This Week in eSports 1/20 - 1/26

Posted on at 9:16 PM by Glyceroll
In addition to the results from the second week of the LCS, this edition of This Week in eSports also features information on the OGN Winter final and TSM Bjergsen's violation of the LCS rules and subsequent fining!
(Warning: There will be spoilers after the jump! If you'd like a spoiler free LCS experience, check the original posts for NA and EU. )

Continue reading for a look at the current LCS standings, a peppering of  other eSports news, and more!

Competitions

  • [NA] Here's the current NA LCS standings after week 2:
  • The NA LCS returns on Satuday, Febuary 1st for the start of week 3.

  • [EU] Here's the current EU LCS standings after week 2:

    • The EU LCS returns on Thursday, Jan 30th for the start of week 3.



    • [NA] Team Dignitas announced they will no longer be able to attend IEM Sao Paulo due to visa issues caused by the World Cup. Full announcement can be found on Dignitas's site


    Team News & Roster Changes

    • [China] XiaoXiao, infamous tower diver from Invictus Gaming, announced his retirement this week. 

    • [NA/EU] Bjergsen, current mid laner for TSM, was fined $2,000 for breaking the rules of the LCS.
      "In late October, Team SoloMid Ownership approached Ninjas in Pyjamas Ownership regarding signing Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. NiP Ownership granted TSM Ownership permission to speak to Bjergsen directly about the possibility of acquisition. TSM and NiP negotiated a transfer agreement that resulted in Bjergsen joining TSM. During this negotiation, NiP Ownership informed Bjergsen that one of the conditions for his transfer was that he must find a player to fill one of the multiple holes in their roster.

      Bjergsen then directly approached another professional player on a different LCS team, Lemondogs, without consulting the team’s manager. He offered this player a significant sum of money to leave his team/contract and to join NiP. The Lemondogs player was interested in the offer, and informed his team of his desire to leave, which eventually resulted in he and two other additional teammates leaving the organization and going to NiP."

      • The specific rule in mention is: "No Team Member or Affiliate of a team may solicit, lure, or make an offer of employment to any Team Member who is signed to any LCS team, nor encourage any such Team Member to breach or otherwise terminate a contract with said LCS team."
      • Full report can be found over on the forums
      • A full set of the LCS rules can be found here.

    • [NA] The Walking Zed was acquired by Cloud 9 and is now known as Cloud 9 Tempest. Check them out in the North American Challenger Series!

    • [KR] HooN from Jin Air Stealths and Repeared from Jin Air Falcons announced their retirements this week. Announcement can be found (in Korean) on the inven forums

    As always, feel free to leave any eSports questions you may have for me in the comments below! 

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