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theScore esports Daily (Jan. 12): FaZe Clan gets a scare at ELEAGUE Major day 1, 2018 Academy League roster and rules update

by Colin McNeil, Keith Capstick Jan 12
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Team Dignitas signs Smash Melee player HugS

Team Dignitas have entered the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene on Friday after adding Hugo "HugS" Gonzalez to their roster.

HugS' most notable accomplishment is a silver medal at EVO World 2007. In the 2017 SSBMRank report he was ranked 23rd in the world. HugS' first event with the team will be Genesis 5, which will be taking place Jan. 19-21.

He made the announcement via his Twitch stream on Friday.

2018 Academy League roster and rules update

New rules and roster details for the 2018 League of Legends Academy League were released Friday.

The Academy League will be broadcast at 3:00 p.m. PT or following EU LCS broadcasts and will be moving over to the Riot Games Twitch channel. Roster rules have been updated so that pros can more easily swap between Academy and NA LCS. This change is being made to amplify team's ability to develop young talent, according to the announcement.

Day 1 ELEAGUE Boston Major results

Day one of ELEAGUE’s two week-long, 24 team Boston Major is in the books and the first results of the Swiss system New Challengers group stage are in.

mousesports won their opening game, taking Mirage 16-12 over the relatively unknown CIS team AVANGAR.

Vega Squardron gave Renegades a scare on that same map, with the CIS squad eventually taking the win 16-14.

Speaking of scares, FaZe Clan fans got an early nail-biter, when Team Liquid took them to a razor-sharp 16-14 scoreline on Overpass — and that’s with coach Wilton "zews" Prado playing in place of Lucas "steel" Lopes. In the end, Niko and co. were able to to eke a win on the back of the all-mighty CZ75-Auto.

If close scorelines aren't for you, Misfits' 16-4 drubbing of FlipSid3 Tactics was the biggest blowout of day one so far.

Sprout, a roster composed mostly of ex-PENTA players, took a comfortable win on Cobblestone over Space Soldiers 16-11, and Natus Vincere held Quantum Bellator Fire to eight rounds on Inferno.

steel replaces dapr on GX: dapr

According to a twitlonger from Michael "dapr" Gulino on Friday, GX has replaced him with Joshua "steel" Nissan for the upcoming season of Mountain Dew League.

According to dapr, the reasoning for the change was the team's performance at MDL LAN/EPL relegation where the squad did not win any maps.

Both steel and GX have yet to confirm the move formally. dapr said that his immediate future is uncertain, but is looking for another team to continue his career.

"I honestly wish I was kidding," wrote dapr on twitter. "[...] I feel I am being scapegoated for a whole team breakdown at this event."

Keith Capstick is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.