Somehow, someway, we’re at the TURN Tournament. With four weeks of regular-season action in the books, the second NBA 2K League in-season tournament of the year is set to tip off on May 9. The HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas will play host to the first-ever NBA 2K League in-season tournament conducted outside of New York. With increased prize pool of $180,000 on offer, no one’s TURNing off the livestream.
The tournament also introduces a new archetype ban system. Before lineups are set each game, both teams will have the opportunity to determine one archetype that cannot be used in the game by either team. NetsGC, which has experience running multiple lineups, will benefit from the savvy of GM/Head Coach Ivan “OGKINGCURT” Curtiss in adjusting to the never-before-seen archetype ban system.
As the No. 15 seed in the tournament, NetsGC will face Celtics Crossover Gaming on Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm EST. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, as Celtics Crossover beat NetsGC 65-59 in week four. In that game, NateKahl, NetsGC’s leader in steals, swiped the ball six teams as part of an overall 11-steal team effort.
The play-in winners are reseeded according to their play-in seed (for example, if Wizards District Gaming, the No. 21 seed, wins, they will be ranked no higher than 16th). Consequently, NetsGC’s opponent in the main bracket on Friday, should the team defeat Celtics Crossover, will be determined by the results of the other play-in games.
A little history: No. 15 seeds are actually pretty good at this whole tournament thing. In the league’s most recent bracket-style tournament, the 2018 Ticket tournament, Knicks Gaming won the whole tournament, and an automatic playoff berth, as the No. 15 team. Coincidence? NetsGC will beg to differ.
A proficient scorer at point guard led that team, and NetsGC boasts a capable lead guard as well. Wavy.zay, just days away from his 21st birthday, has been one of the league’s best rookie point guards. He’s averaging a team-high 17.7 points and 7.2 assists per game in the regular season and shooting just under 60% from the field.
NetsGC has started the season slowly, adjusting to the new game build and building chemisty on and off the court. But in Las Vegas, with the season’s midpoint nearing, the team believes that it’s their time to TURN things around.