Stage 1 of VR League Season 3 concluded on Sunday and six teams secured spots at the Online Closed Qualifiers that will take place in May. Space Junkies had their second round of warm-up cups and will enter a league system this weekend.
Silent Purge has hovered somewhere around fourth/fifth place among the VR Master League European teams since 2017 and during the first two VR League weekly cups. There are some amazingly skilled teams in the Onward circuit so it can be difficult to climb those last few rungs of the ladder.
In the first round of the day, it appeared that Article Thirteen would knock Silent Purge down a bit further when Beikenost puts his team on map point.
Unfortunately for Beikenost, he and teammate HardoTyler were killed soon after the next round started when the teams spawned near each other. With these two players out, Silent Purge flanked Article 13 and eliminated them. Now tied, the teams went into a fifth game in the best of 5 format. In the fifth round Silent Purge was able to eliminate all members of Article 13 for the win.
At the end of the day, Silent Purge managed to finish in third place after defeating all their opponents except for BossFight, the number one team. Definitely Silent Purge is a team to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
In what might’ve been the best clutch moment of the season thus far, Dead Logic’s Rexar single handedly took down every member of Beginners, the VR League Season 2 Grand Champions.
Later in the day, casters John “Blu” Mullen and Christine “Potter” Chi continued their coverage of the North American Onward games. One fun moment came when F. Lapinski sniped a member of the number one ranked NA team Globochem.
Although Globochem came in first place during week 2, they were still 35 points behind Mob Squad at the beginning of week 3 and G-Men was only 45 points behind them. The Stage 1 spot for Online Closed Qualifiers was up for grabs.
Unfortunately for Mob Squad, although they did very well in the first two weekly cups, they dropped to eighth place in the rankings for week 3 after losses to G-Men, Blaze, and SMC Tactical.
You can see all results for this week's Onward VRL competitions on the ESL Play website.
Onward Teams Advancing to Online Closed Qualifiers
- European region - BossFight
- North American region - Globochem
Format was slightly different this week, with teams starting on the Combustion map and then going to Dyson. If teams went into a third map, it would again be Dyson. Coverage of Echo Combat was hosted by Jason Kaplan and Jack Peters.
Team Gravity easily held on to their number one position in EU this week. Floaters Unite and Blerst! both lost only to Team Gravity, putting them in 2nd and 3rd place this week.
Floaters Unite had some incredible teamwork. The following clip shows them playing against Toxic Units, who ended up placing fourth overall.
In North America, VRespawn has dominated the Echo Combat scene, but there are a lot of great teams and players who will challenge them at the closed qualifiers in May.
Kangorillaz is one of the teams to keep an eye on as some of the best players in Echo Arena formed this team and some Arena skills do transfer over. In the first NA round of the day, Kangorillaz went up against Ignite, made up of mostly newer league players, but they’ve come prepared for Combat, as we can see in this little exchange.
At the end of the day, Team Gravity (EU) and VRespawn (NA) both easily secured spots for the Online Closed Qualifiers and it will be interesting to see which teams earn the two spots per region during Stage 2.
Find out where all the other teams placed on ESL Play.
Echo Combat Teams Advancing to Online Closed Qualifiers
- European region – Team Gravity
- North American region - VRespawn
Team Gravity pulled themselves back into first place this week, after losing that position to Synergy last week. This also guaranteed that they would have enough points to secure the spot at online qualifiers in May. Synergy continued to do well, suffering their only loss at the hands of Team Gravity. During Stage 2 we’ll definitely keep a close eye on Synergy and Ouroboros, who continue to find it difficult to overcome Team Gravity and Synergy.
In North America, Kangorillas and Eleven Point Five both did well again during week 3. Eleven Point Five gave Kangorillaz their only loss for the day, but ultimately it didn’t matter since Kangorillaz had enough points to secure the spot at the closed qualifiers anyway.
Eclipse was absent from the last week of Stage 1 due to some technical difficulties, but we’ll see them return next week for Stage 2.
Check out all the results from this week's cup with the links below.
Echo Arena Teams Advancing to Online Closed Qualifiers
- European region – Team Gravity
- North American region - Kangorillaz
Teams continued to warm up for the league system that Space Junkies will enter on Sunday, April 14. It’s important to note that the registration deadline for Space Junkies League System Group Stage is April 12 so be sure to sign up by Friday.
You can see how all the teams did in the practice cups by visiting ESL Play.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
VR League Season 3 features Onward, Echo Arena, Echo Combat, and Space Junkies. Learn more about season 3 format, schedule, and prizes on https://vr.eslgaming.com/.
Choose a game and sign up at https://play.eslgaming.com/global/vrleague. You can join the competition at any point during the season.
WHERE TO WATCH
Tune in to VR League social media channels next Sunday for continued coverage of weekly cups.
- Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/VRChallenger
- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/VRLeague
- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/WatchVRLeague/
About the author: Sonya Haskins is better known among the gaming community by the username "hasko7." She greatly enjoys playing and promoting VR esports. Sonya lives with her husband and five children in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Northeast Tennessee.