Unable to escape relegation during Phase 2, Wildcard Gaming was headed for NPL Contenders in Phase 3 until their signing of Simplicity’s roster. This means the organization will be competing in the NPL for the upcoming phase.
Their new roster features an assortment of ex-NPL team members with the exception of Matt “Kickstart” Smith, on loan from Ghost Gaming. One of Ghost Gaming’s young prospects, “Kickstart” will be joined by the single member of the ex-Simplicity line-up, Andrew “pentalol” Franco. Rounding out the four-man squad is Tom “PistolaTime” Banel, who recently departed eUnited, and Adam “Adam” Didiano, who played with Lazarus during Phase 2.
While there is plenty of NPL experience throughout the team, you have to wonder how much synergy can be established before the start of Phase 3.
Promoted from NPL Contenders under the name Shook, Riot Squad enter Phase 3 as one of the five new teams debuting in the NPL this phase.
Leading the team through the NPL relegation tournament with 19 kills each, Blake “Protuhge” Borden and Brian “Lataa” Benjamin Skonning assisted the team to achieve their goal of promotion into the premier North American PUBG league.
The team was led through NPL Contenders Phase 2 and NPL Relegation by Evan “Kendo” Carpluk, who compiled 20 kills over the four-week format. Zenith Esports could surprise some of the other NPL teams as another newcomer rising from Contenders.
The level of competition has certainly been raised as they enter the NPL, and we’ll soon know how Zenith Esports handles it.
Qualifying for the final spot in Phase 3 with their sixth-place finish in NPL Relegation, Vicious Gaming is another team promoted from the NPL Contenders hoping to make a splash. Their leading fragger during relegation, Phong “Phozhu” Ru Ong makes his return to the OGN Super Arena but with a new team on his jersey. As a member of Lazarus prior to their signing of Shoot to Kill, “Phozhu” will have a chance to extend his stay in the NPL this time around with Vicious Gaming.
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