Last Week in Esports: A speedrunning extravaganza
Last week in e-sports we saw several speedrunning events go down. The Nintendo World Championships was, essentially, part speedrunning marathon. Meanwhile a 10 vs 1 casual vs pro challenge was posted for a classic speedrunning title, Super Mario 64. We also got to see Cuphead runs that already broke the half hour mark. With all this fantastic speedrunning, this year’s AGDQ is going to be amazing.
A New Nintendo World Champion has Been Crowned
The Nintendo World Championships went down at the New York Comic Con last weekend. Players had to compete in a mystery lineup of Nintendo titles including Metroid: Samus Returns, Smash Bros., Mario Party 2, Breath of the Wild and more. In the end, the finals were ripped right out of the 1989 movie The Wizard. Players had to compete in Super Mario Odyssey, an unreleased title. It was John Numbers, last year’s champion, and Thomas G, a newcomer, racing each other in Super Mario Odyssey for the win. However, Thomas G ended up understanding the game just a bit more than John Numbers. A few bad deaths on John Numbers’ part put Thomas G well in the lead in the final challenge, allowing him to take home the championship. Congratulations to Thomas G for becoming the next NWC champion.
Cuphead World Record Speedrun Dips Under a Half Hour
In just the short time since Cuphead’s release, speedrunners have nearly mastered it. Popular runner The Mexican Runner has managed to clock in an Any% time of 27:42. He stops in the first platforming level to pick up some coins and purchases the Lobber and the Roundabout to use with the weapon switch exploit. This allows him to skip whole phases in certain boss fights. Unfortunately, AGDQ submissions are closed so it is unlikely that we will see Cuphead as a part of the next marathon. There’s always a chance it will get in as a bonus game. You can watch The Mexican Runner’s world record run above, but note that he uses some NSFW language.
One Speedrunner Takes On Ten Youtubers in Super Mario 64
Who do you think is better, ten average people, or one expert? That was the question that was answered when speedrunner Simpleflips went up against Youtubers SMG4, Nathaniel Bandy, Nintendrew, Taitherz, Flamecom, TheAmaazing, Muselk, TimTom, and Charill5 in a Super Mario 64 race. SimpleFlips was playing the vanilla version while the youtubers were playing the recently released mod, Super Mario 64 Online. This allowed them all to split up and obtain multiple stars at the same time. Yet despite their combined efforts, SimpleFlips took home the victory. Hopefully we can see similar mods open up similar competitions in the future. I’d donate to see this bonus race at AGDQ.
New PS4 Update Includes Tournament Support
A new PS4 update will allow tournaments of up to 100 entrants to be run right inside the console’s firmware. The new functionality is part of the events tab, though games need to be compatible with the feature in order to make use of it. Unfortunately there are only two games that are compatible right now, Uncharted 4 and Mantis Burn Racing. However, new titles will slowly get rolled into the service as time goes on.
Riot Puts European Regionalization Plans on Hold
Riot previously announced plans to divide the EU LCS into four separate regions. While this plan was originally going to be put into action for the 2018 season, it has recently been announced that these plans will be put on hold until “at least 2019.” It is unclear why these plans have been put on hold, however it is possible that they are being delayed due to franchising concerns. Many European teams have applied for franchise membership in the North American Series. While other notable sports teams have begun investing in e-sports, but have not yet found rosters that can compete in the 2018 season. When the plan does go into effect, the EU LCS will be broken into the regions of London, Paris, Berlin, and Barcelona.
Trademark Filings May Have Revealed New Overwatch Team Names
Newly revealed filings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office might have revealed the names of some new Overwatch League team names. The New York team is supposedly called the New York Excelsior, while the San Francisco team will be called the San Francisco Shock. There was also a trademark filing for the Los Angeles Gladiators, though it’s important to note that none of these team names are official or final. The only two official team names we have seen so far are the Shanghai Dragons, formerly known as Netease, and the Dallas Fuel, which will be run by Team Envy.
Four Teams for IEM Oakland’s PUBG Invitational Have Been Revealed
Four of the ten teams for the upcoming IEM Oakland PUBG Invitational have been revealed. They are Luminosity consisting of Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Hogne "Chipzy" Krogsæther, Justin "JP2" Pate, and Cedrik "Drassel" Lessard, Team Solo Mid consisting of Colton "Viss" Visser, Austin "SmaK" Haggett, Gary "BreaK" Marshall, and Marius "aimPR" Ionita, Team Liquid consisting of Oliver "Ollywood" Tell, Björn "Molnman" Jansson, Daniel "Hayz" Heaysman, and Keiron "Scoom" Prescott and finally Noble Esports’ roster of Darren "DazFPS" Rourke, Kade "Edakulous" Borel, Nick "Interrogate" Raposo, and Mario "Boom" Tancon. The event will have a $200,000 prize pool and will take place November 18th and 19th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The Roster Shuffle
- Team Dignatas has signed a new PUBG roster. It consists of Peter "Suntouch" Logan, Florian "Liquidz" Bruyere, Martin "Spaikk" Benes, and Asger "Ziphon" Storgaard Hoffner. “We have been incredibly impressed by Bluehole Studio in their efforts to maximize the rapid growth of PUBG amongst the passionate esports consumer,” Team Dignitas CEO Jonathan Kemp said. “We are encouraged by the dynamic fan base that supports this game and believe the PUBG brand and competitive game genre aligns well with the other teams in our Team Dignitas family."
- Fnatic has joined professional Rocket League by signing the Leftovers roster. Consisting of Nicolai "Maestro" Bang, Alexander "Sikii" Karelin, and Nicolai "Snaski" Andersen, the team currently sits undefeated in the Rocket League Championship Series’s second division.
- Damod "FEARS" Abney will be joining eRa Eternity for the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII season. He will compete alongside Kenneth Dedo, Colt "Havok" McLendon, and Patryk "Rallied" Salata.
- Anthony "DraMa" Padilla will replace Michael "Jsano" Najera on Cyclone's roster for Call of Duty: WWII.
- Projekt Evil has signed Christopher "ProFeeZy" Astudillo, Seth "Glory" Donskey, Michael "Beehzy" Said, and Lyric Quinonez, with Sam "Fenix" Spencer as the team's coach for the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII season.
- Paris Saint-Germain has decided to pull out of the League of Legends scene. Though they are officially just suspending LoL activities until further notice, that hasn’t prevented Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim from leaving the team and seeking new opportunities.
- Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend, Jesse "zehN" Linjala, and Paweł "innocent" Mocek or PENTA’s CS:GO team are now free agents. They have plans to sign with a new organization though which organization has not yet been revealed.