The Checkpoint - Hearthstone Changes, EPL Results, and Official SK Telecom YouTube Pages

by Kevin Knocke

You can catch today's episode of The Checkpoint right here!

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

  • ESL Pro League Season 5 CS:GO action picked back up after DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, and on the European side No. 13 Team EnVyUs in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings split their set against No. 20 HellRaisers 1-1 and No. 16 Heroic also tied 1-1 against No. 23 LDLC.

    All ties on the North American side as well, as No. 19 Team Liquid went 1-1 against unranked NRG while unranked Luminosity tied the unranked Counter Logic Gaming squad.
  • Surprising results in the Hearthstone Championship Tour, especially on the Americas side of things. Two complete unknowns, DrJikininki and DocPwn, hailing from the USA and Canada, respectively, took home 1st and 2nd place. Tarei and Fr0zen, two pro players, finished tied for 3rd.

    In the European side of things, it was a bit more predictable as Pavel, one of the strongest players in the world, took home 1st place and 20 HCT points. GreenSheep from the UK ended up in 2nd.

    The biggest surprise over these events has been the emergence of the aggressive Rogue deck that was able to pick up wins at these big open tournaments.
  • In other Hearthstone news, the developers talked about changes to the game in a Twich livestream yesterday. Kevin's thoughts can be found here in his latest opinion piece.
  • No. 13 Team EnVyUs in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings officially announced the signing of ScreaM, putting player devoduvek on the bench for the time being.
  • SK Telecom T1 has recently been caught up in community furor over many SKT clips on YouTube and other video platforms being issued takedowns. SKT has apologized and announced the creation of official SKT YouTube pages for fans.
  • Riot Games hosted a charity poker tournament that raised over $25,000 for Trevor's Project, with Team Liquid co-owner Steve Ahrancet losing to Rioter Chopper in the end.

James Bates joined the show to talk about EU LCS and NA LCS, including potential playoff teams in NA and how good Cloud9 actually is after a string of losses this weekend.