The League of Legends Oceanic Pro League has laid out its plans for 2016, including an all-new venue for the Grand Final in August. The gaming action kicks off next week on January 18, with a ten week season of best-of-three format games broadcast three nights a week online.
Riot Games Australia explains that its twin feeder leagues (Oceanic Challenger Series and Oceanic Open Ladder) are also enjoying a switch-up for the new year, adopting round robin formats rather than the traditional tournament style.
Daniel Ringland, eSports Manager explains these “fundamental improvements”:
The new OPL structure provides the foundations to support the growth of our teams into strong clubs with passionate supporters, while the changes to the OCS and OOL create greater opportunities for the next generation of pro players, ensuring cleaner transition to top-level play and raising the skill ceiling of our leagues.
The venue shift is an interesting one – after the ridiculously successful 2015 OPL Grand Final at Sydney’s Luna Park, Riot has decided to move festivities to the Courier-Mail Piazza in Brisbane this year, with events kicking off on August 13. (The final will see a best-of-five match, with the winner going on to play at the International Wildcard Qualifier for their chance to win a spot at the World Championships.