League of Origin comes to Sydney

Sydney will host the upcoming League of Legends: League of Origin play offs this weekend from Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11 where teams will come together to compete for the first time at Riot Studios.

The play offs will see teams compete against each other in a short, intense tournament with players stepping outside their regular season to play for their home state.

New South Wales will be represented in the tournament by their Captain, Brandon Holland, Jordan Middleton, Stephen Shi Yao Li, Victor Huang, Mitcherll Jayden Shaw, Aaron Bland, Brandon Alexander and their General Manager, Bryce Paule.

Two teams will then head to Melbourne to battle it out at Margaret Court Arena on November 17 to be crowned the 2019 League of Legends: League of Origin Champions.

In a State of Origin style tournament, teams from around the country, including New South Wales will compete against their foes in the battle grounds of League of Legends.

The AFL has come together in partnership with Riot Games to brings fans the first ever top-level League of Origins tournament at Margaret Court Arena. Connecting with Australian and News Zealand fans, people will have the opportunity to cheer on their state along with 4,000 other fans.

What is eSports?:

The term eSports refers to organised competitive gaming among professional players. There are many games that can be included in this space, however the most popular games are generally team-based multi-player games from the first-person aspect or multiplayer online battle arena genre (MOBG).

The audience of eSports can watch the event by either visiting the arena live or online through gaming broadcasters.

What is League of Legends?

League of Legends is fast-paced, action-packed, competitive online game that blends the speed and intensity of an RTS* with RPG* elements. With an ever-expanding roster of champions, frequent updates and a thriving tournament scene League of Legends offers endless re-playability for players of every skill level.

*Note: RTS (real-time strategy) is a sub-genre of strategy video games meaning the game does not progress incrementally in turns. In an RTS, players position and manoeuvre units, characters and structures under their control to secure areas of the map and/or destroy their opponents’ assets.

RPG (role-playing game) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. These games often place emphasis on character advancement more than collaborative storytelling.

How is League of Legends relatable to AFL?

Two teams of champions, each with a unique design and play-style, battle head-to-head across various battlefields and game modes.

Teams combine strategic thinking, lightening reflexes and coordinated team-play to defeat their enemies in both small-scale skirmished and intense 5v5 battles.

Prove your skills and compete with honour and players can receive special commendations from their peers in a reward for good sportsmanship.

Positions in League of Legends:

Jungler: The jungle lies between the lanes and is filled with neutral monsters that can be defeated for extra gold and temporary bluffs. A player who take on the role of jungler uses these resources as his primary source of income. Junglers typically roam between the lanes and come to the aid of their allies when needed.

Marksman/ADC: One of the most popular roles the ADC is responsible for causing serious damage. Their primary role is to take out the other team’s marksman and to do this they will need a very high damage output, including a high critical hit chance. Rely heavily on support.

Support: Primarily in the same lane as the ADC their role is to help protect, sustain and support the ADC. They will often have to sacrifice their life, hit points and gold to to protect the ADC. Also provide vision for their team.

Tank/Bruiser: A slow-moving champion the Tank can soak up damage from other champions and also help crowd control and can stun enemy ADC. Often the only member of the team who will have the defences needed to get to the enemy ADC without dying.

Mid Laner/APC: The APC (Ability Power Carry) can deal massive amount of damage and does not require support from other champions. Usually found in the mid lane allowing the player to get maximum XP while giving them great roamability.

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