Who’s playing who this weekend, what time do the matches start and what are the confirmed rosters?
We provide a rundown of the key information about this weekend’s ESL UK League of Legends semi-finals – and the grand final.
What is it?
The UK’s four best League of Legends teams are battling it out in the ESL UK Premiership Season 2 finals, consisting of two semi-finals and one grand final.
There will be £5,000 up for grabs this weekend, with the third and four placed teams receiving £625, second place taking home £1,250 and the winners leaving with £2,500.
Where’s it happening?
The finals will take place live at the Curve Theatre in Leicester. You can buy tickets here.
Of course, the matches will be streamed live on the ESL UK League of Legends Twitch page too.
When’s it taking place?
This weekend (Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th).
The first semi-final between Team Infused and Exertus will take place at 5pm GMT on Saturday, while the other semi between FM and Choke will get started at 10am on the Sunday.
The grand final will take place at 2pm on the Sunday.
Who’s playing (and casting)?
ESL UK has announced the full caster and analyst line-up here, which includes host Matt Andrews, casters Munchables and Excoundrel, pro player Matt “Impaler” Taylor who is on board as an analyst – and more.
In terms of the teams and their confirmed player rosters, check them out below:
Semi-final 1: Team Infused vs Exertus Esports
Undefeated Team Infused are the favourites for the finals, while Exertus are the underdogs. Here are the rosters:
Barney “Captain Alphari” Morris – top-laner
Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian – jungler
Charlie “Charlietea” Tran – mid-laner
Vilhelm “UK POILK” Flennmark – ADC
Arphan “Arphan” Omar – support
Brandon “Exertus Brandon” Marson (aka Gashandslash) – top-laner
Dan “Exertus Dan” Newton – jungler
Divit “DxAlchemist” Bui – mid-laner
Scott “Sir Scott” Sidney – ADC
Przemysław “Exertus Wizz” Białas – support
Check out our full Infused vs Exertus ESL UK finals preview on the League of Legends website.
Semi-final 2: FM-eSports vs Choke Gaming
Rivals FM and Choke will go head-to-head on Sunday, though FM has been forced to make some last minute subs, swapping out Mousesports’ Beansu and Dan for former players Nutri and Keeno Combo.
As we understand it, Beansu and Dan are unable to play as they are competing in another tournament with Mousesports, and as FM do not have any more available transfers this season, they have had to resort to bringing back two of their former players.
It’s a tough break for FM, as Nutri retired from League earlier this year to pursue a career in poker, and as both Nutri and Keeno are junglers, it means FM will have to decide who plays where.
It also looks like Tundra may be leaving FM after the tournament, having tweeted the following:
The confirmed rosters are as follows:
Billy “Nutri” Wragg (position TBC)
Ollie “Keeno” Moulton (position TBC)
Erik “ZiViZ” Lövgren – mid-laner
Augustas “Toaster123” Ruplys – ADC
Jamie “Tundra” Duthie (position TBC)
Seb “numlocked” Barton – top-laner (numlocked is stepping down from League this year to join G2’s Overwatch team)
Luke “Dongs” Brammer – jungler
Michał “Ravenno” Owczarski – mid-laner
Joseph “Joekerism” Kent – ADC
Mantas “The Hadow” Sukevicius – support
Check out our full preview on the League of Legends website later this week.
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Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League player and WoW RPer, he has written for a range of publications including Games TM, Nintendo Official Magazine, games industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games. He currently works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association.