theScore esports Daily (Oct. 11): Warriors reportedly vying for NA LCS spot, Dust II enters beta and H1Z1 gets a pro league

by Colin McNeil Oct 11
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Dubs reportedly vying for LCS spot

Golden State Warriors fan? Well I’ve got some good news for you.

A report from Sports Business Daily published earlier today alleges the Dubs are in contention for a spot in the franchised 2018 NA LCS. The article cites unnamed sources close to the team.

The NBA has already dipped their toes in the esports space with the NBA 2K League, which kicks off early 2018. Former NBA stars Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Fox are invested in the scene through NRG Esports and Echo Fox, respectively.

The 10 teams that will form the franchised 2018 NA LCS will be announced in November.

Dust II, the sequel

The classic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map Dust II has been off the active duty map roster for nine long months now, and finally we’re getting a look at the reason why. The Dust II rework is live on beta and boy is it a beauty.

Although structurally similar to the original incarnation, the new Dust II has been re-textured into a beautiful pearl-white version of its former self. There were a few notable changes though, including a much wider Catwalk area, more open double doors throughout the map, and a better lit Tunnels and CT Spawn.

If you’d like to go deeper into the map changes, check back later this week to hear theScore esports Podcast as we chat with caster Matt “Sadokist” Trivett about his thoughts on the Dust II rework.

H1Z1 Pro League

Daybreak Games and Twin Galaxies have partnered to create a pro league for H1Z1. A total of 15 teams will be competing, with the season culminating in a championship at the end of 2018. All players competing in the league will have a guaranteed annual salary of $50,000.

The H1Z1 Pro League will kick off its inaugural season in early 2018.

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