TESA to partner with grass-roots UK org London eSports by Rowan Smith

TESA UK are continuing their support of grassroots British and Irish esports organisations with their latest partnership. From this summer TESA will be working closely with start-up org London eSports to help develop their rosters as they expand into new platforms.

Currently competing in Rocket League, CS:GO and DOTA 2, London eSports also boast a strong roster of streaming talent and are rapidly growing their fan engagement. This new partnership with TESA UK will give them the support to develop new competitive teams, source new revenue streams and give them the leg up they need to reach the next level.

Alfie from London eSports announced the new parternship, saying: ""We are proud to be partnering up with TESA UK, the work they have done thus far shows the determination and progress they have to offer the UK esports scene. When we got in contact with TESA UK we quickly agreed on improving the scene and hope that this partnership will be the start of this. We hope for many successful ventures together and for a long lasting partnership"

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TESA UK Managing Director Rowan Smith said “the more developing franchises we have in the UK the faster our community will grow – we’re confident that LDN already have the framework in place to grow sustainably and that their current roster of talent contains some real stars in the making. LDN are perfectly positioned to help capitalise on the recent growth in the capital’s esports fanbase and we can’t wait to get started.”

The continued growth of London eSports as a franchise represents a straightforward way for businesses to invest in their local esports scene. To get involved with the country’s fastest-growing competitive circuit you can contact TESA at any time at rowan@tesauk.com and to find out more about our latest partners visit their website here.

Esports Gear partner with UK Scouting Grounds Midlane MVP by Rowan Smith

UK gaming peripherals online retailer, Esports Gear, have announced their new partnership with League of Legends mid laner and rising star, Corey Beeley. After impressing at last year’s UK Scouting Grounds and earning MVP honours from analysts covering the event, Beeley is poised to become a breakout talent in 2018.

 

“We’re extremely excited to work with Corey. We recognise his huge potential and desire to become a top name. Our ethos is ‘gaming gear for the people’ - we are a community before we are a business, and we’ll continue to support young rising stars and grass roots UK esports talent, investing in the growth of our community.” said Mark Laurie, director at Esports Gear. “Our team are all UK-based gamers, so we see the importance of investing domestically. We’re building a community who are supporting UK-based indie specialists like ourselves, rather than global corporations like Amazon.” added Laurie.

 

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The sponsorship was brokered by Beeley’s agents at The Esports Agency. Rowan Smith, Managing Director of TESA UK, said “We’ve known for a while now that Beeley has a great future within League of Legends in the UK, and this commitment from Esports Gear is set to be the first in a long line of opportunities for the player. We fully believe in developing partnerships between British businesses and our pros, and we’re confident that this deal will attract real interest in the UK scene long-term.”

 

Beeley wrapped up with, “It’s great to work with like-minded gamers who have a genuine passion for the industry. We have big plans, and my Twitch followers can already gain access to perks, such as free next day delivery and exclusive deals. Head over to twitch.tv/itzbeeley.”

 

Esports Gear are proudly the UK’s first dedicated esports hardware retailer, bringing the best brands in the market to gamers and enthusiasts. Find out more at www.esportsgear.uk and @EsportsGearUK on Twitter.

EU LCS Update - The First Two Weeks by Rowan Smith

So, we’re two weeks in to the Spring Split, and things are very interesting. We’ve had upsets, we’ve had turnarounds, we’ve had crushing victories, and we’ve had a stupidly close base race. It’s all been very exciting, and very fun to watch!

The Meta

Patch 8.1 brought in a lot of changes. Early game comps have been suffering majorly, with the stopwatch and relic shield meta meaning that securing early kills and objectives is much more difficult than it used to be. Tahm Kench and Braum have brought even more protection (100% and 95% pick/ban rate respectively). As another sign of the game state, teams that have taken the first tower only have a 45% win rate, and teams with a gold lead at 20 mins only 50%.

Teams that have had a strong early game have been unable to convert in a lot of cases, and there will have to be some fast adaptation to ensure that this does not continue to be the case.

The Standings

Vitality have ended up 3-1 after a close game against Misfits on Week 2 Day 2. They have played astonishingly well, and the rookie squad have all had some truly excellent performances. In my opinion, Jiizuke is the rookie to watch this split, his Ryze performances have been truly exemplary (see his 9/0/6 vs H2k and his 8/0/2 vs Fnatic!). The team have managed to take down some big names too, with victories over FNC and Giants, who have also been performing very well.

Fnatic are currently sitting in the middle of the table with a 2-2 record - an excellent showing in the early game still didn’t help them to secure a victory over H2k, though they did manage to get a win over Splyce in their first game of the split. Week 2 brought similar fortunes, with a loss to Vitality meaning that to keep hope alive they had to take down reigning champions G2, which they successfully managed to do.

G2 themselves are sitting on 1-3, a very disappointing scoreline for the organisation that has been EU LCS champions for 2 years running. Despite managing to get a win over Misfits in the very first game of the split, G2 have not managed to secure another victory since. Back-to-back defeats to ROCCAT, Giants and Fnatic have shown the weaknesses in G2 - whilst they are undoubtedly gifted and experienced players, they don’t seem to quite be there yet in terms of gelling as a team.

Unicorns of Love have struggled so far. For a team so packed with talent, I am sad to see them drop all 4 of their first games. Defeats to Giants, Schalke 04, and ROCCAT have all seemed to show a lack of synergy and an inability to convert small wins into large ones on the part of Unicorns. Against Splyce they had a much stronger showing, with the game coming down to an incredible base race (and in my opinion, the most exciting end to game a of League of Legends that I have seen in a very long time!), in which Splyce managed to just sneak it away from Unicorns.

The rest of the table is all looking pretty interesting yet close too, with H2k also 1-3, tied with G2 for 8th, Splyce and FC Schalke 04 tied with Fnatic for 5th on 2-2, and Misfits, ROCCAT and Giants all tied with Vitality for first.

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What next?

Next week will see some changes in the EU LCS. The move to patch 8.2 (no more ADC Relic Shield, yay!) may change the shape of the comps somewhat, and will hopefully bring us a few new picks - I’m really looking forward to the Jinx picks!
Also note the changes to minion aggro (feel free to read up on them https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/game-updates/patch/patch-82-notes [here]) which will knock a few champions out of selection and cause others to change their playstyle.

From the perspective of the teams - a lot have work to do - teams like Fnatic need to adapt to the major meta changes from last year and keep themselves rolling - any slow down in momentum could spell disaster.
Vitality, Giants and ROCCAT need to stick with what they’re doing. They seem to be comfortable with it, and have all been performing very well, so it would be nice to see them all stick to playing their own game, and make the opponents play around them.

Unicorns of love need to really pull something out the bag in order to move out of last place. Games against H2k and Vitality is a bit of a mixed bag, but if Unicorns pull together and play to their strengths, they can take anyone down.

 

- Mike "DarkCrawler" Smith