The SCUF News In Esports: Dec. 8th – 14th

With MLG Las Vegas this weekend, and the NA HCS Pro League Fall Championships and Gears Gfinity London Open last weekend, the console esports scene has never looked more alive and varied. Here are our top stories from the last week.

MLG Las Vegas COD Online Qualifier Results

With four places up for grabs in the MLG Las Vegas pools, there was everything on the line for for the 8 teams who weren’t on the invite list. At the close of play, Echo Fox, Revenge, compLexity and GosuCrew all emerged as winners, earning themselves a solid platform from which to launch their Infinite Warfare campaign. Unfortunately, the competition wasn’t without controversy, as the newly-formed Evil Geniuses team missed out on a place after suffering persistent DDOS strikes. EG will now join others, including the traveling European outfits, in the Open Bracket at MLG Las Vegas.

Call of Duty NA 2K Results

EG frustration was no doubt amplified by their impressive finish in the MLG Gamebattles 2K last weekend, where they picked up a 2nd place finish after losing 3-2 to OpTic Gaming in the Final – proving their true credentials when they’re unhampered. Once again OpTic set their stall out for what is expected to be another dominant season for arguably the greatest CoD team in esports history. Cloud9 and XtroVert wrapped up the 3rd /4th place honors.

Insomnia59 Results

While the organizers of Insomnia59 have been struggling to attract the biggest names from Europe, many of the scene’s emerging talents were in attendance, as £3,000 in prize money was up for grabs. Bulldog Esports bettered CRYPTICK Gaming in the Grand Final to secure the team’s first ever event title. Valour Esports also secured a podium finish and a cut of the cash.

EnVyUs are NA HCS Pro League Fall Champions

In the ongoing battle between EnVyUs and OpTic Gaming that has now spanned to three major console titles, EnVyUs emerged triumphant as they were crowned the Fall Champions of the HCS Pro League. EnVyUs won back-to-back Grand Final series to snatch the title away from OpTic and earned $75,000 in prize money. Team Liquid and Str8 Rippin wrapped up 3rd and 4th respectively in the four team championship. In the Relegation tournament, both Allegiance and Enigma6 re-qualified for the next season of the Pro League, as 3sUP Enterprises and TMMT came up short.

And More Halo Was Announced

Following the NA HCS Pro League Fall Finals, further announcements were made about the next Halo World Championship. The timeline includes stops in St. Louis and Las Vegas in the US, Mexico City in Mexico and London, England. The competition will culminate in the $1M Championship Finals with the date to be announced. That’s not all, as the NA Pro League will return for a Summer and Fall season again, with finals now taking place at the Dreamhack Atlanta and Dreamhack Denver events to be held in July and October respectively, moving away from the Burbank based ESL Studios that had previously hosted the season finale.

OpTic Gaming win Gfinity Gears London Open Winners

While nV were getting the better of OpTic in Halo, the OG Gears team were claiming a title of their own. OpTic defeated eUnited in the Grand Final of the London based tournament, taking home an impressive $60,000 in cash. Team Allegiance took 3rd place, while Team EnVyUs finished 4th . The highest placing European line up were Epsilon, who managed to grab a top 8 finish. The seven travelling American teams impressively managed to occupy all the top 7 places. Finally, Mexican outfit Splyce had to settle for a share of top 12 honors.