After weeks of decisive victories and broken hearts, the Oklahoma League of Legends community’s Oklahoma League of Legends Championship Series will host the season three Diamond-capped playoffs on April 30 at DZ Comics and Gaming in Moore.
Eight diamond-capped teams participated in this OKLCS split, but only four made the coveted playoffs. 50 Shades of Mosher claimed the one seed with a decisive 6-1 record. Weenie and the Weens took the two seed with a record of 5-2, barely stealing the spot from three seed Team Accursed (5-2). Land Snek managed to secure the four seed with a record of 3-4 after besting a three-way tie between Handsome Boy Modeling and Gecko Slammer Armageddon.
“The Diamond-capped division of the OKLCS has looked strong this entire split,” said Jack Counts, commissioner and owner of the OKLCS. “Each division is better than the last split. It makes me think that Oklahoma is on the verge of becoming a bastion of high-level competitive play in League of Legends. Watching the players climb into new divisions is always exciting to me because I feel we play a big part in motivating players to improve by subjecting them to organized play.
“Alex Tu and I have made a few improvements since last split, and that just comes with experience. We adjusted the subbing rules and became stricter on other rules. As people become more adjusted to the OKLCS and what it requires, there are fewer and fewer issues each season. I’d say it’s been an incredibly successful season.”
While the entire split was played online, the finals will be a live best-of-three series on Summoner’s Rift with a three-ban system. The higher seed will select its starting side in games one and three with the lower seed selecting its starting side game two. The one seed will face the four seed and the two seed will face the three seed simultaneously. The losing teams will play each other for third and fourth place, while the winning teams will play for first and second.
Alex Tu, head shoutcaster for the OKLCS, will be shoutcasting the matches with Shaedon Castor, assistant shoutcaster. The pair, along with Counts, will also cast the Platinum-capped and Gold-capped division finals, set for a later date.
“It’s been a joy watching and shoutcasting diamond-capped this split,” Tu said. “I think that the success of the OKLCS during season two really brought out the competitive side of a lot of people hiding out in Oklahoma, and as a result, Season 3 diamond-capped not only has a higher level of play, but there is a very close competition among teams. Anyone could win at any time, regardless of who comes into a match the favorite.”
All of the teams competing in the playoffs are determined to secure first place, but each have their roadblocks they must overcome to get to the top.
“I have never been on a team so determined to be the best,” said Brandon “Leeroy” Williams, captain of Team Accursed. “Every practice, every scrim and every game, the whole team put in 110 percent. For playoffs, we are going to have to use a jungle sub, which is definitely our biggest challenge so close to playoffs. Despite this, anything but first place would be a disappointment for us.”
“SNEK had a rough start to the season with an early 0-4 record, playing TAC, WEEN and 50SOM,” Counts, captain of Land Snek, said. “We took a game from them but still ended up losing 1-2 each series. GSM then gave us our only 2-0, so we started from behind early. With a change in players in the ADC role at the beginning of this season, our team dynamic changed a good deal, and we started to find our stride and gained confidence and synergy. While I’m sure other teams have improved as well, I’m confident that even as the four seed we have potential to upset anyone we might play during playoffs.”
“I want this to be about my teammates. Here at 50 Shades of Mosher, the loves runs deeper than League,” said Chris “Chriscantmiss” Mosher, captain of 50 Shades of Mosher. “People only see the bad side of our top laner Brinden, but he is just very competitive. Trung, our jungler, is my boy and he encourages everyone to be competitive and demonstrates great leadership. Biscuit is the best at keeping us in games mentally, he is calm in the face of struggles, which is rare for an ADC. Earl is a true support and brings our team together with funny one-liners and a calm temperament. Despite our struggles, I believe these personalities made us the number one team.”
“I’ve never been on a team so determined to lose,” said Jon “Weenie” Edwards, captain of Weenie and the Weens. “Every single game we have won has been nothing short of divine intervention, as the Weens have practiced a grand total of zero times this season and are all terrible. However, with that being said, we are fully prepared to ride this luck train straight to the stars, and hopefully beat the hell out of Mosher on the way.”
The complete standings for the Diamond-capped division are as follows:
50 Shades of Mosher 6-1
Weenie and the Weens 5-2
Team Accursed 5-2
Land Snek 3-4
Handsome Boy Modeling 3-4
Gecko Slammer Armageddon 3-4
United as ONE 2-5