Around the web: Fallen doesn’t need an AWP to kill and Aatrox gets picked (seriously)
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With ECS finals in Counter-Strike, lots of regular season League of Legends action and more discounted video games than you can buy, it’s been a busy week for gamers and esports fans alike.
This week’s Around the Web includes some especially spicy Twitter banter, the surprise appearance of League of Legends’ favorite edge-lord and some obligatory guilt about the steam sale. Yes, I know you spent too much money. It’s okay, so did I. Let’s weep into our empty wallets together.
Fallen destroys Team Liquid, without playing them
Cloud9 had a rough run in their semifinal match against FaZe Clan during the ECS finals this weekend, losing 2-0 after they were unable to close the second map, Mirage, despite a 15-6 lead. After forcing overtime, FaZe took the map 19-15.
It was a heartbreaking loss for Cloud9 fans to be sure, but SK Gaming’s Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo noticed some striking similarities to another North American CS team known for some difficulties getting past that 15th round.
I have seen this before
— Gabriel Toledo (@FalleNCS) June 25, 2017
The savage call-out hearkens back to the time Fallen’s team, then playing under the Luminosity banner, famously took out Team Liquid in a 2-0 series during the MLG Columbus semifinals. During that series Liquid was unable to close, despite a 15-9 lead on Mirage and a 15-6 lead on Cache.
It also seems Fallen is not the only one who remembers that series.
— Nick Cannella (@Liquidnitr0) June 25, 2017
SK went on to win the event, but I’d say this was their most dominant victory.
— Gabriel Toledo (@FalleNCS) June 25, 2017
Steam takes our money, again
I won’t keep you on this topic for long, because I know you’ve already looked at the steam sale. I know you’ve already spent too much money on it. I know you don’t need me to fill you with regret.
But I’m going to do it anyways.
Steam sale pic.twitter.com/Kyqhs3qT3e
— ferny💖 (@comfyvibes) June 23, 2017
It’s been a few days now since the kickoff of that time of year where gamers across the internet ironically spend way too much money on heavily discounted games. And many Steam patrons are already realizing the gravity of their errors.
I have made a grave mistake.
I looked at the Steam sale.
— lindsay elyse (@gglindsayelyse) June 23, 2017
Might have just spent way too much money on the steam sale 😅
— Hannah (@Bnans_) June 24, 2017
Meanwhile some brands are taking delight in our rapidly draining wallets.
— SteelSeries (@SteelSeries) June 22, 2017
Steam Summer Sale is live.. RIP Money 💸💸💸 pic.twitter.com/J068lnFKjA
— NRG Esports (@NRGgg) June 22, 2017
I usually try to avoid spending too much during the sale by ignoring it, but truth be told, while looking into it for this article I dropped far more money than I had intended.
Most of them were like 70 percent off. That makes it okay, right?
Aatrox gets picked. Yes, really
It’s definitely true that Aatrox is one of the most-maligned champions in League — cited by some as one of the game’s least powerful characters. It’s also true that the Darkin Blade is due for what Riot says “will likely be the largest pure gameplay update we have ever done on a champion.”
But in defiance of these truths, Aatrox was picked in the EU LCS on Saturday.
— Alberto Rengifo (@ProphetCrumbz) June 24, 2017
Omg Aatrox….. Tell me how it does! I can’t watch live.
— Trevor Henry (@RiotQuickshot) June 24, 2017
Despite what some players might have thought, the edge-lord, perpetually reviving, lifesteal-loving top laner is in fact, still in the game. And Mysterious Monkeys top laner Park “Jisu” Jin-cheol locked him in during their series against a surging Fnatic roster.
Some members of the community even pointed out the seemingly impossible: that Aatrox still has some strengths, especially in a 1v1, split push scenario.
aatrox has been strong for a long while tbh
— OLOF (@flaxxish) June 24, 2017
The audience was on the edge of their seat for a while, but ultimately the ballsy Aatrox pick came up short, and Fnatic went on to clinch the series 2-0.
If only Riot’s rework had come faster.
— Richard Kam (@RiotPulse) June 24, 2017
Sean Wetselaar is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.