WGLNA Season 2 Match Night – Play Offs!

Four Teams fight for a trip to the WGLNA Finals!

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Coming into this season Déjà Vu looked to a be a team with loads of potential and to be an early favorite for Season 2. They doubled downed on this claim when on match day 4 they blasted eClipse to win 5 – 1. Since then they have been sponsored by Dare Rising and ended the season in 3rd place. The squad itself is a solid mix with last season’s MVP, MyLittlePutin, as the standout ably supported by Aggressor, BurdenFungus, Mactep Putin and the rest of the side. A victory tonight would see them play eClipse in the first round of the WGLNA but first they had to find a way past o7.

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Way back on the first night of this season o7 defeated Dare 5 -4 in an exciting contest. This would be the precursor to a strong showing in the 1st round robin. Since then o7 has lost an ace player in Ledif when he left to join eClipse. Yet o7 did not simply fold up, as some expected. They are known as a tough, resilient team. They added veteran player and ArcLit, and were able to push eClipse on the last match day of the season. o7 were the definitive underdog going into this showdown with Dare Rising, but historically o7 had proven they could score of upsets.

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In World of Tanks, doing damage is king. It is key to winning the game and though simple,  one of the bedrock foundations of the game. But you cannot deliver that damage if you cannot spot the enemy. Fosta in an Udes found a spot just off the 1 Cap on Steppes that was as good as any invisibility ring o7  cloaking device. He could provide spots on Dare while his foes had no idea where he was. His spots led to his team cutting DR to pieces and taking a 1 – 0 lead for o7. That lead would double as o7 dispatched Dare to seize a 2 – 0 lead.

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Match 3 would open on mines and o7 would surprise with a Maus push to seize the hill. Dare had not been idle setting up their defense. When Makos and Andepans attempted to rush north past the lighthouse island they were lit and deleted in a matter of seconds. Though there were still 3 Maus to be dealt with this moment was likely the beginning of the end as Dare would pick up their first win and make the score 1 -2.

The next battle on mines was a nail biter as Dare took a tank lead early. But as the 2-min warning sounded, o7 had 4 tanks left to dares 6. In the end, it was DR taking this close match to tie things up 2 – 2.

Murovanka was next up and while the odds favor the defender on this map, teams have continually worked on new strats to try find a way win on the attack. Dare Rising have helped with that research as they pushed 3 hvys onto cap while the rest of the team engaged in the middle of the map holding up o7 and keeping them at bay long enough to make the score 3 – 2 in favor of Dare. Continue reading

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WGLNA Team Profile: Elevate

The Apex Predator of North America sits down to talk with us.

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Apex, then Elevate, came into the season as the favorites after winning Season 1 WGLNA finals back in October of 2016. The concerns heard were about whether the new additions to the team would gel quickly and if they could fill the shoes of the departing players. The answer was a record of 70 match wins with just 12 losses. Undefeated with a win rate of 85%. Recently we were fortunate enough to sit down with some queries and questions with Elevates Captain, Comps.

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  • The Team has a rich past that has included more than a few names. Cunningham’s, Noble, Apex and now Elevate. What has kept the core team together and going after all these seasons?

Comps: What has kept this team together is the drive to win. There has been continuous improvement since the very first season. We have now reached a point where the only thing left to do is go to the grand finals and finally put on a good showing from NA. Chasing that opportunity is the glue that has kept the team going.

  • After winning last season’s final your team had some personnel leave the team, retirement, and the such. Yet the response was to pick up Oxmathus, Wallhacks, and GodEmperorBrett, and later Vetro, some of the best players in the league. Were there any challenges in integrating them into the team? (Play style, culture, pace, positions, etc.)

Comps: The integration of Ox and Brett was very straight forward as they were directly replacing players with similar roles. The biggest challenge early on was having Wally call. In previous seasons under Jerm’s calling we were a more passive/reactive team. With Wally calling we became a more proactive and aggressive team. This was a difficult transition early on but the guys have since adopted the system and it has been working quite well. Continue reading

WGLNA Match Day 17 – Recap and Review

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Apex had stood alone from start to this very last match. Though change had happened recently, the addition of Vetro from eClipse, nothing more was expected as they prepped for their last encounter vs Dare Rising. Yet Comps and Co had a major surprise in store as it was announced they had accepted sponsorship from Elevate, a noted and respected E-Sports organization. Even with this exciting moment most expected little to no change in WGLNA’s most dominant team performance tonight.

dareaviDare Rising came into this match night both hungry and with the clear knowledge that a victory over Elevate would guarantee second place. The race for this position and the bye it gives straight into the finals has been tight this entire second round robin but it was now Dare’s for the taking.  The challenge lay in being the first team to take down undefeated Elevate.

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The first match of the evening would be on Prokhorovka and while each team has been playing around with the new 17.1 update meta has encouraged, Elevate may have found an interesting take. Wallhacks took the T95 and was the lead tank in a massive push down the 1 / 2 line. With its 20Kph speed it led Vetro in his IS4 providing both bait and heavy armor. In a flurry of shots Elevate would eliminate Derjil and his S-Tank early leading to victory and a 1 – 0 lead for Elevate.

Elevate quickly took the 2nd match and the first Mines contest to race to a commanding 3 – 0 lead. Yet Dare would shock many as they did what has been, up to this point, impossible. Defeat Elevate on Mines. Elevate attempted a T95 two-line cap but were stymied. Dare Rising would be the first and only team to gain victory this regular season over WGLNA’s top team on Mines to make the score 1 -3. Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: WGLNA League Leading Apex now Elevate.

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As of 3pm PST on Thursday March 3, 2017 it was announced last seasons champion and nigh unstoppable this season is now sponsored by Elevate.  It has been almost 2 years since the well known e-sports team had a sponsored a WGLNA side. Yet it left questions as to why they had chosen to come back to World of Tanks and WGLNA. TheDailyBounce.net was fortunate to grab an exclusive with Elevates brand manager, ElevateParse.



What drew Elevate back into the WGLNA and specifically to Apex?

Elevate – Regarding Elevate’s return to WGLNA, I would say that we’ve quietly been watching the scene since we last played in 2015.  At the end of that season, which didn’t end as we had hoped; we were concerned with the impact of some WGLNA format changes to the final and dealing with some internal staffing problems, the combination of which ultimately led to us concluding that we’d take a step back from the scene and see how things developed.

Luckily the competitive environment benefits from developer support unlike most we’ve seen elsewhere. The scene seems even more vibrant and as competitive as ever, so when we started seeing hype for the season picking up, we decided to put our feelers back out again.

Ultimately, Apex was the first team we approached, and honestly, why wouldn’t you start by talking to the undefeated #1 team in the league? We were thrilled to see that Apex was full of highly professional players, who had their own corporate structuring and were taking their role as professional players seriously. It made it really easy to talk with them and figure out how we could work out a sponsorship. We talked to sponsors of our company like Razer, and when we saw they were thrilled to see us getting back in the scene, we knew we had made the right decision.

What vision does Elevate see for Apex, now Elevate?

Elevate – I’m not going to lie. We have big expectations of this team. They do nothing but impress us at every corner of what they do. I’ve never seen such an impressively talented team in WGLNA, and I’ve been watching it for a LOOOOOONG time. I would love to see Apex finish strong and win the North American region, and go even further to stun both European and CIS regions. I honestly could see this team winning it all, which would be a first for North American teams. It is exciting enough to be a part of a team that is exceeding all expectations and turning heads at the international level.

Not to look past the regional finals, but a high placing in the Grand Finals the goal?

Elevate – Let me be clear, we understand the variability of LAN environments, probably more than most teams. Call of Duty sets you up for a lot of changes between online and live events, and we’ve been doing that for years now.

Given how great the team looks and how seriously they take their training and scrimmaging, I would not be surprised to see them placing very well at the Global Grand Finals, provided they qualify. I think there are great things on the horizon for this team.

The ambition of what was formally Apex has found a new home and sponsor that shares that same desire of success. Combined with a desire to take WGLNA to the next level in the upcoming Grand Finals this partnership can only help both and bring yet more exposure to the League.

WGLNA Match Day 16 – Recap and Review

The race for the all-important 2nd place bye heats up!

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This season of the WGLNA has been a tale of Apex and then the rest of the league. To those new to the WGLNA, Apex is a team that draws its roots back from the Cunninghams, through Team Noble. But during that time, they have changed continually. Always looking for the right mix of talent and chemistry. This season they recruited over half the players from the 2nd place side of eClipse. Going into tonight Apex has won 60 games and lost 11 out of 12 total matches to stand undefeated.  They have 1st place and with that the bye that will take them directly into the finals.

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Facing them tonight is a team bringing back and old and respected name in the WGLNA. Top Tier may have been in hiatus but Captain Rude_Awakening felt confident enough about this team to bring it back. So far, they have rewarded him as they are on a 4-match winning streak and holding their own in a hotly contested race for 2nd place. That would give them the other bye which will take a team past the playoffs and directly into the finals. Would they be up for the challenge or will they be yet another bump in the road for this seasons dominant Apex predator?

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Even before the match kicked off the Apex looked to have an early advantage in the pick of Ghost Town.  They hold a win rate of over 80% for this map, leading the league and on this night, it would be no different. What would be different, as of last week’s, 17.1 update, is what some are calling “The Maus Meta.” In these first to matches, the German heavy tank would be represented 9 times. To say they made up the majority of HP on the battlefield would be an understatement. Apex would prove the more adept in integrating these monster sized vehicles as they took an early 2 -0 lead.

Top Tier would not get any breathing room as the next map would be Himmelsdorf, where Apex holds a season long undefeated record. That record would hold as Apex would bring a line up in match 3 of 2 T95’s to aid in their victory. Match 4 would see an epic Maus brawl that had Apex taking the win and a 4 – 0 and match point lead.

Match 5 would be attack on Murovanka for Apex and because or in spite of brining 3 Maus they would cap out to take the match and the series 5 – 0. Again, Apex dominates and demonstrates why they won the league last year and look to finish this season undefeated. Top Tier on the other hand now left there hope to others as a win by Dare would knock any chance of 2nd or even 3rd place out of their grasp.

Match 2

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Our second match of the night was a pivotal duel for that vaunted 2nd place position. 3rd place Dare Rising would leapfrog into that slot with a 3-point win. Dare came out hard in the first-round robin, including an impressive 5 -1 victory over last season’s runner up eClipse. Since then, though, Dare has had an up and down time. A victory tonight would lock them into 3rd place and likely playoff match vs 07, who have the 6th and last playoff spot.

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Aquatic M60s dreams of 2nd place lay in victory and in the hands of other teams dropping their last matches. While they had won this matchup in the first-round robin of the season this matchup looked to stand on a razors edge on who would triumph with both teams needing the win. Aquatic has had a solid season so far and are often overlooked over either Top Tier or Dare rising. Tonight, provides the opportunity to demonstrate just how good they are against a quality side.

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M60s would come out strong in the first match on mines taking a cap victory and an early 1 -0 lead. Yet on the defense they were not able to stand against Dare Risings 1 / 2-line push which evened the score at 1 all.

Yet Aquatic came right back on the first match of Murovanka. They would get the ace, not lose a single tank, to again pull ahead 2 -1.  But again, Dare would come right back and with some precise shooting by last season’s MVP, MyLittlePutin, would get the time out victory to even it back up at 2 -2.

M60s would again responded on the first battle of Prokhorovka to, once more, take a lead. Dare would also respond in the 2nd match to bring things even at 3 wins a side. And in a nod to the new Maus Meta, we had seen them on every map and battle so far in this series and had an influence.

The break in this back and forth affair would come in match 7 on Ghost Town as Dare Rising managed to cap out despite some clever sniping by M60s Morphic in his Udes 03 seemingly half a map away. That win, containing a total of 9 Maus and 1 Type 5 heavy, would put Dare on match point going into Match 8. This map was a bit lighter as only 8 Maus and a Type 5 heavy graced the battlefield. Yet after thousands of points of HP were lost it came down to a 1 vs 1 dual. It was Feelmypotato in his Maus vs Dare’s MyLittlePutin in a Bat Chat T. After a very tortoise, of in this case, Maus, and the Hare moment it was MyLittlePutin getting the kill, the match, and the series win, 5 – 3, for Dare Rising.

An exciting end and victory for Dare has them leap into 2nd and securing at the very least 3rd place on the season. They still have a chance at 2nd place if they can find their way to victory vs the juggernaut known as Apex. Even if they do lose, they still have a chance if eClipse loses to o7.

Aquatic M60’s made this match a fairly close run thing as they now must prepare for both Valence, their last match and the upcoming Semi-finals next Thursday the 9th. They will be facing either eClipse or Dare Rising depending on the coming results in the next few match days.

Be sure to join in all the excitement of the last few match days. Tune in at 5:30 pm PST at http://live.wgleague.net/ .