Who shapes the growth of regional esports?

As we know gaming is one of the biggest industries in the world and esports is getting more and more attention by the day. Eastern countries were the first to recognize its potential, and then Europe, and North and South America followed. Today we have successful esports tournaments all around the world.

A1 Adria League has been active for a long time now, actively working on improving esports in the Adriatic region, but there are many organizations that have been supporting the same story and providing a battlefield where the regional esports players will shine.

Regional esports organizations

There are a lot of positive examples of regional organizations that want to bring regional esports to a higher level. Good Game Global is a familiar name in regional esports as well and they had their mark in the growth of competitive esports, raising popularity in the b2b sectors and of course running their own league for students… They have been creating esports content, influencer campaigns, and other esports initiatives since 2016.

Fortuna Esports with their EBL franchise have been shaping careers for many League of Legends superstars who had their shine in the most prestigious organizations in the world. OGA Dota Pit brought an official Minor event to Croatia alongside teams like Fnatic, Astralis, Liquid, OG, … and what can we even say about Relog Media who surpassed the region a long time ago, but they are still supporting local players with invites to their multi-million dollar tournaments.

Some of the events to mention are Rikon, primarily a science fiction convention that sometimes organizes smaller esports tournaments. Then we would also mention Fantastic Esports and their Fantastic Gaming Show, Beyond Esports Conference, local events and tournaments ran by esports federations, and more.

 

A1 Adria League is one of the projects that is doing the most for the region. We have been active since 2017. Since then we have had 12 successful seasons (the 13th is ongoing). Every year we have more and more players who want to compete and maybe get a chance to be recognized by someone. Just last year we had:

  • over 250 hours streamed
  • 200k live views
  • 95k live viewers
  • over 1000 players

Is the Adriatic region giving any future to the players?

The fact that esports isn’t taken seriously is mostly affecting the players who don’t have a future here but need to play for foreign organizations and teams. The most recent cases are the players from Guild Eagles. RigoN just signed for BIG, while juanflatroo and sinnopsyy went to ITB, and we all know the quality of these players.

This is why A1AL is doing the most for the region. Even though the players at the moment don’t have a bright future with domestic teams, they get recognized playing our tournaments. Some of the players who played in A1AL and are now in Europe are:

  • Rigon “rigoN” Gashi – Played for BNE/Guild Eagles – Just a couple of days ago signed for BIG
  • Dionis “sinnopsyy” Budeci and Flatron “juanflatroo” Halimi – Played for BNE/Guild Eagles and recently signed to play under ITB (UK org)
  • Pavle “maden” Bošković – ATM plays for Falcons, previously played for ENCE
  • Toni “Sacre” Sabalić – Played for SK Gaming, currently at Schalke 04
  • Dino “LIMIT” Tot – As a player, we have seen him at SK Gaming, Schalke 04, and BDS, currently he is the assistant coach for SK
  • Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač i Nemanja “nexa” Isaković – won our A1AL season 2 with Valiance&Co, currently at G2 Esports

A1 Zone wins IPRA Golden World Award for the best global event

We are thrilled to announce that the IPRA (International Public Relations Association) has chosen our A1 Zone from last year’s Reboot InfoGamer as the best global event in the Inhouse category under the Event Management section!

What this means for A1 Adria League?

Winning the prestigious IPRA Golden World Award for the A1 Zone project at Reboot Infogamer is immensely significant for A1 Adria League. This achievement boosts our visibility, reputation, and credibility, while also strengthening our community and business.

The IPRA Golden World Award is among the top honors in the public relations field. Receiving this accolade shines a spotlight on A1 Adria League, both within the industry and to the public. This recognition solidifies our position as a leading force in the regional esports sector. Recognition as outstanding means that the A1 Zone project, and consequently A1 Adria League, meets the highest international standards. This builds trust among our participants, viewers, and potential partners. Credibility is crucial for long-term success, and this award confirms that A1 Adria League adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and quality.

A1 Adria League serves not only as an esports competition but also as a platform that brings together players, fans, and content creators from across the region. This award significantly motivates everyone involved, from organizers to players, by acknowledging their hard work. Such recognition boosts interest in participating in the league, whether as competitors, viewers, or sponsors. A strong and engaged community is essential for the success of any esports project, and this award fosters further development and community cohesion.

We deeply appreciate your unwavering support and dedication. Winning the IPRA Golden World Award is a testament to the hard work and passion of each one of you. Thank you for being a crucial part of our journey and helping us achieve this remarkable milestone. We eagerly anticipate continuing this journey together and reaching even greater heights!

 

About the IPRA and the Golden World Awards

IPRA, founded in 1955, is the leading global network for PR professionals, aiming to advance trusted communication and ethical public relations through networking, a code of conduct, and intellectual leadership.

The annual IPRA Golden World Awards (GWA), established in 1990, recognize excellence in public relations globally. Award recipients take pride in meeting international standards. The Global Contribution Award honors campaigns meeting one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Also, the IPRA Grand Prix for Excellence awards the highest standard entry each year. The GWA is the only truly global PR award.

A1AL recap: CS2 and EAFC Mobile group stage results as BS finished third qualifier

We have arrived at the fifth A1AL recap in the 13th season. CS2 and EAFC24 Mobile are playing their group-stage matches, while Brawlers are still trying to make it there. Things are getting more and more intense as we are drawing near to the playoffs. Read what happened this past week and see how your favorite teams/players performed.

Intense CS2 group stage in A1AL

This week we had the opportunity to follow two duels on the A1AL stream. The first one was The Wild Ones (TWO) taking on Superior Esports and securing a win with a 2:0 score. In the other matchup PROMETEY succeeded against their opponent GIZONE with a 2:1. Let’s take a look at each duel separately.

The Wild Ones victory

The Wild Ones started the first match on Mirage magnificently. They opened the game well by sticking to mid and a B site. That brought them a nice lead of 7-2. They were taking easy rounds without sacrificing a single player on the team making it 9-3 at half. In the second half, we saw a little bit more of Superior Esports. They woke up and managed to get close to their enemies (11-8). After that all hell broke loose and Superior was close to evening up the score when TWO after three match points ended the game (13-11).

The second match was played on Ancient and it was a purely one-sided half. TWO dominated their opponents not letting them breathe. The half ended with 9-3 again in favor of The Wild Ones. Once again, the second half is when Superiror wakes up. After an 11-3 score they took some rounds, but it wasn’t good enough. With an aggressive push towards the A site, The Wild Ones take the enemies down and close the match with a 13-9 score.

PROMETEY takes the win after three games

Prometey had a good start on their pick (Ancient) but the result came slowly. On the wings of KdaN, who had 17 frags in the first half, PROMETEY takes the half with 7-5. After that, GIZONE takes the initiative and takes the lead at 8-7. That lead does not last long but reaches 9-7, after which KdaN wakes up again. Prometey does not drop a single round after that and they return to the game and take the map with a score of 13-9.

On GIZONE’s map pick Anubis, this team dominates their opponents. Even though PROMETEY woke up for a couple of rounds during the game, GIZONE was pretty convincing. They were especially strong on the T side as the game went in their favor with a 12-6 score. A small delay caused by PROMETEY who took only two rounds, led to the final victory of GIZONE with 13-8.

The decider on Mirage was completely even-steven as the first half ended at 7-5 for GIZONE. It was a very back-and-forth game. In the second half, PROMETEY takes the lead but loses it very quickly as GIZONE takes the charge. In the end, the score was 10-10. GIZONE takes the lead once again winning the following round, however, they make a mistake which PROMETEY takes advantage of ending the game in their favor.

CS2 A1AL group stage results

EAFC Mobile A1AL Group A and B results

The first A1AL group stage results for EAFC24 Mobile are in. This week we saw matches in groups A and B. As far as A group is concerned, it was Bojce who secured the top spot with his amazing performance. However, since this young talent has to leave the competition for personal reasons he is automatically placed last. In the lead of group A right now is Nerko from Buducnost eSport, followed by Ogi and another Buducnost player Haverz.

In group B another player from Buducnost eSport is at the top of the table with 12 points and that’s Skrebo98. The second place is taken by a Spartak player Lazovic with 10 points, followed by Sveta and another player from Spartak Somzi.

Next week we will stream groups C and D after which only the top eight will continue to the next stage. Stay tuned for that!

EAFC24 Mobile first round of group stage

OOB1 wins the third BS qualifiers

This is the first time we have had a smooth sailing qualifier when it comes to administration. After many problems last qualifier, this time the team from A1 Adria League came on top. As far as the competition is concerned, it is the same old same old. Salada de Frutas once again sweeps their side of the bracket making it to the finals like it’s nothing. OOB1 did the same thing on the other side of the bracket reaching the final mini boss.

It was OOB1 this time who emerged victorious from the finals of the third A1AL qualifier with a score of 3:1, letting Salada only one game. Now even though Salada didn’t secure max points in this qualifier they are still in the lead overall with 40 points. They are followed by none other than OOB1 with 20 points. Third place is La Aquilla, followed by Team Cherry and M4M.

Brawl Stars third qualifier results:

Brawl Stars third A1AL qualifier results

From hobby to career: stories of professional Esports players

Do you ever sit at home watching CS2 Major or LEC and LCS and wonder how the pro players became what they are today? There are many great pro players on the esports scene at the moment. Many of them started playing video games at a very early age, but each story is different. I chose to talk about the best, or at least, some of the best players in CS2, League of Legends, and VALORANT and their journey to greatness. Let’s dive in.

Stories of greatness

Without a doubt, the majority of video game lovers play games for fun and out of a hobby. In some rare cases, the hobby can become a very well-paid career. That’s what happened to s1mple, Faker, and TenZCS, League of Legends, and VALORANT best.

Faker and T1

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is considered the best in League of Legends. His story begins with a single parent who was sure his son would make it as a pro player. Since the inception of the esports industry eastern Asian countries have first recognized the potential of the industry and invested in it. Faker’s father nudged the Unkillable Demon King to start playing games. T1 midlaner began his journey with a MOBA game called CHAOS. After that, he switched to LoL, sometime in late 2011. It wasn’t long after that T1 (SKT1) contacted him to play in their second team.

Faker who had just started high school decided to pursue the gamer dream and drop out. The rest as they say is history. Only two years later, in 2013, he won his first World Championship, and now as we know he has four, along with countless domestic titles in LCK.

S1mple’s struggling journey

Another player considered (and probably is/was) the best in his game is Oleksandr ”s1mple” Kostyliev. Just like Faker, s1mple also started gaming early on. He started by playing Counter-Strike 1.6 inspired by his older brother who he used to watch play. As there was only one computer in the house, s1mple didn’t have the possibility to play whenever he wanted, but to wait his turn. Something I think many of us with a sibling can relate to.

S1mple started playing CS:GO as soon as it was released in 2012. He played the game for one year before he stepped into the competitive scene in a semi-pro tournament with the local team Lan Dodgers. After that, he signed for Courage Gaming and then HellRaisers who had many superstar players in the team. This led to one of the problems in his early career resulting in toxic behavior. That and the ban from his CS 1.6 days made him miss a couple of majors. However, in the end, as we know he became a well-respected AWPer and now has around 20 MVPs, Major, and other high-tier tournament titles under his name.

Race for best VALORANT player

Pro VALORANT players in most cases switched from CS:GO to the Riot’s FPS. The same thing goes for TenZ, who is considered one of the best in the game. Tyson “TenZ” Ngo started playing video games when he was only three years old. At the age of 15, he competed at his first LAN event which his mom first had to approve. Similar to Faker and his father, TenZ’s mother also saw the potential in gaming (even though it took some convincing).

After high school TenZ signed for Cloud9 and competed shortly for their CS:GO team. Some time he was a streamer for the org and then VALORANT beta came knocking on his door. TenZ became the first player to hit Radiant on VALORANT and that brought him a lot of recognition and respect. The fact that he is protanomaly colorblind didn’t stop him from making 40 kills on Breeze at VCT 2022: North America Stage 2 Challengers tournament. As VALORANT is still young we have yet to see what Tenz will do in the future. So far he already has two VCT titles and a couple of MVP awards.

Another A1AL weekly recap is here as our EAFC players secure groups!

This week we have finally selected the best EAFC24 players both on console and mobile. On the other hand, Brawl Stars is halfway there when it comes to their qualifier cups in A1AL. And as we know CS2 groups are getting more interesting with each match. Read all the details of this week’s tournaments in the 13th season of A1 Adria League.

Who are the A1AL top 16 in EAFC24 and EAFC24 Mobile?

Let’s begin with the soccer players from the EAFC24 game that made their way into the league. Firstly, the fourth qualifier was a real nail-biter. In the end, for the second time this season, Mupi takes maximum points. With two victories, he secured a total of 200 points, which put him at the top of the table. This season, points are crucial since the top 4 will be the holders of the groups.

In the finals of this qualifier, CLA_Marac was Mupi’s opponent, who took second place which enabled him to qualify further. Fifteen players have been confirmed, as four players will fight for the last place in the group: Cyber_Fico, Cera, Fika, and Barba

So, at the end of the EAFC qualifiers in the A1AL, Mupi is in first place with 200 points. Behind him are Misko with 160, Brstimir with 10 less, and Hara with 100 points. Our six-time champion Tarik Novo only has 70 points, but as we know he always somehow manages to get to the finals, so I’m not worried about him.

A1AL S13 EAFC24 4th qualifier results

As far as EAFC24 Mobile is concerned, in the last qualifiers, we had the opportunity to see Albin and Paka, two players from Montenegro, for the first time. Unfortunately, Paka failed to qualify for the group stage, unlike Albin. On the other hand, Nikolas7, our last year’s FC Mobile commentator, won the fourth qualifier which puts him at the top of the table. Furthermore, two players from Buducnost eSport (Nikolas7 and Skrebo98) were in the finals, which happened for the first time as well. 

To summarize the qualifiers, Nikolas7 is at the top with 320 points. Behind him are Skrebo98 with 300 and Bojce with 290. Fourth place is taken by SavaZver, while our last year’s champion Shaq is fifth with 160 points.

A1AL S13 EAFC24 Mobile 4th qualifiers

Same old on the Brawl Stars front – Salada on top in A1AL

Same as last week, our veterans and previous champions Salada de Frutas came on top of another qualifier cup. They now have 40 points and are very secure. They even showed a more dominating performance this time not losing a single set in the whole 2nd qualifier.

The upper part of the bracket was full of good teams (M4M, Frutas, OOB1 vs F/A Inazuma, Delulu), so it was a little one-sided, i.e. the teams that were lucky enough to be on the other side of the bracket got the points. OOB1 is at the moment second with 20 points and we can also expect to see them in the group stage of A1AL.

A1AL S13 BS 2nd qualifier

The Wild Ones and Superior Esports take their first wins

This week two CS2 matches were on the schedule in the group stage of A1AL. The Wild Ones took on Cupava Veverica, while in the second match, we watched Superior Esports vs BeFive. Both matches ended without the use of a decider map.

In the first duel, The Wild Ones win the first four rounds on Inferno. Then Cupava Veverica stops their opponents in a flash, who don’t need long to make a new streak and pick up where they left off. With a score of 7:1, they had the match in their hands. However, they make a small mistake in giving two easy frags and lose the round. The first half ended with a score of 10:2.

In all rounds, the players pushed A, mid, and, B. There were no rules, just run, jump, shoot. In the second half, Cupava Veverica struck back with the same measure at the beginning, they took a pistol round, defended themselves from force buy, and against eco they connected three in a row.
On Mirage we saw a 10:5 half for The Wild Ones, who didn’t take a long time to finish the second game and take the first win in groups. Last two rounds on CT they only pushed mid and finished the job. 

A nailbiter on Ancient and Mirage

In the second duel of this group stage round things were a lot closer as games ended with 13:10 and 13:11 scores. BeFive opens Ancient with two rounds in a row on the CT side. However, then Superior Esports connects seven rounds in a row without much difficulty focusing only on attacking sites without going mid. Towards the end of the half, BeFive somehow pulls out two more rounds and the half is suddenly decent 8:4.

BeFive on T starts well, but they lose the first buy round, which opens the opportunity for them to reset the opponents. That is exactly what they do and the game is even again. After that BeFive confidently takes the lead. However, Superior Esports with great holds take the last four rounds in a row to make the final 13:10 score.

On Mirage BeFive starts well as they take the first four rounds. After that everything that could have gone wrong for this team has. Superior took all the rounds until the end of half (8:4). On the CT side, however, BeFive woke up from their sleep and even up the score followed by a won round to take the lead. Similar to Ancient. In those moments, history repeats itself. Superior pulls out the round from their sleeve. They take advantage of the enemy’s mistakes and close the game 13-10.

If you missed these upper bracket matches, you can watch them HERE!

CS2 group stage results

How to become a pro player: A1 Adria League tips and tricks

A1 Adria League has been developing and expanding since its humble beginnings in 2017. Some of the pro players we now see competing in the biggest European and World championships have taken their first steps in our league. Anyone who has been playing games and competed in some tournaments at one point probably wondered what it takes to become big in the esports scene. Well, keep reading to find out the answers. What it takes for you to become a pro player?

huNter- and Nexa won Season 2 of A1 Adria League while they were playing for Valiance & Co

Tips for becoming a pro player

Let’s say at the beginning that it’s not one thing that makes a player become a professional. There are various factors and decisions you need to take into account. We can skip talking about doing what you love because that goes without saying. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t love gaming, right?

Which game to choose?

Since we know you’re passionate about gaming, we can go on to the next important step which is choosing the game. This can be hard looking at all these available esports titles. For a newbie, it can be tough to select the game in which they want to climb and become the best. You can go with a safe choice and pick a successful game with a huge esports scene such as League of Legends, VALORANT, or CS2. However, there you can encounter problems as it is harder to make it to the top at an already established scene. Or you can pick a new and challenging, while also popular game. There you can find a way to make it your own and attract sponsors and community in your own way. Another thing to think about is if you want to go solo or with a team.

New players should also take their time and get good at their games. Practice is important and having a beast PC will also help you achieve your choice. Even though some people think you can climb only on your talent, good gear means a world of difference.

Community involvement

Getting recognized is something that should be mentioned as well. Climbing the ladder and reaching a high rank in your game will increase your chances of getting recognized, as it will if you’re a part of a community and active on social media, YouTube, and/or Twitch. Being involved in the gaming community, and being active on Discord channels, Steam and Reddit groups will also help you find a team more easily. Then you can start competing, build your relationships in the community, and try to find sponsors and a pro organization where you can strive. Easier said than done, I know.

If you’re still unsure how to get started, join our discord public servers for A1 Adria League and follow us on social media to see how we make the dreams come true for so many young players.

Take a look at the wildly exciting third weekly A1AL recap!

The group stage of CS2 began with the first two matches, Brawl Stars had their first qualifier with a well-known winner, and EAFC24 and EAFC24 Mobile have only one more qualifier cup left. Many interesting things happened, some positive some negative. Read on to learn more and find out the results in the A1AL recap.

Prometey and GIZONE secured first wins in the A1AL group stage

The group stage has started, and the DE bracket is being played. The first BO3 matches played were between Kubix vs PROMETEY and Bagra vs GIZONE. Let’s take a look at the first match. 

PROMETEY decided on Ancient as their map pick. However, that didn’t turn out quite as planned for them. Only the pistol round was successful in the first half. Kubix ended this half with a big 10-2 advantage. Amar finds three kills in the second half and secures a victory for his team (13-2).

On Anubis, PROMETEY and Kubix switched places. This time PROMETEY was 10-2 after the first half. At 12-2, Kubix wakes up and imposes their play style. Amar opens the B site almost every round. At 12-7, Rile saves AWP, and in the next round, that AWP is of great importance. At 12:8, Wazz pushes B main and finds a frag, while Rile helps him find another one. At this point everything falls apart for Kubix and PROMETEY takes the map with 13-8.

A very close first half was seen on the decider map which was Mirage. A little struggle for Kubix and a great play from PROMETEY in multiple rounds lead us to the 7-5 score at the half. In the second half, Kubix on the T side plays strongly and takes an 8-7 lead. PROMETEY manages to take the round and equalize the result at 8-8 and with an excellent game returns to the lead of 10-8. But that lead did not last long. On the wings of Lewis, Kubix returns to 10-10. But again a reversal, the powerful Prometey arrives at 12-10 where Gejmzilla has a planted bomb and remains in a 2v1 situation where he knifes the defuser and finds another kill. That brings us to 12-11. After that, two rounds were taken by the MIGHTY PROMETEUS sending Kubix to the lower bracket of A1AL.

GIZONE is victorious after two games only

On Inferno, GIZONE is completely dominating the first half on their CT side. They rarely let Bagra even plant the bomb, and when they did, it was an easy defuse for their opponents. Even though the first half ended with 9-3, Bagra wasn’t going to fall that easily. After 11-4, they begin to wake up. They managed to reach 12-9 and the possibility of a comeback shone before their eyes. Unfortunately, GIZONE opens the next round with two frags and finishes what they started taking the first map with a 13-9 score.

Crazy first half on Mirage. GIZONE takes the first three rounds, but Bagra with astonishing gameplay after that takes seven in a row. After 7-5 half, GIZONE takes the lead at 11-9 after a few very close rounds. However, Bagra doesn’t surrender and they then take the lead (12-11). After missing the match point, the game goes into overtime. Both teams did great on the CT side of overtime. But in the end, GIZONE pushes short and wins with a 16-14 score.

CS2 group stage A1AL

Brstimir wins the third EAFC24 qualifier

The fact that some of the favorites secured a place in the top 16 of A1AL after two qualifiers opened up space for new players to get points. Milos “Brstimir” Majdevac missed the second qualification, but in the third, he came for the full spoils and thus definitely secured his place in the group stage. In the finals, his opponent was his old rival Harun “Hara” Parla, who after a difficult victory in the first game, he routinely defeated in the second with a score of 7-1.

Jovan “CZBackoSRB” Balać gave us the biggest surprise, by winning 3rd place and is now on the threshold of the group stage. Along with Brstimir, Misko, and Cere, CZBacko has brightened the face of Serbia in the A1 Adria League, which until now was mainly led only by Brstimir.

Skrebo98 secures maximum points in the third A1AL EAFC24 Mobile qualifier

Another great competition in the third EAFC24 Mobile qualifier in the A1AL as 240 players signed up.

The third qualification brought the new-old champion of the Balkans, Shaq, almost to full glory. He won in the quarterfinals against the best overall scorer, Bojce. However, he was very close to coming out first from these qualifications. This time that honor belongs to the Buducnost eSports player Skrebo98 from Bosnia.

Their duel, after a draw in the first match, and the triumph of one after the other, was decided by a golden goal, in the 55th minute of the 4th match. An unfortunate deflected ball after a free kick ended up in the upper left corner of Shaq’s goal.

In the overall standing, Bojce still leads with 290 points, followed by Savazver, Skrebo98, and Shaq respectively.

EAFC24 Mobile third qualifier A1AL

Is Salada de Frutas back for more titles?

This week we began the Brawl Stars qualifiers. BS has been a standard game in the A1AL for many seasons. In the 13th season, we will host four qualifiers. The first is already over, and it ended with Salada de Frutas demolishing their opponents and winning maximum points. They showed extraordinary performance and didn’t lose a single game until the finals. There they faced team FBI, and in the BO5 duel won with a 3-1 score. Our three-time champions changed their roster with only DzonDzon remaining at the moment.

However, not all news is good. We have had some problems in the first BS qualifier. The problems with the FaceIT platform led to many misunderstandings and unfortunately, teams were injured for their points.

I would like to apologize to everyone immediately because of yesterday’s events. The way the qualifiers were held yesterday did not live up to the A1 Adria League standard, as we always try to give our players the best possible playing experience with a healthy dose of competition. Unfortunately, that was not possible yesterday due to things beyond our control.

We will no longer rely on Facit’s automatic matchmaking system, as it has proven to be extremely unreliable and inaccurate. From the next qualifier, all matches will be monitored and recorded manually, and all communication between players will be conducted via Faceit rooms, and results will be reported to the channel ⁠💯✦results✦ on Discord.” – Inder, Brawl Stars administrator

Brawl Stars first qualifier standings A1AL

FOI is the winner of the A1 Student eChallenge in CS2!

Last week we had the opportunity to host the CS2 tournament as a part of the A1 Student eChallenge. Six universities and 36 students competed for the right to call themselves champions but only one was victorious. It was FOI that bested their opponents and won the tournament. Overall 260 rounds were played and 11 maps, out of which Dust2 and Mirage were the most played, while we haven’t seen Nuke once this tournament. Continue reading to find out all the details.

FOI in the TOP 4 in every game in the A1 Student eChallenge

As you remember, besides CS2, we hosted two other games as a part of this tournament, Rocket League and EAFC24. FOI was the most successful university in the whole eChallenge, ranking in the TOP 4 in all three games. They were fourth in Rocket League, third and second in EAFC24, and now first in CS2. FOI had to defeat FERIT to win it all. But let’s see how each team got to the finals and who their opponents were in the semis.

The first finalist was FOI. In the semi-finals, they defeated UNIPU from Pula with a 2-0 score, which came from the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over FER. Against UNIPU, FOI had an easy first map on Mirage (13:7), but they struggled on the second map Dust2 and defeated UNIPU only in the third overtime with a score of 22:19. The game was a real nailbiter and UNIPU put up a good fight. However in the end FOI prevailed.

The second finalist FERIT from Osijek didn’t have a tough opponent in the semis or they made it look like that. Against TVZ they won 2-0. Even though the second map Mirage was a little close, ending with 16-14, the first was Ancient where Ferit demolished their opponents with a swift 13:1 win.

A1 Student eChallenge FOI

In the grand finals, all three maps were played. Ancient was a FOI pick where they had a good start and a score of 10-4. After that FERIT made a comeback. Shumy’s 1v3 clutch took the game to overtime where in the end FERIT won 16-14. On FERIT’s pick Anubis, FOI dominated with Prozzor as the best player (13-8). The decider was Dust2 where it was close until the end. However, as we know FOI was a better team ending the final map with a 13-10 score and taking the title.

Ranking:

  • 1st place – FOI
  • 2nd place – FERIT
  • 3rd place – TVZ
  • 4th place – UNIPU
  • 5th place – FER
  • 6th place – Algebra

CS2 ready for groups in A1AL; Bojce and Mupinho on top of the second EAFC qualifiers

The second A1 Adria League qualifiers of the 13th season are behind us. While CS2 teams have already secured all the spots in the groups and are now ready to start the climb, EAFC24 and EAFC24 Mobile players still have a long way to go. As far as football is concerned, we are at halftime, two qualifiers are finished while two more are on schedule. Check out what happened in the second A1AL qualifiers this weekend!

CS2: Group stage is formed

Last week we saw very interesting matches and four teams advancing to the group stage. The groups were secured by KubiX, Spotify, Bagra and The Wild ones. The second CS2 qualifiers in this A1AL season brought us the remaining four teams. The winners are:

  • Cupava Veverica
  • SuperiorEsports
  • GornjiDonji
  • PROMETEY

PROMETEY was one of the teams who made it through and their road wasn’t an easy one. They eliminated two familiar names in the region. Both Jake Bube and KlanRUR failed to qualify for this season, while the former was really close as we saw overtime. An interesting duel was seen between Cupava Veverica and Ravens where we also went into overtime. However, in the end, Cupava Veverica who we also saw in the first qualifier, deservedly advanced to groups. One of the dominating teams was SuperiorEsports who didn’t lose a single map.

Mupinho broke the A1AL record

81 players participated in the second EAFC24 qualifiers in the A1 Adria League. The absence of some of the better-known names may have given space to new players to collect a significant number of points. Mustafa “Mupinho” Sejmenovic made the most of it!

We knew he had a talent for FIFA, but this is the first time he convinced us all, breaking the record in the final itself. He defeated the champion of the 11th season, Marko “Gruby” Grubisic, with a score of 9-2 in the deciding game, thus securing 100 points and a practically safe place in the group stage. In the total score, the first place belongs to the winner of the first qualification, Nemanja “Misko” Misic, while Mupinho is second with 100 points. Novo remains third, and in the 4th position was the now regular Tin ” CLA Th3Prod1gy ” Škrgatić.

There is still time for turnarounds so don’t waste any time and sign up! The third EAFC24 qualifiers are scheduled for June 22.

Again more than 200 EAFC24 Mobile players signed up

Of 232 registered players, 220 played in the second qualifier of EAFC24 Mobile in the A1AL. It was the first time we saw former caster Nikolas in esports action. He managed to make it all the way to the finals. Unfortunately for him, the better player was Bojce, who in the semi-finals overcame the tournament’s surprise, Somzi.

Somzi was in the top 20 of the world four years ago and is a member of Spartak eSport from Subotica. He finished the competition as 4th because he lost to the young Bosnian player Ogi in the Bo3 match for third place. However, you should remember this name as he was the only one who succeeded, in the appearance of the FC Mobile community in the A1AL so far, to make up for the 3-goal deficit. From 4:1 he returned the semi-final match against Bojce to 4:4.

A total of 40 goals were seen in this interesting stream of the top 8 in the second qualifiers of the A1AL. Among the new faces in the top 16, we saw a guy named prosječnibosanac. Surely this success will motivate him to fight even more in the remaining two qualifying stages. Another name worth mentioning is Bojan, whose appearance in the A1 Adria League was the first, where he immediately took part in the top 8.

If you still haven’t, sign up for the third qualifier, scheduled on June 22.

Here are your EAFC24 and Rocket League champions in A1 Student eChallenge!

Two of three competitions that are part of our A1 Student eChallenge are over. Rocket League and EAFC24 got their champions already, while only the CS2 competition remains. While most of the tournament was played off-stream, our followers could enjoy a very tense final in Rocket League and EAFC24. Let’s take a look at how it went.

FER and MATHOS at the top

Let’s begin with Rocket League, where we had seven different Universities compete for the top prize. From the signed up schools we had FER, FERIT, FOI, UNIPU, FESB, Algebra, and PMFST which amounted to 24 players. The competition was fierce and the top 4 Universities were FER, Algebra, FOI, and FERIT.

In the grand final of A1 Student eChallenge, we saw a dominating victory from the side of FER who managed to win this BO7 series with a 4:1 score against Algebra.  The roster made of Dred, Zuki, Turba, and Dunge, showed their skill and deservedly won the title. However, in our fight for the third place, things were a lot more closer. After a long struggle and seven games, FERIT came out victorious against FOI with a 4:3 score.

  • 1st place: FER 
  • 2nd place: Algebra
  • 3rd place: FERIT
  • 4th place: FOI
  • 5th-7th place FESB, UNIPU, and PMFST

Moving on to EAFC24 where we also had seven Universities compete. In this competition, the signed-up Universities were FOI and FERIT with two representative players, UNIPU, TVZ, MATHOS, ASPIRA, and Algebra with one each. It took eight games for us to get our best four players in this competition. FOI did very well, and their players ranked 2nd and 3rd. Bati took the second place, while t0m3 one below. On stream, in the grand finale, Bati lost to MATHOS rep klaic710 with a 2:3 score. However, in the fight for third place t0m3 was more successful and won 3:0 against Remo.

1st place: MATHOS | klaic710

2nd place: FOI | Bati

3rd place: FOI | t0m3

4th place: TVZ | Remo

5th-8th place FERIT, UNIPU, FERIT, and ASPIRA

9th place: Algebra

Now only the CS2 competition is left and you can follow the finale on the 21st of June which is Friday. Don’t forget to follow our stream on YouTube, Twitch and Kick.