20140824_203256.jpgDenial eSports pose with their championship check. From left to right: Tommy "ZooMa" Paparatto, Renato "Saints" Forza, Jeremy "StuDyy" Astacio, Chris "Replays" Crowder

In one of the most unpredictable tournaments of the year, it was fitting that Denial eSports would top all others to win UMG Dallas 2014. They may not have been on many people's radar going into the weekend, but Denial certainly proved their abilities with the tournament win and the $10,000 top prize.

After beginning the day with a 3-0 sweep of Noble.Vanquish, Denial eSports entered the Winners Bracket final in what would be their first of two matchups against EnVyUs. EnVyUs had yet to drop a map in the tournament, and looked to continue that streak after an opening win on Strikezone/Domination. But Denial would shock everyone with three straight wins in a row, taking the series and sending EnVyUs to the Losers Bracket.


EnVyUs would bounce back strong with a 3-1 showing against OpTic Nation in the Losers Bracket final. Despite allowing OpTic Nation to come back on Octane/S&D, EnVyUs sealed a series victory with tightly contested wins in the following Blitz and Domination match.


That made the Grand Finals a rematch between Denial eSports and EnVyUs. The format was a pair of Best of 5's, with Denial eSports only needed to win the first Best of 5 to take the Finals; EnVyUs having to win two series because they came from the Losers Bracket.


Denial left little doubt though that they were the better team on this day, improving on their earlier performance against EnVyUs with a straight 3-0 sweep. They set the tone immediately with a 67-point win on Domination, and maintained control throughout the S&D and Blitz games.


Congratulations to Denial eSports and its players on their first LAN win!


Here are the final placings from UMG Dallas 2014:

1st: Denial eSports ($10,000)

2nd: EnVyUs ($4,000)

3rd: OpTic Nation ($3,000)

4th: OpTic Gaming ($2,000)

5th: Most Wanted ($1,000)


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20140822_235955.jpgIt was a packed day of action at UMG Dallas 2014, as competition continued on towards the $20,000 prize pool. Here are some of the major headlines to come out of Day 2:


Underdogs Dominate Round 2 of Champs Bracket

They may have seemed like a nice throwaway story for Day 1, but Most Wanted, Noble.Vanquish, and Denial proved on Day 2 that they are legitimate contenders in this tournament. With respective 3-1 wins against OpTic Nation, Team Kaliber, and OpTic Gaming, these three teams are now a match away from the Winners Bracket final.


Top Teams Fall to the Losers Bracket

It's not uncommon to see one or two top teams fall early into the Losers Bracket, but all four of the top seeded teams? OpTic Nation, Team Kaliber, OpTic Gaming, and FaZe were all on the wrong end of the surprising Round 2 results, meaning they'll need to string some victories together in order to reenter the championship picture.


All Eyes On EnVyUs

In a tournament defined by upsets, EnVyUs has yet to encounter major trouble at UMG Dallas. They even joined in on Saturday's underdog theme, sweeping FaZe as a 5th seed to FaZe's 4th seed. Who or what will test the Gfinity G3 champions?


UMG Dallas 2014 concludes Sunday, as we find out which team walks away with the $10,000 top prize. Is it EnVyUs who will march towards another championship? Can one of the veteran teams in the Losers Bracket go on a run? Or will one of the newly-formed teams surprise us all? The action picks up 10am/CDT at MLG.tv/UMG.


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20140822_201242.jpgUMG Dallas 2014 kicked off on Friday, with action playing out in both the Championship Bracket and Open Bracket. Here the top stories from the first day:


Early Success for Newly-Formed Teams

With a number of roster changes taking place since MLG Anaheim, UMG Dallas is the first test for many new-look squads.


Most Wanted looked strong in their 3-1 series win over Strictly Business, highlighted by a 17-7 performance in S&D by Nick "Classic" DiCostanzo. Noble.Vanquish surprised a tested Curse squad, sweeping them 3-0 to advance to the 2nd round. Also moving on in the Championship Winners Bracket is Denial, who pulled away from VexX Gaming in a 3-1 series win.


EnVyUs Off to a Hot Start

EnVyUs started off strong in Dallas, as the Gfinity G3 champions took out JusTus in a convincing 3-0 sweep. The "Boys in Blue” did it with a 71-point win in Domination followed by a 6-1 win in S&D. They'll start Saturday action against the winner of the FaZe/Rise matchup.


Open Bracket Update

They played into the early morning, but the qualifiers from the Open Bracket are starting to come together. Some top teams like Rise and Excellence Gaming continue on in the Open Winners, while others like XGN and Stunner Gaming will need to do some work in the Open Losers.


UMG Dallas 2014 continues Saturday, as teams like OpTic Gaming, OpTic Nation, and Team Kaliber begin their bid for a championship placing. The action begins 10:30am/CDT on MLG.tv/UMG.


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The competitive scene shifts to UMG Dallas 2014 this weekend, in a tournament to decide $20,000 and 10,000 MLG Pro Points. Action will play out August 22-24 from the Hyatt Regency Dallas and will be streamed online at MLG.tv/UMG.


The top 12 teams in MLG Pro Points will be seeded into the Championship Bracket, to be joined by the top finishers from the over 130-team Open Bracket.


Here are the start times throughout the weekend:

Friday, August 22: 5pm/CDT

Saturday, August 23: 10am/CDT

Sunday, August 24: 9am/CDT


This is the tournament prize breakdown:

1st - $10,000

2nd - $4,000

3rd - $3,000

4th - $2,000

5th - $1,000


Coming off of a major championship win at Gfinity G3, can EnVyUs continue their winning ways in Dallas? Will top squads Team Kaliber and OpTic Gaming bounce back into the championship picture? Is there an underdog team out there set to make their mark in the scene?


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champ.jpgEnVyUs pose with their Gfinity G3 check and trophy next to team owner Mike "Hastr0" Rufail.


Gfinity G3 came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday, as eight teams battled it out in a pressure-packed single-elimination tournament. In the end, it was EnVyUs that would come out on top to claim the $30,000 top prize and the title of Gfinity G3 champions!


Here is a recap of Sunday's action at Gfinity G3:



FaZe celebrate after their upset win against Evil Geniuses in the Quarter-Finals.


The Quarter-Finals were filled with upsets, as several contending teams from Saturday failed to put it together on Sunday.


The closest matchup of the day was between Epsilon eSports and OpTic Gaming. OpTic Gaming would take a 2-1 map lead after a last-second cap in Blitz/Octane. But Epsilon would come out victorious in the last two games, capped by a 6-0 victory on S&D/Warhawk. Europe's last hope stayed alive, while OpTic Gaming exited the tournament out of the top 8 and the prize pool.


Perhaps the only favored team to survive the Quarter-Finals was EnVyUs, who stayed perfect in the tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Team Curse. Team Curse put up a fight in an 11-all tie on Blitz/Freight, but EnVyUs would close out the series with a 20-14 win on the map replay.


In what was expected to be a close matchup, OpTic Nation instead had little problem in their 3-0 win against Team Kaliber. OpTic Nation's Richard "Ricky" Stacy and Marcus "Mirx" Carter both had a great series, as they closed out tK in a close 16-15 win on Blitz/Octane.


While they showed signs of weakness in their Saturday performance, few could have foreseen Evil Geniuses getting swept out of the Quarter-Finals. FaZe were up to the task however, as they came out on top in every map against the two-time Gfinity champions. Finishing in the 5th/8th grouping, this is the worst placing ever for Evil Geniuses' core three players.



Epsilon SF.JPGThe only remaining European team on Sunday, Epsilon eSports made it to the Grand Finals after a 3-1 win against FaZe.


The first Semi-Finals matchup saw EnVyUs going up against OpTic Nation. The story of the series was the Domination matches, both of which saw EnVyUs go up big and OpTic Nation fighting for a late comeback. The "Boys in Blue" would hold on in both games however, helping lead to their 3-1 series win and a place in the Grand Finals.


Joining them would be Epsilon eSports, who took out FaZe 3-1. In one of the more impressive victories of the day, Epsilon ended the series with an over 70-point win on Domination/Octane. The only European team entering Sunday's action, Epsilon eSports managed to make it all the way to the Grand Finals.


Grand Finals

So for the third straight time at a Gfinity tournament, the Grand Finals saw a North American team facing off against a European team. For EnVyUs, it was another opportunity to overcome their "2nd place curse," which has seen the team come up just short at major championships. For Epsilon, who have proven themselves numerous times within the European scene, it was a chance to finally claim a championship against a field of North American teams.


The first map was closely contested, as Epsilon jumped out to an eight-point lead in the first half of Domination/Strikezone. EnVyUs' Matt "Formal" Piper would lead his team to victory on the second side though, dropping 33 kills in total to seal a 154-137 win.


Moving to S&D/Warhawk, EnVyUs would start out red-hot with a commanding 5-0 lead. Epsilon put together three straight round wins, but nV would close it out 6-3 to take a 2-0 series lead.


That led to Blitz/Freight, where it was nV's Joseph "Merk" Deluca's time to shine. The captain and objective specialist did it all, collecting a 16-6 kill/death while putting in five Blitz caps on the first side. EnVyUs would end with a 24-9 win to take the game, series, and Gfinity G3 championship!


NV Finals.JPGHugs and high fives all around as EnVyUs celebrates their championship win against Epsilon eSports.


Here are the final standings from Gfinity G3:

1st: EnVyUs ($30,000)

2nd: Epsilon eSports ($15,000)

3rd/4th: FaZe, OpTic Nation ($5,000)

5th/8th: Team Curse, Evil Geniuses, Team Kaliber, OpTic Gaming

9th/12th: Exertus eSports, Team Infused, TCM Gaming, Team Vitality


Congratulations again to EnVyUs and all of the teams that placed in the money!


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COD Mainstage.jpgThe Gfinity G3 tournament kicked off Saturday from the Copper Box Arena in London, England. 12 of the best Call of Duty teams from North America and Europe began the competition for their share of a $55,000 prize pool and the title of Gfinity G3 champions. Saturday's action saw the completion of group play, as eight teams moved on to Sunday's single-elimination tournament, while four teams were eliminated from contention.


Here are the complete group play results from Gfinity G3:

Group Alpha:

*Epsilon eSports (2-0)

*Team Curse (1-1)

Exertus eSports (0-2)


Epsilon eSports were the only European team to break through on Saturday, winning all six of their maps played to take Group Alpha. Joining them out of the group is Team Curse, who came back from a 0-2 map deficit to beat and eliminate Exertus eSports.


Group Bravo:

*EnVyUs (2-0)

*OpTic Gaming (1-1)

Team Vitality (0-2)


After two respective sweeps against Team Vitality, old rivals EnVyUs and OpTic Gaming faced off in a head-to-head matchup to determine the 1st and 2nd seeds for Group Bravo. It was EnVyUs who would continue their perfection, taking the series 3-0 to win the group.


Group Charlie:

*FaZe (2-0)

*OpTic Nation (1-1)

TCM Gaming (0-2)


In what many considered the "group of death" in the tournament, it was the UK squad TCM Gaming that would not survive the day. FaZe and OpTic Nation met in the final matchup of the group, with FaZe winning 3-1 to take the series and the group's top seed.


Group Delta:

*Team Kaliber (2-0)

*Evil Geniuses (1-1)

Team Infused (0-2)


Team Kaliber continues to find success with their reformed original roster, as they ended Saturday as the top seed from Group Delta. The feat is even more impressive given that they shared a group with two-time Gfinity winners Evil Geniuses, who they defeated in a 3-1 series. It was tough luck meanwhile for Team Infused, who just couldn't put it together against two powerhouse teams.


With group play wrapped up, random draws were held to determine the quarter-final and semi-final matchups:

Quarter-final #1: Epsilon eSports vs. OpTic Gaming

Quarter-final #2: EnVyUs vs. Team Curse

Quarter-final #3: Team Kaliber vs. OpTic Nation

Quarter-final #4: FaZe vs. Evil Geniuses


Semi-finals #1: Winner of Q1 vs. Winner of Q4

Semi-finals #2: Winner of Q2 vs. Winner of Q3


Eight teams have survived group play and made it to Sunday's single-elimination tournament. There is little room for error now, as one bad series will have a team immediately out of contention. Which four teams will make it out of the quarter-finals and into the money? Which team will top all others to claim the $30,000 top prize and the title of Gfinity G3 champions? Find out as Championship Sunday action plays out at MLG.tv/Gfinity!


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The biggest European Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament of the year, Gfinity G3 is set to take place August 2-3 in London, England. 12 of the best competitive teams from North America and Europe will face off for a share of a $55,000 prize pool.


The 12 competing teams have been randomly drawn into four groups of three. After round robin play, the top two teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination tournament. From there, four teams will finish in the money, with one team taking home the $30,000 top prize.


Group Alpha:

Team Curse

Epsilon eSports

Exertus eSports


Group Bravo:


OpTic Gaming

Team Vitality


Group Charlie:


OpTic Nation

TCM Gaming


Group Delta:

Evil Geniuses

Team Infused

Team Kaliber


Victors of the last two Gfinity tournaments, Evil Geniuses (formerly compLexity) will be looking for their third straight win in the UK. Don't underestimate the Europeans though, with Epsilon eSports fresh from a win at EGL 13 last weekend and TCM Gaming having proven themselves with a 3rd place finish at MLG Anaheim.


Catch all of the main stage matches throughout the weekend at MLG.tv/Gfinity! Visit http://g3.gfinity.net for more information about the event.


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