The top Vainglory teams from North America and Europe will gather in London this weekend for the Spring Championship. Here are 3 things that we will be looking forward to seeing in what is anticipated to the one of the most competitive Vainglory tournaments yet:
Team to Watch: Fnatic
All eyes will be on the trio of Palmatoro, nettetoilette and TetnoJJ as they will be representing the “hometown team” in the first Unified Western Championship for Vainglory. The path to reaching the Finals won’t be easy: finishing 4th in the hotly-contested EU region during the VG8, Fnatic will have a tough Day 1 match against Team Cyclone, and face off against arch rivals Team Secret should they make it past their first match. Will Fnatic be able to feed off the hometown advantage, or succumb to the pressure instead?
Player to Watch: VONC (TSM)
Best known for his always-exciting dives and skill shots, VONC has shown that he can combine his skilled play with teamwork and discipline since joining Team SoloMid. It is no secret that TSM has dedicated a lot of time preparing for these championships, as the team has been housed together in Las Vegas since last November. We fully expect VONC to deliver plenty of highlight reel-worthy plays, but will he be able to take his team game to the next level and help TSM win the Championship as the tournament favorites?
Match to Watch: Hammers Esports v.s. Immortals
This Day 1 match-up could not have be scripted better. Since joining Immortals, the former Hammers Velocity team of Zio, Aloh4 and Vains have arguably been the most disappointing team in VG8’s Split 1. While they were just able to qualify for the Spring Championships as the NA region’s last seed, the team will actually be relegated from the VG8 next season after losing their Challenge Battle 3-0 against the underdog Baboons team. Meanwhile, the newly formed Hammers team led by VG veteran TTigers (then a substitute for Hammers Velocity) and coach (and MoEsport contributing writer!) Jason exceeded all expectations during the VG8, qualifying for the Championship as NA region’s 3rd seed. Will Immortals find some redemption in their disastrous Spring campaign by defeating their former team? Or will Hammers continue their improbable run all the way into the Championship finals?