Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy this last write-up before the exciting finals! From the humble start in the group-phases, all the way to the live-streamed and live-casted games in the knockout phase, the NSSL really grew from the one-man labour of love to becoming a fully realized happening. And we couldn’t have done it without you, the players and viewers.
So before we go and get hyped for the finals, I’m going to take you on a little trip down memory lane and pay tribute to the players that unfortunately didn’t make it, and to the great matches we got to see unfolding right before our eyes on the stream.
The round of 16
The round of 16 was where it all got serious. While in the group phases people were sometimes practically guaranteed to advance based on their respective leagues, the round of 16 was the place where every match would count, and mistakes would cost you the game or even the series. So the player base was getting quite effectively filtered to leave only the best of the best standing. Even so, the results were quite surprising, with each and every series having been decided after only 2 games, ‘though most games weren’t one-sided in the least.
Speaking of surprises, it would be a shame to talk about the round of 16 without mentioning Albert’s amazing rap that had the audience falling out of their chairs.
The round of 8
And now things were really starting to heat up, because anyone that would manage to take the win here would be playing in the finals in front of a live crowd and have a shot at those amazing prizes. And the 2-0 curse was finally broken this round, with VanCaspel and Thoms not going down without a fight and their opponents needing a final 3rd game to secure their victory. And you could really tell the stakes were getting higher and higher, with players like DruidzPatjuh, Thoms and Soul that were so dominant in the earlier phases of the tournament being knocked quite convincingly by their opponents, leaving only the very best standing for the finals.
So make sure to come and to invite your friends! It will be awesome, we promise :).