Atlanta Premier win Nerd Street Champs Apex Legends finals
by Brian Bencomo
Atlanta Premier reigned supreme at the Nerd Street Champs Apex Legends finals. The trio of Kyle "Crook" Hughes, Elijah "Hill" Hill and Alexander "Enemy" Rodriguez were the last team standing in the final circle during the 10th round of competition.
The team paced the field throughout the weekend. Atlanta Premier led all teams with 111 points after Saturday’s games, and they ended the weekend with 172 points on Sunday after winning Round 10. Atlanta Premier won two of the 10 rounds played this weekend and finished second in two others.
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Atlanta won the tournament in Round 10 because they were the first team to win a round after becoming match point eligible by reaching 70 points. When Atlanta Premier won the tournament, two other teams also were match point eligible in Round 10 -- BLVKHVND and RCO eSports -- and Nightmare would have been match point eligible in Round 11.
BLVKHVND were hot on Atlanta’s heels all weekend. They won the first three rounds of the finals and ended Saturday in second place with 99 points through six rounds of competition. Although they were technically match point eligible entering Sunday, one of the caveats of the scoring rules was that teams had to play at least two rounds Sunday before a winner could be crowned. Thus, even though BLVKHVND won the first game on Sunday (Round 7), they still couldn’t win the tournament. Ultimately, BLVKHVND ended the tournament second with 145 points.
This was the biggest tournament win to date for Atlanta Premier. Earlier this year, the team finished 26th at the Nerd Street Winter Championship. Torrent won that tournament, and a couple of their players went on to have a lot of success as substitutes at the ALGS Championship this summer. Beau "RamBeau" Sheidy was a sub on the GMT Esports team that finished 5th at the ALGS Championship, and Cole "Rkn" Prommel was a sub on the Invictus Gaming International team that finished 19th at the championship.
Crook and Hill attempted to qualify for the ALGS Championship with a team called HCH and ended up finishing 3rd in the ALGS Last Chance Qualifier 2 for North America -- just one spot away from qualifying.
Atlanta Premier will now prepare to compete in Year 3 of the ALGS, which is set to begin sometime this fall.
Lead photo credit: Atlanta Premier via Twitter