Weekly Esports Wrap Up | May 24
by Community Gaming in Esports · 2024-05-24

Faker named first inductee to the Hall of Legends

Riot Games has announced Faker as the first inductee into the newly established League of Legends Hall of Legends, the game's equivalent of a hall of fame. John Needham, President of Esports at Riot Games, praised Faker as the most iconic figure in the history of LoL and esports thanks to his transformative gameplay, dedication, and numerous international and domestic victories. This announcement follows T1’s recent top-three finish at the 2024 Mid-Season Invitational.

The induction includes a trophy presentation and an in-game event featuring cosmetic items and artwork celebrating Faker's achievements. Faker and his team T1 will also receive a share of the revenue from related event sales. Read the official announcement here.

Team Liquid enters MLBB through acquisition of AURA and ECHO teams

Team Liquid has expanded into Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) by acquiring Southeast Asian esports organization STUN.GG and its properties, AURA Esports and ECHO Esports. These teams will be rebranded as Team Liquid ID and Team Liquid PH, respectively, and will continue competing in the Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL) in Indonesia and the Philippines. ECHO has been particularly successful, winning the M4 World Championship and MPL Philippines Season 11 in 2023.

The acquisition enhances Team Liquid’s presence in Southeast Asia, leveraging the substantial social media following of AURA and ECHO, which totals over 10 million followers. Team Liquid's rebranding of the teams will precede the next MPL season, and existing staff from AURA and ECHO will integrate into Team Liquid’s global operations. Read this Reddit thread for a full breakdown of the acquisition.

Gen.G wins Mid-Season Invitational with 3-1 victory over Bilibili Gaming

Gen.G Esports triumphed at the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) in Chengdu, China, defeating Bilibili Gaming 3-1 in the grand final. As the top seed from the LCK, Gen.G was a tournament favorite and demonstrated their strength throughout, notably with a 3-0 victory over Fnatic and a 3-2 win against Top Esports in earlier rounds. They first bested Bilibili 3-1 in the winner's bracket final, setting the stage for a rematch in the grand final.

Despite playing on home soil, Bilibili Gaming couldn't overcome Gen.G's dominance. Highlighting the event, Gen.G’s Kim "Peyz" Su-hwan set a new kill record in game two of the final. The victory awarded Gen.G a $50,000 prize and automatic qualification for the League of Legends World Championship. Bilibili earned $40,000 for second place, with T1 and G2 Esports securing $30,000 and $25,000 respectively for their third and fourth-place finishes. Check out the full MSI 2024 results on Liquipedia.