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theScore esports Daily (June 24): MIBR reportedly replacing felps with LUCAS1, League of Legends banned in Iran and while MATUMBAMAN signs to Chaos' Dota 2 roster

by Devin Jones 5 months ago
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theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.

MIBR reportedly in talks to drop felps for LUCAS1 in time for Cologne

According to a report from Brazilian website Sport.tv, MIBR is reportedly in the process of replacing João "felps" Vasconcellos with Luminosity Gaming's Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles on a trial basis.

LUCAS1 has reportedly already practiced with MIBR following both organizations' exit from ESL Pro League Finals. If LUCAS1 did join MIBR, it would be the first time he'd be playing without his twin brother Henrique "HEN1" Teles, as the duo have played the entirety of their careers together.

felps joined MIBR for the second time in his career back in January, and in that time the organization has failed to register any meaningful placements during international competition.

League of Legends banned in Iran

League of Legends has recently been banned in Iran and Syria amidst growing tensions with the United States government.

Iranian players trying to login to League were met with a message that reads "Due to US laws and regulations, players in your country cannot access League of Legends at this time. Such restrictions are subject to change by the US government, so if and when that happens, we will look forward to having you back on the rift."

While LoL developer Riot Games, who are based in the United States, have yet to release a statement on the matter, this isn't the first case of a game or platform being banned in countries at odds with U.S law.

Specifically, EA Origin is not available in either Syria or Iran due to "US embargoes and sanctions laws," while the Epic Games storefront is available everywhere "except where prohibited by US law, such as North Korea and Iran".

Chaos sign MATUMBAMAN to Dota 2 roster

TI7 champion and recently departed Team Liquid Carry, Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen, has signed with Chaos Esports Club the organization announced on Monday.

Known for his highly unorthodox style of play, MATUMBAMAN signed with Team Liquid in 2015, dominating the Dota 2 professional circuit through TI6, slumping briefly before exploding in 2017 where liquid would take home the Aegis.

At the time of his departure in June of 2019, MATUMABAMAN and the four other members of Team liquid had been together for 892 days, the longest lasting five-man roster ever in the Dota 2 scene to date.

Devin Jones is a content creator at theScore esports, you can follow him on Twitter.

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