The MESF 2019 - COD:MW EEG 3.0 Starts Tomorrow! Here's all you need to know.

December 13th, 2019 marks the official kickoff of the 7th edition of the Malta Esports Festival. This year, 24 European teams will be competing in a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare tournament with a grand prize of 5,000 Euros. Best of 3 Group stage starts on Friday, where six groups of four each will battle it out on PS4. The top two teams will immediately advance to the bracket stage (best of five), and third place in groups will be moved to a single-elimination bracket that will be played on Sunday (also best of five).

The tournament will be held at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC). Doors open at 10:30 am on all three days and games will be played almost all day, all weekend.

Now Let's Talk Teams

Below you find a list of all the teams competing at the COD MW The Malta Esports Festival 2019 - EEG Malta 3.0.

The Malta Esports Festival 2019 EEG 3.0 Participants

Assessing the Situation

On December 8th, when the seeding for the tournament took place, we have to say that Electrify completely dominated the competition. Out of the five matches in the seeding tournament, they only lost FOUR maps to opponents in the whole tournament and swept their opponents in both the semi-finals and the finals. If Electrify plays in the tournament as they did in seeding they might just walk away with the grand prize.

That is not to say that the competition is lax, either. Team ETERNAL from Spain is also looking very good, dropping the same number of maps as Electrify did, except for the finals in which Electrify swept ETERNAL. ETERNAL ended up shutting down team Luxor, who before that match in the semi-finals had not dropped a single map to an opponent (We must add that Luxor did not have a single map win against ETERNAL).

For the simple fact that Electrify and ETERNAL both put on such a show against the competition, we would not be surprised to see both of them in the finals on Sunday. Seeing these two teams in an all-out brawl for 3500 Euros is sure to be a spectacle that everyone wants to see.

With that being said, we would love to see an underdog Cinderella story this weekend. Nothing celebrates esports more than a ragtag team of gamers making it all the way to the top.

For Those Who Are On the Couch

Can’t make it to Malta this weekend? Fear not, all games will be streamed right to your computer so that you don’t miss out on a second of the action here. On a final note, you can get all of the information that you need right here on our website.

Come celebrate esports with us, and we hope to see you in the stream chat!

Posted by Michele Schembri on 12th December 2019, 20:44

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Wrapping Up MESF COD:MW EEG 3.0 - Black Claw Takes The Cup

At the time that this article is being written, the trophy has already been handed out, the MVP has been crowned, and losers are packing up and getting ready to head home. The thing is that no one expected these teams to look so dominant, especially against the high tier competition. Black Claw Clawing Their Way to Finals In group stages, we saw Black Claw play xLynx and Luxor, and they 2-0’d both of them like it was a walk in the park, which is definitely a far cry from how they looked in the seeding tournament, getting 3-0’d by Luxor in the first round. Right off the bat in the bracket stage, we saw Black Claw play FTW, which later turned out to be the grand finals matchup. Here, Black Claw outclassed FTW, even 6-0’ing them on the 2nd map, Search and Destroy on Gun Runner. From here Black Claw moved up to play Electrify, who won the seeding tournament and that had been looking pretty good in the group stages. 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At this point in the tournament, they were forced to play Electrify, who after losing to Black Claw had come down to the losers bracket to make another attempt at the finals. I could not believe my eyes, but lo and behold I watched FTW beat Electrify in a match that ended up being 2-1. After playing Electrify, it was not long until they had to play Eternal, who After losing to Black Claw was forced to play FTW to see who was going to go to the main stage to play in the Grand Finals. After coming off a relatively close victory against Electrify, I was sure that FTW was going to lose. But then they didn’t. In a best of five, FTW led the charge winning the match 3-0. They were going to get a chance to return to the finals and play Black Claw, who had sent them to the losers bracket in the first place. The Comeback That Almost Was Right off the bat in the finals, it is a Gun Runner Hardpoint. The first half had Black Claw and FTW evenly trading kills and keeping the game close. 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MESF 2019 COD:MW EEG 3.0 - Day 1 Recap, Top Plays & Day 2 Expectations

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