This Week in Gaming is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines. This is everything you need to know about the week that was, but on steroids.
ELEAGUE Major: The Sequel
The first ELEAGUE Major, which took place last January, was a great production with some sweet CS:GO action that wasn't at all impeded by a rather serious bug. As such we're quite pleased that TBS will once again be hosting the first Major of the New Year, even if it will take place in Boston: the city that gave us Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg and the New Kids on the Block.
This time around, the Legends teams will include PGL major winners Gambit and their rivals Immortals, who haven't lost their seed despite some major roster turbulence we've written about at length.
Muse playing BlizzCon
Blizzard needs to Take a Bow, because they've outdone themselves with this year's closing act at BlizzCon. Even the musically non-inclined will get Stockholm Syndrome from seeing Muse in concert at one of the biggest gaming event in the world.
It's sure to be a Super Massive Blackhole of awesome. Especially for Team SoloMid Hearthstone player Julien "Cydonia" Perrault, who named himself after one of their songs.
Be warned! Time is Running Out to get tickets.
We Don't Like...
Naming Overwatch teams after fossil fuels
The first batch of Overwatch League teams have revealed their new brands and associated in-game skins, and while the Shanghai Dragons have a pretty sweet name, logo and Mei Skin, we have to say that we aren't too thrilled with their Texan counterparts, the Dallas Fuel.
I mean a Team EnVyUs Genji is pretty cool, but there's no way people don't refer to this team as "D-Fuel," which is both copyright infringing and also highly inappropriate. Kids watch these things people!
We're Unsure Of...
The survival of the EU LCS
It's no secret things are looking pretty grim for the EU LCS. Over the past year, there have been quiet concerns over the league's viewership as well as the competing teams' profitability, however things are coming to a fever pitch.
In September, H2K published an open letter threatening to leave the EU LCS in 2018 if Riot didn't make substantial changes that would make it possible for teams to handle the rising costs of running a LoL team. However, Paris St-Germain esports beat them to the punch on Thursday, when they pulled out of League of Legends just a year after entering the Challenger Series.
"Our Challengers Series experiences lead us to wonder about the League of Legends competitive scene economic balance," the organization wrote in a statement. "The revenue sharing model offered by Riot Games is very far from compensating the costs of a structure with European ambitions, partly because of the strong inflation of pro-gamers salaries, in our mind unjustified regarding the audience numbers evolution of the last months."
At almost the same time Jos Mallant, the owner and patriarch of Unicorns of Love released his own open letter sharing concerns about the economics of the EU LCS
All in all, it's clear that it's a very scary time for EU LCS fans. All five of you.
The LPL to SHOW ME YOUR POWER!!!
Royal Never Give Up, EDward Gaming and Team WE have some unexpected supporters cheering them on at Worlds, in the form of WWE super stars A.J. Styles, Charlotte Flair and Xavier Woods.
The three pro wrestlers appeared in a hype vid on Weibo declaring their allegiance to each of the teams, however Flair is probably feeling like she picked the short straw after EDG lost a 10k gold lead on SKT and proceeded to find out why a cornered Faker is the most dangerous of them.
If Woods and Styles were at all frustrated by China's poor start at Worlds, they took it out at the WWE x IGN eSports Showdown where they took on some their rivals in the ring in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
Admittedly, the tournament could have gone better for both as Styles broke a controller after getting swept and Woods was given a broken beach ball by noted beach ball destroyer, Cesaro.
Sasha Erfanian is a Plug-In Baby for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter for more Muse-related puns.