While the grand finale of NHL 20 official Montreal Canadiens esports tournament will be held on January 17 at Esports Central Gaming Complex, RDS Video Games offers you a mini portrait of the eight finalists who will compete for a grand prize worth $ 15,000.
Professional player for Mirage Sport Électronique, Michael “miviens” Viens is the reigning champion of the official NHL Montreal Canadiens esports tournament. He will try to defend his title next weekend after winning the competition against Janin-Alexandre “Mxnster9” Claveau in the grand final last year. You may know him from our live broadcasts where he challenges internet users who still haven’t been able to defeat him!
– Michael « Miviens » Viens (Photo from TDIHockey)
Miviens currently ranks 13th among the best NHL players in the world. In addition to the Habs tournament last year, the Quebecer also won the NHL 19 tournament at Dreamhack Montreal, as well as the Snider Cup in 2018.
Justin « Regs » Reguly, of the organization DareRising, will be arguably the toughest opponent Miviens is likely to face in the finals on January 17th. Regs is the top ranked Canadian internationally as he sits second behind American Matthew “Top Shelf Cookie” Gutkoski.
– Justin « Regs » Reguly (Photo from TDIHockey)
The Ontarian, who sees himself as a fan of the Boston Bruins, also defeated Miviens last year in the NHL 19 tournament hosted by the Winnipeg Jets. This will be an opportunity for him to try to extract a second title from the Quebecer. Regs further defeated 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship champion Finland’s Erik « Eki » Tammenpaa in a competition hosted by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), the parent company of the Washington Capitals in the NHL. .
Matthew “YungGren” Grenier, another member of DareRising, will also be one to watch in this final. Whoever has twice finished fifth in the NHL Gaming World Championship is sure to want to regain his place in the top 5 in the world, as he slipped three places during the month of December.
– Matthew « YungGren » Grenier (Photo from TDIHockey)
The Québécois fanatic of the Capitals notably won the NHL 19 tournament hosted by the Toronto Maple Leafs last year. Only 18 years old, YungGren represents one of the best NHL talents in the country.
Joshua « Joshfearless » D’Eri, a professional player signed by Lazarus Esports, will want to build on his good momentum as he won the second round of qualifying at the official CH tournament last December. He also pocketed a symbolic sum of $ 500 by defeating his opponent Jimmy « PureFected » Lenfesty in two games of 4-1 and 7-1.
– Joshua « Joshfearless » D’Eri (Photo from TDIHockey)
Joshfearless could also prove to be a potential candidate to oust Miviens as the defending Habs tournament champion as he ranks among the top 10 in the world, in seventh, just ahead of Samuel “Canadiens-27” Landry .
By its gamertag, we can already estimate that he is Quebecer. And the hypothesis is confirmed when we know his real name. Samuel Landry could well offer a 100% Quebec duel in Miviens on January 17, when he ranks 11th in the world, two places ahead of the reigning champion of the tournament.
– Samuel « Canadiens » Landry (Photo from Twitter)
The 18-year-old pro is the kind of competitor who could come in to muddle the waters, having finished ahead of tournament favorite Justin “Regs” Reguly on December 28 in online qualifying on PS4.
After losing twice to Joshfearless in the second round of qualifying, Jimmy « PureFected » Lenfesty will certainly want to resume his career. game in hand.
– Jimmy « PureFected » Lenfesty (Photo from Twitter)
While not among the top 15 best NHL players in the world according to TDI Hockey, PureFected could still cause some surprises if luck is on its side next Friday. The Quebecer was indeed undefeated in the tournament before his two clashes against Joshfearless. He had the upper hand in particular over JerDubz, | Deeks | and Gregy99.
Like PureFected, Nicolas “JTF2x” Morissette also had a good qualifying round.
– Nicolas « JTF2x » Morissette (left) with miviens (Photo taken from Twitter)
He won his first four games, before Miviens won and beat him twice in a row to win the session and walk away with $ 500. Although he is not expected to leave Esports Central Gaming Complex with top honors, the Quebecer still risks selling his skin dearly.
NHL 19 Minnesota Wild Gaming Series champion Ryan « Bouch » Bouchard is not a candidate to be underestimated.
– Ryan « Bouch » Bouchard (Photo from Twitter)
Although he is not in the top 15 in the world, Bouch still remains an opponent who could surprise a few, as he did with the formation of Minnesota last year. 21-year-old Ryan Bouchard has twice won the CanAm Series in EASHL mode as left winger. Bouch also finished second in the online qualifiers for the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tournament on Xbox One last weekend.