Every year, Australian universities are given the opportunity to prove themselves as the nation’s best at Unigames. From first-years who have achieved Challenger 1000lp to graduating fourth-years, UNSW’s line-up coming into Unigames once again had attitude and a desire to come out on top. In order to attain victory, teams must push through the prestigious collegiate tournament’s regional and national stages.
The squad were quick to prove their regional dominance through smashing the Regional Group Stage and securing first seed (for playoffs) by winning all games but one. In the Regional Playoffs 3-0’d UTS to punch their ticket to Nationals alongside their rivals WSU.
However, not everything was rose-tinted for the boys. The Nationals Group Stage was vastly more difficult than expected, with notably heavy 0-2 losses to Monash University (last year’s champions) and Queensland University of Technology (agreed to be the strongest team). UNSW found themselves nearing the bottom seed for playoffs.
In quarterfinals, UNSW were up against the University of Auckland. Losing the first game, it felt like the wolfpack’s Unigames run was just never meant to be. However, a surprise pocket-pick Karma from Xternal switched up the tempo of the series and granted them the reverse sweep. Speaking to Xternal after the game, he described the Karma pick as him going back to what he plays best in order to let his teammates play with the highest level of confidence.
However, there was no time for celebration as UNSW had to then face the behemoth of the Queensland University of Technology. Not only did they aforementioned 2-0 the boys in yellow in groups, but they were also undefeated with all their players competing together in the same OCS (Oceanic Challenger Series) team. UNSW had to produce OCS-level gameplay in order to win the series.
And they did. Not only that, but also in a hyper-dominant 2-0 blaze with spectacular carry performances from baddie’s dextrous Kai’sa (13/5/9 in Game 1) and Glup’s reliable Cho’gath (10/0/6 in Game 2).
They’ve beaten their rivals, they’ve beaten the top teams, and now it was eventually time for them to fight against the champions. With a week to prepare, UNSW had to find a way to overthrow Monash University in a bo5. Not only would a win here make them the Unigames champions, but it would also book them a ticket to Xian, China to play in the 2018 International College Cup.
For UNSW’s finest, this final series would finally give them to opportunity to show that they are the greatest university team. They will be fighting it out live in Riot HQ, the poetically perfect battlefield for these young warriors. However, it is not only glory which is at stake; not only would a win here make them the Unigames champions, but it would also punch them a ticket to Xian, China to play in the 2018 International College Cup. This is especially important as this is OCE's first time being invited to the prestigious tournament - a sign that the League of Legends scene is finally recognising Oceania's talent. The opportunity to play world-class as a world-class player is dangling in front of UNSW, and they are in position to pounce.
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Written by Kenzo “Neo Tokyo Floral” Jeanson [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]