Just nine weeks ago, eight esports organisations came together to start Gfinity Elite Series. Now, just five remain with large prize pools for each tournament and a separate prize pool for the best-performing franchise. There is plenty of glory and bragging rights still to play for.
Envyus and Epsilon both currently sit on top of the franchise table with 22 points but Epsilon are the only franchise with two teams in the finals, giving them a distinct advantage.
The overall prize pool is a spectacular £227,000 with with £20,000 for the Rocket League winners, £10,000 for the Street Fighter winners, £40,000 for the Counter Strike: Global Offensive winners and £25,000 for the franchise winners.
The Elite Series will take place in the Gfinity Arena, the only dedicated esports arena in the UK
On their website, Gfinity said: 'We have a vision... a competition for enthusiasts at all levels; from the amateur at home to the esports professional and critically, for the first time a clear pathway between the two via the Gfinity Elite Draft.' Gfinity have always given a platform for new players to breakout into the professional scene and the Elite Series is no different.
Before the start of the tournament, each franchise drafted two players from Gfinity's Challenger Series; an open tournament in which anyone of any level can enter in and compete.
Epsilon took this one step further however, as their Rocket League roster was the only team made up entirely of Challenger Series players, consisting of Alex ‘Alex161’ Ernst, Nicolas ‘Reepex’ Ammann and Oscar ‘Data’ Rotander. Their risk paid off as Epsilon edged into the final after a tense series against Method which went into the final, seventh game.
They still have their work cut out for them though as Endpoint will stand in their way. A Rocket League team has to be a cohesive unit that works together so in order to achieve this, Endpoint went all out and moved their Rocket League roster of Jamie 'Tinny' Sparkes, Mitchell 'Shakahron' Johnson and Daniel 'Cheerio' Bjorklund into a team house in Sheffield.
The unpredictable Rocket League final between Endpoint and Epsilon promises to entertain
This has paid off as well as Endpoint dispatched favourites, Team Infused, with ease. Infused came into the semifinals with an impressive record of six wins to one loss only to crash out of the tournament after losing the Endpoint series 4-1.
They were not the only disappointing favourites as the undefeated Team Envyus were surprisingly eliminated from the CS:GO