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Golden Guardians kick off League of Legends, Apex Legends competitions

Golden Guardians kick off League of Legends, Apex Legends competitions

The Golden Guardians, the Warriors’ esports organization, dive headfirst into two major international competitions over the weekend.

First, the recently announced Apex Legends team will begin play in its first tournament since joining GG, as the Electronic Arts Apex Legends Global Series kicks off Saturday with its first of 12 international live events. The tournament features the best of the best from around the world and has over $3 million in prize money up for grabs. The Guardians will be sending a trio of talented players, all of whom have an established pedigree in the burgeoning battle royale genre.

Timothy “iiTzTimmy” An is a San Francisco native with a background in a variety of titles, and with over 500 percent growth over the past seven months on Twitch, is one of the fastest-growing players in the sport.

Deston “Bronzey” Nguyen comes to GG after a successful stint with SoaR gaming and has a plethora of top-three finishes despite being just 19 years old.

Finally, Devon “Pfitter” Self has over eight years of experience in first-person shooters, and most recently played professionally with SpaceStation Gaming in 2019.

With the LoL LCS getting underway this Saturday, GG isn’t fazed by the doubters who have placed the roster last in many preseason power rankings.

Golden Guardians made a pair of high-profile acquisitions this offseason, bringing in Can “Closer” Celik and Greyson “GoldenGlue” Gilmer. 

Celik comes to GG after being named MVP of the Turkish Championship League and leading Royal Youth to a championship in the Summer split.

"Everyone has a lot of potential, but since we haven't started scrimming, it's hard to tell where we'll end up or how good we'll be," Çelik said (h/t ESPN.com's Emily Rand.) "But I feel like we will not be a last-place team, for sure."

GoldenGlue spent last season with Cloud9 Academy and is the only North American-born player competing in the mid lane this season.

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Golden Guardians begin the LoL slate on Saturday, Jan. 25 against 100 Thieves at 4 p.m. You can see the full schedule and stream matches here.

Learn more about the team and how to watch all of the Golden Guardians’ events at GoldenGuardians.com.

Warriors Gaming Squad to draft last two roster spots on Feb. 22

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Warriors Gaming Squad

Warriors Gaming Squad to draft last two roster spots on Feb. 22

Warriors Gaming Squad will go into the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft on Feb. 22 looking to fill up the last two remaining spots on their roster. The 2K League Draft, taking place at Terminal 5 in New York City is four rounds long. However, WGS only will have picks in the first and fourth rounds.

After each season, teams can protect two of six players from their roster to bring back for the following season without penalty. If a team wants to protect a third player, that team will lose a third-round pick in the following league draft.

WGS protected CB13 (PG), Bsmoove (SG), and Gradient (SF) from last season's team, forfeiting their third-round pick.

The players who are not protected are then entered into the expansion draft for new teams to fill out their roster. Type (C), who was on WGS last season, was taken in the first round of the expansion draft by Hornets Venom. Because WGS had a player taken in the expansion draft, they were allowed to retain a fourth player, but it would cost them their second-round pick.

The team decided to retain Jin (SG), which now leaves WGS without picks in the second and third rounds.

Chiquita, who was on WGS last season and the first female drafted into the 2K League, was not protected or retained after the expansion draft, which now makes her draft-eligible for the other 22 teams to select in the upcoming league draft later this month.

Last season was a mixed bag for WGS. They finished the regular season just 7-9, but they won two out of the three mid-season tournaments, including The Ticket which secured them a spot in the playoffs. WGS beat Blazers Gaming in the first round of the playoffs. They eventually lost in the second-round to T-Wolves Gaming, who eventually won it all.

Chiefs' third-and-15 Super Bowl play vs. 49ers added to 'Madden 20'

Chiefs' third-and-15 Super Bowl play vs. 49ers added to 'Madden 20'

Super Bowl LIV. 49ers vs. Chiefs. Fourth quarter. Third-and-15 ... you know what comes next.

It's a play Niners fans would love to forget, but one that Chiefs fans can't watch enough. Unfortunately for 49ers fans, the highlight has been shown, talked about and broken down repeatedly for the last week and a half. And now, it's being added to EA Sports "Madden NFL 20."

In case you've been living under a rock, here's the play known as Jet Chip Wasp:

Tyreek Hill, the player on the receiving end of the Patrick Mahomes deep ball, took to Twitter to put in his request for the play to be added to Madden.

EA Sports quickly responded to the Chiefs receiver, telling him that his request is coming soon.

Those fans who can't get enough of the third-and-15 play can now run it on their own with video game Mahomes and Hill.

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And for those 49ers fans who still can't believe it happened, perhaps stopping the third-and-15 play on "Madden" can make you feel a little bit better.