Esports Update - Pain Gaming and Team Dignitas
paiN Gaming’s Top Laner, Mylon is unable to attend the International WildCard Allstars event held in Melbourne Australia due to a collapsed lung, the organisation opted out of the event to support their player. A recent Facebook post explained that they were to withdraw from three League of Legends tournaments as they wanted to have the strongest roster going into these events. A collapsed lung seems to be a very interesting coincidence amongst professional players unable to attend events as Cloud 9’s Jungler and former mid lane player, Hai was unable to attend the AllStars event last year due to a Collapsed Lung.
paiN Gaming is an on the rise Brazilian team that is really showing what they are capable of. Taking the number one seed in their region and then cementing their place in the in the qualifier tournament for the World Championship, they already proved that they were a capable team that deserved to be among the best of each region, they then expanded their recent success and hard work by attending the World Championship and coming off extremely strong in the end. They won a game against CLG in a match that surprised everyone as CLG was looking to be a prominent and successful team that would make it into the Quarter Finals. And then won a game against the Flash Wolves, who finished as first seed in their group. paiN finished 2-4 in their group. In a recent interview, paiN gaming’s midlaner Gabriel “Kami” Santos said that they fully intended to return to the 2016 World Championship stronger than ever.
Their recent performance at the Championship is a testament to their hard work and success as they were the first Wild Card team to win more than one game at a World Championship and the first to finish in a position other than last. This success was unheard of for a Wild Card team as Wild Card regions are considered to be weaker regions, paiN gaming are expected to become a force to be reckoned with as they analyse and improve on their play.
Mylon’s success as a player was part of the reason paiN gaming had a strong showing at the World Championship, Mylon recorded a 1.8 KDA with 69.2% kill participation. With a good use of teleport and lane presence as well as solid mechanical skill, he stepped up to the plate and was a significant factor to the team’s success at the Championship. It is no wonder he is commonly regarded as the best top laner in his region and has devoted fans supporting him.
It is understandable that paiN has decided to forfeit their attendance at the IWCA because their roster would be incredibly weakened if Mylon was not present in the toplane. It is very unfortunate that paiN’s attendance at the IWCA event will be cut short as they had a strong chance of taking first place.
Mylon is expected to make a full recovery as he is in a stable condition and did not require surgery, in a recent Facebook post he thanked all his fans for the flood of support he received after the news of his injury spread.
Team Dignitas sold
With Team Dignitas solidifying their place in both of the LCS regions, a decision was forced on the organisation to sell one of their two teams due to LCS rules barring an organisation from owning two teams. Both teams from North America and Europe were put on sale. An intense bidding war soon followed with bids from organisations across the globe, in the end, FollowEsports laid claim to the European team with a bid of reportedly upwards a million. Head coach Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal will be moving with the team as well as four out of their five current roster, Martin “Wunderwear” Hansen, Chres “Sencux” Laursen, Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup and Nicolai “Nisbeth” Nisbeth. These four will be expected to stay while their Jungler Dennis “Obvious” Sorensen has been left out, possibly due to performance or team attitude reasons.
The recent sale of Team Dignitas, a small team in popularity compared to the bigger names such as TSM, CLG and Fnatic for the largest amount of money paid for a team in esports shows how close esports is to the sporting industry. Expect more teams on sale and prominent sponsors for teams across the globe. Big companies like HTC, Logitech and Sony are sponsoring teams with money and their products.
Esports has grown from a simple “hobby” to an industry that is rising rapidly in competition and popularity. A simple look at the chart below shows that the viewing of the World Championship doubled that of the NBA Finals. Esports is expected to continue its exponential growth and some sources and experts predict that it will be common to see Esports on Western television in only a few years time. This is already common in South Korea with League of Legends and Starcraft being the two dominant sports on television. Several other networks are eyeing Esports, including NBC Sports Group, which said it's monitoring "this emerging category."
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