Jul 27 2016 - 7:21 pm

Turner confirms second, shorter season of ELEAGUE premiering this fall

With the first season of ELEAGUE Counter-Strike set to conclude this weekend, plans are already underway for a second season—and it's coming sooner than you think
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

With the first season of ELEAGUE Counter-Strike set to conclude this weekend, plans are already underway for a second season—and it's coming sooner than you think.

The second season of ELEAGUE will begin in the fall, following the conclusion of the recently announced Overwatch Open in September.

In a conference call ahead of the debut season's finale, Turner's vice-president of esports, Christina Alejandre, hinted at a different format in the next season. Alejandre also indicated the sophomore season would be shorter.

ELEAGUE's first season was extended to include 24 teams from an original plan of 16, beginning on May 24 and wrapping up this Saturday.

No further information was given on the second season including on participating teams. In an interview with the Daily Dot on July 15, however, Turner executive vice-president Craig Barry hinted at SK Gaming's addition next season, saying it would be a "huge oversight" if the reigning major champions were not involved. The team was disqualified from season one when the players moved from Luminosity Gaming to SK.

The Overwatch Open is that game's largest tournament to date, with $300,000 on the line. Qualifiers in the European and Americas regions are already underway and regional finals will take place from Sept. 25 to 29. The broadcasts will be exclusive to Twitch, before the grand final match on Sept. 30 airs on TBS.

Jan 22 2017 - 10:55 pm

EnVyUs survive Team Liquid comeback for overtime win

It was the closest game of the Major so far.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Turner Sports

Team EnVyUs survived a mammoth comeback attempt from Team Liquid to chalk up an overtime victory in their first match of the ELEAGUE Major.

Despite Team Liquid fighting back against eight match points, the French side were able to hold on and win in triple overtime in the closest game of the Major so far.

Drawing a relatively even map of Cache, the two teams were evenly matched in the early going. EnVyUs put up four unanswered rounds but Team Liquid didn't let the French run away with it, and drew it back 4-4. The teams remained relatively inseparable throughout the first half as Liquid defended well, allowing EnVyUs just a three round lead at half time.

However once the second half got started, the French side went off. EnVyUs AWPer Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was in top form picking off his American opponents, and it took a superhuman effort for Liquid to even get a T round. That came in the form of a sniper quadkill from Josh "jdm64" Marzano, who almost single handedly dragged his team back into this match.

The quadkill came in the nick of time, as EnVyUs were leading 15-7 and were just one round away from sealing the match.

Liquid rallied, eating into the lead of their French rivals. In a comeback that looked unfathomable Liquid managed eight rounds in a row to take it to overtime as the score hit 15-15.

After the teams were inseparable in the first period, a second overtime was called for. This time it was EnVyUs who needed to mount a comeback, as Liquid took it 20-18 and a match point of their own. They put themselves ahead at 21-19, but levelled things up once again.

In the third set of overtime rounds, EnVyUs were finally able to put the Legend side away. The French team put together four straight round wins to win the match at 25-21—a match that very nearly slipped away from them.

Jan 22 2017 - 9:41 pm

SK Gaming and Na`Vi avoid upset in ELEAGUE bows

Decisive wins saw the legend teams avoid any slip ups early.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Turner Sports

SK Gaming and Natus Vincere picked up wins in their opening matches at the ELEAGUE Major, avoiding potential early banana skins.

The reigning Major champions, aiming to be the first team to win three Majors back to back, knocked back Hellraisers in their opening matchup of the Swiss stage.

Despite being predicted as a potential upset by analyst Duncan "Thorin" Shields, the match proved to be little trouble for the Brazilians. After losing the first round, SK went on a rampage of eight straight rounds with Hellraisers having no answer for their opponents.

The game finished 11-4 at the half. Hellraisers were able to win three of the next five rounds and threaten some kind of late rally, but SK easily shut it down to claim a 16-3 victory.

Things were even easier for Natus Vincere, who claimed the most decisive victory of the day so far. The Columbus Major silver medalists run roughshod over Mousesports, winning five straight rounds to get the game started before Mousesports even got out of the blocks. Mousesports were given very few openings throughout the game, with a 13-2 half ending in a 16-3 win—the biggest victory margin of the opening round so far.

In a meeting of ELEAGUE champions Virtus Pro and OpTic Gaming made it more of a contest, with the Polish side narrowly edging the victory.

OpTic took the early lead 6-1, thanks in part to an insane 1v3 clutch from Keith "NAF" Markovic inside the B bomb site. OpTic ended the half 9-6, but Virtus Pro came out strong in the second period.

The teams traded rounds to bring things level at 13-13, but Virtus Pro had the economic advantage and OpTic could not prevent the Polish veterans from securing the three decisive rounds.