ESL UK League of Legends winners MnM Gaming will be representing the UK and Ireland in the European Challenger Series qualifiers this week, but who will they play?
MnM have been placed into Group A, which includes British pro player KaSing’s promising team Red Bulls.
Here’s the list of teams MnM will play and when (all times in British Summer Time):
- Millenium – May 23rd, 4pm
- Reign – May 24th, 4pm
- Wind and Rain (formerly Polite and Mature, see our interview with their UK coach here), May 25th, 5pm
- Euronics Gaming, May 26th, 5pm
- Red Bulls, May 27th, 6pm
Reign and Red Bulls qualified from the EU West open qualifiers, while Euronics are from Germany, Wind and Rain from the Nordics and Millenium played in the Challenger Series last split.
Group B, meanwhile, includes Beautiful Talented Men (EU NE), Team Kinguin (Challenger Series), AGO Gaming (Poland), Tricked Esport (EU West), KIYF (Spain) and Team LDLC (France).
The top two teams from each group will face-off in two best-of-five matches (with the runner-up playing the winner from the other group). This will take place on Sunday May 28th at 1pm.
The two overall winners will qualify for the EU Challenger Series Summer 2017 Split.
Casters include Excoundrel, Medic, Dezachu and Jaws.
There’s more details on the LoLesports website.
MnM have been practicing in their gaming house this month.
Coach FrozenDawn said: “I wouldn’t want to put a percentage on our chances to win, but in a sense I think it’s all to play for.”
Top-laner Rifty added: “I don’t see us having any major issues against any team, but I also don’t see us destroying any team, particularly, especially since there hasn’t exactly been a great deal of games for a lot of these teams.
“But overall I think it’s gonna be pretty fun to be honest. As long as we show up and do the best we possibly can, I don’t really care what the results end up being.”
Support player Hadow commented: “I feel like we have a good chance here. If we make it, we make it, and if we do well, we do well. We want to just do well and show what we can do.”
MnM replaced jungler Candyfloss with Kadir last week.
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