theScore esports Daily (June 10): Riot announces Teamfight Tactics, H1ghsky1 reportedly banned from Twitter while FACEIT and LCS announce Scouting Grounds Circuit

by Devin Jones Jun 10
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Riot announces League of Legends Auto Chess-esque mode

Riot Games recently announced Teamfight Tactics, a round-based strategy game that shares more than a few similarities to popular Dota 2 mod Auto Chess.

Announced in a blog post on the League of Legends website, Teamfight Tactics "pits you against seven opponents in a free-for-all race to build a powerful team that fights on your behalf," with the end goal to "be the last person standing."

At the start of each round players will draft miniature LoL champions and then duke it out on virtual playing board. Champions will reportedly attack, defend and use spells automatically, with the player decision making coming from team composition and champion selection.

"We’ve always loved strategy games and recently we’ve gotten into the new auto-battler genre—folks around the office have been playing an insane amount of Dota Auto Chess in particular. We love it, and it actually got us inspired to create something new as a mode in League," the blog post reads.

According to the blog post, Teamfight Tactics will be launching as a beta around patch 9.13, with a ranked Teamfight mode expected for 9.14.

H1ghsky1 reportedly banned from Twitter, no official reason given

Competitive Fortnite player and the youngest member of FaZe Clan, H1ghsky1, has reportedly been banned from Twitter.

While no official statement from FaZe Clan, H1ghSky1 or Twitter has been given, it is important to remember that Twitter's terms of service agreement does state: "you must be at least 13 years old, or in the case of Periscope 16 years old, to use the Services."

The controversy surrounding H1ghsky1's age first came into question after popular Fortnite streamer Turner "tfue" Tenney filed a lawsuit against FaZe Clan—the organization he signed with in April of 2018—alleging the contract he signed was illegal and unfair.

Since that original lawsuit, it's been confirmed that H1ghsky1 was indeed underage when he signed with FaZe Clan in March of 2019.

FACEIT and LCS announce Scouting Grounds Circuit

FACEIT Games and the LCS recently announced the “Scouting Grounds Circuit,” a second way LCS hopefuls can qualify for the LCS Scouting Grounds being held later this year.

Prior to the announcement of the Scouting Grounds Circuit, teams were only able to qualify for the weekend-long tournament through a traditional ladder-system that ranked teams and players based on points.

Now the best amateur NA teams have the option to compete in a multi-stage tournament, with the top two moving on to the LCS Scouting Grounds event being held in November.

While Riot has only been running Scouting Grounds for the past three years, the developmental tournament has produced such talent as Cloud9 jungler Robert "Blaber" Huang.

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