Who will get First Blood?
posted by Methis, 1 year ago
Europe's greatest video games trade-fair, gamescom, held in Cologne, Germany, will soon open its gates to the public. Alongside the fair, the second of six Season 2 Regional Finals will be held. The top eight European teams will go head to head in a Single Elimination format tournament, vying for a spot on the podium, a ton of prize money and a free ticket to the Season 2 Finals in Los Angeles.
The two favourites for this tournament are Moscow Five and CLG. Although Curse have not yet been able to prove their strength in an offline tournament as of yet, they have made many good performances in the last few months, making them a favorite for the podium as well. SK Gaming have gathered a fair amount of offline tournament experience, but due to an extraordinary number of roster changes in the recent past, they aren't considered a favourite to finish in the top three.
Another well-known team, also considered as a favourite, are the Season 1 Champions, FnaticRC. They are fighting against Curse in the first round. The other three teams, all considered underdogs, shouldn't be underestimated either. EloHell.net and Team Acer have shown strong plays lately and Alternate has a lot of experience in the field. They attended IEM gamescom last year and the IEM Championship in Hanover. Thus, all of these teams will have a chance to beat the odds and qualify. Gamed, the last year's winner, proved that.
1.6 million viewers watched the Season 1 Finals. This amount shows how attractive the multinational eSports scene, particularly League of Legends, has become to the public. Some companies have already noticed the growing market and set foot into the scene, as well. A recent example is digibet.
digibet, a huge online betting service, is providing bets on details such as "First Dragon" and "First Blood", alongside the 'normal' bets on who would win each match. Since FnaticRC and Curse.eu are seeded very simiarly, and their fight is deciding who will get their ticket to the Championship in Los Angeles, it will definitely be one of the most exciting games, right in the first round, to watch and to bet on.
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