WePlay to run Academy League Season 2 in September-November

The second season of the academy league will run online in September-October and culminate with the finals in Kyiv in November.

WePlay has announced details of the Academy League's second season. It will feature the same eight organizations' academy teams from the first season and offer up $100,000 in prize money again, but this time the online portion will be played in a different format.

The eight participating teams will first play in two double-elimination groups, from which the winning teams will advance directly to the finals, while the second and third-placed teams will play in a "Last Chance" group for two more finals spots.

The Academy League returns with a second season

The online part of the tournament will run from September 28-October 9 before the competition moves on to the WePlay Esports Arena in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 12-14 with the top four teams.

The inaugural season of the league took place in July-August and saw mouz NXT come out victorious, with Young Ninjas finishing in second place and BIG Academy and fnatic Rising rounding out the top four at the LAN finals in Kyiv.

The event showcased some of the most interesting young players on the rise, such as Russian prodigy Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov hailing from NAVI Junior, Jon "⁠JDC⁠" de Castro and Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás from mouz NXT, Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău from fnatic Rising, and more.

The following eight teams will be in action again in the second season, starting from late September:

Germany Jon 'JDC' de Castro
Jon 'JDC' de Castro
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
333
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
322
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
Romania Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
70
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
151
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.62
same teams same results. Hope Navi kids will reach Lan Stage this time at least
2021-09-21 12:15
4 replies
++++++++1
2021-09-21 12:21
seems like BIG is making changes to their academy team tho furia & fnatic did as well
2021-09-21 13:34
I’m curious how flamie will perform in this event
2021-09-21 18:45
1 reply
#90
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Taiwan T1dal
hopefully good to showcase his talent for other teams, flamie deserves another shot
2021-09-21 19:25
#2
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Russia CYETA
no spirit academy XD
2021-09-21 12:15
13 replies
#3
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Norway Norvegiya2k
weplay racista
2021-09-21 12:15
7 replies
#5
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Russia CYETA
expected from Ukrainian nationalists!!!!!!!!!!!
2021-09-21 12:17
6 replies
#58
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Ukraine StX4R
you dumb?
2021-09-21 14:07
5 replies
#59
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Russia CYETA
:D
2021-09-21 14:09
you got 0/8ed
2021-09-21 14:47
3 replies
#73
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Ukraine StX4R
) how you say, ok my friend
2021-09-21 15:37
2 replies
they invited vp so they are not Ukrainian nationalists
2021-09-21 15:53
1 reply
#75
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Ukraine StX4R
ok
2021-09-21 16:08
#20
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Sweden axelious
Yea why is that? Org not paying?
2021-09-21 12:40
4 replies
#34
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Russia CYETA
idk, there is some feud between Na'Vi CEO and Spirit because Espada was basically Spirit Academy but technically it was registered as its own organization, so he probably has some say in all this. They promised though that Spirit Academy would be invited once the league expands but fuck knows when this will happen
2021-09-21 12:54
3 replies
#42
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Sweden axelious
Aha, wierd that Na'Vi should have such a say, but I guess Na'Vi and m0nesy is a pretty integral part to bring viewers.
2021-09-21 13:31
2 replies
#46
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Russia CYETA
well it's common practice in any sports industry for big clubs to have some influence. I also know that this league was working with interested organizations like a year ago and Espada still existed back then so maybe Spirit just didnt try to get a spot in time. Anyway, them and MIBR academy should be in WePlay once more spots open up
2021-09-21 13:36
1 reply
#47
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Sweden axelious
I see! Sounds good and hopefully it will happen to season 3.
2021-09-21 13:36
#4
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Brazil urisco
ez for YN and EZ TR
2021-09-21 12:16
pog MONEY farm
2021-09-21 12:19
Again the same teams? where is x6tence???
2021-09-21 12:19
#9
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Russia sharazami
ez for flamie x monesy
2021-09-21 12:23
cool
2021-09-21 12:28
Ez for mouz #vamouz
2021-09-21 12:29
Spirit Academy? Saw youngsters? Endpoint academy? 00nation Talent?
2021-09-21 12:31
12 replies
#13
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Greece RedWinter
+1
2021-09-21 12:32
Endpoint academy? hahahhahahahahahahaha
2021-09-21 12:47
2 replies
Is not a matter of how good they are. It's a matter of having more academy teams in this project to encourage more orgs to build them and help to develop the scene. there are orgs like Alliance or x6tence that could also be in here since they're trying to develop a young roster.
2021-09-21 15:12
1 reply
#96
torzsi | 
Hungary anw_
They’d be better off adding endpoint over their academy as Mouz NXT would probably stomp them so hard they’d retire
2021-09-22 08:48
+1 racism in Esports omg
2021-09-21 12:53
#48
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Portugal Davdio
+1
2021-09-21 13:37
#50
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Brazil Fan_do_Trk
mibr academy* they are so good
2021-09-21 13:38
+mibr academy +Entropiq Prague +9z academy
2021-09-21 16:45
4 replies
#84
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Czech Republic Tr3jx_S
Well Entropiq Prague is not academy they are just shit
2021-09-21 17:59
2 replies
The Average player age is 20.6, so we can consider it an academy team
2021-09-21 19:02
1 reply
#91
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Czech Republic Tr3jx_S
Well yes, but actually no
2021-09-21 19:49
#97
torzsi | 
Hungary anw_
It’d be better to add the actual Entropiq team so NXT can destroy them again and get more points.
2021-09-22 08:49
No Spirit Academy xDDDDDDDDDD
2021-09-21 12:32
They should expand this tournament imo. There's bunch of academy teams who was left outside of the league.
2021-09-21 12:34
2 replies
I think these teams are paying to enter it.
2021-09-21 14:11
1 reply
Well, I think that Spirit and 00Nation has money to pay. So I don't think so.
2021-09-21 16:44
#16
ropz | 
Germany lor3nz
there are some more acadamy teams weplay could expand on
2021-09-21 12:34
#17
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Sweden sn1pie
Add more teams until season 3 plz
2021-09-21 12:34
#18
s1mple | 
Latvia s1^
Where is prosus ?
2021-09-21 12:35
4 replies
letf the team like a week ago or something
2021-09-21 13:07
2 replies
#40
s1mple | 
Latvia s1^
Why? New team or…?
2021-09-21 13:11
1 reply
i dont konw, i dont think it was justified. i doubt it was due performances, he was the 2nd best player imo, so probably it was his own decision to leave, but i'm just guessing
2021-09-21 14:05
#61
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United States 3manu3l
SUS
2021-09-21 14:12
#19
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Estonia myrhh
ez 4 flamie
2021-09-21 12:40
3 replies
Rising star
2021-09-21 12:49
2 replies
#35
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Estonia myrhh
young talent
2021-09-21 12:56
1 reply
#62
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United States 3manu3l
very consistent
2021-09-21 14:13
ez 4 mouz
2021-09-21 12:43
ez 4 flamie
2021-09-21 12:43
#23
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Portugal skiLfuI
Same teams? Why? Atleast make a qualifier for other academies to try and qualify
2021-09-21 12:45
1 reply
+1
2021-09-21 12:54
#24
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Italy effetS
Remember when they said they wanted to have more teams in 1 tournament? lol
2021-09-21 12:46
#26
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Russia Veyles
spirit academy>vp.p, furiaa
2021-09-21 12:47
1 reply
They have too young player
2021-09-21 12:49
Nice, lets goo
2021-09-21 12:48
would have been great with some addition of other teams , there`s at least Spirit Academy out there who are maybe even better than half the teams here
2021-09-21 12:49
#31
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Poland kruky
Crazy how this low tier teams can play Lan but t1 is still held online
2021-09-21 12:50
#37
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Romania Horia_Sima
great event but put more teams
2021-09-21 13:03
Trash league, expected from trash org. that's boring, same teams and no qualifier available...
2021-09-21 13:09
EZ4NAVIJUNIOR
2021-09-21 13:14
1 reply
#51
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Brazil Fan_do_Trk
+1
2021-09-21 13:39
bruh same teams "boooooriiiiiing!!!" -Homer Simpson
2021-09-21 13:32
flamie 1.87 rating pog
2021-09-21 13:33
#49
SIXER | 
France Kelfo
Where is Envyus Academy ??
2021-09-21 13:37
#52
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Czech Republic SayBye777
Same teams = boring league. Give some slots for other academies (open qualifier) next time.
2021-09-21 13:45
2 replies
+1
2021-09-21 16:40
+1
2021-09-21 16:59
#53
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Russia ToughGuy
ez4flamie new talent
2021-09-21 13:54
great
2021-09-21 13:55
this is very fun and all, but why not other teams can join my freind?
2021-09-21 13:59
Trash from furia invited again lmao
2021-09-21 14:05
#63
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Cyprus Lacerta
easy for Mouz NXT
2021-09-21 14:14
#64
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Pakistan hawrU
It was just an academy event But man that stage and production was beyond esl and blast. I hope they host t1 tournaments as well.
2021-09-21 14:21
ez 4 mouz
2021-09-21 14:24
WtF same team add more team pls this league are so funny to watch i wanna watch other team academy alliance,Endpoint and spirit
2021-09-21 14:37
lmao soo ez 4 mouz
2021-09-21 14:51
ez4fnaticrising
2021-09-21 14:56
They must have made good money fixing games to get back to it fast
2021-09-21 15:05
#72
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Latvia CoolCatXD
esportbattle 2.0
2021-09-21 15:14
nice
2021-09-21 16:26
No Spirit academy no point watching then, will get boring very quick...
2021-09-21 16:59
very nice
2021-09-21 17:13
Nice to hear) hope Astralis talent gets somewhere in this one
2021-09-21 17:37
flamie + monesy EZ
2021-09-21 18:06
#86
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Estonia nordjoker
good
2021-09-21 18:12
Nice, but we need more teams!!!
2021-09-21 18:50
#92
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Ukraine KaJIu5p
Why call a tournament the Academy League when in fact it is a tournament among teams from dedicated clubs? Name the tournament "League of 8 Academies". After all, after the first season, they said that the number of participants would be increased. As the saying goes: "They wait for the promised three years." What was the principle behind the selection of participants? Why are these 8 teams participating? Why weren't other academies invited? The answer to this question will forever remain a mystery !!!
2021-09-21 19:52
#93
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Poland SebL
They could've changed maybe one or two teams that went out last, would be cool to see. But anyway, this one should be even more easy for mouz NXT, they really look great and honestly I think they will hit TOP 30 really soon.
2021-09-21 21:46
Expect big production from Weplay. Hope they get back Mauisnake but he’s doing Blast.
2021-09-22 00:08
#95
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Russia prefio
GL flamie with navi jr <3
2021-09-22 04:38
#98
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Hungary Shiron212
Woah, that was quick A NaVi Junior vs mouz NXT final would be pretty nice
2021-09-22 17:21
Who is working event from talent?
2021-09-28 08:21
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