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Rockets announce League of Legends esports team “Clutch City Gaming”

The Rockets are officially plugging Houston into the esports scene with a League of Legends professional team.

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The Houston Rockets are launching a League of Legends team, currently the world’s most played video game.
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The Houston Rockets are plugging in to the world’s most played online video game by spawning a Houston-based League of Legends professional esports team “Clutch City Gaming.”

The news comes as little surprise to Rockets fans who know general manager Daryl Morey as a former member of the Major League Gaming board of directors who unabashedly trumpets esports.

For the uninitiated...

League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena or "MOBA." If you’ve heard of DOTA 2 or Heroes of the Storm they are functionally the same type of game. In a MOBA two teams of five work together to overpower the other's base on a fixed map. Each gamer selects a "champion" from a pool of over 130 selections, each having different abilities and powers.

The League of Legends Championship League are two 10 team leagues, one U.S. based and one European, who earn berths in a yearly championship tournament based on season performance. The 2017 League of Legends championship tournament consisted of 24 teams and a prize pool of $4.5 million.

Want to know the basics? Here’s a YouTube video explaining the basics of the game:

Want to watch a game right now? Here’s a list of some of the most famous Twitch streamers who are probably playing League of Legends right now for your entertainment.

If you’re an irrational Houston sports fan who knows the refs are against us, the NBA is rigged for the Warriors and the 2017 Houston Astros triumphed over the three highest MLB payrolls to win a title... then get out your best H-Town gear and get ready to watch League and support Clutch City Gaming.

Unlike an esports announcement regarding the Houston Astros earlier this year, this appears to be for real.

Editorial Note: The author of this article is a DOTA 2 player and may have mistakenly characterized some elements of League of Legends or the Championship Series.