Last Week in Esports: The Calm Before the Storm

April 16, 2018 - Esports
Last Week in Esports: The Calm Before the Storm

For the esports fans who thrive on having to watch three different tournaments to keep up with everything that’s happening in the scene, last week was a letdown. There wasn’t that much happening with the NA and EU LCS Playoffs over and no huge CS:GO events to keep up with.

That doesn’t mean that there weren’t any matches to watch, however.

The biggest event last week was the 2018 LCK Spring Split Finals, where Kingzone DragonX faced off against Afreeca Freecs. Kingzone was the overwhelming favorite coming into the match but Afreeca managed to throw a wrench in their opponents’ plan for a quick 3-0 after they won Game 1 of the series.

That’s where it ended, however. Kingzone did not flinch, adapted and proceeded to beat Afreeca 3-1 to become the Champions of the Split and win the right to represent South Korea at the Mid-Season Invitational, which is scheduled to start on May 3rd.

There were also the usual Overwatch League matches going on. After this week, the winners of Stage 2, New York Excelsior, gave up their top spot in the standings after losing to Boston Uprising 2-3. After winning against Florida Mayhem, Boston finished the week with a 2-0 result and jumped up in the standings, taking the 2nd spot, with Los Angeles Valiant as the leader after they won both of their Week 2 matches against San Francisco Shock and Dallas Fuel. On the other side of the standings, Shanghai Dragons are still winless at 0-4.

There was also a Valve Minor going on in Dota 2, called StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5. Eight teams, VGJ.Thunder, Natus Vincere, Team Kinguin, FlyToMoon, OpTic Gaming, SG e-sports, Vega Squadron and Fnatic showed up in Kiev, Ukraine to play, OpTic Gaming came away with $135,000 and 150 Pro Circuit points after winning in the Grand Finals against VGJ.Thunder. Vega Squadron and Fnatic were the other two teams to make it into the Top 4.

This week was a bit… calm, but a storm is going to sweep the esports world soon with DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 starting on Wednesday, April 18. Some of the best teams in the world will come to compete with changed rosters in some cases and we should get a decent measure of the new normal in the scene, little by little gearing up to the second Valve Major of the year.


That’s all, folks!

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