OPL Split One Wrap-Up

OPL Legacy Esports League of Legends Split One

With the first Split of the Oceanic Pro League wrapping up over the weekend with a Dire Wolves victory, it’s a great chance to look at how Legacy’s League of Legends team fared in Split One.

Over the nine weeks, Legacy had some great wins and tight losses, finishing middle of the table in fourth position.

That guaranteed their place in the gauntlet, with their first match against Avant Gaming. Despite two losses to Avant over the course of the split, our team managed to step up their game in the Gauntlet.

After losing the first game, Legacy bounced back to take games two and three, with captain Claire standing up.

Avant tied up the series in the fourth game before Legacy took out a 27-minute win in game five decider.

The highlight of the Gauntlet weekend was Legacy’s series against Order.

Order were huge favourites to win and after the first two games, that’s how it looked like it would play out; Legacy was down 0-2.

However, Claire showed his MVP form once again and Legacy pulled one game back from Order in game three.

The team used their momentum to square it up at 2-all in game four and headed to the decider.

In game five, Legacy completed a stunning reverse sweep on Order to advance in the gauntlet.

The underdogs were progressing through and had one more hurdle to leap before the Grand Final, their biggest rivals the Chiefs.

They continued their incredible gauntlet run in game one, taking the win.

However, the Chiefs steadied and took the next three games to book a spot against Dire Wolves in the Grand Final.

That guaranteed Legacy a third-place finish in Split One, but most importantly, earned them a spot in Rift Rivals, an international League of Legends tournament to be held in the next few months.

Three teams from each region travel to numerous different locations for a few days of competition, with regions forming groups around the world.

Legacy is in the group with Oceania, Japan and South East Asia regions, and will compete against eight other teams.

Given there are only three international League of Legends tournaments held each year, making it to Rift Rivals was an incredible achievement for Legacy’s young team, a sentiment that Head of Esports, Tim Wendel, agrees with.

“Third place is huge for our roster – nobody expected us to get that far, and especially not by beating Order,” Wendel said.

Claire, Raid, Mimic, Sybol and Decoy have learned a lot from Split One and are now looking forward to what is coming ahead.

“This split was a huge eye-opener for me, playing on a top tier team has taught me a lot and I’m looking forward to playing for Legacy next split,” Decoy said.

Raid agreed. “The season went well, I reached the goals I set out to achieve and will be aiming higher next split,” he said.

Legacy’s League team wasn’t the only one with outstanding performances over the last few weeks.

The new CS:GO roster showed their potential at the Australian Esports Masters held in Adelaide, earning a number of great victories over the weekend and making it to the Grand Final.

Unfortunately, they lost the final to R!ot, but it was a promising weekend for the developing team.

Legacy’s Overwatch team has also been putting up some terrific performances, having won their last three games of Overwatch Contenders with 4-0 clean sweeps.

In the Throwdown Rocket League OCE Championship, Legacy are current 3-1, continuing their run to the Rocket League Championship Series.

In more good news, our Starcraft II player Probe has been invited to compete in the qualifiers for WCS Austin at held IEM Sydney, where he will play against seven other players for a spot at WCS.

We’re three months into the year and the esports calendars are really starting to heat up. If Legacy keeps producing performances like they are now, we are in for a good 2018.

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