Game release: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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The 7th of December 2018 – a day the whole Super Smash Bros scene has been waiting for as it marks the worldwide release of the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch.

With titles such as Melee, Brawl and Super Smash Bros 4, the competitive scene for the game has been incredibly strong and can look forward to Ultimate to continue this trend. With release, there are over 70 fighters and over 100 stages. The Super Smash Bros franchise has been an important one for Wolves eSports since we first picked up a group of players in September 2016. With Benjamin “wusi” Baye, there is still one of these players around!

Going into Ultimate, we hope that our three German players “wusi”, “Eddy”, and “Frieddo” will be able to leave their mark on the national scene and maybe even Europe. All three will attend the AGON-Serie | The Council, one of the first German offline events for the new game on Dec 15 – Dec 16.

Going forward and into 2019, we strongly believe that our current roster is strong enough to be a relevant force in the German scene and it will be interesting to see which players stick to their former mains or pick up a new character.

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Warcraft 3 Gold League Winter 2018

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Big achievement for Wolves eSports and our Warcraft 3 players Ilya “Sonik” Malish and Artem “Cash” Shirobokov as they attend the Warcraft Gold League Winter 2018 Finals in Shanghai, China from November 28th – December 8th. Both of them have been able to qualify through the European Qualifiers.

The Warcraft Gold League Winter 2018 is the second part of the most important individual tournament of the year which also is the most prestigious event of the scene. The tournament is organised by Blizzard Entertainment’s Chinese partner NetEase. During the group stage the 24 players are divided into 4 groups of 6 players that will face each other in a single round-robin where the top 2 of each group advance to the single-elimination playoffs. The prize money of around $16500 USD will be split between all players with the winner taking home more than $5500 USD.

Group A
Foggy
TH000
Lyn
WFZ
Neytpoh
Chaemiko

Group B
Colorful
Sok
Fly100%
Lucifer
So.in
DanGer

Group C
Moon
Infi
Sonik
pcg_123
Cash
Zhou_Xixi
Group D
LawLiet
Sini
FoCuS
120
HawK
Hunter

Unfortunately, both Sonik and Cash were seeded into Group C and have to deal not only with incredible players, but also with each other. We’re hoping for amazing Warcraft 3 action during the tournament and that our players enjoy their time in China!

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Game release: Battlefield V

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November 20th marks the day where Battlefield V is released for everyone worldwide!

After Battlefield 1, which was set in World War I, Battlefield V goes back the franchise roots and offers fans and players a new World War II experience! The game has a heightened focus on the lesser known battles of the war and aims to deliver immersive gameplay in either single or multiplayer. The player now has to physically open doors, enter vehicles, as well as picking up ammo or health.

With the introduction of The Company, players are able to customise all clothing, weapons and vehicles throughout the game. Those customisations do not affect the stats of the item or gameplay at all.

At launch, Battlefield V offers 8 maps, 37 weapons and 24 vehicles, the first four installments of War Stories, the storytelling single-player experience, as well as several multiplayer modes such as fan favourite Conquest, Team Deathmatch, Breakthrough, Frontlines, and Domination. The Operations from Battlefield 1 come back in an extended form called Grand Operations.

Post-launch, EA and DICE intend to release new maps, weapons and vehicles through the Tides of War, which replace the Premium Pass meaning that all future content is free for everyone. Coming in 2019, is Battlefield’s approach to the battle royale genre with game mode Firestorm.

The Howl #6 – Fortnite

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It’s time for another Howl!

For this episode, we’ve had our Fortnite players Tom “Destin” Mohr,  Laurin “x1PRIME” Gregorowius, Leon “Spicyacce” Schnur, and Jacob “Junction” Reed answer questions about the game, what Epic Games needs to change to allow Fortnite’s competitive scene to grow properly and what they do when they don’t build, scavange, glide, or shoot around in Fortnite.

Hello guys! Before we start this Howl up – please shortly introduce yourselves!
Destin:
Hi, my name is Tom, I’m 19 years old, been playing Fortnite for roughly a year now and study business administration.
x1PRIME:
My name is Laurin, I’m 16 years old and started playing Fortnite at the beginning of this year. Apart from that I’m doing my vocational diploma and a qualification in game design.
Junction: Hi, I’m Jacob, a 17 year old competitive fortnite player from the UK. I’m currently doing my last stage of education before I leave to University.
Spicyacce: Hi, I’m Leon and I’m 16 years old. I’ve played Fortnite for a year now and started playing competitively in season 3.

Thanks! Let us start with the questions now! There are plenty of other battle royale games out there – why did you choose Fortnite as your game?
Destin: Fortnite as a Free-to-Play battle royale offers more than most of the other pay-to-play games. For me, the mechanical aspects and the flow of the game are the reasons why I prefer Fortnite.
x1PRIME: It’s F2P and I enjoy faster paced games more. I also enjoy the mechanics involved such as the building, which no other battle royale game offers. It makes Fortnite something special.
Junction: Fortnite is a fast paced battle royale which has more layers to it than just rotations and aim. There is a large side of the game which involves the mechanics which have to be mastered first. This adds a good skill gap into competitive play, also making each play in these high level games completely different.
Spicyacce: I have played other battle royale games but Fortnite is fast and simple. The building is something new to the genre and the game itself was running pretty smooth right from the start.

Now that we know why you chose Fortnite, we’d like to know what the two things are you would change about the game and why?
Destin: The first change would be to listen to the pro community. Epic Games mostly listens to the content creators and not the professional players. Overall, Epic Games needs to take the community feedback into consideration a lot more.
x1PRIME: Epic Games should concentrate on the competitive scene a lot more, as well as putting a halt to making the game even easier for beginners. The explosives should deal less damage than they do now as it gets frustrating to see a rocket coming for you and knowing it’s over pretty soon.
Junction: I personally believe they should bring back glider redeploy into the game. It made rotations less RNG and gameplay even more fast paced. I would also make the ingame event system elo based. That way we can actually have a form of competitive play.
Spicyacce: I believe that glider redeploy should be brought back as it keeps the game fast and exciting. I agree with x1PRIME that the explosives such as the rocket launcher should be nerfed in terms of damage a bit. It’s no fun if your opponent destroys everything with a single rocket.

Okay! Let’s talk about something different. What do you guys do when you are not playing Fortnite?
Destin: I’m a full-time student. But I also do martial arts and like to go out with friends for a round of billiard or bowling.
x1PRIME: As I mentioned in the first question, I’m working on my education and my qualification in game design. I also like to hang out with friends or go to the cinema.
Junction: Studying and practising takes up a lot of my time as of now. However, I used play a lot of football in my spare time and still do when and where I can.
Spicyacce: I was in a tennis club for 3,5 years but quit last year as I hated to get up early on weekends for tournaments and such. I still play a bit of tennis here and there but mainly meet up with friends in my free time.

Seems like quite the sporty team we have here! Anyway, let’s continue. Destin, what do you think of the development of the competitive Fortnite scene?
Destin: Contrary to a lot of players I believe the development of  the competitive scene has been rather good so far. Fortnite has become an esport-worthy game when we take a look at the game and the mechanics itself. Epic Games did a decent job with their early push for esports as we’ve had time to test different formats and modes and it helped foster the competitive scene. However, lately it has gone in the wrong direction. Feedback from professional players is not being considered, some updates were not as good as they should have been. With the upcoming tournaments in mind, Fortnite still has a long way to go and needs to change.

What are the things Epic Games needs to do differently in your opinion?
Destin: Listen to the community, especially the pro scene. If that doesn’t happen, they risk their reputation as nobody wants to play a game that was known for listening to the community before, but doesn’t do that anymore. There’s a lot of great feedback from pro players out there but it seems like Epic Games doesn’t really care at the moment. Those are players that should have an input on gameplay and balancing changes. I’d suggest to have scheduled meetings between Epic Games and pro players once in a while where both sides can exchange ideas and talk about what’s planned and what they wish for. I’d also exclude content creators from these meetings as most of them haven’t participated in a lot of tournaments and might not see whats needed in terms of growing Fortnite as an esport title.

Fortnite as a game a lot of young and very young people play, gaining a reputation to be a game “for kids” and not taken seriously when it comes to esports. Do you think this is an issue for the game going forward?
Destin: No, not at all a problem. I even think it’s an advantage. The pro scene clearly is set apart from the minors playing the game as tournaments with prize money require you to be at least 16. The younger kids can watch their favorite teams and idols play. We’ve seen a lot of parents watch the tournaments with their kids at PAX West or at TwitchCon. The next group would be those aged 16+ who can watch the games and be inspired to join a competitive team. The last crowd is the esport crowd – watching their competitors play, learning from the pros and keeping updated on the meta. It’s a great mix of audiences.

Now that we talked about the game a lot and what you think about it in the current state, let’s talk about the team. Going into 2019, what are the goals of Wolves Fortnite?
Destin: The main goal is to qualify for the world championship in 2019 which will be open to all players. We’re playing a lot of scrims and are happy that there is something to play for the EU scene. We also spend time analysing, finding and testing new tactics and play styles in addition to improving our individual skills.

Well, we’re looking forward to see you compete in the remainder of 2018 and 2019! Thanks for taking the time guys, really appreciate it!

#KeepHowling

 

Blizzcon 2018

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For many gamers it’s one of the most important events of the year, for many Blizzard fans it may be more important than the E3 and the Gamescom – We’re talking about the Blizzcon!

This years Blizzcon is the 12th edition which kicked off on October 25th with the group stages of the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC), the Starcraft 2 WorldChampionship Series (WCS), and the first rounds of the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship (AWC). Once the main event of the Blizzcon starts, the esports side of things continues with the HGC, WCS, and the Overwatch World Cup quarter finals. The WoW AWC continues and the Hearthstone Global Games will also be played during the event.

When it comes to the main event, you can expect to see all major announcements to be made during the Blizzcon opening ceremony which starts November 2nd, 19:00 CET. The opening ceremony is the only part of the event which you do not need the virtual ticket for to watch.

This year, the biggest and most important topic of Blizzcon seems to be Diablo. While it seems that no Diablo 4 will be announced, there should be a big announcement happening at the end of the opening ceremony. Apart from that you can expect more details about WoW: Classic and WoW: Battle for Azeroth. While Overwatch more than likely will not see a new map, it’s safe to assume a new hero and a new cinematic trailer will be shown.

Blizzard’s card game, Hearthstone, most likely will see an announcement for a new expansion and Heroes of the Storm fans might see new maps and heroes to be released soon.

Weekend Recap October 12-14

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The last weekend has been quite busy. We’ve seen Super Smash Bros player Benjamin “wusi” Baye compete at the Big PPM X in Berlin, the CSGO team had matches to play in several leagues and started their journey in the FoXRaiD Cup #6 while our Warcraft 3 players have had a busy schedule as well with the Americas Qualifier for the Warcraft Gold League Winter 2018 and other smaller tournaments. Let’s recap!

Super Smash Bros
At the Big PPM X in Berlin, Benjamin “wusi” Baye participated in the Smash 4 and the Brawl Singles tournaments. In the Smash 4 tournament, he managed to get into the winner bracket semi final where he dropped the match 2-3 vs Sodrek, having to compete in the lower bracket. There, he reached the lower bracket semi final in which he lost to Zebra, putting him at 4th place. In Brawl, wusi reached the winner bracket semi final again and again lost to Sodrek there. However, he went through the lower bracket and secured himself a spot in the grand final this time only to drop the match vs Sodrek again meaning wusi placed 2nd.

Counterstrike: Global Offensive
With several that needed to be played in the 99 Damage Liga and the ESL Meisterschaft, the team still found the time to compete in the FoXRaiD Cup #6, a 16 team tournament split over two weekends. The team was placed in Group B alongside Wio.rl, Turtle eSport Academy, and urFatality. In the first match, we faced urFatality and managed to grab a spot in the winner bracket final of Group B, where we took on Wio.rl. Again, the match was won and the team qualified for the playoff stage starting next weekend.

Warcraft 3
The Warcraft Gold League Winter 2018 is the most important tournament of the year and while Ilya “Sonik” Malish qualified through the first European qualifier, besting his team mate  Artem “Cash” Shirobokov in the lower bracket final to secure a spot at the tournament in China, Cash still has a chance to qualify at the second European qualifier on October 20th. During the last two days the Americas Qualifier took place and with Joaquin “Mackay” Ampuero participating one Wolf had a chance to qualify. Unfortunately, he lost his first round match and was eliminated in round 3 of the lower bracket, taking away his chance to join Sonik in China.

In the end, we’re happy with the results and hope to experience a lot of these weekends in the future!

#KeepHowling

Return to DotA

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We’re happy to announce our return to DotA with the addition of a promising German DotA 2 team!

After our last adventure into the DotA scene ended in June we are ready to announce the new Wolves eSports DotA 2 team. The first contact was established shortly after Wolves released the old team due to severe roster issues. While the talks have been good, the team wanted to complete their roster to an extend that made them feel confident before going forward with a potential partnership. The team is competing in Division 2 of the joinDOTA League in which the goal is to maintain the spot. Furthermore, they plan to play smaller cups and tournaments alongside important qualifiers for bigger events.

Please welcome the new DotA 2 team:

Wolves eSports DotA 2:
Milan “Nxs” B.
Jonas “hope” D.
Marcel “Rainbow” P.
Patrick “Qoporop” S.
Kevin “Sleep” C.

Statement Wolves eSports DotA 2:
“We are happy to announce our partnership with Wolves eSports. We are looking forward to improve and strive to achieve results in tournaments and leagues. Currently we are playing in the joinDOTA League division 2 and will be doing our best to maintain our spot, while playing as many minor tournaments as possible. GL HF to our opponents and everyone else!”

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99 Damage Liga – Season 10

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With the ESL Meisterschaft already going on for a few weeks, the second big league in German Counterstrike is about to start soon – the 99 Damage Liga!

Last season, our team managed to grab a spot in the playoffs to Division 2 but unfortunately did not make it happen. With the new season coming up and the groups being released, the playoffs are the goal again!

While the competition in Division 3 is fierce and a lot of great teams fight for a spot in playoffs and ultimately Division 2, we are confident that the last few weeks of hard work and dedication towards improving and refining grant the team a solid foundation to work with. During the 7 weeks of competition, we face one opponent each week on two maps. In the end, the top 2 teams qualify for playoffs, teams placed 3rd-6th stay in Division 3, and teams coming in 7th and 8th are being relegated to Division 4.

 

99 Damage Liga Season 10 – Division 3.7

Wolves eSports
myRevenge
EWAVE-ESPORTS
8BitGaming – Academy
EPIC-DUDES
FABELWESEN
incoming
Kartoffelpüree mit Fischstäbchen

 

 

Wolves eSports Matches Week 1 – Week 7

Week 1:
incoming vs Wolves eSports

Week 2:
8BitGaming – Academy vs Wolves eSports

Week 3:
Wolves eSports vs myRevenge

Week 4:
Wolves eSports vs FABELWESEN

Week 5:
Wolves eSports vs EPIC-DUDES

Week 6:
EWAVE-ESPORTS vs Wolves eSports

Week 7:
Wolves eSports vs Kartoffelpüree

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ESL Meisterschaft Division 3 is back

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The ESL Meisterschaft Division 3 has started a few days ago and our Counterstrike: Global Offensive team heads into the season today with two matches later in the evening!

The ESL Meisterschaft, for short ESLM, is split in three divisions and is limited to teams from Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The ESL Meisterschaft Division 3 is being held on the ESEA platform while the ESL itself hosts Division 1 and 2 themselves. Over the next weeks the teams battle it out for a playoff spot for a chance to be promoted into Division 2 and ultimately being one step closer to the highest competition in Germany.

The first two matches for Wolves eSports CSGO will be against sucking5 and ieS Virtual Gaming on de_dust2 and de_overpass respectively. With a record of 10-6 in the last season the team secured a playoffs spot which is the goal for this season as well. Two wins to start into the ESLM Division 3 would be a fantastic start for the Wolves and would put us on a decent way towards achieving said goal.

However, the ESLM is not the only competition that is going into a new season as the 99Damage Liga is starting at the end of the month. The sign-ups close on the 26th of September and the groups will be published shortly after. Wolves CSGO is starting in Division 3 there as well and no matter the teams that are being drawn into our group the goal is to reach the playoffs in the 99Liga as well.

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The Howl #4 – Counterstrike

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It’s been a long time since we did a Howl here at Wolves eSports but it is back! This is Howl number 4 and this time our Counterstrike: Global Offensive team is answering a few questions after a busy few weeks with a lot of CS action going on all over the place.

Lineup Wolves eSports CSGO:
Andreas “Myschoo” Rändler
Niklas “sIKK.” Welk
Marcel “FleX” Fischer
Danny “Fl!NT” Decker
Jonas “Müller” Müller

We had all 5 players answering some of the questions with Marcel “FleX” Fischer taking care of the team related questions. Let’s jump straight into it!

Hello Marcel, we usally start with a short introduction about the player or the team. Would you be so kind to introduce yourself
FleX: Hey, my name is Marcel, or FleX ingame. I am 19 years old and together with Myschoo, Müller, FL!NT and siKK., I am playing Counterstrike here at Wolves eSports. My main role is the AWP. I managed to gather some experience in the 2nd Division of the 99Damage Liga and the ESL Pro Series (now called ESL Meisterschaft). We’re currently trying to play our way to the top of the German scene.

Before we go any further, what are some of your hobbies outside of gaming?
FleX: I enjoy doing sports such as tennis, table tennis or billiard with my friends.
Müller: Besides esports I am fascinated by history and languages. Both are interests I’d like to pursue in the future.
FL!NT: I’m interested in anything related to media design. Doesn’t matter if it’s photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling or even level design. There are practically no limits when it comes to your own creativity in these.
sIKK.: In my free time I’m usually out with friends, play billiard, or go swimming. I’m adding diving soon, though. I’m also into spiritual things such as meditation or lucid dreaming and read quite a few books about it.
Myschoo: Apart from CSGO and work I don’t have that much time for other things. I’m doing sports and go out with friends but not that much more to be honest.

Pretty much all the leagues you guys play in are in off-season at the moment and you spend a lot of time preparing for them to start. What are the goals in the 99 Damage Liga and the ESL Meisterschaft?
FleX: The goal in both leagues is the promotion into their respective second division. With a good preparation we have a decent shot at it in my opinion and we have small advantage as it seems like we are the only German team that is going into the new season with the same lineup. Of course, there are some good teams waiting for us but I’d cheekily say there are no teams in either 3rd division that we aren’t able to beat.

You attended the Supreme Masters in Switzerland not too long ago and since some time has past after the event, how would you describe your experience?
FleX: The event itself was, for it’s first iteration, relatively well organised. A bit of delay and a lack of stream coverage are my main points of criticism. And even if the Supreme Masters haven’t been what we hoped for in terms of results we were able to learn a lot during and after the event. Our team chemistry is even better than before. I’m not just playing with team mates but with friends which is an important point for me. If you put in a lot of work and invest a decent amount of time, having fun is critical as it would quickly wear down your motivation. We have a clear plan and goals ahead that we willingly invest everything we have into to achieve them!

Let’s talk about something else! Who is the one responsible for the tactics and who is calling during the matches?
FleX: I’m the one preparing most of our tactics, executes and our play style in general. However, sIKK. is the one who is calling in game.

Real talk now: Who is the worst learner in the team when it comes to tactics and grenades?
FleX: Everyone is learning rather fast. Sadly, the same goes for forgetting them though.

Why do you guys play CSGO and not a different game? What keeps you playing?
FleX: The incredibly amount of depth and that you can always improve.
Müller: For me, CSGO is the only game that managed to keep me hooked over a longer period of time and even with bigger breaks I was able to get back into it comfortably.
FL!NT: CSGO offers an incredible amount of depth when it comes to tactics and individual play style. You can learn something new and useful every day and the meta changes from time to time which keeps CSGO fun and engaging.
sIKK.: A team based shooter with sometimes wonky mechanics. What more do you want?
Myschoo: It’s the only competitive game that motivates me and I have fun with long term.

Follow up question coming in. If you could not play CSGO ever again, what game would you play competitively, if any?
FleX: I most likely wouldn’t play any other game competitively but rather spend my evenings playing different games for a few hours. You never know what the features holds, though.
Müller: I’d defnitely switch to PUBG as every FPS esport title motivates me.
FL!NT: I would take a look at Rainbow Six:Siege as it offers the same amount of tactical depth as CSGO, maybe even more. The mechanical skills are similiar despite different gun play, too.
sIKK.: I wouldn’t play any other game as esports takes a lot of dedication when it comes to time investment which is something I most likely won’t do again.
Myschoo: If CSGO wouldn’t exist anymore, i’d maybe try League of Legends without investing as much time as I did with CSGO and focus on real life more.

 

Let’s talk about the pro scene now. It’s always interesting to know who you guys support and cheer for during the major or any other event. Let us know who your favourite team and player is!
FleX: I cheer for BIG as they are the best German team since a long time and always put in everything they got. When it comes to players, “ISSAA” from HellRaisers. He came into FPL as a nobody, always chased his dream and now qualified for the Major. You can tell there is a strong dedication and love for the game.
Müller: The old TSM, now Astralis, is the perfect example for a CSGO team in my mind and it would be a dream to even just get close to those players. Talking about individual players I have to say “s1mple” as he’s the best player in the world and his skill is unmatched even on the highest level of competition.
FL!NT: It’s BIG for me. For me, they are the German national team in a sense as they represent Germany in the highest CSGO competitions out there. My favourite player is “tabseN”.
sIKK.: BIG for me as well. Their team spirit and their motivation inspire. Talking about players, shox is my favourite, He’s an insane player with a lot of game sense.
Myschoo: NiP and “GeT_RiGhT” all the way! They’re just one of the, if not the most likeable team and person in CSGO. I follow them ever since I knew about CSGO.

What is your favourite Counterstrike moment of all times when it comes to the pro scene?
FleX: BIG going 3:0 in groups at the Krakow Major, especially the extremely close 16:14 win. I can’t recall I ever yelled and cheered so loud and much before.
Müller: The “Olofboost” from FNATIC at the Dreamhack Winter 2014 tournament. They’ve shown how many possibilities there are to win the game which no other game offers in my opinion.
FL!NT: When it comes to events, it’s BIG live at the ESL One Cologne. The atmosphere and the feeling to cheer for BIG was legendary. My favourite moment however was at the ESL One Cologne in 2014. Hiko, back then playing for cloud9, vs dignitas. It was one of the first moment that gave me goosebumps after Anders and Semmler went crazy while casting it.
sIKK.: I was attending the ESL Meisterschafts finals when Euronics Gaming won the title with FaveN.
Myschoo: Happy’s Deagle ace against TSM. It was simply an insanely strong play from Happy and I loved how the caster reacted to it.

Last but not least, this is where you can say whatever you want! Well, maybe not everything but you get the idea. Go!
FL!NT: We settled quite well at Wolves and are extremely happy with the communication between the players and the management. The support we received from Wolves eSports and their partners that allowed us to attend the Supreme Masters in Switzerland is fantastic, thanks for that! I’m excited for the next seasons!
Müller: I hope the cooperation between the organisation and the team continues to be this well and I’m happy my team and I have found a home. This is not always easy and hasn’t been in the past.
sIKK.: A huge thank you to Wolves eSports as they made this whole experience possible and I hope we’re onto a bright future. #KeepHowling!
Myschoo: The best thing will always be to attend offline events with the boys. The feeling, the hype, the motivation and the focus while rocking the jersey sitting next to each other is just indescribable. We thank Wolves and their partners that allowed us to experience a wonderful event in Switzerland.

 

#KeepHowling