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GESL Invitational Preview

By Irena 'curlychan' Pencheva
Jun 14, 2012 13:53

ImageThe GESL Invitational takes place in Pomona, California between 15th and 17th of June and features 8 North American teams. Read on to see who they are and what to expect of them.

While the top European teams will be attending DreamHack and the League of Legends tournament there, which is reserved only for them, the North American teams won't be idling at home, either. The first and probably not the last GESL Invitational will put 8 of them against each other in a battle for a $10 000 prize pool. What's more, the LAN event will feature the first of its kind live "picks and bans" room and also a dedicated press room for interviews prior to and following the matches.

The attending teams are:

TSM are coming into the tournament with the intention to take their third consecutive first place in an offline event and with the strong performance they showed at MLG Anaheim, it's more than likely they'll do so. CLG.Prime will still be playing with US xHazzard instead of US Joe 'Voyboy' Esfahani, but it doesn't seem to affect them in any way and they'll certainly try to beat TSM this time. Dynamic are probably the third strongest contender, but will they have enough to take on the two old school giants? If they give their very best, they might have a chance.

Curse and mTw.NA didn't perform well at MLG Anaheim and will certainly try to show they can do better this time. While Curse are still adjusting to their new top laner US Jon 'Westrice' Nguyen, mTw's problem is mostly lack of offline experience, but maybe they gained enough of it this previous weekend and teams will have much harder time against them at GESL.

This tournament will be the first offline event for the recently formed second team of CLG - CLG.Black. It's the perfect time for them to show their potential and make a name for themselves without only relying on the fact that they are a part of the organisation. Dirtnap and Green Forest are the other two up-and-comers, the second already with an MLG appearence last weekend, who round up the list of teams for GESL.

The group stage will consist of two groups of 4 teams each, who will play in a Best of 1 round-robin format to determine the seeding for the bracket stage, which will be played in a Best of 3, single elimination format.

The prize pool of $10 000 will be divided as following:

Champion: $6000

Second place: $3000

Third place: $1000

On Friday the matches start at 9 PM CET and on Saturday and Sunday - on 8 PM CET, so if you're still hungry for more League of Legends action after DreamHack matches end, be sure to tune in at



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