First of all, welcome to our blog, and congratulations if you just got accepted into university!

But forget what anybody else tells you. Your academic achievements pale in comparison to that elusive virtual bounty – esports glory. “But how?” I hear you sob, staring at the ‘Best Effort’ contribution prize you won for football at eight years old and wondering how you could ever amount to more. Well, let me break it down for you.

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The NUEL is about more than just competition – it’s about making friends

National – We include teams from all over the UK, providing a community space for the secretly sandbagging #UKSCENE

University – If you go to uni, you can join! Check out your gaming societies for more info, or head on over to our website to see if your uni is listed

Esports – We currently boast regular tournaments for League of Legends, CS:GO, and Hearthstone, with one-off events and more games always contending for a spot in the pipeline *cough* Overwatch *cough*

League – With a few seasons under our belt, our competitions are continuously evolving, with new formats, prizes, and events always being announced. Above all, we aim to be inclusive, with players of all skill levels joining to be matched against similar opponents. You don’t need to be a pro; we’re here to have fun!

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Of course, if you are a pro, you’ll have a higher chance of winning a prize – like the Aston Aunties’ expenses-paid trip to watch the LCS in Berlin

Sound like your thing?

Whether you’re an avid gamer, an esports addict, a casual scrub, or just looking for ways to meet new people at your university and beyond, there’s never been a better time to get involved. Find a team at your uni, or start your own!

Here’s some links to keep you up-to-date before the season starts, with the latest tournament happenings, NUEL content, position openings, and tasty memes:

NUEL Facebook Page – for all the biggest news

Twitch.tv/theNUEL – our tournament stream broadcast

theNUEL on YouTube – goodies such as interviews, top plays & highlights

Twitter @theNUEL – live tourney updates and more

Game-specific Facebook groups:

NUEL LoL – NUEL CS:GO – NUEL Hearthstone – NUEL Rocket League

Why not join for the games you are interested in, and if you’re eager for an extra early taste of NUEL action, head on over to the stream this weekend for the NUEL Summer Tournament Finals for LoL and CS:GO!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us through the website, Facebook, or right here on this blog. If not, then prep your decks, grab your AWP and I’ll see you on the Rift!

– Jay “Potshot” Massaad
NUEL LoL Content Lead