Roster changes we didn't see coming… and more esports stories from the week

Did you miss anything from the last week in esports? Have you been binge-watching Netflix because now’s the time to catch-up on Tiger King and Ozark? VPEsports’ Stories from the Week brings you all the biggest headlines you might have missed.

s4 returns to Alliance

Announced on April 1, fans thought this roster movement was an April Fools’ joke but no, it’s totally real. The son of Magnus, Gustav “s4” Magnusson is returning to Alliance as captain, after almost four years away from the organization, playing for OG and Evil Geniuses.

S4 is the first new addition to Alliance after the team made major changes at the end of March, releasing Neta “33” Shapira and Adrian “Fata” Trinks. The Swedes are still in search for a position 5 support.

Keen Gaming release three, welcome Ah fu

Chinese org Keen Gaming has been struggling all season and made multiple roster changes, with little to no success. Their latest move is almost a complete overhaul, as Keen removed Song “dark” Runxi (who retired to focus on hs health), Li “mianmian” Zimeng” and Jiang “天命” An.

To fill the positions, Keen brought in two rookies in Xiao “ss” Yihu on loan from Aster.Arie, and Zhao “YDS” Jiayi. The highlight acquisition, however, is veteran Tue “ah fu” Soon Chuan. Formerly of LFY and RNG, ah fu comes to Keen as TI7 bronze medalist and will debut with his new team at CDA League Season 1.

Scofield the first South American to reach 10K MMR

The 10K MMR club in Dota 2 grew by one more person as Elvis “Scofield” De la Cruz Peña of beastcoast became the first South American player to cross the threshold. To get to 10K MMR, Scofield has left aside his position 4 supports and has been maining core carries like Juggernaut, Anti-Mage, Slark and Invoker, among others.

ESL One Rio Major receives major overhaul, no more invites

After ESL One Rio Major for CS:GO got postponed to November, changes to its format had to be made, and last week, Valve and ESL announced what they would be. Due to the large gap between the two Majors, the $2M tournament will no longer feature direct invites (the so-called “Legends”) and instead determine teams based on the so-called Regional Major Rankings (RMR).

The RMR Series of tournaments will decide where the 24 team slots for the Rio Major will go. Each region will get, as follows:

  • Europe: 3 Legends, 5 Challengers, 2 Contenders
  • North America: 3 Legends, 2 Challengers, 1 Contender
  • CIS: 2 Legends, 1 Challenger, 2 Contenders
  • South America: 1 Contender
  • Asia: 1 Contender
  • Oceania: 1 Contender

EG coach ImAPEt leaves over “horrendous” relationship with tarik, stanislaw

Evil Geniuses CS:GO coach Chet “ImAPet” Singh left the organization this Saturday after a two-year stint with the organization.

On his way out, ImAPet shared his experience while on the team, citing “horrendous” relationship with Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz and Tarik “tarik” Celik, which pushed him out of EG.

“This is probably the first time in my professional career where I actually felt extreme depression, losing the people I call friends (cerq, vince, ethan),” ImAPet said.

Dignitas look to part ways with Huni

One of the most discussed deals during the League of Legends 2019 off-season might be coming to an end, as Dignitas look to part ways with top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon after just one split.

In November, Dignitas acquired the slot of Clutch Gaming and penned Huni to a $2.3M two-year deal, making him one of the highest-paid LCS pros. Instead of carrying Dignitas to the LCS playoffs, however, Huni ended up one of the worst-performing top laners in the Spring Season and Dignitas finished in 7th, missing playoffs.

MAD Lions shock G2 Esports in LEC playoffs

The LEC playoffs match-up between G2 Esports and MAD Lions looked one-sided on paper, but MAD shocked fans on Friday as they took down the three-peat champions in five-game thriller.

MAD’s Zhiqiang “Shadow” Zhao stood out with his exceptional jungling, his Olaf becoming a key factor in the fifth and deciding game. Bot lane carry Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság also delivered a highlight performance, dominating G2’s storied players in the 2v2 battles.

JackeyLove joins Top Esports

The hottest League of Legends free agent of the 2019 off-season has finally found a new team. Bot laner Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo, formerly of Invictus Gaming’s Worlds-winning roster, signed with Top Esports last Friday, looking to debut with his new jersey this Monday.

JackeyLove missed almost the entire LPL Spring Split as he never signed with a team during the official transfer window. By signing with TES, JackeyLove joins a top 4 team in the league, currently on a four-game win streak and pushing for the top 3.

Legends of Runeterra release date is April 30

Riot Games’ CCG Legends of Runeterra has an official release date: April 30. The game will arrive not just with an updated client for PC and mobile, but also with a content expansion with 120 new cards and a brand new seventh region.

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