exceL Storms the Castle
28th October 2015
It has been a busy couple of days for exceL eSports with our recent attendance of the European Gaming League Open in the Norbreck Castle, Blackpool this past weekend.
Overall the Event was superb and we encourage you to follow EGL on Twitter to keep an eye out for future events. Thank you to everyone who supported us over the weekend, at times it was overwhelming and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting everybody. If you weren't in attendance of EGL Blackpool, here's a run-down of what went on.
The teams representing exceL eSports at EGL were both our Gears of War and Call of Duty teams.
exceL.GoW faced a rough group stage in the tournament. The Gears squad were able to take the win against 'VwS Gaming' but ultimately fell short to 'uFrag' and 'Lockdown'.
Advancing from groups exceL.GoW found themselves to be against Rift Gaming. unfortunately losing the series and dropping into the losers bracket.
From the losers bracket, the squad faced 'Caedis' to which they managed to bag themselves a win in the series but not enough to secure the overall victory.
exceL's Managing Director Joel had this to say on the GoW squad:
"The GoW guys are very talented with high potential but their lack of practice time showed in their final placement. The squad managed to take some maps off some excellent teams. The players have fantastic attitudes and it was a pleasure meeting them."
exceL.CoD managed to bag themselves a respectable fourth place in the European Gaming League. exceL managed to climb the winners bracket with great success, taking convincing series against 'Viva La Blackpool' and 'Omni eSports' but falling short to Exertus eSports. From there on the exceL squad found themselves in the losers bracket. From there on the squad bounced back with a newfound momentum. The squad managed to bag a convincing series wins against 'Nexium', although losing the SnD.
Up next was 'E4' in what turned out to be possibly the most exciting series of the weekend. The team went 0-2 down after a 2 point Hardpoint game and a close 6-4 SnD against a team that is renowned for its Search and Destroy expertise. The attitude shown by the team was commendable and we pulled the series back to 2-2, taking it to a Game 5. The score ended up tied at 5-5 and the crowd exploded with excitement when exceL managed to keep their composure and win the round, map and therefore series.
Next we return to the mainstage to face off against a thus-far impressive 'Rift Gaming' squad. We won the series, placing us in the money and guaranteeing a T4 finish.
exceL found themselves against Exertus once again in the loser bracket semi-final. The squad managed to bag themselves a map in the series but their efforts ultimately fell short, taking home a respectable top 4 finish.
Joel had this to say on the CoD squad:
"We had gone into EGL with every intention of winning and we did everything we could do to achieve it. Ultimately we fell slightly short but we are happy with the result considering how open the event was. I'm proud of the way the players carried themselves and bounced back even when we were on the ropes in some matches. Furthermore I would also like to thank EGL for a superb event."