UNSW Rumble Semifinals!

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UNSW Rumble Semifinals!

It's semifinals time! The best four teams of UNSW are ready to fight to be crowned and heralded as the best! However, there would be only two teams to remain...

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Series 1: Flexing on Kenzo 2k18 vs Andy in Lane Omegalul

The first game of the semifinals between Team “Flexing on Kenzo 2k18” and Team “Andy in Lane Omegalul” began with some forensically strategic picks and a standard opening game characterized by a lack of aggression… perhaps a calm before the storm?

First blood went to team Andy at the 9 minutes mark, where Virtus’ Tahm Kench tongue punched a fleeing Lucian (Satan Blaze) and snagged up a hefty 400 gold lead for team Andy. Despite failing to obtain first blood themselves, team Flexing on Kenzo picked up their pace and immediately showed some early game dominance in the preceding 10 minutes. Yet this turbulent game showed no lack of surprises, as many fights in the bottom lane turned the tide back into team Andy in Lane’s favor. As one kill led to another, team Andy in Lane was comfortably getting picks on futile defenders in a middle lane siege.

For a while it seemed like momentum would keep this pace going, but this rollercoaster of a game once again got turned upside down when a heated engage in the topside jungle of team Flexing on Kenzo demonstrated the chemistry between Megablacker’s Taric and Satanblaze’s Lucian.

On the back of this fight, team Flexing on Kenzo swept the game, taking the victory and ending it with a 5.5k gold lead.

We talked to the players after the games, and some shared their mentalities coming into the semi-finals:

“Considering the fact that andy in lane omegalul were on a winning streak and had not lost yet, we weren’t really expecting much so we kind of went in 4fun not caring whether we won or lost.”  -  PORTR1D (Top laner of Team Kenzo)

 

The team captain of team Andy “Virtus” provided some possible insight as to why his team had failed to secure a victory:

Early game lb’s (“little rain drops” of team Andy) reckless flash/ignite cost her the entire laning phase, losing xp, levels, back timings and most importantly lane pressure allowing kassadin (“awkwardcane” of team Kenzo) to scale and making the counterpick effectively useless.”  -  Virtus (Jungler of Team Kenzo)

 

PORTR1D of team Kenzo then explains a vital factor in their teams hard-earned victory:

“This (team Andy’s failure to ban Evelynn) allowed Sexymario258 (Evelynn, jungler of team Kenzo) to pop off and apply pressure on one of her stronger picks that have been constantly banned previously due to its sheer oppressiveness and tendency to make team ff15 in soloq."  -  PORTR1D

 

Series 2: Front line adc Desmond 1v9s and throws vs buying gf.

Whilst the semifinal clash between Team “Flexing on Kenzo 2k18” and “Andy in Lane Omegalul” was much anticipated, the match between Team “Front line adc Desmond 1v9s and throws” vs. Team “buying gf” looked to be a much less exciting affair. An obligatory match, if you will, for Team Desmond (Group A, 1st seed) as they ploughed towards the finals. Their most recent game together lasted a mere 25 minutes, with Team buying gf unable to secure a single turret. It really makes you consider the level of the teams in this tournament, such as Add super top laner Kenzo if you are cute Asian egirl 18+ only, who were arguably crushed harder in a 2 – 0 sweep against buying gf.

However, Team buying gf looked to be on the upswing after recent roster changes, especially with the addition of star jungler and shotcaller Enkikx I Blink, whose brilliant Vi play propelled the team to a surprise win over Team Add super top laner Kenzo if you are cute Asian egirl, 18+ only in the quarterfinals. A fitting rival, surely, for Team Desmond’s carry jungler (A Superminion), who left group stages with the most kills, and an absurd kda of 10.

The game started slowly, with Team buying gf only securing first turret bounty at 15 minutes following a well-executed dive on Zedmond’s Xayah. However, Shaco’s (A Superminion) pressure topside soon led to a simple trade of structures.

Dragons were slain, and kills traded, but both teams stood even until an attempted pick onto Nocturne (Enkikx I Blink) went awry. A narrow escape. A fiery Pyroclasm. A deadly onslaught of autos. In a flash, Team buying gf had secured three kills and moments later, an uncontested baron.

Having amassed a 5k gold lead, Team buying gf were attempting their second baron until a decisive Rakan engage interrupted their efforts. The fight looked over as quickly as it began, after a piercing flurry of Xayah feathers and a Voice of Light from Aurelion Sol melted through red health bars. A clutch turnaround by Gnar and Brand, however, redeemed the seemingly lost fight, ultimately leading to an even trade of kills. Though in the turmoil of the fight, Shaco had stolen Baron.

Through strategic wave manipulation, Team buying gf earned another free Elder Dragon and crushed the ensuing team fight, thanks again to the devastating AoE of Twitch and Brand. Capitalising on the numbers advantage, they cracked open the inhibitors of blue base before they were forced to beat a retreat.

Minutes later, buffed with the third baron of the game, red team looked set to pull off an unlikely win until their overzealous attempt to finish ended with them being aced. However, the damage had been done, the blue base lay in shambles save for a single respawned inhibitor.

For each advantage red side eked out, Team Desmond doggedly stood their ground. Every baron siege halted by a clutch assassination. Every supposed team fight win countered by brilliant Xayah positioning.

With both kills and gold dead even at 56 minutes into the game, the match was poised on a knife’s edge. The deciding fight occurred as both teams postured for the third Elder dragon of the game.

The abrupt conclusion of the fight felt perhaps unfitting for such a tight contest, but Team Desmond faced no qualms taking the win. A win everybody expected but no one saw coming after they conceded three Barons, two Elder Dragons and every structure in their base.

When asked about deciding factors of the game, Enkikx I Blink (Team buying gf’s jungler) picked an unlikely candidate. It was not the troublesome Shaco who burst Twitch at key moments, nor the cerebral Xayah play with 34% share of the team’s damage, but rather the oft-overlooked support.

 “[Rakan’s] engages and cc he brought just destroyed our options…if I had to pick an mvp for game 1, it’s definitely their Rakan”  -  Enkikx I Blink

 

He went on to praise the enemy comp, especially the hidden synergies between champions such as Aurelion Sol and Xayah, though identified the lack of co-ordination in teamfights as an issue. Nyxia Eternal (Team buying gf’s toplaner) similarly identified teamfighting as a factor in their loss.

“For some reason that day, we all seemed to want to shotcall… [it] didn’t hurt in laning but when it got to team fights, we were toast” Nyxia Eternal

 

Zedmond (Team Desmond’s ADC) commended the enemy team’s early game jungle pressure. Whilst his team was far behind for much of the game, he recognised their late game win condition.

We eventually were able to come back and get the win because the entire team was committed to our shot calling and we picked key moments in the game where we knew we had no choice but to fight”  - Zedmond

 

In some ways, the game showcased a team snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. In many other ways, however, this was a showcase of their individual talent and skirmishing prowess. Team buying gf entered champ select as definite underdogs; on the rift, however, they showed no signs of submission. Though they tragically fell at the last hurdle, it was a match often characterised by intelligent play from both teams, and thrilling team fights to be remembered.

 

Thanks go to all four teams who played in this series! We hope that it was enjoyable for both players and viewers! Be sure to check our our socials for the upcoming article on finals and more League content!

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Written by Colby "kobe lu" Lu [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]
and  Stephen "PHANSCENETH" Chan [2018 Marketing (Media) Subcommittee]
Edited by Kenzo
"Neo Tokyo Floral" Jeanson [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]

 

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2018 LOLSOC SEMESTER 2 BBQ #2 RECAP

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2018 LOLSOC SEMESTER 2 BBQ #2 RECAP

As we find ourselves halfway through September, you can almost taste the coming of spring in the air. What better time to mingle with fellow LOLSOC members over the sizzling of some snags?

Our second BBQ for 2018 ran from 12 to 2pm on August 17th. As usual our prime location attracted flocks of eager students from all across campus – They sure kept our cookers busy!

 The scent of sausages wafting in the air – The place was buzzing by 1pm!

The scent of sausages wafting in the air – The place was buzzing by 1pm!

This BBQ saw more non-LOLSOC students turn up than previous events; a good sign that LOLSOC is appealing to a more general audience! When sausages are simply free for all arc members, it’s hard to resist strolling over for a quick snack. With people coming to partake from such a diverse range of academic backgrounds and hobbies, we’re glad League of Legends has become such an approachable society.

 Mustard, deal with it.

Mustard, deal with it.

Once again, we’d like to thank to the executives and Events subcommittee for planning/running our semester 2 BBQ. It was a huge success, thanks in no small part to those who attended – LOLSOC would be nothing without its members. Please keep an eye out for future events to come, as well as an upcoming second semester 2 BBQ!

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Written by Colby "kobe lu" Lu [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]

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UNSW LoLSoc Trivia Night

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UNSW LoLSoc Trivia Night

Huzzah! One of our biggest events of the year recently took place on Friday the 11th of May 2018. We would like to say a huge thanks to all who came to our annual UNSW LoLSoc Trivia Night and participated; It was incredibly rewarding to see so many faces new and old.

 

The evening started with a bang as participants poured into Tyree G16 and comfortably shifted into their places of trios, where some amusing team names were decided upon. As the room buzzed to life with the matchmaking done, the first round of questions began, and our contestants got straight down to work!

 Here is a moment of everybody enjoying the awesome plays on Stealthix's montage vide amidst the friendly competition of Trivia Night.

Here is a moment of everybody enjoying the awesome plays on Stealthix's montage vide amidst the friendly competition of Trivia Night.

Round one was a flurry of ability name questions that left some of our contestants scratching their heads, and others with a light bulb on top. Numerous teams raced to fill their answer sheets as the 30 second timer for each question ticked away in the background, as well as a Vayne montage of our very own Stealthix from Sydney Battlegrounds 2018: Intense!  

 The team logo design sessions saw some highly creative designs and drawings!

The team logo design sessions saw some highly creative designs and drawings!

As the stakes increased with increasingly more points on offer, the teams with outstanding game knowledge made themselves known. On the other hand, those who lacked knowledge used their superb game sense (aka gut feeling) to make up the gap!

 

Many teams took some time to draw a representation of what League meant to them: whether to grab some bonus points or express their inner meme, some of these art pieces left us in stitches!

 The winning team logo. Come back Teemo (aka Kkoma)!

The winning team logo. Come back Teemo (aka Kkoma)!

With the night coming to an end, the top two tied teams battled it out for first place with a game of pictionary. After a grueling duel between team Lochsoc and team GLUPUPUPUPUP, the former came out on top and took 1st place, winning a mystery gift for each of them! The runner-up took home some Poro mugs and a Darius figurine, leaving 3rd place with perhaps the best prize of them all; coaching from some of LoLSoc’s top players!

 The winning team, Lochsoc. Congratulations on coming 1st and winning some handy RP for new skins!

The winning team, Lochsoc. Congratulations on coming 1st and winning some handy RP for new skins!

Congratulations to team “Lochsoc”, “GLUPUPUPUPUP” and “The Placidium“ for winning 1st ,2nd and 3rd place respectively! It was hard fought and certainly well deserved.

 

Shout out to our hard-working execs and subcommittee members who put the night together – as well as you guys! It could not have been such a wholesome experience without you all.

 

We sincerely hope you all had a blast at Trivia Night and can’t wait to see you at our next event! Make sure to follow us on social media for more fun events like this:

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By Colby “kobe lu” Lu [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]

 

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UNSW LoLSoc Social LAN: Newbie Day

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UNSW LoLSoc Social LAN: Newbie Day

It was an incredibly successful day for Social LAN at Wangyu Cafe on Saturday 28th April from 12pm to 5pm. Thank you to all the members that turned up during the event and enjoyed the chance to pick up some cool tricks from our coaching event.
 

 Look at the cheerful faces of our execs and subcoms. We hope you also left the event with these awesome smiles!

Look at the cheerful faces of our execs and subcoms. We hope you also left the event with these awesome smiles!

Starting from 12pm, members were already lining up waiting to be allocated a computer to begin their 5 hours of exciting League adventures. Everyone was eager to get into the games and queue up with other members. These games included the customary normals, some custom matches and even the odd ranked games. Hopefully you had a great day and gained some important LP!

 

Besides the casual games though, UNSW LoLSoc was also hosting a coaching event which was greatly received by many members. Many players were able to learn many important tips on how to improve their in-game macro decision making which would be greatly beneficial for their climb for the remainder of the season. A special shoutout must go to Adrian “Morale” Guo & David “ozo1329” Li, our events directors for organising and running this awesome session.

 Time to get down to business! Everyone was busily absorbed in their games.

Time to get down to business! Everyone was busily absorbed in their games.


During the Social Lan, the members of the 2018 Sydney Battlegrounds champion team, ‘Add ozo if u r e-girl’ turned up and enjoyed some casual games with the members. It was great to see all the member and team interaction. Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the event included our very own Vice President - Operations, Kathy “sexymario258” Xu, challenging the team’s midlaner, Johnny “XternalRageX” Xiao to a 1v1 where she was soundly defeated.

 

 The Sydney Battlegrounds team also made a surprise visit. Here is a picture before our very own Vice President - Operations was beaten in her 1v1 challenge. Look at her smile before it disappeared from that ill-advised challenge.

The Sydney Battlegrounds team also made a surprise visit. Here is a picture before our very own Vice President - Operations was beaten in her 1v1 challenge. Look at her smile before it disappeared from that ill-advised challenge.

The event also saw tons of small goodies handed out, including prizes for general attendance and most improved. Congratulations to Iain Lew and Joshua Sumskas for winning $10 RP each!

 

We hope you enjoyed this event and we can’t wait to see you at our next event! To keep up to date with UNSW LoLSoc please follow us at:


Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/UNSWLoLSociety/

 

Discord:     

http://www.unswlolsoc.com/discord/

 

Written by Alex "Aldiko9" Wong [2018 Marketing (Publications) Director]

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Week 7 Friendly Friday: FF@20

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Week 7 Friendly Friday: FF@20

Thank you for all who attended the Friendly Friday event on 20th April 2018 8pm – 10pm.

With an attendance of over 35 players it was a great success as we played to our hearts content with a variety of games including a custom 5v5s, ARAMs and some blind pick games.

There were tons of INTeresting plays which will forever be enshrined in the memories of those who witnessed that glorious moment. There are even rumours that some players may have clipped them to show off to their friends of those "once-in-a-lifetime" plays which would have drawn instant approvals undoubtedly. We hope that you had great fun at the event and perhaps even making some new friends in the process!

Remember to always give feedback if needed and we all hope to see you all later at our next event on the Rift!

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By Daniel "Arvosa" Wong [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]

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2018 UNSW LoLSoc Semester 1 BBQ #1 Recap

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2018 UNSW LoLSoc Semester 1 BBQ #1 Recap

April 7th marked our first BBQ of the semester!

The event was held from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Library Lawn. Whether it was to find new friends, glorious free food, or (for some) finally getting fed, League enthusiasts from all over UNSW came over to have a snag.

 Three keen members enjoying the free food and glorious sunshine.

Three keen members enjoying the free food and glorious sunshine.

What was nice was how everybody who came was so keen and outgoing. We had Challenger players talking to new, inexperienced players looking to learn more about the game, and Bronze Execs walking around trying to learn everyone’s names. Many people who I personally knew as the shyer types were beginning to crack out of their shell and were talking to the most extroverted people that you’d find. It really painted the picture that rank is not a prerequisite when it comes to making new friendships

 Our BBQ volunteers craving at the opportunity to get fed (for once)!

Our BBQ volunteers craving at the opportunity to get fed (for once)!

In fact, our turnout was so positive that we actually ran out of snags halfway through the event! Luckily though, we were able to buy more from IGA (I guess we’ll have to keep track of that for our next BBQ). It really was rewarding to see such a positive display of community engagement.

 ~ Our President and Vice President (Operations) feeding as usual ~

~ Our President and Vice President (Operations) feeding as usual ~

Shout out to the Exec and Events team for organising the BBQ. It was a fun, wholesome time and was a huge opportunity for League Players of any background and skill level to interact!

Also, special thanks to everyone who came! You guys are the reason why we can continue to be a hub for all things League-related 😊

Make sure to follow us on social media for more fun events like this:

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By Kenzo "MEME REVIEW" Jeanson [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]

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