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Is it time for NA to win Worlds?

The Vainglory World Championship is coming in hot, with the best teams from all regions globally aiming to claim the title of world champions when they compete in Singapore from the 14th to the 17th of December. During 2017, the North American region has captured much of the spotlight from the Vainglory community, due to heated competition amongst many of its top teams along with a sizeable growth in its level of Vainglory play. At the 2016 World Championship, the three NA teams that competed all placed in the top 4, however were overwhelmed by the superior skill of Phoenix Armada (now ROX Armada) from East Asia, who claimed the inaugural title of world champions over Team SoloMid. This sparked a rivalry between the two regions, especially with Gankstars Sirius and Hammers Velocity placing third and fourth respectively. With the North American region performing much better internationally this year, and East Asia’s international form questioned for the first time, the three representatives of NA may well be the favourites to win the 2017 World Championship.

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EZL Explains: Worlds Group D

At the 2017 Vainglory World Championship in Singapore’s Kallang Theatre, the best teams from every region across the world will clash with each other to determine who will win the title of the greatest Vainglory team in the world. In this final article of our series on the group stages, we will cover Group D.

Group D is one which will take the spotlight. In a group with Team SoloMid, Hunters and ACE Gaming – three top teams – competition will be relentless. Before we begin our review of teams in Group D, it’s important to remember that during this phase of the competition each series will have two games. The number of victories will determine who exits the group stages!

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EZL Explains: Worlds Group C

During the 2017 Vainglory World Championship, held in Singapore’s Kallang Theatre from the 14th to the 17th of December, twelve teams from over the world will fiercely compete for the title. Continuing EZL’s coverage of the group stages, this article will focus on Group C.

This group is made up of three powerhouse teams: Impunity of Southeast Asia; ROX Armada of East Asia, the defending World Champions; and the wildcard team, Tribe of North America. All of these teams have performed brilliantly this year at various events, and tensions will be high when they first clash in the group stages. Each two-match series will be vital in deciding which two teams progress to the elimination stages of the tournament.

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EZL Explains: Worlds Group B

The 2017 Vainglory World Championship is an enormous esports event that simply can’t be missed. From the 14th to the 17th of December, the entire Vainglory community will be eagerly watching to see which team will be crowned the next World Champions in Singapore.

As we approach the launch of the championship, at EZL we are extremely excited to be able to hype up the event. In this article, we will take a look at the makeup of Group B of Worlds. At first glance, it appears to be a fairly balanced group: with each team having a decent chance to advance. However, at closer inspection a wildcard factor is revealed – the unknown quantity of the newcomers to the world stage, Team Kraken. Let’s explore the background of the teams that made it to this group, and predict what what will happen during the Group Stage of Worlds for these teams! As a reminder, each series in this stage will consist of two matches.   Continue reading “EZL Explains: Worlds Group B”

EZL Explains: Worlds Group A

The 2017 Vainglory World Championship is the biggest esports event for competitive Vainglory teams from across the globe. Each team that qualified from various regions (Europe, North America, China, East Asia, Southeast Asia and South America) fought harder than ever to win a spot at Worlds, hoping to compete with the elite and prove themselves the greatest. During Worlds, which are being held in Singapore from the 14th to the 17th of December, we will see amazing teams clash in epic battles, including the reigning world champions ROX Armada of East Asia, the live-event dominant North American team Cloud9, and the European favourites G2 Esports.

Here at EZL, as we jump on board the hype for Vainglory Worlds, we’ll give you some background information about every team and predict the results of the group stages which will be held as a round robin: each round robin match being a best-of-two series. Watch closely to see how your favourite team performs in this part of the tournament, as competition will be fierce for spots in the elimination stages. The top two teams progress to the latter stages of Worlds, while the lowest placed team will be forced to bow out of the contest. Let’s start by breaking down Group A! Continue reading “EZL Explains: Worlds Group A”

Reviewing the Gauntlet

Reviewing the Gauntlet

In a surprising turn of events, Cloud9 (C9) has beaten ROX Armada (previously Invincible Armada) in the final stage of the 2017 Mobile Masters Invitational at the Prudential Center in New York. Armada nearly completed the “Run the Gauntlet” challenge, defeating four teams in succession – Tempo Storm, Tribe Gaming, GankStars and NRG – before ultimately falling to the last boss of the gauntlet, Cloud9. This was surprising to me, as in my eyes, Invincible Armada had always been just that: invincible. So, what led to this outcome? Continue reading “Reviewing the Gauntlet”

Set for the summer? A preview of Vainglory8 North America

With the Vainglory Summer season starting this weekend, it will be interesting to see which North American teams go on to become the next champions. Quite a few changes happened over the break between the Western Unified Spring Championship and now. These team changes, acquisitions, and roster alterations have made the outcome of the North American Vainglory8 far less predictable than in the past. Continue reading “Set for the summer? A preview of Vainglory8 North America”

Reflections on the future of Vainglory

With the presence of esports rising, it’s no wonder that all platforms have gained more exposure these past years. Consoles and PCs were always powerhouses, but recently they’ve been shown to an even larger audience thanks to being broadcast on television. With tournaments such as EVO being shown on Sportscenter, and the ESL CS:GO and Street Fighter V leagues appearing regularly on TBS, esports are now in a better spot than ever to grow and expand. Continue reading “Reflections on the future of Vainglory”