Jan 10 2017 - 8:45 pm

Renegades confident in holding onto Winter Premiere win streak

Group play begins again tonight.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard

On Lúcio, Jeremy "Jer" Santacruz slams down his sound barrier, a wave of neon green crashing over his allies, triggering the rest of his Detroit Renegades teammates to push the King's Row payload the final meters to the enemy spawn.

A biotic grenade from Jonathan "Sherlockey" Davis' Ana puts compLexity Gaming's Joey "jkw" Wavering's Reinhardt low enough for the Renegades' Roadhog, Christopher "J3sus" Pavloff, to finish him off. Once Reinhardt is down, the team has nothing left to stop Renegades, even after Liam "Mangachu" Campbell's Pharah annihilates herself (as well as compLexity's Jackson "Shake" Kaplan on Ana) with her own rocket barrage backfiring.

"CompLexity has been our kryptonite," Renegades' Preston "Juv3nile" Dornon told Dot Esports. They're the only team able to take a few rounds off the Overwatch Winter Premiere's dominant team. Over three nights of group play against four different teams, Renegades have yet to drop a map.

Overwatch Winter Premiere's first round robin group stage begins again tonight, Jan. 10, with Renegades facing off against Immortals. Coming off a week-long bootcamp in Detroit before the group stage, Renegades are confident they can hold off anyone, including Immortals. "Our current roster is just about ready for anything," Juv3nile said, though Immortals are their biggest competition. "They have been lights out, and [Brady "Agilities" Girardi] is the best Roadhog in North America."

Still, even with confidence high, Renegades aren't writing off anyone. "The top six is going to be insanely tough and that's why we want another short bootcamp before it," Juv3nile added.

But there's still three days of the top eight to get through, and if Renegades' performance last week was any indication, they'll enter into the top six easily. Renegades has 2-0'ed every team they came against since they were acquired by Jonas Jerebko's esports organization in early January.

Renegades' performance in the Overwatch Winter Premiere bodes well for the team in the future, too. The roster has only been playing together for about two weeks now. The team was known as Kingdom Esports before the buyout, with Mangachu playing for Tempo Storm and Jer previously on Immortals.

"Mangachu had only played with us since Winter Premiere qualifiers," Juv3nile said. "Jer for only two weeks, including bootcamp time, and Ricky "manOFsnow" wasn't playing with us either until two weeks ago. We needed the bootcamp to cram as much as we could into a short period. All of that is what has helped us play as well as we have as a team."

Renegades takes on Immortals (who today announced an investment from Lionsgate) at 6.30pm ET (3:30pm PT) on Twitch. If anyone can take down Renegades, it's Immortals, but our money's on the win streak continuing.

Today - 4:08 pm

Kungarna, Immortals advance to Overwatch Winter Premiere finals

Team Liquid and Renegades will not move on.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Andrej "babybay" Francisty hides just out of view while the rest of Kungarna baits compLexity Gaming into position in the second floor corridor inside the Dorado ziggurat. Babybaby, on pink-haired tank hero Zarya, peeks out from the side and unleashes graviton surge just as Michael "mykL" Padilla launches his D.Va self destruct bomb from the first floor, right into the mess of compLexity players upstairs. And that's the majority of compLexity just melted by the massive bomb combo.

With four compLexity players down, Kungarna is able to cruise right to the finish.

As one of the only two unsigned teams heading into Next Generation Esports' Overwatch Winter Premiere, Kungarna took many opponents by surprise. Some questioned whether they'd be able to get out of the first phase of group stages. But it's going to be hard to overlook Kungarna after their incredible run in the round of six. The team fell only to Team Liquid on day one and Immortals on day two, going undefeated on day three.

Heading into the finals, which begin Jan. 27 at PAX South in San Antonio, Texas, Kungarna doesn't have to worry about Team Liquid. Along with Renegades, Team Liquid will not move on to the LAN finals for the Overwatch Winter Premiere. Instead, Kungarna will take on Immortals, compLexity Gaming, and Luminosity Gaming next week.

Renegades' early departure from the Overwatch Winter Premiere will likely shock fans, given the win streak the newly acquired team started the tournament with. But on day four of the round of eight, everything changed: They started losing and never stopped. Through the round of six, Renegades put up a fight, taking one round each match, but weren't able to take a full series. With the whole team moving to Detroit to live and play together, Renegades is surely hoping to regain their initial success.

The single elimination finals bracket begins Jan. 27 and will continue into Jan. 28. The tournament will be broadcast live on both the PAX Arena and NGE Overwatch Twitch channels.

Jan 18 2017 - 4:30 pm

Overwatch Winter Premiere will conclude at PAX South

The live finals will be held in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 27.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

After weeks of qualifiers and group stages, Next Generation Esports' Overwatch Winter Premiere will see its end at PAX South.

Four of the six teams still in the tournament's second group phase will move on to the $100,000 grand finals in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 27. The tournament finals will be held at the gaming festival's PAX Arena in partnership with streaming service Twitch.

Two days of group play remain, and will determine which teams make it to San Antonio. Immortals and Kungarna both saw success in the first day of the round of six, with Immortals defeating Detroit Renegades 2-1 and Kungarna 2-0'ing Luminosity Gaming—though Kungarna did later fall 2-0 to Team Liquid. With two days left and 10 match-ups to go, nothing is certain just yet.

Kungarna, however, is confident that they'll make it out of groups. The only unsigned team left in the Overwatch Winter Premiere, Kungarna doesn't have the financial backing other teams have. But even so, they've already invested in official jerseys to wear at the live finals, Alex "Ajax" Jackson said in a post-game interview with NGE.

"The Winter Premiere was designed to highlight the best talent of Overwatch in North America," NGE CEO Andy Vander Woude said in a statement. "It's only fitting to bring these all-star teams to the PAX Arena stage, where their effort and talent can be celebrated by an even wider audience."

Should Kungarna make it to San Antonio, it's unlikely they'll be using those jerseys for long. Being featured on such a major stage increases the likelihood of the roster getting picked up by a major esports organization.

The single elimination finals bracket begins Jan. 27 and will be broadcast live on both the PAX Arena and NGE Overwatch Twitch channels.