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While tournaments are the way to prove your salt in esports, it’s not unknown for underdogs to sometimes swoop in and take away the glory. Keeping this is mind, the second edition of the Esports Premier League organised the Underdog Phase, where Team GOG Esports and Dragon Esports put up a stellar display of talent to conquer the open qualifiers. Both teams finished in the top two positions with their dominant performances in the open qualifiers.

ESPL envisioned this Underdog Phase to ensure that non-established BGMI esports players and teams from across the country get an opportunity to show their talent and ability at a national level. It’s the first time that such an initiative was taken for the underdogs via open qualifiers.

To give equal opportunity to all the teams, we conducted open qualifiers for underdog teams across the country to give them a bigger platform to perform

ESPL director Vishwalok Nath noted, “We have seen multiple tournaments only catering to top teams on an invitational basis, and opportunities for underdog teams are very less in regards to bigger platforms. So, to give equal opportunity to all the teams, we conducted open qualifiers for underdog teams across the country to give them a bigger platform to perform. The Underdog phase was one of its kind, as it provided budding gamers with a promise to get a chance to showcase their skills on a national platform. Both the teams that won thoroughly deserve their success. Now, these teams will get a chance to put their skills and strategies to test against the top names in BGMI Esports. Who knows, we may get our new BGMI heroes out of these two underdog teams.”

This year’s league which carries a massive prize pool of Rs. 1 crore is set to engage esports athletes across the country in high-voltage action of the most popular battle royale game, BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA.

Recently, ESports Premier League (ESPL) extended its association with youth icon and renowned Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff as the face of India’s first-ever franchise-based Esports league for the second consecutive year. India Today Gaming has also roped the Global smartphone brand, TECNO Mobile as Presenting Sponsor for the tournament.

The smartphone maker is committed to supporting and helping aspiring underdog esports players with its gaming-focused smartphones like the latest, Tecno Pova 3. Esports fans can also watch the BGMI action live on India’s leading streaming platform, LOCO, the exclusive digital broadcast partner for ESPL Season 2. The tournament organizer has also signed Ishq FM as the exclusive radio partner for the ongoing tournament.

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