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bleja_ triumphs in the PES2021 A1 Gaming Weekend!

In a nail-biting final, bleja_ beat the former PES2021 champion and secured the first prize in the tournament!

Around 110 players signed up for the new edition of the A1 Gaming Weekend. As always, players from all around the region competed and tried to finish in first place, but in the end, only one of them could do it. After an intense day of playing, the best eight players reached the quarterfinal stage. Here, OpetPalja was paired against aki_992 who beat him 2-1 in a great match. Roksa, who won the last PES A1 Gaming Weekend, was one of the favorites for this edition as well. In the quarterfinals, he beat Ivica_mo91 with a 2-1 final BO3 score.

Football_hunter4 breezed past Mossa_19 and bleja_ outplayed TollePFC. Next up in the semis, bleja_ and Football_hunter4 met to decide the first finalist. The new champion had a tough ask ahead of him, but still managed to squeeze past his opponent and qualify for the final match. On the other side of the bracket, Roksa and aki_992 clashed, with the former being the better player. bleja_ and Roksa met each other in the match that was going to decide the winner of the tournament. Both players had a remarkable match and in the end, bleja_ took the win. Football_hunter4 ended up third.

The top four PES2021 A1 Gaming Weekend players:

1. bleja_ – €150
2. Asr_roksa – €100
3. Football_Hunter4 – €50
4. aki_992

 

A1 Gaming Weekend to feature PES2021 tournament!

Konami’s football simulation will be featured as part of our A1 Gaming Weekend series starting on the 7th of August.

eFootball PES2021 has a huge number of players in our region. Early this year, we did a tournament in this game and the turnout was incredible. We are hoping to repeat the success during our second tournament as well and we already have nearly 90 players signed up for the tournament.

The players will play a knockout BO3 format. All matches up until the quarterfinals will be played with penalties turned on, but without overtime (overtime is ON for the following three stages). Most of the tournament will be played out on Saturday (07.8) with the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final matches being played out on Sunday. As usual, the players in these stages will need to have the appropriate conditions for streaming.

The tournament is open for the entire Adriatic region – Croatia, Serbia, BiH, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo. If a player is from one of these countries but is not currently residing here, an administrator will require photo proof of the competitor’s ID or passport. The tournament is open ONLY for players who use LAN connection to connect to their PS4 console and have purchased eFootball PES2021 Season Update as well as the required PlayStation subscription.

The top three players will split €300 in the following manner:

1. €150
2. €100
3. €50

A1 Gaming Weekend – PES2021 – SIGN UP!

Swizz’s team are the new A1GW Rocket League champions!

The Serbian team outplayed Goated Clowns and secured the A1 Gaming Weekend Rocket League champions title.

Swizzove srbende were dominant since the start of the tournament. They managed to outplay Crnci u parizu, OC-Esports and Synaptics before playing Goated Clowns for the first time in the bracket. They bested them and OnlyTheFamilyy after that to become the first team in the grand finals of this A1 Gaming Weekend. OnlyTheFamilyy had three wins in the upper-bracket – versus Aqua E-sports, FAMILY., and srecko57. After losing their match against Swizzove srbende, they were sent to the lower bracket where Gloated Clowns beat them 3-1.

The second-placed team, Gloated Clowns, had an interesting run during the weekend. Wins versus The BTK and RL TARIGUZI secured them a spot in the upper-bracket finals where the new champions defeated them. In the lower bracket, the runners-up were better than FAMILY., srecko57, and OnlyTheFamily. The grand finals were a clean sweep for SWIZZ’s team who defeated their opponents 4-0.

The top 4 Rocket League teams:

1. Swizzove srbende – €180
2. Goated Clowns – €105
3. OnlyTheFamilyy – €90
4. srecko57 – €75

 

A1 Gaming Weekend is back with Rocket League!

Once again, the A1 Gaming Weekend will host a tournament in Rocket League – everyone’s favorite rocket-powered, soccer-playing esports title!

Last year we tested the Rocket League waters with an A1 Gaming Weekend dedicated to this game that has become a pillar of the competitive gaming scene in the last years. Unlike last time, however, this tournament will feature a 3v3 format. The standard format should attract more players that can sign up with their teams and fight for the main prize. Challengermode is the platform of choice for this Rocket League tournament – the registration link can be found at the end of this article.

The famous regional YouTuber Djura as well as GameHub’s Dean Bošnjak will be our casters for this A1 Gaming Weekend. A prize pool of €450 is up for grabs for the best four Rocket League teams in the region. This edition of the A1 Gaming Weekend will last for two days, the 31st of July and the 1st of August, and teams from the entire Adria region can join in. Good luck!

The prize pool will be split in the following manner:

1. €180
2. €105
3. €90
4. €75

A1 Gaming Weekend – Rocket League – SIGN UP HERE!

Crashbanter crushes the A1 Gaming Weekend TEKKEN 7 competition!

After Roksa took the main prize in PES2021, QSKE Gaming’s Crashbanter was the player that outplayed the competition in our second A1 Gaming Weekend, featuring TEKKEN 7.

Our first TEKKEN 7 cup saw over 40 players sign up and battle it out for the grand prize of €200. The double-elimination bracket proved to be a great addition to the tournament as the actual winner of the tournament, Crashbanter, managed to climb back from the lower bracket and defeat his opponent in his second try.

After a couple of rounds of play, four players remained in the upper bracket. Crashbanter couldn’t stand up to Kalash, while Yamato defeated Chipmeister FiGi. Kalash continued his great streak with yet another win against Yamato who was relegated to the lower half of the bracket. Chipmeister FiGi and Crashbanter met in the lower bracket semis and while QSKE’s veteran was fighting for the win, Yamato was waiting for him in the lower bracket finals. Nevertheless, Yamato was powerless versus Crashbanter who calmly secured his place in the Grand Finals.

Kalash and Crashbanter faced each other for the main prize. Crashbanter was able to end Kalash’s winning streak and reset the score before taking one more 3-0 victory and leaving the Grand Finals and the whole tournament as the undisputed A1 Gaming Weekend TEKKEN 7 champion.

These were the top three A1 Gaming Weekend – TEKKEN 7 players:

1. QSKE Crashbanter – €200
2. Kalash – €100
3. RFD Yamato – €50

If you missed this edition of the A1 Gaming Weekend, you can check it out and catch all the great moments below:

PES21: Roksa upsets Kepa_PFC to win A1 Gaming Weekend!

PES2021, the first A1 Gaming Weekend game for this year, is now behind us with Roksa taking the title after beating his mentor in the grand finals.

A number of 156 players signed up for our PES2021 tournament. Players from all over the Adriatic region hopped on the field and played against each other for the grand prize of €200.

As the numbers thinned and the best of the best survived, the final rounds of the cup were a joy to watch. Pedjapedja16 beat Eduka1993, while boki_todor fell short to Roksa. On the other half of the bracket, Kepa_PFC, the reigning champion of the PES A1 Gaming Weekends bested Djole95 and in the other match, spora95 won against GRT_pipeGSW.

Even after a great win against Eduka, Pedjapedja couldn’t beat Roksa who managed to become one of the finalists and secure a match against his teammate from AS Roma, Kepa_PFC.

The final match between Kepa and Roksa was even better because of all of the history that these players have together. Namely, before playing for AS Roma, both of them were a part of FC Nantes so they had a lot of chances to play against each other and learn the tricks that each of the players had. Also, Kepa being the more experienced of the two is considered to be a mentor-like figure for Roksa who is newer to the scene.

Roksa pulled off an amazing win against his AS Roma teammate. The first match finished 3-2 in favor of the young gun which gave him an early advantage going into the second match. There, the match ended with the same result but this time, the winner was Kepa which meant that the match was going to a decider game. The third game was a spectacle – Roksa outplayed Kepa_PFC 3-1 and was crowned the champion of this first A1 Gaming Weekend.

A1 Gaming Weekend - PES2021 Bracket - Roksa

The first exciting A1 Gaming Weekend for this year is finished. The most skilled PES2021 players will split the prize pool in the following manner:

1. Roksa 200€
2. Kepa_PFC 100€
3. Pedjapedja16 50€

While we are waiting for the next season of the League to begin, make sure to sign up for our upcoming TEKKEN 7 tournament which will be played on the 13th of March!

A1 Gaming Weekends return with PES and TEKKEN!

After coming back from a brief hibernation, it’s time to warm up your mouse and keyboard with the upcoming two seasons of the League by hosting two A1 Gaming Weekend tournaments!

The A1 Gaming Weekend cups were an unforgettable part of the last year. Before, during, and after the seasons, the A1 Gaming Weekends were here for the players that didn’t have their favorite games included in the League, as well as for the fans that were eager to watch some action in the days when the League wasn’t on.

This time, we will host two A1 Gaming Weekend tournaments. The first one will feature PES e-Football 2021, while the second one will be TEKKEN 7.

TEKKEN 7

While PES2020 is a known game for the Gaming Weekend series, our other title, TEKKEN 7 is making its debut on the 13th of March. This fighting game is one of the pillars of the loyal and competitive FGC community. As we could witness on multiple occasions before, TEKKENs fighter diversity, big skill cap, and talented regional player base, make it the ideal pick for our second A1 Gaming Weekend title.

The A1 Gaming Weekend – TEKKEN 7 by Zagreb Tekken Showdown will be played using the Smash.gg platform, as it is one of the most famous platforms for this particular title. The fighters will face each other in a double-elimination Best of 3 bracket. You can sign up for the TEKKEN 7 tournament  by clicking the link below:

13.03.2021 A1 Gaming Weekend TEKKEN 7 by Zagreb Tekken Showdown – SIGN UP

The prize pool will be split in the following manner:

1. €200
2. €100
3. €50

PES21 – FINISHED

We already had PES2020 as a part of the A1 Gaming Weekend on multiple occasions last year and it never failed to disappoint. As one of the founders of the ever-growing PESExpert community stated: “The PES community in our region is really big”. And the players made sure to confirm this claim during the last year when we had over x players every time.

PES21 will boast a single-elimination tournament with Bo1 matches in the first two rounds, while the rest of the cup will be played as a Bo2 with the Away goal rule. Be a part of the first A1 Gaming Weekend for this year by clicking the link below:

06.03.2021 A1 Gaming Weekend PES21 – SIGN UP (ENDED)

A1 Gaming Weekend - PES2021 Bracket - Roksa

The PES2021 tournament was played out and had the following players take the first three places:

1. Roksa €200
2. Kepa_PFC €100
3. Pedjapedja16 €50

Kepa_PFC wins the PES2020 A1 Gaming Weekend cup!

The final edition of our A1 Gaming Weekend tournaments came to a close recently, with Kepa_PFC claiming the main prize and becoming the A1 Gaming Weekend PES2020 champion.

We saw a massive turnout from the PES players in our region. Over 190 players were split into 32 groups going in into the tournament. After the group stage was finished, only 64 players remained in the BO3 playoffs. Kule and the PESExpert community did a great job of organizing the whole thing and running it without any problems.

Fast forward to the Round of 16, the top players of the tournament faced each other for a spot in the quarterfinals. pongpong_hr and DENDZAMIN outplayed Kaplijev_NS and Vojkec17, respectively, while StefanKure90 was better than Zeusinjo. Koso-93 slipped past PlantifulBat7 and the actual champion of the tournament, Kepa_PFC was better than Flegma_ST. Heading into the quarterfinals, Kepa continued his winning streak with a 2-0 sweep versus Aminzagreb32. MeGustaSrbija secured a spot in the semis, while Aca94dg ended the tournament after losing to the aforementioned player. The last two semifinal spots were filled by StefanKure90 and DENDZAMIN who managed to breeze past Koso-93 and pongpong_hr, respectively.

PvtMole led us through the semifinals in which Kepa_PFC dominated MeGustaSrbija. The second semi was a duel between StefanKure90 and DENDZAMIN which saw the former secure the second spot in the Grand Finals without any difficulties. MeGustaSrbija managed to best DENDZAMIN in the third-place decider and claim his share of the prize pool. In the Grand Finals, we had the chance to see Kepa_PFC beat StefanKure90 after pulling off quite the comeback.

1.Kepa_PFC – €250
2.StefanKure90 – €150
3.MeGustaSrbija – €100

A1 Gaming Weekend - PES2020

This marks the end of the A1 Gaming Weekend tournaments which were a great way to spend the time between the seasons. The sixth A1 Adria League season begins soon, so make sure to sign up and be the best!

Kule, PESExpert: “The PES community in our region is really big”

While waiting for the third A1 Gaming Weekend cup to start, we decided to get in touch with the team that will help us organize the tournament and introduce their community to all of you following us. Just as the FBC, the PESExpert guys are constantly helping the players in our region with organizing a big number of tournaments and helping them in the development of their careers. I contacted Kule from PESExpert who was happy to answer my questions and make his community known to even more people.

Hello, Kule, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Could you introduce the PES Expert community to the broader public? How long have you been developing the PES scene in our region?

The PESExpert community exists for over 10 years now, since 2010 – Playstation 3. It was at that time that the founders saw that Croatia has a lot of players that play the best soccer simulation, PES. Since that moment, a lot has changed, we switched to PS4, there were good and bad editions of PES, but the number of members and followers kept increasing constantly. In 2019, PESExpert split into two groups, with the first (12.igrač) focusing on Full Manual, Master League, and the casual side of the player base. Our community (PESExpert) consists of 15 leagues and over 300 players, some of which are between one of the best in Europe, and we can say that we are more focused on developing the quality of the overall scene. Players from all nationalities are welcomed here and we can proudly say that we are successfully working with members from Serbia, BiH, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Macedonia.

What are some tournaments that you organized in the past? Tell us about the PES Expert 1v1 & 2v2 tournament that boasts a 10.000€ prize pool.

From the bigger tournaments, we have organized the “Lumici Centar” tournament in Varaždin, with 80 players playing 1v1, we organized the Reboot 1v1 & 2v2 tournament with 70 players and we worked with Caffe Boeing, where we managed to organize two cups with a total of 90 players.

Our biggest project to date is happening on the 12th of September in Velika Gorica, the sports center Panadić to be exact. The tournament will have 256 players for the 1v1 part, and 64 2v2 duos. Players are showing massive interest in the tournament, mainly because of its €10.000 prize pool, which is the minimal prize pool and is likely to go up. Except for the main tournament, there will be a theme park for kids and adults and a 3v3 bubble football.

How developed is the PES community in the Adriatic region? Do you see this A1 Gaming Weekend tournament as a chance to even further help the players in their competitive careers? Are you looking forward to a great turn out from the players?

The PES community in our region is really big, with over 20.000 active players, we have Serbia that has the biggest number of players and they are really investing into esports with prizes and also bringing the scene closer to the mainstream media with a lot of leagues. We see this tournament [A1 Gaming Weekend] as a chance to show the people just how many players there are in the region that play PES and that it is really worth it. We also hope that people will recognize our organizational abilities and this project will help the PESExpert staff with further projects.

Do you prefer the LAN competition to the online format we have now because of the worldwide pandemic? Are you looking back to going back to LAN?

Online and offline competitions have a lot of differences, for example, when playing tournaments online, not everyone has a connection of the same quality, and that with the delays from the different TV-s can often be a disadvantage for one of the players. Those problems are nullified in offline competitions and the only things that matter are the mechanical and mental quality and capability of the player and that is why playing on LAN is much more popular in showing the real skill of the player.

Aim Assist triumph at the second A1 Gaming Weekend!

During the weekend the second A1 Gaming Weekend was played out. The first matches were finished fairly quickly on Saturday, while on Sunday we had the chance to see the best of the best Rocket League duos battle it out on stream.

Both of the finalist teams started out the tournament in the first round. Tryhard Kidz and Aim Assist advanced to the second round after victories against DE | Black and Vrucag Uzica respectively, while L3 had no difficulties versus ExquzeS. Except for the Tryhard Kidz – Bwoah matchup that ended 2-1 in favor of the former, all of the round 2 matches were one-sided 2-0 victories for the favorite teams. Real Misfits bested Simple Boys, Size Matters were better than Calculatando and Suzavci outplayed the Macedonian duo Volovi in the Round of 16.

We proceeded to the Best of 5 games in the quarterfinals. No upsets happened in this third round either, and the quarterfinals quickly came to an end after four 3-0 victories for the much better teams. Tryhard Kidz, Suzavci, Aim Assist, and Size Matters all survived the first day and secured a spot in the semifinals of the Rocket League tournament.

Our caster, Pougljeni Mrav finally got to spend some time casting his game, Rocket League. While Tryhard Kidz barely slipped past Suzavci in the first semifinal, Aim Assist outplayed Size Matters in every way possible. Alexii and hoodied were on a whole different level in the Grand Finals as well and Tryhard Kidz didn’t stand a chance. Dred and Haregan were able to win one of the five games played, but Aim Assist closed out the match 4-1 and secured the first-place prize. In the third-place decider, Size Matters breezed past Suzavci with a 4-0 win and took their share of the prize pool.

The best four teams finished the second A1 Gaming Weekend cup in the following order:

1. Aim Assist – (hoodied, alexii) – €200
2. Tryhard Kidz – (Dred, Haregan) – €150
3. Size Matters – (ENTONI, Stipsy) – €100
4. Suzavci – (Hidex, Daciii)

A1 Gaming Weekend - Rocket League

Tune in next week for the final A1 Gaming Weekend cup – Pro Evolution Soccer awaits! You can read more about the PES cup by clicking here, and we have an upcoming interview with one of the admins that is a must-read.