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Every week, esports writers and professional journalists Andrew Groen and Rob Zacny bring you up to speed on the latest in competitive gaming, breaking down the week's most crucial news and events. Andrew and Rob help you you follow the world of esports—without making it a full-time job.
||ExplicitMarch 10, 2016: Between Katowice and Shanghai||Rob and Andrew discuss the ESL CSGO tournament with Joe Wong, then discuss China's surprising slump on the MOBA front. Then, Rob and Andrew have to go, their planet needs them.||3/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMarch 2, 2016: 2 Ass, 2 Spurious||Rob and Andrew sift through the rubble of the Shanghai Major and try to understand how Valve got it so wrong. Plus, is Korean Dota here to stay, and who can make IEM Katowice exciting?||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFebruary 24, 2016: Heel Turn||Rob and Andrew discuss Fnatic's embrace of the villain role in the ongoing drama of CSGO, plus Rob is called to account for his bad pre-season LCS predictions.||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFebruary 10, 2016: Overwatching a New Esport||Rob and Andrew take a hopeful yet reserved look at the nascent Overwatch professional scene as some important new investment enters the young esport. They also ponder the necessity of individual celebrity star power in both League of Legends and Counte||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFebruary 3, 2016: Not Like This||It's an upsetting week in esports for Rob and Andrew. Rob's favorite StarCraft player, Life, is in police custody, and it seems like half of pro League of Legends in suddenly ineligible to play. But at least Evil Geniuses Dota remain runners-up at a maj||2/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJanuary 27, 2016: Pour Aiur||Andrew admits he was wrong about everything when it came to StarCraft at DreamHack Leipzig, but is happy with a resurgent European scene. Then Rob and Andrew appreciate the return of Brood War, and discuss Luminosity's slow, unsteady rise as a top Count||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJanuary 19, 2016: A New Season||Andrew and Rob discuss what we learned about the state of Counter-Strike and a resurgent Alliance Dota team at the Minsk Star Series event. Then Rob talks about the winners and losers of League of Legends' opening week.||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJanuary 12, 2016: New Season, New Scandals||Rob and Andrew welcome Taylor Cocke to look at the new season of LCS, and whether this will mark a sea-change for North American League of Legends. Then they get Sad About StarCraft as major sponsor, SBENU, crashes and burns amid fraud allegations. But||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDecember 23, 2015: Year-End Review||Rob and Andrew close-out the year in Esports Today with a retrospective on their favorite moments of the year and what they meant, plus they discuss the legacies of StarCraft's retiring giants. Then, listeners share their top moments of 2015 and what ma||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDecember 16, 2015: Fnatic Fantastique||Joe Wong joins Rob and Andrew to dissect the ESL ESEA Finals and discuss the greatness of Fnatic's 2015 Counter-Strike season. Then Joe explains Valve's odd new patch for Counter-Strike, and Rob is curious about the direction NA LCS is headed next year||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDecember 8, 2015: Street Fighting Man||Rob and Andrew talk about the end of Street Fighter IV at the Capcom Cup and the enduring greatness of Daigo. Then they chat about the new Team Liquid Dota 2 team's success at The Defense, and discuss Riot's major changes to the Korean League of Legends||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDecember 2, 2015: Dream a Little DreamHack||Rob and Andrew sit down with Rod "Slasher" Breslau to discuss how Luminosity came out of nowhere and nearly won DreamHack CSGO, and the current state of Counter-Strike. Then, Rob and Andrew chat about Legacy of the Void's terrific DreamHack debut. Plus,||12/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNovember 24, 2015: Legends of the Lower Bracket||Andrew and Rob discuss the Dota 2 Frankfurt Major with Alan "Nahaz" Bester. How unprecedented was OG's victory? What's the deal with EG? Also, Nahaz doesnt't want to hear any hand-wringing about China. Plus, we discuss the LoL trade season and IEM San J||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNovember 10, 2015: An sOs to the World||Rob comes back from Blizzcon positively glowing from the StarCraft finals. He and Andrew dig into the signature moments of the weekend, including why INnoVation came up short, and why the Life vs. sOs matchup was so perfect. Then they answer listener qu||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNovember 3, 2015: World's Greatest||Rob and Andrew dive into a week of championships. Did KOO Tigers let an opportunity slip through their fingers? Envyus firmly ensconce themselves at the top of CSGO at DreamHack, while Heart of the Swarm StarCraft ends with some whimpers at BlizzCon ope||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOctober 28, 2015: The Blizzcon Banquet||On the eve of Blizzcon, Taylor Cocke steps in for Andrew Groen to talk with Rob about the Korea vs. Korea League of Legends final, a new generation of Hearthstone stars, the final act of Heart of the Swarm StarCraft, and DreamHack Counter-Strike.||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOctober 21, 2015: The Prime of Life||Rob and Andrew encounter a StarCraft matchfixing scandal with a shocking lack of surprise and explain why, unless more bad news breaks, this isn't such a huge deal. Rob calls Prime the "Springtime for Hitler" of Progaming teams. Rob and Andrew appreciat||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOctober 14, 2015: Reality Bites||Harsh truths are learned, bitter pills are swallowed as Rob and Andrew contemplate the aftermath of the StarCraft 2 Proleague season, and Taylor Cocke joins them to discuss the end of the dramatic League of Legends group stage. Finally, Andrew relishes||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOctober 6, 2015: LoL's Chaos in the Old World||It's time for Worlds 2015, where nobody knows anything and the Fate mocks every League of Legends prediction. James "Obscurica" Chen joins Rob and Andrew to discuss why this group stage has been so wild, and what happened to China's vaunted LoL scene. M||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOctober 1, 2015: Byul-ish on Esports||Rob and Andrew gather after a hectic week of travel to revisit the latest chapter in perennial StarCraft underdog ByuL's amazing autumn, and discuss what they're looking forward to at League of Legend's World Championship.||9/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeptember 22, 2015: Preparation vs. Skill vs. Character||Cloud9 pour fuel on the flames of their Heroes of the Storm rivalry with Tempo Storm at the Heroes World Championship America Final in Las Vegas, and Rob and Andrew debate whether team drafts or in-game play determine victories. EnVyUs defeats Team Solo||9/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeptember 15, 2015: The Polish Menace||Rob and Andrew use the ESL Counter-Strike tournament in Dubai to figure out what is happening in Counter-Strike beyond the shooting as Team Liquid's Joe Wong returns to explain the economic aspects of the game and how teams use map strategy. Then Andrew||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeptember 9, 2015: Hashtag Passion||Rob and Andrew discuss the China Regional Qualifiers for League of Legends and the surprising fall of SK before they are visited by the Spirit of StarCraft and reminded why this was once the king of esports. Detailed discussion of the StarLeague semifin||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeptember 3, 2015: The Gauntlet||Rob and Andrew chat about Heroes of the Storm's big international tournament at PAX, then talk to The Score's Kelsey Moser to get caught up on the state of Chinese and Korean LoL. Also discussed: Cloud9's miracle LoL run at the Regional Finals, and KT's||9/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAugust 25, 2015: Comeback Kids||Fnatic recapture Counter-Strike glory at ESL One Cologne while CLG finally get their League of Legends championship. Andrew is probably wrong about Rocket League.||8/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAugust 18, 2015: Putting the Evil in Geniuses||This week, Andrew and Rob preview the ESL One Cologne CSGO tournament with special guest Joe Wong from Team Liquid, react in shock to Evil Geniuses' post-International roster switch, and enjoy a wild series from StarCraft's Jaedong.||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAugust 11, 2015: Reliving The International||The International is over, but there's a lot of ground to cover in this extended post-event episode. Hosts Andrew Groen and Rob Zacny talk with Idle Thumbs' and Dota Today's Sean Vanaman about their big takeaways from the tournament. Then it's time for||8/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAugust 5, 2015: Looking to TI5, Predicting the LCS Playoffs||Welcome to Esports Today! In our inaugural episode, hosts Andrew Groen and Rob Zacny discuss The International's group stage and what to expect from the main tournament. Then, they take a look at their favorites in the StarCraft II GSL Season 3 round of||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great guys, great information
Only one episode in, and it's already my favorite e-sports podcast. Keep up the great work guys, can't wait to download this every week!
All news, no drama, love it!
Well-produced, no-nonsense and all news... Upcoming matches and analysis of the past week across multiple eSports. Good focus on the actual games and teams instead of immature personality conflicts, unlike so much other redundant eSports coverage and outlets. Great chemistry between the hosts too.
Excellent Podcast by Excellent People
While not an intense follower of esports myself, I thoroughly enjoy every week's episode. It has caused me to relapse into my old SC2 pro obsession and has taught me a lot about the other scenes. I reccommend this to anyone who enjoys this rising aspect of today's culture.