Finally, the Rocket League off-season is coming to an end. Last we left off, NRG had finished the Fall Split in second place, having fought all the way to the Grand Final LAN in Sweden. Now, with the Rocket League Winter Split upon us, our boys are hungry to reclaim the crown. Make sure to tune in this Friday to catch the action as a REVAMPED mission control takes place over on the NRG Twitch account!
That’s not all though, as we also want to take a moment to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Rocket League legend GarrettG’s signing to NRG! Since joining us at the age of 15, Garrett has given us nothing but his absolute best, and has been such an important part of our continued success. We are blessed to have been on this journey with him so far, and we’re so excited to see the even greater heights he will reach in the future.
Valorant is coming back! With VCT warmup tournaments on the horizon, the squad has been hard at work preparing to dive back into action next week. With Hazed at the helm as in-game lead, our boys are looking stacked, and ready to show the world what they’re made of. 2022 will be the year that NRG Valorant proves that all eyes should be on us.
Wow, hard to believe it’s been over 1,000 days since Benjyfishy joined the NRGFam! To celebrate the occasion we teamed up with legendary street artist, Garibaldi, to create a custom piece to announce Benjy's re-signing with the fam. We’re so proud of everything he’s accomplished, and can’t wait to see how his career progresses over the coming years!
With ALGS Playoffs due to return on January 23rd, the NRG Apex Legends squad has been preparing hard to drop back into Worlds Edge. Having finished tied for first in points and second place overall in the previous split, the squad will be entering the playoffs with a point advantage as we face down teams such as TSM, Sentinels, and 100 Thieves. We are excited to see what sweet, nafen, and rocker will bring this year in competitive Apex Legends.
That’s not all in NRG Apex news - sweet recently celebrated his one-year anniversary with NRG! Throughout the past year, he has been nothing but consistent, and we are so thrilled to have an in-game lead of his caliber as part of our #NRGFam. Here’s to another year!
To say our very own NRG Rebourne game hero NFT was a big hit would be an understatement! As a matter of fact, our limited edition NRG x Guild of Guardians (GOG) NFT Hero sale was one of, if not the biggest esport org NFT drops all-time selling approximately $2 Million USD worth in our unlimited 24-hour sale! We are blown away by the power of the NRGFAM! Sit back and collect as we can’t wait to show you more of what the NRGxGOG partnership has in store for the mobile game as it prepares to launch early this year!
If you haven’t picked up any pieces from the NRG Winter Collection, or a set of NRG Legacy Keycaps, there are still some in stock, albeit in EXTREMELY limited quantities. Stock is running low, and they WILL sell out, so make sure to snag some for yourself before they leave the store forever!
What a way to end the year! 2021 was truly a monumental year for the NRGFam. We are so excited to share that in 2021 NRG content has surpassed the one billion view mark across SF Shock, Full Squad Gaming, and NRG! This is a huge milestone for any company, and it really puts the growth NRG has had over the course of the year into perspective. We can’t wait to see how far we get by this time next year!
So who is watching? Apparently a lot of folks! A just-released report by YouGov shows your beloved NRG is the 5th most supported team in all of sports in 2021 among US 13-17-year-olds. That’s right, ahead of the Yankees and Pats! The future is indeed bright.
This week we dropped another amazing video on the NRG Fortnite channel, as we hooked Benjy up to a lie detector! The video was one for the ages, so check it out if you haven't. (and fyi: the first video in the Hot Pockets Lie Detector series with Clix just passed 1 million views on youtube)! That’s not all, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate Clix, Aussie, and Benjy on being 3 of the top English-speaking Fortnite Twitch streamers throughout 2021!
Another amazing milestone for Lulu! We wanted to take a moment and congratulate her on being the #1 most-watched female Apex Legends streamer over the course of 2021! We’re incredibly proud of her and everything she’s accomplished. Keep paving the way for women in the industry, Lulu!
It’s been one heck of a year for the SF Shock, and we wanted to take a minute to congratulate both Super and Emongg on being the TOP TWO most-watched Overwatch streamers of 2021! We're so proud of them for their hard work this year and can't wait to see them grow even more in 2022.
The General NRG Rocket League has had quite the year as EVERY PLAYER under The General NRG banner was in the top 10 most visited pages on Liquipedia this past year with, JSTN and Squishy taking the top 2 spots! #NRGFam. (I am sensing a theme here…)
Stock is running low on the NRG Winter Collection! As expected, the NRG Legacy Keycaps are selling like CRAZY, so be sure to grab a set, as quantities are limited and they WILL sell out. Be sure to get them soon! Back to games real soon. We promise :-)
NRG Partners with MyComputerCareer to Expand Professional Gaming Awareness to Robust IT Education Audience
LOS ANGELES, December 15, 2021 -- NRG today announced a marketing partnership with IT education provider MyComputerCareer. Through the partnership, NRG will amplify awareness of its professional gaming and entertainment platform to potentially thousands of IT students and graduates from the MyComputerCareer program.
With professional, casual and social gamers represented in their organization, NRG engages daily with a broad spectrum of gaming enthusiasts. NRG’s exclusive talent and professional players will promote My Computer Career’s educational and certification programs in their streams and social content.
MyComputerCareer is an accredited online and in-campus technical college that provides hands-on Information Technology training, certifications and job placement.
“Education is key - not just the knowledge from it, but knowing the opportunities that can be created from it,” said Andrew Bones, Head of Sales for NRG. “It is a privilege for our teams to participate in an important campaign related to education.”
MyComputerCareer has equipped thousands of graduates with the skills and resources for success during its 13-year history. Many MyCC grads are working in top tech companies across the country. In fact, MyCC’s Career Services department worked with students and graduates to help them accept nearly 2500 job offers so far this year. During this time, students also earned thousands of IT certifications across several programs.
Those interested in MyComputerCareer can visit their website for more information.
MyComputerCareer is an accredited* technical school, with classes online and on-campus, that provides hands-on Information Technology training, certifications and job placement in as little as seven months. Founded in 2007, the school boasts nine campuses in Texas, North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, and Nellis Air Force Base, with its headquarters in Holly Springs, North Carolina. For more information, call (866) 606-6922 or visit www.mycomputercareer.edu
* Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET)
NRG is a professional gaming and entertainment company headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2015, NRG has embodied competitive esports excellence and the best of gaming culture over the last half-decade. Known for championship teams and innovative gaming lifestyle content, NRG is one of the most-watched organizations in the world on Twitch and YouTube.
Finally, The General NRG is BACK ON LAN! After a rough first two days of the Swiss Stage for the Fall Major, the squad found themselves on the verge of elimination and pitted up against one of the best teams in EU, our old friends at Vitality. It was in that match JSTN, Squishy and GarrettG completed something that’s never happened in Rocket League LAN history; the Perfect Sweep. Our boys DOMINATED the series, winning 3-0 without allowing a single goal! With the squad looking hot, they found themselves up against Ground Zero, where they swiftly took another 3-0 victory, claiming their spot in the Fall Major Playoffs.
Enter the Playoffs, where The General NRG squared off against the underdog of the tournament from Saudi Arabia, Sandrock Gaming. It was in that series where JSTN found his form as the guys rolled through the match and booked a date with NA’s other last hope, FaZe Clan. Faze was no match for Squishy and the boys, as they clutched up time and again and dismissed the young squad in quick fashion 4-1. The semi-final win set up the “dream” Grand Final matchup with the beasts from EU, BDS.
JSTN, GarrettG, and Squishy fought valiantly, pulling themselves back from the brink of elimination time and again to set up a win or go home game 7 in set number 2. Unfortunately, BDS was too tough on this day and secured a clutch late goal to seal the championship. We are super proud of The General NRG and the run they put together at this Major. We have seen the birth of a new rival and worthy opponent in BDS, and can’t wait to see our boys back on LAN as the Winter Split approaches.
Last Friday, we partnered up with Hot Pockets to bring you the first-ever Halo Infinite show match, straight out of the NRG Hot Pockets Castle. Over 11,000 viewers tuned into the NRG Hot Pockets Showmatch, as Ace and Lulu went head-to-head with their teams to find out just who would come out on top. Legendary casters Goldenboy and Lottie helped make the brand new Hot Pockets Kitchen feel like home as they called the action live across Twitch. The event was a resounding success, and to the surprise of many, Captain Lulu, Ron, Benjy, and Super dominated the games en-route to a Team Lulu Victory!
The week rolled on as the Fortnite squad hosted our very first NRGFam meetup at Cookies N Kicks in Los Angeles on Saturday. The gang was finally all together as Clix, Ron, Benjy, Bucks, Edgey, Epik and Grady met with fans who lined up around the building. Fans got pics with their fav NRG squad members and cleaned us out of our limited edition Cookies/NRG collab merch. It was truly an amazing event and we loved meeting every single one of you.
That wasn’t it for NRG Fortnite though, as yesterday we celebrated Benjy’s 1,000th day with the #NRGFam. From the day we signed him to now, Benjy has been a pillar of the Fortnite community and the NRGFam as a whole. We couldn’t imagine a world without him in our family.
We are excited to announce that NRG has partnered with Guild of Guardians to release a playable in-game NFT collectible hero. Guild of Guardians is a mobile RPG coming in 2022. There are already close to 400,000 players in the community and NRG will be the first esports org to integrate the NRG brand into the gameplay! So, not just a NFT sale here, but a living, breathing, playable game hero! We are proud to partner with game developer Immutable to bring the NRG brand to life in the game. We share their common values for gas-free Ethereum transactions that are 100% carbon neutral.
Starting on Dec 14th at 4:00 PM PST, a one-time, 24-hour sale will go live where you can buy your NRG NFT Hero and get a chance to win a free, all-expenses-paid VIP experience in the NRG Castle in Los Angeles, California. *Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Guild of Guardians x NRG Drop is being postponed. The new drop is Tue 21st Dec 10pm EST // 7pm EST*
Buyers will need to pre-load Ethereum into a MetaMask wallet. Click this link for instructions: https://guildofguardians.medium.com/how-to-prepare-a-wallet-and-deposit-into-imx-so-you-can-participate-in-the-gog-x-nrg-sale-92cb08c0cb81
For more info on the drop: https://guildofguardians.medium.com/guild-of-guardians-x-nrg-esports-sale-announcement-details-cb49108364ef
Join the Guild of Guardians Discord: https://discord.com/invite/UdejGr9Wg7
Last week, we dropped our Winter Collection and it was a BIG hit, from the NRG Legacy Keycaps to the newest NRG apparel. Be sure to swing by shop.nrg.gg and pick up a few items just in time for the holidays! That’s not it though, as we also dropped an exclusive limited-time jersey in collaboration with Hot Pockets. The NRG Hot Pockets Halo Jerseys are for sale now if you want to rep Team Lulu, Team Ace, or Team NRG. Be sure to get them soon before they leave the shop! Quantities are limited on everything so don’t miss out!
Hard to believe it's been 6 years and 200 editions of this newsletter since NRG started! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff, players, and content creators who have been a part of the org over the years, and of course, the #NRGFAM, who have supported us so passionately. It's been amazing to get a bird's eye view of the staggering growth NRG has experienced along this journey. From begging our friends and family to like our Twitter posts in year one to hitting 50M+ uniques with our content month after month in 2021 is truly astounding. It has also been very rewarding to see the love and engagement with our new casual gaming brand, Full Squad Gaming (FSG.) With over 50M likes on our TikTok this year alone, 3 hit shows on Snap Discover, and a booming Instagram account, FSG has surpassed all of our expectations as it looks to expand the Squad in 2022 and branch out into longer-form content. We also want to thank our amazing org sponsors: Hot Pockets, McDonald's, T-Mobile, Levi's, Therabody, NetApp, Turtle Beach, Roccat, Army National Guard, ampm, Kinesis Gaming, and The General Insurance. We wouldn't be able to do our thing without you!
Here's to more championship ring ceremonies, Hot Pockets Castle craziness and good, healthy times in NRG's 7th year. Thanks for coming on the ride with us. We love our NRGFAM!
NRG Apex Legends
Our Apex Legends squad dropped into World's Edge again last weekend this time for the SteelSeries Prime Cup. Teams would battle it out over twelve games, spread over two days, with the top squad taking home the grand prize of $4,000. Sweetdreams, Nafen, and Rocket once again proved to the Apex community that they are indeed the best team in the game, as the guys secured an insane grand total of nine top 5 finishes over the weekend, enroute to a DOMINANT 1st place overall finish. With the ALGS Pro League resuming action this coming weekend, we've got our eyes on the prize and look to move up the ladder as we head toward LAN.
The General NRG Rocket League
Looking to go back-to-back at the third NA Regional event, Coach Sizz led JSTN, GarrettG and Squishy into action with their eyes set on bringing home another championship under The General NRG Banner.
The action kicked off on Friday as the squad took on the Swiss Stage of the Regional live on NRG Mission Control (the most watched team stream in Rocket League). Behind Squishy’s insane air pinch, the guys swept all three of their matches, qualifying for the main event, which would take place on Saturday and Sunday. It was there that we faced off against Ghost Gaming, with the prize of #1 seed at the Fall Major on the line. That was motivation enough for the squad, as they dominated Ghost 4-1, and secured their seeding for the Major. However, that’s where our run ended, as we unfortunately fell against EnVy in Sunday’s semifinal matchup, placing us 3rd/4th overall. With a few weeks to go until the Fall Major, the guys are looking to tighten up the loose edges and bring home the first LAN Championship for Rocket League esports since NRG won the last one two year ago! #NRGFam
Just like that, NRG Fortnite was back in action. Following this season’s FNCS Championship was the FNCS Grand Royale Tournament. The tournament, having the largest Fortnite prize pool of the year (over five million dollars spread between the competitive regions) was set to take place over two weekends, the first being this past weekend with an open format for players to earn a qualifying bid for this coming weekend’s Grand Finals.
While not every NRG player found success this past weekend, we're beyond excited that Bucke, Benjyfishy and EpikWhale qualified and will be representing NRG across NA East, EU and NA West respectively this coming weekend. Be sure to tune into the two official NRG Watch Parties for the event the weekend over on AussieAntics’s stream, as well as Ronaldo’s stream, live from the NRG Hot Pockets Castle! We can’t wait to see the guys pull out all the stops and bring home that bag!
Finally, NRG Valorant took the stage for the first time after months with Hazed as our new in-game leader. It didn’t take long for the new squad to catch their stride as they took on the Valorant Elite Showdown. The $25,000 tournament was a good test for players and fans alike to get an idea of what NRG Valorant would look like heading into next year’s Valorant Champions Tour. The guys swiftly made their way through the group stage, only dropping one map the entire time, booking their spot in the playoff stage.
From there, the squad would quickly find themselves with the advantage as s0m was on point, hitting some of the best shots we’ve seen in months. Rather quickly, the team moved on into the round of 16, where Hazed did the unthinkable, hitting an ace that changed the tide of the series. Hazed’s heroics propelled the guys into the quarterfinals where they would square off against Ghost Gaming, and ultimately secure a 2-0 victory. Just like that, the new look squad was Championship Sunday-bound! Unfortunately however, that’s where our journey ended, despite Android clutching up when our backs were against the wall. The guys ultimately fell and secured 3rd/4th place overall in the event. For a first tourney with a week’s practice, NRGFAM was elated to see the team gel and rip their way through lesser squads. The future is bright for NRG Valorant!
NRG Never Sleeps
Full Squad Gaming hit 50M likes on its TikTok channel since it launched at the beginning of this year….Joey Kaotyk and Your Fellow Arab brought their IRL live-streams to the Castle this week. Their Castle tour streams were a big hit with their viewers as they hung with Grady, ate Hot Pockets and smashed some hardware in the Oval Office… Next week's edition of the NRG Newsletter will be our 200th! Expect a little reflection and nostalgia from Andy. Until then NRGFAM.
NRG Apex Legends
With the ALGS Pro League on a brief hiatus after the release of Apex Season 11, Sweetdreams led Rocker and Nafen into a non-ALGS event this past week: the Esports Arena Pre-Season Invitational. While the trio got off to a rocky start, over the final two games the team ROARED back with back-to-back victories, securing yet ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP for the NRG banner. Under Sweet’s leadership, and Nafen and Rocker’s natural talent, NRG Apex continues to dominate! NRG ON TOP.
The General NRG Rocket League
After a dominant Regional Championship, the squad is back in action for Regional 3 this weekend! Action begins on Friday on NRG Mission Control as The General NRG kicks off the Swiss Stage against Axle-R8 at 1pm ET. Be sure to tune into the stream with Jamesbot and Dazerin hosting the largest stream in Rocket League, as JSTN, Squishy GarrettG and Sizz look to defend their title!
After wreaking havoc through North American Contenders, the Redbird has finally come home to roost. We are, of course, talking about our newest signing, s9mm, previously of Redbird Esports. He's one of the sickest DPS players in the region, and we cannot wait to watch him cleave his way through the competition during the Overwatch League 2022 season. This new Shock squad is looking scary, and we're hungry to dominate the league next year.
The off-season for NRG Valorant is in full effect as we gear up for the 2022 Season. This morning we announced the newest piece to the puzzle, as we welcomed Hazed to the team. Under his direction in the game we can’t wait to see what Coach JoshRTz has in store for Hazed, Tex, Android, s0m and eeiu as they enter the season. NRG Valorant looks to make some noise and emerge as one of the TOP teams in the Valorant Champions Tour.
NRG Hot Pockets Castle
The NRG Hot Pockets Castle was buzzing with activity this week with JoeWo and Clix both in town to hang out and capture some amazing content. With the Castle busier than ever, the boys streamed for hours over on Twitch, while the NRG TikTok had them test their aim with a paintball gun. Be sure to check out Clix and JoeWo’s aim (it’s worse than you’d think)! We have tons of amazing content coming out of the NRG Hot Pockets Castle and we even had a special guest, Arab, come through and IRL stream from the Castle last night! We can’t wait to see more and more people come through this incredible space and make some amazing content.
The General NRG Rocket League
After a second place finish at the previous Regional event, Coach Sizz led JSTN, GarrettG and Squishy into Regional 2 with their eyes set on bringing home another championship under The General NRG Banner.
Action kicked off on Friday as the squad took on the Swiss Stage of the Regional live on NRG Mission Control (the most watched team stream in Rocket League). Behind JSTN doing the unthinkable, the guys went 3-1, qualifying for the Main Event which would take place on Saturday and Sunday! It was there that we would have a matchup against our old friend, Spacestation Gaming, and Squishy would hit one of the best triple tap goals in Rocket League history en route to a hard fought 4-2 series win, which propelled the guys to Championship Sunday and a Semi-Finals matchup against familiar foe Team EnVy. Unfortunately we got off to a slow start in the series where EnVy quickly jumped out to a 3-1 series lead. It was then that JSTN sparked the comeback with a 1v3 in Overtime to fuel team morale and claw back to a winner-take-all Game 7 where the squad came through and punched their ticket into the Grand Final!
The stage was set.
The General NRG vs. G2 in a best of 3, best of 7.
With everything on the line, we witnessed the squad do the impossible: scoring a goal with 0 seconds on the clock. While we lost that first series, that goal was the spark which ignited the guys’ confidence as we entered into the second best of 7. From there, JSTN, Squishy and GarrettG DOMINATED G2, only dropping one map in the next two series, cruising to the Regional 2 CHAMPIONSHIP! To celebrate we’ve released our limited edition The General NRG Championship White jerseys, get them before they leave the shop soon!
We’re so proud of the squad, as this win not only adds to their legacy as the greatest Rocket League team of all time, but also made them the first team in the world to qualify for the Fall Major being held in Stockholm Sweden this December! THE GENERAL NRG IS TRULY ON TOP!
NRG Apex Legends
This past Saturday, Sweet, alongside Nafen and Rocker, dropped into World’s Edge for Week 3 of the ALGS Pro League! It didn’t take long for sweetdreams to prove to the Apex community that he was indeed the best in-game leader in the game, as the guys began the week with BACK TO BACK victories, and a 2nd place finish, enroute to a DOMINANT 1st place overall finish for the week, moving the guys to 3rd Place Overall in the ALGS Pro League Standings.
With Season 11 dropping yesterday, the guys will be off for a few weeks to enjoy the new map and legend before dropping back into World’s Edge for Week 4 of the League to secure our playoff spot. In the meantime, be sure to check out the NRG Apex Legends YouTube channel for some new Season 11 content, along with some amazing challenges featuring ace, Lulu and Rogue coming soon!
After weeks of preparation, it was finally time for the guys to drop into the FNCS Grand Finals. With all 5 of our players having qualified, we were in for a busy weekend. As Day 1 of Finals came to an end, it was Clix who pulled off what some called “the clutch of the tournament” as he took on a 1v3 from high ground, taking out EVERY player in his path to secure the Victory Royale! As Day 1 wrapped up, several of our guys were in position to make the podium, with a few in striking distance of taking home the Axe of Champions!
Enter Sunday, over in EU and NA East, the guys struggled to get things going, leading to an unfortunate number of finishes all outside of major contention. However in NA West, Epikwhale and co made the comeback of the year, winning 3 out of the final 6 games, which made things interesting in the region as they crawled their way back into the conversation for taking home the trophy. However, despite their best efforts, the trio came up just shy, earning 2nd place in the final game and the tournament as a whole. To the shock of many, this was the first FNCS in which Epik and co have not won. However, the comeback alone solidified Epik’s status as the best Fortnite player in the history of the game, and heading into FNCS Grand Royale later this month we have nothing but utmost confidence that they will once again be ON TOP.
We said that we had some big announcements planned, and we hope we did not disappoint. Crusty and co are gathering the pieces needed to make Shock an absolute powerhouse in 2022, and we can finally share the first of our new signings - Proper, Finn, and Kilo! Hailing from Korean Contenders team O2 Blast, this trio are back-to-back Contenders champions, and they’re joining the back-to-back Overwatch League champions because they want one thing: to win. Alone, they’re forces to be reckoned with, but together with super, Viol2t, and the guidance of Crusty, they’re going to be unstoppable.
That isn’t the end of the off-season pickups, we have some other announcements on the horizon, so watch this space!
In 2022 we’re going to take back what’s ours. This is our resurgence.
NRG Thoom House
Finally… The moment we’ve all been waiting for.
After being plagued with problems for months, the internet at the NRG Thoom House has finally been fixed!
You know what this means: streams from all your favorite Thoom members, and content galore. Make sure you’re subscribed to the NRG Thoom House Youtube channel and following the Thoom squad on Twitch so you don’t miss a thing!
It all comes down to this. It’s time for the Season 18 FNCS Season Finals! Action kicks off on Thursday as Bucke and Clix take on the FNCS Semifinals. The guys will have to secure a top four finish alongside their respective trios across one of the two days in order to punch their ticket to the FNCS Grand Finals on Saturday to join Edgey, Benjy, and Epikwhale who have already automatically qualified for Finals. You follow all that?
The storylines are out in full force this weekend with all eyes on Edgey’s redemption arc as he takes on the FNCS Finals for the first time without partner Cented. Will this be the run that breaks the Edgey second place curse, having placed second in four consecutive FNCS Grand Finals? We know he can do it! The GOAT, Epikwhale, is also looking to add a 6th FNCS Championship to his list of insane accomplishments, adding to his legacy as the best Fortnite player to ever touch the game. Good luck guys! #NRGFAM ON TOP
The General NRG Rocket League
After a second place finish in the first RLCS Regional, the boys are hungry for a win as they take on the second regional event of the Fall Split. JSTN, GarrettG, Squishy and Sizz look to dominate as The General NRG enters the Swiss Stage. Action kicks off Friday on the NRG Twitch Page as Jamesbot and Dazerin host yet another NRG Mission Control following last week's broadcast which peaked at 10,000 concurrent The General NRG fans! The boys love the support. Be sure to tune in as we square off against Nefarious at 1pm ET.
NRG Thoom House
The Thoom squad held their first ever hide and seek competition as Daequan, Hamlinz and the rest of the squad took to the $7,000,000 NRG Thoom House for one of the most intense games of Hide and Seek you have ever seen! Make sure to check the video out if you haven’t already, and subscribe to the NRG Thoom House YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing.
After a slow start on the first day of the ALGS Pro League, Sweet, Rocker and Nafen DOMINATED Week 2. The squad were out for blood as they completely crushed the competition over the first three games, earning two second place finishes and a first place finish, netting themselves a big 9 points in Week 2, and bumping them up to 8th place overall. With just four weeks of the ALGS Pro League remaining, NRG looks to lock in a top 10 regular season finish to qualify for playoffs and a slot at LAN. We like LAN!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Shock signing, Tifa Lockhart! Okay, just kidding, it’s actually super in a wig. Our illustrious main tank finally fulfilled his long awaited promise to cosplay as Tifa from Final Fantasy XII, and held Twitter and Twitch in rapt attention as he showed off his cosplay prowess. We’re so excited to see what Tifa- we mean super will do in the future!
This was a sad week for Shock fans, as we announced the release of Smurf, ANS, Ta1yo, Twilight, Nero, FDGod, and Glister. We would like to thank all of these players for their hard work and dedication throughout the season, giving us the best record in the West during the regular season, and an overall fourth-place finish. We are so thankful for the time we had together, and will support them in all their future endeavors. #ShockFam forever.
Don’t let this news dishearten you, however, as from endings bloom new beginnings. The San Francisco Shock are now entering our re-building phase, and therein lies infinite potential. Our staff are hard at work to scout out the absolute best talent on the planet to build a brand new San Francisco Shock, and we are so excited to share what they’ve been cooking up. Look out in 2022, because we’re coming to take back what’s ours.
The General NRG Rocket League
Finally, Rocket League is back.
After a long off-season, The General NRG Rocket League boys were back in action last weekend, and they were eager to show off exactly why they are the defending NA champions. The squad went three-for-three this weekend, absolutely crushing their opponents and asserting that, yes, The General NRG is in fact on top. To top off an already incredible weekend, GarretG also made history by becoming the second player EVER to pass 1500 goals! We are so proud of his incredible achievement, and are excited to watch him climb to even greater heights.
Also, in case you missed it last week, make sure to check out our new NRG Rocket League decals in the RL Esports Shop! They got a huge response from the fans. After all, who DOESN’T want to rep the best team in the world?
NRG Thoom House
Master Chef or Disaster Chef? For the culinarily inclined, or if you just enjoy watching the Food Network, we have just the video for you this week. The Thoom House members split into teams to go head-to-head against each other in the first-ever official house cook-off. We’ll leave it up to you to judge whether Team Drizzle, led by Daequan and Team Microwave, headed by Hamlinz, managed to whip up some gustatory delights or if they were serving up culinary nightmares. Make sure to check this video out!
The long winter of the professional Apex Legends off-season is finally coming to a close, as ALGS looms ever closer with the Pro League Split #1 is coming this very weekend! 40 teams will be seeded into four separate groups, where they will battle it out double round-robin style, and our very own NRG Apex team is itching to get back in action. Teams will play a total of 36 games throughout the regular season, so any avid fans of NRG Apex Legends will not be wanting for content in the coming months. Sweet, Nafen, and Rocker have been hard at work during the past few months, and we cannot wait to drop back into World’s Edge and show that NRG is still on top.
The General NRG Rocket League
Finally, after a long wait, the Rocket League season is upon us. The defending World and NA Champions, The General NRG Rocket League, are back in action this coming weekend in the 2021 RLCS Season in the Regional 1 NA Qualifier! Squishy, JSTN, GarrettG, Musty & Sizz have been hard at work the last several weeks, and can’t wait to show you all the work the guys put in this off-season as they begin their title defense!
That’s not it for the squad though, as the NEW NRG Rocket League decals have entered the RL Esports Shop! Hit the store and let your NRG flag fly. We can’t wait to see all of the #NRGFam repping the new decal in-game and on Twitter!
NRG Thoom House
The Thoom House continues to take over the internet as this past week Detective Daequan and Hamlinz sat down the entire house in search of finding the toilet terrorizer… It’s by far the funniest video we’ve put out on the channel, go check it out if you haven’t seen it!
Be sure to catch the next video coming out tomorrow on Thoom House Thursday, only on the NRG Thoom House channel. Also, Dae, Hamz, and the crew are up and running on a pretty consistent schedule now on Twitch, so give your favorite Thoom House member a look and a sub for their live stream. #NRGFam
Full Squad Gaming
It’s been a huge week for the Full Squad boys as they continue to make moves with their new TikTok series featuring the one and only Matt. In this arc, Matt, arguably the worst gamer in the squad, is literally duct-taped to the Castle wall, forcing him to practice and work on his game! For every 10,000 likes on the post, we add another hour to his practice clock. The response was HUGE. The video has garnered over 2.4 million views and, wait for it, 500,000 likes. Poor Matt!!! Additionally, our portfolio of Discover shows continues to dominate Snapchat! The newest show, Streamy, has brought in over 4 million views on this week’s episode alone, and has catapulted the FSG Brand on Snap to new levels of success! Please give it a look and a sub. We’re so proud of the FSG crew and can’t wait to see what they do next!
Real quick before we go, we wanted to let you know that stock in the NRG Store is depleting rapidly, so go grab some of the new gear and NRG Essentials before they sell out! Don’t miss out! Until next week, #NRGFam ON TOP!
The Shock's 3 Peat dreams were still alive last week after a massive win against the Philadelphia Fusion. Spirits were high on Thursday when the boys played against the Chengdu Hunters, where they took the panda team to the absolute brink in a rare six-map blockbuster. In a match that defined the jekyll-and-hide nature of the 2021 Shock, the squad focused up on the last map playing beautifully coordinated overwatch to secure the win and move on to face the Atlanta Reign. Unfortunately, this is where our playoff run ended, despite the team's absolute best effort the Reign were too tough and our boys dropped a heartbreaker 3-1 for a fourth-place finish at Worlds. Our season may have ended short, but we will always be the team that made professional Overwatch history, being the first and only team to win back-to-back championships. We are so proud of what our roster has managed to accomplish this year, and we look forward to what is to come in the future as Overwatch 2 finally kicks off for the 2022 season! In the meantime, we wanted to show our appreciation to the Shock fam by un-vaulting some fan-favorite pieces from throughout the season. Don’t miss out, this stuff might never return! Until next season!
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For the first time in years, both Daequan and Hamlinz were back on Twitch streaming the game that started it all: Fortnite. It didn’t take the guys long to shake off the dust as Daequan hit an awesome clip that we shared on the NRG Twitter. It feels incredible to see the Thoom House creating content on their own channels! As they continue to dominate on Twitch, the rest of the Thoom House members got together with Daequan, Hamlinz this past week and hopped into some $200,000 supercars to race and see who was the fastest. In case you missed it, hop on by the Thoom House YouTube channel and check it out!
Be sure to catch the next video coming out tomorrow on the NRG Thoom House channel, it’s a BANGER! #NRGFam
Full Squad Gaming
The guys over at Full Squad have been busy creating TONS of exciting content out of the NRG Hot Pockets Castle! Over on TikTok, the squad continues to make moves as they launched a new mini-series “Name the Game or Get Paintballed” which has been a massive success, accumulating over 3 million views in just 2 episodes! Additionally, we are excited to announce that FSG has added ANOTHER Snapchat show to our portfolio of Discover shows! The new show, Streamy, brought in over 4.4 million views with its launch episode and helped catapult the FSG Brand on Snap to new levels of success, surpassing the 1 million subscriber mark! Please give it a look and a sub. We’re so proud of the FSG crew and can’t wait to see what they do next!
The back-to-back Overwatch League champs are hell-bent to prove the critics wrong as they enter the 2021 Overwatch League Playoffs as the underdog team no one wants to play. On Tuesday night, the team took on the #1 seed Shanghai Dragons, where despite Nero popping off on Reaper and Choi’s INSANE D.Va Ult, we ultimately fell down to the lower bracket. In a nail-bitingly close five-map series against the Philly Fusion on Wednesday, the Shock clawed their way to victory, keeping their Grand Finals dreams alive. Like our GM Chris Chung says, we’re taking the scenic route. The squad is focused up for their match tonight at 6 pm PT versus Chengdu as our loser’s bracket climb continues. #SHOCKFIGHTING
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Last week was a huge week for Rocket League Esports as Psyonix took to Twitch to announce the return of RLCS. The announcement included the much-anticipated return of Rocket League LAN tournaments, the first one being in Sweden in early December! We can’t wait to be back on LAN, and we hope to defend our World Championship crown later this year.
Beyond all of the excitement from the RLCS announcements, The General NRG Rocket League boys participated in the WePlay Rocket League Invitational exhibition this past weekend. JSTN, Squishy, and GarrettG came out swinging and took out the Soniqs behind Squishy’s INSANE flick. With momentum on their side, the squad swiftly took care of G2 and found themselves in the Upper Bracket Finals. Unfortunately, in the next round, the squad fell short as they ended up dropping games to the Shopify Rebellion and EnVy securing a 3rd place finish in the tournament. With the off-season coming to an end soon, we can’t wait to see the squad back in action for the start of the RLCS Season in October.
NRG Thoom House
Since joining the #NRGFam, the NRG Thoom House has been pumping out consistent and incredible content. Several house members have begun Twitch streaming daily in addition to our weekly Thoom House Thursday videos. This past week Daequan, Hamlinz, and the squad squared raced $200,000 Supercars! If you haven't seen it, check it out!
Real quick before we go, we wanted to let you know that everything in the NRG Store has been re-stocked so go grab your NEW NRG Dad Hats or a hoodie from the NRG Essential collection! Don’t miss out! Until next week #NRGFam ON TOP!
The back-to-back Overwatch League champs have their trophies and their metaphorical crowns, and now they finally have their rings. Last week the San Francisco Shock held an intimate ring ceremony where last year’s winning squad were presented with their 2020 championship rings. Shock's general manager, Chris Chung, explained his choice of the word emblazoned along the bottom of the ring, "endurance", to represent the hardships the team went through last year when the world screeched to a halt. The boys not only managed to persevere but overcame, winning the entire season and cemented their place in professional Overwatch history.
For those who missed out, be on the lookout for our YouTube video capturing the entire ceremony, featuring some secret surprise guests!
That wasn't all for the Shock boys, as they headed on a team trip for some quality bonding time, to reset going into playoffs. The squad will be heading to Hawaii this weekend and will be facing down the Shanghai Dragons next Wednesday the 21st. We're motivated, and we have our eyes fixed on that three-peat.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose, #WINNABLE!
Since joining the #NRGFam earlier this year, it’s been quiet for GAM and NRG Asia. With the 2021 Season on hold due to COVID-19 in Vietnam, we sat in wait, hoping the guys would have a chance to prove themselves and earn a spot at the 2021 World Championships. However, despite holding the top spot in the VCS this season, the team will be unable to represent the NRG and GAM banner at Worlds due to COVID restrictions in Vietnam. While this is unfortunate, we thank you for the support over the year and we can’t wait to show you all what the team has been working on next season when the COVID situation improves.
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The NRGFam is THOOMIN’. This past week we dropped our weekly Thoom House Thursday video where Daequan, Hamlinz, and the squad teamed up and battled it out with the most intense game of paintball you’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.
That wasn’t it though for the Thoom House, as Hamlinz finally returned to Twitch, and is back to his normal ways, dropping some sus freestyles and good vibes. But you always have to be ready when streaming at the house because you never know when the guys might ambush your stream with Nerf guns.
Monday was a big day for NRG Warzone as JoeWo held his inaugural Battle for the Crown. The event was a $40,000 2v2 Traditional Kill Race where the top names in Warzone battled it out. After an early loss, Huskerrs and Newbz dropped down to the lower bracket and made the run of their lives all the way to a Grand Finals matchup against none other than JoeWo. We had an NRG vs NRG Grand Final for the lion’s share of the $40,000 prize. It was there that Huskerrs and co reset the bracket and ultimately became the Champions of the tournament. #NRGONTOP
This past weekend was do-or-die for the San Francisco Shock. With only the Toronto Defiant standing between us and a spot in Champs playoffs, the Shock boys were hungry for the win. Long-time Shock fans will know how scary “playoff Shock” can be and poor Toronto ended up on the wrong side of a brutal wipeout as the boys thoroughly dismantled the Defiant in swift 3-0 fashion. It was all Ws across the board as the Shock barely lost a team fight in the entire match. With our ticket to playoffs (and finally, Hawaii) secured, the boys will be prepping hard before our match against the #1 seed Shanghai Dragons on September 21st live from the beaches of sunny Honolulu.
In other news, stocks for our San Francisco Shock themed keycaps are rapidly dwindling after the big win rush, so make sure to order yours before they sell out!
After months of preparation, the FNCS Grand Finals took place this past weekend. It was time for Benjyfishy, Clix, Bucke, Edgeyy and EpikWhale to drop into action. Unfortunately for Benjy, Clix and Bucke, they had the misfortune of a contested drop, making their FNCS run very difficult, eventually finishing out of the money. However, over in NA East, Edgeyy alongside Cented and Commandment dropped in like champs looking to avenge last season’s second place finish. As the action kicked off, the trio looked shaky, but after three games they found their footing and kicked into gear, earning three top-two finishes in the final three games, one being an 11-kill win. As Day Two kicked off, the trio looked to pick up where they left off, and they did just that. After all twelve games passed, Edgeyy and co. found themselves with their 4th consecutive second place FNCS finish, and a massive $105,000 in the bank. Despite it not being the ideal finish for Edgeyy, we’re proud of him and his trio for their continued domination in NA East. They truly are one of the best trios in the game.
Over in NA West it was a different story for the reigning champs, Epikwhale, Arkhram, and Rehx. The best trio in the game found both success and misfortune. Entering Day Two the trio was sitting comfortably in second place in the region, with a first-place finish within reach. However, after several games on Day Two, things weren’t looking good for them after a surprising 18th place finish in Game 9. With just three games remaining, the trio found themselves down about 30 points on the leaderboard. That’s when things started to turn around. In Game 11 of the 12 that would be played, the trio absolutely DOMINATED, winning the game with 11 eliminations, which split the distance from 1st to 2nd place to around 20 points. In the 12th Game, the trio needed just about everything to go their way, and that is exactly what happened. Early on in the game, the 1st place team was eliminated prior to placement points being awarded, which practically rolled out the red carpet for Epik and co to take home their FOURTH CONSECUTIVE FNCS CHAMPIONSHIP. The trio clawed their way to the top, securing a 2nd place finish with 9 eliminations. Once again, they had claimed the FNCS Championship. What Epikwhale and his trio have done over the last four seasons is nothing short of remarkable. This FNCS Championship marks Epik’s 5th FNCS title overall, proving he is indeed the best player to ever play competitive Fortnite! To celebrate the championship, we’ve decided to unlock our limited-time Championship White NRG Jersey. Go cop it before it leaves the store on Monday. #NRGFam
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This past week marked a historic one for the NRG Thoom House. Our first official NRG Thoom House Thursday video dropped finding the crew at a Ninja Warrior Practice Facility in an effort to determine which house member could become the next American Ninja Warrior. In addition to that video we’ve been pumping out content on the More NRG Thoom House channel for you all to meet the other members of the house. If you haven’t seen them yet, sit back, relax and meet Sin, Exie, Bow, and Yanni before we drop the next Thoom House video this Thursday.
That wasn’t it for the NRG Thoom House though, as the internet witnessed the return of NRG Daequan to Twitch. The highly anticipated stream was one for the ages as Daequan spoke about his absence, messed around with Hamlinz as he jumped into the pool, and went about the NRG Thoom House, having one of the most intense games of Nerf Gun Deathmatch you’ve ever seen. We’re beyond happy the legend has returned and we can’t wait to see more from him and the rest of the house!
Lastly, we wanted to take a moment to welcome AussieAntics to the #NRGFam. Over the weekend, we took to Twitter and the NRG Fortnite YouTube channel to welcome him (and his dog Steve). Aussie is one of the most viewed creators in the Fortnite scene, and we hope to work with him to make amazing content across a lot of the NRG Communities once he and his family move to LA early next year! #NRGFam
Finally, after months of preparation, the FNCS Grand Finals are about to begin. This weekend, Benjyfishy, Clix, Bucke, Edgey, and EpikWhale will all drop into action alongside their trios with their eyes on the Axe of Champions, and their cut of the FNCS prize pool.
The guys have been hard at work and we can’t wait to see what they’re able to accomplish this coming weekend. Will Epik secure his 4th consecutive and 5th overall FNCS Championship? Will Benjy, Clix, and Bucke be able to prove themselves after last season’s blunder? Can Edgey break the 2nd Place Curse? The storylines are insane and we’re beyond excited to see it all play out on the big stage. To know when the guys drop into action, be sure to follow NRG and NRG Current on Twitter and get geared for the weekend by picking up an NRG Jersey in our store. It’s time to bring the Axe of Champions BACK to the #NRGFam
It’s been a quiet week for the San Francisco Shock, as the Overwatch League is on break heading into the postseason. The boys have been preparing hard for their play-in match this weekend, which will determine whether they will be able to punch their ticket into the playoffs, and also Hawaii for 2021 Champs! Our opponent is still yet to be decided, as our regular season standing afforded us a bye, and we will get our pick of who to play depending on first-round winners. Make sure to tune in this Sunday at noon pacific as we fight for our place in playoffs #WINNABLE.
In other Shock news, we have finally released our long-awaited keycaps for preorder. Stock is strictly limited, and we’ve sold well over half already, so make sure to order yours before they’re gone!
NRG Thoom House
Since we announced the NRG Thoom House, it’s been non-stop content, content, content, from the House Tour, where we announced the long-awaited return of Daequan and Hamlinz, to the pair introducing the world to their new roommates and NRG members. The main YouTube channel has been straight thoomin, accumulating over 400,000 subscribers in under one week. We’ve even taken over the More NRG Thoom House channel to individually introduce you to the likes of Meteors, Ginos, and Sin with intros of the other members due to premiere in the coming weeks. It’s been a full NRG Thoom takeover across NRG with the group going viral on TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. We’re THOOMIN BABY!
In the meantime, be on the lookout for NRG Thoom content this Thursday as the first #ThoomHouseThursday video drops on the NRG Thoom House channel.
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While the off-season is in full force for the squad, we’re happy to announce that JSTN, GarrettG, Squishy, and Sizz have all re-signed with the #NRGFam. The defending World Champs and North American Champs are here to stay! While RLCS Season 11 hasn’t been announced yet, we can’t wait to see what the returning squad will do this season while repping The General NRG Rocket League banner.
Lastly, we wanted to let the #NRGFam know that we’ve fully restocked every item in the NRG store and even have a few items on sale to get all the new members of the fam repping NRG. Go pick up something today and let us know what you copped over on Twitter! We can’t wait until LANs are back and we can see the #NRGFam out in full force once again.
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The paper trail began on Monday. Posters started appearing, sporadically plastered across Los Angeles, bearing a photo of two of the internet’s most beloved creators, Daequan and Hamlinz. Keen-eyed fans noted that this was a brand new photo of the duo, never before shared to the public and not posted to either of their dormant social channels. Accompanying this image was a glaring question: have you seen these streamers? Daequan and Hamlinz had previously left the public eye for personal reasons - nobody had seen neither hair nor hide of them in upwards of two years. But the sudden appearance of these posters urging people to “find the streamers” left the gaming community reeling, and offered a glimmer of hope. Was it possible? Were they really making a return?
Speculation erupted online, as the gaming world was in a frenzy trying to determine what the posters meant. Was it a hoax? Were they back for real? Then came the report that a billboard had gone live in Las Vegas, with a link to a livestream video on YouTube. The stream showed live footage of the actual Vegas billboard, and thousands of people swarmed to tune in, all in the hopes of finding out what was going on. It was then that Daequan and Hamlinz finally broke their year-long silence on Twitter with a single coordinated tweet. The eyes emoji. The cryptic tweet got the attention of the entire gaming community and announced to the world that the two were working behind the scenes to announce their comeback.
Dedicated fans watched the billboard livestream throughout the night, hoping to catch a glimpse of any hint that might appear. Any car that passed, any person who strolled past the camera; all of these could be a clue to Daequan and Hamlinz’s return. After 24 hours of the stream going live, it finally happened. A group of people wearing NRG apparel sauntered up into frame, and two people wearing ski masks punched through the camera car glass to address the stream viewers directly. “Tomorrow at 1PM, we thoomin’ baby. At the same time, NRG announced to the world that finally, the streamers had been found.
And then, the internet exploded.
On Thursday, the community was on the edge of their seats, eagerly waiting for us to announce the official return of the duo as NRG Daequan and NRG Hamlinz. The suspense built to a fever pitch, as streamers were hosting watch parties with hundreds of thousands of viewers, and fans were waiting when finally, it happened. NRG announced the return of the kings, along with seven of their best friends. Just like that, the NRG Thoom house burst onto the scene.
As the announcement dropped, so did the new NRG Thoom House YouTube channel which featured the official Vegas house tour, as well as a small introduction of all the members of NRG Thoom. It didn’t take long for the channel to go viral, as, within an hour of launching, we accumulated over 100,000 subscribers and gained over 250,000 views. (As of newsletter press time the video currently has over 1.1M views and 245,000 channel subscribers!!!) That’s not all for the NRG Thoom squad though! We are officially kicking off the NRG Thoom House with a giveaway of 10 PS5’s so fans can follow and get to know the new members of NRG, as well as introducing the four different YouTube channels where NRG Thoom content will be posted weekly.
As Thursday came to an end, we wrapped things up with a bang by presenting the Thoom Squad with their own exclusive NRG Thoom House chains. We cannot wait to see what the Thoom House will become over the upcoming days and years, but we do know that this day marks a historic new page for NRG and our place in the gaming content world.
WE THOOMIN BABY! #NRGFam
We told you that we might have something up our sleeve … and we held up our end of the bargain as this past week we welcomed Bucke as the newest member of NRG Fortnite. The announcement took the internet by storm as Bucke took a moment to reflect on his journey from a one follower streamer to hitting the big leagues with the NRGFAM. We are so happy to have Bucke on board and can’t wait for the first new look NRG Fortnite crew video dropping on youtube later this week.
Shortly after the Bucke announcement, Clix, Ronaldo and Bucke dropped into action in NA East for FNCS Qualifier 2. The boys easily advanced into Saturday’s action but hit the wall as their respective trios failed to qualify for the Week 2 Finals. All three will be back in action for Qualifier 3 this weekend. We got this!
Over in NA West however, it was a different story as the 4-Time EpikWhale and his trio shockingly disbanded their trio, forfeiting their auto qualification to the FNCS Grand Finals (after winning last season’s FNCS) in order to shake off some rust and get some practice in. And to no one’s surprise, the trio absolutely DOMINATED, averaging 7 kills and 7th place over the course of the games, giving the them the top spot in the region for the week. The trio’s 1st place finish not only gave them their second auto qualification for the FNCS Grand Finals, but proved they are out for vengeance with their eyes on their 4th consecutive FNCS championship. Crazy!
The Shock had an absolutely hectic weekend, with both our last two regular-season matches along with regional knockout matches for the Countdown Cup. Friday and Saturday passed by in the blink of an eye, with the boys crushing the Vancouver Titans in a clean 3-0, and soundly defeating the Toronto Defiant in 3-1 fashion. These two wins meant that Shock finished the season with the best win/loss record amongst all teams, and placed us second in overall standings.
The Shock rolled into Sunday with everything on the line; we would have to battle our way through the Dallas Fuel and LA Gladiators in order to reach Hawaii, where we would get the chance to earn more league points to bolster our overall standing and gain automatic qualification into the playoffs. We breezed through the Dallas Fuel and defeated them swiftly with a 3-0 stomp, and focused up to go against the Gladiators. The match that ensued was worthy of a grand finals match, with both teams showcasing peak Overwatch play. From hair-raisingly close control maps, to clutch ultimate cancels, to explosive triple D.Va bomb kills, this match had it all. We took the Gladiators right down to the wire but unfortunately failed to close it out. The boys played their absolute hearts out, and now we're more motivated than ever to come back stronger in the playoffs. We’ve got vengeance in our hearts, and our eyes are fixed on the three-peat.
In the meantime, our MTD collection is still available for pre-order, so make sure to place an order for yours so you can rep the Shock heading into the postseason!
Finally, after the scare of the season, Scump and Envoy tested negative for COVID-19. The news came on the last possible day before the team boarded their flight for Los Angeles and the Call of Duty Championship. Our run for greatness begins today with a highly anticipated matchup against the NY Subliners. We’ve been hard at work all season long and hope to show out for the #Greenwall in the final event of the Cold War season. We can’t wait to see you all at the event. LET’S GOO!
Lastly, we wanted to let the #NRGFam know that the highly anticipated NRG Dad Hats are BACK IN STOCK on the NRG store. Go pick one up today and let us know you copped one over on Twitter! We can’t wait until LANs are back and we can see the #NRGFam out in full force.
This past weekend, Ronaldo and Clix made their way to the NRG Hot Pockets Castle to film some of the best content gaming has to offer. While we shared some of the behind the scenes content with Clix and Ronaldo on Twitter and Instagram, we can’t wait to show you all the amazing content we filmed over the coming weeks! Make sure to subscribe to the NRG Fortnite YouTube… you never know when we might drop something spicy!
Full Squad Gaming
Over the past week and a half Full Squad has taken over the gaming side of TikTok with the Gaming Clips Hall of Fame. The series has gained well over 55 MILLION VIEWS (you read that right!) over eleven episodes, and over 450,000 new followers to the account! If you haven’t yet, make sure to check it out for a look back at the most iconic moments of gaming history. Full Squad continues to take over the online gaming community one clip at a time, and we’re only going to up the ante from here on out.
The Shock were out of action during our bye week of the Countdown Cup, but it's been anything but quiet. It's long been said that the Overwatch League is an anime, and we've finally made that a reality. Last Friday we launched our brand new anime merch line, featuring none other than legendary main tank and cosplayer himself, Matthew "super" DeLisi. Preorders are now available, so make sure to check it out!
We've also made an exciting new addition to the Shock Fam - our new assistant coach byZenith! Having previously coached Overwatch Contenders teams Drifters and Third Impact, byZenith is an incredible talent to add to our staff, and we are looking forward to see what impact he makes as we head down the home stretch of season 4.
BIG WEEKEND FOR THE BOYS this weekend as we wrap up the regular season with two must-wins against the Vancouver Titans and the Toronto Defiant in a Canadian double-header. Two wins and we lock up a slot in the play-in tourney for Hawaii and a terrific seed for Champs.
Lastly, we’re happy to announce that we’re teaming up with Guild of Guardians, a mobile RPG, to give one lucky person the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, and to become the first member of the public to visit the NRG Castle. The game is set to redefine the way mobile gaming is done by allowing gamers the opportunity to turn their passion for gaming into digital assets (NFTs). We can’t wait until you all can purchase our NRG hero collectible NFT which is playable in-game later this year. NRG on the cutting edge!
The Fortnite off-season is officially over as we welcome Week 1 of FNCS Qualifiers. The NRG Fortnite squad was back in action as Clix, Ronaldo & Benjy all dropped into qualifiers alongside their trios (EpikWhale and Edgeyy having already qualified for the FNCS Grand Finals as a result of their stellar placements last FNCS season). As the weekend began, all three battled their way through the first several rounds of the FNCS Opens, and it was Clix and Benjy who ultimately prevailed, making their way into Sunday’s Week 1 Qualifier Final.
Over in Europe, Benjy and his trio found their stride early and DOMINATED throughout the Week 1 finals, averaging 7th place throughout the 6 games, and earning themselves 1st Place overall in Week 1 along with an auto qualification to the FNCS Grand Finals (which Benjy failed to qualify for last season). The redemption arc is underway for Benjyfishy and we can’t wait to see him and his trio drop into action later this season!
In NA East, it was Clix and his trio who were looking to earn their spot in the Grand Finals. However, despite their best efforts and a consistent Top 10 finish throughout the 6 games, the trio came up just short of the Top 3 needed for the FNCS Grand Finals taking home 4th place in Qualifier 1. Fear not though, Qualifier 2 is just a week away where Ronaldo and Clix will both drop in ready to grab their rightful place in the Grand Finals.
Before we move on from Fortnite, we wanted to take a moment and let you all know that the four-time FNCS Champion, EpikWhale has officially re-signed with the NRGFam. We can’t wait to see him and his trio back in action as they seek their 4th consecutive FNCS Championship. What a goat! #NRGFam
Full Squad Gaming
This past weekend Ben and the Full Squad Crew introduced TikTok to the Gaming Clips Hall of Fame, where over the course of just five posts, Full Squad Gaming has accumulated over 12 million views! From legendary clips like Leroy Jenkins, to the iconic MOM GET THE CAMERA, we can’t wait to see this series progress and share some of the iconic moments and fan-favorite clips from gaming history. Jump in for yourself and see what all the comments are about!
The Shock were back in action this week in the opening matches of the Countdown Cup. This is the last tournament cycle of the regular season, and the boys jumped right into the fray, hungry to secure themselves a spot in Hawaii. Our Countdown Cup qualifiers started with a rematch against nemesis Dallas Fuel, where the boys looked in strong form and took the Fuel to an electrifying fifth map. Unfortunately we fumbled the final map, and finished 3-2. Not to worry, however, as the Shock rallied on Sunday and completely dominated the upstart Boston Uprising walking away with a 3-1 victory. The win put the Shock back in 2nd place overall in the West, but more importantly showed all the team synergy and aggressive play that has been the trademark of the Shock in our past two championship seasons. And If you missed last weekend's matches, make sure to check out our weekly recap showing all the highlights, presented by our new sponsor ampm.
The boys have some time to rest up now as we have a bye week, and then it's back in action against the Titans on the 13th, and Defiant on the 14th. To get you through the break, make sure to subscribe to the San Francisco Shock YouTube channel, where we regularly post great content!
Finally, the CDL was BACK on LAN … with fans! As fans and teams alike made their way to the Stage V Major in Dallas, the guys began the weekend as the #1 overall seed. Our first matchup would be against Toronto, where despite insane teamwork to break the hardpoint and Envoy going Super Saiyan, we fell to the Ultra in Game 5.
Dropping into the Losers Bracket, OpTic awaited the winner of the ATL FaZe and Seattle Surge game, where despite all odds, the Surge prevailed, giving fans the matchup they never expected. It would be in this match that scump took over and proved he was indeed the king with a clutch gene like no other. In an insane back-and-forth series, the squad felt the force of the #GREENWALL and punched their ticket to Championship Sunday after an insane Game 5 Search and Destroy on Standoff.
Enter Sunday, it would be a matchup against none other than Crimsix and the world champs Dallas Empire for a spot in the Losers Finals. The force of the fans was felt as the team was unstoppable, not only 100-point clubbing the Empire in Map 1, but securing a DOMINANT 3-1 victory, putting the guys in the top 3 with a chance at their first CDL Championship of the season. Unfortunately for us, that’s where our run would end. The boys ran into a red-hot Toronto Ultra who swiftly took the series 3-1, giving scump, formal and the squad a 3rd place finish at Major V, and a ton to look forward to at the CDL Championship later this month.
Before we close things out this week, we wanted to take a moment and congratulate NRG’s President, Brett Lautenbach, and his family as they welcomed baby boy Sebastian James to the Lautenbach and #NRGFam. We can’t wait to see Sebastian rocking the NRG onesie!
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This past week the squad was treated to a Championship Vacation Content House, and oh boy the content has been GREAT! Since the Champs arrived we’ve put out tons of amazing content, ranging from the House Tour, to the Ultimate Cook-off, and of course, Sizz and JSTN hitting the pool. The videos have been flowing on the NRG Rocket League YouTube channel as well including the big man himself Shaq playing Rocket League with the squad and fan-favorite What’s in the Box Challenge. While the Florida house was just a vacation, we can’t wait until the squad is back in competition soon and hope that next time Squishy and JZR can join the squad!
Before we move on, the votes are in and NRG Rocket League has a new look. We took to Twitter this week to announce the winning jersey for The General NRG Rocket League for next season! Hit the link and shop.nrg.gg and be one of the first to rep the new look and go green to support The General NRG Rocket League team.
It’s been a crazy off-season for the Fortnite squad. As the guys look to solidify their trios heading into FNCS Qualifier 1 this weekend, everyone will be dropping out of the battle bus aiming to nab a spot in the Grand Finals (aside from Edgeyy and Epikwhale, who have already earned their spot due to their success in the previous FNCS Grand Finals.) Be sure to tune into NRG Twitter and NRG Current for the latest up-to-date coverage as the action commences this week. #NRGFam
The Shock squad took some time to rest this week, before diving back into preparation for our next tournament cycle, the Countdown Cup. We're still looking strong at second place in the regular-season standings with a record of 9-3. The boys have their eyes forward as they head into their next set of matches starting on Saturday 31st against the Dallas Fuel, and Boston Uprising on Sunday.
In other news, our Shock short-sleeve kits are almost sold out! Make sure to snag yours to rep the team in style before they're all gone.
The squad has found their stride at the right time. As Stage V concluded this week, Scump and the boys have been grinding and looked to end Stage V ON TOP. This week we squared off against London and the Thieves with our eyes on a perfect 5-0 record and the top seed entering the Major.
As our match against London began, it was the king, scump, who dominated the Royal Ravens en route to a 3-0 sweep and a 4-0 record in Stage V. Heading into the last match before the major, the guys squared off against a familiar foe, the LA Thieves. A hot start fizzled fast and the boys found themselves on the short end of a 3-2 score. The loss put OpTic at 4-1 in Stage V as they secured the #1 Seed heading into the major. This week, you’ll find the guys hard at work hoping to bring the GreenWall it’s first championship of the season.
The General NRG Rocket League
As the off-season for the squad is in full effect, this past week both Squishy and GarrettG took the stage in the Intel World Open representing their home countries, Canada and the United States respectively. It was clean sailing for the guys through Groups with both the US and Canada securing spots in the Playoffs. It didn’t take long before NA (and still reigning World Champs) GarrettG and Squishy were head-to-head in a fierce match that culminated in Team USA taking the win and sending Team Canada down to the lower bracket. As matches progressed, Team Canada successfully fought their way back through the lower bracket to meet Team USA again in a rematch for the Grand Finals. Ultimately Team USA took the win in the second Best of 5, giving GarrettG and Team U.S.A the Championship.
As the off-season continues, we wanted to thank those of you who voted on the new The General NRG Rocket League jersey for RLCS Season XI. The votes came piling in, and we are excited to reveal the new The General NRG jersey in the next couple of days. Make sure you tune into our twitter account to find out which design won and for the chance to grab one for yourself.
Before we wrap things up with Rocket League, we also wanted to let you all know that we’re treating the Champs to a beach vacation, where we’ll be shooting a ton of IRL content with the guys. Be on the lookout across Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and the NRG Rocket League Channel on YouTube the coming days as we REALLY get to know the boys at the first ever Rocket League House!
NRG Apex Legends
It’s been a crazy off-season for NRG Apex so far. This last week we dropped a MASSIVE announcement that Ace has officially re-signed with the #NRGFam! Ace has been with NRG Apex since the very beginning, and we can’t wait to continue to support him as a content creator in the future.
In case you missed it, check out the latest Youtube video from NRG Apex where Ace and LuLu took on The Floor is Lava Challenge on Kings Canyon.
We’re super excited to welcome both Hello Fresh and ampm to NRG/Shock as our newest partners! NRG’s sales team continues to bring in fantastic brands to support our team and content initiatives. We are all excited to see what our partnership group and ampm and Hello Fresh have cooked up for the #NRGFAM.
The Shock squad took some time to rest this week, before diving back into preparation for our next tournament cycle, the Countdown Cup. We're still looking strong at second place in the regular season standings with a record of 9-3. The boys have their eyes forward as they head into their next set of matches starting on Saturday 31st against the Dallas Fuel, and Boston Uprising on Sunday.
In other news, our Shock short sleeve kits are almost sold out! Make sure to snag yours to rep the team in style before they're all gone.
Full Squad Gaming
This past week the guys over at Full Squad welcomed a new face…Matt Cummings. Matt joins us from the NFL social media group and was immediately put to the test by Grady and Ben to go viral… two times on Full Squad TikTok. Let's just say Matt showed up real strong. If you haven’t checked out the Full Squad TikTok, do so. You never know what hijinks the guys are getting into over at the NRG Hot Pockets Castle, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun!
NRG Apex Legends
As the NRG Apex squad heads into the offseason, the NRG Apex YouTube channel has been dominating the game. Over the last several weeks, we released the video ALL Apex fans have been waiting for… we had Ace team up with Faide and Lyr1c, forming the ultimate Apex Movement Trio. If you haven’t seen the trio take on the Inverted Control and Wingman Only Challenges, be sure to check it out! It was history in the making. While you’re at it, check out the latest challenge video featuring Ace, Lulu, and Rogue where the trio took on the protect the queen challenge! \
We also wanted to take a moment and congratulate Lulu on surpassing 1 million Twitch followers! This is no small feat, and we are so happy for her. Since joining the NRGFam, Lulu has been a pillar of the Apex community and of course the NRG Fam. We know this is only the beginning for her and we can’t wait to continually support her over the coming years.
The squad has been hard at work following their debut showing in the Valorant Champions Tour. This past week they took the stage in a minor tournament, the Nerd Street Gamers Summer Championship Open 11. The squad looked strong as they battled their way through groups, only dropping a total of 4 rounds! Having secured themselves a spot in the Round of 16, new look NRG Valorant stood face-to-face against our old friends Koler and DarkZero. A dominant 2-0 victory secured the squad a spot in the quarterfinals, but unfortunately, that's where our run ended. Despite the loss, the squad looks up to the challenge as they continuously improve, heading into Challengers 2 later this month. #NRGFam
Real quick, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate both Clix and Ronaldo on the tremendous milestones they achieved this past week. Clix continued to take over Twitch and surpassed 4 million followers on the platform, while over on YouTube, Ronaldo earned himself his gold play button, having surpassed 1 Million Subscribers. We can’t believe the things this duo has been able to achieve since joining the #NRGFam and we can’t wait to see what’s next for them!
Full Squad Gaming
For the third consecutive week, Full Squad Gaming continues to dominate the world of Snapchat Discover shows. FSG’s new show, CosPlay, has racked up over 330,000 followers in less than 3 weeks. To top that off, all three episodes have been viewed a total of over 216 MILLION times!! Sit tight, we can’t wait to show you all episode 4 coming this Friday! In the meantime, give it a sub along with the Full Squad show that started it all, Viral Gaming, and stay tuned for a new show from FSG debuting next week. We are super excited about that one, but we aren’t giving anything away just yet.
NRG Valorant was back in action this past weekend as Stage 3 of the Valorant Champions Tour began. New look NRG Valorant came out strong as they took on the open bracket on Thursday, securing back-to-back 2-0 victories over Taipan Esports and IlluZion Black, while only dropping 12 rounds throughout the 4 games. This secured the squad a spot in the Round of 32 against Virtuoso, however, that’s where our run, unfortunately, ended as the squad dropped a disappointing 0-2 match.
The boys are hard at work with a few weeks of preparation until Challengers 2, where NRG along with the likes of FaZe, Soniqs, C9, TSM, ANDBOX, T1, LG, and more will all battle it out with hopes of Berlin on the mind. Until then, it’s back to work for the #NRGFam.
The General NRG Rocket League
In case you missed it, yesterday we announced that fans can vote for the next The General NRG team’s jersey for Rocket League Season XI. We wanted to highlight the legacy of the winningest Rocket League team of all time and the history of NRG as we entered a new era of Rocket League with our great partner The General. Who better to decide on our new kit than the NRGFam itself. Voting started yesterday on four designs and will continue through to the 20th of July. Be sure to cast your daily vote HERE, and stay tuned for the announcement of the winning jersey later this month.
This past week, the NRG Warzone family saw the first of many NRG Stream Challenges. While IceManIsaac was streaming the NRGFam took over. JoeWo hijacked Isaac’s stream to issue him a challenge to be completed in-game, and the reward? 100 Gifted Subs from the NRGFam. This new content format perfectly showcases the crazy creative minds that are the NRG Content team, and we can’t wait until the next one. You never know when it might come, so be sure to be tuned into Huskerrs, Isaac, and JoeWo every time they stream! If you haven’t seen Isaac take on Joe’s challenge, check it out here on the NRG Warzone YouTube channel.
Last weekend the San Francisco Shock headed into our second week of Summer Showdown matches. The team faced a tough Paris Eternal squad on Friday and secured the win in a dominant 3-1 fashion. Nero showcased some phenomenal Pharah play, and Viol2t pulled out a surprisingly aggressive Lucio, getting melee eliminations left and right.
On Saturday was our long-awaited rematch against the Houston Outlaws. Despite a strong start on control, the Shock was unfortunately stopped in their tracks by the Outlaws squad and fell 1-3. Although this was not the performance we were hoping for, the Shock boys are still optimistic and are working to find synergy within this new roster. Despite this, the Shock aren’t completely knocked out of the Summer Showdown tournament yet, however, our spot within the Knockout Rounds to secure a ticket to Hawaii will be determined by the others’ teams performances this weekend.
Before we move on from the Shock, we wanted to take a moment and celebrate the Shock YouTube Channel surpassing 100,000 subscribers! Being the first team in the Overwatch League to do so, this milestone means a lot to the entire Shock Fam and the crew behind the scenes bringing you top Shock content year in and year out. Thank you for supporting us, as we continue to put out the best content in the Overwatch League.
Full Squad Gaming
Full Squad continues to dominate the world of Snapchat Shows, and episode two of the wildly popular CoSplay show continues to prove that it is A MEGA HIT!!! 11 days out from its debut, CoSplay already has 231,000 subscribers and has been viewed over 200 MILLION times!!! Wow. So excited for Friday's drop of ep. 3. Give it a sub along with the Full Squad show that started it all, Viral Gaming.
Till next week #NRGFAM!
It was time for the biggest Warzone event of all time last weekend, the World Series of Warzone. The NRG Warzone roster — consisting of Huskerrs, JoeWo, and IcemanIssaac — took to Verdansk alongside their trios for the Warzone custom lobby. The first-of-its-kind lobby consisted of the top 150 players the game has to offer, all fighting for the lion’s share of the $300,000 prize pool. Huskerrs, who is one of the game's top players and all-time earners, teamed up with Aydan and Rated to form the trio of the tournament. This group of the top three earners in Warzone history were aiming to prove that they were indeed the best in the world as they dropped into action.
As the tournament progressed, it became evident that Huskerrs’ trio came to play. With only six custom games to prove themselves, their squad entered the final lobby and took it by storm, ending with a 24 kill, top 15 finish. This incredible result secured enough cumulative points over the course of the event to crown them the first-ever World Series of Warzone Champions!
We’re super proud of Huskerrs as he continues to prove his dominance in Warzone through each and every tournament.
NRG Valorant has seen a few roster changes over the past few weeks with the third stage of the Valorant Champions Tour right around the corner. A few weeks back, we announced that our IGL Daps would be retiring from Valorant. With VCT Stage 3 looming, and a spot to fill on the roster, it was only a matter of time until we announced our fifth. On Sunday we welcomed Wedid to the team. Wedid, formerly of XSET, is a top controller in the game. Known for playing his signature agents Viper and Astra, he’ll be a crucial piece for us as we begin our Stage 3 run against Taipan Esports tomorrow. Keep up with all the action as the guys battle through Opens this week by following NRG and NRG Current on twitter! The team looks stacked and expectations are sky-high. #NRGFAM.
The Summer Showdown kicked off last weekend with our rematch against the Gladiators, who took us the distance in a five-map affair. This was our first match following the departure of Striker, and while the team looked a little shaky against a strong Gladiators squad, they still managed to pull off highlight-worthy plays, such as Super’s high-impact Earthshatter on King’s Row, which completely negated Birdring’s 6-man EMP. After a back-and-forth match, however, the boys ultimately failed to close it out on Lijiang Tower, going down 3-2.
On Saturday, the Shock squad went up against the London Spitfire in what was expected to be a sweep in our favor. However, the Spitfire did not back down without a fight and gave as good as they got, taking us to another five-map series. Twilight showed off his signature aggressive Ana play with this sneaky flank, allowing the rest of Shock to wipe the Spitfire team and hold close to their spawn room. After a nail-biting four maps, the squad managed to secure the win, bringing our regular-season record to 8-2.
Not our best performance overall last weekend, however, our current record still puts us at second place in the Western region standings. The Shock are going through a transitional period of change as we welcomed back superstar ANS to the fold, but we have no doubt the boys will find their synergy and show us the signature San Francisco Shock again. Big matches on Friday and Saturday should tell us a lot about the Shock’s prospects for a 3Peat this season. Check out the action on Youtube.
Full Squad Gaming
A few weeks back, we teased that the guys over at Full Squad had a few exciting projects they were cooking up, and they did not disappoint. After weeks of hard work, Full Squad is serving a brand new series on TikTok titled “Games They Should Make”, featuring theoretical games such as Call of Duty: Revolutionary War, and Red Dead Redemption III, just to name a few. This series raked up a ton of views and prompted much discussion, and the gaming community is abuzz with chatter of what games they would love to see in the coming years.
But that’s not all! Over on Snapchat, Full Squad premiered two brand new shows to air alongside its Viral Gaming Show, which airs on Wednesdays and Sundays. One of the shows is Fight Night, where the internet’s biggest stars go head-to-head as fighters created within WWE or UFC games, giving pop-culture fans the celebrity showdowns they’ve always wanted to see. The other show is called CosPlay AND IT IS A MEGA HIT!!! Its first episode is hitting its head on… wait for it… 100 million views 5 days from drop! We are so excited about all three of our Snap shows and will be launching a fourth very shortly. That will give Full Squad a 5 episode slate to win over fans around the world. Well done boys!
Full Squad Gaming
On TikTok last week, we set our eyes on a world record. We announced in a TikTok video that for every follower we gained from that TikTok, we’d put one ball into the NRG Castle until we broke the record for the World’s Largest Ball Pit. You all delivered and we showed our love by signing some of the balls in the Castle with the names of our new followers. We loved the community's reaction to the idea, and while we didn’t break the World Record, we did gain enough followers to hide Grady in the Oval Office. We can’t wait until we show off our next banger idea. Be sure you’re following us on TikTok, you never know when we’ll drop it!
The General NRG Rocket League - Champs Again!
The longest season in the history of Rocket League Esports finally came to a close this past weekend as the RLCS X Championships took place across the globe. GarrettG, JSTN and Squishy took to the stage in the NA Championship, bearing the name of The General NRG across their shoulders. Having dominated the region throughout the course of Season X, the boys sprang into action in the NA Semifinals against G2. Being the NA Championship, the format of the Semifinals and Grand Finals was a best-of-three, best-of-seven, meaning that in order to secure the victory, contenders would have to win two best-of-seven series.
Our run to the title kicked off against G2 and quickly developed into one of the most intense Rocket League series in recent memory. We secured the first series in a back-and-forth seven-game thriller 4 games to 3, which featured JSTN finessing the G2 defense, and GarrettG hitting one of the most insane redirect goals the tournament would see. As the second series began, we rode the momentum from our Game 7 victory and got off to a fast 1 game to 0 lead, but G2 weren’t about to give up without a fight. They battled back, trading the next two games back-and-forth. With the series tied 2 games apiece, G2 picked up the pace and took the next three games, despite GarrettG hitting an insane flip reset double-tap goal, and pulled out the 4-2 second series win. It was now the first team to win 4 games in the deciding series to see who would play for the NA title.
The boys built a 3-2 series game lead as we entered game 6 which of course went into overtime. It was the seventh overtime of the match with G2 having won five of the previous six. That’s when our captain GarrettG, found the back of the net 1 minute and 48 seconds into overtime, earning ourselves a spot in the NA Championship Grand Finals after taking home the longest series in the history of Rocket League Esports!
Enter Championship Sunday. The North American Grand Finals. It was The General NRG squaring off against rivals Sypical and his Spacestation Gaming squad. JSTN set the pace early and not only hit one of the best goals of the season but also pulled off an insane 1v3 against the entire SSG defense. The General NRG swiftly took the first series in 4-2 fashion with their eyes fixed on the trophy as the second series began.
The squad found their peak form at the right time. The second series was one where JSTN, Squishy, and GarrettG dominated, with the highlight coming in Game 4 where GarrettG ripped the hearts out of the SSG faithful and gave us a commanding 3-1 series lead. The boys had their eyes on the finish line, with just one game left between us and the crown, and we never looked back. The squad played the best Rocket League they’ve played all season and as time expired in Game 5, The General NRG were your RLCS X North American CHAMPIONS!
The guys not only won back-to-back-to-back Championships to end the season but quashed any doubt about who the Kings of North America are. In celebration of the Championship, we’ve released our limited edition NRG Championship White Jerseys as well as our exclusive The General NRG Championship White Rocket League Jerseys! They leave the shop in a week, so get yours before it’s too late! While you’re at it, we rushed to get our Championship Comms out on our YouTube channel so you could experience the winning moment once again. #NRGONTOP #TheGeneralNRG
NRG Apex Legends
The NRG Apex Legends revenge tour began this past week. After coming up short in the ALGS Championship, sweet, nafen, and rocker dropped back into World’s Edge for not only the Esports Arena Pre-Season Invitational but also the SCARZ CUP. The squad proved the ALGS Championship was nothing but a fluke. The team took home BOTH Championships on the same night, edging out the likes of C9, TSM, and SSG across the day. We’re beyond proud of the team as they bounce back. We can’t wait until ALGS resumes next season. We’re coming for that trophy. #NRGFam
The Shock may have been on break this week, but it was anything but quiet as we rocked the Overwatch esports scene with a series of massive announcements. Last Friday we parted ways with our assistant coach, Agape. Our time together was unfortunately cut short, but Agape will always be a part of the Shock Fam, and we wish him nothing but the best. We also bade farewell to one of our Shock veterans, Namjoo "Striker" Kwon, as he made the decision to retire from professional play. Striker has been an integral part of the team, both in and out of the game, and was an indispensable part of our back-to-back championships. We sincerely thank Striker for the history that we made together, and wish him all the best for the future. Shock Fam forever!
Although we said goodbye to some old friends this week, we also said hello again to another old friend... That's right, we're beyond thrilled to announce that ANS is returning to the San Francisco Shock! Known for his insane carry potential and ability to snipe enemies with pinpoint precision, ansansniper is a HUGE mid-season pick-up for the Shock, and we are so happy to welcome him back.
With ANS on board, we are super excited to dive head-first back into our Summer Showdown matches this weekend against the LA Gladiators and the London Spitfire. In the meantime, it's your last chance to order one of our Play with Pride charity t-shirts! All proceeds will be going to the SF LGBT Center, so don't miss out.
The CDL was BACK on LAN. The conclusion of Stage 4 came down to this. The entire league was eager to play on LAN again for the first time in over a year. Our first series on LAN would be a matchup against none other than Crimsix and the Dallas Empire. Unfortunately for us, they quickly gave us a reality check, taking the series fairly quickly in 3-0 fashion.
Enter Saturday, our first series of the day was a do-or-die matchup against the Seattle Surge. It was none other than FormaL who took over when it mattered most, securing two crucial kills in Search and Destroy, and winning us the round. The Surge gave it their best, but ultimately the young prince, Envoy, stepped up and earned the squad a matchup against the Minnesota RØKKR later that night to battle it out for a spot on Championship on Sunday. It was in that series that Scump and the guys found their stride, as Seth went beast mode and took over Checkmate, securing their Championship spot in classic OpTic fashion.
As Championship Sunday rolled around, it would be a rematch against Crim and the Empire for a spot in the Lower Finals. Unfortunately, despite FormaL starting things hot with an ace on Raid Search and Destroy, our run at the Stage 4 Championship would end there. A Top 4 finish is nothing to sneeze at, however the squad isn’t satisfied with anything but the crown, and are more determined than ever to secure their first Championship of the season as Stage 5 approaches.
NRG Apex Legends
ALGS Championship weekend had finally arrived! As a warmup, the NRG Apex squad has been competing in the ALGS Group Stages over the past few weeks, and the Pittsburgh Knights Invitational this week. The squad DOMINATED in both events, edging out TSM and G2 for the Championship, while also claiming the #1 seed heading into the ALGS NA Championship. With all eyes on them, sweet, nafen, and rocker were hyped as they looked to etch their names in the annals of Apex Legends history. The stage was set as we witnessed the most viewed event in competitive Apex history, peaking at 254,931 viewers. Sunday’s Championship series went to a back-and-forth total of 9 matches, and our boys fought tooth and nail to secure their spot atop the leaderboard. Unfortunately, we ultimately fell short, falling to out-rotations from teams running the newest legend who has made her way into the meta, Valkyrie. Despite our less than ideal placement, sweet pulled off the impressive feat of dealing the most damage in the lobby, showing that you should never count him and the boys out. Regardless of the outcome, we’re extremely proud of the squad, having won the Winter Championship and cementing their spot among the greats as a top team in North America. We can’t wait for the squad to be back in action for the next season of ALGS. In the meantime, the boys look to begin their redemption arc this Saturday in the Series E 10K alongside some of NA’s top competitors. We’ll have all the action covered for you over on NRG Current!
The Apex Legends community continues to be one of the best up-and-coming communities out there and we have been there right since the very beginning. We cannot wait to see where else the community goes, both competitively and content-wise. If you haven’t checked out the NRG Apex Legends Channel on YouTube, take a look. Our last video featuring aceu and Rogue trying out the one mouse one keyboard challenge already has 226,000 views! We love this community, and we love Apex Legends!
The General NRG Rocket League
It all comes down to this. Squishy, JSTN & Garrett aim to bring home the NA Championship this week. While the tournament is underway, our outstanding season earned us the #1 seed in North America, and an automatic bid for the NA Championship. The team, now referred to as The General NRG, will begin their run in the NA Championship Semifinals against G2! We’re super excited to get back in action and we’re hyped for the event… which is evident from our Championship Hype video that premiered today! If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here. We’re looking forward to watching the boys crush it this weekend, and can’t wait to add another trophy to our most historic and storied defending World Champion team. #NRGFam
This week was a huge week for the speedrunning community. E3 took place, showing off the best of what’s to come in gaming over the next year. Since our entry into speedrunning, our content has been taking over YouTube — in under 2 months, the channel has accumulated over 62,000 subscribers, and is just shy of 2 million views! Our latest challenge where EazySpeezy tried to beat 30 levels of the world’s hardest game before PointCrow, Kosmic and LilKirbs had to beat 15 amassed over 200,000 views in just a week.
The Shock boys took some time to rest and reset this week, in the first week of our break leading up to the Summer Showdown. Despite unfortunately falling short of the June Joust tournament, the Shock are still looking strong at second place overall, with a record of 7-1 in the regular season. Now is the perfect time to focus up and recalibrate for the next tournament cycle ahead. In the meantime, make sure to check out our newly launched Play With Pride t-shirt for Pride Month, with all proceeds to be donated to the SF LGBT Center as well as our first 2021 season installment of the award-winning series Aftershock.
Full Squad Gaming
Our friends at Full Squad have been diligently at work over the last several months since we first introduced them to the world. They’ve been killing the game over on YouTube — not only did they have a video surpass 22 million views, but they’re also rapidly approaching 100,000 subscribers on the channel. But that’s not it for the squad; they’re taking over both Instagram and Snapchat, with Instagram posts averaging well over 100,000 views on our @Videogames account, and two weekly Viral Gaming episodes on Snapchat Discover that are generating 20-30 Million views per week! We are beyond excited for the continued growth of Full Squad, and we can’t wait to share some exciting news we got cooking up with you all in the coming weeks.
With the first LAN in over a year on the horizon, OpTic Chicago took the stage this week against the Seattle Surge and LA Thieves. In a back-and-forth affair against Seattle where T2P came in clutch, we ultimately fell in the Game 5 Search and Destroy. Using the loss as motivation, Scump and the boys walked into their final match before the Major with their eyes on the prize. The squad delivered, DOMINATING one of the league's best teams and securing not only a spot in the Winner’s Bracket, but also earning the #2 seed at the Major. It’s time for LAN now, and you know scump, formal, envoy and dashy are READY to play. #GREENWALL
NRG Apex Legends
It is finally time for the ALGS Championship! A year’s worth of work and effort on display as the top 40 teams in North America battled it out this past week in the Group Stage. Our team, consisting of sweetdreams, Nafen and rocker, were placed in Group B alongside the likes of Kungarna, ESA Black, Renegades, ESA Red and a select group of orgless teams. Over the course of three days, NRG would fight for not only the top spot in Group B, but in NA as a whole.
Qualification for the ALGS Grand Finals was simple, the top spot in each of the 4 groups would qualify. The remaining 16 squads would be determined by cumulative points over their 3 day performances. Action began on June 2nd as NRG squared off against their top rival in NA, TSM. The squad then began their reign of terror with sweet providing the clutch of the weekend. NRG Apex DOMINATED Day 1, taking home two wins on the night. Heading into days 2 and 3, the squad didn’t slow down. Over the course of the weekend, NRG Apex took home six wins between the 18 rounds the team played. It was one of the most DOMINANT performances competitive Apex has ever seen. NRG Apex not only qualified for the Finals, but did so as the Number 1 Seed.
Being the top seed in the region means the boys will begin their run on Sunday in the ALGS Championship with 10 points already to their name. We can’t wait till Sunday where sweet, nafen and rocker drop into World’s Edge with their eyes on match point and the ALGS Championship crown. We’ll have all the coverage you need over the weekend on Twitter so be sure to follow both NRG and NRG Current! #NRGFAM
This was another big week for the San Francisco Shock, as our match results would not only determine whether or not the team would get a bye in the knockout round, but also if we would ultimately progress through to the June Joust tournament in Hawaii.
The team made easy work of the Vancouver Titans on Friday, and put on a show, complete with some attempted sneaky D.Va re-mech kills, and celebratory Moira Coalescences. Nero once again showed off his prowess as a flex god with a standout performance on Echo, making high-value plays with her tri-shot primary fire and focusing beam ability. On Saturday the Shock faced down the Washington Justice in a five-map back-and-forth blockbuster of a match. We unfortunately lost the first control map, but tied it up with a dominant showing on Volskaya. The Justice fought back on Numbani and wrenched the win away from us, but the boys rallied on Rialto. Shock showed why they are still a team to be feared, with Glister clutching it out with his monstrous performance on Widowmaker, stopping Justice’s push just shy of point B. The team clawed their way to an ultimate victory on map five, securing our spot as second seed heading into the knockout round on Sunday.
Going into Sunday, we stood upon the precipice of making it to Hawaii, but we fell short, going 0-3 against the Atlanta Reign. The squad finds itself at 7-1 on the regular season at the halfway point. It’s back to the drawing board now, as the guys regroup and prepare to come back stronger for the 2nd half and ultimate run at a third straight Worlds Championship.
Scump and crew were back in action this weekend, taking on the Paris Legion. OpTic started off strong, taking an early 2-0 lead in the series after Envoy was feeling himself on Standoff Search and Destroy. However after a brief stumble in Game 3 the squad bounced back in Game 4, going on an absolute tear, closing the game on a 221-43 run. With the squad finally finding form, be sure to catch OpTic back in action on Thursday, June 10th as we take on the Seattle Surge in the LA Thieves Homestand.
It all came down to this. The Chapter 2 Season 6 FNCS Grand Finals. Epikwhale and Edgey were up, hoping to put the NRGFam BACK ON TOP! The action would take place over two days, with the winner in each region claiming the FNCS Axe of Champions, as well as their share of the massive prize pool.
Over in NA East, Edgey found success on Day One with multiple Victory Royales, earning himself and his trio 201 points and a spot at top of the leaderboard heading into Sunday! Entering Sunday, all eyes were on Edgey, and his trio mates Cented and Commandment as they looked to redeem themselves from their back-to-back FNCS second-place finishes. Edgy and crew lead the entire tournament up until the last round where some bad luck and expert play by Mero & Dey’s landed them as bridesmaids once again, giving the trio their third consecutive second-place finish. Regardless, we’re super proud of Edgey and his trio’s accomplishments this season. While they did walk away with $105,000 (not bad!), they are more motivated than ever as they look to break the curse heading into next season!
As the action began in NA West, it was Epikwhale, Arkhram & Rehx who were seeking their third consecutive FNCS Championship as a trio. More than that, Epik was actually seeking his fourth consecutive FNCS Championship (having won duos prior). It was business as usual on Saturday as the trio shook off some of the rust, having not competed in any of the previous qualifiers. Coming into Sunday, the boys found themselves in the unfamiliar spot of third place. No need to worry, over the course of twelve games, the deadly trio didn’t place outside of the top 10. It was in Game 11 where the trio put the final nail in the coffin and clutched out the Victory Royal proving once again that they were the best trio Fortnite has EVER seen, securing yet ANOTHER FNCS Championship. We’re amazed at how consistent Epikwhale is year-in-and-year-out, and we’re so proud to have him rep the #NRGFam. Thanks to Epik, our Championship White jerseys are unlocked for a limited time, so be sure to pick one up before they leave the shop … until the next NRG champion is crowned!
NRG Apex Legends
Later today, NRG Apex will find themselves back in action as the ALGS Championship kicks off in North America. Sweetdreams, Nafen & Rocker are looking to add more accolades to NRG Apex’s storied past, as they forge towards an even brighter future. As group play begins today, the squad will be battling it out with their eyes on the Finals on June 13th. Be sure to keep up with the action on NRG Current for all the play-by-play action.
The San Francisco Shock were finally back in action this weekend, after an almost month-long break since the May Melee. The boys were hungry for a win, and more importantly, they were looking for revenge in the rematch against the Dallas Fuel.
Our June Joust debut began on Saturday against the Toronto Defiant, where the reigning champs started strong and took Oasis 2-0. We struggled a little on Junkertown, and ultimately lost the map, as Shock's rookie sniper Glister was yet to find his footing with his new teammates. After that, though, the boys rallied, and showed a masterful game on Hanamura with perfectly coordinated dives, bringing the score line to 2 maps to 1. Going into map 3, Glister was locked in, and along with the impeccable teamwork of the rest of the squad, we won the match in 3-1 fashion.
All eyes were on Shock heading into our rematch against the May Melee champions the Dallas Fuel on Sunday. After almost a month since our playoff lost, the San Francisco Shock were out for revenge. In a five-map banger, the boys showed off their new look in this meta, with Viol2t switching onto Moira, and Striker playing a deadly Reaper. Nero lit up the kill-feed with a masterful performance on Echo, getting high-value duplicates, grinding out kills and turning fights even when we were down, in classic Shock fashion. Smurf, as per usual, showed off incredible tank play, battering Fuel's supports around and denying ultimates. Glister's redemption arc was also in full-swing, as he clicked the heads of the Dallas Fuel one by one, getting vital picks to lead us to the win.
The fight's not done, however, as we head into two more matches this weekend against the Vancouver Titans and Washington Justice. The boys will be working hard to secure their spot in the June Joust Tournament, and the chance to go to Hawaii that narrowly slipped through their grasp last time. In the meantime, check out our brand new, limited edition Naptime Hoodie, featuring Viol2t himself sleeping on the iconic red beanbag.
Stage Four of the Call of Duty League opened with our Chicago Home Series this past weekend. Scump and the boys picked up where they left off and kicked off the action against the upstart Minnesota Røkkr. The prince himself popped off and led the team to a swift 3-0 victory. In the follow-up match, the squad ran into the Atlanta FaZe playing at the top of their game and unfortunately dropped the match to fall to 1-1 in Groups. Back to the lab, as we look to regroup and improve before heading into our next match against the Paris Legion on Saturday. #GREENWALL
It’s June! That means lots and lots of esports my friends. Apex Champs, RL Champs, Shock June Joust in Hawaii … the fam rolls on. Stay tuned ...
NRG Rocket League
This past weekend, months of intense Rocket League competition came to a head at the RLCS Spring Major. GarrettG, Squishy, and jstn were looking to pick up where they left off at the Winter Major and bring home back-to-back major championship victories. The action kicked off for the squad on Saturday during group play. Analysts called our pod 'The Group of Death', pitting us against G2, FaZe Clan, Spacestation Gaming, and Version1. FaZe Clan came out hot and gave us a shocking 3-1 loss to kick off the action, but it ended up being the reality check that woke up the NRG beasts. The boys went on to secure three straight series against V1, G2, and SSG thanks to some big-time plays from Squishy. We ended the first round with a 3-1 group record and securing the #2 overall seed out of group B.
Championship Sunday kicked off with a face-off against old friend, Turbopulsa and Team EnVy. The boys came out FIRING, embarrassing our powerhouse rival in quick fashion and advancing to the semifinals where we’d face a red hot Rogue team. There, we’d see JSTN do the impossible with this insane pop flick goal that led the team to a dominant 4-2 victory, and a spot back in the Grand Finals. At this point, it all just felt inevitable!
Entering the Grand Finals against G2, JSTN, GarrettG, and Squishy were operating on another level. Up 3-2 in the series, JSTN did what he does best and proved he is just built different. Game 6 was a round of Rocket League that will go down in the history books. Tied 1-1 after regulation, both teams were locked into one of the most intense TEN MINUTE OVERTIMES in RLCS history! Both teams hung on with miraculous defensive plays until Squishy took matters into his own hands and found a game-winning breakaway goal, bringing home BACK TO BACK Major Championships.
NRG Rocket League secured two out of the three NA Majors in what has been an intense year all around for the RLCS. To celebrate, we have unlocked the BRAND NEW The General NRG Championship “White” Jerseys in the NRG team store, which are available until next Monday only. We’re super proud of the team for staying resilient throughout Season X, and the big man himself, SHAQ, even went to Twitter to congratulate the squad on their win.
A final note, there has been no NRG team like NRG Rocket League! Year-after-year the boys continue to represent the org at the highest level of play. Winning back-to-back Majors and entering Worlds as the #1 seed just adds to their resume as the greatest NRG team of all time!
Although Clix, Ronaldo, and Benjy fell just short of qualifying for the FNCS Grand Finals in their respective regions, NRG Fortnite is not out of the race yet. This weekend EpikWhale is looking to make Fortnite history by seeking the 3-Peat in NA West, while Edgey is looking to redeem himself after coming in 2nd place in back-to-back FNCS Championships. All eyes on Edgey and Epik to carry the mantle for NRG Fortnite. Best of luck boys!
The San Francisco Shock is ready and excited to spring back into action after last week's bye with a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday. Our June Joust qualifiers start with a match against the Toronto Defiant followed by the Dallas Fuel, the defending May Melee champions. Super and the boys are hungry for a win, and out for revenge. Fans are excited to see how coach Crusty and the Shock will adapt to the recently introduced hero bans as we continue our grind for the fabled three-peat. In the meantime, make sure to pick up some Shock gear and rep the team, and check out our Youtube for behind-the-scenes content!
It was All-Star Weekend for the Call of Duty League as both Dashy and Envoy were in action for both the 1v1 and the star-studded 4v4.
It was a good change of pace for the guys as they battled it out amongst the best players in the CDL. Dashy and Envoy both showed why they are a force to be reckoned with this season. While they both fell short in the 1v1, they ended up securing the big win during the 4v4 All-Star Championship. All eyes are back on OpTic Chicago with Stage 4 of the regular season is just around the corner.
The guys are in the final stages of preparation as the FNCS Semifinals kick-off this Saturday. Benjy, Clix and Ronaldo look to join EpikWhale and Edgey in the Grand Finals next weekend. In the meantime, the content has been flowing on the NRG Fortnite YouTube channel. Check out the latest video and keep an eye out for this Friday’s video… you won’t want to miss it.
NRG Rocket League
Finally, after a long bye period the boys are BACK in action this weekend as The General NRG takes over the Spring Major. Action begins on Saturday, as we battle it out in Group B against the likes of FaZe, V1, SSG and G2. It’ll be a challenge for the guys, but one we’re prepared to face. Be sure to keep up with all the action on NRG Current as we look for redemption after falling short in the Spring Regional.
We are so excited by the response to our brand spanking new Speedrunning channel. A labor of love for sure, NRG Speed Running already has 37,000 subscribers and last week’s Mario Maker is closing in on 300K views. Big things ahead from the crew, so be sure to subscribe and drop some words of encouragement for the boys.
All was quiet again on the Shock front this week, going into the second week of our break. Despite the June Joust kicking off this weekend, the boys have a bye week, and won’t be playing until our match against the Toronto Defiant on May 29th. The team is raring to get back into action, and we’re excited to see the results of their training come to fruition. To scratch your Shock Overwatch itch... check out some new footage from when the squad played some custom games last week.
Also on the books is the return of our “Scuffed” Gangster S super and smurf jerseys, back by popular demand. These are only in our store for one week, so make sure to snag yours while they’re still available!
Last weekend, the squad was back in action for the last online Major of the season. Starting in the lower bracket, Scump and the guys began their run, taking it one game at a time. As they faced off against the LA Guerrillas, it was none other than a Round 11 clutch that pushed the guys into a matchup with Dallas for top six at the Major. Facing off against old friend turned rival, Crimsix, it was business as usual as we took down the Empire in 3-0 fashion, securing top six.
Following the Empire, OpTic squared off against the Mutineers, with the winner earning themselves a spot in Championship Sunday. In what was arguably the best series of the year, Dashy came in clutch, as Bruce took care of business when it mattered most.
Unfortunately, that’s where the magic ended. Despite the team looking like a force to be reckoned with, we fell to the Toronto Ultra, the defending champions, securing a top four finish at the Major. All eyes on the guys heading into Stage 3 after a strong showing. #Greenwall
Over a year in the making, NRG Esports is proud to announce our return to League of Legends! Being the first game NRG Esports was ever involved with, we wanted to make sure our next move in League of Legends was done right. That’s why we have partnered with our long-time friends at CMG World Gaming to establish NRG Asia and acquire our first team, the legendary GAM Esports!!! We can’t wait to see Levi and crew take on VCS competition and make it to Worlds later this year. If you haven’t seen the awesome announcement, check it out here.
NRG’s expansion into Vietnamese League of Legends is the first endeavor of NRG Asia. We’re actively working to make NRG a global brand and this is our awesome way of beginning that. To learn more about NRG Asia or GAM please check out NRG Asia online. We can’t wait to see the Nexus fall! #NRGFam
Benjy, Clix, and Ronaldo have been competing in the FNCS Qualifiers over the past several weekends. As session 3 wrapped up this weekend, we are happy to announce that all six of our competing players have qualified for the FNCS Semifinals or Grand Finals! Be sure to keep up with the guys as they prepare for action on the 22nd with their eyes on the exclusive FNCS Axe of Champions.
In the meantime, we’re happy to announce that Edgey has re-signed with the #NRGFam. We love Edgey, and can’t wait to see him continue to dominate in and out of the game. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out the latest video he was featured in where he rated fan-submitted Fornite clips alongside Ron, Epik, and Clix!
While the team continues to improve both on and off stream, we’re super excited to announce that we have signed a new Head Coach for NRG Valorant. On Wednesday, we welcomed legendary coach, JoshRTz to the #NRGFam. We can’t wait to see the squad dominate with his help. In the meantime, check out the content that has been flowing on the NRG Valorant YouTube Channel from Zayt In-Game Leading Ethos and Flexinja to the guys breaking down their best clips. We have it all.
When NRG was created back in 2015, we set out to build the world's best gaming and content org. Now, we have the website to match. All things NRG, all the time. We’re excited to unveil our BRAND NEW website redesign to the #NRGFam. Check it out - you’ll find everything NRG from rosters to apparel. Swing by it and let us know what you think!
This past week has been a quiet one for the Shock, meaning it’s the perfect time to get some rest before getting back on the grind. The team played some Overwatch custom games to blow off steam, and now have three weeks off to reset and shake off the dust from our last loss. Our boys have been working hard, and we have our sights set on long-term results. Eyes forward now as we prepare for our return on May 29th against the Defiant in the June Joust. In the meantime, make sure to snag one of our iconic Lunchtime sweaters before they're vaulted from the store this Sunday, the 16th!
The squad was back in action this week as they competed for seeding in the upcoming CDL Major. This week the boys had matches against the Atlanta FaZe and the NY Subliners. However, things didn’t go according to plan, and we fell 2-2 in Groups, securing a spot in the lower bracket in this week’s upcoming major. Time to get to work. Let’s bring it home. #GREENWALL
It is easy to get used to winning. NRG has been on an epic run of championships for the greater part of 18 months. From the Shock to NRG RL to our recent Apex championship, across the board NRG has truly been #ONTOP of the esports competitive world. This weekend, we felt the bitter sting from the other side. So close, but ...
A month of preparation and qualifier victories led up to the Valorant Champions Tour Challengers Finals. Eight teams battling it out for a spot at the first ever International Valorant LAN in Iceland. Who will be the two teams representing NA? Our run began with a matchup against XSET, and the squad lived up to the hype as Daps clutched up with .2 seconds to spare en route to an easy 2-0 victory. Just like that, the squad was in the winners’ semifinals against Cloud9 one win away from the golden ticket. However, that’s where the magic faded. We ultimately fell to Cloud9, and dropped to the lower bracket, where despite some highlight reel plays from s0m against V1, we dropped the match and concluded our run in 5th/6th place. Seeing the boys’ performance at this high a level so quickly in their development, despite the loss, speaks to a very bright future for NRG Valorant.
NRG Apex Legends
NRG Apex has been competing in the GLL Masters Spring Series over the course of the last month. The team DOMINATED the event from the open bracket onwards, earning themselves a first place spot in the Semifinal a few weeks back, ultimately leading to the Grand Finals this past week. Over the course of two days the top 20 teams dropped into Worlds Edge and battled it out over 16 grueling games (one too many if you ask us :-). Day 1 was all NRG as the squad took home several wins, as the boys found themselves in prime position to bring home yet another trophy for NRG Apex. However, in day 2, the competition bounced back and made it competitive until the very final game. Nafen and co were having the games of their lives as they were seen meleeing the competition mid tournament. Still leading going into the final game, bad luck pulled the zone away from the squad and left us exposed. The boys went down too early, and despite leading wire to wire, were nudged out by TSM on the final point total scoreboard. A heartbreaker indeed.
That’s not all from NRG Apex though, as Lulu Lovely announced that she has re-upped her contract with NRG! We love Lulu and will continue to support her as she takes the APEX world by storm. Our Queen!. By the way, did we mention that Season 9 just dropped? There’ll be NRG content aplenty as this exciting new season progresses, so be sure to check out the NRG Apex Channel, where there’s tons of great content dropping every few days.
Heading into this week, the San Francisco Shock had a lot on the line. We needed to win both of our matches this weekend for the chance to advance to Regional Knockouts for the May Melee Tournament, which is being held in Hawaii.
Following our loss against the Houston Outlaws two weeks ago, the boys were finally back in action after a bye week. That last loss motivated the squad, so not only were we hungry for the win, we were angry. An angry Shock is a terrifying Shock, and we unleashed this fury upon the Mayhem on Friday, solidly rolling them and securing a sweeping 3-0 victory in incredibly efficient Shock fashion. We’d love to have more to say, but this match was a cut and dry speedrun.
On Saturday we faced the Atlanta Reign in a tense five-map series. After dropping the first map, the boys rallied and evened up the score on Volskaya with some heroic plays, such as Choihyobin lobbing his Graviton Surge from downtown to hold the Reign off the point. On map three, FDGod and Super shocked the world with this incredible boop into Earthshatter on King’s Row, completely obliterating the Reign. Unfortunately, we lost this map, but that just lit a fire in the boys, as we showed off our signature Shock aggression on Havana. After completing the map on attack with one minute left in the time bank, we held the Reign at their own spawn doors for almost two whole minutes before completely denying them at the first point, tying up the score 2-2. Heading into map five, you could see how much the Shock wanted this win, and with the help of some sick environmental kills from FDGod, we took the dub, securing our spot in the Regional Knockouts.
Unfortunately, Hawaii was not in the cards for us, as we were defeated 3-0 by the Dallas Fuel on Sunday. For some historical context, we have only been swept three times since the start of the 2019 season. It didn’t look like Shock Overwatch and we are sure the boys and Coach Crusty will figure out the meta and come back stronger in two weeks. Stay tuned ...
The squad was back in action this week as they took on their league rivals, the Los Angeles Thieves. Despite Dashy trending on Twitter after doing the unthinkable with the FFAR, the squad lost a hard-fought battle 3-1 and moved to 2-1 in groups, where they will square off against the NY Subliners on Thursday. Eyes forward for the team as we look to make a statement in the Dallas Home Series in preparation for the Major. #GREENWALL
Following last week’s open qualifier, NRG Valorant took the stage in the VCT Challengers 2 closed qualifier. The objective was simple: place top 4 in the closed qualifier to secure a spot in the VCT Championship this coming weekend with a trip to Iceland for the first international LAN in Valorant history on the line! Action began on Thursday when eeiu lined em’ up and sent BBG down to the lower bracket after a DOMINANT 2-0 victory, setting up a highly anticipated match with the Immortals to secure the coveted top 4 slot. The Immortals got off to a ripping start, dropping the boys on our own map pick. Things looked grim, but that is when NRG turned it up and turned it loose. Both s0m and Daps hit highlight-reel plays taking map 2 to even it up and pulling away in map three leading to victory and QUALIFYING NRG for the VCT Challengers Finals! While that’s where our run in the Closed Qualifier ended, we can’t wait to get back to it, as we begin our quest for Iceland against XSET on Thursday. It will be a defining weekend ahead for our young Valorant squad. Fingers crossed!
NRG Rocket League
With the Spring Split in the RLCS coming to an end, this past weekend we were treated to the third and final NA Regional. The matches kicked off on Thursday when the squad began their run through Group D, flip resetting on everyone in their path. NRG secured a 3-1 record in the group and moved onto a knockout round match against Version1. As the team entered action on Saturday, Version1 came to play, however, JSTN and the guys had a different plan. JSTN took over and dominated the game (as always) and secured the 3-2 win, earning NRG’s spot in Sunday’s playoff match.
Our playoff run began at a fever pitch as we squared off with Rogue in what was clearlly the most intense game-by-game, back-and-forth series of the weekend as JSTN 1v3ed Rogue into oblivion, setting up a semifinals matchup with Oxygen Esports. The semifinals was deemed “The Squishy Show” as he took over the match with reads like this, putting the squad back where they belong…THE GRAND FINAL.
Unfortunately, that’s where our luck ended, as we ran into our old friend Turbopulsa and EnVy and ultimately fell in a heartbreaking Game 7 despite some insane heroics from GarrettG. Back to the lab, and eyes forward for the all important upcoming Spring Major where we look to secure the number one overall seed heading into the RLCS Championship.
In what has seemed like forever, NRG Fortnite was back in action with Week 1 of the FNCS Qualifiers. This time around only Benjy, Clix and Ronaldo were competing as Zayt retired, missing out on his first FNCS ever, and Edgey and Epik have both auto-qualified for the FNCS semifinals later this season based on their outstanding FNCS performance in the previous season. While the guys grinded it out and shook off some dust, we saw Benjy hit the clip of the weekend as all three of our guys secured a spot in the Week 1 Finals. However, we came up short of securing a spot in the semifinals, but fear not, we go again this coming weekend. In the meantime, check out the newest video of the guys as Clix bought his mom a new car ❤️
In case you missed it, the NRGFam just expanded. We’re super excited to announce that we’ve entered the speedrunning world with the addition of four brand new NRG creators.
Please welcome, EazySpeezy, PointCrow, LulKirbs, and Kosmic to the #NRGFam. If you haven’t seen it yet, please check out the awesome animated announcement video and subscribe to our brand new channel! Our first video with the guys drops tomorrow, you don’t want to miss it!
Coming off of a bye week, the San Francisco Shock have a busy weekend ahead of them with tons of meaningful Overwatch action. On Friday, we face off against the Florida Mayhem, and on Saturday we’re up against the Atlanta Reign and old coach Sephy. Both are tough matchups, but the boys are hungry for the win, as these match results will determine whether they will qualify for the Regional Knockouts. If the Shock squad wins both matches this weekend, they will move into the play-ins, where they will battle it out among the top six Western teams for one of the two coveted spots in the May Melee tournament In Honolulu in May. (yes, Iceland for Valorant and Hawaii for Overwatch. Lesssgooo!!!) A tense few days are coming up, but the team has been grinding hard and of course in “Crusty we Trusty.” Don’t bet against the Champs!
Other NRG News
You might have seen our announcement on social, but in case you missed it, The General® Insurance and NRG Esports have entered into an unprecedented new partnership in which NRG’s Rocket League team will be renamed “The General NRG” for all future competitive and non-competitive events. The partnership is the first-of-its-kind in North American Rocket League and goes into effect immediately. Keep an eye out for The General NRG branded jerseys that will first be seen during The General NRG’s next competitive event: Rocket League Championship Series Season X North America Major. And, keep an eye out for the Big Diesel himself, NRG co-owner Shaq O'Neal, who is on tap to help the rocket league boys announce this innovative partnership.
For the first time in half a year, the San Francisco Shock were BACK IN ACTION. The revamped roster looked to shock the world as they took on the LA Gladiators and the Houston Outlaws this weekend. The team dropped their first map against the Gladiators, but after shaking off a little dust from the off-season, they rallied, and they didn’t look back. From FDGod hunting DPS players to Viol2t DOMINATING on MCCREE (yes, you read that right, Viol2t played DPS), the Shock took over and DOMINATED the new Gladiators roster (and old friend Moth) in 3-1 fashion before a strong opening day audience on YouTube.
In Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Outlaws and our old coach Junkbuck, the Shock started off slowly, going 0-2 in the series before taking a tense back-and-forth map on Anubis. Enter map 5 and enter Striker! We were all left jaw-dropped when he showed off the coolest off-season find the Overwatch League has to offer… He shocked the world with this filthy McCree spot, where he literally DESTROYED the Outlaws, forcing a tie-breaking sixth map. Unfortunately, map six wasn’t in the cards for us, and we dropped the series, moving to 1-1 on the young season. No worries in Crustyland, as the Shock have gone 1-2 to start the last two championship seasons. A Crusty team is a learning team. Crusty tinkers, the team adapts and then we dominate. Plenty of Overwatch left to be played, and we’re all for it. Patience is going to pay off this season as we get the ball rolling. We have an off week coming up, but in the meantime, get prepared for our next matches by picking up one of our very limited authentic SF Shock Long Sleeve Kits!
NRG Rocket League
Following the off week for the squad, NRG Rocket League jumped back into action as The Grid resumed Monday and Tuesday. As the boys battled through tough matchups against SSG, G2, and XSET, we saw some highlight-reel plays from JSTN and Garrett, securing first seed in The Grid mini-playoffs on Tuesday. Despite taking two games off of G2, they were too much as NRG ultimately concludes The Grid Spring in 3rd/4th place. Fear not! GarrettG and co will be back again soon, having already secured the #1 seed in RLCSX.
It was time for NRG Valorant to take the stage once again as Challengers 2 of the VCT began on Thursday. Last chance for NRG’s new look Valorant squad to progress in their quest for the first ever Valorant World Lan in Iceland this summer. The squad was in top form off the rip as they DOMINATED the early stages of the open bracket to the point where Android felt free to knife the enemy… From there NRG continued to roll as they eventually landed a matchup on Sunday with Luminosity (a top 10 team in NA,) with the winner securing a spot in the Main Event Closed Qualifier this weekend. Android and s0m took over the early rounds of the match and never looked back as the boys dropped LG on their way to a Top 10 North America ranking. More importantly, they also earned themselves a spot in the Closed Qualifier. We can’t wait for action to resume tomorrow, where we will face off against BBG as the road to Iceland continues.
Following last week's action in LA, Clix, Ron, and the guys returned home, where they prepared for FNCS over the weekend. However, before the week could take off, Zayt took to Twitch to announce his next career move, stepping away from competitive play (again). We can’t wait to support Zayt in his journey as an NRG Content Creator. If you haven't, follow Zayt as he will be hosting watch parties for major Fortnite events, along with dominating the competition in Valorant on stream.
Last week we told you we had more BIG announcements in store for the #NRGFAM. This week we delivered, announcing two new amazing partners!
Purple - We’re sooo happy to announce that Purple has joined the #NRGFam. The squad loves the Purple family of products and we're more than eager to raise their hand to participate in the slate of content and activations we have planned for 2021. And as a bonus: NRG got our own special Purple page on their website! Go give the guys a visit.
LEVI’S - To announce a partnership literally years in the making, we produced our own NRG-style ad for the company with the quality that never goes out of style. We’re ecstatic to partner with such an iconic brand and can’t wait to share what we have in store with Levi’s over the coming months.
FINALLY! After 185 of the longest days of our lives, the San Francisco Shock are BACK IN ACTION. The defending world champs kick off with a doubleheader weekend, April 16th at 1:30 pm PT, taking on our former main support Moth and the Los Angeles Gladiators followed by a match-up with our old coaches and the Houston Outlaws on Sunday the 18th at noon pt on youtube. We can’t wait to show you how much hard work the guys have put in during the offseason in their quest for the elusive three-peat.
In the meantime, our social and content teams have been diligently working to bring all of you the best content Overwatch has to offer, like our new Emongg and Flats Overwatch League team tier list, (wonder who they ranked pre-season #1?), all building towards our Official SF Shock OWL game day co-streams!
Patience is going to pay off this weekend. Get prepared for the battle for the three-peat and pick up one of our very limited stock of new authentic SF Shock Long Sleeve Kits!
NRG Rocket League
Heading into the second NA Regional Event, the team was feeling great. Having been the first team in North America to qualify for the RLCS X World Championship, the guys looked to pick up where they left off after an undefeated week in the Grid. Action kicked off with JSTN doing JSTN things knocking in the pre-jump of the tournament on route to a 3-1 performance in Group Play. Next up the squad entered the Knockout Gauntlet, where we would face off against XSET for a spot in Sunday’s Playoffs. Despite it taking a little while to get the ball rolling, Squishy found form, hitting one of the best passes of the weekend as the squad completed the reverse sweep to move on to Championship Sunday.
Enter Sunday - 8 teams remained, all fighting for that second Regional Championship. The boys squared off against FaZe Clan for a spot in the semifinals. In a hard fought series, the guys clutched up when it mattered most as Squishy found the back of the net in a 3 minute overtime to secure our spot in the semifinals. Unfortunately, that’s as far as our Regional run would go, as the team took home 3rd/4th in the event. Fear not though, the guys are ready to take on the Grid next week as they are still sitting in first place in NA for the entirety of RLCSX.
Unfortunately, Major II didn’t go as planned for the squad. After falling in the Winners Bracket to the eventual Champions (Toronto Ultra), we began our run in the Lower Bracket. Scump and crew took care of business against the Seattle Surge until ultimately falling to the Rokkr after a heartbreaking Game 5 Round 11 loss. There are no excuses from us, and this loss hurts, but it’s back to the drawing board with eyes forward. The guys are grinding and doing everything they can to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Together we stand, together we fall, together we are the #GREENWALL
Clix, Ron, Edgy, and Epik made their way to LA to hang at the latest installment of our NRG Fortnite houses. And of course, with each new Fortnite house comes the house tour you were waiting for. Check out Grady and the boys in our latest youtube video.
Huge week for the org coming up. Shock Season 4, LA Fortnite videos, and some new partner surprises. We got you covered. #NRGFAM
NRG Rocket League
When we last spoke, the NRG Rocket League squad was on a roll, to say the least. Flawless play and a spotless record brought us to this week’s Grid set. In two days of the Grid, GarrettG and Co. rolled through literally everyone who got in their way. We witnessed some amazing highlights from JSTN, Squishy and Garrett as they knocked off KCP, Soniqs, Rogue, V1, EnVy and FaZe consecutively, to move to a perfect 12-0 in Grid play. The team is on fire heading into this weekend's North American Regional Event where they’ll look for redemption after an early exit in the last Regional. Be sure to keep up with the squad as Day 0 matches begin tomorrow on our Mission Control Twitch Broadcast and follow NRG Current on Twitter to know when action kicks off. Let’s keep on rolling!
NRG Valorant was finally in action this weekend as the VCT Stage 2 Qualifier 1 began. The fresh roster, composed of Tex, Android, s0m, eeiu, and Daps, kicked off on Thursday by easily defeating Mega Minors in vintage 2-0 fashion, setting up a match against Headshot Percentage. In crisp form, the squad took the series in a decisive 2-0. You can catch the highlights from this match on the NRG Valorant YouTube channel.
The boys kept in form on Friday, easily defeating Spacestation Gaming and setting up an exciting Top 16 matchup with XSET. Unfortunately, despite highlight reel plays from Android, s0m and eeiu, that’s where things ended as we dropped a heartbreaker 2-0. We’re proud of the team for showing this much potential after only a week's worth of practice with the new lineup as we were literally a clutch or two away from moving on in the tournament. Eyes forward for the squad as they prepare for the all important Open Qualifier #2 next weekend!
The Fortnite off-season is in full effect as the guys continue to master the new season. In the meantime, the boys are in LA visiting the Castle - keep an eye out for some amazing content on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and the NRG Fortnite YouTube. You won’t want to miss what we have planned.
Less than ten days away from the 2021 season, the team is in LA and living their best life. We’ve been sharing all of the best moments on Twitter, so be sure to follow or you might miss clips of Choi carrying Super (of course) or the guys just being guys. We’re excited to see the new roster meshing and we can’t wait to see that Crusty teamwork in action come the beginning of the season. As Viol2t showed us, we’re ready!
Following last weekend’s lackluster performance, the #GreenWall needed to find form before heading into the second major of the season. On Thursday, Scump and crew squared off against Seattle, taking the series 3-0 and giving the entire team a much-needed confidence boost.
Heading into Sunday, all eyes were on OpTic as they took on their rivals the Dallas Empire. The series lived up to the hype when Envoy and Scump took over and absolutely popped off, taking the series in Game 5. Heading into the Major, the squad secured a spot in the Winner’s bracket, where they will square off against the Ultra tomorrow at 3:30 pm CT. #GreenWall