best during the month of June. The prize? A sizeable chunk of a one million dollar prize pool – a pool that would put many other e-sports to shame. Maybe Clash Royale is more legit than we thought?

Shockwave Banned from CWL Play

The CWL has deemed that Shockwave, the ground-pound power from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, is too powerful for competitive play. This makes Shockwave the second ability to be banned from the Merc set, since Infusion has also been banned.

On one side of the argument, no one is sad that Shockwave is going. The pro community has been asking for this for a while. On the other hand, this pigeonholes Mercs into a very specific combat role. However, it’s entirely possible that this will merely act as a stopgap ruling until we see Call of Duty: WWII release in September.

Overwatch Features in South Korean Election Campaign Ad

I think it’s safe to say that e-sports have hit the mainstream, since e-sports memes are now being used in political campaigns. South Korean presidential candidate Sim Sang-jung released a campaign ad showing her get a “play of the game” through political action. You may recognize this style of meme from shortly after Overwatch’s release. It’s a little outdated, but nevertheless it’s interesting to see politicians attempt to appeal to the e-sports scene.

Wins and Losses

  • Vietnam’s GIGABYTE Marines have secured a spot in the League of Legends mid-season invitational. Their first match will be against TSM, who they lost to in qualifiers.
  • Ai "Fuudo" Keita and Joshua "Wolfkrone" Philpot finished in first and second place, respectively, in Group C of ELEAGUE’s Street Fighter V Invitational, securing them a space in the finals.
  • eUnited and Luminosity have both secured playoff spots in the CWL after a strong performance in the Yellow Group last weekend.
  • OpTic Gaming has won the Gears of War Paris Open with an outstanding performance, not dropping even a single map, allowing them to bring home the $40,000 prize.

The Roster Shuffle

  • Matt “Dellor” Vaughn has been fired from Toronto Esports after going on a racist rant during a public Twitch stream. His Twitch channel has been shut down due to terms of service violations, and Toronto Esports has responded with a statement that reaffirms their identity as an inclusive and tolerant organization. Vaughn himself has decided to quit e-sports for good following the termination.
  • TSM has pulled out of competitive Overwatch before they even started. After finally forming a team, they have let the team go after Blizzard announced what participating in the Overwatch League will cost.
  • Denial Esports has also dropped their entire Overwatch roster. They will now operate as an independent roster known as Yikes.
  • Tempo Storm has disbanded their Australian Overwatch roster in order to focus on their North American one. It has also added Erik "TwoEasy" van Hoorn to their roster consisting of tank player Rollon "Mini" Hamelin, DPS player Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez, support Nicholas "Cosi" Beltran, flex Tanner "TiG" Spanu, and support Joey "Jkw" Wavering.
  • eRa Eternity has picked up Ethan “FA5TBALLA” Wedgeworth, Christopher “ProFeeZy” Astudillo, Tanner “Mosh” Clark, and Seth “Glory” Donskey, formerly of Most Wanted, for their Call of Duty roster.
  • Ten players have been dropped from LGD’s DOTA2 squad, leaving only Ren "old eLeVeN" Yangwei as its sole member.
  • Team Secret has dropped Johan “pieliedie” Åström, adding Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat in his place. The team now consists of Noa “MP” Pyo, Nai Zheng “MidOne” Yeik, Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann, YapzOr, and Puppey.
  • Maikil "Maikelele" Bill and Faruk "pita" Pita have been dropped from Team Dignitas’ CS:GO roster. Jesper “TENZKI” Plougmann and Jorgen “cromen” Robertsen were seen taking their place in recent competition, though it is unclear if they will act as permanent replacements.
  • Evil Geniuses have added Brett “Naded” Leonard and Michael “Falcated” Garcia to their Halo roster, replacing Tom “OGRE2” Ryan and Cody “ContrA” Szczodrowski.