Melbourne Order took home the season one trophy for the Gfinity Elite Series, but with a heap of new talent coming from the challenger series and a few shake-ups in the draft, the other teams are looking to level the playing field.
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Chiefs have defeated their rivals, Legacy, three games to two to claim the OPL split 1 champion title.
The Chiefs dominated the first two games with beautiful macro play and decisive objective control on the map. Swiffer was playing out of his mind and quickly became the favourite after going without deaths on Varus and Azir.
Fans and viewers were left wondering if it was to be a 3-0 clean-sweep over Legacy, however, Legacy came back with two wins in a row to level the series and bring it to a final game.
With momentum on their side, whispers of a Legacy reverse sweep were in the air and nerves arose. Raydere was starting to make positioning errors, which he is not known to do. Legacy were finding opportunities and taking them one-by-one.
Chiefs took a lead in game five, and never let go, despite the game threatening to teeter in the balance of Legacy. It wasn’t until a final pentakill by Raydere which sealed the fate of the Legacy squad.
The series had everything OPL fans had come to expect, with Chief’s controlling play style to decisive calls by Carbon and each player playing up and above their expectations. However, some would wonder if Legacy could have taken the top spot if they had their season ADC k1ng in, rather than Cardrid.
k1ng, who was the ADC for Legacy this split, was suspended for five games (including the five grand finals games), for incidents occurring in-game and on social media. One of the driving forces on the Legacy line-up, Legacy fans are left wondering what could’ve been.
The Chiefs will now travel to Mexico City to compete against other Wildcard regions for a chance to compete with the world’s elite regions at May’s Mid Season Invitational, which will be held in Shanghai this year.
For a detailed outline , check out the post-match discussion thread on the League of Legends subreddit.
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