The best cosplays from IEM Katowice 2017

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The competition was intense at IEM Katowice — everyone had spent months preparing for their debut in front of thousands of anxious fans. Anticipation hung in the air as they walked on stage one by one, ready to show Poland what they were made of.

So without further ado, here are some of the best cosplays from IEM Katowice 2017.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

Cosplayer of the Week: Jessica Nigri

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It's 2009 and you're attending your first San Diego Comic Con. The crowds are dense, the exhibitor tables are overflowing with creativity and then you lay eyes on her — bright yellow ears, black heeled boots, and a lightning bolt tail that dwarfs her 5'7" frame.

You've just seen the first viral Pikachu cosplay created by professional cosplayer Jessica Nigri.


Though her cosplay career started in 2009, Nigri didn't start working as a promotional model and convention correspondent until 2012, when she won IGN's modelling contest to portray Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw at E3 2012.

Lollipop Chainsaw girl at E3 2012

Nigri's Juliet Starling cosplay received mixed reviews. According to Destructoid, Nigri was asked to leave PAX East in 2012 after wearing her outfits on the convention floor. But she was able to continue her Kadokawa Games-sponsored tour for Lollipop Chainsaw despite the hiccup, travelling as far as Japan to portray Juliet Starling.

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Other cosplays, such as her Gnar, have received similar criticisms but the craftsmanship and skill required to complete such a detailed cosplay far outweigh the criticisms, especially when you consider the importance of individuality in Nigri's work. She continues to find international success, representing companies and characters worldwide.

Nigri was in Germany for Gamescom 2016 to display an Illidan-inspired Demon Hunter cosplay created by Sypher Arts Studio for Blizzard Entertainment. Despite the character-accurate visual impairments caused by the blindfolded cosplay, Nigri's portrayal of the character off-stage earned rave reviews.

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Based on her cosplay choices, it's clear that League of Legends and World of Warcraft both hold a place in Nigri's heart, and the cosplays she chooses highlight her love of gaming. Her most recent cosplays have mainly been inspired by LoL and WoW, with her latest project — Syndragosa — showcasing an impressive labor of love and incredible crafting skill.

Named the fourth most popular cosplayer in the world by The Richest in 2014, her humble 7,000 Twitter followers have grown to over 593,000 at the time of publication, and her Instagram account now has an overwhelming 2.2 million followers. It's no wonder why — her daily cosplay photo and video updates give followers a reason to keep coming back for more.


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Nigri's recent Reinhardt cosplay for Katsucon 2017 was a labour of love and creativity. Reinhardt's signature hammer, shown in Nigri's Instagram video above, took her just one and a half days to complete. The results speak for themselves.

She also has a reputation for gender-bending cosplays. Pairing her creative mind with fellow cosplay community members or public concept art, Nigri has taken every male or ungendered characters and turn them on their heads.

Whether it's our furry friend Gnar from LoL, Deathwing the Destroyer from WoW, or the rather overweight Roadhog from Overwatch, Nigri always finds a way to make the character her own.

Her quirky nature and excitable personality always come out clearly on her Twitch Creative streams and video updates on YouTube. Nigri manages to keep her joking demeanor and energetic spirit while still taking her profession seriously in nearly every aspect of the content she releases.

If you want to follow Nigri's adventures in cosplay wonderland, check out her social media here:

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović among online gaming platform Challengermode's investors

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has invested in gaming platform Challengermode, according to a press release from the company Friday.

The Swedish soccer star was among the investors in a $1.3 million round of funding for Challengermode. The release says that the new investment "will allow Challengermode to leverage its recent growth by continuing to build stronger relationships with brands, esports organizations and game developers."

Challengermode co-founder Philip Skogsberg told theScore esports that Ibrahimović has not yet issued any statement on his decision to invest in the company.

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

OGRE 2 returns from retirement to compete at 2017 Halo WC
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