Competitive mode and ranked matchmaking amongst VALORANT Patch 0.49 updates Competitive mode and ranked matchmaking amongst VALORANT Patch 0.49 updates

Competitive mode and ranked matchmaking amongst VALORANT Patch 0.49 updates

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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
Three weeks after the beta release of VALORANT and the improvements are coming in hot and fast. The headliners for Patch 0.49 are the competitive mode and ranked matchmaking - which have both been added and are just waiting to go live.
16 teams invited to €30,000 BLAST Rising tournament 16 teams invited to €30,000 BLAST Rising tournament

16 teams invited to €30,000 BLAST Rising tournament

Counter-Strike
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Event News
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Grady Hooker
BLAST Rising is a 16-team online tournament, based out of Europe, that is aimed at the up-and-coming teams trying to make a splash. These teams will play 55 matches across two weeks for the chance to win their chunk of the €30,000 prizepool.
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sinatraa departs San Francisco Shock, heading for VALORANT sinatraa departs San Francisco Shock, heading for VALORANT

sinatraa departs San Francisco Shock, heading for VALORANT

Overwatch
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Team/Player News
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Grady Hooker
San Francisco Shock player sinatraa shocked the esports world today by announcing that they retiring from professional Overwatch and is heading for brand new pastures of VALORANT. sinatraa was the MVP of Season 2 of the Overwatch League where The Shock won the championship.
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Counter-Strike coach kassad leaves 100 Thieves Counter-Strike coach kassad leaves 100 Thieves

Counter-Strike coach kassad leaves 100 Thieves

Counter-Strike
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Team/Player News
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Grady Hooker
The coach of 100 Thieves' Counter-Strike roster, kassad, has left the organisation after being with the Australian squad since 2017. kassad has released a statement and listed his reasons for departing 100 Thieves and leaving the boys coach-less.
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Overwatch League Week 13 - Hero Bans and Match-ups Overwatch League Week 13 - Hero Bans and Match-ups

Overwatch League Week 13 - Hero Bans and Match-ups

Overwatch
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Event News
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Grady Hooker
Blizzard have now announced the 4 heroes who will be banned during Week 13 play in their Overwatch League. We also know what the 10 match-ups will be for the week and exactly what times you can catch them live.
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HellRaisers assemble new squad, Flarich returns HellRaisers assemble new squad, Flarich returns

HellRaisers assemble new squad, Flarich returns

Counter-Strike
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Team/Player News
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Grady Hooker
Today HellRaisers, who had benched their entire roster back in April, announce their new 5-man team that they will use as early as tomorrow for ESEA MDL Season 34. It includes Flarich coming back off the bench, a Major veteran, 2 Russians, and a Lithuanian.
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Overwatch Tier Rankings: Overwatch League Weeks 1-11 Overwatch Tier Rankings: Overwatch League Weeks 1-11

Overwatch Tier Rankings: Overwatch League Weeks 1-11

Overwatch
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Tier Rankings
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The Esports Kingdom team
We have had tier rankings for Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and Rainbow Six, now it is time to branch into Overwatch. In this first edition of the Overwatch Tier Rankings we place all of the OWL teams (and some Contenders teams) into S, A, B, C, or D-Tier based on their current skill-level.
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CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: EPL Season 11 & Flashpoint Season 1 CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: EPL Season 11 & Flashpoint Season 1

CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: EPL Season 11 & Flashpoint Season 1

Counter-Strike
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Tier Rankings
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The Esports Kingdom team
Continuing the trend with our Tier Rankings, we have now shifted into region-based rankings for the meantime while the esports world is also moving to more separate divisions. Come and see who the best Counter-Strike teams in Europe, the Americas, CIS, and Asia-Pacific are!
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Rainbow Six Regional Tier Rankings: Pro League Season 11 Rainbow Six Regional Tier Rankings: Pro League Season 11

Rainbow Six Regional Tier Rankings: Pro League Season 11

Rainbow Six
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Tier Rankings
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The Esports Kingdom team
The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes in the esports world and as it gets pushed towards regional competitions, Esports Kingdom also has to adapt and move our tier rankings temporarily towards regional tier rankings. So come and see how each team stacks up in their regions!
Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL" Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL"

Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL"

Counter-Strike
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Interviews
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Grady Hooker
From the Vault - IEM Sydney 2017. Back in 2017 nexa wasn't on G2 Esports like he is now, he was on the Australian team Renegades. Grady got some time to talk to him about how he got into Counter-Strike, what it is like fitting into a new team, and what he does outside of the game.
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League of Legends Tier Rankings: Middle of Spring Seasons League of Legends Tier Rankings: Middle of Spring Seasons

League of Legends Tier Rankings: Middle of Spring Seasons

League of Legends
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Tier Rankings
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The Esports Kingdom team
We are roughly halfway through most of the Spring seasons in the League of Legends leagues. So it is time for Ryan and Grady to get together once again and try to collate all of the teams together into a tier rankings. Unfortunately because of the lack of play, we have had to skip LPL for this edition.
Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges

Counter-Strike
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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
"Time To Take Out The Trash" - Finally after 16 weeks of waiting, Valve give the players another co-op mission. This time you must destroy a Phoenix production facility and eliminate Franz Kriegeld. You can also get the Diamond Coin now if you get all possible stars.
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Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges

Counter-Strike
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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
"Light Buy" - As the name would suggest, you are not going to be using any rifles this week. The missions revolve around holding on to money, spending as little as possible, and getting kills with cheaper guns like the UMP-45.
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CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing

CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing

Counter-Strike
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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
Valve just pushed a major update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that has added 21 patches to the game that you can equip to your agents in one of three spots. They also changed how the buy menu looks and feels, along with making it easier to customize and share your crosshair settings with a visual editor.
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FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized

FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized

Counter-Strike
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Event News
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Grady Hooker
The final qualifier spot has been filled and we now know which eight teams will be going head-to-head in March to earn one of the two spots in FLASHPOINT's first season. They will join the 10 founding team members of FLASHPOINT, which already includes; Cloud9, c0ntact, Dignitas, Gen.G, MAD Lions and MIBR.
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Rainbow Six Tier Rankings: Six Invitational Rainbow Six Tier Rankings: Six Invitational

Rainbow Six Tier Rankings: Six Invitational

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Tier Rankings
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The Esports Kingdom team
What better time to start our Tier Rankings series for Rainbow Six than right after the massive Invitational 2020 event. We have enlisted the help of ANZ-based Caster, Konstantin "Cthulhu" Nuridzhanyan, to place the top Rainbow Six teams from across the globe into tiers based on their recent performances.
ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj" ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj"

ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj"

Counter-Strike
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Interviews
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Grady Hooker
After the announcement of IEM Melbourne 2020 we got to have a quick chat with ESL Australia's Head Account Manager, Ben Green. We talked about the motivations of moving away from Sydney, logistics of the IEM Melbourne 2020 group stages and playoffs, and the possibility of a Caches IV show match.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Season CSGO Tier Rankings: BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Season

CSGO Tier Rankings: BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Season

Counter-Strike
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Tier Rankings
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The Esports Kingdom team
With the Holiday Season complete, it was time to start the BLAST Premier Spring Season. For this issue of the Tier Rankings, we have major shake ups in the A and B-Tiers, as well as some debuts that jumped straight into C-Tier on their first performances.
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Operation Shattered Web - Week 14 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 14 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 14 Challenges

Counter-Strike
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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
"From Russia With Love" - It is time for you to pull out you PP-Bizon and your AK-47 to get some kills. You will be heading to Train a lot as well as dipping your toes into the Demolition gamemode for the first time in this operation.
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Complexity miss out on spot in ESL One Rio Major EU Closed Qualifier Complexity miss out on spot in ESL One Rio Major EU Closed Qualifier

Complexity miss out on spot in ESL One Rio Major EU Closed Qualifier

Counter-Strike
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Event News
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Grady Hooker
With the final open qualifier for the Europe section of the ESL One Rio Major completed, we now know the full list of teams that will be fighting for spots in the Europe Minor. Unfortunately, favorite Complexity got pipped at the post by SMASH Gaming and won't be making the appearance.
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