Project Eversio Interview - A Year in Review Part 1

Project Eversio; one of the top local esports organisations which has taken its risks and boldly progressed, taking 2017 as a year of change. Also one of the oldest organisations on the island, dating back to 2017, has been meaning to reach out to them to fr a while now, providing the community with insight regarding how Project Eversio have been doing. We're happy to announce that we've done exactly that with this interview, answered by the core of the organisation. Being extremely enthusiastic to answer the questions, they really went into a fantastic amount of depth. Unfortunately, this does lead to a lengthy amount of words, which would result in quite a long read; which is why we've divided the coverage into two parts. Below are the first set of questions, highlighting the past and the present especially.  2007, a bunch of students and a love for Call of Duty 2. Give us an insight to the founding of Project Eversio and everything leading up to it. Highlight the main reason why you decided to start out and if you could, why ‘Project Eversio’? Project Eversio was founded by Neville 'Nev' Zammit and myself, Michele 'Mikk' Magro. We were two sixth-formers who both had already quite a long history in the local competitive scene. Back then, the local scene was already dominated by big names such as Team eXosphere, ephica, Xtreme Corpz, SAS Gaming and Team [email protected] For quite a while, Neville and myself also formed part of Malta's biggest, oldest and most storied multi-gaming clan: MEPA (Malta Elite Patriotic Army), but as the original founders of the latter organisation went inactive, we increasingly wanted to start off our own multi-gaming project, and chase our vision for a highly competitive esports organisation, with a professional demeanour and strong branding. After leaving MEPA, we actually started off a Call of Duty 2 team under a different name: elemeNt, but after a number of months, we opted to create an organisation which moved away from the traditional Maltese concept of focusing just on one game. We wanted to give other games, especially games that were also popular locally and abroad, the same limelight. Hence, when we founded the organisation back in 2007, we had squads for Call of Duty 2, Enemy Territory, FIFA and FEAR Combat. As for the name, we wanted something innovative, and memorable. Back in 2007, most esport organisations went by three letter abbreviations, followed by 'eSports' or 'Gaming'. We settled on finding something in Latin, to follow on the footsteps of the international greats such as Team Dignitas, and one of our Enemy Territory team members, Carl 'st4tic' Brincat, came up with 'Eversio', which means 'destruction'. The 'Project' prefix was added in order to be innovative and different to other organisations. We were very happy with the end result, as 'Project Eversio' signified our attempt at changing up the status quo in the local gaming scene, by destroying all our competition, and take the reigns away from the teams that dominated the local scene for so long. Together with the original founders, the management team now also includes our former CoD4 team captain, Matthew 'Metju' Barbara, gaming veteran Daniel 'Deathrow' Gatt, and more recently, Samuel Grech as an overall advisor, and Frank Sciberras as a graphic designer. Since then you’re now fielding teams in six different scenes, namely PUBG, CS:GO, Dota 2, Rocket League, Starcraft II and COD:WWII - describe the growth process which has taken place over these 10 years. Did you ever expect things to settle the way they have? To be honest, Project Eversio's momentum changed a lot over the past decade. We were very active between 2007 and 2010. We fielded teams for a large number of games including our flagship division of Call of Duty 4, but also FIFA, Trackmania, Command & Conquer 3 and others; we dominated the local CoD4 scene with 10 local LAN victories, we attended an international event in Denmark at the very peak of the CoD franchise's competitive pedigree and popularity on PC, and clashed against the best teams in the world on a daily basis. We were invited into the top European leagues in CoD4, such as the EuroCup, on the strength of us easily being a top 30 CoD4 team in Europe (and top 5 on Clanbase). Between 2010 and 2012 however, the local scene took a turn for the worse, as no events were organised, and our activity reflected that slump. At that point, the original founders were not really involved, and Chris 'Habs' Haber managed to keep the brand going with a StarCraft II and a League of Legends division, the latter of which would go on to become Malta's highest flying LoL team. Our activity was quite sporadic in the subsequent years, and our original CoD4 team switched to CS:GO, and they were very successful in the local scene, up until 2014, when the organisation went dormant. We found renewed impetus in 2016, thanks to Overwatch, and we've been going at it strongly since then. It was actually a very big challenge for us to 're-invent' ourselves after our highly successful CoD4/CS:GO players stopped playing, so we're very happy we've been able to get to this stage after a year. The management team has grown significantly, in terms of size, abilities, and I would also say 'wisdom'. Our merry fellowship includes a lawyer, a programmer, a business analyst, a personnel management expert, a projects manager and a graphic designer, so we're geared up to do this professionally. In terms of players and teams, we're extremely selective about who we choose to represent us. Players ultimately are the face of the brand, and we want to make sure that our players represent the organisation's ethos: champion material, maturity, and professionalism. We're very proud of the team we've managed to build in 2017. This year has been bursting with the branching to five new scenes, not to repeat them again, and an incredible amount of success in each sector. Share your feelings about this year, 2017, for Project Eversio. What were your best moments? Which were your worst? What goals did you set for this year and did you satisfy them? One of the best moments of 2017 was definitely our Dota 2 team winning the Quickfire Nova Series #1. Unlike some of our other teams, our Dota 2 team was not 'tried and tested' before we asked them to join our organisation. It was very much a group of passionate and ambitious people, and going into the first local LAN event for Dota 2 in years meant that no one knew what was going to happen. It was the first LAN event for most of the players (let alone competing on a stage in front of a crowd), and we organised a bootcamp in preparation and everything. They lost their group stage match against the eventual finalists, so going into the Grand Finals, they were the underdogs, but they came back with a phenomenal performance to win. The emotion of seeing a group of players so passionate about their game winning their first event: the joy, the pride, the relief...was electrifying. It was also the first time Project Eversio won a LAN event since 2014, and the first time a team other than our CoD4/CS:GO stars won a LAN event since 2012. It honestly was an amazing feeling. I think the worst moment was seeing the local Overwatch scene crumble. Firstly, notwithstanding what Blizzard is doing on an esports scale, Overwatch is a superb game, and in my opinion, one of the best competitive video-games ever made. The competition in the local scene was very fierce, even though our team only managed a silver medal and two bronze medals in the events they participated in, we knew they were extremely talented and had the potential to win and go places. After the last local Overwatch event was held, there was so much hype that we decided to help out the scene by having an academy team as well, but for a number of reasons (in my opinion, due to lack of events in Summer), the scene died out very quickly. Even some of our players lost all will to compete in Overwatch, and in a last ditch effort to save the team, we attempted to merge with another local team, to create a form of Maltese 'super team' to compete internationally, however to my immense regret, even that initiative fell through at the last second before the announcement! Our goal this year was to revive the organisation, and I think we exceeded our own expectations in terms of getting the organisation back on its feet, but it did come at a cost. Our focus now is to make the organisation sustainable. We hope you've enjoyed those questions; be sure to checkout part 2 in the upcoming days for a complete perspective of the organisation! Edit, you can now see it here:

Kurt 'Kurt0411' Fenech Qualifies for FUT Champions Cup Barcelona

With a great smile on our face, we're delighted to announce that our very own Kurt 'Kurt0411' Fenech has officially qualified for the first FUT Champions Cup which is coming up soon. The youngster revealed his success through Twitter, modestly stating that another "goat" apart from Messi is on his way to Barcelona. His confidence is fantastic, but hopefully it won't get the better of him.  Part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, the Road the the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018, the event is bringing the very best competitive professionals from around the globe. The top competitors will be taken to iconic football localities, in this case Barcelona, further merging the virtual and the physical aspects of the sport. A total of 128 players have been invited to this event specifically, with $200,000 of cash prize on the line and the chance to continue to the coveted eWorld Cup later on in 2018, perhaps becoming the FIFA 18 World Champion. All the action will take place between the 26th and 28th of January, so make sure you free up your week to support Kurt0411. Speaking of whom; how good are his chances heading into this event? If you've caught a glimpse of Kurt0411's streams, it's probable that you've gotten slightly bored since he's simply unstoppable. Most recently, his recent invitational stream was extraordinary fun to watch. Kurt0411's sense of pride and determination make him a top contender for the event, he has such a strong love for the game and is an incredible critic of the in-game mechanics. If he continues forward with more practice and focus, is sure that Kurt0411 will find success at the Barcelona event. wishes Kurt the best of luck, and we hope that you all support him on his journey to the event. After the event, we'll look to contact the player and try gain more insight into what makes him tick and everything about him. Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

CWL Dallas 2017 Recap - Upsets, Surprises and Bomb Threats

The first competitive LAN event of Call of Duty: World War II indeed had a tonne of expectations to satisfy and rumours to dismiss. Leaving the dust to settle for roughly a week, we may now take an overall look on the event, including all the upsets and dissapointments which made CWL Dallas a pleasure to watch. DAY ONE Before we may progress, a certain elephant in the room needs to be addressed. Just thirty minutes into the Friday broadcast, as the thousands of online viewers and the crowd were only just beginning to become excited; the competition was hit with and alleged bomb threat. Reportedly, the phone call came in and security found a mysterious bagpack; the event had to be evacuated. This pulled the schedule back by four hours, dropping series midway and left for Saturday since they were left with no time. Such proceedings led to an incredibly tight schedule for Saturday, as the Open Bracket was still undecided. Harsh rules were implemented to ensure that no further hourse were lost. Thus ended the run of Underworld Esports, lead by the reputable "Killa" due to one of their players not arriving on time. "Fears" confessed that he nodded off later on Twitter. DAY TWO A Call of Duty event had never been susceptible to this activity, and their lack of preparation was indeed evident. Saturday started early, picking up where the first matches left off in many situations. Luckily, groups were concluded and the competition was arriving back on its feet. The teams of FaZe Clan, Next Threat, Team Allegiance and Echo Fox made it through - as expected for the most part, although many awaited SoaR Gaming to make it instead of AG. The greatest effect of an Open Bracket team came in the form of Echo Fox who denied Team EnVyUs the Winners' Bracket and comfortably sat behind Optic Gaming. Other surprises in the Group Stage include FaZe Clan's resilience to finish just shy of eUnited and TK's dominance which would soon prevail on the whole. Like this, players went to sleep with the groups out of the way and the whole braket to complete on Sunday; it would be another long day. DAY THREE The $200,000 event however, would yet again have to face another delay, ANOTHER bomb threat! This took place ahead of the action, so the venue was still saturating. Luckily, the incident only took 30 minutes and there would be no further foolishness. The person responsible for these taunts, Friday and Sunday has indeed been found out after authorities traced back a Twitter account. I do have screenshots which I've decided to not reveal since the situation is already being dealt with. Returning to the action, the first round of bracket play saw Team EnVyUs sending Next Threat home while eUnited kicked LG down to the Losers'. Moving forward, the Semifinals saw some absolute nailbiters on the mainstage. Two game fives dragged on between Optic Gaming and Splyce on one side and TK and eU on the other. I simply cannot describe each map, although they are deserving of a breakdown, as this article would be an immensely long read. After roughly an hour and a half, TK and OG walked away only to face eachother in the finals. Meanwhile, FaZe Clan are having an amazing run in the Losers' Bracket, cleaving through Red Reserve EU, Team EnVyUs and even eUnited. Yet, they are soon stopped in their tracks by Splyce to take fourth place. Nobody expected FaZe Clan to perform as well as they did. Optic Gaming; favourites heading into the event were now at the Winners Final with al their fans behind them who are all expecting a first place finish to shun all the doubters. It all went horribly wrong as they wouldn't be able to win a single map from that point onwards. A sweep by tK and a subsequent cleanup from the hands of Splyce shocked fans; but this is nothing too new. Don't forget that Optic haven't won the first event for the past four years, so Greenwall fans shouldn't be too worried. Thus, the Grand Final was ready to welcome tK and Splyce. tK; the North American organisation with a considerable fan base has struggled to find traction in the scene, with their beginnings rooted in Ghosts finally had a chance to take silverware home. Though the European giants from Splyce would make it no easy task. Quickly, the grand final ensued in epic fashion, rewarding viewers with a tense five game series which gave tK the edge. The crowd erupted, physical and virtual as the #tkallday tags were rampant. Soon after gloriously hoisting the trophy, "Accuracy" was rightly rewarded the MVP. Although sporting an average k/d of 1.09 and creating some hilarious moments due to teamkilling, his pivotal SnD plays, such as the 1v4 which he won against Splyce in the grand final. CONCLUSION Late that Sunday evening, past the bedtimes of most Call of Duty enthusiasts, many of the daunting questions were finally answered. European teams still rely on Splyce for a presence, Next Threat is probably not its namesake, Optic Gaming remain mortal and tK look impressive. We hope you enjoyed following this lengthy breakdown because I certainly enjoyed writing it. Be sure to stay update as we continually educate you on the international and local sides of the Call of Duty scene.

EvH's LoL Domination Behind the Scenes - Interview

There's no question regarding whose on top in the local League of Legends scene at the moment; EvH. decided to get a closer look at their 2017 and how it all went down leading to their supermacy. Upon reaching out to them on social media, they radiated enthusiasm and were especially ecstatic to be interviewed; making the whole process a joy and we applaud them on this attitude. Responding the questions are the terrific duo of Owen "Deity" Magri and Marlon "Blaze" Polidano, the two central players at the heart of EvH's success in LoL. Without further delay, we hope you enjoy the interview below! We’ll start chronologically, it’s only right. The team was signed early this year in April; what was your reaction to being signed by EvH? What where your expectations for the year ahead? How did you plan to achieve these goals? We were really excited to be working with EvH who were, at that time, the local champions in Overwatch. As for the expectations, we wanted EvH to have an impact in the League of Legends scene as well as working aside with Mike “z4mbu” Saliba on the growth of EvH, who also helped us in gaining the exposure and support every local esports team should have. We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation of what he has done so far for us. We were very motivated in accomplishing this and we kept working hard for future events. After just two weeks of representing EvH, the team was hit with a roster change. With the players knowing each other for so long and succeeding together this came as a surprise. What effect did the change have on the team? Describe how long it took for everything to settle into place? What’s it like to constantly be aware that one day you could be dropped or signed by a different team? The roster change was a long thing coming. One of our members had plans into pursuing a scholarship abroad and this would definitely interfere with our team practice. As a team even before EvH we would always do our best to be on top by a large margin and after the first local event, we decided as a team that one of our members was not taking the game as seriously as the rest of us, which resulted in the roster change. It took us a while until we were strong as the previous roster, which was even stressful sometimes for the remaining members of the team. After the team started bonding together, it became a very positive atmosphere as the team was stronger than ever before! Fragility is always in the back of our minds which strives us to constantly work hard to always be better than everyone. We all know what happened after that for the rest of 2017; slaughter. First place finishes at all the top events include our very own MESF 2017 and MCS #3. Could you describe why EvH LoL is the best team in the scene? What does EvH have that the other teams don’t? As of right now, who is the biggest threat to your winning streak as we enter 2018? The real reason of why we've always been on top is because of how seriously we take team practice and how productive each session ends up. We really try to maximize the effectiveness of every training session and try to get the most out of it. When it comes to threats for 2018 there's no one that comes to mind. After every event, no team remains with the same five players which makes it difficult to give an answer for this question. We always tackle every team one by one and focus on ourselves. Being a team is more than just competing together on the mainstage. Describe the dynamic between the players on and off the game. Who rises to leadership in-game? How does the team prepare itself for competition? When it comes to the strongest teams, just being teammates in the game is not good enough. We're all very good friends outside the game and get along together well. This helps us to talk more comfortably with each other about the game and helps us in improving mistakes we need to fix. When it comes to leadership, we (Owen and Marlon) guide the team as we are the most experienced in doing so. Preparation is serious and important. We schedule practice with international teams, schedule certain days as individual improvement and participate in online tournaments. So, it’s quite clear that you’ve got the local scene covered, but what about competing on an international level? Do you have any plans for international competition in 2018? Do you think you have what it takes? The international level is something which we are definitely looking forward coming 2018. This is something we dream of and we definitely want to showcase our talent elsewhere other than the Maltese scene. As for what it takes time will tell. We do our best to practice as often as we can, hoping that an opportunity may arise to compete internationally. For those anxious LoL teams starting out now, or solo players looking for a team, what advice do you have for those starting out in the scene? What did you, as individuals, have to sacrifice to take it to the next level? What mentality is required to succeed? Best advice would be to never give up. We've all started from the same point, it's just a matter of how hard you work for it and how hard you want to earn it. We've all invested an immense number of hours practicing, improving and reviewing our games for us to end up where we are. Mentality is a major factor in League of legends so it's very important to focus on improving it. Last but not least is to enjoy the game. Have fun doing what you love, it makes everything easier. In the final question, we’ll be looking from a broader perspective, as in EvH on the whole. 2017 saw expansions into Overwatch and LoL while obtaining a strong sponsorship from Go&Fun and having the opportunity to re-brand shirts and logo. It’s been a fantastic year. What does the future of EvH hold? Any specific plans for 2018? EvH as an organization mostly will continue to search for entities who are willing to support our league of legends roster in any way possible, for us to have the opportunity of proving our talent elsewhere other than the Maltese scene. We would like to be the first Maltese team to have an impact on one of the biggest and most competitive games of all time. In regards to plans for 2018 it is too early to tell but there are already plans for the team to travel and compete internationally. We can’t thank you enough for participating in this interview, is glad to have had this opportunity. Local esports organisations are the only way forward for the Maltese gaming industry, plucking Malta’s talented individuals from any restrictions and giving them the chance to prove themselves behind a screen. We wish you the utmost of luck for your future as an esports organization, especially the LoL sector which looks extremely promising! This interview with EvH is only the beginning; personally as a writer, I'm looking to delve even deeper into the Maltese esports industry. Thus, you can expect more interviews, discussions and other insights as time progresses. As of right now, two other interviews are being coordinated and we highly recommend that you keep updated either with our newsletter or through Facebook.

Battalion 1944 - An FPS Merging the Old and the New

Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: World War II are two of the top first-person-shooters over the past two years which are found on console and pc platforms. There haven't been any recent titles dedicated for the PC community which also revolves around those time period, but that all changes with Battalion 1944. Arriving soon, thinks that this game has quite the potential.  "Battalion 1944 recaptures the core of classic hardcore shooters and propels WW2 into the next generation of competitive gaming. We are utilizing modern industry technology to create a visceral and heart-thumping multiplayer experience that will be crafted by designers who have grown up playing Counter Strike, Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 4 ProMod." The above is the extremely encouraging comment found in the trailer description. The fact that they mentioned games close to their heart like the aforementioned puts even more validity in the quality of the upcoming game. Developed by Bulkhead Interactive and to be published by Square Enix, it looks to bring core mechanics and gameplay from COD2 and mash them in new maps and updated graphics. This is our favourite part of the game. Perhaps if it emulates a similar career and multiplayer function, then this title could be a home run for the old-timers out there.  As you may be aware, the past year of local esports has seen the nostalgic presence of COD2 in two of the largest events in the form of the Malta eSports Festival 2017 and the Malta Cyber Series #3. With the old graphics, sparked new competition and tension which is gripping the Maltese community. Yet, for how long can we stay playing a 12 year old game? Battalion 1944 has found itself at the top of the list to continue this legacy under a new name.  Feel free to .learn more and maybe add it to your wishlist here:

Ephica or Paradigm6 - The Dilemma of COD2

Raising COD2 back from the grave was probably our most ambitious propositions this year, since we risked the disinterest of modern competitors and the disregard of veterans. However, we were pleasantly repaid with an epic amount of feedback and this sparked a ferocious amount of tension in the scene. As old-timers blew the dust off of their peripherals and youngsters began exploring the game, calculating a winner proved difficult, yet, the two names floating at the top were always Ephica and Paradigm6. And there follows the question; who is the top COD2 team? Until the incredible upset at the GO MESF 2017, this was confidently answered. Here’s how it’s gonna go; we’ll provide you with the stats, local community thoughts, other details and you can make your mind by the end of this article. Let’s wind the clock back to the Malta Cyber Series #3 – 700 euro worth of hardware is at stake and Paradigm6 and Ephica are both involved. Ephica are practically coming out of retirement, with “Prime”, “vortex”, “darkieee”, “R1k” and “Biankzai” returning to hold up the legacy of the historic name. Hopes were high, only to be crushed as the veterans were denied a top 3 finish and most would agree that they underperformed. Paradigm6 on the other hand, represented by “sou1ex”, “JeFf”, “B3Rrjj”, “Got1ke” and “bullz”, having 7 COD2 tournament names under the earlier name of Fury Gaming, went on to a first place finish, handsomely declaring themselves the top team. At this point there wasn’t much arguing, yet there was the subconscious agreement that Paradigm6 are only the best if they can do it all over again. That’s where the GO MESF 2017 comes in, tugging on the reigns of the overwhelming support after including the aged title, we simply had to include it in the largest event of the year – even alongside COD: WWII! This time 700 euros of cold cash were on the line, alongside the recently earned reputation of Paradigm6. Eight teams were quickly gathered and the roster of Paradigm6 and Ephica carried on from the MCS #3. In no time, the groups were closed out, bracket completed and the two mentioned teams found themselves in the grand finals on the mainstage. After their previously underwhelming performance at the Cyber Series, arriving at the match was already surprising enough for Ephica, but they were far from finished. Accordingly, the Maltese veterans stole the series in style and ripped the heart out of Paradigm6, to put it dramatically. The venue, for those who were absent, was absolutely shocked while euphoric simultaneously to create an electric atmosphere. As Ephica hoisted the trophy, one can only imagine the shaking heads of the Paradigm6 roster. Now, we’re stuck staring at the indecisive scoreline of 1-1, an event win for each of the highlighted squads. Of course, such numbers tell a tale of equality, displeasingly enough, but everybody knows that there may only be one winner. We’re back where we started in asking ‘who is the top local COD2 team?’ To determine the future, I think it’s just to review the past. Ephica, Ephica, Ephica; I think you’re tired of hearing all about their legacy without knowing much about it. Well, an undefeated run that spanned for two years at the prime of COD2 is their most reputable achievement, as many old professionals will tell you, they were simply dominant. So much so, that they had the opportunity to compete internationally against names such as Team Dignitas. Resurrecting a team like Ephica from the past is what we aimed to accomplish by including COD2 in our events. On the other side is the longest standing name in COD esports in Malta under the name of Paradigm6, as pointed at earlier. Their central achievements stemmed off the release of COD4, as they quickly became the best team. Remarked for their chemistry, they are in this comparison for a reason, having star players such as “sou1ex” who is considered top-tier. All this chatter can only ever be resolved with one more opportunity, one more chance for the teams to prove themselves. Personally, as a writer, I believe that if Ephica show up like they did and tap into their astounding COD2 experience once more, they could prove that they are the top-dogs of the scene. However, if they return to the form which haunted them at the MCS #3, Paradigm6 could easily take it. Who knows when the next rematch could be? A remark at the end; please do not think that we are disregarding the other talented teams such as Doubtful eSports and Narcos Project who also managed podium finishes these past two event, it’s just that the above teams have a dispute to settle.

PUBG Miramar - All the Details

By now most PUBG enthusiasts are aware of the heavily awaited Miramar, perhaps even trying their hands in the test servers. Below we've gathered all the details and new content which players will look forward to enjoying; especially after the map's debut at The Game Awards a few nights ago. Blazing heat, scarce vegetation, sandy planes; Miramar is your typical desert warzone somewhat reminiscent of an atmosphere like Mad Max. The environment does become a little greener as you veer closer to the water, found on one side of the map; two islands are found here. To learn more about how the map looks and potentially plays, fee free to check out the official Interactive Map here : The main focal point appears to be Los Leonas, the largest city having "a skyline filled with new construction, and a glorious, golden-hued City Center." Everything should look simply gorgeous in the two possible weather types of Clear and Sunrise. Let's dive into some other new content. Starting with vehicles; both maps will be graced by the Aquarail, a jet ski-type vehicle for two. Note that occupants have practically no cover at all, so hopefully it's got some serious speed. Moving onto land, Miramar offers a new four seat pickup track as an option to traverse the sandy dunes. This should prove useful for the eight-by-eight kilometer magnitude of the map. If you're a party of six, however, you'll have to use the new van which may be slow, but has the highest HP in the game. Moving on to weaponry, some of the old was in fact edited in the latest patch alongside the map itself. Derived from the patch notes here: , there was a notable change to the sniper rifles. The Kar98k and the M24 have been effectively buffed and the AWM's damage has been toned down - snipers will also enjoy an increased damage mulitplier of 10 percent for torso shots. So, what weapons have been added? First off, the R45 will be spawned in to replace the R185 in Miramar, allegedly having increased accuracy and faster reload speed than its predecessor. The Win94 also makes an appearance; a classic lever action rifle which prioritises damage over reload speed and its age removes the possibility of attachments. The final addition, for all the gangsters in the community, is the Sawed-Off, a 12 gauge shotgun which will surely rip opponents apart in close range, probably tickling them at any longer distance. Other various changes in the UI, movement and all those other details in the notes are what should make Miramar's release even more succesful. wishes a great steaming chicken dinner for all who'll be fighting in the desert heat online, perhaps locally too. 

CWL Dallas 2017 Preview

After watching 3 weeks of streams, highlight reels and videos regarding the online 2Ks, perhaps you’ve been wondering when all the action is going to hit the mainstage. You couldn’t ask at a better time with CWL Dallas round the corner this coming weekend, dominating the weekend with intense Call of Duty between December 8 and 10. All sixteen pool play teams have clambered into this event after racking up propoints, keen to pry the majority of the $200,000 prize pool out of the fingers of their opponents. Everything will go down at the Hutchison Convention Centre, Dallas, and we’re not just referring to the group stage. Regarding groups, they were drawn earlier this week with many eyes set upon Group D as the event’s death group. The European top-dogs of Splyce will be facing off against NA talent of eUnited, Ghost Gaming and Evil Geniuses, extremely well-known names which could show up the continental champions. Evil Geniuses is definitely the point of curiosity for most, as the veterans patched up together have a potentially incredible combination. Of course, it’s not like the other pools are a breeze. Speaking of groups, there is still one spot free in each, these of course reserved for the Open Bracket Teams which will be determined shortly before the whole thing kicks off. A whooping total of 160+ teams will be attempting to crawl their way into the event through the open bracket, after not compiling enough propoints to qualify automatically. Huge names such as Echo Fox, Next Threat, FaZe Clan and SoaR Gaming are heavy favourites; not making it would be absolutely demoralizing with a year of competition ahead. Getting into the event alone means more propoints; but why are these so called propoints so important? They’re practically everything for lesser teams, the ticket to the Global Pro League and allow assured entrance into majors. Other notable rosters in the mix include the curious MoneyMatches, being a team made up solely of Halo professionals. Indeed, the Halo to CoD shift is quite common in the scene, as many top players such as “Formal” from Optic Gaming and “Enable” of EG have their origins in Halo like some casters. Regarding gamemodes, Hardpoint and Snd remain while Capture the Flag pushes Gridiron aside after its month of probation. The modes alongside a healthy mix of maps will help add to the viewership experience. Speaking of which, the legendary caster in “Revan” who abruptly stopped commentating in the middle of Black Ops 3 is returning this year starting with this event. Be sure to view all the content on the streams which will follow the coming schedule this Friday: 3pm ET eUnited vs. Evil Geniuses Luminosity vs. Epsilon Vitality vs. Ground Zero Splyce vs. Ghost Gaming 4:30pm ET OpTic Gaming vs. Enigma6 Red Reserve vs. Team Kaliber UNILAD vs. Team Envy Rise Nation vs. Mindfreak 6pm ET Luminosity vs. Ground Zero Splyce vs. Evil Geniuses Ghost Gaming vs. eUnited Vitality vs. Epsilon 7:30pm ET Team Kaliber vs. Rise Nation Team Envy vs. Enigma6 OpTic Gaming vs. UNILAD Red Reserve vs. Mindfreak 9pm ET Splyce vs. eUnited Ghost Gaming vs. Evil Geniuses Ground Zero vs. Epsilon Vitality vs. Luminosity 10:30pm ET OpTic Gaming vs. Team Envy Red Reserve vs. Rise Nation Mindfreak vs. Team Kaliber Enigma6 vs. UNILAD So, any favourites? Instantly, Optic Gaming rises to the top of the list here as they swing into the event in dominant form following a first place finish at two of the three 2Ks. Players “Karma” and “Crimsix” are staying true to their epic legacy on the ground. However, the Greenwall was upset in the last 2K before the event as eUnited dragged them to a game five and managed to take the win. Doubts have risen, but these will surely be stamped out with the weekend’s gameplay. Though, apart from the weekend event, there is also an invitational arena being held by Northern Arena for $30,000 yet I doubt the top teams will bother for so little. Still, it’s more competitive Call of Duty for you and I to enjoy. Storylines, rivalries, histories and expectations; these are some of the concepts which are set on making COD: WWII the largest competitive title in the franchise ever internationally and also locally. We’ll soon be discussing the local scene and who really stands on top.

CLG Part Ways With CS:GO

Counter Logic Gaming, or CLG, the North American esports organisation made its awaited debut into the CS:GO scene at the very beginning of 2015, 1st January to be exact. Signing the roster of mouseSpaz at the time which had just come off a victory at the MLG X Games of 2014; confidence and hopes for the future were high. Yet, now, after 3 years, the blinds have been reportedly drawn as the organisation leaves the scene overnight.  The source comes from a report from Jarek "DeKay" Lewis, which you may read yourself here: Anyway, the main reason seems to revolve around "financial woes" for the team, but it's not too inconsiderate to assume that their recent performance has been lacking. 2017 has indeed been a tough year for the team, not attending a single Valve Major, the last one being 2016''s ESL One Cologne. This year's most notable performance came from the DreamHack Summer in June, where they blew the doors open with a win over Fnatic and Gambit Esports in the group stage.  So just like that, five talented North American players have been dispersed into free agency. Namely, Pujan "FNS" Mehta, Kenneth "koosta" Suen, Ethan "nahtE" Arnold, Stephen "reltuC" Cutler, Ricky "Rickeh" Mulholland alongside their coach of Steve "Ryu" Rattacasa. However, it seems that everyone except "FNS" and "Rickeh" looks to stick together as they locate a new organisation, according to rumours that is.  Other news on the scene include the upcoming ESL Pro League Season Six Finals, of which the groups have been revealed, revealing an unclear future. It'll be hosted in Odense, Denmark, as 12 of the top teams fight for $750,000 worth of prize pool, being equal proportions from America and Europe. Yes, groups have been selected and you may view them here together with the schedule:

Pool Play Teams for the CWL Dallas Open 2017 Finalised

After the 3rd week of the Call of Duty World League MLG 2Ks, three sets of tournaments and finishes, the points have been added up and the top 16 teams have been selected for the CWL Dallas Open Pool Play. A few new faces have made it in and storylines continue to intertwine as we prepare for the first major LAN for Call of Duty: World War II.  As usual when it comes to team selection, the three regions are allocated a number of positions corresponding to the activity respectively. Thus, North America has 10 spots, Europe 5 ad APAC 1. We'll start by listing the teams from NA.  1.) Optic Gaming: "Scump", "Formal", "Karma", "Crimisix" 2.) Luminosity: "Slacked", "Octane", "JKap", "John" 3.) Team Kaliber: "Theory", "Accuracy", "Chino", "Kenny" 4.) eUnited: "Clayster", "Arcitys", "Prestinni", "SiLLY" 5.) Engima6: "General", "Dashy", "Decemate", "Bevils" 6.) Ground Zero: "Parasite", "Blazt", "Fero", "StuDyy" 7.) Ghost Gaming: "Spacely", "Lacefield", "Maux", "LlamaGod" 8.) Rise Nation: "Loony", "Aqua", "FeLo", "TJHaLY" 9.)Team Envy: "SlasheR", "Classic", "Temp", "Huke" 10.) Evil Geniuses: "ACHES", "Apathy", "Enable", "NAMELESS" The most interesting development is probably Ground Zero's squad lead by "Parasite" and Team Kaliber who look to be recovering from the poor performance after the past two years with a great performance online. One extremely noticable absence is that of FaZe Clan; one of the largest organisations.  The following are the European and the APAC teams: 1.) Splyce: "Bance", "Jurd", "MadCat", "Tommey" 2.) Red Reserve: "Joee", "Joshh", "Rated", "Zer0" 3.) Team Skrapz: "Skrapz", "Wuskin", "Seany", "Moose" 4.) Team Vitality: "Wailers", "Malls", "RiskiN", "Zayrox" 5.) Epsilon Esports: "Dqvee", "Hawqeh", "Vortex", "Insanatised" 1.) Mindfreak: "BuZZO", "Shockz", "Fighta", "Denz" Skrapz, the young 21 year-old, has indeed created his own organisation together with his twin brother, and they are currently one of the top three in Europe at the moment. Mindfreak remain uncontested in APAC.  For information regarding the grouping system, quite a lengthy procedure which would make this article long indeed, be sure to read through the official 2018 CWL Dallas rule here: The CWL Dallas Open 2017 will be answering many questions: Are OG the undisputed best? Will anybody upset them? Which new teams are truly top-tier and which simply don't look up to the hype? 

Project Eversio Gives CS:GO Another Shot

Remember Project Eversio's CS:GO squad roughly three years ago? Young and enthusiastic Call of Duty 4 professionals who recognised the dying scene and swapped things up by converting to CS:GO as a whole squad. Their success was incredible and they immediately rose to greatness as they maintained a top-tier finish. Sadly, Maltese CS:GO in 2014 had no future, no wind under its wings and the team quit the scene. Yet, here they are once again, determined to reclaim their top-tier position.  Project Eversio look to blow into the embers of the undying franchise that is Counter-Strike. Of course, to do so, they need a squad of five of the best local players available. As the team were keenly taking notes in this year's Nova Series #1, they recognised the certain potential in Global5, the eventual winners of the tournament. After revising their notes, the organisation feels it's time to sign their roster; a roster which has successfully won the Malta Cyber Series #2, AOC Malta Cyber Series: Masters and the Quickfire Nova Series #1 this September. Let's see who's on the roster:  We'll start by mentioning the local youth which have a strong presence on the squad; namely 18 year old "Powess" and his teammate "Kyle". Claude "Powess" Pisani plays the role of the ingame leader, having lead his team to all the victories mentioned earlier. The player has been following his dreams ever since his teen years began and he personifies determination. "Kyle" Gatt, his tag being his first name, is the team's primary AWPer who has stood alongside "Powess" for the longest time, guarding him with a fantastic shot and ingame intelligence.   Continuing with the team, Mathias "raz" Johansen is a veteran Norwegian player who has played at the highest level of competition, readily helping his team with much needed advice and likes a challenge. Out of all his teammates, he seems to be the most involved on social platforms. Speaking of Norway, Semen "Eneko" Ovsyanik originates a little to the east in Russia. I'm sure he's glad he never found himself in a local classroom. For the most part, he's been drifting around the local scene as he struggles to find his place; but Project Eversio are changing that right now.  Rounding off the team is Keith "Alpp" Vanhear who is of Maltese nationality. More importantly, he formed part of PE's original 2014 lineup which we mentioned earlier. Since then, he's been thriving; representing Malta in World Championships twice and enjoying European competition. We're sure he feels right at home.  Before we end the article with wishes for the roster's success, a contradiction needs to be highlight. How exactly do Project Eversio intend to revive the scene by simply purchasing the most dominant team? The more common approach would be to form a new team to spark competition.

100 Thieves LoL Team Shaping Up

The slowly growing esports organisation, owned by none other than Matthew "Nadeshot" Hagg didn't have too much of a hot start with its founding in 2016. Finishing dead last in the Call of Duty World League Season 2, an astonishing disappointment, the Call of Duty side of things was abandoned. Infinite Warfare came along, yet the organisation didn't even bother. However, with WWII winning the community's heart, it's probably 100 Thieves will return, only after they finish creating a League of Legends team.  That's right, "Nadeshot" has boldly decided to storm up another mountain, this time of the popular MOBA of LoL. This week, 100 Thieves revealed the first three members which are officially part of the squad. Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho, "William "Meteos" Hartman and Yoo "Ryu" Sang-wook, playing as toplaner, jungler and midlaner respectively, will be representing the team at the upcoming NA LCS Spring Split. The announcement was quickly spread across social media.  Regarding the squad, the most notable player would be "Ssumday", probably the most reputable name floating around tAhe free agent pool as of late. A former player for Team Dignitas, he has had a considerable amount of success and will surely be a great asset to this team. Yet, we aren't insulting the other players as unskilled, on the contrary, we could consider the roster world-class. "Ryu" will definitely find himself at home on the team, as we also know that "pr0lly", his former H2K-Gaming coach from a while back will be continuing his duties at 100 Thieves. That H2K roster made it to the semifinals of World's 2016.  Of course, three players aren't enough to compete. The numerical double deficit will soon be filled by a support and ADC to potentially form a dangerous team. "Nadeshot" is definitely taking a gamble here, which could either pay off incredibly or serve him another cold plate of lacklustre performance and poor results. 

SiGMA Sponsoring the GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

Last but not least is our final sponsor in the forms of SiGMA. Yet, before we delve into that, let's remember all the sponsors whom we've dedicated an article to. Sponsors are absolutely fundamental for esports events, heightening prize pools and supporting as co-ordinators, we're grateful for every sponsor that chooses to assist us. With that being said, SiGMA is one company you definitely need to know about.  SiGMA, or the Summit of iGaming Malta, is a central power when it comes to gambling and any online transactions related to gaming. Providing an international platform, reputable for the reliability and ease of use, they are a top brand recognised globally. SiGMA unites sponsors and names from around the world to host some of the largest igaming shows around the world. Last year, they hosted SiGMA 2016 on Maltese soil. Why Malta? Well, since we host 300 gaming companies, 450 licenses and a strong workforce of 10,000, our little island has quite the presence when it comes to igaming. Based on last year's feedback, eight features of SiGMA 17 are being focused upon. Check them out here: This year's event, hosting the likes of digital games representatives, remote gaming land based operators, government entities, industry vendors and all other similar businessmen, SiGMA 2017 is in fact sold out. Filled to the brim with sponsors and ideas, the expo floor plan simply has no more room. The upcoming event is this week, from 22nd to 25th November. Perhaps if you order a late ticket, you may still manage to soak up some conferences. Everything will take place at the Malta Fair and Conventions Centre, MFCC, in Ta' Qali. Apart from the intense expo, there will be a lovely assortment of three restaurants, two lounge areas and six themed bars. All guests may enjoy a lunch, cigar and a drink at no extra charge. When you're satisfied with everything, free shuttle bus service offers a ride home.

Taxify To Sponsor The GO Malta eSports Festival

If you've been following our articles for at least the past two months, you've probably seen the above title earlier, for the Malta Cyber Series #3. As you may rightly assume, Taxify, the smartest way to move around any city, is once again sponsoring one of our events. is more than content to keep this relationship alive, since sponsors like Taxify are what allow us to hold such incredible events.  Tap a Button, Get a Ride; this is the concept around which Taxify revolves. Dedicated to providing quick, easy and functional services, feel the city at your fingertips as no corner is safe from you access. Consisting of a plethera of experienced and professional drivers, you can lay back and relax as the ride goes smoothly. Adding to the convenvience is the option to pay all the necessary costs online; no cash needed. If you fancy checking out their top notch services, their Taxify app is available to download now on app stores such as the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. Trust us when we say that it's as easy as it sounds.  The upcoming Malta Esports Festival will be held right at the Corradino Sports Complex in Paola; traffic is quite likely. That's why we recommend that any potential guests or even competitors themselves should use the admirable services of Taxify. If you're transporting your setup, having plenty of luggage, be sure to add that detail in the booking and they'll ensure that they come prepared with space for you.  Summed up, that is what Taxify stands for. Yet, they make it look quite easy. Apart from their hectic days transporting hundreds of people across the island, they've even got the courage and vision to sponsor our esports events. This is only because they believe, they believe in a future for the gaming industry here in Malta and couldn't be more grateful for that. 

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