EGLX Day 3 Report
For the past 3 days in Toronto, the city has been holding an amazing eSports spectacle known as the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, or more colloquially known as EGLX. The event is a great celebration of all things gaming with countless eSports tournaments, live streams and tons, and I mean tons of consoles and PC’s for you to come in and get your game on! The event also has many stands to find all the gamer gear you could want from collectibles to clothing and of course, games stands. Here the purchasing fare ranges from current titles to all the way back into the era of the Nintendo Entertainment System and everything in between. There were also Indie Developer showcases and talks with developers alongside virtual reality demonstrations! It’s rather unfortunate with all this amazing stuff going on that I was only able to attend Day 3 of this event and I couldn’t have had a better time at EGLX on May 1st, 2016. There were many tournaments throughout the 3 days for many games which included: Hearthstone, Dota 2, Halo, Call of Duty, Smash Brothers, League of Legends, Street Fighter 5 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Professional gamers from across the world have come to compete for the top prize money for each of the main games at this tournament. I was only in attendance for the Super Smash Brothers tournament. I kept a glancing eye on it as I explored around the rest of the expo. I was lucky enough to find a spot with NHL 16 and with my love of the sport of hockey I was more than ready to dive into some games. I only managed 2 games in but I finished 1-1 on the day. After exploring the various fares and games for a while, the Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament got into the spotlight, up on the main stage as the Melee tournament reached its apex. In the semi-finals on the winners bracket COG’s Mew2King took on Team Liquid’s HungryBox for a spot in the final and after an incredibly hard fought semi’s HungryBox found himself in the final taking on the winner of the loser’s bracket Mang0 from team C9. The final proved to be a bit too much for Mang0 as he was overpowered, HungryBox who swept the best of five final in three straight with incredibly well timed play. HungryBox unexpectedly ran off of the stage in hilarious fashion fist bumping spectators as he ran down the aisles and off into the back rooms. The crowds for Melee were incredible all day; their boisterous support could be heard all across the convention center. All in all, for only attending one day of this event, I must say I highly recommend this event and any others like it if they are in your local area and you are a fan of video games. Whether you like retro games or want to see the latest in the best game’s tournaments, there is something for all kinds of gamers at EGLX and hopefully many other great eSports events. Should you ever find yourself in Toronto around this time next year and you are a gamer, this event is a total must-attend.