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MRO: Battalion 1944 Interview - dOUBTFUL

Incoming is our final interview for the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open, with our final team being dOUBTFUL. What isn't a doubt, however, is the fact that they''re a top contender for the podium. Thus, we got in contact with GibsoNNN, the captain behind the squad, to learn more about the team's thoughts.  1.) Which was the best team you competed against during the group stage? Why? I'll have to agree with many of the other captains in saying that the best team my team has competed against was definitely Project Eversio. 2.) With that being said, which player/s specifically were simply a pain to play against? For me, in general, all on the same level of skill but reed is an exceptional player and we are looking forward to play against him again! Everyone is really showing up in this event.  3.) How far do you expect your team to travel in this competition? What placement are you aiming for? We are aiming to place 1st but that's every team's hope - naturally. Top 3 would be great, but first is that much sweeter with the recently announced bonus prize! 4.) Who do you think, if not your own team, is the best team playing at this event, the team to avoid in the bracket? In the limited time that Battalion 1944 has been out, preparation for the event has been incredibly event and is synonymous with performance at this point. With that being said, the best prepared team is Project Eversio and I would like to avoid them in the coming brackets. 5.) Describe the level of competition you’ve been encountering across the tournament. Did you expect such a level? On the whole, we experienced a high level of skill and strategies when it came against top teams like EvH and Eversio and we expected it.  6.) How has the experience been like to compete in the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open? I this competition in general - no serious complaints in specific. Personally, as a team captain, it's been an opportunity to build as a team - creating better communication skills and learning from other teams. 7.) The final question – do you have any suggestions you’d like to pass on the team at Gamers.com.mt for our future Battalion 1944 events to better the experience? In my opinion, I would highly recommend that the future will have more normal LAN competition unlike this one. In this situation, where we needed to play a lot of wars from home, other parts of life get in the way in terms of time and priority.  On the whole, looking back at all these 6 insightful interviews, it's been fantastic for everyone on the whole. We had the chance to make connections with the team captains and rack up some opinions. It's too bad that two teams in particular either didn't reply or make an effort to deliver proper answers. We hope that you've all enjoyed reading them and we look forward to doing this more often.  Our next interview will be external to the event, as we'll be contacting a personality well known to many Maltese gamers - and that's the only hint you'll be getting. 

Gamers.com.mt partners with Gallantry Events

Following our news update regarding Red Bull Malta sponsoring Project Eversio, we've got our own partnership news which we'd like to share with all of you. Gamers.com.mt continuously strives to organize and host the best LAN tournament conditions on the Maltese islands, by bumping of prize pools, competition, and standards in general. Making that next leap in quality is always quite daunting, yet our partnership with Gallantry Events will help us incredibly.  You're probably asking yourselves - who and what is Gallantry Events? They are not a local company, far from it actually, as they have a strong presence throughout Europe. Gallantry Events is an aspiring LAN hosting company dedicated to developing gaming communities worldwide. Much like us, they have a passion for nurturing esports within the proper and high-quality spaces it requires. In the short time that it's been operating, Battalion 1944 has been its main focus - another similarity it shares with us. Gallantry Events works through a primary non-profit basis to provide respectable prize pools for teams and organisations. Their team is built up of professionals in a diverse amount of fields - from casting to in-game editing.  Their next LAN will the be the Gallantry Budapest TUP LAN, from the 13th to the 15th of July. All the action will be of Battalion 1944 and will take place at the Infinity Esports Bar. All of their updates can be found at this website: https://eu.cybergamer.com/forums/thread/616638/1132-Gallantry-Budapest-TUP-LAN-13th-15th-July-Infinity-Esports-Bar-Battalion-1944/. Apart from the fact that it will host international and high-quality gameplay, there's another reason to be excited.  Thanks to our partnership, a spot for a Maltese team has been reserved alongside 3 invited teams and 8 other competing international teams into an online €1,000 tournament which will start in June. This spot will be provided to the winner of the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open - an added bonus for their efforts.  Watch as the competition escalates this weekend at the LAN event since only one team is earning the free pass. 

Project Eversio Supported by Red Bull

Awareness is everything when it comes to competitive gaming and for awareness, one needs a source of energy. Without a doubt, Red Bull is one of our top picks when it comes to boosting your energy levels, with Red Bull being one of our partners. Recently, they've decided to start supporting Project Eversio too; more details before.  Red Bull has always been fascinated and extremely interested in competitive gaming, esports, while remaining involved in sports too. Their branch in Malta is no exception, and it's no surprise to see why they've decided to support Project Eversio - one of the largest names in the local esports. We're sure that the organization is simply ecstatic with this recent support.  Apart from the organisation benefitting from their products, Project Eversio will also benefit from some financial support based on several incentives. In return, Eversio will be providing brand awareness by spreading knowledge of Red Bull's updates and other details as a transnational company which is doing extremely well for itself.  From our own personal experience, working with Red Bull, we can confidently say that they are an incredibly sound support that provides high-quality materials and is passionate about esports. Project Eversio have a great year ahead of them.  Gamers.com.mt is always pleased to witness further support and partnership being created within the Maltese Gaming Industry, because like that, everybody benefits from a higher quality of competition and standards. We wish the best of luck to the two entities involved.  Speaking of Red Bull, we have our own personal details which are quite excited in themselves. Stay tuned to make sure you don't miss a thing.

MRO: Battalion 1944 Interview - Anarchy

Pulling through with a first-place finish in Group B, Anarchy are perhaps a surprise at this stage. Beating out the well-established names of Ephica and Pardigm6, they only faltered once with a single loss. They're looking great in the bracket stage, and I expect them to make it to the LAN portion of the event. Like all the other teams, we interviewed their team captain of Bajju Aquilina who is captaining the squad. Let's hear his thoughts.  1.) Which was the best team you competed against during the group stage? Why? We had some close games with all teams but Epicha managed to grab a map against us so in my opinion they where more prepared than the other 2 teams. We look forward to matching up against them in the bracket further down the line.  2.) With that being said, which player/s specifically were simply a pain to play against? Darkiee was playing out of his mind against us so I'm inclined to pick him, a great player with a great shot. 3.) How far do you expect your team to travel in this competition? What placement are you aiming for? When I had formed this team for specifically for Battalion 1944, earlier in the year, my main aim has always been to achieve 1st Place. Finishing lower than that is simply unacceptable - we've got a high standard which we'd like to maintain and prove. 4.) Who do you think, if not your own team, is the best team playing at this event, the team to avoid in the bracket? As the groups have gone by, Project Eversio is a name which springs to mind. It seems that they are the team to beat, even though you have to take the results in the group stages with a pinch of salt. This is because many teams tend to save their best for later into the tournament, where the stakes escalate.  5.) Describe the level of competition you’ve been encountering across the tournament. Did you expect such a level? Well, I was already quite familiar with many of my competitors in all of the other teams following many years of competition. Overall, I was expecting this kind of challenge, improving on that from Call of Duty 2. 6.) How has the experience been like to compete in the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open? We as a team are enjoying our time playing in MRO and we hope the Offline event would be as smooth as the online expirence was. Content and excited to move on. 7.) The final question – do you have any suggestions you’d like to pass on the team at Gamers.com.mt for our future Battalion 1944 events to better the experience? As I stated earlier, this event is going very well. Our team would love more of the same in the future. It seems that Anarchy is enjoying the competition - why wouldn't they when they've been playing so well as a team? As we heard in our interview with Paradigm6, here, they were adamant about the team's preparation.  We've got two teams left to interview before the LAN event this weekend. See you there!

MRO: Battalion 1944 Interview - Paradigm6

Paradigm6, one of the best teams from last year's nostalgic competition, was one of the selected teams interviewed to provide early feedback on the release of Battalion 1944. Maintaining the classic mechanics and atmosphere of COD2 while challenging the graphics and pacing, Paradigm6 look to continue their dominance in 2018. Let's see how the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open has been treating them, through their captain of JeFf Spiteri. 1.) Which was the best team you competed against during the group stage? Why? The best team that we played against in the group stage and gave us very hard time was Anarchy. Honestly, we weren’t prepared for them. At the very start of the game, it was clear to us that Anarchy got really prepared for this tournament and dedicated time for tactics, unlike us. Therefore overall they were in a better position. 2.) With that being said, which player/s specifically were simply a pain to play against? I don’t recall having a hard time against a specific player. It was a team effort, and Anarchy just performed well as a team. A game such as Battalion 1944 puts a strong emphasis on team play.  3.) How far do you expect your team to travel in this competition? What placement are you aiming for? We are obviously aiming for first place. The group stages came a bit early for us, we had several people out on vacation at that time, and therefore didn’t have much time to train with each other, hence the poor results in the group stages. However, this does not mean that we are giving up, far from it. This means that we need to train more in order to gain back the reputation that Paradigm6 always had. 4.) Who do you think, if not your own team, is the best team playing at this event, the team to avoid in the bracket? To be honest with you, there is no specific team that I can consider THE best team. This game is different than any other game that I have ever played, and everyone seems to be on the same boat. It will take more competition and time to find out who is truly on top. 5.) Describe the level of competition you’ve been encountering across the tournament. Did you expect such a level? Not at all. I wasn’t expecting it, especially from Anarchy. This tournament is going to be fun because every team has a chance to win the tournament! We've experienced a great overall level of competition thus far.   6.) How has the experience been like to compete in the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open? As such the overall experience is good, however, I have just realized how difficult it is to schedule an online game between different teams, due to work and other life commitments. An offline event during a weekend is much easier to plan out! 7.) The final question – do you have any suggestions you’d like to pass on the team at Gamers.com.mt for our future Battalion 1944 events to better the experience? I would like the team at Gamers.com.mt to host more offline events in the future, instead of online. In my opinion online events, if not 1 day cups, are a bit difficult to organise, and a hurdle for the teams itself. It seems that Paradigm6 were unprepared as a team for the online group stages - that explains why they didn't achieve the greatest seed for the bracket. Online events, even though this event is partially online, are common in the international scene and do require an intense amount of scheduling - trust us, we would know. Of course, complete LAN tournaments allow for a better connection and accessibility, though through Online play it's easier to play out multiple matches quickly.  Also referred to in the interview is the legacy of Paradigm6. Commanding a top-dog role last year, with the return of COD2, this new title of Battalion 1944 is right in their alley and they look to continue on this run. Let's see what they can pull off this event.  Overall, a great response out of the captain - we tremendously value all of the feedback.  Update - Paradigm6 have successfully beaten dOUBTFUL Gaming in the bracket to advance to the Winners' Semi-Final against Anarchy! Perhaps this time around, Paradigm6 have something up their sleeve. 

FIFA 18 PS4 Tournament in aid of the Costa Foundation

Every now and then, it’s only right to give something back to those who are in need. “Children everywhere deserve the right to learn” – that’s the motto of the Costa Foundation, which aims to educate and nurture the lives of young children in worse of societies. Gamers.com.mt has thus decided to work alongside Costa Coffee in aid of this cause – while also having a great time playing some FIFA 18 in the meantime. All the details are below. A month from now, on the 19th May, all the enjoyable gaming action will go down at the Costa Coffee outlet in Balzan. The FIFA tournament, while be taking the format of Group Stages followed by a Single Elimination Bracket. With €750 up for grabs and trophies for all the podium finishes, there’s a lot to play for apart from the cause. That being said, part of the ticket price of €20 per person will obviously be going towards the cause. Perhaps you aren’t the most talented FIFA player but you’d like to donate anyway – then we suggest that you visit their website to give a private donation here: https://www.costafoundation.com/. As of right now, the Costa Foundation has built up a whopping total of 587 classrooms in 10 different countries, while constructing schools, furnishing buildings, water supplies, providing electricity and computers alongside assisting teacher accommodation and agricultural situations. This what all donations will be used for and every single one is potentially life-changing. Meanwhile, Costa Coffee Malta requires no introduction as it’s grown incredibly these past 6 years. With outlets at the airport, Marsaxlokk, Valletta, Sliema, St. Julian’s, Mosta and many more to come! They’ve chosen to work with us, Gamers.com.mt, as they found us to be professional, trustworthy and simply the only name to contact to organize high-quality competitive gaming on the island. For the event, to add even more, we’ll also be working GameBreaker, “where gamers matter most”. We’ve decided to partner with them to further increase and ensure the quality of the overall tournament. GameBreaker is a retailer for games across multiple platforms, whose website you can visit right here: http://www.gamebreakermalta.com. With a mutual desire to help those in need, we’re glad to have them on board. For more information please visit the tournament page on - http://www.gamers.com.mt/tournament/119/fifa-18-ps4-tournament-in-aid-of-the-costa-foundation

MRO: Battalion 1944 Interview - EvH

Captaining the Battalion 1944 for EvH is none other than Mike "z4mbu" Saliba, an experienced veteran who has floated around many titles successfully throughout the years in the local scenes. Naturally, we decided to interview him to gain his insights regarding how the event is developing for him and his squad.  1.) Which was the best team you competed against during the group stage? Why? Even though Doubtful were a pain in the behind, I'll have to go with Project Eversio. The way their team executed their strategies, felt that they were perfectly in sync from their executions and plays - a deadly synergy.  2.) With that being said, which player/s specifically were simply a pain to play against? At this stage, it is difficult to tell since we only confronted our opponents once in this tournament for 2 maps. However having said that, I'll have to choose R1k, PK and Ascolese from Project Eversio at this stage of the tournament. GibsoNNN from dOUBTFUL also seemed to be on shape on their home map. 3.) How far do you expect your team to travel in this competition? What placement are you aiming for? As a team, we always aim to reach the final stages and ultimately win. Considering that the other teams are in shape and well prepared, we know that it's going to be tough. As always, we are definitely going to strive for the best results possible. 4.) Who do you think, if not your own team, is the best team playing at this event, the team to avoid in the bracket? Since the other group was pretty balanced and the teams were on the same level, I cannot determine which teams to particularly avoid. In light of both Project Eversio and Anarchy placing first in their groups, I'll say that they are the ones to look out for. 5.) Describe the level of competition you’ve been encountering across the tournament. Did you expect such a level? The level encountered was relatively good and it met our expectations. Considering that the game was recently released, those who invested their time properly were evidently on top of their game. 6.) How has the experience been like to compete in the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open? Although the structure of this LAN is different to the others we usually compete in, overall it has been a positive experience. The fact that the times were flexible, played an important role in attracting teams to participate. 7.) The final question – do you have any suggestions you’d like to pass on the team at Gamers.com.mt for our future Battalion 1944 events to better the experience? Gamers.com.mt choosing Battalion 1944 as their title in the MRO, is already a good sign that they are giving importance to this game. Considering that there are already 8 teams willing to compete, I'm sure that they are aware that this is a considerable amount of teams locally nowadays. The only thing I can suggest is that they find the best ways to maintain a healthy community and keep the activity going by announcing future events for this title. Some great thoughts out of the EvH captain. Again, we see another team admit to Project Eversio's current prowess at the title, though we'll have to see how they stand as we proceed further into the bracket. Things are really spicing up as we progress towards the main LAN event.  Regarding future interviews, we'd like to inform everyone that not every team will have their captain's answers shared publically. The reasons for this are simple: some answers were extremely dissatisfying with a range of a couple of words and are simply not fit for content. Here at Gamers.com.mt, we try to hold a certain standard with our news department, including myself personally, and kindly refuse to publish poor answers. We hope you understand. Of course, this is the minority.  Tune in for more interviews later on this week, even though teams may have already left the tournament by then. 

Esports Events to Watch This Weekend - 13-15th April

Just like last week, we'll be bringing you some recommendations regarding esports events to watch for the weekend. Needless to say, the best way to enjoy these events is through Time to Eat, the only place to call when you're looking for a quick meal. Without further ado, let's dig right into Sadly, however, this week is rather scarce regarding esports events.  London Games Festival 2018 Not pertaining to any certain esports, the London Games Festival has been celebrating gaming in general in all aspects of it; by displaying new technologies, titles and community projects. Having started on the 5th of April, the whole event will be drawing to a conclusion this Sunday on the 15th April. A recommended event if you're interested in modern developments regarding gaming in general.  Dreamhack Masters Marseille Although not this weekend, but early next week, CS:GO enthusiasts have an incredible event to look forward to. Starting out on the 18th April, it will keep on going until the 22nd of April, which is next Friday. 16 of the best CS:GO teams in the world will go head to head for the majority of a $250,000 prize pool. To take place in the heart of France, the international event will be broadcasted to all online. Unlike other CS:GO events, Dreamhack tends to have slightly different rule sets and it's quite refreshing to watch.  Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 - Street Fighter V For those enthusiastic about fighting games, there's something to look forward to. For the third season in a row, the Elite Series will bring top-tier SFV action only, with other fighter titles not involved. Title holders of Team Envy will be looking to hold their title against other organisations such as UNILAD, Fnatic and Hashtag looking to win. Competitive Street Fighter V is extremely fast-paced and over quickly, great for a quick meal.  If you'd like to learn more about Time to Eat, you can visit their page here: here. You may also download their app from the appstore to learn more and order straight from there. 

MRO: Battalion 1944 Interview - Ephica

Moving on with our interviews for the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open, we've got Ephica's team captain Kurt "Prime"  Aquilina and his replies to the same set of questions we asked Marco "PK" Bugeja here. Let's see what Ephica's mindest looks like in the competition as of this moment.  1.) Which was the best team you competed against during the group stage? Why? Team Anarchy; because of their slow playstyle, which makes it quite difficult to assume timings since they don't move until the last few seconds. This passive playstyle is definitely not the easiest to adapt to mid-game.  2.) With that being said, which player/s specifically were simply a pain to play against? Alongside the slow playstyle which I mentioned earlier, the fact that Najju from Team Anarchy was deadly Kar98k didn't make it any easier for us.  3.) How far do you expect your team to travel in this competition? What placement are you aiming for Our bottom-line expectation is to place within the top 4 though we are currently giving it our all to try to maximise our potential by reaching the Final and winning the whole thing. This isn't going to be easy though.  4.) Who do you think, if not your own team, is the best team playing at this event, the team to avoid in the bracket? Considering their impressive streak, I would say that Project Eversio is going all the way and for that reason they're the team we wish to avoid for as long as possible. Should we defeat EvH next Saturday, we will have to face Project Eversio next week in the semi-final winner bracket since they won against Delixx. It will be one incredible match-up. 5.) Describe the level of competition you’ve been encountering across the tournament. Did you expect such a level? We had quite a pretty balanced group - to tell you the truth we expected to place 1st in the Group but the teams stepped up to the challenge and gave us a run for our money. It seems that we didn't adapt quickly enough to their playstyle since they local teams compete quite differently compared to the foreign teams we often scrim against. 6.) How has the experience been like to compete in the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open? It was quite a pleasant experience since it was the first opportunity of the year to compete against local teams in this brand new title. As mentioned before, we scrimmed many foreign teams but the level of gameplay and playstyle is quite different. Hopefully enough we will continue to adapt to their playstyle in order to give it all our best to reach the Grand Final. 7.) The final question – do you have any suggestions you’d like to pass on the team at Gamers.com.mt for our future Battalion 1944 events to better the experience It's quite a tricky question since as Ephica's Captain and as the Community and Events Director with Gamers.com.mt I always try my best to give a pleasant experience to all teams. I asked my teammates for backup regarding this one and their answers were similar to mine in that it was quite a pleasant one. Hopefully enough the game will pick up the pace internationally so we can continue hosting Battalion 1944 tournaments. It looks like Ephica wasn't expecting such tight competition during these weeks of Battalion 1944. However, they managed to bounce back, though they've got quite a tough match-up against the likes of EvH who finished third in their group with almost exact points as Doubtful. It's a match-up to look forward to on the live broadcast.

MRO: Battalion 1944 Interview - Project Eversio

Our first interview, out of a potential 8 from the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open, is that with Project Eversio. Having a strong performance out of the Group Stage, finishing 1st in their respective group and tallying the most score overall, the confidence and morale are on a high. Let's see what Team Captain Marco "PK" Bugeja answered our questions. 1.) Which was the best team you competed against during the group stage? Why? Although dOUBTFUL managed to take a draw on the map we played with them; both EvH and dOUBFTUL felt on the same level. Looking back at the numbers, since they got a higher overall score I would go with doubtful as the best team that we've matched up against.  2.) With that being said, which player/s specifically were simply a pain to play against? Zambu from EVH felt lethal at close range while kd4 from doubtful is a good rifler, especially with the kar98. Both players originate from two of our toughest competitors, and we look forward to matching up in the bracket stage.  3.) How far do you expect your team to travel in this competition? What placement are you aiming for? Project Eversio's eternal aim as an esports organization is to be the best on the island - and as the captain of the Battalion 1944 team, my aim couldn't be more similar. I've been a part of Project Eversio for over 10 years now and we've never been satisfied with any placing below first, and that's where we're headed.  4.) Who do you think, if not your own team, is the best team playing at this event, the team to avoid in the bracket?  I'm confident enough to assure myself that we are on top, not by far though. Overall, we're ready to confront and beat any team that falls in our path.  5.) Describe the level of competition you’ve been encountering across the tournament. Did you expect such a level? As I said in the 1st question, both EvH and dOUBFTUL fell on the same level of competition and the two put us in our paces on certain maps, especially dOUBTFUL on their home map. On the other hand, Anoxia felt more like a casual team who are competing for fun. All in all, there is a good competition between 6 teams.  6.) How has the experience been like to compete in the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open? Nothing to complain from our end. Organised enough to be on par with small foreign organizers or better. A plus for this event was flexible times, at least for the Group Stage. 7.) The final question – do you have any suggestions you’d like to pass on the team at Gamers.com.mt for our future Battalion 1944 events to better the experience? Not really. My only hope is that battalion remains healthy both locally and foreign which sadly looks a bit shaky as of right now. Some great replies out of PK there. These interviews serve as an intermediate to help us understand the competition and the community of professional competitors in Malta, specifically for this event. Look out for interviews with all the other teams, should everything go to plan. Of course, these interviews are in no deliberate order, only published in accordance with how quickly the captains replied.  Stay geared for more interviews!

The ESPORTSBETTING.COM Launch Invitational presented by Gamers.com.mt

It's one of those many times every year when we've got to snap out of the holiday season and get back to work, some of the worst parts of the year. However, we've got some epic news which will surely cheer you up in this time of recovery. Gamers.com.mt would like to announce the esportsbetting.com launch invitational! We've got an incredible amount of information to share, so don't go anywhere.  Let's start with the basics - what's to occur? For the staggering $10,000 prize pool that's been set up, we've decided to ramp things up a bit, and by a bit I mean a lot. We've decided to branch out internationally and thus, we'll be having 8 of the best CS:GO teams in the world competing as of 17th April. Such world-class competition is only fit for such a prize pool and we cannot wait for the high-quality gameplay that they will bring to the table. Below is a list of the teams with their respective rosters:  Team LDLC: Maniac, tou1nou, ALEX, DEVIL, LOGAN Quantum Bellator Fire: balblna, jmqa, Kvik, waterfaLLZ, Boombl4 Avangar:  Ramzik, buster, KrizzeN, qikert, dimasick Team Spirit: DavCost, Dima, S0tF1k, COLDYY1, somediey Fragsters: Bubski, refrezh, dragonfly, torben, stavn Alternate aTTaX: syrsoN, HUNDEN, stFN, ecfN, k1to Extatus:  queztone, ZEDKO, DEV7L, frozen, MonttY Fnatic Academy:  Meddo, ec1s, MaTaFe, CaNNie, AlekS These invited teams will all be going head-to-head across a total of 2 weeks and a little more up to 6th May, with all the content available online through live broadcasting and coverage. Speaking of which, we partnered with 2 professional studios to ensure the highest quality broadcast possible. More specific information such as groups and bracket stages will be revealed at a later stage.  Why is this Invitational occurring? As you may assume, the Invitational is taking place in celebration of the new bookmaker in the esports gambling industry of esportsbetting.com. They've decided to kick it off their journey with a bang through this event, which we are excited to present to you. If you're curious to learn more about the new bookmaker, we recommend you visit their website here: https://esportsbetting.com/ Of course, like any other event, sponsors are supporting the proceedings as much as they can. The featured sponsors for this event are esportsbetting.com , Aliquantum Gaming, The Gamers Lounge and Gaming Malta. Tournament link http://www.gamers.com.mt/tournament/118/the-esportsbetting-com-launch-invitational

Group Stage Concluded for the MRO Battalion 1944: Open

After these past two weeks of online competition between Malta's best Battalion 1944 roster, it seems that we're ready to dive right into the brackets. Before we do that, however, let's take a step back and look at how the tournament is going so far. Plenty of surprises and fantastic games have already played out, and we haven't even reached the LAN portion yet! Below is how Groups A and B concluded with the last games finishing on 5th April.  Both of these sets of results were taken from our event page here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/event/17/the-mro-battalion-1944-open, a page we recommend you check out to stay up to date on the proceedings. Straight off the bat, we've got to take a look at Group B - nobody expected Anarchy to come out on top, but just like I said in our preface article, we cannot really predict anything for a brand new game. Anarchy managed to beat out Ephica by one win; an Ephica who seem on form and eager for the podium. Meanwhile, we can observe an underperforming Paradigm6 who held on to their single victory to tie for last with Delixx, both teams will need to step it up for the next stage. It seems that Ephica is dominating the rivalry between Paradigm6 and themselves, though there is still much Battalion 1944 to be played.  If you thought Anarchy were playing well, think again. In group A, the boys in light blue of Project Eversio have soared to the top with a flawless performance stained with a single draw. Project Eversio collected the most points out of both groups. Group A also had some very strong contention mid-group, with EvH and dOUBTFUL Gaming at each other's throats - dOUBTFUL edging out thanks to their draw. These two teams also scored highly, with 10 and 9 points respectively; this is due to the underperformance from Anoxia. This is quite the understatement. With no wins or draws, Anoxia have had no presence at all in this event so far, giving away series to be the lowest scoring team. If there's anytime to start winning, it's now. So what happens next? With the placements from the groups ready, seeds have been drawn into a double elimination bracket. The first round of matches will go accordingly: Eversio vs Delixx Ephica vs EvH Anarchy vs Anoxia dOUBTFUL vs Paradigm6 These teams have been battling it out in the group stage as to have the easiest first round possible, as exemplified by Anarchy's matchup against Anoxia. It's those 2nd vs 3rd matches which will really get the fire going in this tournament. Will Ephica beat out EvH? Does Paradigm6 have what it takes to win against dOUBTFUL?  Rocking a best of 3 format and a map style of MR12, these initial bracket matches will be played online between Monday 9th and Thursday 12th April and will be streamed on our Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/gmr_tv. To find out when your favourite match plays, head on out to our event page where all the details lie waiting - http://www.gamers.com.mt/tournament/116/stage/3/brackets. This event is really shaping up to be one hell of a competition. Share your thoughts below in the comments section. Be sure to keep up to date with more news on the way.

Esports Events to Watch This Weekend - 6-8th April

Another week of work draws to an end, finally, and it's time to enjoy your favourite esports with some events taking place this weekend. So lay back, order some food with the least amount of effort possible thanks to Time to Eat and check out this short list we have below of events that we recommend to check out while you're laid back.    Overwatch League Stage 3 - Week 1 Catch up on the rest of the third week of the exciting Overwatch League with a total of 6 high-stake matchups to conclude over the 6th and 7th of April, with the below matches:  Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Dallas Fuel Los Angeles Valiant vs. Shanghai Dragons Seoul Dynasty vs. San Francisco Shock Florida Mayhem vs. Philadelphia Fusion Houston Outlaws vs. Boston Uprising New York Excelsior vs. London Spitfire Definitely some games you cannot miss if Overwatch is your favourite esport.    Call of Duty Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs After last weekend's action at CWL Birmingham, the best 8 teams in Call of Duty have qaulified in order to compete at Colombus for a total of $500,000 and the right to claim dominance over the scene. The scene has never been as competitive as it is now and we even covered the event in-depth right here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/739/the-cwl-pro-league-stage-one-playoffs-prologue. Not the most amount of matches but they will simply be the highest quality of Call of Duty available.    Dota 2 Asia Championship 2018 Concludes Dota 2's Perfect World event, the first one of the year, which has been going on since March 30th, will draw to a conclusion this weekend on April 7th. This Major tournament has captivated the community and it's definitely worth a watch if you look forward to getting better at Dota 2 in the future.  Don't forget to enjoy the mentioned events with an immediate service from Time to Eat. That's the only way to watch these events properly. Following our new sponsorship with Time to Eat, you can all look forward to this weekly update from now on!

The CWL Pro League Stage One Playoffs Prologue

After a week of going over CWL Birmingham which occurred last weekend, it seems that the Call of Duty community cannot have enough at the moment. A few key observations  from the event were the  new-born Splyce, a fumbling Rise Nation, an incredible crowd and a weakened FaZe Clan. Many of the teams who took part in the European event have made their way back to Colombus, where the eight best teams in the world will take part in Playoffs to compete for $500,000 and the pride of being the best in the world.  Of course, this is not a normal Open event as there is no Open Bracket or any form of access other than qualifying through the Pro League. The most notable teams which didn't make the cut are probably Evil Geniuses and Splyce - it would have been exciting to see Splyce continue on their form from Birmingham. The event begins straight away with the Winners Bracket - not many games will be played though it's still spread over the entire weekend. Below are the matchups for Day 1.  The match-ups were drawn depending on the team's position at the end of the Pro League, with the 1st seed benefitting from placing against a lower placed team. All of these games have so much room for discussion. We'll use these games to discuss the teams.  First off, I cannot wait for Rise Nation vs eUnited; last time this occurred TJHaly was buried alive by an unholy turn-on from the ruthless Clayster to close out the series on SnD. The veteran was fired up and it was due to losses like these that made Rise Nation fail to keep their No. 1 position in CoD at the moment last weekend. Going back into this, it's sure to say that TJHaly wants blood, seeking vengeance. However, if eUnited play like they did last weekend, the event could start with quite a shocking result indeed. Rise Nation is still one of the favourites to win, of course, but it's possible that they lose to a team that they have done so before. eUnited remain underdogs for the event on the whole, though they can really pick it up with a little bit of hype. Luminosity and Red Reserve is another interesting one, though it's a bit far-fetched to say that Red Reserve will take this one. Luminosity Gaming has looked dominant recently as they put up a clinic in Europe last weekend to win the whole event, while Red Reserve packed their bags into Losers Round 2, barely keeping up with expectations. At one point this year, Red Reserve was the 2nd best team in the scene, though if they play like last weekend, this early matchup is looking dim for them. Of course, Red Reserve is no stranger to the Losers' Bracket and often prevail here. Luminosity Gaming will be looking to retain their dominance and win the whole thing.  It's always great to see the E-Classico waiting to be played out in the Winners Bracket - Optic vs Envy looks to be tight. Both the teams have been rather inconsistent lately with the Greenwall carrying out a role switch very recently and just before Birmingham while Team Envy seems to be too dependant on the hard-carry that is Slasher. If Optic Gaming have gotten enough practice with their new format, with which they won Champs last year, then I see them taking the series. Last weekend we already got glimpses of Scump and Formal returning to form as the best in their class while Crimsix remains dominant as ever - not having won an event all year yet, this is where Optic Gaming need to show up. However, if Team Envy's Classic and Temp decide to help out their teammates a little bit more than this will be simply too close to call.  Last weekend, both TK and Faze were kicked out on the back of losses to Open Bracket teams. Overall, the two are cases of disappointment. TK remains haunted by the Maven curse as they struggle to get anywhere near the podium like they had earlier this year - will they finally wake up or are they doomed for the rest of the year?  Faze on the other hand, have been performing slightly better, with some average placement. They've got the potential, though this may forever remain potential unless they can get things done as a team. Recently, it was found out that Faze, one of the biggest names in Call of Duty, hasn't won a championship in around 400 days(AW). With this shocking news, Faze has a lot to do this coming event.  These Playoffs are to go exactly as planned - placing the very best 8 teams in the world in a huge venue and a large prize pool so that we can all find out who the best team in the world really is. With what's happened until now and what's to come, it's safe to say that this year of Call of Duty is probably going to be remembered as one of the most competitive years ever - and we're loving it. 

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