After a dynamic LCO (League Circuit Oceania) season, Pentanet GG and Peace faced off in the 2021 Split 2 Grand Final. Peace confidently came away with the victory earning their place to represent Oceania internationally at the League of Legends World Championship in Europe this October.
Split 2 of the 2021 LCO season was action packed. Compared to Split 1 2021, where Split 1 winners Pentanet had only dropped 1 game leading in to the playoffs, competition during Split 2 was fierce. Pentanet and Peace had faced tough competition, with Peace fighting through the lower bracket playoffs for their place in the grand final.
Peace had 2 new members join their line up after Split 1 – James “Tally” Shute and Leo “Babip” Romer, who had competed in Oceania with Legacy in the 2020 League of Legends season. Both Tally and Babip competed at Worlds last year, and had recently returned to Australia after playing with North American teams earlier this year.
With the new line-up Peace had an eventful season, and was able secure the grand final win this split. Peace defeated Pentanet 3-0 in the grand final best of five series. Peace take away $15,000 USD in prize money.
Peace will advance to play internationally at the League of Legends World Championships. Last year Worlds 2020 took place in China, following strict protocols for player safety. Due to increased planning complexity with the Delta variant and travel restrictions, and other COVID related protocols and policies, the 2021 Worlds event has been moved to Europe.
Mid-laner for Peace, “Tally”, shared his thoughts on the Split 2 win. “I’m really grateful to be champion again and have the opportunity to represent Oceania at Worlds. I’m really excited to play on the main stage again, especially since it’s my second time and I have prior knowledge about how to prepare and what to expect. I will bring the best version of myself and my teammates, and hope we have a good showing.”
The overall success of the first year of operations for the LCO has been celebrated. League Manager Peter Du shared, “What we’ve been able to accomplish with the help of our partners, sponsors, teams, and fans is nothing short of extraordinary. From a league that didn’t exist less than 9 months ago, we’ve managed to create Australia & New Zealand’s most watched esports product to date this year, and shape it into a sustainable platform for growth. We look forward to watching Peace represent our region at Worlds later this year, and hopefully continue to break new records for OCE.”