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I_Eki_I finished #1 in the NHL GWC European Regional Finals and took home the $5,000 and a ticket to the Finals in Vegas (twitch.tv/NHL) Hey NHLGamers, It's been an exciting weekend, as I was able to experience the European regional finals of the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship on location at the Viasat studios in Stockholm. I'd like to start by thanking @Kane for making me his +1 and thus granting me access to the event - much appreciated! As we mentioned in an earlier news story, all of the eight players that made it to the European finals are a part of our NHLGamer community and it was really nice to get to meet everyone. The eight players made their way into the European finals through the four qualification tournaments: @Hansulinho (Xbox Live: Hansulinho) - EU XBOX #1 bracket winner @plee999 (Xbox Live: PleeMaker) - EU XBOX #1 bracket runner-up @Erkki (PSN: I_Eki_I) - EU PS4 #1 bracket winner @FlyerKungen (PSN: FlyerKungen) - EU PS4 #1 bracket runner-up @Kane (Xbox Live: Kaneyh) - EU XBOX #2 bracket winner @Nieppii (Xbox Live: Nieppi) - EU XBOX #2 bracket runner-up @Darkic01 (PSN: Darkic01) - EU PS4 #2 bracket winner @Artuzio (PSN: Artuzio) - EU PS4 #2 bracket runner-up The European finals were played using double elimination rules, meaning that losing one time puts you in the lower bracket and two losses means you're out. If you were to reach the final without any loses, that would put you one win away from winning the regional finals and $5,000, whereas reaching the finals through the lower bracket would require you to win two games in a row in the final round. The stakes for the games played on Sunday were high, and come June 19th, there's a lot of money on the line! (twitch.tv/NHL) The EU Finalists arrived in Stockholm on Saturday morning and for some players, such as PleeMaker, that meant getting up at 3 AM, as he had to fly out to Helsinki first. The day was spent at the Viasat studios, where the players got accustomed to the environment, were interviewed by the broadcast team, got photos taken etc. The day ended at around 8 PM and the players tried to get enough sleep for what would certainly be one of their biggest days in their NHL gaming careers. On Sunday morning it was off to the studio around 6:30 AM and after some breakfast, warmups and photoshoots it was time to play. The games were played in two rooms: The main stage and upstairs on a smaller stage. The best place to watch the games were outside the main stage room in the couch area and that's where most players and guests would spend their time between games. There were also some friendly games played in the warmup area. I made a small travel/behind the scenes video from the trip and it also features interviews of the two winners this weekend, be sure to check it out and give it a thumbs up if you enjoy it. At the end of the day, two players came out on top and met each other in the EU Regional Finals. I_Eki_I won the very first game of the day against Artuzio 7-2 and would only need one win to come out on top. The final game between these two was not at all as lopsided as the first game of the day, but I_Eki_I managed to keep his edge, taking home the $5,000 by a score of 2-1. The two players to make it into the World Finals: I_Eki_I and Artuzio, being interviewed by Andrea Helfrich (twitch.tv/NHL) Overall, it was really nice to be able to be on set for such an amazing event and I hope the broadcasts catch as big of an audience as possible and we'll see more of this (and hopefully 6vs6) in the future. A big thank you to all of the players and their friends and family members that I met during the weekend. It was also nice to get to meet the broadcast team of Andrew Telfer (TheNasher61), Arda Öcal, Frankie Ward and Andrea Helfrich, who all did an amazing job to bring the games alive. Not only are they professionals and good at what they do - they're also very friendly and approachable. The results of European Finals (twitch.tv/NHL) So there you have it. All of these eight gamers put on a great show and we should applaud them all for making it as far as they did. After this weekend, there could only be two remaining and NHLGamer would like to congratulate this weekends winner I_Eki_I and runner-up Artuzio for their success and wish them the best of luck in Las Vegas on the 19th of June in the World Finals! If you haven't already watched the official stream, you can watch it below via the NHL's official Twitch channel:
ECL Final preview ECL Finals will start Tuesday 20 CET and here is a preview for this great grand finale of the season. There will be 2 games on Tuesday and I have interviewed Pazlaf (Carlsberg HC) and hooneli (Nordic Blizzard). They will answer to few questions regarding to the season behind of us and add some comments of the upcoming final. They both will also rate each other starting rosters as if they would be real players in NHL 16 with few comments also on these players! There will be also poll, about who you think will win first ECL! I hope you enjoy, let’s start! Well hello guys and congratulations for reaching the ECL Finals! Pazlaf: Thank you SeRe! We achieved our goal. hooneli: Thank you! We are so hyped up about Tuesday! Do you think that this is the righteous final tandem? Pazlaf: In my opinion yes. Nordic Blizzard has been impressive this season and they deserve spot on finals. hooneli: Absolutely. Both of the teams have been travelling long road to this point and have won numerous of best of 7 series so it’s not a coincidence that these teams are in the final. Tournament has been surely most competitive tournament ever and it’s nice to see 2 PlayStation teams to reach finals. But I have to add to this that we got world class players from Xbox; without them we probably wouldn’t be in finals. Which are the teams you had hardest time this season? Pazlaf: Dynasty, Northern Stars and specially Sjukstugan. Sjukstugan gave us extremely tough challenge and they even could have gone to finals themselves. hooneli: THE UNITED KNIGHTS absolutely. Even though we won 4-0 it didn’t tell anything about the series. Games were tight and winning was extremely hard. How will you proceed to the finals? Pazlaf: We have to have puck control if we want to win. Defense has always been struggle for us but in this season it has been extremely good. hooneli: We are not going to change anything. Our game is working perfectly in both ends and we are still going to play with our strengths which are defending with 5 players and teamwork. We will continue with hard working diarrhea hockey. MVP’s of your team this season? Pazlaf: Whole team has played well all season but joukki13, vatalisti and vepe- have been playing better as the season has proceeded. hooneli: Very hard question. Our team doesn’t have any weak links since that is the main point of our game. Result comes with working together. Despite of this I have to mention our center from Xbox who you know as Dominointi (Seppo). He doesn’t have any weaknesses and is extremely sangfroid when we need someone to step up. I also have to mention our defenders since without them we wouldn’t be here. DieCutterMC (Ulla) and esajorma have been this teams backbone throughout the playoffs. Wingers have been just circling rounds on the rink when defenders and center have been carrying this team. Also our goalie FINSeRe has been playing well. Some regards to the ECL Community? Pazlaf: Enjoy the finals. Hopefully we can have unforgettable series. I also want to thank admins and all the people who have been able to make this tournament happen. hooneli: I want to thank everyone who have been in this tournament and have made this most competitive EASHL tournament possible. I also want to send warm regards to those who write on the chatbox, they are super fun to read and they offer better entertainment than TV-shows nowadays. Hopefully finals will interest this EASHL-scene and we would have lots of viewers on the stream. Thank you and hopefully we see lots of old teams in the next tournament! ______________________________ Starting roster of Calrsberg HC (Rated by hooneli) joukki13 – Pazlaf (C) – plee999 vatalisti – F-B-I__A-N-D-Y__ vepe- joukki13 LW, 90 overall 43 games: 88+59=147 +103, (3,42 PPG) 46 PIM 8 GWG ‘’He has great stats but he is still little bit unknown for me. Despite of this he has shown what kind of threat he has been. We saw that on semifinals where joukki13 was great against Northern Stars, he had around 2 goals per game. Unluckily for him he is going to play on my wing so he will be pointless in finals ’’ Pazlaf C, 92 overall 34 games: 32+57=89 +87, (2,62 PPG) 35 PIM 9 GWG 52,8% FOW% ‘’Backbone of Carlsberg HC. Great passer who plays nicely in both ends and knows also how to settle the game when needed. I won my first EHL championship with him, so I know him very well.’’ plee999 RW, 90 overall 25 games: 32+42=74 +56, (2,96 PPG) 24 PIM 4 GWG ‘’Pretty new name on EASHL-scene but he has lots of skill and potential. He is able to do surprising moves on the rink and is very lethal in offensive zone.’’ vatalisti LD, 85 overall 41 games: 8+55=63 +101 41 PIM 113 HITS ‘’(Don’t know enough of him)’’ F-B-I__A-N-D-Y__ RD, 85 overall 17 games: 15+25=40 +45 20 PIM 59 HITS ‘’(Don’t know enough of him)’’ vepe- G, 90 overall 42 games: 35 wins, (83,3% WIN%) 76,06%, 1,73 GAA 8 SO 0+2 ‘’Great old ‘’Pig Harri’’ has played in our team years ago and I know him to be elite goalie unless he has holes on his old pads.’’ Starting roster of Nordic Blizzard (Rated by Pazlaf) Hansulinho – Dominointi – hooneli (C) Selarit – esajorma FINSeRe Hansulinho LW, 91 overall 21 games: 34+48=82 +50, (3,9 PPG) 4 PIM 7 GWG ‘’One of the most dangerous attackers in EASHL. He has point per game average nearly 4 in this season. Hopefully our defenders won’t have hard time with him.’’ Dominointi C, 94 overall 31 games: 48+57=105 +62, (3,39 PPG) 16 PIM 11 GWG 61,9% FOW% ‘’Most unknown player for me from Nordic Blizzard roster but what I have seen is just dominating. He is really clever player in both ends of the rink. My most important job is to keep him shadowed in the finals. Keep your head up!’’ hooneli RW, 90 overall 33 games: 39+49=88 +67 (2,67 PPG) 30 PIM 7 GWG ‘’Captain of the team, great player about which I have only good memories from my time in Nordic Blizzard. Dangerous goal scorer who also has the hands to pass the puck.’’ Selarit LD, 87 overall 19 games: 5+14=19 +35 24 PIM 51 HITS ‘’Gift of Rauma to the hockey world. Backbone of the defense.’’ esajorma RD, 88 overall 20 games: 5+28=33 +48 16 PIM 19 HITS ‘’One of the best offensive minded defenders in EASHL. If we give him too much time on the blueline we are going to have trouble.’’ FINSeRe G, 91 overall 39 games: 34 wins, (87,2% WIN%) 77,18%, 2,20 GAA 4 SO 0+2=2 ‘’This guy can be the one who denies our championship. Experienced elite goalie who rarely has bad days. Number 1 candidate for Vezina?’’ _____________________________ Everything is ready for the finals ! Hope you are as hyped as I am and be sure to check out streams (I'm streaming at least for sure) and cheer your team to victory ! Hope you liked this post and show your support by liking/ commenting and checking my social media ! See you later! www.youtube.com/FlNSeRe www.facebook.com/FINSeRe www.twitch.tv/FINSeRe