During their debut season in the League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO), PEACE have managed to qualify for this year's installment of Worlds after a monumental run through the lower bracket as fifth seed – a bittersweet feeling for the organisation after falling short during split one of 2021.
Not only did PEACE defy expectations throughout the 2021 Split 2 Playoffs, but they defeated powerhouses such as Chiefs, ORDER, Dire Wolves, and eventually Pentanet.GG on their way; solidifying their spot as the best team in the region currently. With their win, the team will take home $15,000 USD and qualify through to the Riot Games’ League of Legends World Championship held in Europe this October.
James “Tally” Shute, mid-laner for PEACE, said in a statement that he is “really grateful to be the champion again and have an opportunity to represent Oceania at Worlds. I’m really excited to play on the main stage again, especially since it’s my second time and I have prior knowledge about how to prepare and what to expect.”
Tally played a vital role in the success of Legacy Esports during last year's installment of the League of Legends World Championship. He concluded by stating “I will bring the best version of myself and my teammates, and hope we have a good showing.”
In a media release sent by ESL Gaming Australia and Guinevere Capital they detailed that Split 2 of the DoorDash LCO smashed viewership records for League of Legends in Australasia. Stating that multiple broadcasts reached over 10,000 concurrent viewers throughout the split and that across the whole of 2021, the competition saw over 1.5 million total unique Australasian viewers tune in – beating the previous years total by 36% (set by the formal OPL).
Pete Du, League Manager of the LCO, said in a statement “the inaugural year of DoorDash LCO has been a rollercoaster, and we’ve ended it on a high as over 10,000 Oceanic League fans tuned in to watch PEACE claim the Split 2 title.”
“What we’ve been able to accomplish with the help of our partners, sponsors, teams, and fans is nothing short of extraordinary. From a league that didn’t exist less than 9 months ago, we’ve managed to create Australia and New Zealand’s most watched esports product to date, and to shape it into a sustainable platform for growth.”
“We look forward to watching PEACE represent our region at Worlds later this year, and hopefully they continue to break new records for Oceania,” concluded Pete.
DoorDash LCO Split 2 Champions: PEACE
The 2021 League of Legends World Championship is set to kick off in October of 2021.