Following the online qualifiers of the PLG Nationals Injustice 2 Tournament Series back in mid-June, it was time for both Kuwait and the island nation of Bahrain to host their dedicated live tournaments and have 2 players representing each country in the Regional Finals
We now have 6 Middle East fighters qualified for the PLG Nationals Injustice 2 Tournament Series Regional Finals, following the Kuwait live qualifier powered by ExtravaGaming from 16-17 of June and the Bahrain Live Qualifiers during Animania on the 30th of June.
Kuwait’s live qualifier was hosted at Competitive Gaming Club, a local high-end gaming café in Kuwait City, where over 30 players competed for the two spots in the regional finals. The event was full of notable moments, with newcomer to the scene Abdulrahman Alkandri taking everyone by surprise and reaching the semifinal rounds at his first ever competitive tournament, only to lose to the qualifier finalist Hussein Ahmad. The later met Othman Al-Rashid in the country finals, and returned home with a brand new PlayStation VR as a second place prize after losing 3-0 in a best of 5 match, and our grand champion winning a PlayStation 4 Pro courtesy of our partners ExtravaGaming. Both Othman Al-Rashid and Hussein Ahmad will be playing in the regional finals later in July. You can watch ExtravaGaming’s media coverage of the live qualifier in the video below (Arabic only)
In Bahrain’s live qualifiers, hosted during Animania 2017 at the Bahrain International Circuit, the tournament was a bigger challenge than anticipated for most players, due to the participation of many veteran fighting game players from the region. The qualifier saw players like previous 2015 Mortal Kombat X Middle East Cup Regional Finals’ runner-up Hassan “Smoker” Ali, 2016 Mortal Kombat X Middle East Cup finalist as well as 2-time Middle East MKX Champion Sayed “Tekken Master” Hashem from Nasr eSports competing for the 2 Bahraini sport in the regional finals.
32 players (mostly from Bahrain and KSA) competed in a double elimination challenge, ending with Sayed “Tekken Master” Hashem and his own brother Abdallah “Undertaker” Saleh in the country finals, closely followed by [KSA] Hussein Alsabakh, and [BAH] Hani “Hanzo” Saleh as fourth place (another 2016 Mortal Kombat X Middle East Cup finalist). Both Bahraini brothers will join their good friend and compatriot Aziz “XAzeez” Aljowder in the PLG Nationals Injustice 2 Tournament Series Regional Finals, alongside Kuwait’s Othman Al-Rashid and Hussein Ahmad, and the only Saudi player Baraa “SharkTeeth” Aljaadi from the Online Qualifier.
While three different qualifiers may have ended, the fight is far from over, with the upcoming UAE Live Qualifier which you can register right to is live right now on our website (coming soon this month of July), as your last chance to reach one of the last 2 spots in the regional finals. For all the latest information about the PLG Nationals Injustice 2 Tournament Series, you can follow us on on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, as well as the official or you can also click here to visit the dedicated PLG Nationals Injustice 2 Tournament Series page.