theScore esports Daily (March 28): Riot cancels region-specific Rift Rivals, Team Ninja announces $90K DoA championship, and Yao rejoins LGD Gaming as its coach

by Devin Jones Mar 28 2019
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Riot Games cancels region-specific Rift Rivals

Riot Games confirmed that Rift Rivals for the wild card regions have been cancelled in a blog post on the Oceania League of Legends website.

"Regional Rift Rivals tournaments will be continuing in EU/NA and LPL/LCK/LMS this year at times in the season that make sense for those clusters, but the other clusters will not be continuing," the post reads.

Riot cites the high operational cost as a main reason for the cancellation.

Team Ninja announces DOA 6 championship with 90k prize pool

The developers behind the long-running fighting franchise Dead or Alive have announced a DoA championship that will feature a $90,000 prize pool.

Qualifiers will begin on April 20 at THE MIXUP tournament in Lyon, France, with additional tournaments throughout the year helping determine a 16-player grand finale event.

According to a Team Ninja blog post "At the end of the tournament circuit, there will be 11 placements from the three regional leaderboards, with the top five from the U.S., top three from Asia, and top three from Europe advancing to the finals."

Yao rejoins LGD Gaming as its coach

LGD Gaming veteran Yao "Yao" Zhengzheng is returning to his old Dota 2 squad, but this time as the team's coach.

Yao spent seven years playing for various iterations of LGD Gaming, helping the team register a third-place finish at The International in both 2012 and 2015.

Yao will coach LGD Gaming at the upcoming MDL Disneyland Paris Major China closed qualifier starting on March 30.

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