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insomnia59: Viewers Guide

by GumpsterDecember 9, 2016

The time is nearly upon us, many gamers would have set off yesterday in anticipation for an exciting weekend ahead of them. Some of the CS:GO community will be believing they can be the “next big thing” whilst others will be tired of turning up to another iSeries, going through all the delays that usually happen, and wondering why they bothered. It’s a great mix of people at an event like this and one we are incredibly excited to cover this weekend.

From our own team, Adam “Blanks” Heath will be leading a crew of merry men around the floor to write up notes on some of the bigger clashes this weekend, they will be scurrying around doing some interviews where they can, and of course, we have a set of pictures that will be being snapped throughout the weekend. Meanwhile, I’ll be holding the fort down back home and watching from a distance to help support the event team as much as possible. If anything needs writing, and I’m around, then you will see my name pop up every so often. These type of events I love covering because whilst it can be frustrating at times, the UK Scene needs as much coverage as it can muster.

Similar to insomnia56 last December, there is a chance that the UK Scene could potentially throw out a LAN full of upsets. This LAN looks proper stacked, with epic.LAN winners, runners up and third placers all in attendance here. Not to mention, all the teams that were in China are now here at this LAN. That’s right, Team Endpoint, fm-eSports, & CAZ eSports are all in attendance, along with Bulldog eSports, Radix eSports & Dog Gaming. Then you have the usual others who come along for the fun, Team uFrag, Dragon Esports, Team CeX. Then there is the many mix teams that travel to LAN events, with SpeedyG and his mix team under the name Rasta.gg, Boaster and his crew under the name Just Giving It, and others that I probably have missed. Who doesn’t like underdog stories either, with London Lynx, Team XENEX, and a few others trying to upset the apple cart.

UK Masters Season 2 Finals come to a climatic close tonight too, with Team Endpoint taking on fm-eSports in a Best-Of-Five match, both teams looking to take home the majority of the £20,000 prize pool there. It also means that both teams won’t participate in the group stages and will move to the Elimination Stages on Friday night.

For the next three days, be ready for some pulsating action, some drama, pure controversy, delays and the fact that anything and everything will happen at insomnia58, it will be the ride of your life. Here are just some of the teams in attendance this weekend:

The Teams

The Heavyweights

  • Team Endpoint; Immi, MightyMAX, Esio, Jesp, Luzuh
  • fm-eSports; nEiLZiNHo, robiin, Puls3, Jenko, stan1ey
  • CAZ eSports; jakem, MCK, Weber, Kryptix, ozzy
  • Just Giving It; Boaster, cybah, Zeo, jadamm, logzii
  • Team XENEX; Shaney, pickles, Danceyzx, JT, Peggyyyy
  • Bulldog eSports; skuxz, bmagic, kplus, nukeddog, wafu
  • Team CeX; Resu, Thomas, CINDER, smooya, Brody
  • London Lynx; Majorleemessedup, Trouble, Snakey, AhB, Isaac

The Underdogs

  • Dog Gaming; quiver, ashhh, debaser, luster, Yoshi
  • Team uFrag; adamxoxo, Pommey, Kray, HypeIzBack, domm
  • Team Viral; maxyb, EB, Jstar, Fresh^, Zim
  • Rasta.gg; SpeedyG, Sophhh, misfit, Rixyj, Jak3y
  • Hyph; vertiGo, ALIG, hoodlum, paynt, gintx

The Outsiders

  • Omen eSports; Ash, Sleepy, Steveo, Nuclear, Wagle
  • exceL eSports; Kryzih, Rybak, Koral-, GhosT, archer
  • Dragon Esports; kpiz, jack, tesquo, mystylez, neph, phantasy
  • Impulse Gaming; JDD, CynicJon, Liams, Samwell, worstyy
  • Odin eSports; MontSta^, Jack, DM_God, 5haBo, ShadowmaN

(Should be noted… this isn’t the entire list of teams, and there are some teams I probably missed in certain sections. It should also be noted these teams are NOT seeds, and that these teams were compiled from the list on Battlefy)

All hugs at the moment at iSeries. (Credit: Multiplay Flickr)

The Format

Group Stage

  • Groups of 5/6
  • Best Of One
  • Veto
  • Top 1/2 advance (To be decided at this point)

Eliminations

  • Double Elimination, 8 or 16 teams (unknown to UKCSGO currently)
  • Best of One / Best of Three
  • Best of Five Grand Final (Upper Bracket 1 map advantage)

The teams knocked out from the group stage will then be placed into the Intermediate Tournament, where all teams will then play another group stage of Best of One and then move to a Best of One Double Elimination bracket for 8 teams. These teams will then play for free tickets back to insomnia60 in April.

Map Pool

  • de_dust2
  • de_nuke
  • de_mirage
  • de_overpass
  • de_cobblestone
  • de_train
  • de_cache

Prize Pool

£5,000

  • 1st: £2,500
  • 2nd: £1,000
  • 3rd: £600
  • 4th: £300
  • 5th – 8th: £150

The Schedule

All times are rough estimates at this point bar the starting times of the day, please note, delays have been known to happen at UK events, so we advise you to keep an eye through the dedicated tournament website. Remember all times are in GMT.

Friday

  • Group Game 1 – 1pm
  • Group Game 2 – 2.30pm
  • Group Game 3 – 4pm
  • Group Game 4 – 6pm
  • UK Masters Grand Final – 7pm
  • Group Game 5 – 7.30pm
  • Elimination Round 1 – 11pm

Saturday

  • Upper Bracket Round 2/Lower Bracket Round 1– 10am
  • Upper Bracket Round 3/Lower Bracket Round 2 – 12noon
  • Lower Bracket Round 3 – 2pm
  • Upper Bracket Final – 4:30pm
  • Lower Bracket Semi-Finals – 5:30pm
  • Lower Bracket Final – 8:30pm

Sunday

  • Consolidation Final – 11am
  • Grand Final – 4pm

Event Streams

Multiplay CS:GO Stream
Multiplay Stage Stream

We are live at the event taking photos, doing interviews, and bringing you lots of coverage to keep you upto date on insomnia59 so make sure you stay tuned to UKCSGO.com over the next few days for full event coverage and photos. You can follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page for all the daily news from insomnia59.

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