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NBA 2K LEAGUE TO HOST FIRST QUALIFYING EVENT IN EUROPE

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 NBA 2K League European Invitational Will Be Held Dec. 13-14 in London 

The NBA 2K League announced that the NBA 2K League European Invitational, the league’s first-ever qualifying event in Europe, will take place Friday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Dec. 14 in London. The two-day event will identify several elite players from Europe who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft*.

The NBA 2K League European Invitational will feature 20 players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K. competing over two days of gameplay, including scrimmages and a double-elimination tournament, and participating in interviews with league representatives and team managers. The NBA 2K League identified players for the event through the NBA 2K League Combine, NBA 2K community Pro-Am tournaments and historical performances in NBA 2K events.

“We are excited to bring together the best NBA 2K players from across Europe for our first-ever European qualifying event,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue.  “Building on the success of last season’s APAC Invitational, which identified several draft-eligible players from the AsiaPacific region, it is important for us to further strengthen our player pool by providing more opportunities for top international players to qualify for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.”

The double-elimination tournament on Dec. 14 will be livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. At the end of the European Invitational, a committee comprised of league representatives and team managers will identify several players who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.

NBA 2K League representatives who will serve as scouts at the European Invitational include Pacers Gaming Senior Director of Esports Operations and Head Coach Cody Parrent, 76ers GC Head Coach and 2019 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year Jeff Terrell, and Knicks Gaming center Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst (U.K.). Additional details about the European Invitational will be announced at a later date.

Three European players have competed in the NBA 2K League: Hurst, Jamie “vGooner-” Bull (U.K.), and Jannis “JLB” Neumann (Germany).

For more information, fans can follow the NBA 2K League on Twitter (NBA2KLeague), Instagram (nba2kleague), Facebook (NBA 2K League), Twitch (NBA2KLeague) and YouTube (NBA 2K League) and visit NBA2KLeague.com.

*Players will become draft-eligible upon passing a background check.

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Wizards District Selects “JBM” with First Overall Pick in 2020 NBA 2K League Draft

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The 23 teams of NBA 2K League have selected 68 players and completed their rosters ahead of the league’s third season.

Wizards District Gaming selected John “JBM” Mascone with the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. Knicks Gaming selected Christopher “Duck” Charles with the second pick. With the third pick, Kings Guard Gaming chose Rafel “Crush” Davis.

There were five international players selected in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft delivered by Panera Bread, including a historic pick in the fourth round when Hu “Luck_Yi_Wesley” Yi was chosen 56th overall by the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, becoming the first Chinese player drafted into the NBA 2K League. Rounding out the international players selected were Sten “SAV” Valge-Saar (Canada, 7th overall to Lakers Gaming), Jomar “Jomar-12PR” Varela-Escapa (Puerto Rico, 23rd overall to Pacers Gaming), Brock “NIKO” Nikolakakos (Canada, 36th overall to Knicks Gaming) and Destiny “JoshJay” Idugboe (Canada, 59th overall to Cavs Legion GC).

Teams used the four-round NBA 2K League Draft to complete their six-player rosters for the 2020 season. The 228 draft-eligible players consisted of 147 new players who were selected by the league through the NBA 2K League Combine, 21 players from the 11 team-hosted Pro-Am tournaments, five players from the league’s first European Invitational, five players from the league’s second Asia-Pacific (APAC) Invitational and 50 unretained players from the 2019 season.

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Hawks Talon Gaming Club Selects Four Players in 2020 NBA 2K League Draft

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Hawks Talon Gaming Club, the affiliate team of Atlanta Hawks, has selected four players in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. NBA legend Steve Smith announced the team’s first- and second-round selections.

The club selected Lee (Lee Lamb) in the first round and Kel (Mykel Wilson) in the second round. After that, followTHEGOD (Kwan Larry Niblack Jr) was chosen in the third round. Atlanta native Arkele (Derrion Elmore) was selected as the team’s fourth-round pick.

“We are thrilled with our selections from tonight’s draft. Going into this draft, we looked for players to complement the elite skillsets of both Bp and Stylez, and we are confident in our decisions. We look forward to these players helping us develop a winning culture this upcoming season,” Wesley Acuff, Head Coach and General Manager of Hawks Talon said.

The four draft picks join a roster that already includes both the third and fourth overall picks from last year’s NBA 2K League Draft. Bp (Michael Diaz), who was named one of five finalists for the 2019 Intel Performance NBA 2K League Most Valuable Player Award, was acquired in a trade with Kings Guard Gaming. MrStylez (Andrew Valle) was retained by Hawks Talon GC after being acquired in a mid-season trade with Pistons GT.

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Team Nigma Are the Champions of WePlay! Mad Moon

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Team Nigma faced Team Secret in the Grand Finals.

WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon with a prize pool of $300,000 took place on February 19–23, 2020. The final day started with the Lower Bracket Finals, where Team Nigma defeated Virtus.pro with a 2:0 score.

The winners of the two most recent DPC events in Team Secret and Team Nigma clashed in the final Bo5 series. After five matches, Team Nigma won with a  2:3 score, becoming the champions of WePlay! Mad Moon.

Tournament MVPs:

  • The best core: Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi (Team Nigma)
  • The best support: Maroun “GH” Merhej (Team Nigma)

You can find WePlay! Mad Moon photos here.

According to analytical company Esports Charts, the event attracted 295 110 overall viewers during the series between Team Nigma vs, Virtus.pro. The official English-speaking broadcast peaked at 91 093 viewers.

The teams fought in front of a live audience at concert hall VDNG (9th pavilion).

#MadMoon, #WePlayDota2

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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