$10,000 February Alienware Monthly Melee Viewer's Guide

The Overwatch Alienware Monthly Melee returns tomorrow for the February edition, boasting a doubled prizepool of $10,000.

The Monthly Melee sees eight top teams, now all based in North America, competing on the 25th and 26th February. As always, the Melee poses an excellent opportunity for upcoming teams to prove their worth against some of the best. Last month, Hammers Esport slammed themselves into relevancy with three distinct series wins over LG to take the title; in December, Immortals showed themselves as a top NA team by beating Cloud9 in the Upper Bracket Final and Grand Final to win.

Both teams are present this month to defend their crowns - Immortals having missed out January due to Winter Premiere - but will be joined by Rogue, the new arrivals in the land of opportunity.

Alienware Monthly Melee February 2017

Saturday 25th features two groups of four teams, each playing in a round robin for seeding into the playoffs. On Sunday 26th, these eight teams will play in a double-elimination bracket; the top two teams from each group will be seeded into the upper bracket, while the bottom two will be seeded into the lower bracket.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st: $6,000
  • 2nd: $3,000
  • 3rd: $1,000

Teams

Group A

  • Rogue
  • FaZe Clan
  • Hammers Esports
  • Renegades

Group B

  • Immortals
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • compLexity Gaming
  • Rise Nation

This will be Rogue's first tournament since relocating to Las Vegas. Rogue was a dominant force in Overwatch as the best team of the first half of 2016, but since shuffling with Misfits and LG to create an (almost) full French roster they have been quiet. Outside of a quick elimination at IEM GyeongGi, Rogue have not played and shown their level.

After that loss in Korea, Rogue removed their new tank skipjack. NiCO is reportedly the trial who will be playing for Rogue in the tournament tomorrow, but as yet Rogue have not announced whether he will be signed.

compLexity are also missing two players from their main roster after jkw and harbleu stepped down. They were seen most recently playing with Txao and Kao in the Carbon Series on flex and tank respectively.

Even FaZe and LG have technically still not formalised their sixth players, though they have been playing with the same rosters in public for a considerable amount of time. MikeyA for FaZe and Ube for LG round out the Europeans that have been drafted in to Uncle Sam's tournament circuit.

Broadcast

ZP and hexagrams pair up again with Slasher and Goldenboy to bring you the action this month, but crucially on a different Twitch channel. Rather than GosuGamers hosting the action as they have done since the dawn of time, the Overwatch Alienware Monthly Melee for February is moving to the Curse Twitch channel. As always, follow the off-air games on our match ticker.

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hate to see nothing NA content but this does look bit interesting

I think we all want some french whine.

hate to see nothing NA content but this does look bit interesting

I think we all want some french whine.
#2
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Didn't NRG say they were gonna compete in this tourney?

Didn't NRG say they were gonna compete in this tourney?
#3
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zblazinDidn't NRG say they were gonna compete in this tourney?https://www.over.gg/2823/nrg-sign-iddqd-will-compete-in-monthly-meleeYou're now one step closer to completing the roster, can you say anything regarding the final two spots? Any names or timescales when you expect the roster to be complete?

n: No names, but we're aiming to compete in the monthly melee at the end of the month, whether that be with a full line-up or some trials still, so you'll see then.

they were aiming but it looks like they missed

[quote=zblazin]Didn't NRG say they were gonna compete in this tourney?[/quote]

[quote=https://www.over.gg/2823/nrg-sign-iddqd-will-compete-in-monthly-melee]
You're now one step closer to completing the roster, can you say anything regarding the final two spots? Any names or timescales when you expect the roster to be complete?

n: No names, but we're aiming to compete in the monthly melee at the end of the month, whether that be with a full line-up or some trials still, so you'll see then.
[/quote]

they were aiming but it looks like they missed
#4
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tabfanzblazinDidn't NRG say they were gonna compete in this tourney?https://www.over.gg/2823/nrg-sign-iddqd-will-compete-in-monthly-meleeYou're now one step closer to completing the roster, can you say anything regarding the final two spots? Any names or timescales when you expect the roster to be complete?

n: No names, but we're aiming to compete in the monthly melee at the end of the month, whether that be with a full line-up or some trials still, so you'll see then.

they were aiming but it looks like they missed

Admittedly, I am a fan of NRG so hearing that they are choosing not to jump the gun is relief for me. It makes sense since their roster is still pretty fresh.

[quote=tabfan][quote=zblazin]Didn't NRG say they were gonna compete in this tourney?[/quote]

[quote=https://www.over.gg/2823/nrg-sign-iddqd-will-compete-in-monthly-melee]
You're now one step closer to completing the roster, can you say anything regarding the final two spots? Any names or timescales when you expect the roster to be complete?

n: No names, but we're aiming to compete in the monthly melee at the end of the month, whether that be with a full line-up or some trials still, so you'll see then.
[/quote]

they were aiming but it looks like they missed[/quote]

Admittedly, I am a fan of NRG so hearing that they are choosing not to jump the gun is relief for me. It makes sense since their roster is still pretty fresh.
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NRG confirmed saving strats for OW league

NRG confirmed saving strats for OW league
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It's also possible they were unable to change their roster for the monthly melee after sending it in. If they set up their roster with a few trialists but then a different person signed before the melee started it would be a little awkward.

It's also possible they were unable to change their roster for the monthly melee after sending it in. If they set up their roster with a few trialists but then a different person signed before the melee started it would be a little awkward.
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