Last week, it was reported that a Teamfight Tactics set three invitational was in the works. Riot Games Officially announced on Thursday that the Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies Showcase is happening.
The event will feature 16 influencers from around the world playing against each other in TFT’s newest set, TFT: Galaxies. The 16 players will be fighting each other for a share of a $150,000 prize pool.
Announcing the Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies Showcase!
When: March 12th/13th at 3pm PT
2nd – 8th $10,750
— Teamfight Tactics (@TFT) March 6, 2020
Due to the Coronavirus, the event will be held online. Players will be playing from home while the event will be broadcast live on Twitch and YouTube starting March 12th at 3pm PST. The event will run two days long and feature some special guest broadcasters. Dan “Frodan” Chou, Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang, and the lead designer for TFT himself Stephen “Mortdog” Mortimer among others will be giving commentary as the matches happen live.
There are some recognizable faces at this invitational with players like David “DogDog” Caero, William “Scarra” Li, and Rumay “Hafu” Wang. However, there are also a lot of players that many North American fans do not know much about. With players like France’s “Shaunz” and Mexico’s “Tio Feeder“, Riot wanted to make this event more accessible to fans from all over the globe. However, the selection of these 16 players has drawn backlash from the competitive TFT community.
Cloud 9’s Michael “k3Soju” Zhang showed his discontent with Riot last week on Twitch. In his rant, k3Soju revealed that he, along with other high ranked players, were not invited to the $150,000 invitational. He also pointed out that there has been no Riot sanctioned events for high level players. He said Riot was not doing a good job at pushing the game in a competitive direction. During the rant, k3Soju also said if Riot doesn’t do something quickly then he along with other players will quit the game entirely. Many of the biggest esports organizations are also waiting on Riot to do something as well. Organizations like TSM, Golden Guardians, and Team Liquid have TFT players under contract but no tournaments to show the players off in. It appears that Riot understands the frustration and has a plan in place for an esports scene for TFT.
According to the TFT: Galaxies Showcase announcement, Riot will be finally revealing plans for a competitive scene for TFT during the showcase. All eyes will be on Riot as they show the world their plans for TFT: Galaxies and TFT esports.
Make sure to tune in next Thursday and Friday for a glimpse of how the new TFT set looks like and for news on how the new TFT competitive scene will look like too.
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