With the scale of the esports world, it’s hard to pin down every big-name game and every esports news item every week. Sometimes these moments go beyond the competitive realm and also dive into streaming, gaming in general, and the business world. Esports is more important than the games we watch every day and the big thing that you should take away every week could be slipping away if you’re not careful.
This is where we come in. Every week, the Upcomer team comes together to select the five biggest Ws of the past week, whether it’s a player’s performance, a new game release or something else. The goal: to keep you up to date with esports news this week and prepare for everything to come.
Here are our five W’s for the week of July 26 to August 1.
Minnesota RØKKR clash with 5th major stage victory
Upon entering the CDL Stage 5 Major, no one other than the Minnesota fan base gave the RØKKR a chance to win. After all, they faced the perennial juggernaut Atlanta FaZe in the first round of the winner’s table. And even though they somehow escaped FaZe, they had to face the Dallas Empire in the second round. It seemed too long at the start of the tournament.
However, RØKKR beat the Stage 4 Major finalists, beating Atlanta and Dallas in back-to-back matches. This led to a showdown with the Toronto Ultra in the Winners’ Final, which they quickly won 3-0, propelling them into the Grand Final of Stage 5.
After Ultra qualified for the grand final thanks to the losing group, the rematch was fixed. However, Minnesota lost the first four best of nine sets cards in a not-so-hot start. The loss of these cards has been a blessing for the RØKKR as they managed to achieve the biggest comeback Call of Duty has ever seen by winning five consecutive cards to win the Stage 5 Major.
Toronto completely collapsed under the pressure as Minnesota went above all of their skeptics in an epic major Stage 5 victory. This gives the RØKKR all the confidence and momentum ahead of the CDL Champs while the Ultra will need the biggest bounce imaginable.
– Joey Carr
TSM takes first place in LCS for the first time since 2017
For the first time in four years, TSM is in first place at the end of the League of Legends Championship Series regular season. The team is now ranked at the top of the LCS Championship standings with a first round pass.
The past few years have been tough for TSM fans, to say the least. After missing out on the 2018 and 2019 world championships and then not achieving a single world championship victory when they finally qualified in 2020, the organization has made tremendous strides in reorganizing its squad and staff. coaches. The team has improved significantly from third place in the spring and remained at the top of the LCS standings all summer.
TSM’s wins in the summer weren’t always the best looking, but if anything, this list has shown that they know how to win games. Under the new format, the LCS Championship bracket consists of eight teams and they are all capable of making a difference in the playoffs.
With the bye rolled, TSM is a best-of-five win of 2021 World Championship qualifier and two match wins by adding another LCS title to the trophy cabinet.
– Nick Ray
Br1 AV first world finalist of Smash World Tour Ultimate
Ecuador Bruno “Br1 AV” Assemany became the first qualifier for the Super Smash Bros. group. Ultimate in the Smash World Tour Global Finals last week. Unlike all other upcoming regional finals events, the South American tournament was held online due to the current COVID-19 situation on the continent. However, this was hardly to the detriment of Br1 AV, a WWR-rated wi-fi warrior.
The online setup may have given main player Snake a boost, and the fact that he never had to play Julio “Aality” Morla, Ecuador’s highest-ranked offline player, added to the game. also helped. Despite this, Br1 AV won many tough matches against Jhéeremy “Ran” Pradenas, Javier “LinkEa” González, Kenneth “Keen” Hanss and Joseph “jjcat00” Velez. He even scored a victory over Julian “Frido” Bastias in the Grand Final using his secondary, Enderman.
While Br1 AV has competed in smaller tournaments in the United States in the past, the Smash World Tour Global Finals marks its largest offline competition to date. No matter how he fares at this event, he seems happy to have made it this far.
“I do not consider myself to be a ‘high level player’, but rather a ‘high level player'”, Br1 AV tweeted. “Even if I lose early in the final group, I’ll feel accomplished with it all.”
– Dylan Tate
Philadelphia Fusion ends the season strong
The Philadelphia Fusion entered the 2021 Overwatch League season with high expectations, with a roster of star-studded veterans, each with more impressive careers than the last.
However, visa issues for the non-Korean players on the squad meant new players had to be signed just before the start of the season, and the Fusion rushed to make their new roster work. It feels like they’ve been catching up all season as they haven’t made the tournament playoffs so far.
As we move into the latter part of the season, it looks like the Fusion has finally found its place. They beat the still-dominant Shanghai Dragons in a resounding 3-0 and beat the Hangzhou Spark 3-1. Granted, we’re only a week away from the Countdown Cup and the Fusion has certainly shown flashes of brilliance before without following it. But if there’s one thing we know about the Fusion, it’s that end-of-season miracles are possible.
– Bonnie Qu
Giants Gaming Qualifies For EMEA VCT Challengers Playoffs
Giants Gaming qualified for the VALORANT Champions Tour Europe, Middle East & Africa Challengers playoffs last weekend. The Spanish organization didn’t do much to VALORANT, as this tournament was their first VCT main event, but the team mowed down some of the best in Europe – including Team Liquid and Fnatic – to qualify for the international qualifying tournament.
The squad includes two young stars in Adolfo “Fit1nho” Gallego and Aaro “hoody” Peltokangas who bring incredible firepower to the squad as well as two veterans of the old European VALORANT scene. Former G2 Esports and Excel Esports game leader David “Davidp” Prins helped the team cross the finish line in the winners’ final match against Team Liquid.
The Belgian notched 37 kills on two maps, averaging 158 damage per round on Omen and Brimstone. Johan “Meddo” Renbjörk, who joined the Giants after an early stint on FunPlus Phoenix in 2020, also performed well in his first appearance in a VCT main event on his main controlling agents.
Giants Gaming will follow their second place Challengers 2 in their first VCT appearance with a trip to the EMEA Challengers Finals where they will face off against the best of the EMEA in a 12-team double elimination tournament. The top four teams from the event will qualify for VALORANT’s next international LAN at Masters 3: Berlin.
– Declan McLaughlin