While Brutus reminisced about the League of Legends World Championship draw (more on that in a moment), the Dutch Overwatch team competed for participation in Blizzcon. Further success for Astralis and a tour of the football world.

OWranje just missed the world championship

Last weekend, our national Overwatch team in Paris played against England, France, Germany, Poland and Italy for qualification for the Overwatch World Championship at Blizzcon. Owranje (yes, that’s the team name) did very well with a third place, but unfortunately that was not enough for qualifying.

The Netherlands, which consisted of Vizility, CrusaDe, Jona, Dante, Brussen, Corn and coach Morte, started the tournament weak. Champion France pulverized Owranje 4-0. After wins against Germany (3-1) and Italy (0-4), England had to be won to still have a chance of qualifying. Unfortunately that did not happen, the British were supreme and won 0-4.

The remaining game against Poland was still won 0-4, so that the third place was certainly certain. France finished first, after the team won 0-4 against England in the last game. Germany, Italy and Poland finished fourth, fifth and sixth.

Besides France and England the other countries are also known. South Korea, Finland, America, Canada, China and Australia are also present at Blizzcon. That tournament starts on November 2 and ends a day later.

The draw for the League of Legends World Cup has been announced

The final of the Overwatch World Championship is on November 3, but the final of the League of Legends World Championship will also be played on that day. A fantastic esport day. The draw for that last tournament took place yesterday and Fnatic with Dutchman Joey ‘YoungBuck’ Steltenpool has drawn very well.

Let’s start with the Play-Ins; This is the first round of the World Cup in which teams from smaller regions compete with the weaker teams from China, Europe, America and Taiwan for four tickets that entitle them to the next round. You can check the draw below, the numbers one and two of each group compete in a play-off match for the tickets. It is likely that the numbers three in Europe, America and China will at least continue.

Then the real tournament starts. Group A consists of lesser known teams, Flash Wolves (Taiwan), Afreeca Freecs (South Korea) and Phong Vû Buffalo (Vietnam), adding a fourth team from the play-ins, probably Edward Gaming (China) or G2 Esports (Europe) is. Group B is the group of death this year. Gen G (South Korea) is the current World Champion, while Royal Never Give Up (China) is the current Champion of the Mid-Season Invitational. Both teams are seen as title favorites. The European Vitality is the third team in the group, while there is a good chance that the American Cloud9 will fill the group via the play-ins.

Pool C consists of KT Rolster (South Korea), MAD Team (Taiwan) and Team Liquid (North America). It is likely that Edward Gaming or G2 Esports will still be added to the group. KT Rolster seems to be a heavy favorite for the group on paper, while the other teams seem to be well matched. The last group is seen as the group of life. Fnatic, with Joey ‘YoungBuck’ Steltenpool as manager, takes on Invictus Gaming (China) and 100Thieves (North America). The team that ends up in this pool via the play-ins certainly comes from a weaker region. You can find the draw again below.

The play-ins start on October 1 and will run through October 7. The group stage starts on October 10 and the quarter-finals are ten days later. The semi-finals are on the last weekend of October, and the grand final will be played on November 3. The tournament is in South Korea, so games will generally start in the afternoon for us.

Football news in esport

This week there are a number of things that link football and esport together. The first is that UEFA has announced it will bring esports to the 2020 European Championship. The European Football Association has asked esports organizers to submit their ideas, with the best chosen. It is not known which game will be played, but it will probably be FIFA.

Furthermore, several football teams have inquired about participation in the European League of Legends Championship Series. The largest league in Europe will franchise next year, so that teams can no longer be relegated. This security makes it more attractive for organizations with a long-term plan, because there is the certainty that they will remain relevant.

Paris Saint Germain would reportedly want to work with the French organization H2K, that team is now in the competition. In addition, Arsenal would also be interested. Schalke 04 is currently also in the competition, but it is not yet known whether they will participate in the franchising, as a place in the competition costs ten million dollars.

The latest news comes from Switzerland. During the Young Boys against FC Basel game, ‘supporters’ threw tennis balls and controllers with vulgar lyrics on the field to protest against esport. In addition, banners with large pause buttons were also displayed by the fans of both teams. The match was halted and stopped for two minutes, in the end the Young Boys won 7-1 against the fallen top club Basel.

Astralis wins fifth major tournament of the year in London

Astralis and winning major tournaments, name a duo that is more famous. The Danish organization managed to win a so-called ‘premier tournament’ for the fifth time this year, the highest grade when it comes to Counter-Strike tournaments. In London, the team won the Face-It Major for $ 500,000.

In both group phases the team had to play, the team did not have many problems, both groups ended in third place with three pots won and a lost pot. In the playoffs, however, the team went completely loose. FaZe Clan still offered a challenge but was defeated 2-0 after two exciting matches.

Team Liquid followed in the semi-finals, that team already lost three major finals to Astralis this year and had nothing to say at all. The team was lost 16-8 and 16-7. Na’Vi waited in the final, but that job was also done in no time. Astralis won the first round 16-6, while the tournament was definitely won 16-9.

What is on the agenda this week, among other things?

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

ESL One New York 2018 (without Astralis)
When:
September 26-30
Prize money:
$ 250,000
Where can I see it:
Twitch
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ESL Pro League Season 8 Europe
When:
September 18 – November 22
Prices: $ 105,000 + qualification to the Season Finals
Where can I see it:
Twitch
More information

ESL Pro League Season 8 North America
When:
September 18 – November 22
Prices: $ 87,000 + qualification to the Season Finals
Where can I see it:
Twitch
More information

League of Legends

League of Legends World Championship
Prize money:
Minimum of $ 2,500,000
When: October 1 – November 3
Where can I see it:Lolesports
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StarCraft 2

AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2
When:
September 27 – 30
Prize money:
~ $ 28,125
Where can I see it:
Twitch
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Rocket League

Rocket League Championship Series
When:
September 9 – November 11
Prize money:
$ 1,000,000
Where can I see it: Twitch
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