The 7th installment of the EGL has come to an end. Western Wolves sent a contingent to play in the Halo Reach tournament, consisting of four of the top Halo players in Europe – - the BUK twins, Fuzion, and Riotz. The event took place within Norbreck Castle in Blackpool, UK and attracted several top teams who vied for the title of EGL7 Halo Reach Champions.
The Western Wolves Team started off very strong on day one and it seemed as if nothing could stop them. They were the top seed, made it out of pools easily, and progressed to round four in the bracket stages with little worry. Then on day two, things started to get tricky.
The first opponent of the day no-showed and were disqualified. This meant that the next match for the Wolves would be in the finals of the winner bracket, squaring off against TEC. After four very close maps it came down to one match to determine who would progress to the Grand Finals, and who would have the long journey of battling up through the loser side of the bracket. Showcasing exquisite skill and superior tactics, Western Wolves progressed to the Grand Finals.
This is when the tournament got even more tricky for the Western Wolves. Having progressed into the Grand Finals, they now had a seven-hour wait while the remaining teams battled it out on the loser side of the bracket. Coupled with only playing one match all day, it’s safe to say the Wolves team were far from being warmed up going into last game of the tournament. They would face TEC once again to determine who would be crowned EGL 7 Halo Reach Champions.
With the continuation rule in effect, Western Wolves were up 3-2 going into the Grand Finals. The first map was CTF Zealot, in which TEC played strong and won the round 5-2 to even the series at three games apiece. With the pressure now on, the Wolves beat Team Slayer on Sanctuary 50-46 to regain the lead. Fearing the end may be near, TEC stepped up their game and took King Of The Hill on Nexus and Capture The Flag on Countdown, leaving the Western Wolves needing a win to stay in the tournament.
TEC proved to be too much this time and they squeaked out a 50-46 win over Team Slayer Zealot to claim the title of this year’s EGL7 Halo Reach Champions.
Everyone here would like to give our congratulations to Team Western Wolves on another very strong performance throughout the weekend, and we can’t wait to see how they perform at their next event.
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