The 2019 season for the META High School Esports Championship concluded in spectacular fashion with its grand final at the annual Melbourne Esports Open. After months of online play and regional finals, Blakehurst High School from New South Wales, and Rangitoto College from New Zealand were the two sides set to compete for the League of Legends trophy. With the stage set in Melbourne Arena, the two finalists took to the rift to determine the 2019 champion.
In game one, Rangitoto’s GuaPi put on a clinic, leading his team to victory with a 14/2/6 performance. Remarkable: While competing in META, GuaPi also played in the Oceanic Challenger Series under Gravitas Academy, placing 3rd-4th in playoffs.
After the dominant victory for Rangitoto in the first game, it looked to be a quick series. However, Blackhurst came out firing and managed to take out game two.
Taking their momentum into game three, Blackhurst put on a great showing to take the 2-1 lead in the Bo5 series.
But Rangitoto weren’t done yet. They fought hard and took out game four, which meant that we were going all the way to the decider match.
With the series nearing the four-hour mark after a marathon of close matches, the two teams hit the rift for one last time. It was GuaPi once again, who lifted his team with a 15/4/12 performance. Rangitoto were able to close out the grand final with a 3-2 series score, crowning them the 2019 META League of Legends Champions and taking home the trophy for New Zealand.
META is set to return in 2020, stay tuned for sign-up information.