SEL Season Two Finals: Everything You Need To Know

What’s happening?

The Scottish Esports League is Esports Scotlands’ flagship tournament and sponsored by Lenovo. The season two finale will take place on 20-21 July 2019 during Resonate: The Ultimate Gaming Experience at the SEC in Glasgow. Top competitors from the online qualifiers will appear at the event to battle for big cash prizes. The games which will feature are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.  . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Who Are These Weird Teams? – Berlin Major 2019 Edition

Multiple upsets in the minor qualifiers led to some unusual teams qualifying for the upcoming StarLadder CSGO major in Germany. We’re going to introduce to the newcomers and outsiders for the challengers’ stage of the Berlin Major.

Grayhound Gaming
The most well-travelled of these teams, Grayhound qualified for their second major after winning the Asia minor. However, they will be hoping for a better performance than in Katowice, where they failed to win a single map. The Oceanic side has established themselves as one of the teams to beat in the Asian region, but struggle to make a real impact when qualifying for international tournaments. Grayhound’s most impressive performance came at IEM Sydney this year when they upset FaZe Clan before getting eliminated by eventual finalists Fnatic. The Berlin major could be the last tournament for the fivesome as Mongolian in-game leader erkaSt is facing visa issues in Australia.
Player to watch: Simon ‘sico’ Williams. A recent signing, the Kiwi was a stand-out performer at the Asia minor and could give the team the firepower they’ve been missing.

forZe
The core of forZe has been playing together since they represented Spartak Esports in early 2017, but they have flown just below the radar of many international fans. Regarded as one of the best teams in Russia, they’ve won multiple regional tournaments but rarely travel outside the country. They caused a minor stir by winning Copenhagen Games earlier this year but faced a lower standard of competition than they will play in Berlin.
Player to watch: Andrey ‘Jerry’ Mekhryakov. A long-standing member of the team who will finally have his opportunity to show what he can do on an international stage.

INTZ Esports
INTZ was the landing place for infamous Brazilian player kNgV-, a former major finalist with Immortals. After being removed from 100 Thieves days before the ELEAGUE Boston major amid controversial statements, kNgV- has found his way back to the big time on a team comprised of former Luminosity players and Brazilian journeymen. INTZ has frequently struggled to qualify for international tournaments above fellow Brazilians Furia and MIBR, but respectable performances in online leagues will give INTZ hope.
Player to watch: Vito ‘kNgV-‘ Giuseppe. The story for INTZ goes hand in hand with the story of kNgV-. Does he still have what it takes to perform at the highest level?

Syman Gaming
While Syman has been close to the top of CIS CSGO, they have failed to break through and become one of the top teams in the region. This team has minimal offline experience and struggles to reach the later stages of local tournaments. Nonetheless, Syman has a golden opportunity to change their fortunes, and a strong performance in Berlin could see them rise through the rankings and stake their claim as one of the best teams from the CIS.
Player to watch: Nicolas ‘Keoz’ Dgus. A recent addition to the team, solid performances from the Belgian were crucial to overcoming DreamEaters during multiple overtime maps.

CR4ZY
The team formerly known as Valiance has finally cleared the final hurdle and has qualified for their first major. The European side has struggled to break into top tier events but has built a reputation as a team to beat at lower level LANs. The addition of experienced in-game leader nexa and Lithuanian wunderkind EspiranTo has given CR4ZY the talent boost they were waiting for; the team now finally has the opportunity to test their might against the best sides in the world.
Player to watch: Nemanja ‘huNter-‘ Kovač. The brother of legendary FaZe player NiKo, huNter- is building a reputation as a reliable fragger for CR4ZY. Can he translate his high level of performance to a world-class event?

DreamEaters
DreamEaters came from nowhere some time in the middle of 2018. A team of youngsters with little to no competitive experience in the game, they’ve proven themselves capable of upsetting more tenured CIS teams in online competition. However, this will be their first tournament outside of Russian and Ukraine, and the first time they’ll play international squads in such an environment. How they’ll fare is anybody’s guess.
Player to watch: Vladislav ‘Krad’ Kravchenko. There’s very little to go on with this team outside of Russian online tournaments, but Krad proved vital in the sides upsets of INTZ and Team Spirit en route to the major. DreamEaters will need a similar level of performance if they hope to proceed through the event.

Esports Scotland Announce Lenovo Sponsorship

Esports Scotland is pleased to announce an exciting new sponsorship agreement with global computing giant Lenovo. The sponsorship begins with the upcoming Scottish Esports League season two finals which features a total prize pool of over £5,000.

As part of the agreement, Lenovo, the world’s largest PC manufacturer, will provide Esports Scotland with computers from their Legion range. These high-powered gaming machines will be used at future tournaments, allowing our competitors to perform to the best of their abilities. . . . .  . . . read more

SEL Season 2 Prize Pools Revealed

With the SEL Season Two finals under three weeks away, we at Esports Scotland are now ready to reveal the prizes for our competitors.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
1st: £1,250
2nd: £400
Rocket League
1st: £1,000
2nd: £350
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
1st: £450
2nd: £100
3rd: £50
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
1st: £1,250
2nd: £400 . . . .  . . . read more

A New Era For CSGO – ESL Cologne Preview

This time last year, several loaded teams battled to win ESL One Cologne, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the CSGO calendar. One by one, these titans have fallen so now we have one of most level playing fields in the history of the game. As a tournament featuring all of today’s top-level teams begins, we run through the four favourites to win it all and preview some potential grudge matches. . . . .  . . . read more

SEL S2: Week Two Roundup

CSGO

TPO continued their dominant form in SEL with another strong performance against 4Dimensions. The favourites displayed confidence and coordination en route to a 16-7 victory. 4Dimensions looked competitive, however, and will one to watch as they strive to recover from this setback.

Highlands Fatties got off to a roaring start against Lunarc and quickly pulled away to a six round lead on Mirage. Lunarc fought back well to close the deficit and looked like they might be able to pull off the comeback. Ultimately, their slow start proved too much to overcome; the Fatties claimed a 16-11 win and will go on to face TPO for the first playoff place. . . . .  . . . read more

SEL S2 – Week One Roundup

SEL Season Two has finally started and, after a week of competition, our competitors are on the road to Glasgow. Join us as we remember the week’s events and look forward to the upcoming games.

CS:GO

TPO Esports, the reigning champions, began the new season as strongly as the ended last year. Fresh off a victory at BigWAN in Falkirk, TPO had a dominant performance on the CT side of Mirage and led 13-2 at half-time en route to a 16-3 win over Omni. . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO @ SEL Season Two

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will make a grand return to SEL for Season Two.

TPO.Esports Alba were crowned SEL Season One champions at BIG Fest 2018. Season Two is going to be even bigger as we will hold the finals during Resonate at the SEC in Glasgow on 20-21 July 2019.

The qualifiers are due to begin at the end of April and will continue through May using the Swiss format. Top performers shall be invited to compete for prizes at Resonate.

Sign-ups for the qualifiers will go live this Thursday. Prize pools and further information for competitors will be confirmed soon.

Keep up to date on the latest SEL Season Two announcements by liking our Facebook page, following us on Twitter and subscribing to our YouTube.

Rainbow Six Siege Breaks And Enters Into SEL Season Two

Sledge will be coming home to Scotland as Rainbow Six Seige for PC joins the SEL Season Two line-up.

Esports Scotland will be running an online qualifier, scheduled at the end of April and into May, using the Swiss format. Teams with a winning record will compete in a knock-out tournament to find the best Rainbow Six team in Scotland.

ESS will host the grand final during Resonate at the SEC in Glasgow on 20-21 July 2019.

Qualifier sign-ups will go live this Thursday and prize pools, as well as further details for competitors, will be announced soon.

Make sure you like our Facebook, follow us on Twitter and tune in on YouTube to see the latest updates as soon as possible.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate In SEL Season 2 – Coming To A Town Near You

Following the massive demand for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at BIG Fest 2018, we’ve added it to the SEL Season Two lineup.

At Esports Scotland, we want to work with those already in the scene so we can evolve Scottish esports together. We are therefore excited to announce that we will be working with regional organisations to take our Smash tournament entirely offline.

The regional events will lead to a grand final which will be hosted during Resonate at the SEC in Glasgow on 20-21 July 2019. Our partners have four tournaments scheduled so far, but there will be more to follow. Click on the events to sign-up and take part.

Friday 19th April – Royale 5 @ Abertay Smash Society, Dundee.
Monday 29th April – Giant Attack, Dundee (Sign-up link not yet available)
Saturday 11th May – Silver City Smash 5 @ Reset Aberdeen, Aberdeen.
Saturday 25th May – Lang Toun Showdown 4 @ Battle Lounge Fife, Kirkcaldy.

We will invite the top performers from the regional tournaments to our grand final at the end of the season where players from all over the country will compete to be crowned Season 2 Champion. Prizes and further information for finalists will be confirmed soon.

Keep your eyes glued to Twitter and Facebook as more announcements are coming later this week.