theScore esports Daily (Sept.12): kNg will miss ELEAGUE, LoL Worlds groups announced

by Colin McNeil Sep 12
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Spartak Esports picks up Dota roster

Let’s get things going with a little post-TI Dota roster news shall we?

Spartak Esports has announced their first foray into Dota, picking up Egor ".Ark" Zhabotinskii, Stanislav "633" Glushan, Maxim "yoky-" Kim, Evgeniy "Chuvash" Makarov and Mikhail "Misha" Agatov. If the name Spartak doesn’t ring a bell, they’re a Russian org associated with professional soccer club Spartak Moscow, who in April first entered the esports scene with the signing of a CS:GO roster.

Worlds groups decided

On to League of Legends, the first three teams in each group for Worlds have been revealed.

In Group A we’ve got EDward Gaming, SK Telecom T1 and ahq e-Sports Club. Group B has Longzhu Gaming, Immortals and Gigabyte Marines. Group C has G2 Esports among the LCK wolves with Samsung Galaxy and Royal Never Give up, and Group D is Flash Wolves, misfits and Team SoloMid.

The fourth team in each group will come from the Play-In Stage of Worlds.

kNg to miss ELEAGUE

In Counter-Strike news, Vito "kNg" Giuseppe will not be playing with Immortals at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier. The org tweeted earlier today that due to “visa issues,” the embattled player will not be in Atlanta. Raphael "cogu" Camargo will stand in.

This comes just days after Immortals were forced to forfeit the first map in their DreamHack Montreal Grand Final on Sunday after three players showed up late to match. It was a final they’d ultimately lose to North.

RELATED: cajunb on DreamHack's Immortals ruling: 'I would rather have honest play than winning like this because to be honest this feels weird. This doesn't feel like a win [to] some point'

But it was later that night when more controversy erupted, with kNg tweeting, “You’ll prove it or I’ll kill you!” at Counter Logic Gaming player Pujan "FNS" Mehta after the CLG in-game leader alleged the Immortals team might have partied too hard the night before.

theScore esports has reached out Immortals for comment on the situation and will update you as soon as more information becomes available.

Immortals play their first ELEAGUE matches this Friday.

OpTiC reportedly buys OWL spot, applies for NA LCS

OpTic Gaming has reportedly purchased a spot in the Overwatch League and is in the second phase of their application for the NA LCS, according to a report by ESPN's Jacob Wolf.

The report alleges that OpTic has finalized a deal with an investment group led by Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman, citing sources close to the team and investment group. This money has reportedly gone towards a $20 million OWL spot in Houston, and could be used for the $13 million franchise fee for the NA LCS.

Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.