We have our school grand finals winners in League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League! School esports teams gathered at Insomnia Gaming Festival at the Birmingham NEC to face-off for a shot at glory – here’s how it went down
League of Legends
The first game between Beyond Reality (Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School) and AGSB Esports (Altrincham Grammar School for Boys) was arguably the closest game in all of the British Esports Championships grand finals.
Things were tense and quiet in the first ten minutes or so, then as we entered the mid-game things hotted up with team fights and objectives being taken across the map.
At 40 minutes, both teams had 18 kills and around 65k gold each, with AGSB Esports taking the baron and Beyond Reality securing the elder drake at the same time. AGSB pushed into Beyond Reality’s base, but after winning a team fight, it was the latter who managed to storm AGSB’s nexus and win an extremely close game that could have gone either way.
In game two, Beyond Reality got off on the right foot, and with Garen causing them trouble in the top-lane and split pushing, they were eventually able to win the game – and the match.
Casters Chronicler and GreyHart awarded Beyond Reality top-laner Jay Park the MVP (most valuable player) thanks to his unstoppable Shen in game one and frightening ignite/tri force Garen in game two.
Stage host Stu ‘Abominable’ Kennedy asked the teams for their views after the match.
AGSB jungler Yaser ‘tko survivor’ – who put in a great performance as Jarvan IV – said: “We didn’t want to play with any regrets or worry about it, but to just go for it. It didn’t work out in the end but we had a couple of good games I think.”
Beyond Reality mid-laner Alessio ‘Old and Retired’ D’Andrea added: “We prepared for a long battle. The whole point of our team comp was to go late game and as we entered in carrying [ADC player] Jakub ‘SirKemzo’ Kobrzynski, he normally does well every now and then, but we know we have to sacrifice us carrying every now and then. If it wasn’t for Jakub, we wouldn’t be here, so thank you Jakub.”
AGSB Head of Year 12 Rob Cummins commented: “Just wanted to say that AGSB are really proud of our lads reaching the first ever British Esports LoL final and they performed magnificently. We were beaten by a better team on the day but the lads had an awesome time and what an experience to perform on the stage. Their teamwork and communication really improved over the course of the tournament and they had a great time taking part.”
Check out the VoD at https://www.twitch.tv/belongarenas
WINNERS: Beyond Reality
Left to right: Jordan ‘ADMG Loco’ Alcantara – support, Jakub ‘SirKemzo’ Kobrzynski – adc, Alessio ‘Old and Retired’ D’Andrea – mid, Miguel ‘Migsayyy’ Nocum – jungle, Morgan ‘ADMG Jay Park’ Alcantara – top, Craig Spence-Hill – teacher of computer science
RUNNERS UP: AGSB Esports
AGSB Esports (left to right): Salman ‘Hex15’ – support, Leo ‘krdcd123’ Chiu – adc, Theo ‘teedoggy’ Johnson – mid, Yaser ‘tko survivor’ – jungle, Wesley ‘Deshkey’ Choi – top, Rob Cummins – head of year 12