[By Luqman Abdullah]
The Garena League of Legends Campus League was announced in late June as a tournament between any school team in Malaysia that was willing to take part. The tournament began with a series of group stages that took place in locations across Malaysia. At the qualifier that took place at Sunway Blitzone, Matthew “Camou” Chan, Joseph “iSg.MyLunar” Saw, Justin “Jarlax” Tung, Zi Yang “Cheras Lasthope” Chan and Emmanuel “Emmanuel” Lim, coasted to a convincing first place finish, taking the entire tournament without dropping a single match, qualifying them for the tournament stage of the Campus League.
The tournament stage was played out in a best of 3 format versus some of the best players in Malaysia, including Wilson Chin “TaintedOne” Wei Song, Solomen “Mashiro” Cheah and Soo Jiun “Bexy” Ming, all of whom have featured in Malaysia’s professional league. The team went on to win their first round matchup 2-1, and took on TaintedOne and Bexy’s team in the next round, beating them 2-0 to reserve their spot in the finals where they will face off against Chung Ling High School’s team from Penang which features members of one of the longest standing Garena clans in Malaysia, “Coup De Grace”.
The finals will be held on 5 September at the Orange Arena, and while both teams are very confident, Taylor’s University’s team captain Kuok-Han says that there may be something more valuable than first place at work. “No matter what happens we still come out of this closer than before and that’s what gaming is about, pulling people closer [together]”. The prizes of the tourney include RM 2,500 and 5x Apple iPads.
For those who are interested, you can watch the Taylor’s University League of Legends Campus League team’s semifinals matches here.