Riot Games may not be a household name like some studios around the world, but they are far and above one of the most popular, one game put them on the map and now League of Legends has given Australian fans something incredible, the IWCA Championship.
Thousands of fans at Margaret Court Arena and HOYTS cinemas across the Australia and New Zealand watched CIS' Mykhailo 'Kira' Harmash take out Latin America's Ali 'Seiya' Bracamontes in the 1v1 grand final, securing a 100 points for his region and cementing the championship crown before the 5v5 showdown.
“The moment I knew we were going to win is when Turkey lost the 1v1 tournament early on. After this I thought, 1v1 tournament, easy,” said CIS mid-laner Mykhailo 'Kira' Harmash.
“In Los Angeles, I hope I will win the 1v1 tournament and hope we will not loose to all teams and that we will win some 5v5 games.”
Although Turkey won the 5v5 grand final in a tense 3-1 battle, none of the Turkish players made the top 8 of the 1v1 tournament, giving them 90 points overall.
“My only regret is that I wish I picked Ahri instead of Karma. Then maybe I could of won my 1v1 as Ahri is my most played champion. I guess the better team goes to LA,” commented Turkey support Mustafa Kemal "Dumbledoge" Gökseloğlu.
Unfortunately, Oceania’s hopes ended when both Tim ‘Carbon’ Wendel and Aaron ‘ChuChuZ’ Bland lost their 1v1 quarterfinal game.
Good luck to all those who are moving onto LA and a big thanks to Riot for letting Dimitri attend.