Monash University has continued its great form in League of Legends, having one team win the grand final, in the University eSport League, and their second team finish third.
The tournament, run by GradConnection and ESL, has a total prize pool of $10,000, with the winner walking away with a cool $2000.
Starting early in semester 1, the tournament began with four qualifying cups (group stages), both Monash teams finished atop their group, staying undefeated.
After a series of knock-out games, the two Monash team’s found themselves playing each other for a spot in the grand final, guaranteeing Monash a chance at the gold medal.
|The entire Monash team posing for a photo before their grand final match against UTS, including Andrew Hong, Tommy Trieu, Morgan Khuu, Daniel Wang, Harrison Nguyen, and Team Organiser Eric Lee. Picture: ESM|
The Monash line-up for the grand final was - Andrew Hong (Business) – Top, Tommy Trieu (Busniess & Banking and Finance) – Jungle, Morgan Khuu (Busniess & Banking and Finance) – Mid, Daniel Wang (Computer Science and Commerce) – ADC, and Harrison Nguyen (Radiography and Medical Imaging) – Support.
The grand final was held on April 29, in Sydney, with Monash beating UTS 2 – 0.
Team Organiser Eric Lee (Business and Arts) reviewed the final “Game 1 was really close, Monash faced a massive deficit for much of the game, we essentially tried to stall the game and pick up little victories where we could, before we eventually came back to win.”
“In game 2 we got over our nerves and jitters, we played with confidence and ran away with a convincing win.”
|The Monash League of Legends team collecting their cheque for $2000, after their emphatic win in the University eSport League. Picture: ESL Australia|
Having won the inaugural League of Legends tournament at the 2016 Australian University Games (AUG) against QUT, Monash used the tournament to “scout out other universities, as well as send 2 teams to unearth talent,” said Eric.
Monash certainly unearthed some talent, having replaced 4 players from their winning AUG team.
With the 2017 Australian University Games drawing ever closer, Eric said “We’re confident in our ability, even though we replaced four players from a winning 2016 line-up.”
Monash sent an ominous warning to the rest of the competition, Monash is the team to beat.
Monash University congratulate the team on a great victory, and wish the team all the best heading into the 2017 AUG.