European Roster Update

Things move so fast in this hectic Call of Duty scene that it’s hard to keep up with all the changes that teams make on a weekly basis. Sometimes we’re guilty of not bringing you regular updates because we’re not sure if the changes will last (see LXT Epsilon/Barrage post below) so we wanted to make amends. Check out all of the European changes that have happened in the last week or so below!

 

LXT Back To Barrage for ESWC

Brandon 'LXT' McAllister

Brandon ‘LXT’ McAllister

When it was announced that Epsilon would be picking up Brandon ‘LXT’ McAllister for ESWC, it came as quite a shock, mostly to the Barrage eSports team who are also attending ESWC as they had expected him to be attending with them. A good player but known more for his off-game antics, he isn’t what you’d expect from quite a serious Epsilon line up. It didn’t come as much of a surprise then when it was leaked earlier today that he would actually be playing for Barrage at ESWC. When asked he said that he felt bad that he may be screwing over the team. What this means for Watson (his replacement) is any guess however we’re sure this isn’t the end of this story. Epsilons 4th remains a mystery for now but with the event creeping up soon, it’s only a matter of time.

logo_barrageesportsBarrage eSports –  Bance  Urban  LXT  Dominate

EpsilonEpsilon eSports –  Swanny  Josh  Madcat  ?

 

Vitality Announce McGee

Darren McGee

Darren McGee

Full news post found HERE

Vitality Storm –  Tommey  MarkyB  Reedy  McGee

 

eQuinox Swap Rolo for Subsist

Brett 'Rolo' Douglas

Brett ‘Rolo’ Douglas

The Belgian outfit of eQuinox have been going strong the last few months, especially after winning the Gamers Assembly event against a stacked set of top French teams. Despite being made up of predominately Belgian players, the team for sometime have had Irish misfit Brett ‘Rolo’ Douglas playing for them. Unfortunately for Brett however he was replaced last week after the team had a run of tournaments where they failed to really deliver. His replacement is Dutch player Laurens ‘Subsist’  Schuurman.

File:EQ.png eQuinox eSports –  Denz  Dean  Duel  Subsist

 

Infused Replace Rated for JTee

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Jack ‘Jtee’ Taylor

After a relatively impressive performance by Aware Gaming at the Call of Duty World Championships and subsequently at the Gfinity open, it was a shame to see captain of the team Watson decide to leave. He left in search for a team who he felt could reach his potential (he’s still a f/a), resulting in the remaining line up ending up going there separate ways. One player who’s landed on his feet is Jack ‘Jtee’ Taylor who’s recently replaced former Exertus player Rated in the lineup.

Infused –  Qwiker  Melon  Lewis  Jtee

 

FABE Announce New Roster

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Silvano ‘Torres’ Mombarg

The FAB eSports organisation had two teams at the Call of Duty World Championships from both Germany and the Netherlands, however it didn’t help either as they crashed out of the groups with very little opposition against the strong American opponents. The organisation decided then that it would be better if they only funded one team and played around with a number of line ups before settling on the this Dutch/German/Austrian line up. Will we see an improvement with the experience of the likes of Rush and Torres?

 FAB eSports –  Gunelite  Kivi  Rush  Torres

 

IGI Announce New Team

AJ 'Amaze' McClure at AM2Pro

AJ ‘Amaze’ McClure at AM2Pro

If you’ve followed the European scene in the last 5 years then you’ve probably heard of AJ ‘aMaZe’ McClure, a very vocal player but someone who’s struggled to really break consistently into the top of the EU scene. That doesn’t stop his passion however and if you’re at a UK or European event, you’re likely to see him, a true ambassador of the Call of Duty competitive scene. His latest team is another multi-nation team as we see him and 2 other Brits join together with well known German player Nick ‘KraQz’ Brenden.

IGesports IGI eSports –  Amaze  Agon  Chain  Kraqz

 

NxG Rapid Replace Pow3r with Donny

Giorgio 'Power' Calandrelli

Giorgio ‘Power’ Calandrelli

The Italian Call of Duty scene is one that has never really taken off with a struggle to get new players into the competitive scene. There has been the odd tournament where one of their teams have placed well, such as when UK player Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan guided the team to 8th in the CoD World Championships in 2013 on Black Ops II. One of the legends of the Italian scene is Georgio ‘Power’ Calandrelli, however that hasn’t stopped NxG Rapid dropping him in place of other well known Italian Francesco ‘Donny’ Majolo, citing reasons that Power wasn’t motivated enough to play, a statement he denies.

NxG.pngNxG Rapid –  Pibo  Duke  Ko1gaa  Donny

 

 

 

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UGC Niagara LIVE Report – Sunday

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UGC Niagara Saturday Recap

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for the teams playing at the UGC Niagara event on the Canadian and US border. The second day stream was delayed 2 and a half hours and there did end up being a huge amount of downtime on the stream which meant limited games for the viewers. Regardless of that the UGC team ended up clawing back time and finish the stream at a respectable hour (for myself in the UK anyway).

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EnVyUs Playing On Stream

Despite there being 64 teams in attendance and a $20k prize pool, we have only seen two household names in EnVyUs and Team Kaliber showing up to attend. Needless to say as we went into day 2 of the tournament we didn’t see either team drop a single map as they advanced the winner bracket semi-finals that will play out tomorrow.

Regardless of the lack of big names in attendance, we did see some other popular teams including Isolation Empire, Below Zero and 3Sup. That doesn’t mean they cruised however with Iso being knocked out in LB6 by the oddly named STDx and Below Zero getting knocked into the LB by TeamCave Gaming. 3Sup, supported of course by their multi-millionaire owner Hilton are still in the winner bracket and will face EnVy tomorrow in the WB semi’s.

Less of this tomorrow hopefully

Less of this tomorrow hopefully

Tomorrow’s games look to be more exciting and hopefully we’ll see some high calibre matches starting with EnVyUs and 3Sup, however the reality is that we’re all waiting for the WB and Grand Final between TK and nV. Let’s just hope they have more games on stream instead of exhausting time breaks as it did get a bit boring today waiting between maps and I can imagine the stream viewers probably reflected that. Good job anyway UGC.

  • Day two Live Blog – LINK
  • Stream – LINK
  • Bracket below

 

 


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More UK CoD LAN Events Announced

Within the last few months, we have seen an influx of UK CoD LAN events arise from what most called “a dead scene.” It started with Am2Pro back in February when they had a great turn out in regards to teams and it sparked a bit of life into the corpse. Not long after we saw other event organisers appear with the likes of ProAsylum announcing their event on July 25th and 26th in Cardiff and CityLAN announcing their event for sometime in August in Peterbrough. Little is known about either entity in this community but both looking to cement themselves as well as Am2Pro have.

Here is what we do know:

 

ProAsylum 

ProAsylum

Run by two local Welshman, ProAsylum came out of nowhere. There name had been darting around a few times in a few conversations but no one really knew what they were about until the announcement of their event in Cardiff on the 25th and 26th of July. The prize pool for the event, a solid £6K, not bad for a first event! With the likes of Veteran caster Tunn attending, the’re hoping to make a mark on the UK scene. You can find all information on the event here ProAsylum.com

 

CityLAN

CityLAN

The same story goes for CityLAN but what has impressed me about this event is the massive prize pool of £10k This event however will be run in Peterborough (Pretty sure this is the biggest thing to happen to Peterborough since…. Forever!) The event will be held in the Kingsgate Conference centre on the 20th to the 22nd of August. This will be there very first event also so again, looking forward to what they produce and seeing if they can withstand the test of time. You can find all their information on the event here CityLAN.co.uk

With all these events popping up out of the blue, do you believe this is the start of a revival for the EU Call of Duty scene?


 

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Vitality Storm Announce McGee for ESWC

When Vitality Storm was formed by former Epsilon man Tommey, many wondered who would end up in his team with such a small pool of players that he would be willing to use. The first two players in MarkyB and Reedy gave him not only experience but also a spot at ESWC, so who’s coming into fourth?

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McGee winning Reflex GT with Tommey. L/R – McGee, Riddlez, Gotaga, Tommey

It was announced today on Twitter that an old team mate of Tommey’s would be returning to play alongside him. That is of course the Irishman Darren McGee. Previously playing together during the apeX days during Black Ops 1, the team would run riot through Europe at events such as ReflexGT when teaming with Riddlez and Gotaga. A player that has often been in and out of the scene, his return to a top level line up will excite some old fans who are aware of what he can do. The move currently is just for ESWC with a view to extend beyond that.


 

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Audio Interview with Swanny

A 30 minute indepth interview with one of Europe’s most well known Call of Duty players, Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan.

UGC Niagara Live Report – Saturday

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Audio Interview with Swanny

A 30 minute indepth interview with one of Europe’s most well known Call of Duty players, Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan.

UGC Niagara 2015 Seeds, Bracket + More

When Major League Gaming stopped doing open events in North America, it opened a number of doors for other organisers to get involved. One of the companies that ended up getting involved was UGC Niagara, a company hosting tournaments on the Canadian border with the US at, you guessed it, Niagara. Their latest tournament starts this weekend, find out the information below;

  • Teams: 64

Prize Pool

1st place: $ 10,000
. 2 Place: $ 4,000
. 3 Place: $ 3,000
. 4 Place: $ 2,000
. 5 Place: $ 1,000

 

Top 8 Seeds

1. TKlogo std.pngTeam KaLiBeR (Sharp, Goonjar, Parasite, Nameless)
2. NVlogo std.pngTeam EnVyUs (Loony, Teepee, Proofy, Merk)
3.3sUPlogo std.png3sUP Enterprises (Sender, Diabolic, Lawless, Ivy)
4.             TeamCave Gaming (Silpy, Pemby, Nverted, Happy)
5. Bzlogo std.pngBelow Zero (GodLike, Swarley, Wolf, Assauhlt)
6. StDxlogo std.pngSet to Destroy X (iLLSkiLL, Myth, Stevey, Royalty)
7. BSlogo std.pngBitterSweet (Simple, Mayhem, Atura, GLogics)
8. Puristlogo std.pngPurist Gaming (Holler, Connah, Demented, Miz)

Bracket

Schedule

Friday, April 24

20:00-22:00 GMT: Check-In & Warm-Up
22:00-03:00 GMT: Bracket Play

Saturday, April 25

14: 00-15: 00 clock: Warm-Up
15: 00-15: 30 clock: Opening Ceremony
15: 30-04: 00 clock: Bracket Play

Sunday, April 26

14: 00-15: 00 clock: Warm-Up
15: 00-21: 00 clock: Bracket Play
22: 00-23: 00 clock: Grand Finals
23: 00-00: 00 clock: Closing Ceremony


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Gfinity Announce Denial, OpTic Gaming and OpTic Nation

It’s that time again when tournament organiser (and all round good guys) Gfinity announce the latest teams to attend their invite only Call of Duty event. Named the Masters Series, it has been a great success previously and has helped launch the company to it’s high profile that is has today. An expected 12 teams from around the world will be announced for a 3 day event taking place on May 7th, 8th, 9th.

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The first 3 teams that have been announced by Gfinity are 3 pretty big names from North America. World champions Denial eSports, fan favourites OpTic Gaming and their sister team OpTic Nation. Three incredible line ups that will face off against one another in the Gfinity Arena in Fulham, London. Denial and OpTic Gaming will be fresh from playing at ESWC in Paris the weekend before and we can expect some of the highest calibre Call of Duty action to date.

 

Gfinity plan to announce more teams in the coming days with further teams from the North America, throughout Europe and rumour has it, Australia. We’ll keep you up to date once it’s been announced but if you wish to spectate what we expect to be an amazing event, click HERE for ticket options.


 

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Audio Interview with Swanny

A 30 minute indepth interview with one of Europe’s most well known Call of Duty players, Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan.

EGL Announces Middle Eastern Gaming League

While people eagerly await news of their next UK event, EGL has announced via MCV its expansion into the Middle East in the form of the Middle Eastern Gaming League, with plans to launch an online tournament platform and live events across the vast continent.

MEGL represents an ambitious and exciting leap into a crowd of over 20 million gamers. This is perhaps the first step in an attempt to bridge a large but relatively detached gaming audience compared to more familiar and integrated regions.

The league will cover all 18 countries in the territory and is expected to launch in July. MEGL will also provide Arabic language support as it aims to cater to a broad range of cultures.

Still nothing on the EGL14 front however, although the website states that an announcement should be made in due course. Of course, Dexerto will be here to break the news as it happens.

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A 30 minute indepth interview with one of Europe’s most well known Call of Duty players, Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan.

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