G2 Esports secure first place at ESL Pro League Season 5 LAN finals
G2 Esports were crowned Champions of the ESL Pro League Season 5 finals following their victory over North in 3-1 fashion. The teams faced off in a best-of-five setting, where the Frenchmen managed to outperform their opponents, conceding but a single map in de_Overpass at 14:16. The other maps saw strong finishes, initially on de_Cache 16:13, de_Cobblestone with 16:5 and finally de_Inferno 16:3 to close out the tournament. This is the teams first gold finish since the roster's conception, with a grand $225,000 pocketed.
Renegades to PGL Major Krakow offline qualifier after first place finish at Asia Minor Championship
The Australian roster of Renegades managed to overcome TyLoo in the grand final of the Asia Minor Championship, securing one of two slots at the offline qualifier for the LAN finals of the PGL Major Kraków 2017. The Aussies made it to the finals via the upper bracket, conceding a total of three maps on their way to first place. The first opponent was TyLoo, whom they defeated 2-1 with a loss on de_Mirage (10:16). Next up were fellow Australians, Team Immunity who managed to sneak a 16:5 de_Nuke win over their compatriots. Finally Renegades faced off with TyLoo once again, this time in the grand final. With both teams securing definite placements in the offline qualifiers for the PGL Major Kraków 2017, it was all about the prize money. An initial loss on de_Mirage at 13:16, followed by a 16:11 de_Cache and an overtime on de_Cobblestone with 19:17, the Australians secured $30,000 in prize money.
Misfits bench Shahzeb "ShahZam" Khan, trial Caio "zqk" Fonseca
Former Selfless Gaming representative, Caio "zqk" Fonseca will be replacing Shahzeb "ShahZam" Khan following his benching announcement. Both Misfits and Khan himself have stated that the benching has "nothing to do with personality/conflict or anything in-game". The organisation has expressed on Twitter that they feel "it's in the best interest to have someone present which will yield the most productive bootcamp possible as we focus on this event". To elaborate, "this event" means the Americas Minor Championship, where teams from the two regions will face off in a bid to secure part of the $50,000 prize pool, in addition to two slots at the offline qualifier for the PGL Major Kraków 2017.
StarLadder announce groups and schedule for CIS Minor Championship
With less than a few days left till the commencement of the CIS Minor Championship, StarLadder have released groups and scheduling for the LAN finals. Eight teams will clash at the Gamer Stadium in Moscow, Russia on June 8th-11th to fight it out for $50,000 in prize money, as well as two placements at the offline qualifier for the PGL Major Kraków 2017. Group A matches will be played out on Thursday, June 8th, whilst group B matches will take place on Friday, June 9th.
ASUS ROG announce $250,000 prize pool tournament
ASUS ROG have announced the ROG Masters, a $250,000 prize pool tournament available for both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. The event will feature a total of four phases: phase 1 - the open qualifier, phase 2 - the regional qualifiers, phase 3 - the regional finals and in conclusion, phase 4 - the grand finals. More than thirty countries are eligible to participate, with the entirety of the event spanning from June to November.