Insomnia 58: A Review

31st August 2016

One of the UK’s biggest gaming festivals took place over the past weekend and this time it was bigger than ever. Multiplay’s Insomia event kicked off on August 26th bringing with it; eSports; opportunities to play some of the years biggest yet to be released gaming titles; tonnes of stalls offering everything from shirts and keyrings to all kinds of tech and so much more all in one place, the NEC in Birmingham.

One of the many new things Mutliplay brought to i58 was League Fest. An entire hall of everything League of Legends providing festival goers and LoL fanatics the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best players in the likes of former Team Solo Mid’s top laner Dyrus and Cloud 9’s Lemonnation. On top of this, a Pro-am tournament with £15,000 on the line, cosplay competitions and show matches galore. exceL were of course in attendance with our very own League of Legends lineup consisting of Skudzy, Zhandia, Samma, Mood and Nutri. The players and staff alike headed into the tournament with high hopes and entered as 4th seed, seeded behind the likes of MnM and TCA; the eventual finalists.

exceL made it all the way through to the winners finals without dropping a single map and impressing all the way through with some massive plays from Zhandia wowing the crowds watching at the event and at home! Despite our efforts, MnM dropped the team into the loser’s bracket where we matched up with TCA battling it out on the summoner's rift for a place in the Grand Final. Despite having a solid pick and ban phase and running close games, we couldn't close out either game in the end meaning that overall we secured 3rd place in the League of Legends tournament!

The League of Legends roster were not exceL’s only representation at Insomnia 58 with HelloLeeroy and Osha representing the organisation in Hearthstone. With over 100 players competing in the tournament, the first days of play were a tough slog however we had high hopes of being able to place well. With Osha dropping out early, Leeroy pushed on and narrowly missed out on reaching the final day of the tournament and the top 8; placing a respectable 10th overall!

exceL's Managing Director, COO and multiple other staff members turned out in force to represent the organisation to show our support to all our playing staff and our partners, all of which is not possible without them. We would like to thank everyone for their support of exceL and our teams and we look forward to seeing you come out in force at the next event!