This weekend has been a mixed bag, with players and teams gearing up to compete in Major tournaments and World Finals. That being said, there has been even more drama in the Overwatch League, and a lot has happened on the lead up to the WESG Finals. Here's what happened over the weekend.
Two players from the roster of Natus Vincere have decided to skip out on the WESG CS:GO Finals, which start on Tuesday 14th March, citing health priorities. Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostylev, who was set to represent Team Ukraine, has caused the team to miss out on the tournament in China due to his absence - his decision came too late for the team to find a replacement.
His teammate Egor "flamie" Vasilyev was going to play on behalf of Team Russia but decided to back out around the same time. It's been noted by some that their decision came quickly after Natus Vincere's loss to GODSENT in the ECS Season 5 Europe Challenger Cup, but they were quick to dismiss that as a contributing factor in their statements.
Figures from teams such as Houston Outlaws, Dallas Fuel, and Los Angeles Valiant - both players and staff - have received displinary action from Blizzard for a variety of unacceptable behavior. Punishments include fines, match bans, and formal warnings.
Digital Chaos has returned to the Dota 2 scene once more by picking up the Animal Planet roster. This move was rumored for a while after eagle-eyed fans inspected Twitter and found some clues, but now it has been confirmed! The team's first outing will be at GESC: Indonesia Minor on March 15th.
After the success of the Six Invitational 2018, Rainbox Six: Siege is set to be played at multiple tournaments held by DreamHack in the near future. With locations such as Valencia and Jönköping hosting an assortment of professional and amateur teams, there's plenty to be excited about.
The EPICENTER XL. Closed Qualifier took place at the weekend, and Team Empire emerged victorious. They were the favorites leading up to the event, and they proved why that was with impressive wins against Effect and FlyToMoon.