Tomorrow, on Friday, 2nd of August it's time for 16 of the best NHL 19 1vs1 players to battle it out for the title of Finnish Champion at Assembly Summer in Messukeskus, Helsinki. There's multiple Finnish champions, both former and current among these players - also the former NHLGWC champion Eki can be found in these ranks, as probably the biggest favourite too! It's not only the title that's at stake, though. The 16 contenders will be fighting for their share of the 5000€ prize pool in the tournament. It'll be a long day full of joy, disappointment, exciting games and at the end we'll know who deserves the title - without further ado, let's get on by reviewing our groups.
This is one pickle of a group as we see four very high level and high profile players go up against each other. Eki is the obvious favourite, but then we've got the extremely skilled FlyerKungen, who's admittedly more accomplished on the 6s side but also a force to be reckoned with in versus. We also see SUPERVIRTA, who's maybe more known as an entertaining streamer, but showed his competitive capabilities by going to the NHLGWC regionals this spring. Nieppi isn't one to count out either, he's a consistent performer who hasn't really stepped up to the bright lights yet, but we always seem to see him breathing down the neck of the top players. Eki is a safe bet, but otherwise it'll be a free-for-all.
Hansulinho and Kriketski are the favourites to advance from this group, but they won't do so without a fight. Hansu always seems to make it to the final events, but he has had some off-days in the past. I've heard some reports about xTeemuz looking good and having a proper chance to stand up to these guys, so don't count him out just yet! xKeskitalo will have his work cut out for him if he wants to advance from this group tomorrow, it should be noted that there are no bad players at this event so don't take these predictions for a fact!
Group C is without a doubt a group of death in this contest. The top contenders here are Plee and Doumi for sure, but I doubt Artuzio and Sagee will give anything up for free. It's a bit unfortunate to see so many talented players in the same group up front but hey - to be the best you will need to beat everyone at some point anyway. It's looking like Pleemaker and Doumi will advance and Artuzio together with Sagee will end up the odd men out.
Group D is in contrast to group C, the weakest one in this event. Dreamickie is known to usually pave his way into the playoffs at these events, so there's your group winner. My sources tell me Spearzz_ isn't a bad bet to make it either.
Preliminary schedule for Friday, 2.8: (Times in CEST)
11:00-11:30 Player check-in
12:00-14:00 Group stage
14:30-15:30 Quarterfinals BO3
15:30-16:30 Semifinals #1 BO3
16:30-17:30 Semifinals #2 BO3
------- 30 MIN BREAK -----
18:00-18:30 Bronze game BO1
18:30-19:30 Finals BO3
All games will be streamed on the Pelaajat.com Twitch channel. Good luck to all players and hope to see everyone else either live or in the stream chat!