ESL and Guinevere Capital have revealed the eight teams chosen to participate in the inaugural season of the League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO). The teams will be Dire Wolves, Gravitas, Pentanet.GG, Mammoth, The Chiefs, ORDER, Avant Gaming, and Legacy Esports.
Announced earlier this month, the new tournament becomes the premier League of Legends esports event in the Oceanic region after Riot Games pulled the plug on the Oceanic Pro League (OPL) last year. The competition will begin on February 23rd with the aforementioned teams competing in a double round-robin format over the course of eight weeks and 19 days of play. By the conclusion of the regular season, the bottom three teams will have been eliminated, at which point the five remaining teams will advance through a double playoff system. Winners will be awarded the title of inaugural LCO champions and a place at the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI).
Peter Du, LCO League Manager and Senior Project Manager at ESL Australia commented: “Raise your koalas, because competitive Oceanic League of Legends is back. We’re excited to build up the LCO and create the strongest and most entertaining League of Legends competition that the region has ever seen. This is a new opportunity for Oceanic League of Legends talent to step up and begin their pathway to the world stage, while playing in the sort of competition that every LoL esports fan wants to watch.”
All matches of the LCO will be broadcast live from ESL’s new esports studios in Sydney, Australia. Audiences will be able to watch the action on multiple platforms, including the official LCO Twitch channel. When the LCO was first announced, ESL stated that fans should expect a mix of familiar faces and newcomers to the analyst desk and broadcast team.
Dave Harris, Managing Director of Guinevere Capital added: “It’s taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage and we really want to thank all the players, teams, brands and fans who are ensuring 2021 is Oceania’s biggest year yet for competitive LoL.”