The Checkpoint - Importance of Journalism in Esports, LCK/EPL Results

by Kevin Knocke

Today on on The Checkpoint, the daily esports show on that airs each weekday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT:

  • No. 1 Astralis and No. 7 Natus Vincere in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings matched up for the first game of the new ESL Pro League season. They split the set 1-1, with a close match in Na'Vi's favor 16-11 on Overpass followed up by a dominating 16-4 win by Astralis on Nuke.

    No. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas has started the season on a poor note dropping their first set to No. 13 Heroic 0-2. No. 17 mousesports split their set against Astralis 1-1, and rounding out the EU side of the day No. 23 Team Kinguin defeated No. 4 FaZe Clan easily with 16-6 and 16-8 on Overpass and Dust II, respectively.

    On the NA side of things, No. 2 SK Gaming faced off against No. 9 Immortals after having swapped Lincoln "fnx" Lau for Joao "felps" Vasconcellos and took down their Brazilian rivals 2-0 with a 16-11 and 16-7 victory on Cache and Cobblestone, respectively.

    In other games, No. 8 Cloud9 easily dispatched of Rush 2-0, No. 10 OpTic Gaming took out Selfless 2-0, and compLexity split their set against NRG 1-1.
  • In the Korean League of Legends league, the LCK, afreeca Freecs knocked out ROX Tigers 2-1 in a close set on Day 1 action this week. Samsung Galaxy trounced all over Kongdoo Monsters adding to Kongdoo's growing woes this split.

    In Day 2, the bbq OLIVERS lost momentum by getting taken out 2-0 by Longzhu Gaming who has been looking for consistency this year in the LCK. KT Rolster continued their dominant run by taking out Jin Air Green Wings 2-0.
  • Riot announced the dates and locations for the Mid-Season Invitational and Worlds for this year. MSI takes place in Brazil from Apr 28th through May 21st, with Worlds happening in China between Sep 23rd and Nov 4th later this year.

    The format of these events is changing with the inclusion of a play-in stage where all the former International Wildcard regions will compete to see who makes it into the main event.
  • Overwatch has released several updates to the game on the Public Test Realm, including officially adding Capture the Flag to the Arcade and releasing a custom server browser, where players can customize private or public servers with a huge number of custom modifiers on maps, characters, and objectives.

Later in the show, Vince Nairn, Editor-in-Chief of, joined the show to discuss journalistic integrity and what role journalists are supposed to serve in esports and the media overall. Plus, discussion on what sort of content should be coming to esports.