Onward Open Highlights!
by The Lonely Viper |

Such an epic weekend! Some of the highlights below!

Blaze and Burning Chrome take the Onward Season 5 Open Qualifiers!
by DaKinMan |

Congratulations to Blaze and Burning Chrome winning the open qualifiers!!

Both teams are moving forward into the round-robin stage in the group A and B as such:

Here's a nice nade from *Virds* from Blaze this weekend!

Season 5 Recap: Swaps, Shots and eSports ThoTs
by The Lonely Viper |

Ladies and gentlemen (realtalk, it's just gentlement isnt it...), Season 5 has officially closed out and while it was short it was certainly NOT boring! This season we welcomed a bunch of new teams and more player transfer drama than an ACTUAL sport.

This weekend we will host the Open Qualifier for the season championships. This will seed 2 spots into the round robin stage of the Oculus Connect 5/Onward Championship tournament so lock and load before it’s too late!!!

And a reminder: Challenges can still be played right now and up to Season 6!! So you can still climb and put yourself in a better spot prior to the Season 6 soft placements!

So what did you miss?

We’ve seen major movement in the top 3 with Mob Squad suffering a 50% loss rate, dropping to 8th place at the close from 2nd place last season! Danglers, Gmen and SMC Tactical in taking the victories all showed solid performance.

Gmen made an exceptional comeback on last season’s performance which might be attributable in part to having community superstar NightFiree casting his damn heart out. When you think about it, having someone on the team who is constantly picking up game knowledge and building the big picture has to be an asset for planning and tactics. Coupled with the fact they made a huge player acquisition with Peasley from Beginners, they are definitely a team to watch this season!

We couldn’t, of course, have a season rundown without mentioning Onward Master Leagues most casted and up-and-coming team, Lemon Squad. Having worked their way up to mid-tier status last season, the Lemons exploded onto the scene in week one with an incredibly solid roster of players who’s individual talent really shined in some clutch moments. In the subsequent matches you could really see them growing and playing more as a team which, we can only assume, is largely due to lots of yelling from Guika. Their single biggest win this season was against BossFight in an upset NOBODY saw coming, and while they weren’t able to replicate this during the rematch the message was clear; there’s a new team in the top tier and there’s BossFight blood in the Water!!

Speaking of, BossFight have seen some of the most drastic roster changes this season with their top player (ME) out of League play and picking up serious talent from other EU teams such as: Hoochy (Formerly Cannon Fodder), Mr Death (Formerly Lemon Squad) and the infamous RadarHead (Formerly Fatherhood and Marriage). Sitting pretty in third place with the most games played in the top tier, they continue to be the gatekeepers for ranks 1 & 2.

EU dominant and ever patient Beginners retained rank 2 by season end with a solid win streak and are showing zero signs of weakness. Having swapped out Peasley and acquired ICWoods from BossFight, the full set of Woods brothers will mean they can now fully encrypt their match communications in a think Liverpool accent and completely confuse everyone.

Omnipotent and all powerful capitalist machine GloboChem continue to reign undefeated by the end of the season and just barely inch out Beginners for top spot. With neither team having found a challenge or a match against each other, one can't help but lament this missed opportunity for a glorious blood bath. Globo dominated the ESL Invitational earned their place at Oculus Connect 5 in September. Having signed a multi-billion dollar contract with Arsenic (formerly Mob Squad), they might be poised to repeat their success and claim the lion’s share of the $60,000 prize pool.

All in all, the next few weeks will be pack with action EVERY WEEKEND!! Be part of it by joining the discord or tuning in on Twitch!

Announcing the Season 5 Championship!
by DaKinMan |

VRML is proud to collaborate with ESL Gaming & Oculus once again in order to produce this mind-blowing tournament with the intention of selecting 4 teams that will compete for the following prize pool on stage at the Oculus Connect 5 on September 26-27th !

Those 4 teams will be competing for a total prize pool of USD$60,000 !

Lot more details HERE!

Don't have a team? REGISTER HERE!


Monday, July 30 to Sunday, August 5 matches have been generated!
by DaKinMan |
Monday, July 23 to Sunday, July 29 matches have been generated!
by DaKinMan |

Here are the matchups for this week (Monday, July 23 to Sunday, July 29) !

To view the scheduled dates of the matches, visit the Matches page.

Americas East group:

Europe group:

Last week, GuiKa learned something about scavenging dead enemies:

Monday, July 16 to Sunday, July 22 matches have been generated!
by DaKinMan |
Monday, July 9 to Sunday, July 15 matches have been generated!
by DaKinMan |
by The Lonely Viper |


Folks we are hot off the ESL invitational and oh BOY the air is just SATURATED with the smell of fame and money. This not-so-subtle shift toward a bigger competitive scene is like an aphrodisiac at a nymphomaniacs anonymous meeting; League teams have launched into a frenzied scramble to smash each other into oblivion in order to qualify for Oculus Connect 5 in September.

Game Changer

The game mechanics have undergone a massive shakeup since Season 4 with the kit refactor. Suddenly dying has bigger consequences than spending 3 minutes flipping bottles in the lobby; your loadout is completely loot-able! The kit refactor brings the game further into tactical sandbox territory with the added bonuses such as passing the mag to the left hand side, interchangeable magazines on STANAG (yeah don't even try to guess what that means) weapons, pickup thrown grenades (#ReturnToSender), tactical iPad/tablet placement...the list goes on.

The biggest overhaul, which we’ve seen impact the game massively in terms of strategy and game length (looking at you Beginners) is the tactical board in the lobby. Gone are the days of using advanced trigonometry and interpreting tea leaves to figure out where the objective is at round start; there’s a big ol'handy map in the lobby with an icon for where it’s going to be! But wait - there’s more! This tactical board comes with its very own set of markers which teams can use to illustrate and plan plays with...so naturally it's covered in dicks.

A Distant Thunder

Looming ever closer in the distance is the spectre of the big ESL invitational at Oculus 5. Details are scant, but what is known is that there is big money with bragging rights and only the best will make it. Globochem are a shoe in, having recently re-established themselves as the unstoppable global conglomerate who cater for your every need (mostly dispensing spankings). Hot on their heels are the newcomers to the scene, Mob Squad, who performed outrageously well with only one season under their belt. Following some roster changes SQUIGUKEN has taken the helm, so we may see him take things to the next level!

Week 1 VRML: the crowd goes WILD

Animal house and Stone Cold Killers engage in a ruckus which riles up the neighbours. As their fight spills out onto the streets Steven is left to carry the show:

Moments away from their bodies becoming Stone Cold (heh) GreenTheft levels up his necromancy skills to pull it back in time to die, but fear not - they narrowly won out the series 9-8!

Coming in at a hot and controversial 2nd place on the scale of OMG-DID-THAT-JUST-HAPPEN is BossFight vs Beginners. With Beginners batted away everything BossFight had to offer for a clean 4-0 on Bazaar. Moving into Quarantine, Beginners secured the first round with a methodical offence which inched out BossFights defenders in what lead to a 1v1 showdown. In round 2, down five points and outnumbered 3 to 1, the infamous Finnish inflatable, WeatherBalloon, demonstrates why is homeland was never ‘liberated’ by the Soviet Union:

BossFight carried this momentum to take the map 4-2 and both teams tussled on to decide the series in map 3: Suburbia. This one saw some spectacular breaches from both sides with high octane action.

With neither team able to successfully withstand an attack on Defence, Beginners pulled it back to 3-3 as they crack the first defence and sail through to take the series!

Seatbelts Please

Later in the week we saw up-and-coming Lemon Squad face down the eerily Silent Purge. You'd be forgiven for thinking that the historically strong SP would dominate the show here, and you’d be right!

Map 1, Suburbia; a clean breach from SP put them firmly ahead at 3-0 and it seemed like Lemons were going to walk away feeling bitter.

Most teams would have been feeling the squeeze, but not these guys. They look at things differently, they don’t lay there motionless with dead-eyed and submissive, they pick up the phone when life calls offering Lemons, and they STEP UP

What happened next will blow minds. Down 3-2, on the ropes, Solo makes a last ditch play for the uplink:

So close, yet so far…WRONG! The game had a complete melt down with the timing of the kill vs the code entry.

The in-game lobby indicated a score of 4-4, an unprecedented outcome. League Moderators quickly reviewed and confirmed the score, making this the FIRST EVER DRAW in Onward history. We reached out to the development team for comment...the following footage was captured:

Moving into the second map, Downfall, Lemon Squad was relentless in their pursuit of victory stealing a smooth 4-0.


The Audience Dies Screaming

Naturally, readers, your boy has been saving the best for last, so strap in as we move into the final map (Cargo) to decide the series. The score is an almost tied 3-2 in favour of Lemons on Offence, but catastrophe strikes when a well-executed defence Purges out all but one member of the attackers. But the sole survivor is no ordinary man, nay, he's the MVP from the previous 2 clips; Solo! And he’s having NONE of it:

Not to be discouraged when facing down FIVE defenders ALONE, he proceeds to blow fucking minds:

Making this scene the BEST PLAY of the season. Wrap it up guys, we're done.

Other News

In other upsetting news, the G-Men who are thought to have been languishing in obscurity until Half Life 3 drops pull out an amazing upset against SMC tactical! Watch this space to see if SMC fall from grace or whether G-men are a rising star!

What to Watch

Mob Squad vs G-Men

G-men executing SMC has sent chills through the community – when did they get good?

Danglers vs Mob Squad

Danglers are a solid team with a bitch’n logo. With Mob Squads roster changes, will anyone see them coming?

SP vs BossFight

If SP can tidy up on teamkills, they pose a huge threat to a top team!

Beginners vs Lemon Squad

Solo versus Beginners.

Thanks for reading guys! Tune in next week for the action!!

Monday, July 2 to Sunday, July 8 matches have been generated!
by DaKinMan |