The Checkpoint - TeePee on Call of Duty, DreamHack Day 2 Surprises

by Kevin Knocke

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

  • DreamHack Masters Las Vegas CS:GO tournament continued to deliver surprises during day 2 of the event. In Group A, No. 1 Astralis in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings easily dispatched of No. 9 OpTic gaming in the winner's match 16-9 on Nuke. No. 6 North recovered from their slow start to eliminate compLexity Gaming from the tournament 16-4.

    No. 11 Gambit Gaming kept on their fabulous run as they defeated No. 3 16-10 to secure themselves a spot in the playoffs and a day off on day 3. No. 14 Fnatic rebounded after their loss to Gambit in the first round with a 16-9 win over a stronger than expected Misfits.

    In Group C, No. 2 SK Gaming took care of business by easily taking out No. 8 Cloud9 16-8. No. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas regained their form as well by rolling over TyLoo 16-5.

    Finally, Group D continued to surprise as No. 18 mousesports defeated the team they'll be sending NiKo to, No. 4 FaZe Clan, with a 16-10 win. No. 7 Natus Vincere looked much stronger than on day 1 as they destroyed the No. 22 Renegades 16-6.
  • EU LCS League of Legends action continues to be a fiesta involving clowns at times, as G2 Esports won a very weird 2-0 over Unicorns of Love, including a game 2 win that, had Unicorns of Love literally taken their team and right clicked the nexus, they would have won.

    Splyce defeated a much stronger looking Fnatic team in a narrow 2-1 victory, while Vitality continued to slide as Misfits easily defeated them 2-0.
  • In the Hearthstone ESL Trinity Series, Luminosity advanced to 3-2 overall when they defeated Alliance 6-4, while took out Cloud9 6-4 in a matchup between the teams at the bottom of the table.
  • Phoenix1's NA LCS team has a stand in this weekend as Inori needs to go to Vancouver to deal with family issues. They accepted former Cloud9 jungler Meteos. However, as C9 will be playing P1 this weekend, it raises questions about sportsmanship and knowledge of team strategies.
  • Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner published an article in Slingshot Esports about how fans have gotten lots of free content over the years, but should brace themselves for paid content to start hitting the airwaves in esports.

Finally, Tyler "TeePee" Polchow joined to talk about the insane level of parity in the Call of Duty scene, including analyzing surprising results at MLG Atlanta and looking forward to CWL Paris this weekend.