theScore esports Daily (Nov. 26): Mata joins SKT, Skem and Kuku allegedly banned from Chongqing Major, JACKZ and Lucky join G2

by Dimitri Pascaluta Nov 26 2018
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Skem and Kuku reportedly banned from attending Chongqing Major

Andrei "Skemberlu" Ong, compLexity Gaming's former midlaner, and Carlo "Kuku" Palad, TNC Predator's current offlaner, have allegedly been banned from attending January's Chongqing Major.

The allegation was reported by several sources throughout Saturday and Sunday, including Matthew "Cyborgmatt" Bailey, popular community member and manager of Team Secret.

The ban was allegedly issued in response to the fact that these two players made racially insensitive comments against Chinese players in the context of a professional and public match, respectively.

According to Jack "KBBQ" Chen, a popular figure in both Dota 2's Chinese and North American communities, the ban was not issued by the Major's tournament organizers but rather the municipal government.

The ban has sparked discussion — and, in some cases, outcry — across the Dota community, with many calling for intervention on Valve's part.

G2 unveils changes to CS:GO roster

Audric "JACKZ" Jug and Lucas "Lucky" Chastang have joined the ranks of G2 Esports' CS:GO roster, the organization announced on Monday.

In making these acquisitions, G2 also retained Richard "shox" Papillon, Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub. The legendary AWPer published a TwitLonger announcing that Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux would be benched as a result.

Mata joins SKT

Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong has joined the ranks of SK Telecom T1, the organization announced on Monday.

The move is presumably the last among SKT's recent efforts to rebuild themselves into something of a 'superteam' following their disappointing performance throughout the 2018 season. In addition, the legendary South Korean organization announced the acquisition of Kim "Fly" Sangcheol as their new coach.

Crown joins OpTic as PowerOfEvil leaves for CLG

Former League of Legends World Champion Lee "Crown" Min-ho has signed with OpTic Gaming, the organization announced on Monday.

The former Gen.G midlaner will be replacing Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage, who has been transferred to Counter Logic Gaming.

Broken Blade and Smoothie join Team SoloMid

Andy “Smoothie” Ta and Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik have joined Team SoloMid, the organization announced on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

These acquisitions arrive in the wake of TSM's lackluster showing throughout the 2018 season, one in which the perennial North American franchise failed to qualify for the World Championship for the first time in their history.

Vitality receives €20 million investment from Tej Kohli

Team Vitality have received a €20 million investment from tech entrepreneur Tej Kohli, the organization announced on Monday.

Team Vitality, one of 10 organizations accepted into Riot Games’ newly-rebranded League of Legends European Championship (LEC), boasts rosters in League but Rainbow Six: Siege, CS:GO, Rocket League, and more.

Dimitri Pascaluta is a content creator for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.