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NBA 2K League European Invitational Recap

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NBA 2K League European Invitational Recap

If you missed out on the NBA 2K League European Invitational, which was held in London on December 13-14, we’ve posted a recap below.

GAMINGHAM PALACE: Last weekend for the first time ever, London transformed into the center of the NBA 2K League community when the NBA 2K League hosted the NBA 2K League European Invitational at Gfinity Arena. The event featured 20 players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K. competing over two days of gameplay, including a double-elimination tournament, in hopes of being made eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. 

From Friday, Dec. 13 to Saturday, Dec. 14, the NBA 2K League hopefuls were scouted by various NBA 2K League team personnel including Pacers Gaming Senior Director of Esports Operations and Head Coach Cody Parrent, 76ers GC Head Coach and 2019 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year Jeff Terrell, and the U.K.’s own Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst of Knicks Gaming. 

U.K. VIBES: In the double-elimination tournament, Team YKTV (You Know The Vibes) went on a four-game winning streak to capture the tournament title. The team was propelled by point guard Marcel “MGoCrzy” Stohl (Germany) who was named tournament MVP. Highlighted by scoring 15 of YKTV’s 18 first quarter points in the final round, the German tallied 28 points and 10 assists, leading Team YKTV to a 64-51 victory over team Park Boys. 

MVP TIME: By virtue of being named MVP of the tournament, MGoCrzy was made eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft*. Additional players who will earn draft-eligibility from the European Invitational will be announced at a later date. 

Below is a video from the NBA 2K League European Invitational, showing off some of the best plays from the event.

NOTE: Players will become draft-eligible upon passing a background check. 

“We’ve been here for three days now and every day has gotten better and better. Obviously, today’s the best day because you’re live on stage. It’s such a good vibe. I’ve loved it so far.” – Tyler Jay “xTYJ-“ Warriner-Prince (England)

“The tournament was crazy. The event itself being the first-ever European Invitational was an amazing feeling. We had a lot of talent here. The competition was super dope. I’m just happy to have won.” – Marcel “MGoCrzy” Stohl (Germany) “It’s my first time here in London. It’s been crazy. The venue here is crazy. The NBA 2K League is crazy. It’s impressive. I’m glad I came.” – Dario “pocholo-FIESTA” Guirao Grande (Spain)

“It would mean everything. Just being here and playing two to three games, it’s been incredible. I can’t wait to make the NBA 2K League. It’s my dream.” – Mario “avemario32” Ortega Ariza (Spain)

PARTICIPATING PLAYERS

Name Gamertag Country
Armin HamzicproHamzuAustria
Bryan BadjieBadjian_Belgium
Tyler Jay Warriner-PrincexTYJ-England
Ben Patrick McMahonLuhBen –England
James BullvGooner-England
Alexandre Chambraud ChambixTrey5France
Ilias BentammarLoadingMastFrance
Jannis Neumann JLB_2KGermany
Marcel StohlMGoCrzyGermany
Heriberto Martorell GualxCallMeGCSpain
Ruben Doval GarciaDovalinhooSpain
Aitor Rico LeonAitorBigBoySpain
Carlos Guardia BurgositsGuardiaSpain
Leandro Fernandez PinaleleferpiSpain
Eduardo Pascual de VeraeduardopvSpain
Rafael Tobias Garcera RodrigorafaeltgrSpain
Dario Guirao Grandepocholo-FIESTASpain
Mario Ortega Arizaavemario32Spain
Tansu AksoyTR-Tansu28Turkey
Jordan PolverinoWelshJordy-Wales
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