Newbee defeated Team Liquid 3-2 at the ESL One Genting tournament for Malaysia’s first Minor. Both teams sailed through their brackets undefeated in the playoffs, before their close grand finals series. Off the backs of excellent support duo play, and the return of the position 4 Naga, this was Newbee’s first series defeat over Team Liquid in 4 years. For the tournament win, they took home $160,000 and 200 Pro Circuit points. They’ve further solidified their position on our Pro Circuit charts at 3rd place. Team Liquid, with their consistent performance, are resting at 2nd place on the Pro Circuit, in spite of having yet to win a Major tournament.
We want to try taking a different approach to how gameplay patches are released. Instead of big patches a couple of times a year, we'll be releasing small patches every 2 weeks on Thursdays. We'll be trying this out for about six months and then reevaluating.— IceFrog (@IceFrog) February 1, 2018
In a rare tweet by IceFrog himself, he announced that Valve will be taking a new approach in how they release patches. The community will see updates every 2 weeks rather than the usual cycle of large patches. Though the meta continues to change even within a patch, the quicker releases will be a refreshing turn from the usual anticipation after major tournaments.
The announcements kicked off with VP trading one of their longest veterans, Lil, to Na’Vi for RodjER. And while the details behind the trade are still unraveling, it appears that the community won’t receive both sides of the story between VP and Lil, since Lil is muzzled from speaking about his former team. The trade alone transfers Lil’s 900 points to Na’Vi, launching his new team to 5th place on the Pro Circuit rankings. Then, just yesterday, Na’Vi announces that Sonneiko has left the team. Teams will have a little more than one day before Phase 2 of roster locks end.
The Artifact open beta just went live and our sister site Artibuff has been updated with card statistics to help you make the right choices in the draft.