Are you ready to shuffle your cards and master your decks?
You'd better be - the prefire Hearthstone league is coming!
This autumn we will welcome the next game in our ranks. With Hearthstone we will provide a Swiss platform for another big eSports title. In total there will be a prize pool of 800 CHF to fight over in a best-of-five conquest mode.
Further information concerning the rules and league format can be found on our page soon.
We got some great news for our League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive out here!
Together with SILENTGAMING and Wesports we will organize the Swiss Gaming Challenge of CS:GO and a LoL tournament at the Zurich Game Show - and who knows maybe there is more to come soon...
The sign-up phase will begin in August and we will soon deliver you some more information about the whole process, so stay up to date on our Social Media chans!
Prefire the League proudly presents the PTL page v1.5! The page has been reworked to better accommodate the needs of flourishing leagues and action-packed cups. Alongside a graphical rework there have been multiple bug fixes as well as several new features!
Great weather and a jam-packed weekend full of League of Legends goodness - ya could not wish for more! Four incredible series were shown on the two stream days and we had an average viewer count of 54 people Saturday and a consistent +90 during the finals!
Shuffle your cards, is time to play! We present you the first Prefire Hearthstone summer cup.
After our last Hearthstone cup in spring drew many card masters to the tavern, we hope to do so again during the summer break.
Starting at 14:00 on 2nd of July the cup will provide slots for 32 teams. Depending on the amount of registrations, we might even increase the field to 64 slots.
All three relegation matches were played this weekend. Both the SK2 and SK1 teams successfully defended their spots in their respective skill classes!
Thus we want to congratulate Ecorp Neutrality, Team Happy Feat and Aeros Restia to their victories!
SK2 vs SK1
Aeros Restia 2 : 1 ERQ Black
SK3 vs SK2
Ecorp Neutrality 2 : 0 Rich Gang CH
Team Happy Feat 2 : 0 Arctic Horizon
The matches Aeros Restia vs ERQ Black and Ecorp Neutrality vs Rich Gang CH were both casted on our channel twitch.tv/prefiretheleague. We obviously got a VOD in store for those who missed it yesterday!
First on screen were Ecorp and Rich Gang CH. Both teams consisted of fairly well known players, which had played in bigger organisations before, so we were expecting a great display of individual skills, though maybe not the greatest macro / team play possible.
The games were pretty bloody and fairly short. In both rounds the flow of the game was identical; Rich Gang CH found some early kills and took control of the early game with constant aggression and explosive line ups. First getting their Kassadin fed and in the second game giving most kills to their Akali, both piloted by TONI (aka Hype).
Ecorp wasn't fazed by their opponents dominance and found a way to punish small mistakes in team fights during the midgame, always getting some juicy objectives afterwards on top of it. With the objective game in their control they turned around the gold lead twice and scored two solid victories in a row, securing their spot in the SK2.
I don't know if Aeros and ERQ watched the first games, but the teams must have picked up the blood rage from the earlier confrontation. A whopping 55 champions were slain in this 52 minute thriller of a game!
Multiple barons, baron steals, team kills and a metric ton of team fight made the first match a must-see game and I highly recommend to watch the VOD (Timestamps: 3:20:02 pick/ban, 3:31:25 game start)
Sadly the follow up games weren't as crisp. ERQ switched to what had to be comfort picks for game 2 & 3, which always left them with suboptimal line ups in my opinion. Both times they got under pressure really early and subsequently fell apart as a team. Ecorp noticed this and just went full throttle and ended the latter games before the 25 minute mark. Well done!
For those who're wondering, why there was only one SK2 vs SK1 game, here the link to the explanation!
The first season is reaching its end and we wanted to use that opportunity to take a short glance back on what happened in the past weeks!
Most of the expectations were met, with the invited teams proving that they are still the top dogs in the Swiss scene. Only exception being Romandy Gaming, which even though they had a no-show managed to dodge relegations. Lausanne-Sport managed to go through the regular season completely unbeaten. Not even a single round did they drop!
The runner ups also undeniably earned their ranks too, with E-LVETS on second losing only to Lausanne-Sport and mYi only losing to both these teams.
On the other side of the scoreboard Aeros Restia and SSG will face ImProve.Gaming and ERQ Black respectively to fight for their spot in skill class 1. Both ImProve and ERQ are teams which have been around for quite some time and also have had some good line-ups in the past. The upcoming weekend will show if they've the qualities to snatch away the spots from the top league teams.
All in all the regular season was a great experience personally and I was able to witness and cast some great games on stream. It is a little unfortunate though, that some teams had recurring issues which led to too many no-shows for my taste - let's hope we will see more consistency in that regard in the future!
But we are also not completely done with this season yet. Next to the relegations we still have the Playoffs ahead!
Lausanne-Sport will, for obvious reasons, still be my top favourite for the number one spot. Other than that my prediction would be E-LVETS scoring 2nd and mYi coming in 3rd, mirroring the current scoreboard. I know, not really an upsetting forecast, but as it stand the most likely outcome unless we'll witness some upsets (hopefully).
In general mYi, ELV and Arctic still have to step up their game a notch or two to topple eLS from their throne. Personally I would like to see these teams focusing on improving their macro game mainly. Crisp rotations and decisive shot calling are Lausanne's best weapons against their competitors right now.
Well, I am definitely already hyped to see how the end of this first season will pan out and if you're interested to then I would recommend joining us this Sunday, 12 o'clock to see for yourself!
The last matches of the regular season have been played and we are approaching the relegations & playoffs in a fast pace! We are happy to announce that all the dates and modes have been fixed and share this information with you!
SK1 vs. SK2: : In the relegation for SK1, the two lowest placed teams of SK1 face off against the top two teams of SK2.
As Smart Solution Gaming is not playing actively any longer, improve.Gaming is automatically promoted into SK1.
SK2 vs. SK3: In the relegation for SK2, the three lowest placed teams of SK2 face off against the top three teams of SK3.
As we also have a team that has retracted in SK2, Team Two Thunderducks is auto-promoted into SK2.
This leaves the relegation with the following matches, which will be played on the 4th of June in a Bo3 mode:
On the previous Sunday the last matches of the first PTL CS:GO season were held. The top four teams of skill class 1 fought over their final placements.
In the first semi-final Red Instinct and the SILENTGAMING Gs battled each other. Red Instinct took both, their own and the mappick of the SILENTGAMING Gs with a 16:10 endresult.