Esports News UK covers two pieces of Red Bull esports news from the past week.
Lino Burgold wins Red Bull Untapped
German Magic: The Gathering (MTG) pro Lino Burgold (pictured) emerged victorious last weekend at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London.
He beat Thomas Holzinger in the final to win $60,000 and a place at the prestigious Mythic Championship VI in the US this November to compete for the largest prize pool in MTG.
Lino defeated seven other elite players in the international final of Red Bull Untapped at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere. Red Bull Untapped is a brand new $200,000 MTG tournament from Red Bull and Wizards of the Coast.
Lino Burgold blazed through the upper bracket of Red Bull Untapped to claim victory, dispatching the current Magic the Gathering world champion Javier ‘Thalai’ Dominguez in a closely fought semi-final that saw Lino claim a 2-1 victory, before besting Austrian Thomas Holzinger in the final with a smooth 2-0 finish.
Red Bull Untapped was filmed live in front of fans at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London on twitch.tv/redbull.
“Winning Red Bull Untapped feels pretty great! It’s definitely the biggest win in my career so far, and to be honest I haven’t won that much in the past few (well, not-so-few!) years, so it’s great to have a big finish like this again,” said Lino Burgold.
“I think it’s awesome that Red Bull have done an event like this, and it really shows the potential of what you can do in [Magic the Gathering] Arena. Fast-paced, no shuffling… I might even enjoy it more than playing cards… but it’s a very different experience.”
FACEIT Partners with Red Bull to Host M.E.O Season 2
In other Red Bull esports news, FACEIT is hosting the next season of global mobile esports tournament Red Bull M.E.O.
It’s inviting players from over 30 countries to compete in online and offline qualifiers for the title of best in the world in Clash Royale, Brawl Stars and Hearthstone.
Winners of the Red Bull M.E.O. national qualifiers will go on to represent their country in an all-expenses paid trip to battle it out against the top ranked players from other regions.
Season 2 follows on from Red Bull M.E.O. Season 1 which was won by UK Clash Royale player Liam ‘ThunderStruck’ McCarron (pictured, centre) and Team Consty in Brawl Stars.
“M.E.O. is one of the most exciting tournaments on the competitive mobile scene. As a truly global competition we have an enormous talent pool to source the very best players in three of the most dynamic titles in esports,” said Michele Attisani, co-founder and CBO of FACEIT. “We’re working closely with Red Bull to make sure each qualifier offers a world class standard of competition to attract the very best competitors from each region.”
Qualifiers are set to take place in the UK and a host of other countries including Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Russia, Turkey and many more.
The grand final will take place in February 2020 and the location will be revealed soon.
Players can find out when qualifiers are opening in their region and join the Red Bull M.E.O. Discord at redbull.com/meo
Image source: Mark Roe / Red Bull Content Pool
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.