bytes: Invictus’ Upset, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Dorm

Sometimes news needs to be fast, which is why we have ESS Bytes – a short round up of noteworthy stories from the esports and gaming communities.  

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Invictus Gaming took home first place at the Dota 2 Asia Championships following an upset over OG.  After winning a hard-fought first match, Invictus made short work of OG in Games 2 and 3, sweeping the tournament favorites 3-0 in the Grand Finals.  Invictus took home $244,590 in prize money for their efforts.


Qualifiers for Global StarCraft II League Season 2 are over and done, and two players made history in StarCraft II esports!  Two international players have qualified for GSL Code S: Mexico’s Major, and Canada’s Scarlett.  This is the second time in a row that Scarlett has qualified, and she’ll be working to top last year’s elimination in the first group stage.

Meanwhile, this week’s winners in StarCraft StarLeague included sOs, aLive, Patience, Solar, and INnoVation. Solar and INnoVation are the only undefeated players after week 3, while Zest, who seems to be slumping in 2017, has yet to pick up a win.

Saturday, the Heroes of the Dorm: Heroic Four and National Championship kicks off at 1pm PST.  The four best college Heroes of the Storm teams in North America are competing for the national title and the massive grand prize: free tuition for the rest of their time at university.  The competition will be held at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas’ Cox Pavilion Arena.

Watch the action on Facebook Live. 

Heroic Four Matchups – Saturday, April 8 – 1 p.m. PT

  • Louisiana State University vs. University of Kentucky
  • University of Texas at Arlington vs. University of California Irvine

Players are gearing up for this weekend’s Paladins Masters LAN and AVGL Collegiate Series Finals at the Hi-Rez Esports Arena in Alpharetta, Georgia.  Top Paladins players will be competing for a $75,000 prize pool in the Masters competition, and a $10,000 in the AGVL collegiate competition.

The Masters competition begins Friday, April 7th at 11am EST, and you can watch it live on Twitch.

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