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The delegations from Belgium (3), Netherlands (5) and United Kingdom (1) have been taking turns winning the event between 2004 and 2012. Belgium is the defending champion and still owns the ESL trophy, the Spirit, until Saturday. Then it may change ownership, and the UK teams seem to have a good plan how to win the sword for the second time.
The participation has doubled from 18 teams last year to at least 36 this weekend. Host Belgium has a delegation of 12 teams, and 11 teams are coming from the Netherlands. Six teams are traveling from the United Kingdom to Moorsele in Belgium, and it is a very strong UK 6-Pack.
AAA Class: Thunder (BE), Whooops (NL), Cool Runnings (NL), Creeps (NL), Eclipse (UK), Hvezdy (CZ), Lupus (EE)
AA Class: Olraait (BE), Les Stunts (BE), Red Hot Chili Air Peppers (BE), MACH4 (NL), Murphy Mania (NL), Half Ginger (NL), Aerodyne 4mula (UK), Invidia Maubeuge (FR), TNT (RO)
A Class: The Daltons (BE), Cosmic Noise (BE), Odessa (BE), Fast Forward (BE), Get A Grip (BE), Shinobi (NL), Gravity Abuse (NL), Bad Habits (NL), Team Tetley (UK), Equal Pay 4 Women (UK), Entropy (UK), Zoonte (CZ), Equinox (LI)
Rookie Class: Newton's Maniacs (BE), HOPPAAAA (BE), Jetmax (BE), Lightning (NL), Inside-Out (NL), Royal Navy Sea Fury (UK)
Defending champion Belgium will surely win the AAA Class competition with Thunder as a part of the Belgian delegation. However, teams from other nations have a strong presence in the other categories and will make it difficult for Belgium to win enough points to defend the Spirit successfully.
|ESL Championship 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||15||25||21||27||23||19||22||18||23||20||213||21.3|
|1||Cool Runnings (NL)||7||12||9||13||9||11||10||9||12||15||107||10.7|
|2||Potes En Ciel (BE)||10||10||9||13||8||11||9||10||15||11||106||10.6|
|4||High Altitude Heroes (UK)||9||11||8||11||7||11||10||8||14||13||102||10.2|
|1||Paradox Kassel (DE)||14||11||11||11||12||12||13||10||12||10||116||11.6|
|5||O wat leuk (NE)||14||8||11||7||11||9||12||14||9||9||104||10.4|
|4||Team Tetley (UK)||9||4||11||8||8||9||7||7||7||15||85||8.5|
Zoonte from the Czech Republic has another opportunity to outscore all other A Class teams directly on competition site this time and may steal valuable points from the other delegations. The Czech Republic has two teams in Moorsele (Hvezdy) and is probably the top favorite for the 4th place.
Last not least, the UK delegation has the Royal Navy team Sea Fury compete in the Rookie Class. Additional ten ESL points could wrap up the second ESL victory for the United Kingdom. The ranking order of the nations could be very different than last year...