theScore esports Daily (Jan. 18): Team Liquid taps TF Blade for substitute position, LEC season opener marred by technical difficulties

by Dimitri Pascaluta Jan 18
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Liquid assigns TF Blade to active Academy and LCS rosters

Team Liquid have assigned pubstar Ashkan “TF Blade” Homayouni to their active Academy and League of Legends Championship Series rosters, the organization announced on Thursday.

TF Blade was previously one of the top solo queue players in League, having captured both the first and second spot in the North American ladder ranking last season.

Liquid also revealed that the player will be touring several regions — in an attempt to reach the number one spot in each region's ranked ladder — in the hope that he'll develop into a “more complete player.” After kicking off things in Europe, TF Blade will return to the United States before making a stop in Australia in advance of his venture into South Korea.

LEC season opener marred by technical difficulties

On Friday, the newly-rebranded, newly-franchised League of Legends European Championship kicked off its first split amidst a sea of technical issues.

During the first LEC match of the year, a face-off between Fnatic and SK Gaming, several pauses, and eventually a full remake, were employed to resolve lag issues.

What’s worse, the restart took place about mid-way through the game, after SK had already amassed a large lead. The game was remade with a new pick/ban phase on account of a rule that, according to a tweet by Excel Esports' toplaner, Rosendo "Send0o" Fuentes, necessitates the remaking of any match that extends beyond the so-called 'early game'.

That said, since SK went on to win the match, it's unlikely that any frustrations will arise over the role that the remake played in the outcome of the series.

What's more, there are no signs that the pauses will be stopping anytime soon The total number of pauses throughout the day stands at four at the time of publication.

Epic announces $500,000 Secret Skirmish Fortnite tournament

Epic Games has announced a $500,000 Fortnite invitiational entitled the Secret Skirmish.

The tournament will be a two-day invitational from Feb. 14-15 with a $500,000 prize pool. The event will feature “top players from each Open Fortnite competition held so far,” according to Epic.

The location of the event has yet to be announced, with Epic revealing only that it will be held at "a classified, undisclosed testing facility."

Epic’s blog post also stated that the event will be used to help prepare the broadcast team for the Fortnite World Cup later in 2019.

Dimitri Pascaluta is a content creator for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.