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League of Legends at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017!

Gamers.com.mt is excited to announce the main game for the upcoming event, namely, the extremely awaited GO Malta eSports Festival 2017. The title will be a MOBA which has shook the competitive scene ever since its release and we've featured it in some of our previous events too. Of course, we're referring to League of Legends.  Needless to introduce, the title will find itself in its 13th Gamers.com.mt event! An unbelievable statistic which made sure this event would be no exception. Correspondingly, since it is the official centrepiece, the majority of the matches will be carried out on the mainstage, entertaining the hundreds of potential viewers. This is without including the countless others who'll be streaming our broadcast enthusiastically.  One reason why League of Legends finds itself in its position of attention is due to its age. Having gathered over eight years of competition, the possible strategies and choices are endless. This often follows trends which are spreading across current tournaments. For example, will teams attempt to pick less popular champions, choose unorthodox tactics or avoid adventuring from the norm? We're heart-racingly agitated to get some answers.  Focusing our gaze upon the local scene, there is only one question which springs to mind. Will EVH ever surrender their unbeaten winning performance? Will anybody dare challenge them? The Malta Cyber Series #3 saw a few close shaves but nobody managed to take it from them.  That's it regarding League of Legends. Remember to stay in tune to hear information about other games. Let's make this fun, as Warwick the Blood Hunter would say. 

Project Eversio Drop Overwatch Team

Last Saturday, on their official website, Project Eversio reluctantly dropped their Overwatch team for certain reasons. After sticking together for over a year, it wasn't their talent that led to this but external events which rocked the whole of the local scene. Read on as we discuss the news.  Local competitive enthusiasts know their names, but for those who don't, they're listed below:  Alan "Serenity" Ciantar  Clinton "Cin" Caruana  Cyril "Vortex" Coppini  Daniel "Deathrow" Gatt  Gary "R1k" Vella  Marco "PK" Bugeja  Matthew "Matli" Bajada  Scott "YumaDrebel" Vella  Wayne "Reed" Reed Collectively, this line-up stunned everyone with a second place finish at the Malta eSports Festival 2016 and also enjoyed third place finishes at the AOC Malta Cyber Series Masters and THE MRO: Overwatch Open. An impressive legacy along with the fact that they got involved internationally too.  The main reason why this had to end, according to Project Eversio's news post, was due to the following: As uncertainty about the Overwatch League hit the European competitive scene, teams in Malta disintegrated, leaving nothing in terms of a local scene. Although a few remain committed to Overwatch, most of our players have moved on, looking for next competitive title. The organisation definitely have a point, Overwatch is dying on the island and will likely not recover. Yet, the future remains bright for the mentioned professionals, who we'll surely see in future events in upcoming titles and perhaps older ones. Maybe we'll see them in action in The GO Malta eSports Festival which is coming up.  We wish all the players and the organisation itself luck for the future. 

Uplink To Return For Call of Duty:WWII

As the Call of Duty community waves goodbye to thrusters and exo-suits in the form of Infinite Warfare, many competitive enthusiasts are concerned regarding the game mode of Uplink. Created for Advanced Warfare, this fast-paced game type has won the crowd’s favour and therefore found itself in the next two jetpack titles. Activision has recognised this, boldly attempting to keep it alive for their newest title. However, they obviously had to change a few things. Starting from the name, “Gridiron”, which refers to the type of football primarily played in the United States. Everything has been re-created to make it “thematically appropriate for WWII”. Changes include a leather ball and a grounded goal in which one may throw or carry the objective. One thing which may not be so “appropriate” is the fact that extra armour is still given to the carrier. All the details were revealed as Reddit users dug through the PC files open to them due to the Open Beta this past weekend. Nothing has been officially announced by the publisher. Discussion time; will Gridiron make it into competitive? I’m really not sure. Past BOTG titles such as Black Ops 2 made use of Search and Destroy, Capture the Flag and Hardpoint only.  Ghosts included Domination too. What I think may dissuade professionals is the fact that it will definitely be much slower pace and much more difficult due to a lack of jump spots and sightlines. Also, without specialists or vertical movement, chokepoints and doorways will be impossible to pass. Yet, this does make way for an increased demand in teamwork and strategy. Apart from the Gridiron gamemode, the PC Open Beta has revealed a change in the map Aachen. Here’s what Michael Condrey, the chief operator of Sledgehammer Games, had to say: "We received a lot of insightful feedback, which we factored with our own internal data, all for the better. For example, we've modified the cross-lane sightlines for a more defined threat zone when approaching from either side of the map. We've also adjusted some of the entry and exit pathways to the primary engagement areas to avoid head glitch exploits that we identified during the beta." It’s great to see the publishers take such an initiative to patch things up, hopefully, they’ll keep this up throughout the year. Information regarding competitive modes and maps should be accompanying the release date, confirming whether Gridiron will have a place or not. If you've been playing the Open Beta during the weekend, tell us what you thought about the experience in the comments section below. 

Optic Gaming Steps into The Dota 2 Scene

One of the biggest names in esports, namely Optic Gaming, is making a confident step into MOBA territory in the form of Dota 2. Following their recent announcement regarding new ideas for Overwatch, this bit of news was a pleasant surprise for the organisation’s fans who’ve been waiting for this for some time. Read on as we discuss the details. The squad, constellated by seasoned professionals, has been in free agency for roughly 3 weeks. Optic Gaming saw their opportunity and seized it without hesitation. The names of Peter “ppd” Dager, Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg and Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen are just a few names which will be joining the Greenwall. It’s definitely a stacked roster, formerly known as The Dire. All players do have an established position in the scene, yet they’ve slacked when it comes to qualifications for upcoming tournaments. Continuing on that point is the fact that the European roster hasn’t been able to qualify for the Hamburg Major and PGL Minor, mainly due to time restrictions. Their first event in the green jersey will be at the Summit Dota 2 Minor in early December. The squad will need to prove themselves assertively, solidifying their place which is so probable on paper. As stated prior, the FPS-based organisation has only quite recently, taken a slot in Blizzard’s looming Overwatch League. Apart from that, there have been speculations of the thought of entering League of Legends. Nothing for certain until now, but it remains a possibility. Following a convincing victory at Call of Duty Championships this year, Optic Gaming are certainly feeling confident, with all this expansion emphasising this. Having COD WWII on the horizon, the future is looking brighter than ever for the Greenwall. How do you think this new squad will perform in the Dota 2 scene right now? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

An Introduction to The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

The local event you've been waiting for all year, The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017, is only weeks away and we're so excited to begin sharing some of the details. It's Malta's annual celebration of esports events, which will certainly live up to our reputation of organising high-quality tournaments.  With its early beginnings rooted all the way back in 2012, things have changed in the five years since. We'll be celebrating this anniversary, honoring it through the games that will be played. This will all be carried out in an arena of 1000 square metres, allowing space for over 200 participants with room for a little more. Speaking of participants, you have the choice of joining the PC gaming area, Console area or the Exhibitor stands if you fancy supporting. To boost up support and viewership, The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 will be open to the public.  For those who've probably raced down this article, desperately trying to find out what games will be played at this event, we've got some upsetting news. We'll be revealing each title seperately, so if you'd like to make sure that you don't miss anything, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter. What we can say about the games being played is that it will be a healthy mixture of classic and modern games across all platforms which will accomodate many different tastes.  The team at Gamers.com.mt has been working profusely all year round to ensure that this is our best event ever. We hope that your enthusiasm and involvement will help accomplish this too. Let's end 2017 with a bang!

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