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The Teams of the League Grand Finals

The League Grand Finals are the hot topic of the month and we’re very pleased to be able to share some more of the details with you. First, it’s time to welcome the teams that have fought hard and practiced for months to reach this point. 






Energy Pacemaker

JL eSports Club

 North America 



 Commonwealth of Independent States 

Natus Vincere

The RED Rush: Unity


Lemming Train



Virtus Pro

Southeast Asia 

PVP Super Friends

U Are Dead


As you can see, a total of fourteen teams will participate in the WGL Grand Finals. From this list, twelve of the teams were selected based on their performance in the regional League stages and two were selected as wild cards.


Wild card mechanic:

The wild cards have been selected by the eSports team following some excellent performances in their region. For the first Grand Finals the wild card teams are:

  • WUSA, a German team that performed exceptionally well at the World Cyber Games in 2013 and thus caught our attention, and
  • Lemming Train, a team from the host nation that showed some amazing skill and game knowledge at the European League qualifiers and finals.

We hope they take their chance and give us a great show!


How the games will progress:

The teams are divided initially into two groups. The first group consists of the teams that scored the most points in their regional games. These six teams will automatically proceed to the second stage of the tournament.

The second group consists of the other six teams that didn’t score as many points in the regional qualifiers and the two wild card teams. That gives a total of eight teams in the second group. These eight teams will be playing against each other to find out who is the best! Two of the teams will progress to the second stage and enter the normal tournament bracket.


Tournament Brackets – the basics:

Below we’ve put an example of a normal tournament bracket to show you how it works. We’ll publish the full WGL Grand Finals bracket at a later date. Please keep in mind that the group stage bracket will look slightly different to this example, but it will work in a similar fashion.


Here are a few eSports terms you need to understand:

  • Match – A unit of several games within a round played between the same two teams.
  • Round – A series of matches that occur at the same stage of a tournament.
  • Loser’s Bracket – This only exists in a tournament using the double elimination format. In the loser’s bracket, the teams that lost their first round match meet each other. The loser of this match is eliminated from the tournament and the winner progresses to the next elimination match. Rinse and repeat for the loser of the first match of the next round.
  • Final – in this scenario, the team that didn’t lose a single match (Team Number 1 in the example) plays the team that emerges victorious from the Loser’s Bracket (i.e., the team that lost and dropped to the Loser’s Bracket, but won every match from then on).
  • Bonus Round – Because, in this example, Team Number 4 won the first match of the third round and Team Number 1 had not previously lost a match, a bonus round is granted. Team Number 1 then wins the bonus round, and thus wins the entire tournament.


We hope this helps you out! Check in again in a few days for more information!