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MLG Raleigh Recap -- A Record Breaking 138,000 People Tuned In For The eSports Tournament

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Posted September 6, 2011 - By Leah Jackson



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MLG Raleigh Live Stream On G4TV.com August 26-28 -- Full Tournament Schedule And Details

Major League Gaming held its fourth Pro Circuit event in Raleigh August 26-28, and despite Hurricane Irene threatening to ruin the broadcast, a record breaking 138,000 people tuned in for the eSports tournament featuring games like StarCraft 2, League of Legends, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. According to MLG, viewers from over 173 countries watched the pro gaming tournament and more than 3 million hours of video were consumed during the weekend. If you're not familiar with how epic these MLG events can be, check out this awesome video recapping the best StarCraft 2 moments from this year's previous Pro Circuit Events.



For the full MLG Raleigh Recap, check after the break.

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If you want a true sense for what it was like to be at MLG Raleigh, you have to check out the amazing MLG photo gallery. These photos take you through a journey of the event, going through each day of competition for each of the games, showing off the champions, and even some special behind-the-scenes footage.
 
MLG Columbus Live Streamed On G4TV.com June 3-5 -- Full Schedule And Details
 
In the exciting MLG Raleigh StarCraft 2 finals, Startale's Bomber beat Slayers_CoCa, with CompLexity.MVP DonGraeGu earning third. What was really special about DRG's third-place finish was that he was able to earn a spot in the prestigious Korean Global StarCraft League's "Code S" due to the MLG-GSL exchange program. Code S is basically the epitome of where StarCraft  2 professionals play, and Bomber and CoCa are already in GSL Code S. With what's becoming somewhat a trend at MLG, the Korean progamers were able to take the Top 6 spots again, identical to MLG Anaheim, with EG.HuK and dignitas.SjoW as 7th and 8th (HuK also got 7th in Anaheim). 

MLG Columbus Live Streamed On G4TV.com June 3-5 -- Full Schedule And Details

After dominating MLG Columbus and going undefeated at MLG Anaheim, most Halo: Reach fans thought that Instinct would would once again sweep at Raleigh. But Team Infamous had other plans. Infamous was able to win over Instinct after coming back from the losers bracket in the finals to force 10 crazy games out of a possible 11.

MLG Columbus Live Streamed On G4TV.com June 3-5 -- Full Schedule And Details

At MLG Anaheim the Call of Duty: Black Ops finals came down to a nail biting climax between Quantic Leverage and Fear. In Anaheim, Quantic was able to walk away with the prize, but it was another story entirely in Raleigh when Fear came in to the tournament determined for victory. They were the only team to in MLG's Black Ops history to never step foot in the losers bracket, and ultimately had an amazing showing in Raleigh.

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League of Legends made its major league gaming debut at MLG Raleigh with four of the best LoL teams competing for the prize. In the end, Counter Logic Gaming won the $12,5000 prize by sweeping Epik Gaming 4-0 in the finals. You can check out all of the VOD's from League of Legends here.

As always, good things must come to an end and MLG Raleigh did so in amazing style. Luckily for us, MLG Orlando is only five weeks away on October 14-16. We don't know all of the surprises that Major League Gaming has in store for us at this event, but two Korean StarCraft giants Bomber and Slayers_Boxer are already confirmed to attend. I'm so excited that I'll be attending Orlando myself!

What did you think of MLG Raleigh? Did it live up to your expectations, and which matches from which games were your favorite?

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