xPeke to stand in for PowerOfEvil in Week 8

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Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez will be the starting Mid Laner for Origen in their Week 8 games of the EU LCS, because Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage is feeling under the weather, according to a tweet from the player.

The last minute substitution comes at the tail end of the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split, where Origen are currently sitting in sixth place with a mediocre 7-7 record. This is a far cry from their performance last season in the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split when they finished second place with a 12-6 record.

Origen were eliminated on the first day of IEM Season X World Championship Katowice this past weekend after losing to Royal Never Give Up and Team SoloMid. theScore esports' Lisa Doan interviewed xPeke in Katowice, asking him about Origen's loss. The player, who is also the team's owner, mentioned he will likely come back to the roster for the Summer Split, with the possibility of playing during the Spring Playoffs.

In the seven weeks PowerOfEvil has played in the 2016 Spring Split, he's averaged a 3.38 KDA across 14 games. His most-played hero is Ahri, with four games, but his most successful has been Lulu. He played and won two games on the Champion, never dying once and averaging a monstrous 25 KDA.

Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage

However, xPeke averaged a 5.61 KDA over 18 games during the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split. His most popular Champion was Vladimir, playing it five times and averaging a 7.5 KDA.

In Week 8 of the EU LCS, Origen will face Unicorns of Love on Thursday and ROCCAT Friday.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, Dungeon & Dragons and first-picking Timbersaw Windranger Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90. You can follow him on Twitter.

Riot Meddler: It's 'quite likely' LoL moves to a 10-ban system

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Lead Gameplay Designer Andrei "Meddler" van Roon has acknowledged that Riot are looking into the possibility of moving from a six ban system to a 10-ban system once League of Legends' new client is released, saying that the move is "quite likely" but not a done deal.

Currently, professional League of Legends games and regular ranked matchmaking are played with three bans per team, with teams alternating banning one champion at a time. Meddler said that the new system could completely change that, and many possibilities and permutations are being discussed.

"We're still planning to look into 10-bans once the new client's out (changes needed to champ select for extra bans would be made in that, not the old client). I think it's quite likely we move to a 10-ban system, though that's not guaranteed yet," he wrote. "Assuming we do go to 10 bans it's also possible Pro games and regular games might make the change at somewhat separated times (different workflows for draft matchmaking games versus tournament draft in custom games which is what Pro uses)."

He also said that Riot have considered several options for the new ban system.

"All up front? Bans mixed in with picks? Everyone at the same time? Bans selected before even getting to a game? etc," said Meddler. Even having separate solutions for pro and regular play is "something we're open to if it's the best solution."

Dota 2 currently has a 10-ban system in Captains Mode, the mode primarily used for professional play, which is also available for regular ranked matchmaking. In All Pick and Random Draft (the other two modes available for regular matchmaking) each player has the option to vote on a ban during a 15 second window at the start of the draft, with half the heroes randomly selected as bans for that game.

Ultimately, "not increasing champ select time's probably going to be a starting requirement here, or at least very strong goal," said Meddler.

The new LoL client is currently in Alpha testing. No date has been given for the move to an open Beta.

Annabelle "Abelle" Fischer is a writer for theScore esports with a love for Dota 2, birds and cheese. You can follow her on Twitter.

The best places to watch the LoL Worlds finals

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Can't make it out to the Staples Center to see SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy battle it out in the finals of the 2016 League of Legends World Championships? If you'd rather not squint at the action on your laptop, check out one of Coca-Cola's viewing parties which are taking place at 150 theaters across Canada, the US, and Europe —Twitch chat not included.

Regal Union Square Stadium, New York, NY

Coke invites you to an off-Broadway production of the Worlds final at the Regal Union Square Stadium at Broadway and East 14th street. Near the famous Union Square Park and the East Village, this viewing party offers a chance for LoL fans to explore the concrete jungle without the risk of getting ganked by Bengi. Who knows? You might find a blue buff or two.

Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas, Toronto, Canada

Toronto proved it was an esports city when 15,000 fans filled the Air Canada Centre, home of the Maple Leafs and the Raptors, to capacity for the NA LCS Summer Finals. Considering that, we can only imagine how packed the viewing party at Yonge Dundas Square's Cineplex Cinema will be. Located in the heart of the city, LoL fans can get the best of Toronto's food, shopping, and culture without straying too far from the LoL action.

Choctaw Casinos The District Cinema, Durant, OK

Like a side of slots action with your League of Legends? If you're in the Midwest, check out the viewing party at Choctaw Casinos' District Cinema in Durant, Oklahoma. The original Choctaw location, the resort has two casinos and two hotels for a total of 4,200 slot machines and 776 hotel rooms.

Regal Cinemas South Beach, Miami Beach, FL

Miami: home of sun, sand and now League of Legends. Head on down to the Regal Cinemas South Beach viewing party and watch SKT vs. SSG, Tony Montana style. Punctuate the LoL action with a trip to the beach or immerse yourself in the rich culture (and food) of the city's Cuban community. And remember not to forget your sunscreen.

Edwards Houston Marq'E Stadium, Houston, TX

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that extends to the viewing party at Edward's Cinema at the Marq*E Entertainment Centre in Houston. Located just outside downtown, Edward's was declared best movie theatre in the city by the Houston Press in 2013 for its proximity to shops, restaurants and its 23 screens.

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor with theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter

LoL Worlds prize pool grows to over $5 million from fan contributions

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The total prize pool for the League of Legends 2016 Season World Championship has grown to over $5 million because of sales of the Championship Zed and Championship ward skins, Riot Games announced Friday. With the previously announced split of the pool, the new total pushes the first-place prize to just over $2 million.

The initial prize pool for the event was $2.13 million but Riot announced in September that 25 percent of the sales of the aforementioned skins would directly support the prize pool. The prize pool hit $4 million earlier in October, and continued sales of the skins have now pushed it to a total amount of just over $5 million.

Sales of the two skins will continue to support the prize pool until Nov. 6, at which time the final prize figures will be revealed.

The finals of the LoL 2016 World Championship will be played Saturday, Oct. 29. SKT Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy are the two remaining teams who will battle for LoL's ultimate prize.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

CJ ENTUS add Vinylcat as Head Coach and Mozuka as Coach

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CJ Entus have made changes in their support staff after losing their spot in the LCK and being relegated to Challengers Korea for the 2017 spring split. Former Head Coach Park "Reach" Jung-suk and Coach Jang "Cain" Nu-ri have been replaced by Chae "Vinylcat" Woo Chul as Head Coach and Kim "Mokuza" Dae Woong as Coach.

Vinylcat is a former support player who has been a coach in the Korean scene for several years. He spent almost four years of his career with NaJin, starting as a player on NaJin e-mFire in February 2012, retiring from NaJin White Shield to become a coach in December 2012 and staying with the org until December 2015.

Most recently, he coached Kongdoo Monster to a second-place finish in the 2016 Challengers Korea Summer Season, a first-place finish in the playoffs and finally helped them to qualify for the LCK (including beating CJ 2-0 in the 2017 Spring Promotion tournament).

Mokuza retired from playing jungle for NaJin Shield in February 2013, and similar to Vinylcat, had been working with various teams in the NaJin organization from February 2014 through December 2015.

CJ Entus failed to make it back into the LCK after a dismal 3-15 record in the Summer Season forcing them into the 2017 Spring Promotion tournament. They beat SBENU Korea 2-0 in the semifinals but lost to ESC Ever 3-0 in the finals.

Annabelle "Abelle" Fischer is a writer for theScore esports with a love for Dota 2, birds and cheese. You can follow her on Twitter.

Brazil's INTZ e-Sports qualify for IEM Oakland

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After a 2-1 victory over Australia's Chiefs, Brazil's INTZ e-Sports have qualified as one of two International Wildcard teams to attend IEM Season XI at Oakland in November.

In their qualifying match, INTZ dropped their first game to Chiefs' Aurelion Sol composition that was spearheaded by an 8/3/13 performance from mid laner Simon "Swiffer" Papamarkos.

INTZ then closed out their next two games in the best of three series in under 30 minutes. Game 2 highlights included a near 2v5 pentakill for Gabriel "Tockers" Claumann who ended 10/1/1 on Cassiopeia. Game 3 included an 8/0/4 Kennen performance from top laner Felipe "Yang" Zhao, a 4/1/10 Olaf performance from jungler Gabriel "Revolta" Henud, and an 0/1/15 scoreline from support Luan "Jockster" Cardoso who looked strong on his comfort pick of Alistar.

On Saturday, Latin America South's Kaos Latin Gamers will take on Lyon Gaming. The winner will go on to face Chiefs to determine the second International Wildcard participant at Oakland. Already invited to Oakland are China's Royal Never Give Up, North America's Immortals and Team SoloMid, Europe's Splyce, and Taiwan's Flash Wolves.

Emily Rand is a staff writer for theScore esports. You can follow her on Twitter.

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