The Checkpoint - Dramatic Remake in EU LCS, Blizzard Making a WoW Esports Push

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:

  • No. 4 Natus Vincere in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings easily defeated a struggling new roster No. 13 Team EnVyUs 2-0 in the ESL Pro League EU side of things. In other games, No. 17 Team Kinguin split their set against unranked Hellraisers 1-1, No. 6 FaZe Clan took out sliding No. 7 Ninjas in Pyjamas day, and No. 16 mousesports strongly upset the heavily favored No. 5 North team 2-0.

    On the NA side, No. 21 Renegades defeated compLexity Gaming 2-0, No. 2 SK Gaming beat Luminosity Gaming 2-0, NRG Esports beat a shorthanded No. 8 OpTic Gaming who was using coach Peacemaker as a stand-in, and Winterfox and Rush split their set 1-1.
  • In the League of Legends EU LCS, it was a legendarily bad day for competitive LoL as Vitality and GIANTS! Gaming, both in fourth place in their respective groups, were forced to remake game number 3 after a visual bug on Orianna's ball was found. Although GIANTS! was close to winning the game, a remake was ordered. On stream, the commentators said it was a mutual agreement between the teams, but GIANTS! went to Twitter quickly to rebuke this.

    Not to be outdone, ROCCAT and Origen, last place in their respective groups and a combined 0-14 going into the match, played what is regarded as one of the worst games of LoL ever, taking 78 minutes before Origen finally walked away with their first map win of the split.

    ROCCAT came back and won the next two games to end up taking the set 2-1, securing their first series win of the EU LCS Spring Split. Origen remains winless at 0-8.
  • The Overwatch OGN Apex Group Stage #2 finished up Group A action as Lunatic-Hai easily dispatched of Kongdoo Uncia to advance from a surprisingly tough group that upstarts RunAway ended up winning.
  • The GIANTS!/Vitality remake has stirred up controversy, as typically Riot Games permanently bans champions with known, reproducible visual bugs from competitive play. Then, on top of that, GIANTS! had a clear advantage at the time of the remake, calling into question the fairness of these decisions and argues they did not agree to the remake in the first place.

    GIANTS! publicly posted on Twitter, saying "By the way, just to make things clear, ONLY Vitality agreed on the remake. We did not. Just so that you all know."
  • Blizzard is making a push for competitive World of Warcraft esports, greatly expanding the amount of local qualifiers for the Blizzcon world championships.

Chris Bahn of PVP Live joins the show to talk about the Street Fighter V ELEAGUE Invitational, including where the Street Fighter and broader FGC scenes are going in the future.