The first Challengers LAN since the Coronavirus pandemic began is upon us. 96 teams are competing for their share of $75,000 in Minnesota but which teams are representing EU?
There are five European teams who will be competing in the Open Event. They’ll be joined by one LATAM team and three from the APAC region. The rest of the spots are taken up by North American teams.
It has been two years since the last Challengers LAN, meaning lots of players will be getting their first taste of offline competition. Which EU teams are in the mix? These are the names to look out for.
Minnesota Rokkr Academy (JurNii, Lucky, MeTTaLz, Reeal)
The homecoming for the Spanish sensations. There may just be an air of expectancy for the young lads of Rokkr Academy.
Without doubt one of the most exciting rosters in Europe. They have three players with an abundance of experience alongside the breakthrough star Reeal in the lineup.
They have won half of all EU Challengers Cups so far this season. Rokkr also have the first Challengers Elite Season crown to their name.
JurNii, Lucky, MeTTaLz & Reeal as an unaltered 4 so far this season have averaged an impressive 1.75 placement per cup.
We are fully expecting to see them put on a show in Minnesota, and are hotly tipped by some to go all the way.
M7 x Electrify (Maple, Denza, Weeman, Wardy)
A new name for the team formally known as Vengeance.
The roster is undoubtedly stacked to the top with talent. Four players who have been in great form in recent weeks.
Following Denza & Wardy’s success in Cup #6 alongside Watson & Mythix, a mini rostermania ensued.
The additions of Weeman & Maple to the duo saw the birth of Vengeance. The team went on to qualify for Elite Stage 2 and followed it up with a ruthless performance across the season.
They finished 6-1 in the round robin. They then conquered the play-offs in impressive fashion.
M7 x Electrify head to Minnesota with a team-wide average Cup placement of 4th and should not be written off or underestimated by anyone going in to this event.
Toronto Ultra Academy EU (Harry, Vortex, Beans, Furiious)
The second of our CDL Academy teams in Europe. This time it is in the lighter Purple of Toronto.
Nothing but familiar names in this star-studded line up but with a record this season that would likely have fallen short of Vortex’s lofty expectations.
They were successful in Cup #7, picking up their first Challengers Cup chip of the Vanguard Season. They failed to capitalise on the success by producing what was a disappointing result last weekend, placing T16.
This surprise certainly being up there as one of the biggest of the year so far. They head out to Minnesota with expectation on their shoulders, not only from themselves but from many given the experience in the ranks.
Calls for SteVo to be picked up by a team in the League have fallen at deaf ears for some time. This could be the perfect setting for him and his teammates to show their refusal at being ignored.
The average placing across the team is a respectable 6.4 in Cups so far. The 4th seeded team in this competition will be backing themselves to be there right to the end.
Sukry’s Bakery (Sukry, YaKo, EriKBooM, SupeR)
These four have all the makings right now to go on and steal the show this weekend. Chemistry? Yes. On form? YES.
For anyone who watched Challengers Cup #8 last weekend, you will likely be really excited about Sukry’s Bakery out in Minnesota.
They were absolutely outstanding throughout, securing their first chip of the year, and what a perfect time to do it.
This young group of Spanish stars will be heading across the water brimming with confidence. They will be full of expectation to upset some of the best NA sides and potentially win the lot. If the money was on anyone to win this weekend… these guys.
The Invincibles (Grad, Rafi, Niall, Shaun)
The 5th and final team from Europe. Commonly known as ‘The Originals’.
Entering the competition as 11th seed, they will no doubt have a job on their hands.
Of course, 11th seed is still a great seeding, but if the bracket is to go as expected, they will be taking on 6th seed and 3rd ranked NA Challengers side ‘Infamous’ for T8.
Can they do it? Of course they can. But there will need to be improvements from their two previous Cups. A T16 in #8 and a T8 in #7.
They haven’t quite been replicating the performances we saw around February time, but if there was any time to bounce back… it is now.
Grad, Rafi and Niall have teamed all year, so we know that the chemistry will be solid. On LAN, where anything can happen, the addition of Shaun could compliment the Trio perfectly.
Don’t rule them out by any stretch, there is a lot of talent in this 4, but some tough games will be coming up very fast.
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