League of Legends: The Very First Oceania Pro League Launched by Riot
Riot Games has launched the very first Oceania Pro League (OPL) for LoL. OPL has kicked-off and will see eight teams facing each other over a 7 week-split.
Top five teams go further while bottom three are going to face relegation. Teams have an opportunity to win $64,000. That means each split has a prize pool of $32,000. On top of that, players will receive $100 match fee for each game they participate in.
Daniel Ringland, eSports manager stated: “We have some amazing talent in this region and they are only going to get better in a professional league.”
While Ben de Rider, eSports co-ordinator added:
“Our ultimate goal is to see an Oceanic team win at Worlds. We’re not on the same level as some of the larger regions yet, but you should never underestimate a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis.”
Moreover, winning team of Split 1 will take a trip to Turkey to represent Oceania during the International Wildcard Invitational.
If the team manages to win in Istanbul they will have a guaranteed place at the Mid-Season Invitational to face teams from North America, Korea and more.
As for Split 2, it will run from May to August and the champion will compete in Wildcard qualifier for World Championships.
Split 1 starts today and you can join-in on the action through twitch. Complete broadcast schedule is listed below:
Round 01: Thursday, February 5
6:00PM – Chiefs vs Legacy
7:00PM – 4Not vs Legacy
8:00PM – Chiefs vs Sudden Fear
9:00PM – Sudden Fear vs 4Not
Round 02: Monday, February 9
6:00PM – Avant Garde vs Dire Wolves
7:00PM – Rich Gang vs Avant Garde
8:00PM – Dire Wolves vs Team Immunity
9:00PM – Team Immunity vs Rich Gang