NLC Division 1 teams confirmed for 2022: MNM Gaming qualify for Division 1 as Resolve reach Division 2

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The ten teams for the Northern League of Legends Championship (NLC), the European Regional League (ERL) for the UK, Ireland and Nordics, have been locked in.

Nordic sides NYYRIKKI, Bifrost and Vanir, UK/Danish esports org Absolved and UK org MNM Gaming have progressed through the NLC Division 1 qualifier to reach the Spring 2022 NLC.

They will join 00 Nation (formerly known as Nordavind), BT Excel (the academy side of Excel Esports), Riddle, Singularity and Astralis Talent, who have already qualified for the NLC next year.

This means the UK sides in the NLC Division 1 next Spring will be MNM Gaming and BT Excel.

Originally the top six teams from NLC Summer 2021 were due to qualify automatically for Spring 2022, however Fnatic Rising recently announced they will be playing in the Spanish Superliga next year, while Astralis Talent acquired Tricked Esport’s League of Legends NLC spot. This means five teams made it through automatically and five came from the qualifier.

MNM Gaming beat X7 Esports, the Isle of Man’s first professional esports organisation who recently acquired UK organisation Bulldog Esports, in the qualifier playoffs to reach Division 1.

MNM Gaming co-founder Kalvin ‘KalKal’ Chung told Esports News UK: “I am delighted to see all the hard work from the MNM players and staff pay off, and it’s a pleasure to be one of the only two representatives for the UK in NLC Spring 2022.

“Thanks to everyone who voted us low on tier lists, it helped motivate us.


X7 originally made it through to Division 2, but the organisation later acquired Absolved, and thus took a division 1 slot.

And Resolve, who acquired Barrage earlier this year and got to the NLC through Barrage’s spot in the league, have also qualified for Division 2 after beating Dusty.

Nine other teams from the NLC Division 1 qualifier will now play in the division 2 qualifier. These are: Dusty, Belfast Storm, London Esports, Team DeftFox, LDN UTD, Viperio, Lanomania, Munster Rugby Gaming and AaB Esport.

The division 2 qualifier is set to take place at the end of October.

Earlier this year, Freaks 4U Gaming was announced NLC tournament organiser, taking over duties from DreamHack.

There’s more info on the Division 1 qualifier results on and more info on the Division 2 and 3 brackets/scheduling on the NLC website here.

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