BlakeGames Pre-Season introduction Featured


BlakeGames (BG) is working its way into the grassroots Insurgency Source community, looking to revitalize the game’s competitive population and scene. The company is engaging with the community and giving monetary incentives for teams to keep playing the game even though the sequel, Insurgency: Sandstorm, is now fully released to the public. BG has hosted a number of Insurgency tournaments in the preceding months including the BG Minors and Majors, Winter Cup, and even a Cross-Atlantic grudge match between the best NA and EU teams. This time, however, there is a change of pace. Instead of their previous tournament style weekend competitions, BG is hosting their first season style competition.

The BG North American Minors Season 1 will take place at the beginning of January and continue for several weeks. Because of this new style of competition, there will be a pre-season testing period to implement and assess the new changes and systems. These changes include the introduction of the BlakeGames theater, an adaptation of the DGL competitive firefight theater to improve upon some of the game’s problems.

Team Introductions

The teams that will be competing in this pre-season test competition include Aurora, Bricksquad, Jurassic 5, Organization 13, Rocketeers, and Vesper. These teams will battle it out for bragging rights even though this season is technically for testing. This competition will be one to watch, as the equal skill level of the teams will ensure some of the closest games that BG has hosted. Here is an introduction of the teams.

Captained by Ragnarok, Aurora is a long standing team that you can rely on to be in every tournament that is hosted. Taking 2nd place in BG Minors Invitational 2, this team is out to replicate their success and push themselves even further to take home the title and bragging rights they thirst for. They have not made the podium in the past two events they have attended, so they are playing with something to prove. Their lineup consists of Ragnarok, Doughge, Sgt Major Mythic, RYKER, and CarterG4Y.

Bricksquad is a team of fast aimers and raw talent. Bricksquad is a team made of players who competed here and there in BG events but are always a force to be reckoned with. While this team has not placed with this lineup in any events, they look to change this and use their new lineup to steamroll the competition and take home the title. This team’s captain is Yagoma. He plays alongside seth, Maskedwayne, DannyG, and jack.

Jurassic 5 is one of the oldest BG only teams. They did not compete in previous Insurgency tournaments but have competed in BG events since the start. Placing third in the BG promo tourney, they have proven that they are a team you shouldn’t mess with. This team is looking to prove to these new teams what long standing chemistry can do for a team. This team is captained by Steffbeard, who is supported by Ratt, PsychoTeddy, Al, Atlas, Scara, John

Organization 13 is a group of relatively new players to the Insurgency competitive scene. When asked about his team, the captain Haze responded: “My team consists of my brother and close friend, and we are in it for fun. We've had major changes as we've lost 2 players, but we ended up meeting two new ones: Fearby and bbc.” This team’s lineup is Haze, Fade, Kaito, Fearby, and bbc.

The Rocketeers are the only South American team that competes in BG tournaments. They have consistently been plagued with bad ping and language barriers due to the mix of Portuguese and Spanish speaking players they have in their community. Under the COA title, this lineup placed first in the BG Minors invitational 2 and want to achieve that same placement again. They did not qualify for the most recent tournament, so they will be playing with a chip on their shoulders looking to dominate the competition. The Rocketeers are captained by Ner0, and consist of Skynet, Redmonkey, Billy, Overkill, ALVIN, Skyline, and Joks.

The last team competing in this tournament is Vesper. This is a relatively new team but makes up for it with many veteran players. This lineup placed 3rd in the recent BG Winter Cup and looks to take the title for this tournament after making slight roster changes. This mostly North American team is led by their Brazilian captain, Vinni. The lineup consists of M4artin, SiphonicSugar, BallisticWaffles, Vapor, BarkBarkington, and MangoorPapaya.

Tournament Details

Even though this is technically a pre-season for testing, all of these teams have something to prove, and are looking to gain much needed experience moving into the real season. Players have many challenges to overcome, and there are new developments and changes that have to be adapted for in this new theater.

For up to date details, check out GrumpyCat's posts on blakegames.com or the insurgency channel on the blakegames discord. Several of the matches will be live-streamed on the blakegames twitch channel: https://twitch.tv/playblakegames

Tournament Details:

  • Preseason will run from December 2018 to January 2019.
  • Preseason will be a single round robin on a single server.
  • Teams that missed the entire pre-season will be disqualified from the regular season.
  • Teams that do not participate in the pre-season will not be allowed to play in the regular season.
  • Regular season will be in a double round robin format. Each team will play every other team in the league twice, once as the home team and once as the away team.
  • Home team: Picks server location from a provided list. Bans one map. Away team bans the 2nd map. Home team picks the map.
  • Each team will have 1 week to schedule their match with their opponent. Teams can either coordinate among themselves to decide a time, or they can use the voting system on the website.
  • If teams cannot schedule a time among themselves, the teams must show up at cutoff time to play the match. A team that does not schedule the match and does not show up at cutoff time will be considered to have forfeited the match.
  • Cutoff time is Sunday, 6pm GMT for each round
  • Theater: BlakeGames 1.0 and beyond (will stay updated).