Magic Gaming is moving onto the next round of the season-opening NBA 2K League tournament.
The squad had to wait out a bizarre postponement Thursday and league play all night Friday after going 3-1 in pool play Wednesday.
The team will enter the knockout round of The TICKET tournament as the eighth and final seed.
Magic Gaming had to wait 48 hours to learn its fate because a server glitch on Thursday forced the league to push its entire schedule to Friday.
The knockout round will consist of the winners of all 7 groups along with Magic Gaming, who earned the wild card berth because of its record and combined margin of victory.
Play starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Magic Gaming won three of four matches in the NBA 2K League’s season-opening The TIPOFF tournament but must now wait to see whether it will advance to the elimination round because of a disadvantage in the tiebreaker.
The squad sits in the eighth and final spot as the tournament’s lone wild card team.
However, if another non-bracket winning team finishes with a 3-1 record and a higher average margin of victory in day 2 play tonight, the Magic will be going home.
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It’s that time of year again.
As sure as spring leads into summer, Orlando Magic’s competitive esports team Magic Gaming is heading into its season saying all the right things.
But head coach Jonah Edwards doesn’t want to hear about how his squad remains one of just two of the league’s original 17 still on the lookout for its first playoff bid.
“It’s going to take a lot of mental toughness,” Edwards said. “We have to be mentally tough and be a team that is resilient and controls what we can control.”
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Magic Gaming couldn’t capitalize on a series of turnovers committed by Wizards District Gaming early in the fourth quarter Friday, leading to the team’s first loss of the season.
The Magic trailed by 14 points heading into the final period of the decisive game and held the Wizards without a point on their first possession.
But three turnovers in the first 1 minute, 15 seconds of the quarter – during which the Wizards were held scoreless – stopped the Magic from gaining any ground.
Continue reading Magic Gaming lose to Wizards to split two games this week
Orlando esports fans could have a full evening ahead Friday night, as two hometown teams take part in crucial battles.
The Florida Mutineers of the Call of Duty League look to stay hot.
They can make a push and improve on their fourth-place standing with a strong showing in its home tournament.
The NBA 2K League’s Magic Gaming, meanwhile, look to make it a clean sweep of the season-opening week in a tilt with Wizards District Gaming.
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Magic Gaming brought out the brooms – and Reid “Reizey” Hill had a small bout of unconsciousness – to finish off a two-game sweep of Bucks Gaming in the team’s season opener on Wednesday.
Hill finished the decisive game with 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting and hit three clutch 3-pointers in the early part of the second half to help close an 11-point first-half gap.
Hill said a familiarity with Bucks Gaming helped the team’s morale, despite heading into halftime trailing by 7.
“I was feeling confident,” he said. “We had no doubt the game was still very much winnable. We had come back against this team before in scrimmages.”
Magic Gaming won the game 66-63 after pulling off a commanding 74-64 win in Game 1.
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Magic Gaming comes into the 2020 season with an interesting mix of high expectations and a chip on their shoulder.
The squad last year missed the NBA 2K League’s postseason by just one game, finishing 9-7 and dropping a key matchup with Grizz Gaming on the season’s final day.
But that team was reshuffled.
Out are Emmanuel “UCManny” Cruz, Cameron “KingCamRoyalty” Ford and Tucker “TuckerLocksUp” Henry.
In are former Pistons GT center Robert “May” May, former Celtics Crossover standout Alex “Profusion” Snowden and Daniel “djbama” Burge.
Continue reading Magic Gaming set to tip off 2020 with lofty goals, ‘chip on their shoulder’
The NBA 2K League’s decision to play the first six weeks of the season remotely is likely only the beginning, Magic Gaming head coach Jonah Edwards said.
The affects of coronavirus caused the league to take a cautious approach, launching its third season using exclusively remote play.
But Edwards said he would not be surprised to see that extended beyond six weeks.
“The league is doing its due diligence, though, of making sure they are prepared,” Edwards said. It’s “just in case something does happen and the crisis (moves) behind us.”
Continue reading Magic Gaming coach Edwards thinks remote play could last more than 6 weeks
Magic Gaming head coach Jonah Edwards says being a coach in the NBA 2K League has been something he could never foreseen while working at Best Buy during college.
But now that he’s in it, he’s all in as the squad prepares for the start of the league’s third year on Wednesday.
“It’s all been crazy,” he told the OVG in an interview on Saturday. “It’s definitely like a dream come true to be a part of this.”
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The NBA-backed esports league that has video game-playing teams in 23 of its markets including Orlando will begin its 2020 season on May 5.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league has decided to play its first six weeks remotely, with games being broadcast on the league’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
That means all games up until June 12 will be online and the league will decide whether to extend that.
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