Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is Making Its Esports League Debut
POWER RANGERS: Battle for the Grid League begins this weekend, with the finals happening at EVO 2020.
Alpha, Rita’s escaped. Recruit a team of fighting game players, with attitude! Last year’s Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is kicking off the debut of its esports Battle for the Grid League. Announced today and starting with the Frosty Faustings event in Chicago this weekend, this series will see competitors pit their Rangers of choice against each other. It is ultimately culminating in a Top 8 final tournament at the biggest fighting game tournament of the year, EVO 2020 in Las Vegas.
Those who decide to participate will earn “Grid Points” by facing off in sanctioned offline and online events. Events range from special in-game challenges, called Episodes, playing matches, climbing the leaderboards, and doing well in special tournaments that will be held. At the end of the season, the seven players with the most Grid Points along with the winner of a last chance qualifier tournament will compete in the series at EVO.
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid League has planned stops at the following fighting game majors:
- Frosty Faustings (January 17-18, Chicago)
- Final Round (March 20-22, Atlanta)
- NorCal Regionals (April 10-12, San Jose)
- April Annihilation (April 10-12, New Jersey)
- ComboBreaker (May 23-25, Chicago)
- CEO Gaming (June 26-28, Orlando)
- Evolution 2020 (July 31 – August 1, Las Vegas)
While it may have had a bit of a “Rocky” start, this 3v3 tag-team fighter has really morphed into something special. Battle for the Grid plays and feels like Capcom’s legendary fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The focus on 3v3 battles, fan-favorite characters, and fast-paced chaotic combat scratches an itch for a lot of fighting game community members.
As a person who grew up in the 90s, the Power Rangers really began my love of all things nerdy. This love would evolve into a passion for video games, trading card games, Dungeons & Dragons, and more, eventually leading me to here at DualShockers. I continue to support the colorful property, spending more money than I should on to-scale replicas of props. Mix that with my general love of fighting games, and it made Battle for the Grid a pleasant surprise last year. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who felt that way.