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Today on The Checkpoint, WWG's daily esports news show that airs Monday through Friday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT on http://twitch.tv/wwg.
- The CS:GO ELEAGUE Major continues to provide great matches and intense drama. No. 6 North on the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings recovered from their early 0-2 start to run the table in the last three swiss rounds, defeating No. 15 Hellraisers, No. 11 G2 Esports, and No. 12 GODSENT in consecutive sets. They achieve Legend status and this is certainly a big relief for the much hyped North squad who has been predicted by some to win the entire event.
Overall, the list of Legends at this Major is: No. 1 Astralis, No. 2 SK Gaming, No. 6 North, No. 7 Virtus.pro, No. 8 FaZe Clan, No. 14 Natus Vincere, No. 17 Gambit Gaming, and No. 21 Fnatic. First round matchups in the playoff bracket are Na'Vi/Astralis, Fnatic/Gamit, VP/North, and FaZe/SK. This of course begs the question why a consensus seeding system isn't used rather than random draws, as on paper with Na'vi's momentum and Astralis' overall dominance lately, that could be the match of the whole tournament.
- EU LCS action continues in week two, and Unicorns of Love continues to play very well, taking out Origen convincingly 2-0. Overall, Group B in the EU LCS looks to be the stronger of the two groups with up to 4 of the 5 teams able to compete on any given week. Group A was thought prior to the season to have the strongest overall team in G2, but H2k is quickly proving to be a force to be reckoned with.
After The Checkpoint aired, Misfits also easily dispatched of ROCCAT 2-0, including a crazy game two where Misfits stole back to back barons and then finished the game with a backdoor nexus kill.
- ESL's Trinity Series for Hearthstone continues into week two with a pair of extremely quick matches. compLexity easily defeated Alliance 6-2, and Luminosity showed the power of Tempo Mage as that deck took all 6 games against Tempo Storm for an overall 6-1 win.
- EVO announced the lineup for 2017, and while most games were expected, Super Smash Bros. Melee is not a Sunday final, with Super Smash Bros. Wii U instead taking its place. This has already generated controversy in the community and follows on years of similar such stunts from the EVO crew to drum up controversy.
- ESL is introducing a $30,000 women's CS:GO event alongside the IEM World Championships in Katowice later this year. The top 8 teams from North America and Europe will compete with streamed coverage at the event. This is a great opportunity to introduce a wider demographic to esports in general.
Finally, James Bates of WWG joins the show to talk about the LCK, LPL, and why western League of Legends teams just don't stack up to their LCK and LPL counterparts right now.