Weekly Esports Wrap Up | Apr 05
by Community Gaming in Community · 2024-04-05

Na’Vi Wins First CS2 Major Event

After much anticipation and a blockbuster 1.8 million viewers tuning in throughout the event, the first Counter-Strike 2 Major concluded on Easter Sunday, seeing Ukrainian esports powerhouse Natus Vincere emerge victorious with a 2-1 win over FaZe Clan. Held in Denmark at the Copenhagen Royal Arena, the tournament delivered several surprises, with teams like ENCE and SAW failing to progress, and unexpected teams like The MongolZ and Danish Ecstatic advancing. Notable upsets occurred during the elimination stage, including Turkish team Eternal Fire defeating reigning champions Vitality.

Na’Vi secured their sixth major title by defeating FaZe Clan in the finals. Justinas “jL” Lekavicius was awarded the MVP of the event, capturing Na'Vi's calculated gameplay and exciting storyline throughout the tournament. For full results, check out Liquipedia.

LCK Hit With Major DDoS Attacks

The Korean League of Legends scene has been grappling with a string of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in recent months, notably affecting the 2024 LCK Spring Split and impacting on-stage competition. These attacks have prompted significant adjustments to the LCK broadcast to safeguard teams and competitive integrity. Despite efforts to mitigate, including transitioning to offline servers and implementing enhanced security measures, the disruptions persist, affecting players and their fans.

The defending world champions, T1, have confirmed being targeted by these DDoS attacks, affecting their ability to practice and perform, raising concerns about their participation in the upcoming LCK Spring Playoffs. Read more (in Korean) about T1 Faker’s reaction to DDoS attacks possibly costing the team a recent match here.

Axie Origins Season 8 Launches

Axie Origins, a card-based strategy game where players collect, own, and use a variety of creatures to battle, launched season 8 on April 3rd featuring updates developed through community feedback. Notably, the rewards structure for the leaderboards has been modified, now allocating rewards to the Top 30k players with increased focus on middle ranks. Additionally, the prize pool for the Elite 8 Tournament has been raised to 3000 AXS. Other changes include adjustments to collectible events, game updates such as reverting the turn timer back to 45 seconds, balance changes, and shop updates.

The Axie team emphasizes the importance of player feedback and further feedback on Season 8’s content. Read the entire patch update notes here.