Esports Roundup: New Roster, New Tournaments, and New Horizons

Hello friends!

Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie Esports round-up! This week TENSTAR pick up new talent, NSE announce the British University Esports Championship and Into the Breach qualify for the ESL Challenger League.

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  1. Akki and Doma Join TENSTAR Esports
  2. NSE Announces British University Esports Championships 2022
  3. Into the Breach qualify for the CS:GO ESL Challenger League

Akki and Doma Join TENSTAR Esports

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Midlands based esports organisation TENSTAR have signed two new players this week as part of a new roster ahead of new season for VALORANT.

About Doma

Doma, formerly of FNATIC, joins TENSTAR agead of the 2022 VALORANT Championship Tour. Doma brings a high level of pedigree to TENSTAR after a second-place Masters finish and top eight Champions placing with FNATIC before being benched at the conclusion of the inaugural World Championship.

This is a a decent signing as Doma’s aggressive yet precise play style was key to FNATIC’s early VALORANT success. This signing comes after both Doma and FNATIC came to the aid of TENSTAR after unplanned roster changes approaching roster locks. TENSTAR hope that this move will help cement the club as a Tier 1 organisation who will be a real contender in 2022 and beyond.

About Akki

Aqib ‘Akki’ Ali joins TENSTAR’s main VALORANT roster as an analyst for the team ahead of the new season.

Akki joins the organisation following completion of his Uni studies last summer. He was notcied for his analytical coverage of competative VALORANT by the organisation who then offered a position. Akki brings to the team fresh insight into how the team plays, being able to offer observations on perceived team strengths and weaknesses.

TENSTAR set sights on top 2

TENSTAR now move into the 2022 season with the new additions of industry veteran XMS and elite level player Doma, supported by the analytical skills of Akki.They hope to grow on their 2021 success, where they saw a 6th place EU ranking and a promising VCT run, to a top 2 position in 2022. Best of luck to them!
You can keep updated with TENSTAR on their website here.

NSE Announces British University Esports Champions

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Sign ups for National Student Esports (NSE) British University Esports Championships (BUEC) are now open.

New this season, NSE will be introducing Halo Infinite to their competitive roster as well as a return of VALORANT; League of Legends, Rocket League, Overwatch, Dota 2, Rainbow Six: Seige, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (teams); Teamfight Tactics and CS:GO.

Each of the tournaments in BUEC last for eight weeks with the exception of Halo which will be running for four weeks an Cups which take place in one day.

Affiliate Leagues such as British University Sim Racing (BUSR), UK Uni Hearthstone League (UHUHL) and University Fighting Games (UFG) will also return with further details to be announced soon.

NSE have also announced that they plan for a return to in-person live finals to round off BUEC Spring 2022 – but will confirm nearer the time.

Timings for each tournament can be found on their website here. Each tournament also comes with it’s own prize pool ranging from £20 to £600. Any universities wishing to sign up should do so over on their website linked above.

Into the Breach Qualify for CS:GO ESL Challenger League

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UK Esports organisation Into the Breach (ITB) have qualified with an all-UK roster for the ESL Challenger League in CS:GO.

A first for UK Esports.

According to Esports News UK, the organisation believes it’s the first time a team has qualified for this with an all-UK roster. The ESL Challenger League was formerly known as ESEA Premier. The news comes after ESL Gaming made a bunch of big structural changes for the ESL Pro Tour in 2022. According to founder of ITB, Sam Cook, there was a placement for a downgrade from EPL but no team came down, so the team were given the slot as per 3rd in closed qualifyers.

Big start for Into the Breach in 2022

This latest announcement comes off the back of a series of new moves by the UK esports organisation. ITB have moved into VALORANT after bringing across TENSTAR’s academy roster known as Titan. This followed another announcement that ITB had signed a one-year contract extension with their CS:GO players. Lastly, they announced extended contracts for their Rainbow Six: Seige teams as well as announcing some new tournaments.

Overall, Into the Breach are showing that they have a lot to give in 2022 and I am so here for it.

That’s it from me, friends, don’t forget to watch out for me on Mondays over at the Geeky Brummie Twitter or follow me on my personal handle @MrMatLovell. Adios!

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