theScore esports Daily (May 22): Valve announces official version of Dota Auto Chess, Team Liquid to attend Cologne qualifier while LetMe retires from competitive LoL

by Devin Jones May 22 2019
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Valve announces official version of Dota 2 Auto Chess

Dota Auto Chess, the popular custom game, is getting an official Valve-developed release, the company announced in a blog post on the Dota 2 website.

According to the blog post, Drodo Studio—the developers behind the original Auto Chess mod—met with Valve back in February to talk about working together to develop a licensed version of the game.

"We had great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons. We ended up agreeing that we’ll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest," Valve wrote in the post.

Despite those conversations falling through, Valve will continue to develop an official version of the popular mod while Drodo Studio will continue to make a non-Dota mobile game with a beta already released. Valve has yet to announce further details about the game or its release.

According to the blog post, Valve will help existing players migrate over to the Valve approved game in the future.

Team Liquid accept invitation to Cologne qualifer

Announced in a Twitlonger post, Team Liquid will be attending ESL One Cologne qualifier, GG.BET Cologne Invitational.

There's been much speculation as to whether or not Team Liquid would be attending ESL One Cologne after the team was not amongst the original batch of invited organizations.

The reasoning as to why TL wouldn't be invited or would choose not to attend Cologne isn't clear at this time, but by attending GG.BET Cologne Invitational, TL will have a chance at attending the tournament if they win the invitational starting on June 13.

LetMe retires from competitive League of Legends

Long-time Royal Never Give Up top-laner, Yan "LetMe" Jun-Ze, has decided to retire from competitive League of Legends, the organization has announced via social media.

LetMe considered retiring at the beginning of 2018 after a string of poor preformances but chose to stay with the team instead.

Letme has played with RNG three times throughout his career, placing 5th-8th at the 2018 World Championships, falling to G2 in the Quarterfinals.

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