The Caps Gaming Showcase finals are set, with four teams qualifying for the live in-person event in Washington D.C.
Top-seeded Hidden Potential will face No. 18 seed Phantoms after both teams punched their tickets with overtime wins in the quarterfinals. Hidden Potential went a full three games against The Underdogs, keyed by a 4-3 overtime win in Game 1, while Phantoms swept Turning Point with consecutive 2-1 victories.
“The experience has been great,” Hidden Potential’s BigTonyy16 told TDIHockey. “It’s a really good thing for the 6s community. This is exactly what NHL esports should be—6s. As for playing in-person, I’m just excited to meet everyone.”
Fifth seed Entourage will play eighth-seeded Resilience in the other semifinal after both team swept their quarterfinal opponents. Entourage defeated Highlight Highlanders and Resilience dominated Natty Light Knightz. Facing a team known more for its 3v3 prowess, Resilience scored 11 goals, the most in the quarterfinals.
“I’m very thankful I was able to compete with a great 6s team in this event,” Entourage goalie Scheckel29 said. “To finally get a chance to play in a LAN for 6s is an amazing opportunity. I’m looking forward to meeting my team, other community members and the Caps Gaming staff. Win or lose, it should be a weekend I’ll never forget.”
The semifinals will feature a Best-of-Three format, similar to previous rounds in the playoffs, while the finals will be played out in a Best-of-Five series. The winning team will take home $10,000 USD, while the runner-up will win $5,000, split between the players.
The Caps Gaming Showcase is a unique foray into the 6v6 EASHL side of NHL esports. Whereas the majority of NHL esports events are 1v1 competitions, the Caps Gaming Showcase is the first NHL-team-sponsored 6v6 EASHL tournament. The regular season, which was played over eight weeks throughout December and January, used the Swiss matchmaking format, a matchmaking system that matches opponents each round based on their past performance. Each week, as games are won and lost, teams faced opponents that owned similar records. Hidden Potential earned the top seed in the regular season by winning 7 of their 8 games and posting the best goal differential (+51) among the other 7-1 teams.
“We’re thrilled with how the entire showcase has played out to this point,” Monumental Sports & Entertainment Manager of Business Operations Jordan Zelniker said. “These are four of the best 6’s teams in North America on their way to DC. Each has worked extremely hard to earn a spot, battling a gauntlet of teams for over 10 weeks now. It’s clear the NHL 6’s community is a very passionate one. We’re excited to have opened the door [to it], unveiling the prominent storylines and talent here.”