The Checkpoint - Nintendo Attending Esports Events, LCK Playoff Race Heats Up

by Kevin Knocke

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

  • The CS:GO ESL Pro League provided some one sided surprising games yesterday on the EU side as newly No. 3 in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings Natus Vincere defeated No. 5 FaZe Clan easily 2-0, including a 30-12 K/D performance with ~130 ADR in 22 rounds from s1mple on the second map. HellRaisers took out No. 16 G2 Esports 2-0 while the latter continues to struggle after their recent roster moves.

    On the NA side, NRG Esports defeated Counter Logic Gaming 2-0 and No. 8 OpTic Gaming beat Rush 2-0. Not their own player. The team.
  • In League of Legends LCK action, Samsung Galaxy advanced to sole possession of 2nd place in the standings as they defeated the Jin Air Green Wings 2-0 on Tuesday, while KT Rolster ended up losing to MVP 2-1 continuing KT's slide a bit further in the standings this Spring Split.

    In other games, the ROX Tigers keep their playoff hopes alive by defeating the bbq OLIVERS 2-1, officially ending the latter's chances of any mathematical possibility of making the playoffs. SK Telecom T1 advanced to 13-1 on the season after taking out Longzhu Gaming 2-1.
  • The OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 Group Stage #2 Group B deciding match was held last night with LW Blue defeating Kongdoo Panthera 3-1. LW Blue moves on to face surprises of the event RunAway in the semifinals, while Meta Athena takes on Lunatic-Hai in the other match. RunAway vs LW Blue starts in two days on OGN.
  • Hiko's experiment with OpTic Gaming's CS:GO squad has come to an end, as he tweeted that he was no longer standing in with the team and is exploring other opportunities. The former Team Liquid member was brought on on a trial basis after Stanislaw departed OpTic for Liquid.
  • PNDA's Call of Duty team has split up after narrowly missing the CWL cutoff. The team is currently looking to either bring on two new members or move the remaining two players left to another squad in a free agent capacity.
  • Nintendo is going to be on the ground at CEO Dreamland presenting Switch games in another sign that the developer, publisher, and hardware maker is continuing to show interest in the overall esports world. This follows on their prior marketing campaigns that have prominently shown games like Splatoon 2 in explicit esports environments like major sports arenas.

Tim Sevenhuysen of Oracle's Elixir joined the last half of the show to talk about the developing world of LoL stats and how they can be used to predict long term winners and losers over a full split.