Following a 2018 season full of new games, improved strategies, and intense competition, players and fans alike eagerly anticipated qualifiers for Sprint Vector, The Unspoken and Echo Arena to find out who would earn the coveted spots at the VR League grand finals to be held during Oculus Connect 5 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA on September 26-27.
The VR League Grand Finals will be streamed live from Oculus Connect 5. Onward and The Unspoken coverage will begin at 11:30 AM PST / 19:30 CEST on the first day of the developer conference. Echo Arena and Sprint Vector coverage will begin at the same time on day two. Viewers can tune into the VR League's Facebook, Twitch and YouTube channels to watch the world's highest level of VR esports competition.
The VR League kicked off several days of qualifier tournaments on August 18th with Survios' Sprint Vector, even though the path to qualification differed slightly from the other games this season. Players had competed in a series of weekly cups earlier in the season, but those ended on July 27th and then anyone could sign up for the World Finals Qualifier. Unlike other games in the VR League final qualifiers, there were no limits placed on the number of players that could participate in the Sprint Vector World Finals Qualifier so there was no need for a Last Chance Qualifier tournament.
There are eight spots available at finals for Sprint Vector. In order to find the world's top racers, the World Finals Qualifier was divided into three different tournaments: Europe (Oculus Home), North America (Oculus Home), and North America (Steam).
All Sprint Vector competitors will win a monetary prize at the grand finals, but one of these players (determined by points after 8 races) will take home $3,000, the bulk of the $11,750 prize pool. They'll also hold bragging rights as the first ever Sprint Vector VR League World Champion.
Europe (Oculus Home) - top 3 players: Stoaty, Flushgogo and Dirvel
North America (Oculus Home) - top 4 players: Kazznaz, Codsworthless, Pr3Ci510n, and Katiedead
North America (Steam) - top player: Bartuby_Jones
VR League's World Qualifier tournaments continued on August 20th with Insomniac Games' The Unspoken players casting spells and dueling in virtual worlds where wizardry reigns supreme.
Weekly Cups for The Unspoken ended on June 30th and the top four players from each region had secured spots in the qualifier tournament. They were joined in the World Qualifier by the top four players from each region who had earned a place through the August 14 Last Chance Qualifier.
The $11,250 prize pool breakdown for The Unspoken World Finals enables all four competitors to walk away with some cash. The one who can most skillfully cast spells, use artifacts and dodge out of the way as death comes flying toward them will win the biggest chunk of money.
Europe: Flushgogo and Yawning Soldier
North America: Charizard and Reukifellth
The weekend of VR League qualifiers continued on August 20 with a full day of Ready at Dawn Studios’ Echo Arena. A total of 67 teams have competed in the weekly tournaments since the season began on May 20th, but only four of those teams could advance to the World Finals and try to take home a slice of the $38,000 prize pool.
When ESL announced that Echo Arena would be returning to the VR League, they also announced a new format that would encourage improvement and participation throughout the season. The path to the World Finals Qualifier included weekly cup games, points, stage finals and a Last Chance Qualifier that was held August 14-15. In the end, sixteen teams (eight from each region) were able to compete for the four slots at Oculus Connect 5.
In the European league, BLAST! and Team Gravity had finished first and second in point rankings, respectively, for the season so it was no surprise that they advanced to the World Finals. Team Gravity did defeat BLAST! during the final series of qualifier games, however, so they will go into finals with the higher seed.
Ec.LiP.se had maintained a near 100% win record throughout season 2, earning them the number one ranking in points across the board - in North America and Europe. As anticipated, they advanced to finals, but the second spot was up for grabs. Eleven Point Five (ranked 2nd in total season points) and MetaMercs (ranked 3rd) had met in the arena numerous times and usually Eleven Point Five came out the victor. It was expected that Eleven Point Five would advance to World Finals, but it wasn't meant to be. MetaMercs played well and took away the spot at Oculus Connect 5 when they scored the winning goal with only two seconds left on the clock for their third win in the best of 5 series.
— VR League (@VRChallenger) August 19, 2018
European League: Team Gravity and BLAST!
North American League: ec.LiP.se and MetaMercs
Where and when to watch?
Upcoming Broadcasts - All broadcasts begin at 10:00 PST/19:00 CEST unless otherwise noted
- September 1st - 2nd - Onward World Finals Invitational Qualifier
- September 8th - Road to OC5 Recap Show
- September 26th-27th - World Finals at Oculus Connect 5
- 11:30 PST/20:30 CEST
About the author
Sonya Haskins is better known among the gaming community by the username "hasko7." Although her version of "flat gaming" consists of cards and board games, she has extensive knowledge of VR esports and is an avid evangelist for virtual reality in general. Sonya lives with her husband and five children in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Tennessee.