28th March 2016
Insomnia57 saw 15 teams compete in the League of Legends tournament and was the first LAN for the exceL team. Using Exabyte as a substitute, they went into the tournament off the back of many weeks of practice having been knocked out of the ESL Premiership Promotion tournament. Their first game came against GLB Blue and they successfully took the victory to start the weekend strong.
Their next group game was against Exertus, one of the favourites for the weekend. Having led at the 15 minute mark, the experience of the Exertus roster prevailed, resulting in a loss. However, due to a no-show as the last team in the group, exceL beat GLB to second place to secure a spot in the bracket on Saturday. The first bracket game was against Renegades: Banditos, arguably the best team in the UK having narrowly missed out on an EU Challenger Series place. Unfortunately Renegades took the game 2-0, causing exceL to drop into the losers-bracket to fight for survival. In the losers-bracket excel came up against a strong Choke side, the first game was taken by Choke in convincing fashion. Going into the second, exceL made a very strong start, the bot lane of exceL really showing what they can do and propelling to a 5k gold lead at 10 minutes. Unfortunately they were not able to capitalise and after several, unfortunate, unforced errors, Choke took the series 2-0.
For a first LAN tournament for the exceL roster and missing their ADC, Sebla, Top 8 is a position they can be content with. They can go back home knowing that they have progressed a whole lot in the past month, and they will be a roster to look out for in the coming months.