WE to use alternate roster for Katowice

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Chinese representatives Team WE will be using an alternate roster for the IEM World Championships in Katowice, ESL confirmed to theScore today.

The alternate roster, as featured on the Intel Extreme Masters website, will replace their current LPL mid laner Noh "Ninja" Geon-woo for current substitute player Su "Xiye" Han-Wei.  Former Jin Air Green Wings AD carry Jin "Mystic" Seong-jun will replace current LPL AD carry Qu "Styz" Zi-Liang.

The move has been speculated inside Chinese circles for a while, with many stating that Seong-jin's high ranking on the Chinese Ionian server as one of the reasons for this change.

Seong-jun was previously the AD Carry for the Jin Air Green Wings Falcons and additionally played for Team WE's sister team, WE Academy, as a jungler in the 2015 LPL expansion tournament. 

Han-Wei previously played for WE Academy as their mid laner prior to their LPL qualification in Summer of 2014. He only played six Best of 2s for WE Academy before being replaced by high ranking Korean solo queue player, Son "Mickey" Yong-min. Xiye returned to the roster after the LPL season to play the 2015 Expansion Tournament, but was replaced again by Bae "dade" Eo-jin when the team was sold off and renamed to Master3.

WE currently sit at the bottom of the table in the Tencent LoL Pro League with a overall Win-Draw-Loss record of 1-6-8 and many Chinese fans have lamented the fact that WE will be the only team to represent the LPL.

ESL has confirmed with theScore that this will be the roster that WE will be using at Katowice. It remains to be seen if this will be the roster WE opts to run in the LPL afterwards. 

WE's IEM Katowice roster will be:

  • Zhenming “Aluka” Peng (Top)

  • Dayun “Spirit” Lee (Jungle)

  • Su “Xiye” Han-Wei (Mid)

  • Jin “Mystic” Seong-jun (ADC)

  • Zhe “YuZhe” Zhang (Support)

Watch: UC Irvine becomes first public university to offer LoL scholarships

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On Sept. 23, 2016, the University of California, Irvine, debuted their 3,500-square-foot iBUYPOWER esports arena located right in the heart of their Student Center. Equipped with 80 gaming PCs, the arena will serve as a home base for UCI’s official esports team to train, as well as the UCI gaming community. Earlier this year, UCI recruited five students based on their League of Legends abilities and academic record to play on their competitive team.

Players received scholarships to help with tuition, totalling about $15,000 and can keep any winnings earned from matches. UCI has become the first public university in North America to implement an esports scholarship program. With the program expanding, there are an additional five scholarships up for grabs.

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Riot and CSL partner for 2017 uLoL Campus Series

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Riot Games and The Collegiate StarLeague are working together for the 2017 season of CSL's collegiate level League of Legends league.

While CSL have worked with Riot in the past on the uLoL Campus Series, this will be the first season that Riot are involved as partners. Duran Parsi, CEO of the Collegiate StarLeague says, "By creating this partnership, CSL and Riot are bringing together our expertise and relationships to push collegiate eSports to the forefront of peoples’ minds."

The new season doesn't kick off until Jan. 14 2017, but registration begins in just over two weeks and will remain open until Dec. 5 2016. The league will consist of a round robin group stage, the top teams advancing to the single elimination playoff bracket followed by a LAN final.

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

Aurelion Sol to be available for Day 4 of Worlds

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Aurelion Sol will return to the 2016 League of Legends World Championship champion select list on Day 4 of the tournament after being unavailable for Days 2 and 3 due to a visual bug.

The champion was initially disabled after a World Championship group stage match on Day 1 between Team SoloMid and Royal Never Give Up, when Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg reported that he was unable to see Aurelion Sol's stars about two minutes into the game. The game was then remade without the bugged champion.

This is the second time a game has been forced to remake due to Aurelion Sol's buggy stars. The first was Game 1 of Team SoloMid's semifinal match against Counter Logic Gaming, in which the stars appeared in ward vision, nowhere near the actual location of the champion.

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

Regional loyalty in League of Legends esports analysis

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theScore esports' Kelsey Moser discusses the idea of bias and regional loyalty when analysts who follow a particular region comment on international matchups. What value does the scene gain from diversification and is "bias" always detrimental?

Kelsey Moser is a feature writer for theScore esports. You can follow her on Twitter.

KurO on ROX's status as tournament favorites: 'It just feels really good, but it’s a lot of pressure at the same time'

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Before Brazil’s INTZ e-Sports shocked the 2016 League of Legends World Championship audience by beating China’s Edward Gaming, the ROX Tigers fell behind to fellow Wildcard team Albus NoX Luna in their first match of the tournament. While the ROX Tigers had the game well in hand after a few more minutes, it was a bit of a scare, especially in hindsight with EDG’s disappointing loss to INTZ.

Following the match, theScore esports caught up with Tigers mid laner Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng to talk about their first game and how he's dealing with the pressure of being tournament favorites.

The ROX Tigers are favored to win the tournament, but Albus NoX Luna are more likely to be underestimated because they’re a Wildcard team. How did you prepare for them and was it different than preparing for other teams?

Usually, no matter what team we play against, we prepare in three steps — what champions they play, what surprise strategies or pocket picks that they could have, and try to learn from mistakes in our plays. That’s how we prepared for this matchup.

You started with an early kill deficit. What went wrong and how did you and your team fix it by the early-mid game?

At that early jungle fight we thought that we would be able to join the fight first, before our opponents. We thought that if the junglers fought each other first, our top and mid would be able to join faster and we would be able to have a better fight. Contrary to that, Elise’s HP was going down too quickly and we thought, “Oh, this is not turning out so well.” But then after the accident happened, as we played the game, we knew that the game was manageable. In those situations we just keep talking to each other and saying, “It’s okay, it’s okay, we can still win this.” That’s how we always come back in games.

You went with Jayce mid when you’ve only played Jayce twice before in your career. What went into the Jayce pick and how did it fit what you wanted to do with your composition?

We wanted to focus on champions that would poke for our composition. Also we thought that we could use a champion that dealt a lot more damage and that’s how we got to pick Jayce.

What has been the difference from your appearance at last year’s World Championship to becoming the favorites to win this year’s World Championship?

It definitely feels different compared to last year. Last year people were saying things like, “At best, the Tigers team will only go to the quarterfinals.” The expectations weren’t so high at that time. Now, for this tournament, we hear so many people saying that ROX Tigers are the best team and that we should definitely win Worlds. Listening to those comments, it just feels really good, but it’s a lot of pressure at the same time.

How do you deal with that pressure?

I think that if we play well and win the remaining five matches in the group stage, we’ll definitely be able to overcome our nervousness.

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

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