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Interview with Fnatic top-laner Adam: ‘I want to go to Worlds directly this season, and show the world there’s a top-laner in Europe that can match all the legends in Asia’

Image credit: Lolesports Flickr After an ultimately disappointing Spring 2021 LEC Season by Fnatic’s standards, the team made moves that shocked the European League of Legends (LoL) fanbase: letting star jungler Selfmade go, switching Bwipo to jungle and acquiring a new face from the European Regional Leagues (ERLs) in Adam ‘Adam‘ Maanane. For those who only watched the LEC, 19-year-old Adam was an enigma. For those who watched his games with Karmine Corp in the French LFL and the EU Masters, Adam was an exciting transfer. Continue reading Interview with Fnatic top-laner Adam: ‘I want to go to Worlds directly…

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Enes ‘AKEN’ Akguel crowned Red Bull Solo Q UK champion

Sunday night saw Enes ‘AKEN’ Akguel emerge victorious at the UK Final of Red Bull Solo Q, the official 1v1 League of Legends tournament, at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London. The final saw nine of the UK’s best League of Legends duellists go head-to-head, having battled through a tough field of over 300 amateur players in the qualifying rounds in June. Held at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in Shoreditch, London, the space for the UK final was transformed for the event into a League of Legends-inspired environment. Continue reading Enes ‘AKEN’ Akguel crowned Red Bull Solo Q…

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Interview with Excel Valorant players Moe40 and Rubino: “There’s always going to be pressure but it depends how it’s handled. We have the potential to be great, but there’s a lot of hard work to get there – with time I believe we can be a top team.”

Back in March, UK organisation Excel Esports entered the Valorant esports scene, and after failing to reach the VCT Stage 2 Masters LAN in Iceland, changes were made with Excel bringing in former Fnatic player Muhammad ‘Moe40’ Hariff and Ruben ‘Rubino‘ Villarroel Brødreskift from Team Heretics, as well as moving Vincent ‘Happy’ Cervoni Schopenhauer to be the in-game leader. The roster bootcamped in Malta for the VCT Stage 3 Challengers 1 tournament but did not manage to qualify for the event. Continue reading Interview with Excel Valorant players Moe40 and Rubino: “There’s always going to be pressure but it depends how it’s handled. We have…

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Alphari returns to Team Liquid line-up with a win

Welsh League of Legends player Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris is back in the Team Liquid first team – and returned in emphatic fashion. He started in Liquid’s match versus Dignitas in the North American LCS today and went 3/1/8 in the top-lane as Gangplank, helping his side win 12-8 at just past the half-hour mark. Alphari was benched in early June ‘for performance and attitude reasons, which were concerns that started during the practice leading to Summer Split’, Team Liquid said, and that the issues ‘revolve around private reasons involving his personal life’. Continue reading Alphari returns to Team Liquid line-up…

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Excel Esports signs UK Fortnite player Verox, promotes FreeMedou to Fortnite manager

UK esports organisation Excel Esports has announced the signing of UK Fortnite player Jacob ‘Verox’ Gilbert (pictured)​. Verox will be joined by Freeman ‘FreeMedou’ Williams, a content creator at Excel who has been promoted to the role of Fortnite manager. Verox joins Excel with a long list of Fortnite accolades including appearances in seven FNCS finals, a third-place finish in Season X as well as a top place finish at Dreamhack Open Solo finals, and 10 top placements in Fortnite Cash Cups. Continue reading Excel Esports signs UK Fortnite player Verox, promotes FreeMedou to Fortnite manager

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Should the Timed Kill Race format be scrapped from Warzone tournaments? Debate ensues after UK players win Toronto Ultra’s $100,000 Canada Cup

Top Call of Duty players – including some from the UK – have called for a boycott of the Timed Kill Race (TKR) format in future Warzone tournaments. This format sees teams play in their own lobbies against random players, as they try to rack up as many kills as they can within a certain time window. What should be a test between players of similar skill levels descends into a sub-game of ‘who can get the best lobbies with the easiest players in’, so that the tournament participants can improve their KDA (kill/death/assist) ratios. Continue reading Should the Timed…

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Excel Esports head coach Youngbuck explains why two academy team players have been promoted to the LEC: ‘Multiple players in the BTXL roster are on par with their LEC counterparts’

UK-based esports organisation Excel Esports has made a couple of changes to its LEC roster ahead of the week four Summer 2021 Season matches. BTXL players Markoon (jungler) and Advienne (support player) are being subbed into the higher-tier LEC team, with current players Dan (jungler) and Denyk (support) moving down to BTXL. Excel had tried to move these two players up to the LEC last season, but admitted the pair were ‘hesitant’. Continue reading Excel Esports head coach Youngbuck explains why two academy team players have been promoted to the LEC: ‘Multiple players in the BTXL roster are on par…

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Intel World Open: UK’s national Rocket League team decided ahead of EMEA Regional Final

Update (June 26th 2021): The UK’s national Rocket League team for the Intel World Open has been decided after Deevo, Noly and Archie’s roster – named ‘Scouse Scouse Loiner’ – won the Closed Qualifier on Friday. The trio managed to stave off ‘Fleekzi’ 3-2 in the Grand Finals, which were the only two games they dropped in the Closed Qualifiers. Archie was statistically the best performer at the event, averaging 2.36 saves per game and 1.09 goals per game with a 30.8% shot accuracy, according to Octane.GG. Continue reading Intel World Open: UK’s national Rocket League team decided ahead of…

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Jatt resigns as Team Liquid coach following the benching of Alphari, who remains on a personal break until June 27th following ‘major health and family issues’

Team Liquid head coach Josh ‘Jatt’ Leesman has departed the organisation following his benching of Welsh top-laner Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris. Team Liquid posted the update on its Twitter page and also ran a press conference stream on the Team Liquid Twitch channel, saying Jatt resigned two days ago. In his place, Kold has been promoted to interim head coach, with H4xDefender working as assistant coach for the team playing in the North American LCS. Continue reading Jatt resigns as Team Liquid coach following the benching of Alphari, who remains on a personal break until June 27th following ‘major health and…

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League of Legends esports now has its own sticker album as LVP Superliga partners with Panini for the first time

Sticker albums are largely associated with football here in the UK, but now they’re branching out into League of Legends and esports for the first time. Trading card manufacturer Panini has teamed up with LVP (MediaPro Group) to produce a sticker collection for The Superliga, the Spanish European Regional League (ERL). The Superliga album is now available in digital format, although fans who complete it will have the opportunity to purchase it in physical format as well. Continue reading League of Legends esports now has its own sticker album as LVP Superliga partners with Panini for the first time

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Excel Esports sign UK former Fnatic Valorant player Moe and make other changes to roster

UK organisation Excel Esports has made some changes to its Valorant roster, with the signing of Norwegian/Chile player Rubino and UK player Moe40. Rubino joins from Team Heretics and Moe arrives after a stint at Fnatic. There, he played alongside former Excel vlogger Boaster, with whom he also played on SUMN FC before joining Fnatic. Excel, Davidp and B1GGY have decided to mutually terminate agreements, to allow them to pursue other projects in the Valorant scene. Continue reading Excel Esports sign UK former Fnatic Valorant player Moe and make other changes to roster

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A man of many talents: Video of Fnatic Valorant team captain Boaster singing in Mandarin watched by millions

Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett is not only capturing the minds of Valorant fans worldwide, but he’s now winning over their hearts too, thanks to a mix of musical talent, lively personality and witty charm. The British Valorant player and team captain of Fnatic’s Valorant side, who recently reached the final of the Stage 2 Masters LAN in Iceland, was very much the face of the tournament. Whether it was his crazy post-game celebrations with the team, lively vlogs, enthusiastic face reactions when the camera panned to him or his politeness in press conferences (“first of all, thank you for the question…”), Boaster…

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Why was Alphari benched? Team Liquid reveal real reason for benching LCS top-laner

North American esports organisation Team Liquid have published a statement explaining why their UK League of Legends top-laner, Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris, was benched last weekend. They confirmed that Thomas ‘Jenkins’ Tran – who subbed in for Alphari after Liquid lost their first match last week – would also be playing in week two of the LCS Summer 2021 Season. “Last week Alphari was benched for performance and attitude reasons, which were concerns that started during the practice leading to Summer Split,” the org said in a tweet. Continue reading Why was Alphari benched? Team Liquid reveal real reason for benching…

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Excel admits academy players were ‘hesitant’ to join the LEC team, says separate mistake around attempted substitutions ‘won’t happen again’

UK esports organisation Excel Esports has spoken publicly about rumours that some of its BT Excel academy players (pictured) declined to play in the LEC when called up. Specifically, jungler Markoon and support player Advienne, who play for BT Excel in the NLC and recently reached the EU Masters finals. Kieran-Holmes Darby, chief gaming officer and one of the co-founders of Excel, also addressed the fact that the org tried to sub out two players – Czekolad and Tore – towards the end of the Spring 2021 LEC Season, but failed. Continue reading Excel admits academy players were ‘hesitant’ to…

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Alphari makes light of being benched by Team Liquid with playful tweet

Welsh League of Legends player Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris has published a lighthearted tweet subtly referencing Team Liquid’s decision to bench him. The top-laner was benched by Liquid on the weekend after the opening game of the North American LCS 2021 Summer Season, which saw Liquid lose to TSM and Alphari go 2/3/9 as Lee Sin. Team Liquid head coach Joshua ‘Jatt’ Leesman announced on Twitter that Thomas ‘Jenkins’ Tran would be stepping in to the top-lane position ‘for at least the rest of the weekend’, where he played the remaining two games – a win and a loss. Continue reading Alphari…