Trialling New Players & Teams

Irish eSports Team

Irish eSports Team

At Emerald we always encourage people to contact us when they are seeking to join the team and we ALWAYS feel proud that a person has taken the time to request to join us and to represent the #1 Irish eSports team at an EU level. If you feel you have what it takes click here to apply.

Following a restructuring of Emerald players and staff we are putting out an open call for players, streamers and staff worldwide who wish to be a part of the #1 team in Irish eSports. We will consider all current eSports titles but before contacting us we ask you to read this guide below to help you decide if you are ready to join the ranks of Emerald eSports.

While we may be the #1 Irish eSports team that fully funds it’s teams remember we never seek out people who just want to take part, we seek people who aim to excel and who can back up their words with actions and proper dedication.

Self Presentation

For teams or players trying to join any organisation remember that the first impression is more than crucial. We can always very quickly get an understanding of how professional a player or team is and their level of experience by how they contact us. Lots of people tend to add Emerald staff directly on Steam, Social Media or Skype and usually start with the following:

  • Hey, you looking for a team to support?
  • Hey, what can you offer our team?
  • Hi, we are a boss team and think you Emerald should pick us up.
  • Do you want to pickup a LoL / CoD team???

ALL of the above type of message will meet with an instant reply of no thanks we are not looking at the moment as we are not seeking players whose main motivation financial support especially players who don’t even have the basic knowledge of the Emerald eSports setup, types of games we compete in and our general goals and ethos. Bear in mind that we have no problem providing financial support but what all of the above types of messages fail to put across is what value and benefits that YOU can offer and bring to the team.

Self Presentation – The Right Approach

Your best approach is to research a team for correct contact information and then sit down and think about yourself and what you can do to the help the Team. It’s worth considering both your strengths and weaknesses as a player and a team because you will be asked about them and if a team or player thinks they have their game down perfectly then they are not worth much to a team as sooner rather than later they will start to cause issues and headaches.

A good player is someone who does not just blame “lag” or “warriors” it’s someone who can take an objective step back and analyze why the lost or were killed and being able to accept that sometimes the answer is simply the player being better than you. Players have often said they analyze themselves but withing 15 seconds of a being in a match with them you know it to be false as the raging starts hard.

It’s also great to be able to have a player who is into streaming and / or video editing and having links to all channels would be good. Finally, I’ve lost count of the amount of Captains that have asked to become involved with Emerald and I ask them a simply question like whats your Team mates Gamebattles username to be met with a reply of I don’t know.

Well, if your the captain and you don’t know what does that say for you as a captain and generally your approach to being a competitive gamer (and believe me it happens more than you think).



Performance is one of those points that you can already get an idea of by checking out the team’s latest results. With performance I mean everything that revolves around skill, activity and results. Before recruiting a team we obviously need to have a clue about how good that team is, how active it is, what kind of tournaments or events it has participated in, etc. It is important to say though that past results and achievements do not necessarily define how the future will look like! Due to the fact that it is obviously quite important for us to personally learn about the future plans of a prospective team we are interested in how your regular week looks like, how does your training schedule look like, what tournaments/cups/ladders do you participate in, do you intend to visit a lan event in 1/3/6/12 months? All of those performance indicators have an impact on our final decision.

Marketing Value
Professional organisations who have aspirations to go big need to think about marketing sooner or later. To some extent the teams belong to the group of biggest assets of an organisation, the teams are usually one of the main reasons why people follow an organisation. Those followers, fans, friends or however we want to call them are following certain organisations for very specific reasons. Those reasons can be that you get to know the team really well by them interacting with you on social media or a website/forum, the team produces a lot of video content which makes you get to know them on a very personal level because you can see how they behave, how they react to certain situations and so on. For said reasons it is crucial for an organisation to evaluate the marketing value of a team. To estimate the value we usually need to know everything a team does outside of the actual game – does a team stream its games, do their individual players have streams, do they have active social media fanpages or twitter accounts, how much interaction do they create, do they have a big following, do they record VLOGs, do they write BLOGs, do they visit lan events, etc. On a semi-professional level, which most of the teams we deal with are on, teams usually aren’t aware of such things, which makes it quite hard to get all of those things introduced to a team sometimes.

The above are three key things we consider when looking at prospective members of Emerald which allow us to evaluate many variables including where a prospective team is in their stage of development and if they fit into the overall Emerald organisation. Finally, bear in mind that while these above guidelines are used to help us evaluate the overall value of a team compared to what they expect from us as an organisation. It is important to note that out of those 4 indicators we don’t see them as of same importance, because usually teams aren’t able to cover all of that up to perfection.

Emerald CoD

Emerald.CoD Win GLAN, G4 Series Event

Emerald.CoD reaffirmed their status as the #1 team at Irish LAN’s following their victory at the GLAN, G4 Series Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare event.

The team proved dominant and moved throughout the winners bracket to take first place which made for some great matches including an epic comeback from 2-0 to take that series 3-2 against Team Eclipse.

Emerald.Cod will be continuing to compete in online and LAN events in the run up to the Irish Championships at the years end in which they are currently the #1 seed for.


Strong Performance from Luppa at GLAN, G4 Series

The founding member of Emerald Blizzard put in a stellar performance for his debut outing representing Emerald eSports making the finals of the Gaming Leagues of Ireland , G4 , G Series Starcraft 2 tournament in association with All Ireland Starcraft.

Luppa beat off all comers in the group and knockout stages of the tournament being beaten by none other than ex mYinsanity pro player ABomb.

Luppa will be representing Emerald at larger events throughout the EU in the near future so keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.


From Emerald to Winterfox

Tristan Shayne “ElderPeko” Young, known to the players and staff as “Peko” or “Coach”, began with us as the statistician and play-by-play analyst of Emerald eSports after being indentified by us as a great League of Legends talent before progressing to become our League of Legends Coach.

We are sad to announce that we are losing ElderPeko to none other than the 2015 LCS team WinterFox former Evil Geniuses. As always Emerald eSports aims to have the best talents with us and the fact that ElderPeko has been picked up by Winterfox is testament to our high standards.

We wish ElderPeko the very best of luck in the future and all the success he deserves at WinterFox in the LCS 2015 Season.


Luppa joins Emerald eSports as first member of Emerald SC

As Emerald eSports continues to grow and develop our rosters we are proud to announce the addition of Liam “luppa” Henry as player captain and coach of the newly created Emerald.SC roster for Starcraft 2

Luppa will be representing Emerald and Irish eSports in various LAN events in Ireland, UK and greater EU and he will be looking to build significantly on his recent 1st place finish at the Irish WinterLAN 2014 Starcraft 2 tournament.

Luppa is one of the best known and skilled Irish Starcraft 2 players and as well as online events we are excited to see him carry the Irish eSports flags at the following planned LAN events in 2015:

  • G4 , Dublin, Ireland
  • Gfinity – Spring Major 1 & 2, London, UK
  • inSomnia Festival, UK
  • Gfinity Summer Major 1 & 2, London, UK
  • G5 , Dublin, Ireland
  • Gfinity Starcraft 2 Open, London, UK

We hope to be in a position to make more announcements in 2015 about additions to Emerald.SC.


From Player to GM

Since the formation of Emerald eSports we have been growing and developing at a high but stable growth rate and we have been representing Irish eSports in a number of ways and we continue to try and set the standard.

Recently Emerald owner Damien “miju” Gill has had increasing amounts of time taken up with projects which will prove to be highly positive for Irish eSports in the near future and due to the increased demands on this time he has taken the relevant steps to ensure that Emerald eSport does not suffer as an organisation and continues flying the flag as the premium Irish eSports team.

We are happy to announce the appointment of John “BarL0w” Barlow as General Manager of Emerald eSports with immediate effect. John Barlow has been involved with Emerald eSports since it’s formation  and shown loyalty, dedication to the team through as well as understanding our core goals, team ethos and drive to develop Irish eSports.

John Barlow will be working closely with owner Damien Gill (who will still be taking an active role in Emerald) in the future to continue growing Emerald and developing our teams and representation at EU wide LANs and other events.

We hope you will join us in wishing him the best of luck in his new role.


Emerald.CoD Roster Update

After announcing our recent new Call of Duty roster and despite taking our time in selecting who we thought were the right players to represent Emerald we suffered a series rapid and successive roster changes that is not a common thing to occur at Emerald eSports.

Once bitten and twice shy we this time ensured the right mix of team chemistry and outright slaying power with Top 1/2 LAN finishes and similar results online who have been together for a long , long time.

It is with great pleasure that Emerald announce our new Emerald.CoD roster who are:

Eoin “Conroi” Conroy

Paul “Fillaay” Abernethy

Ryan “Choker” Abernethy

Callum “Cosmic” Mc Garry

The team will still be aiming to attend the following LAN’s in Europe.

  • Am2Pro – Leicester, UK
  • G 4 – Dublin, Ireland
  • Gfinity Open , London, UK
  • G 5 – Dublin, Ireland
  • Gfinity Majors 1 & 2 , London, UK (Pending Qualification)
  • Gfinity Summer Majors 1 & 2, London UK (Pending Qualification)

We firmly believe that Emerald.CoD have the skill, experience and work ethic to make it among the top teams in Europe and when you see the likes of Emerald CoD clutching up in 1 v 4 you know it’s legit.



Emerald Miju interview on RTE Radio 1

Emerald Miju was in studio on Ireland’s most popular mid afternoon show talking eSports on RTÉ 1’s Today with Sean ó Rourke.

Listen back through the media player above.

The topics were a broad overview of Emerald eSports, eSports in general, life as gamers and how it is being Ireland’s only professional team.

RTE Radio One’s Today with Sean ó Rourke programme remains the most popular mid morning show in the country with 307,000 daily listeners according to the Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) survey results.



New Emerald.CoD Roster Announced

Since the launch of CoD: Advanced Warfare Emerald has been without a Call of Duty team. We wanted to take our time and find the right mix of players who have the best attitude, professionalism, work ethic and skill in order to progress and carry the Irish eSports flag for Call of Duty and eSports and to set an example for other Irish eSports teams to follow.

It is with great pleasure that Emerald announce that the full roster of Team Eclipse has transferred to Emerald to take part in our major plans for 2015 and they are as follows:

Dean “Xpozure” Nolan

Eoin “Conroi” Conroy

Rob “Robbie” Lane

Andrew “Moores” Moores

As well as competing in the usual online tournaments it is planned that Emerald.CoD attend the following LAN’s in Europe.

  • Am2Pro – Leicester, UK
  • G 4 – Dublin, Ireland
  • Gfinity Open , London, UK
  • G 5 – Dublin, Ireland
  • Gfinity Majors 1 & 2 , London, UK (Pending Qualification)
  • Gfinity Summer Majors 1 & 2, London UK (Pending Qualification)

The new Coach for Emerald.CoD who will be helping to fine tune the teams performances and tactics will be also announced shortly as the team prepare and work towards representing Emerald eSports in the EU. We firmly believe that Emerald.CoD have the skill, experience and work ethic to make it among the top teams in Europe.