May is shaping up to be a busy month not only for Hertha BSC’s first team in the Bundesliga, but also for the club’s eSports team. Our eHerthaner have spent the last few weeks recovering after narrowly missing out on the Grand Final of the VBL Club Championship in mid-March, but now focus is turning to exciting dates coming up over the course of May. “The past few weeks off have done our boys a lot of good. Now we’re back and more motivated than ever for upcoming competitions,” said eSports project manager Dennis Krüger, emphasising the drive of Hertha’s gaming team.
“That’s our goal and our big dream!”
The first test for coach Daren Framke's team comes on 6th May in the DFB ePokal against VfB Oedelum. Eren Poyraz, Christoph Strietzel, Tom Bismark and coach Framke will be playing on Xbox against the Lower Saxons for a place in the last 16 of the tournament. If they are successful, our eHerthaner will meet the winner of the match between VfL Stenum and Celtic Worms. Victory in this round would see Daren Framke's team among the last eight on Xbox, who will compete to get to the final where they will take on the best team in the parallel competition on Playstation in a cross-console final on 9th May to win the DFB ePokal. "We want to make it to the final, that's our goal and our big dream!", stressed Krüger as he described the team’s ambition.
Playoffs in the VBL Individual Championship for the Grand Final
With the same drive and ambition, Hertha’s eSports team will also take part in the Virtual Bundesliga Individual Championship playoffs a week later. From 14th - 16th May, 128 clubs will compete in an online tournament to qualify for the 16 available places in the VBL Grand Final, which will take place from 4th - 6th June. After a successful showing in the Club Championships, Bismark, Leroy Richter, Kai Bayer and Framke on Playstation and Poyraz and Strietzel on Xbox are keen to perform positively in the individual competition as well. “This tournament format with well over 100 teams will be an interesting opportunity for our boys to compete against the competition and measure their progress. We want to give the best account of ourselves possible. Our aim is to progress as far as possible instead of setting our sights on a specific ranking. We want to enjoy this competition and we’re approaching it with the aim of having fun,” explained Krüger. With this attitude, an action-packed May should also be a successful one, not just for our eHerthaner, but also for the Hertha first team out on the pitch in the Bundesliga.