The Checkpoint - League of Legends Patch 7.7, Champions Rakan and Xayah Announced

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:

  • Wrapping up Day 1's results in the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 CS:GO finals was No. 14 G2 Esports in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings handily beating a struggling No. 13 Ninjas in Pyjamas 16-6 while No. 3 Natus Vincere defeated 5Power 16-9.

    In Day 2 high matches, No. 6 North won the all-Danish matchup against No. 1 Astralis in overtime on Inferno 19-16, No. 14 G2 Esports decimated No. 15 HellRaisers 16-2, No. 3 Na'Vi beat No. 7 Fnatic 16-9, and No. 4 SK Gaming made No. 2 look like a low tier team by winning 16-2.

    In low matches, No. 10 Gambit Gaming squeaked by No. 24 TyLoo 16-13, Counter Logic Gaming beat up on 5Power Club 16-3, No. 5 FaZe Clan rebounded against No. 10 Immortals 16-10, and No. 13 NiP defeated MVP Project 16-9.
  • Riot Games announced two new champions, Xayah and Rakan, along with the newest patch to League of Legends. Riot looks to be addressing the jungle heavily in this patch, bringing down the power of bruisers and reworking a couple of junglers like Amumu. There are also some changes addressed at the newly-reworked Galio, an ult buff for Lux, and changes to some supports.
  • ECS Season 3 was announced with games starting on April 14th. The finals of the CS:GO league will take place at Wembley's SSE Arena in London, United Kingdom between Jun. 23rd-25th. Tickets are on sale now for the finals.

    ECS has also announced a partnership with the Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California which will host organized broadcasts of the league for spectators.
  • The University of Utah has added esports to its varsity sports lineup. This marks the first major sports conference university to officially endorse and support the scene.

    From the press release: “The U has seen a rise in esports on campus, accompanied by distinct benefits from this community,” said President David W. Pershing. “Students with very diverse backgrounds, and interests engage with one another in this inclusive, but competitive gaming environment.”

Matt Best joins the show to dive in detail into LoL Patch 7.7 and the newest champions announced yesterday. To Best, the meta is in a great spot right now and should promote a pretty diverse set of games at the pro level.