Rift Rivals is a series of international League of Legends tournaments, split between multiple regions. Teams from each region battle against rivals from nearby regions for their Rift Title.
This year’s event was split into five tournaments, held in Sydney (called Pacific Rivals), Dailan, Ho Chi Minh City, Sao Paulo and Los Angeles.
So basically, the teams that placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd last in their split had to put their rivalries aside and work together to represent their region. Team work makes the dream work!
I was in Sydney this week to watch the action live!
Here are the teams in order from 1st to 3rd place, based on last split performance:
OCE: Dire Wolves, Chiefs, Legacy
LJL: Pentagram, DetonatioN FocusMe, Unsold Stuff Gaming
SEA: Ascension Gaming, Kuala Lumpur Hunters, Mineski
So how did we go? I’ve got the low down for you below!
Day 1 – Group Stage
- Chiefs vs DetonatioN FocusMe – Chiefs Win
- Mineski vs Unsold Stuff Gaming – Mineski Win
- Pentagram vs Chiefs – Pentagram Win
- Kuala Lumpur Hunters vs Dire Wolves – Dire Wolves Win
- Ascension Gaming vs Pentagram – Ascension Win
South East Asia and Oce both played strongly and ended the day with tied scores.
SEA: 2W 1L
OPL 2W 1L
LJL 1W 3L
Here’s my favourite clip from Day 1:
Day 2 – Group Stage
- Legacy vs Unsold Stuff Gaming – Legacy Win
- Chiefs vs Kuala Lumpur Hunters – Chiefs Win
- Dire Wolves vs DetonatioN FocusMe – Dire Wolves Win
- Pentagram vs Kuala Lumpur Hunters – Kuala Lumpur Win
- Dire Wolves vs Ascension Gaming – Dire Wolves Win
With no defeats Day 2, Oceania was guaranteed a spot in the grand final. Japan had a very tough Day 3 ahead of them in order to make the finals.
OPL: 6W 1L
SEA: 3W 3L
LJL: 1W 6L
My favourite clip from Day 2:
Day 3 – Group Stage
- Kuala Lumpur Hunters vs DetonatioN FocusMe – DetonatioN Win
- Ascension Gaming vs. The Chiefs – Chiefs Win
- Mineski vs. Legacy Esports – Mineski Win
- Ascension vs. DetonatioN FocusMe – DetonantioN Win
- Dire Wolves vs. PENTAGRAM – Dire Wolves Win
And with Day 3 coming to a close, South East Asia were joining Oceania in the Grand final!
OPL: 8W 2L
SEA: 4W 6L
LJL: 3W 7L
My favourite clip from Day 3:
Day 4 – Grand Final
ヽʕ •ᴥ•ʔﾉ Raise Your Koalas ヽʕ •ᴥ•ʔﾉ
The format of the Grand Final is a unique one: a best of five in which teams must play a minimum of one game each, but are blind picked by the region. So both regions have no idea which enemy team they are versing until they are on stage.
Dire Wolves put themselves up first against 3rd seed Mineski.
Up until this point DW hadn’t lost a game so it seemed like an easy win. That was not the case, and they unfortunately got demolished within 25 mins.
The second game was Legacy’s turn to shine, in a nail biting fourty minute game.
They had a very strong early game, but Ascension’s team grew stronger with time, and with a lot of sloppy fights initiated by Legacy, Ascension were about to win the game.
Claire pulled out all the stops with Zoe and took on the enemies 1 v 4, killing two and “sleeping” the others. That gave enough time for Legacy to get back on their feet and close back the game after one last hurrah at the Dragon Pit.
Check out Claire’s amazing game saving performance!
During the third game, Chiefs beat the Kuala Lumpur Hunters in a very crisp game, and were chosen again to play the next game.
The fourth game showed off the Chief’s skilful and clean performance and gave Oceania our first international title!
ヽʕ •ᴥ•ʔﾉ Raise Your Koalas ヽʕ •ᴥ•ʔﾉ FOR OCEANIA!
My favourite clip of the grand final was Ry0ma’s pentakill!
MVP of the tournament:
The Chiefs Brandon “Swip3rr” Holland
Fun fact: He got his name from Dora the Explorer’s nemesis, Swiper.
He was on a roll for almost all of the tournament, but his Mundo in the last game of the grand final showed that Swip3rr goes where he pleases.
What are Mundo’s ABCs of success? Always Be Cleaving.
For other Rift Rival events check out their Twitch account (there are heaps on at the moment).
OPL split 2 resumes soon! Be sure to watch to see homegrown talent battle it out. Winner of this split heads to the prestigious Worlds tournament in Korea.
Aim for the stars,
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