[EVENT RECAP] OCEANIC UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIP 2016
APRIL 30, 2016
During the past month, Riot hosted the Oceanic University Championship (OUC) of Semester 1 where teams had to compete against more than 60 university teams across Oceania. Teams had to pass the qualifier rounds at their local universities to proceed to the Regional level and then succeed at Nationals in order to play in the Grand Finals to be crowned Oceanic's University Champion.
At UNSW, we held our qualifiers for Upper and Lower divisions on the 2nd and 3rd of April with live finals at WangYu Internet Cafe. We had 8 brave teams battling it out in our Lower division brackets and 3 teams in our Upper bracket all contending for a chance to represent our university at the regional stage. Through blood, sweat and definitely stacks of tears, our clear winners emerged with Size Shape Gang (formerly Team Okay) and Puffy Penguins as the UNSW representatives for the Upper and Lower divisions respectively.
However, we do congratulate The Glenn Greenwald Appreciation Society as our Lower division Runner Up and the Firetruck Friends as our Upper division Runner Up for their commendable efforts as well as all the teams who participated.
Throughout April, our two teams entered Regionals and competed hard against the other winners from universities throughout NSW. Unfortunately, our Lower bracket representative, Puffy Penguins, did not make it onward to Nationals but their determination and hardwork throughout the tournament must be respected and congratulated upon. On the other hand, Size Shape Gang without any doubt demonstrated that they were capable of representing the university at a national level faster than someone could type 'gg easy'.
The format of the National stage was a Round Robin tournament into Single Elimination and Size Shape Gang were set to contest against Queensland University of Technology, University of Western Australia, University of Auckland and University of Queensland. Unfortunately, we were unable to advance to the Grand Finals of Nationals but the players should be proud of themselves in representing UNSW and UNSW LoLSoc at a National level to be one of the Top 5 collegiate teams and hopefully the loss this time will add resolve to win the title for next time!
Overall, the OUC allows the talent and skill of University players from the Oceania region to be showcased. This opportunity affirms that despite not being on a competitive Esports level, the skills of teamwork and camaraderie that are echoed enforce the importance of teamwork that League of Legends focuses on and promotes. Whilst this may mark the end of this series, prepare yourselves for our Semester Tournament which is quickly approaching to hone your skills for the next Championship to come!