This Week in Gaming is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines. This is everything you need to know about the week that was, but on steroids.
Gilius on the EU LCS Gauntlet desk
Desk hosting in esports can feel pretty predictable, especially in situations where the game's outcome seems obvious. You can't really blame the presenters—they need to maintain a certain level of professionalism, after all.
Like your favorite, go-to pizza order, they get the job done. Usually, that's what you want: when it's Week 5 of the split and you're broadcasting Mysterious Monkeys versus NiP, you want to color inside the lines... nothing too crazy.
But sometimes you need that extra spice, that x-factor, to really shake things up. For me, that's usually jalapenos. For the EU LCS desk it's going to be Berk "Gilius" Demir, resident jungle god and legendary trash talker, who will be joining the desk on Saturday and Sunday.
Gilius is going to bring the pain on this 'cast. He won't pull any punches, and he might even get fined. In fact, I'd be surprised if he doesn't get fined.
Anyone who gets in his way will be swiftly dealt with. Don't get me wrong, I love Deficio, but can even he stand in the way of God Gilius? Seems unlikely, but I'd love to see the outcome regardless.
We Don't Like...
The TSM/Korea "feud"
If you're a League of Legends fan who doesn't use Twitter or Reddit then you may not have heard about the Inven article and subsequent Team SoloMid fan dogpile regarding the team's likely reception in Korea for a pre-Worlds bootcamp before heading to China.
For those not aware of the incident in question: last year, videos of TSM's pre-Worlds 2016 scrims against SK Telecom T1 were released on the internet before the event proper started. They were later discovered to have been acquired against TSM's wishes by a third-party hacker. But it created some bad blood which, along with reactions from staff and a refusal to shake hands with Samsung Galaxy on stage after a group stage loss (later rectified backstage), apparently turned TSM into anime villains.
Admittedly, my personal opinion is that an article which simply points to some angry commenters and re-hashes the history likely behind their anger is probably designed to draw controversy, not serve the public interest. I doubt that Inven's comment section is statistically representative of all Korean LoL fans, and it's unclear how many Korean fans even feel this way.
Well, a Reddit thread grabbed onto that hook and dragged it as far as its little fins could carry it: all the way back to Season 2. The thread brought up alleged cheating by Azubu Frost versus TSM, calling it "most disrespectful thing to do and will never be forgotten." Because as we all know, if a Korean team cheated once, it means TSM can never be criticized for anything while in Korea, ever.
The only good thing to come out of this whole, incoherent mess is "most disrespectful thing to do and will never be forgotten." It's so useful in every day conversation! Coworker doesn't re-fill the coffee pot? Roommate eats your last slice of leftover pizza? Teammate won't drop you the AWP?
Most disrespectful thing to do and will never be forgotten.
We're Unsure of...
EU LCS restructuring report
Some big changes are on the way for the EU LCS, according to a report from ESPN's Jacob Wolf, and I don't know what to think.
Regional leagues? I consider myself more of an EU than NA LoL fan, but I don't watch the regional leagues as they stand, and I really doubt that this format would make me want to do so.
Still, this is a report, and we don't yet have the full details or even confirmation from Riot Games. A reply from Misfits owner Ben Spoont on a Reddit thread seems to suggest there are unrevealed details that are important.
I'm withholding judgement until I can see the whole plan. But if the basic structure is correct, this doesn't look like the sort of thing that will somehow make EU competitive with a newly-franchised NA LCS.
A Titanic remake starring Dosia and H0bbit
I could cast an entire remake of Titanic using only personalities from CS:GO —Jason "Moses" O'Toole as Billy Zane's character Caledon Hockley, anyone? However, the key thing here is that Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov and Abay "HObbit" Khasenov have already started practicing one of the film's most iconic scenes.
This is the beginning of something really special. It's clear that Gambit's recent successes and failures have brought these two players together in ways that only struggle can.
In my head-canon remake of Titanic, Dosia gets a boost from HObbit so he can jump to the iceberg and plant the bomb. Unfortunately he can't jump back but, having saved the entire ship, he tosses his AK back across so HObbit can use it. Also, Bill Paxton's plot-framing device... err, I mean character Brock Lovett, is played by Finn "karrigan" Andersen.
Josh "Gauntlet" Bury has been known to make the "FaZe Up" hand sign while sleeping. You can find him on Twitter.