The Weekend Ahead - 5th Jan 17

This week we take a high resolution focus on the Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta, where our Smite team will be taking the stage to fight for the World Championship!

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NRG to sell LCS Slot

Today NRG is announcing that J2K Esports and Technology LLC has purchased our League of Legends Challenger slot and will operate it under the name Gold Coin United.  J2K are owned by New York City real estate icon James ‘Jimmy’ Kuhn and his son, LA-based Jake Kuhn.

NRG president Brett Lautenbach said: “This was a difficult decision to make, but we have decided to focus our efforts on key titles outside of League of Legends.We have the highest level of commitment to our current rosters and want to give them all the attention they deserve. We wish J2K well in Challenger. To our League of Legends fans, thank you for all of your support. We look forward to one day fielding a roster you will be proud of.”

The Week (end) Ahead - 1st December

Hey #NRGFAM!

Welcome to the first ever Week (end) ahead! Each week we’ll be giving all of the family a rundown of what’s coming up in the world of NRG Esports. We’ll also give you some insight into what gets the players excited to play, players to watch, and what you can expect from the #NRGFAM in upcoming tournaments.

 

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UGC Smash Open

NRG Nairo takes to the battlefield in his first National event since The Big House 6 in October! UGC Smash Open is one of the biggest events in the Smash community, bringing the best players from around the globe to St. Louis. The event will feature both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as well as Super Smash Bros Melee.

Aside from our very own Nairo, UGC Smash Open features all the big name Smash 4 stars such as ZeRo, Ally, Mr. R and many others. In addition to all of the Smash veterans, you’ll see a load  of rising stars like Salem and MKLEO . With nearly all of the Top 20 players in the world, according to the Panda Global Rankings, it’s easy to see that this is a crucial tournament for the community

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As if the players weren’t reason enough to watch the event, UGC is also posting a $40,000 bonus pot between Melee and Smash 4. Nairo talked about how this is special because “Smash is a game that doesn’t have developer support for tournaments, so prize money is only the entry money players put in usually. It adds an extra layer of legitimacy to both the event and the game’s competitive scene. Players will try even harder to win knowing what’s at stake so it should be very tough.”

The event starts with side events on Friday including a low tier tournament, crew battles and other events. On Saturday, the real competition begins at 10 AM CST with pools for Smash 4 and Melee.

Nairo will be partnered with his unbeatable double’s partner of ZeRo from TSM.. The two have won many doubles tournaments before, so don’t be surprised if they take this one as well! . At 2 PM CST, the Singles pools start and run until around 6PM. Afterwards, the conclusion of the doubles bracket takes place over the following 2 hours. On Championship Sunday from 10 AM to around 12 PM you can watch Smash 4 singles top 32. At 12 PM Melee top 32 takes over. After that at around 4 PM the top 8 starts beginning with Smash 4. There’s guaranteed to be some epic matches between each of the games so tune into all of it if you can.

All the Smash 4 action will be streamed on https://www.twitch.tv/unrivaledtournaments

 

Rocket League Season 2 World Championship

Our new Rocket League team have been making quite the rumble since they joined the #NRGFam in October. After storming through the competition in North America and taking the first seed, NRG Rocket League looks to make its mark on the international scene starting with Amsterdam for the RLCS Season 2 World Championship.

The Theater Amsterdam will be home to the 2016 Grand Finals, seating more than 1k+ fans, with tickets selling out in hours! 

The Theater Amsterdam will be home to the 2016 Grand Finals, seating more than 1k+ fans, with tickets selling out in hours! 

Now that they have taken first seed, they look to prove that they are really the top NA team and the best in the World. The tournament is double elimination this time but we aren’t looking to drop a single match in the first place!

Sad Junior eyes up the competition at Media Day earlier this week. 

Sad Junior eyes up the competition at Media Day earlier this week. 

All the best teams have spent months of the rigorous RLCS regular season and Playoffs preparing for this very tournament. From North America we have our very own NRG Rocket League. Accompanying them are the other 3 top seeds from NA: the very talented Orbit.gg, Genesis, and Take 3! From across the pond the European teams are Flipsid3 Tactics, Northern Gaming, Mockit Aces, and Precision Z. All 8 of these teams have proven that they are the best in the world, and all 8 want to be the one to take home the 1st place prize and $50,000!

Expect constant and routine updates on all things Rocket League from our Social Media accounts as we follow them on their journey to become champions! We will have exclusive streams of us hanging out with the players and everything, so keep an eye on all things NRG for some great behind the scene content..

The battle begins this Saturday, December 3rd when NRG face off against Precision Z, the 4th place seed from Europe at 7 AM EST so set your clocks for an early rise. Europe has long been considered the stronger of the two regions of Rocket League, but NRG are poised to prove that stigma wrong and take home the title. The games are best of 5 up until the finals, so there’s going to be a lot of Rocket League in not a lot of time!

The stream will be on twitch.tv/RocketLeague for every game played and is expected to run until 3 PM EST for the weekend of December 3rd to the 4th

The Peacemaker Arrives

The Peacemaker Arrives

NRG is thrilled to announce that we have signed Luis “Peacemaker” Tadeu as General Manager of CS:GO operations. Luis has long history of success in Counter-Strike and we’re happy he is bringing his deep knowledge of the game to NRG. 

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Overwatch Coach Signed

Overwatch Coach Signed

NRG is incredibly excited to announce the hiring of Sam Lingle as Overwatch coach. As the world of competitive Overwatch continues to grow and develop toward the Overwatch League, we are looking to build on our success and continue to hold our position as a world-class team. This was the next logical step in creating an ecosystem designed for long-term viability.

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Sam comes to NRG from his time as a journalist at The Daily Dot. Sam has an incredibly deep knowledge of the game and will partner with NRG’s roster to develop new strategies for success in this growing and changing game.

Sam Lingle, NRG Overwatch Coach:

"I’ve spent nearly fifteen years making esports my career. While I've accomplished that through journalism, competition has always been my passion. I'm excited that a great organization like NRG eSports has given me the opportunity to pursue that passion as part of my career. I’m looking forward to working with a talented and experienced roster of former rivals and teammates while developing a foundation of success starting with OGN this week and leading into the first season of the Overwatch League and beyond."

Overwatch Roster Changes

Overwatch Roster Changes

Seb "Numlocked" Barton and Mathew "Clockwork" Dias will be joining NRG's Overwatch team in the Support and DPS roles. Numlocked will play an instrumental role as a shot-caller on our already talent-ladden squad. Clockwork, formerly of Splyce, will step into the DPS role to round out our roster.

The Boy Wonder Arrives!

The Boy Wonder Arrives!

After entering the Hearthstone space with Amaz, NRG are delighted to announce that we have added to our Hearthstone roster with the signing of the wonder kid player William 'Amnesiac' Barton. After finishing Rank 1 in the NA servers last season, he currently sits 12th in Hearthstone's Global Standings. More impressive? Will is just 15. An impressive 12 months for someone still in high school.

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NRG sign Nairo

NRG sign Nairo

After a recent search in the Smash community to find a suitable player to represent the organization, we are delighted to announce the signing of Nairobi "Nairo" Quezada

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