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Did You Know...

... that a very strong UK delegation travels to the ESL Championship this week?

   
    Thunder back in action this weekend
posted Sep 2nd, 2013 - The upcoming ESL Championship 2013 will probably be just as exciting as the German Nationals. The event format is very different and engages significantly more teams in the battle for the ESL Spirit.

The delegations from Belgium (3), Netherlands (5) and United Kingdom (1) have been taking turns winning the event between 2004 and 2012. Belgium is the defending champion and still owns the ESL trophy, the Spirit, until Saturday. Then it may change ownership, and the UK teams seem to have a good plan how to win the sword for the second time.

The participation has doubled from 18 teams last year to at least 36 this weekend. Host Belgium has a delegation of 12 teams, and 11 teams are coming from the Netherlands. Six teams are traveling from the United Kingdom to Moorsele in Belgium, and it is a very strong UK 6-Pack.
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First team from France: Invidea Maubeuge    
The best four teams of each delegation contribute to the total score. The winner of each of the four NSL competition classes wins ten points, the 2nd place gets eight points, 3rd place six points, 4th to 8th place five to one points. Teams can win Spirit points for their delegation in the same or in different categories - whatever provides the best ranking points.

Defending champion Belgium will surely win the AAA Class competition with Thunder as a part of the Belgian delegation. However, teams from other nations have a strong presence in the other categories and will make it difficult for Belgium to win enough points to defend the Spirit successfully.

UK teams Aerodyne 4mula and Invidea Maubeuge from France are probably the top contenders in the AA Class where Belgium may struggle to win a few ESL points.
ESL Championship 2012Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class12,10,14D,N,21,OM,17,13Q,2,9E,6,154,P,19K,16,J,181,11,HC,A,7,203,5,8TotalAvg
1Thunder (BE) 15 24 19 26 23 21 21 21 25 1821321.3
1NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE) 15 25 21 27 23 19 22 18 23 2021321.3
3Creeps (NL) 10 16 13 16 14 14 11 12 10 1212812.8
4Keerikeweere (BE) 9 12 10 10 11 10 8 8 11 9989.8
RankAA Class14,O,20D,N,21M,13,22Q,2,9E,6,154,P,19K,J,181,11C,A,78,F,HTotalAvg
1Cool Runnings (NL) 7 12 9 13 9 11 10 9 12 1510710.7
2Potes En Ciel (BE) 10 10 9 13 8 11 9 10 15 1110610.6
3Hvezdy (CZ) 9 11 9 8 11 10 10 10 14 1310510.5
4High Altitude Heroes (UK) 9 11 8 11 7 11 10 8 14 1310210.2
5Habanero (NL) 7 11 9 12 9 10 10 8 14 1110110.1
RankA ClassO,9D,N,21M,19Q,2E,64,PK,J,HB,L,GC,A,78,FTotalAvg
1Paradox Kassel (DE) 14 11 11 11 12 12 13 10 12 1011611.6
24mula (UK) 9 11 13 10 11 11 13 11 12 1211311.3
3MACH4 (NL) 16 7 8 11 10 10 16 12 10 1011011.0
4Brakcs Banggang(BE) 14 6 11 11 10 9 14 12 11 910710.7
5O wat leuk (NE) 14 8 11 7 11 9 12 14 9 910410.4
RankRookieO,K,BD,N,JM,H,LQ,G,CE,A,OP,F,DK,J,HB,L,GC,A,NF,M,QTotalAvg
1Equinox (LT) 16 11 20 12 14 18 13 14 12 2515515.5
24theQueen (UK) 10 10 13 11 12 11 16 9 11 2412712.7
3Jesters (UK) 10 7 13 7 11 6 5 7 9 16919.1
4Team Tetley (UK) 9 4 11 8 8 9 7 7 7 15858.5


   
    Live on ESL competition site: Czech team Zoonte
The even stronger part for the UK delegation may come with the last two categories. The Netherlands have solid teams in the A Class, however, the UK teams have just shown at their national championships what they can do. All three UK teams have the potential to win ten points for their delegation.

Zoonte from the Czech Republic has another opportunity to outscore all other A Class teams directly on competition site this time and may steal valuable points from the other delegations. The Czech Republic has two teams in Moorsele (Hvezdy) and is probably the top favorite for the 4th place.

Last not least, the UK delegation has the Royal Navy team Sea Fury compete in the Rookie Class. Additional ten ESL points could wrap up the second ESL victory for the United Kingdom. The ranking order of the nations could be very different than last year...

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