This past weekend—June 8th and 9th—Team Gravity headed to Leicester, UK to compete among the best of the best at the Haymarket Theater for their shares of an impressive $250,000 prize pool. After six weeks of intense online qualifying cups Team Gravity found themselves not only qualified for three out of four games being hosted during the Season 3 VR League Grand Finals—Echo Arena, Combat, and the newly added Space Junkies—but also holding the top seed for both Arena and Space Junkies with the second seed for Combat.
Day one started off with Echo Arena and some technical difficulties; however, Boop, Tutorial Bot, and Viatrex didn’t seem to let this affect their mental. They were focused and calm—expressions stoic as they took the the stage first to face off against the NA team Kangorillaz. Unfortunately, this mental fortitude didn’t help to fend off hardware issues and we saw a crash from the Kangorillaz stage almost immediately, resulting in a restart from a 0-0 scoreboard.
The crashing persisted into the next round, this time causing a 3 point long shot from Tutorial Bot to be wiped from the record books. Issues like this can prove difficult to bounce back from, and in a best of three single elimination can be the difference between winning and losing. This seemed to be the case Saturday morning with Team Gravity giving up the series 2-0 in favour of Kangorillaz in the first upset of the day.
Next up was Ubisoft’s Space Junkies, the newest edition to the competitive spread as it was actually released just two days after the start of Season 3. Axis Munde and Manello took the stage like seasoned veterans despite it being their first LAN experience to fight anther NA team, Danglers. The games were fast-paced and intense, with the first round—a close quarters map and Danglers first pick—going into sudden death after Team Gravity managed to claw their way back from a five frag deficit. The final kill for this match decided by a difference of fractions of a second in favour of Danglers.
The second map, Team Gravity’s pick, was much more open and better suited for Axis’s sniper style of play as they handily won the match 12-7 with no issues maintaining a strong kill lead throughout. The tie-breaker map, on the other hand, was much less forgiving for Axis’s awesome aim as they found themselves in close quarters on Canyon, a level with twisting tunnels perfect for Danglers shotgun specialty. With an ending score of 15-10 in favour of Danglers, Gravity found themselves out of the Finals in their second title of Season 3.
Team Gravity’s last hope now rested on the shoulders of Flushgogo, Dirvel, Ducky, and Stoaty with Echo Arena Combat being the only game left. Their match was pushed to Day 2 as the delays throughout Day 1 cumulated in Onward competitors playing deep into the night. Bright and early Team Gravity set up to do battle against VRespawn, a formidable NA opponent, starting with offense on Payload. The round began well with the payload making progress past the first checkpoint and Team Gravity answering the assault of VRespawn deftly; however as they neared the second checkpoint their ability to answer slowed to a halt and so did the payload.
Unable to ever recover, nor answer the opposing teams push once on defense, the first match was out of Gravity’s grasp. Next up was Capture Point which saw a lead from Vrespawn in round one Gravity was never quite able to get under control. This momentum carried on into round two with no answer available from Team Gravity. With that, they were eliminated from their last event.
Despite these unfortunate outcomes, Team Gravity’s members should be proud at the level of play, professionalism, and patience they presented over the weekend. For both Arena and Combat the teams which eliminated Gravity went on to win the finals. In the case of Space Junkies they nearly did, going 3-2 against the team that would take first.
Further to this a huge congratulations to all teams who competed over the course of the weekend and to those who took the coveted 1st place in each of the 4 VRL titles this season.
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