It was a relatively quiet week for esports but with the Madden Bowl taking place live at the NFL Draft and the year’s largest charity gaming event, there was still plenty of great action for esports fans to enjoy. Call of Duty took a break this week but Overwatch League action rolled on. Let’s get you caught up.
After months of grinding the latest Madden 18 the best players in the world finally got their chance to prove they were the undisputed king of the title last weekend at the NFL draft. The final was an epic showdown that easily met all fan expectations. After thoroughly dominating the competition all season long, Drini and Young Kiv emerged from their respective brackets to finally square off in the finals.
The match was an offensive showdown, with over 50 points being put on the board between the two competitors. In the end however, it would be Young Kiv’s defense that made the difference. On one possession Kiv was able to prevent Drini from securing the touchdown and forced him to kick a field goal instead. Drini was unable to do the same to Kiv allowing him to drive the ball all the way down the field for the touchdown four separate times. After an incredibly intense matchup, Young Kiv emerged with the Madden 18 crown besting Drini 28-24. It was the perfect game to demonstrate the intensity and depth that goes into competitive Madden, and if you missed it it is definitely worth checking out.
Four of the five weeks of Stage 3 have now finished and Boston Uprising are still undefeated on the stage boasting an 8-0 record. As the only team to remain undefeated so far this split, they are now looking to become the first squad to exit a stage with a perfect record. Dominating performances over Shanghai (3-1) and Dallas (4-0) should give the young squad plenty of confidence heading into the final week and Stage playoffs.
This is also the first Stage that the three all-Korean teams won’t enter the final week of play in first, second and third. Aside from New York who currently sit in second place with a 7-1 record, the other two all-Korean rosters have struggled tremendously this stage. Seoul has gone a mediocre 4-4 on the Stage while London, who won Stage 1 while making the playoffs last stage, are only 3-5, making it almost impossible for them to make the playoffs again this Stage.
The two Los Angeles rosters have moved in the opposite direction however, already combining for more wins than they have in any other split. Their improvement since the beginning of the season is significant, and their results this Stage are demonstrating that.
Meanwhile Dallas Fuel and Shanghai Dragons continue to struggle mightily in both the Stage and season. Both teams lost both of their series last week, although Shanghai did take Philadelphia Fusion to five games. It was a victory the Dragons desperately needed however, as they have yet to emerge victorious from a single series this entire season.
With the upcoming week being the final one in Stage 3, you will want to be sure not to miss a beat. Check out the official schedule to find out exactly when your favorite teams will be playing.
To wrap things up this week we’re heading to Michigan for what is consistently one of the largest charity gaming events of the year. Gamers for Giving 2018 was another massive success, surpassing their fundraising goal by nearly $60 000 as they raised $ 409 949 over the course of the weekend.
The event is a testament to the generosity and inclusive nature of the esports community. Regardless of what genre of game or console they preferred, everyone came together to work towards a single goal, and its fair to say that mission was accomplished. It’s hard to find a better example of what this industry is all about. .