Team Curse will be releasing the Team Curse Oceanic League of Legends team. “After our upcoming winter event the team will most likely be going our separate ways,” said team manager Kastelle Adamson. “We are on break right now, but we are looking to go out with a bang.”
This move was a result of a League Championship Series rule, specifically rule 3.1. Rule 3.1 states that
“No owner or affiliate of owner may own or control more than one “professional” team, where “professional” is defined as a team competing in the highest division or tier of the region. If an owner or the affiliate of owner is found to have any financial interest or benefit or any other influence in another team, he/she will be required to immediately divest said interest in one of the two teams and may be subject to punishment by the LCS.”
Manager Kastelle Adamson
“Team Curse is grateful for the tireless efforts of the OCE players and Kastelle,” said Team Curse owner Steve Arhancet. “They competed to the best of their ability and had success under the Team Curse banner. They helped further eSports in the Oceanic region and also eSports as a whole. We hope that all involved with the team find success in future.”
Today, Valve announced that the main event of The International 4, held at KeyArena in Seattle, Washington, will be broadcasted on ESPN3 and available online using WatchESPN from July 18-21. There will also be an exclusive pre-final show on ESPN2 starting at 11:30 p.m. ET on July 20th. Valve founder Gabe Newell will be appearing on the show, according to USA Today.
The initial prize pool of The International started at $1,600,000 USD. Fans of the game were able to contribute to the prize pool by purchasing an in-game item called the Compendium, which gave additional bonus rewards in-game. Valve also set 22 stretch goals for the prize pool. Each goal gave all DOTA players extra in-game benefits. Owners of the Compendium were able to purchase additional points to level up their item, which also added to the TI4 prize pool. On June 28th, the final stretch goal of $10 million USD was reached, and the prize pool is still growing. This prize pool is the largest in professional gaming history, and is larger than some major sports tournaments, like The 2014 Masters ($9 million).
Picture courtesy of Valve
The International began with 11 invited teams and 8 teams who had to work their way into the playoffs. Out of those 19 teams, only 8 remain. The main event of the tournament is a double elimination bracket with Cloud 9, Na'Vi, Invictus Gaming and LGD in the lower bracket and Vici Gaming, NewBee, DK and Evil Geniuses in the upper.
This is one major step forward for the eSports community. In July of last year, League of Legends players were granted P-1A visas, or “professional athlete visas,” and in April this year, Call of Duty appeared as a sport at the X Games. The broadcast of The International is a large leap towards eSports becoming a respected form of entertainment.
"From the success of the Compendium to the collaboration with ESPN, this year's International really demonstrates how much competitive gaming has grown to rival traditional sports," Valve's Erik Johnson said in a press release. "We believe the teams have also pushed to a new level of play this year and will further demonstrate the incredible advances made across this tournament since it first began three short years ago."
To help eSports grow, it is in the best interest of eSports supporters to encourage the viewership of the ESPN2 preshow and the finals of the DOTA 2 tournament. The future of eSports looks bright, and TI4 is only the beginning.
With over a million live spectators this weekend, the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) stage in Las Vegas, Nevada, became a proving grounds for many of the greatest combo-slingers to play their respective games. Our very own Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma made his high-level plays in Super Smash Bros. Melee on the big stage, which led to a spectacular tournament performance culminating in a solid showing in the grand finals against top ranked C9 Mang0.
Hungrybox came into EVO coming off 7th-8th place at MLG Anaheim and a 3rd place finish at CEO 2014. What he pulled off within the walls of the Hilton Hotel Exhibit Hall is a testament to the statement, “the past is in the past.”
Diving face first into EVO, Hungrybox came in at a dominant 1st place finish in the CLASH Tournaments Melee Doubles Side Event with partner Pluplue, beating P4K EMP Mew2King and VGBC Hax. He then placed a promising 2nd place out of the 970 competitors at the Melee Singles Event. Hungrybox may not have won the singles championship, but he represented the signature Team Curse flame well by earning a spot in the Grand Finals and providing fans with consistent, dominating gameplay throughout the tournament, cementing his reputation as one of the "Five Gods of Smash".
“Getting second place here was really unexpected because I had a really terrible showing at MLG and a not-so-amazing year overall,” Hungrybox said in an interview with team Curse sponsor AzubuTV, “I was dropping sets to the other four gods - and Leffen - throughout the year.”
Watching Hungrybox fall to Armada and his Young Link’s methodical zoning strategy at MLG Anaheim and CEO prior to EVO was tough to endure for many fans of Smash and Team Curse. You could tell he was struggling against his fellow elite competitors, forcing him to even try Fox at CEO. In reality, the shadows of the past made watching Hungrybox and his Jigglypuff’s spot-on plays and amazing rests at EVO all the more sweet, especially when he finally overcame his “Armada Demons,” taking out the Sweden-born Smasher in the Loser’s Bracket finals through a clutch 3-2 finish after dropping the first two games of the set.
The Grand Finals came down to Hungrybox’s Jigglypuff and Cloud 9’s Mango rocking his famous Fox play. The matchup came down to a near-clutch victory of the first set in favor of Hungrybox: final match, final stock. Mango came out on top in the end, and while the loss is unfortunate, the results of the tournament proved that Hungrybox was still a top level player.
“It’s great that I kind of restored balance to my image in this scene,” Hungrybox told AzubuTV,” I can’t say I’m not approaching to where [Mango] is right now. I think I’m doing everything right.”
It’s awe-inspiring to see how far he’s come in the Smash scene because of the busy life he manages as both a professional gamer and a chemical engineering student currently under an internship. With a lot on his mind, being part of Team Curse has helped his performance greatly.
“Being a part of Team Curse feels like I’m part of something bigger; I feel like I need to represent my team well,” Hungrybox mentioned to AzubuTV while being asked how being a part of a team has affected him. ” They pay for everything. Curse is basically telling me ‘here is a safety net for you, play your heart out and let’s see how you do with no pressure on you.’”
The team success at EVO 2014 (Hungrybox 2nd, Chillindude 9th) signals positive things to come for the future of Team Curse Super Smash Brothers, especially Hungrybox. He’s regarded as one of the best players to have ever played the game, and he looks to move forward after a tough year. Hungrybox needed this solid performance at EVO to boost his morale and prove that he’s still one of the “Five Gods of Smash.” Now there is no questioning that he is back on the rise.
Team Curse is proud to partner with Loot Crate to help make every month a birthday month for fans and players with a crate of nerdy loot. “I’m excited to get all of this free stuff,” said Team Curse top laner Diego “Quas” Ruiz. “In each box they give you $40 or more worth of merchandise for under $20. It’s a no brainer to me.”
Loot Crate is a monthly gear and swag club for everyone that lives and embraces the geek and gaming lifestyle. Loot Crate provides their subscribers, also known as Looters, with the best gear, snacks, toys, hardware, art, and other awesome merchandise from the best new and emerging companies. They ship all through the US, as well as Canada, Australia, and the UK with more info on the site.
“Loot Crate is awesome because it feels like I’m opening a goodie bag from the coolest birthday party ever!” said Team Curse mid laner Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani. “I can’t wait to open this month’s Loot Crate.”
Team Curse AD Carry David “Cop” Roberson was unable to comment because he was so blown away by the partnership between Team Curse and Loot Crate.
To sign up to receive your very own Loot Crate, visit Lootcrate.com/teamcurse. Sign-ups for this month’s Loot Crate end on the 19th (9 pm PDT), so be sure to sign up before then to receive the same crate that your favorite Team Curse players will get.
In pursuit of always providing players with the tools to succeed, Team Curse and ASTRO Gaming have agreed on a partnership that makes ASTRO the team’s official headset. “We feel this deal is incredibly positive for both sides,” said Team Curse Call of Duty manager Caleb Anderson. “ASTRO makes a top quality headset that all of our teams can benefit from using.”
"We've watched Curse come into their own these last few years, representing gamers with exceptional skill and class in every competition,” said ASTRO Gaming Community Manager Cole Lovelady. “Whether it's Call of Duty, League Of Legends or Hearthstone, Team Curse has earned their place as one of the most consistent and tournament proven organizations in eSports today. We're excited to announce our partnership with Team Curse and welcome them to the ASTRO Family with pride.”
ASTRO Gaming, started in 2006, aims to provide gamers with the world’s finest gaming equipment. Their roots began in eSports with competitive Halo, recognizing a need for quality audio and communication between teams, the classic A40 headset + MixAmp Pro was born. Since then ASTRO has created an impressive lineup of award winning gaming headsets including the A30, A40, & A50 Wireless Headset, taking their range to the next level. In recent months ASTRO also launched a new line of A30 headsets including an official League of Legends A30 and their A38 Bluetooth headsets. Whether you have a passion for League of Legends, Call of Duty, or Hearthstone, ASTRO has the headset that will set you apart from the competition.
Our partnership with ASTRO will provide a boost to Team Curse gaming and our fans with superior sound quality and crystal clear voice communication. LoLPro mid laner Ben “LOD” Demunck said, “I love my ASTRO's because the sound quality is far beyond other headsets. They feel weightless, which is a very important quality to have when you're wearing a headset for over 8 hours a day.”
Be on the look out in the coming months as Team Curse will be hosting monthly giveaways and Curse speaker tags will be for sale on the ASTRO website. To purchase your own ASTRO headsets, bags and apparel visit ASTROGaming.com.