NCSOFT, the developer behind Blade and Soul esports has announced that the European Regional Championship will take place on August 24th at the ESL Arena, Gamescom. Credit: GamescomThe top eight teams in Europe will compete throughout the day in the mixed one versus one and three versus three format, with the finals culminating at 21:00 CEST on the 24th August. Similarly, the North American Regional Championship will take place on 3rd September at PAX West, at the PAX Arena. The winners of each Regional Championship will receive a share of the impressive $340,000 prize money, raised by Blade and Soul fans through the purchase of an in-game item. Arguably more importantly, the top two teams from each region will receive an invite to the World Championships in South Korea from 20-29th September. In South Korea, for the first time in the game’s history, the best in Europe and North America will compete against seven other global territories to decide one world champion. Blade and Soul, for those unaware, is traditionally a Korean martial-arts massively multiplayer online role-playing game (“MMORPG”) and thus the esports is through the PVP element of the game. Players can utilise one of nine classes, each with unique features and traits. As aforementioned, there’s a mixture of both one versus one and three versus three at Gamescom. The former is exactly what it says on the tin, two players enter the arena, with one leaving victorious. The second is more complex. Only one player is active at a time, but with a limited number of assists and tag-outs, there’s a whole new layer of strategy and communication added to an already intriguing affair. This is the first year that Europe, Russia, North America, Thailand and Vietnam will have representatives at the World Championships so it’ll be an intriguing battle in Seoul. Esports Insider says: The pressure is on the Europeans now as they look to secure a spot in the World Championship finals out in South Korea. It’s certainly an interesting game to watch and we look forward to seeing the best battle it out at Gamescom.
Australian Marc Leishman will be the final International to tee off after being drawn against Rickie Fowler as the challengers target a first Presidents Cup triumph since 1998.Leishman has confidence and momentum after he and Ancer sensationally rallied from 5 down through 10 holes to halve their match against Fowler and Justin Thomas in Saturday’s foursomes.Sunday’s singles matches (Internationals v the USA)Abraham Ancer vs. Tiger WoodsHideki Matsuyama vs. Tony FinauC.T. Pan vs. Patrick ReedLi Haotong vs. Dustin JohnsonAdam Hadwin vs. Bryson DeChambeauIm Sung-jae vs. Gary WoodlandJoaquin v Niemann vs. Patrick CantlayAdam Scott vs. Xander SchauffeleByeong Hun An vs. Webb SimpsonCameron Smith vs. Justin ThomasLouis Oosthuizen vs. Matt KucharMarc Leishman vs. Rickie Fowler Playing captain Woods kept himself out of both the morning four-ball and the afternoon foursomes as Ernie Els’ International team preserved its lead despite a USA rally.But with the USA — which threatened to sweep the foursomes before the Internationals stormed back — eyeing an eighth straight title, Woods will open the singles against Abraham Ancer.Sunday Singles @PresidentsCup matchups are set.Ancer WoodsMatsuyama FinauPan ReedLi JohnsonHadwin DeChambeauIm WoodlandNiemann CantlayScott SchauffeleAn SimpsonThomas SmithOosthuizen KucharLeishman Fowler pic.twitter.com/lNXfFyNAxL— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 14, 2019Woods has the chance to set the record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup, after the 15-time major champion tied Phil Mickelson with his 26th victory on Friday.Controversial U.S. player Patrick Reed will face C.T. Pan in the third match, but without caddie Kessler Karain, who has been banned following an altercation with a fan on Saturday. MELBOURNE, Australia — United States captain Tiger Woods will attempt to lead from the front after putting himself out first for Sunday’s singles as the seven-time defending champions fight to retain their Presidents Cup crown against the Internationals. The USA heads into the final day trailing the Internationals 10-8 following a dramatic ending to Saturday’s action at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.