The Checkpoint - Boston Has an Esports Team, NBA Goes All-In on NBA2K17 Esports

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. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings continue to struggle in the EU side of the ESL Pro League, dropping 0-2 to a No. 17 mousesports squad that is undergoing major changes as a team with Niko departing for No. 4 FaZe Clan's CS:GO squad.

    No. 7 Natus Vincere split their set against No. 3 with two fairly lopsided games. Both teams seemed to enjoy playing their map of choice, with Na'Vi comfortably taking Train and VP taking Cobblestone.

    For the new look No. 6 North with Philip "aizy" Aistrup, the match against No. 15 Fnatic was a test of how their roster could gel against an old powerhouse team, the new (old) Fnatic lineup. North comfortably took the match 2-0, including a dominating 16-5 win on Mirage to start the series.
  • The NA side of the bracket was closer fought yesterday, but not many of the heavy hitter teams were in action. The game of the day was No. 10 OpTic Gaming against No. 20 Renegades in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings. Game one was a one sided affair as OpTic crushed Renegades 16-5 on Cobblestone. Dust II was closer and went to overtime, but OpTic ended up prevailing 19-17.

    In other games Misfits defeated Rush 2-0, No. 9 Immortals went to double overtime against Luminosity Gaming in their 2-0 win, and CLG and Selfless split their set 1-1.
  • In the League of Legends LCK, SK Telecom T1 was handed their first loss as an aggressive afreeca Freecs convincingly won 2-0. Kongdoo Monster took a map off of MVP, but it wasn't enough as Monster starts the LCK 0-6.

    Tonight features a very strong matchup between KT Rolster and Samsung Galaxy in what will likely be KT's toughest test yet.
  • In the ESL Hearthstone Trinity Series, G2 Esports took out Luminosity 6-4, and Tempo Storm defeated Cloud9 6-1 including 3 wins from Gaara's Hunter deck, only being played by Tempo Storm this season. Fun fact, according to the broadcast Hunter has a 75% win rate this season.
  • Splyce has announced a partnership with Delaware North to be an official Boston esports representative. Delaware North owns the Boston Bruins of the NHL alongside the TD Gardens, a major arena in the city. This marks another move of a team to gravitate towards a city-based approach with a major sports partner following on similar moves that Dignitas and Misfits have made.
  • The NBA is partnering with Take-Two to officially support an NBA 2K17 league where all 30 NBA teams will own a 5 man roster that includes a draft. The season will take place alongside the regular NBA season including a full postseason and championships.

Kevin "FindableCarpet" Brown joined the show today to talk about the future of Rocket League and the announcements surrounding the Rocket League Championship Series Season 3 launch in March.

The Checkpoint will be off tomorrow and on Monday as the team is travelling to MLG Atlanta! We'll be covering the event all weekend long right here on WWG and we'll be back with new episodes on Tuesday.