META Regional Finals Recap

The META High School Esports Regional Finals for 2019 were held over the last two weeks.

After twelve weeks of online play, the best two League of Legends and Rocket League teams in every region qualified to play the grand finals in front of a live audience in their respective state.

It was a great experience for both the students and audience, with parents, teachers, and friends coming along to support their school.

In each region, the day kicked off with the Best-of-5 Rocket League Final, before moving on to the Best-of-3 League of Legends match, with giveaways for the audience in between.

New South Wales

The New South Wales Finals, held at Torrens University in Sydney, kicked off with the Rocket League final between Kiama High School and Canley Vale High School. Kiama got off to a strong start, taking the first game, before an overtime win for Canley Vale drew the series at 1-1. However, Kiama proved too strong and took out the next two games, securing the victory with a 3-1 series score.

In the League of Legends final, Caringbah High took the first game comfortably, with Blakehurst High School fighting back and forcing the series to the decider game. The run home for Blakehurst proved to be an easy one, as they put on a stunning performance to secure first place in the NSW League of Legends division.

Victoria

Victoria Regional Finals were held at Torrens University in Melbourne. To start off the day, Bayside Christian College’s Bayside Raiders were up against St Bernard’s College (SBC) in Rocket League. SBC started off the series with a decisive first game but Bayside Raiders caught up with two games of their own. With SBC tying up the series at 2-2, the fifth game was a nailbiting overtime match, which ended with the Bayside Raiders taking the victory.

For League of Legends, we had Melbourne High School’s Maroon vs Reservoir High School’s Varrock. MHS Maroonshowed off some great strategic ability throughout the series with a bottom lane Sona and Taric in game one and a bottom lane Pantheon and Taliyah in game two, which lead them to a 2-0 victory 

New Zealand

New Zealand Regional Finals were held at the NZ Media Design School with Mount Albert Grammar sporting both teams for the Rocket League finals between MRLC and Pureial. Pureial lead game one with a close 4-3 scoreline, followed by a nailbiting 2-1 score for game two, but momentum struck and Pureial closed out the series with a 7-3 goal-fest. 

In the League of Legends final, Rangitoto, who were up against Avondale College, had a strong showing lead by GuaPi, who plays for Gravitas in the Oceanic Challenger Series. Off the back of a strong game one, momentum was on the side of Rangitoto, who pushed on and secured the 2-0 victory.

South Australia/Northern Territory

South Australia and the Northern Territory held their regionals at Northern Sound System in Adelaide. For Rocket League, the two teams were Unley High School vs Sandal Squad, Unley High School’s ‘Delusion’ is a competitive player and recently placed fourth in the RLCS Season 7: Gfinity Rocket League Oceanic Masters. Unley High School took the field by storm and with 6-0, 4-1 and 5-0 scores, they took out the Regional Championship title. 

The League of Legends final saw Adelaide High School’s T1 take on Nazareth College. T1 picked a Sona + Taric composition which allowed them to show great strength in team fights. In game two, they had Tahm Kench in the Top Lane made a massive difference for Adelaide High, who closed out the final with a 2-0 victory.

Western Australia

At Escape Portal in Perth, Southern River College was up against Applecross Senior High School in the Rocket League final. The series went back and forth into overtime in the game five decider, which SRC managed to take out, scoring the winning goal after three minutes.

The League of Legends final between PMS Senior and HibikiFC was played in a Bo5, with Senior taking the series 3-1 to secure the Regional Championship.

Tasmania

Held at the Cooldown Esports Lounge in Hobart, the Tasmania Regional Finals were League of Legends only. In a battle between two teams from the same school, Elizabeth College 1 came out on top with a 2-0 victory over their mates from Elizabeth College 2 to claim the title of Regional Champion.

Queensland

The League of Legends Regional Finals were held at the University of Queensland. Kelvin Grove State College, undefeated since the start of the competition, faced off against Calamvale Community College, overcoming a delayed start to remain undefeated as well. Kelvin Grove took the win 2-0 over Calamvale, continuing their dominance displayed throughout the season.”