FIFA Roster Update for 2019

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As over a month has passed now since FIFA19 was released, we proudly present you our new FIFA roster. With four new players joining the team we also say farewell to three of our old players. We’d like to thank Christian “Darkstriker” Pätzold, Franz “Jose_Zlatan” Zech and Emre “EmreFIFA” Sen for their great effort and the great time!

We are happy to welcome the new reinforcements. This is the updated FIFA roster of Wolves eSports:

Wolves eSports FIFA:
Sebastian “Bastinho” Holsten
Alex “Alex17_f9t” Malolepszy
Emre “EmreTuzcuoglu” Tuzcuoglu
Gordon “Giganticskill” Bolt
Lukas “Maya” Meyer

Statement of Sebastian “Bastinho” Holsten:
“Looking forward to the next year and to a great time together with the other players!”

Statement of Alex “Alex17_f9t” Malolepszy:
“I’m happy that Wolves eSports gives me the opportunity to make my dreams come true and I will do everything to represent the team as good as possible.”

Statement of Emre “EmreTuzcuoglu” Tuzcuoglu:
“I can’t wait for this new chapter and will do the best to reach my goals. Thanks to Wolves eSports for giving me this opportunity to become better.”

Statement of Gordon “Giganticskill” Bolt:
“I’m happy to be a part of the FIFA team of Wolves eSports. I’m really motivated to score the best results and to represent the organisation worthily. Here’s to a good and long collaboration!”

Statement of Lukas “Maya” Meyer:
“I’m glad to accept the challenges with Wolves eSports for the upcoming year. I hope to improve and to perform on a high level constantly.”

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The Howl #5 – Quake

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It’s time for another Howl! This time, we’ve got one of our Quake Champions players, Ola “Reknine” Magnusson, with us to talk about himself, the team but also about the state of the newest game of the legendary Quake franchise. Enjoy it!

Hello and welcome to The Howl! Would you like to introduce yourself?
Hi, my name is Ola Magnusson and I’m 34 years old. I’m living with my girlfriend and two daughters and currently playing Quake Champions for Wolves eSports.

You have played Quake for a very long time now. Tell us how it all began and why you decided to stick to the Quake franchise.
It began with QuakeWorld waaay back. It has hung with me ever since. Locally, we usually only LAN-played FPS games, some went the Counter-Strike route, others the Quake route. I guess I got hooked to the speed and movement of the game. There really were no other arena FPS at the time (still isn’t?).There also was a very strong and tight community for Quake 3 in Sweden – we arranged tons of scrims, tournaments and pickup games.

Besides of playing Quake, what else do you do in your free time?
I go to the gym 6-7 days a week. I’m having the intention to get on stage for the first time during 2019!

You and your teammate,  Mattias “Strydah” Ostrowski, know each other for a long time, too. How did you meet and when have you decided to play Quake competitively together?
I met Stry in 5th grade, I think. We have pretty much been in touch on and off since that. We played Quake 3 competitively right from the start. We had plenty of LANs together as well. Both of us are “in it to win it” most of the time. So it only came natural that we teamed up again for Quake Champions.

In August, Quake Champions became a free to play game. How did this affect the game experience? Do you think your competitors got stronger?
I haven’t thought of it that much. With a name like “Quake” attached to the product, I pretty much installed it right away. Coming in, I knew the game was going to be in early access for a pretty long time. It has been awesome to be a part of the game from the early stages. There have been a lot of errors and tweaks over the months but right now the game is in its best state yet – and it’s not finished yet! It has a lot of potential!

Sacrifice played a central role at the beginning of Quake Champions but with the rise of 2v2 and the popularity of Duel the 4v4 team mode disappeared from the spotlight. With iD Software announcing the well known mode Capture The Flag, what is your prediction on it’s popularity in the competitive scene and your personal opinion on the upcoming game mode addition?
I think CTF will be a huge magnet to draw more people into playing the game. Mainly casual players. Currently the player base is too low to estimate CTF’s success. Having 8 people on the same server, constantly, is going to be a challenge. A lot depends on how many players iD software are able to retain after the release of CTF.

The introduction of different champions with different hitbox models, movement and – especially – different special abilities make team modes a lot more interesting but at the same time duel players feel powerless when being overrun by DPS champions like B.J. or Death Knight. Do you consider the addition of different champions more as a blessing or a curse?
I consider the passive abilities to enhance the game A LOT! Though, most of the active abilities that do damage ruin the experience. There is light at the end of the tunnel though. During one of the latest Quake community streams, the developers announced that they are going to revamp/rebalance every ability. They now realize that it shouldn’t be a simple “win button” without thought.

Talking about champions: Who’s your favourite one and why? If you could ban one champion, who would it be?
Currently, I have no clear favourite. I’d love to play Slash more due to her speed and mobility – but the light champions are simply too risky to play currently. Death Knight, Ranger or B.J. are currently my bans most of the time. It kind of depends on the player and the mode as well.

Same question but this time for maps! Which is your favourite and which is your most disliked map?
My favourite map is Blood Covenant. Probably because it’s a remake of the old q3-DM6 map from Quake 3. It’s still so good and balanced. The worst map has to be Vale of Pnath. The layout is terrible for all modes. If you control the upper area, there isn’t much your opponent can do, unless they pull off a miracle.

If you could take one thing of the old Quake games to Quake Champions, what would it be? Maybe a certain map or even the grenade launcher? What is your biggest wish for the future of Quake Champions?
The old Duel format! Make it a time limit again! I’d also like to see them scrap the tribolt and introduce the grenade launcher again.. but that won’t happen. 🙂

Thank you very much for answering all the questions and taking part at this edition of The Howl! It’s your turn to say whatever you want to!
Thanks for the interview! I just hope that the developers manage to attract more players to play this game! They got something awesome to build on here. I’d just hate to see this as a missed opportunity! There really isn’t any other FPS like Quake at the moment. And, wish me luck in the Duel Tournament coming up – Dreamhack Winter 2018!

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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!

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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.

 

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Supreme Masters Recap

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The Supreme Masters in Amriswil, Switzerland have been the first offline event for our CSGO team under the banner of Wolves eSports. A difficult group stage draw with mYinsanity, Lyngby Vikings and fellow Germans Team Sharx meant that the team had be to on-point from the get-go.

Our first match of the double elimination group stage had us face mYinsanity on Inferno. Not getting on the board during the first couple of rounds meant that the Swiss players were able to get into the zone while we unfortunately struggled to find any success on either the Terrorist or Counter-Terrorist side as mYinsanity took the map with 16-1. The first elimination matched us with Team Sharx who were overrun 16-2 by Lyngby Vikings in their first match of the tournament. Two maps later, Inferno (16-9) and Cache (16-3), we eliminated Team Sharx from the tournament and guaranteed ourselves another shot at playoffs.

Wolves eSports versus mYinsanity in a best-of-three to determine who continues their tournament journey and who will be eliminated from contention.

Map 1 – Cache
The first map to be played was Cache and it has been a close map throughout all stages. We managed to get slightly ahead and secured map point but failed to convert it as mYinsanity secured themselves overtime. We quickly got to map point once more but our opponents managed to hang on and forced a second overtime. Again, we needed one more round to take the win on map 1 but yet again we did not convert it. During the third overtime, we have had no luck  and ultimately lost the map 22-25.

Map 2 – Overpass
Another close map and another close lead for Wolves. However, while we did not close it out immediately, we also did not allow mYinsanity to come back and force snother overtime as we managed to take the win 16-13, forcing map three in this series.

Map 3 – Inferno
The deciding map is the one that we lost to the Swiss in our first match of the tournament and with the confidence gathered during the last two maps we hoped it would go differently this time around. However, it unfortunately did not as we were unable to find a solution to the opponents’ setup and ended up being eliminated from the tournament with a 2-16 loss on Inferno.

In the end, our CSGO players have learned a lot attending the Supreme Masters and ultimately identified areas in which they need to improve. It was a pleasure to compete and despite our early exit and several technical difficulties it was a great journey as it has been the first big offline event for a Wolves eSports team.

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Wolves at Supreme Masters

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Today, the biggest Counterstrike: Global Offensive LAN in Switzerland starts – the Supreme Masters.

As of the invited teams from Germany, Wolves eSports is one of 28 teams fighting for the total prize pool of 7500 CHF, roughly 6630€, that will be split among the top 4 teams. The tournament starts with a double eliminiation group stage in either groups of 3 or 4. The initial match is being played in a Best-of-One, while all other matches in groups and the playoffs up until the Grand Final will be played in BO3’s. The final is a BO5.

Overview of the Groups:

Group A
Dr. Pepper Team
NecroRaisers
Gaijin
Venninagate
Group B
NinjaServ eSport
eRazed
Tentakel.Pro
Group C
Represent Gaming
Team Superior
Team Sir
Immortal Teamwork
Group D
Granit Gaming
Sørby Esport Academy
TwinFerno
Group E
Dark Tigers
SILENTGAMING
overclocked
Royal Helvetic
Group F
eEriness
Intense
ArcticGaming
Group G
Wolves eSports
Lyngby Vikings
Team Sharx
mYinsanity
Group H
HYDR eSport
Allround-PC
Marabunta Gaming

Schedule:
The event goes from the 31st of August until the 2nd of September. Friday will feature Round 1 and 2 matches of the group stage, Saturday will see the Decider Matches of each group, the Round of 16, the quarter finals and the first semi final. Sunday is champiosnhip day as the 2nd semi final and the grand final will be played. We are excited to see the event start and our team compete offline for the first time under the Wolves banner.

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