The Oceanic Pro League kicks off this weekend

Olivia Harris 22 January 2018

OPL presenting desk

Eleven weeks of League of Legends is about to start.

The countdown for the League of Legends' Oceanic Pro League (OPL) is finally over tomorrow, with the 2018 season starting this Saturday. The OPL will run for 11 weeks, promising to be the most competitive season so far.

This season there are three new teams starting their debut in the OPL: the Bombers, Order and Tectonic. Esports fans can look forward to an unpredictable season with some new meat in the running, as these new teams are set to shake up the competition with brand new rosters.

The Australian team and reigning champions, the Dire Wolves, will be kicking off the season going up against The Chiefs, their rivals and runners-up to the 2017 Grand Final match. This rematch will be running from 2 pm AEDT.

The presenter's desk is comprised of a few previous OPL players, with Bryce “EGym” Paule joining Jake “Spawn” Tiberi and Laura “Saerianne” Scott on the desk. With their combined experience, the presenting team will be on top of keeping the audience informed during the action.

Last year, Bryce “EGym” Paule was on The Chiefs' line up, playing against the Dire Wolves in the Grand Final. He believes that the Dire Wolves will once again be the team to beat this year, coming out the gates with a strong opening.

“Dire Wolves lost two of their players, Destiny and Phantiks, to the Chiefs this season, with Phantiks becoming the Chiefs’ coach, so this grudge match will be a big test to see if they still have the firepower to retain their back-to-back titles,” said EGym,“Considering all the new OPL lineups, which include new domestic, Korean and European players, and the increasing team investments, fans can expect the 2018 season to be vastly different than previous years, with more teams jostling for the top spot on the ladder.”

This year teams have been encouraged to be even more competitive with an all-new system to the 2018 season. The biggest change being the implementation of a relegation match at the end of the year, which will empower OPL players and teams to sign healthy agreements around rosters, housing, sponsorships and training facilities. The OPL believes that the players come first and are making big changes to a more professional approach to players as employees and partners.

The Oceanic Challenger Series (OCL) will also be changing to a single season format, expanding its roster to 14 teams and the Oceanic Open Ladder being completely replaced by a grassroots activity organised by the OCS team and third party. This is to encourage outside competitors and gamers to get a foot in the door and start their career.

The OPL will be streaming live on the OPL Twitch, Twitter and Youtube from 2 pm (AEDT) every Saturday and Sunday for the next 11 weeks. Team icons are also available for purchase in-game for fans to show support. For more information on the OPL visit oce.lolesports.com or head over to our esports hub for the latest news and content.


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