After an extended qualifier set, the teams for the 2017 Spring Season of the ESL Premiership have been confirmed. The qualifier kicked off with 72 teams in a Swiss-format qualifier. Sixteen teams were then in a double-elimination bracket to determine who were to qualify.
The LAN is over, and it’s FM-eSports once again taking the £2,500 top prize. A weekend of CS started with 48 teams, split into the groups heading into the final day. The teams finishing the event? A re-match of the UK Masters final.
After the conclusion of the insomnia59 Consolidation Final, we have the two teams set to be heading into the Grand Final. The full main event brackets are available here.
I don’t often get chance to do these pieces throughout a LAN weekend, so I’m going to take a stab at it and see what kind of response I get. For me, LANs are made much better, and can certainly feel a lot greater when you have some interesting storylines around teams that are competing, or players that are competing. It is one of the few things that keeps me interested in Esports as a whole, whenever you watch The International, or a Dota Major, you know that there are some interesting stories behind certain players. The player profiles for CS:GO Majors helped spike an interest in what drives some of our own professionals in the scene.
Sometimes, you have to [...]