Mata joins SKT, Skem and Kuku allegedly banned from Chongqing Major, JACKZ and Lucky join G2
Skem and Kuku reportedly banned from attending Chongqing Major
Andrei “Skemberlu” Ong, compLexity Gaming’s former midlaner, and Carlo “Kuku” Palad, TNC Predator’s current offlaner, have allegedly been banned from attending January’s Chongqing Major.
It’s not a rumor. Skemberlu and Kuku are both banned from attending the Chongqing Major. Col and TNC were both contacted prior to the event and were asked if they wanted to kick the players.
There is still a chance that this ban can be extended and block them from attending TI9.
— Matthew Bailey (@Cyborgmatt) November 24, 2018
The allegation was reported by several sources throughout Saturday and Sunday, including Matthew “Cyborgmatt” Bailey, popular community member and manager of Team Secret.
The ban was allegedly issued in response to the fact that these two players made racially insensitive comments against Chinese players in the context of a professional and public match, respectively.
According to Jack “KBBQ” Chen, a popular figure in both Dota 2’s Chinese and North American communities, the ban was not issued by the Major’s tournament organizers but rather the municipal government.
it’s not a rumor, the municipal government met to discuss after outrage and anger grew over what people in China felt was an inadequate or delayed response and reportedly came to the organizer saying: “this event cannot have these two players”
— Jack Chen (@KBBQDotA) November 24, 2018
The ban has sparked discussion — and, in some cases, outcry — across the Dota community, with many calling for intervention on Valve’s part.
Individual tournament organizers cannot be allowed to ban players from DPC events. If there is another Major in the Philippines, do they get to ban Chinese players in retaliation? Valve absolutely must step in.
— Nahaz (@NahazDota) November 24, 2018
Whether or not they should be banned is kind of a public matter, and a valve one to be more specific. There is a smart way to solve things and I’m sure it will end up happening. Nevertheless feeding the anger and drama is the wrost thing we can do. So please act responsible
— 7ckngMad (@7ckngMadDOTA) November 24, 2018
no way they are banned from ti right? Just cos it’s in China too
— Sing (@SingSing) November 24, 2018
G2 unveils changes to CS:GO roster
Audric “JACKZ” Jug and Lucas “Lucky” Chastang have joined the ranks of G2 Esports’ CS:GO roster, the organization announced on Monday.
Today, the #Reshuffle begins.
— G2 Esports (@G2esports) November 26, 2018
In making these acquisitions, G2 also retained Richard “shox” Papillon, Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro and Kenny “kennyS” Schrub. The legendary AWPer published a TwitLonger announcing that Kevin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans and Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux would be benched as a result.
New Squad !
— kennyS (@G2kennyS) November 26, 2018
Mata joins SKT
Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong has joined the ranks of SK Telecom T1, the organization announced on Monday.
안녕하세요. SKT T1입니다.
2019 시즌을 함께 할 신규 영입 선수와 코치 소개 및 안타까운 소식을 전합니다. pic.twitter.com/bUyf1auTZu
— SK telecom T1 (@sktelecom_t1) November 26, 2018
The move is presumably the last among SKT’s recent efforts to rebuild themselves into something of a ‘superteam’ following their disappointing performance throughout the 2018 season. In addition, the legendary South Korean organization announced the acquisition of Kim “Fly” Sangcheol as their new coach.
Crown joins OpTic as PowerOfEvil leaves for CLG
Former League of Legends World Champion Lee “Crown” Min-ho has signed with OpTic Gaming, the organization announced on Monday.
— OpTicLoL (@OpTicLoL) November 25, 2018
The former Gen.G midlaner will be replacing Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, who has been transferred to Counter Logic Gaming.
Beyond hyped to work with this guy. People used to always joke with me about how funny it’d be if we ever played on the same team. Well here it is!! 😜 https://t.co/dFtsJkriHv
— Trevor Hayes (@Stixxay) November 24, 2018
Broken Blade and Smoothie join Team SoloMid
Andy “Smoothie” Ta and Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik have joined Team SoloMid, the organization announced on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
— TSM (@TSM) November 24, 2018
— TSM (@TSM) November 25, 2018
These acquisitions arrive in the wake of TSM’s lackluster showing throughout the 2018 season, one in which the perennial North American franchise failed to qualify for the World Championship for the first time in their history.
Vitality receives €20 million investment from Tej Kohli
Team Vitality have received a €20 million investment from tech entrepreneur Tej Kohli, the organization announced on Monday.
Welcome in the Vitality Universe @mrtejkohli 🙌
We received a €20M investment to help Vitality continue its development 💪
— Team Vitality (@TeamVitality) November 26, 2018
Team Vitality, one of 10 organizations accepted into Riot Games’ newly-rebranded League of Legends European Championship (LEC), boasts rosters in League but Rainbow Six: Siege, CS:GO, Rocket League, and more.
Dimitri Pascaluta is a content creator for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.