EU Teams Advance to VR League Season 3 Finals

EU Teams Advance to VR League Season 3 Finals

As European closed qualifiers came to an end this past weekend, the final teams secured spots to compete in Echo Arena, Echo Combat, Onward, or Space Junkies at the VR League Season 3 Grand Finals in Leicester, UK on June 8-9. With a total prize pool of $250,000, we've seen an increase in the number of players as well as the intensity of gameplay, providing some of the best matches we've seen all season.

ECHO COMBAT

In the European circuit of Ready At Dawn's Echo Combat, Team Gravity came into the closed qualifiers with top seed after an impressive season in which they claimed the number one spot in all weekly cups except for week 5, when Blerst! took that from them. Several fantastic teams from Europe chased Team Gravity's heels all season, but Blerst! gave them the most challenge and this would be the case again during closed qualifiers.

At the beginning of the day, Team Gravity and Blerst! knocked Spastic Crabs and Floaters Unite to the lower bracket, then faced each other. Blerst! put up a great fight, almost taking the best of 5 series, but ultimately Team Gravity won by a fine margin, bumping Blerst! down into the lower bracket as well.

Ultimately it didn't matter because Blerst! defeated Floaters Unite 3-0 in the lower bracket final and went back to face Team Gravity once again. This time Blerst! was ready for the challenge and resulted in some of the best matches we've seen in Combat this season as the two teams battled it out for top seeding.

Gravity took the initial map (Fission) in the best of 3 series to determine seeing at grand finals, but then Blerst! came back to take Dyson, moving them into a third and final map. The excitement was palpable as the teams fought to gain control of the point in Combustion, but Blerst! was having an exceptional day and they managed to earn top seed for EU.

The top EU position for Blerst! means that for their first round at grand finals they won't have to face VRespawn, widely considered to be the world's top Combat team at the moment.

Echo Combat Teams Advancing to Finals:

SPACE JUNKIES

Ubisoft's Space Junkies is a low-gravity first-person shooter set in hostile space where players must fight for resources and gain control of Orbital Arenas. This is Space Junkies' first season in the VR League and the two-person teams fought for supremacy of those Orenas during the group stage and playoffs, eager for cash prizes and bragging rights as the first VRL world champions.

The top eight teams from Europe participated in playoffs. Team Gravity and Where's my Waifu advanced to the upper final, knocking all the other teams down to the lower bracket. Team Gravity then bumped Where's my Waifu to the lower bracket with a 3-0 win in a best of 5.

In the lower bracket, teams were trying to make it to the lower bracket final to face Where's my Waifu. This would give them one last opportunity to win a trip to finals or be eliminated from the competition.

During semifinals, The Leftovers had been pushed down to the lower bracket by Team Gravity. They worked their way back up through the lower bracket, defeating first New Team and then La Space 6ft 95, although that was a close call with a final score of 2-1 in the best of 3 series. They didn't let this deter them. The Leftovers rallied and took the lower final away from Where's my Waifu 3-0.

When The Leftovers faced Team Gravity again in the grand final bracket to determine seeing, Gravity took the win 2-0, but this did dampen The Leftovers' spirits. Proper_D and MrRJGreen earned their invitations to Leicester and that's all that matters.

Space Junkies Teams Advancing to Finals:

ECHO ARENA

Action continued to heat up on Sunday in the European qualifiers for Ready At Dawn's Echo Arena as we saw Ouroboros claim some spotlight. They had managed to keep up with the other top teams in Europe throughout season 3, but usually ended up around the third spot in weekly cups. For closed qualifiers, third wouldn't be enough to earn them an invitation to finals.

Team Gravity and EggBoyz, with 1st and 2nd seed respectively, bumped Smash Dash and Ouroboros into the lower bracket during the first round of the day. (Smash Dash had been added tournament after Team Laggity had to drop out.)

When Team Gravity faced EggBoyz in the upper bracket final, whether it was fatigue or other reasons, EggBoyz began to struggle and Team Gravity took a 3-1 win in the best of 5 format for that round.

EggBoyz' struggles continued when they faced Ouroboros in the lower final. They were favored to win based on their performance in weekly cups, but Ouroboros played incredibly well and Torin seemed to get into a positive groove, he was demonstrating Affenterror-type goal-keeping, and it was plays like this that changed the entire outcome of the series.

With the win over EggBoyz, Ouroboros secured their spot at finals. In order to avoid facing VRespawn Jokr, the number one seeded team from North America, however, they would need to defeat Team Gravity.

Ouroboros did just that in the first game and it appeared that they might even tie the second game, but Team Gravity seemed to find their own rhythm again and, not to be outdone with goalie skills, TutorialBot helped Gravity secure the better seeding with amazing saves like this. Check out how he head butts the disc with only 3 seconds left as Ouroboros tries to tie the game with a 3-pointer.

Echo Arena Teams Advancing to Finals:

ONWARD

Based on the season 3 format for Downpour Interactive's Onward, two teams secured spots during the North American closed qualifiers, one team would advance from European closed qualifiers, and one team would advance from the VR Master League Spring Championship.

Beginners, the VR League Season 2 champions, secured the Spring Championship title on May 25. Virtual reality esports is incredibly fun, but it can also be an exhausting experience. Tournaments last anywhere from 4-6 hours, especially when you add time for warm-up matches and, unlike traditional esports, VR players move a lot in real life. They can crouch, lie prone, turn around, jump, dodge, and more. With that said, Beginners had already played on Saturday in the VR Master League, and came back Sunday for a full-day of high level competition.

In the upper bracket, Beginners showed why they are the best team in Europe. They lost only one series map (to Silent Purge) throughout the day and Beginners secured their invitation to world finals.

Since Beginners had already taken the VR Master League Spring Championship, their "golden ticket" from that tournament was passed on to the second place team, BossFight!

Onward Teams Advancing to Finals:

UPCOMING EVENTS

It's time for the VR League Season 3 Grand Finals in Leicester, UK on June 8-9. Be sure to tune in on the VRL social media channels so you can see overlays of players in real life at the LAN event that's expected to have the best competition we've seen throughout the first few seasons of the VR League!

Also check out Twitter and Instagram for updates, highlights, and more. The VR League is powered by Oculus and ESL.

Sonya Haskins is better known among the gaming community by the username "hasko7." Sonya lives with her husband and five children in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Tennessee. 

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