theScore esports Daily (Feb. 14): Renegades, NRG through in Katowice, deadmau5 banned from Twitch and LGD pull out of MDL Macau

by Dimitri Pascaluta, Colin McNeil Feb 14 2019
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Early results from Katowice

The 2019 Katowice Major is now well and truly underway, and early results have Australians at the very top and bottom of the standings.

Renegades are through to the New Legends stage with a perfect record, taking wins off Ninjas in Pyjamas, ENCE eSports and Avangar. They're joined by NRG, who also went 3-0, besting Winstrike Team, ViCi Gaming and Tyloo.

At the ugly end of the standings, Grayhound Gaming are headed back to the Land Down Under. They'll be sharing an airport shuttle with the Russian Team Spirit, who also went 0-3.

New Challengers Stage action continues until February 17th.

LGD pull out of MDL Macau due to medical complications

PSG.LGD have pulled out of MDL Macau 2019 on account of Yang “Chalice”‘ Shenyi experiencing "serious medical complications," the organization announced on Wednesday.

According to Dot Esports's Cale Michael, Chalice underwent what the team is calling a minor surgery following LGD’s successful qualification for the next Dota Pro Circuit Major, DreamLeague Season 11. Chalice reportedly suffered a post-operation ulceration that led to an infection.

This isn't the first time that LGD has had to pull out of an event due to health-related reasons. Chalice's medical complications led the team to pull out of DPL Season 6.

Newbee will be taking LGD’s spot in Macau after finishing fourth in the event's Chinese qualifiers. The International 2018 runner ups have struggled to achieve promising results as of late.

deadmau5 banned from Twitch after using a homophobic slur

Popular EDM artist Joel Thomas Zimmerman —more commonly known by his alias, "deadmau5" — was banned from Twitch after using a homophobic slur whilst streaming.

The incident occurred several days ago when Zimmerman railed against a player he believed to be guilty of so-called 'stream sniping'.

In response to his ban, Zimmerman lashed out on Reddit about Twitch’s decision, claiming it had a “double standard when it comes to censoring and suspending” him. The musician said he has no plans to work with Twitch in any capacity in the future following the incident.

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