Published on January 6th, 2016 | by admin
OPL ESPORTS SEASON BEGINS & GRAND FINAL VENUE ANNOUNCED
Riot Games Oceania has today revealed changes to the Oceanic Pro League (OPL), League of Legends professional esports league in Oceania, and the venue for the hotly anticipated 2016 Grand Final.
OPL, which will start on January 18, is shifting to a new best-of-three format (Bo3). To accommodate the move to Bo3, the league will now be broadcast three nights per week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6pm (AEST) on twitch.tv/RiotGamesOceania for a total of ten weeks.
The Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS) and Oceanic Open Ladder (OOL), the feeder leagues into the OPL, will also have a makeover, becoming round robins rather than tournaments.
“We’ve made some fundamental improvements to how our three leagues function and interconnect,” commented Daniel Ringland, esports Manager, Riot Games Oceania.
“The new OPL structure provides the foundations to support the growth of our teams into strong clubs with passionate supporters, while the changes to the OCS and OOL create greater opportunities for the next generation of pro players, ensuring cleaner transition to top-level play and raising the skill ceiling of our leagues.”
Following the success of the 2015 OPL Grand Final at Luna Park Sydney, which saw over 10,000 attendees, the Courier-Mail Piazza in Brisbane has been chosen as the venue for the 2016 Grand Final. Slated for August 13, the final will feature a best-of-five match between the top two teams from Split 2 and the champion will qualify for the International Wildcard Qualifier for a crack at Worlds. Ticket details for the Grand Final will be announced later this year so players have plenty of time to plan their attendance.
Check out the infographic for a round-up of what the 2016 Season will look like in Oceania.