Upsurge Summer League HYPE!

          As the school year comes to a close and we all get closer to celebrating sunny days grinding ranked, Upsurge announces their summer leagues. Finally, something to watch after going on a losing streak! Starting on June 11 with the UML and ending August 16 with the UPL Championships, you can watch your favorite teams compete for the Summer League title all summer long. “Am I excited for the league? Hell yeah,” Triplelift - Team Imperia.

          I had asked the team representatives to give me their thoughts on the league and possibly some information on who their main competition is. Medik from Imperia Red stated that “My team and I are very excited for the upcoming UML split, we'll definitely have some tough competition in Windstorm Gaming, Awaken Militia, and Ephorize” Even though Ephorize has been replaced by Hooked eSports, we hope that some exciting games come out of these few teams. Sync from Illinois Academy had also stated that “[We] have faced Dawn's main team and they were a force to be reckoned with,” which could possibly mean the teams have some friendly competition going on in the back round.

          All of the teams are obviously exciting to get into the games this summer, and for good reason. After look through all of the responses, most if not all the teams believe that the Western Conference seems to more difficult teams. However, after a poll on our Twitter (@UpsurgeGG) more people thought that the Eastern Conference was more difficult. Even though it was almost 50/50, it’s very interesting to see how the community views the conferences and how the teams view them.

          If you haven’t heard, this summer is also supposed to be the “most competitive season in Upsurge Leagues history,” as said by our Fearless Leader, Ninja (@SRGENinja)...Sorry for the shameless plugs I’ll stop, and no he didn’t force me to do that. Anyways, everyone at Upsurge is super excited to see these teams compete and have fun in the process!

          Anyone that is looking to volunteer as a writer for the summer, please contact me on our Discord (ProtonFuser #1907), my Twitter (@ProtonFuser), or Upsurge’s Twitter (@UpsurgeGG). So many names I know but seriously it will be fun to hang out with me and my other writer Elle. So please contact if you enjoy writing and playing league, I swear articles are about to become more interesting!

          As we all put on our floaties and head out to the beach, enjoy your summer and remember to tune into our games starting June 11 on our Twitch! For all the information your big brain can handle about this league, check out this link and for updates follow our Twitter, Instagram, and Discord.

Jake Brumley
UML: Spectral eSports vs Azio eSports

          The final matches for the UML take place tonight! Spectral eSports battle against Azio eSports to see who will become the Upsurge Minor League Champions!

          Game 1 begins with Spectral taking first blood at 6 minutes. After some passive play, Azio is able to take the first tower mid lane and start a fight at Dragon. Unfortunately, they lose this 3v4 when Spectral picks up three kills for Azio’s two. Azio are soon able to get the Ocean Dragon however, which leads them into a 5v5 top lane after rotating. They are able to kill three members of Spectral as well as push to take both nexus towers at only 20 minutes! With this insane push, Azio takes the Infernal Dragon then goes straight for the Baron. Right after Azio recall and get back mid lane, they start a 5v5 which Spectral wins 2 for 1. Azio continue to push mid lane though and catch Spectral off guard which leads to an ace for Azio. This fight lets them end the first game at 26 minutes.

          The second game started with Azio’s top laner getting first blood by receiving a gank. However, Spectral’s top laner was able to trade and get a kill as well. At 10 minutes, the two teams fight in the bot lane river which only results in one kill for both sides. Right after this, Spectral tower dives bot lane and kill the support. Azio’s ADC is able to output enough damage to kill one enemy and even out the trade, almost killing another in the process. 23 minutes in, both teams meet mid lane and fight a 5v5. Azio get a clean ace and are able to get Baron after killing Spectral’s 2nd tier mid tower. A few minutes later a 4v4 breaks out bot lane where Azio kill four for one and eventually get the ace. With tensions high, The last fight doesn’t break out until 29 minutes when Azio are able to clean ace Spectral in the top lane and end the game.

          The final game has Spectral lead with first blood at 3 minutes bot lane. After lots of small picks from Azio, They decide to fight a 4v4 bot lane at 14 minutes where Azio gets two kills for one and the Ocean Dragon. Spectral make it seem like they’re starting a comeback when they win the next teamfight mid lane and begin taking the Rift Herald. However, Azio are able to kill three of them and take the Herald away from Spectral. Azio kills Spectral’s mid lane inhibitor after winning a teamfight in the bot lane jungle four for one. Azio want to end the game as fast a possible and secure there title after acing Spectral once they respawn, but they are too low and don’t have enough minions to do so. A few minutes later, Azio comes back and engages under Spectral’s nexus towers. Spectral looks like they’re winning the fight, but Azio’s Ezreal does too much damage and turns the fight leading into an ace and finishing the game at 23 minutes.

          Remember to check our social media for updates on our next Summer League coming soon! Give us a follow on our Instagram, and Twitter for more information!

IMPORTANT:

         Upsurge is looking for another writer! If you or someone you know might be interested, please join our discord here and contact either @Protonfuser#1907 or @Elle#6627. We are currently run on volunteer work but we would appreciate anyone that wants to join our team! No previous work experience required!

Jake Brumley
UPL: Azio Black eSports vs Azio White eSports

          Tonight is the final set of UPL matches that are sure to blow your socks off!

          Game one starts off with Azio Black’s mid laner taking first blood onto the enemy Taliyah at four minutes. Azio White is able to take the Ocean Dragon at 9 minute, which allows for an easier lane phase. Azio Black’s jungler is also able to camp mid lane and get their Vladimir fed, which is bad news for Azio White’s squishy carries. Soon a 4v4 breaks out top lane where Azio Black is able to kill three enemies and two top towers without losing a soul. With great fighting potential, Azio Black kill two people for zero in a 3v2 and are able to get a tower bot lane. At 19 minutes, Azio Black start a 5v5 in the bot river. They are able to take out three enemies without losing anyone, as well as taking the second tier mid tower. The Baron is started at 25 minutes but turns into a 5v5. Azio Black are able to take the Baron and clean ace Azio White. With this buff, Azio Black is able to get another clean ace at 28 minutes to end the game.

          The second game begins with Azio Black’s Vladimir taking first blood again at only 5 minutes. With both teams playing relatively safe, Azio White is able to take the Ocean Dragon at 10 minutes and the first tower top lane only a few minutes later. At 16 minutes, Azio Black wins a 4v4 top lane, taking down three opponents and two top towers. Azio Black are also able to take down two mid lane towers after catching out an enemy. A 24 minute Dragon call leads into a 5v5, ending in both teams picking up two kills. By 26 minutes Azio Black is already in the enemy base and start a fight after catching out an enemy and destroying the inhibitor. Azio Black is easily able to clean up the fight and end the game at 27 minutes.

          Game three starts with a tower dive top lane by Azio Black, giving them first blood at 4 minutes. This dive is followed up with Azio White’s jungler getting revenge and killing Azio Black’s jungler. Up one person, Azio White fight a 5v4 mid lane at 13 minutes and kill three people plus the mid lane tower. Now down a player, Azio White fight top lane and are able to evenly trade three for three. 21 minutes in and the two teams clash at the Baron. Azio White eliminates three members of Azio Black before starting the Baron. Azio Black’s mid and top laner are able to stop them from taking the buff by killing three of them! A few minutes later, Azio White try the same thing after catching out three members of Azio Black. This time they get the Baron and are able to use it to get a top lane inhibitor later on. At 33 minutes, Azio White clean ace Azio Black at a 5v5 bot lane and take the game.

          Once again in the final game, Azio Black is able to pick up first blood at 3 minutes. At 4 minutes, Azio White’s mid laner is being 2v1’d and it does not look good. However, his support roams up and is able to give him the double kill! The game is looking like its in Azio White’s favor, but after losing Ocean Dragon at 13 minutes, Azio Black win a 4v4 killing three enemies. Soon after, Azio Black catches out one enemy, then forces a 5v4 to get two more kills. This play only costs them one life, but puts them back into the game. Azio White starts the Baron confidently at 28 minutes, but this leads into a 5v5 where Azio Black clean aces them and takes the buff. With the Baron, Azio Black push top lane to get it’s inhibitor, then rotate mid lane and do the same. The final fight at 33 minutes in an ace for Azio Black with their Ashe getting a quadra kill to end the game.

          Remember to tune in Tomorrow at a new time, 9:15 pm EST on our Twitch and join our weekend tournaments! Give us a follow on our Instagram, and Twitter for more information!

IMPORTANT:

         Upsurge is looking for another writer! If you or someone you know might be interested, please join our discord here and contact either @Protonfuser#1907 or @Elle#6627. We are currently run on volunteer work but we would appreciate anyone that wants to join our team! No previous work experience required!

Jake Brumley
UML: Honor eSports Red vs Azio eSports Academy

          In tonights matches, Honor eSports Red and Azio eSports Academy fight to see which team will continue to the finals!

          Game one starts off with Azio's bot lane taking first blood at 4 minutes. Then, Azio's mid laner gets 2v1'd under tower and is barely able to pick up a kill to trade with her life. 13 minutes in, a 5v5 begins bot lane. Honor is able to pick up three kills while losing nobody. With this slight advantage, Honor is able to take Rift Herald while Azio gets Ocean Dragon at 15 minutes. 23 minutes in and Honor gets an Ocean Dragon, leading to a Baron fight. Honor kill three enemies and only lose one person but aren't able to finish off the buff. Instead, they take two mid towers. Another 5v5 breaks out for Baron at 28 minutes. Surprisingly, Azio are able to win the fight four kills for one and take the buff for themselves. This soon leads to Azio pushing down mid lane with the Baron, killing four members of Honor to end the game at 32 minutes. 

          With first blood going to Azio's bot lane at 6 minutes as well as their mid lane getting a kill, game two is off to a great start for Azio. A few minutes later, Azio's jungler invades and catches out the enemy Graves to begin his lead. However, he soon gets caught out by Azio's mid laner and top laner after Honor's Fizz dies. Only 12 minutes in and Azio tower dive bot lane to get an ace and the first tower while only losing one player. Honor force a 3v2 top lane and are able to kill two for zero, hoping to come back into the game. This doesn't laster for long though, because Azio take down the second mid lane tower at 15 minutes, then get Rift Herald at 16 minutes. Without much fighting, Azio is able to get the Baron buff without being contested and starts to push into Honor's base. They use Rift Herald top lane and fight mid. Azio aces Honor and only loses two members to end the final game and send Azio into the finals!

          Remember to tune in Monday at 8:00 pm EST on our Twitch and join our weekend tournaments! Give us a follow on our Instagram, and Twitter for more information!

IMPORTANT:

         Upsurge is looking for another writer! If you or someone you know might be interested, please join our discord here and contact either @Protonfuser#1907 or @Elle#6627. We are currently run on volunteer work but we would appreciate anyone that wants to join our team! No previous work experience required!

Jake Brumley