In a first for Oceania, the Chiefs Esports Club and Red Bull will bring League of Legends 1v1’s out of the LAN party and into the spotlight, offering aspiring players the opportunity to train with the Chiefs Academy roster and represent Australia at the World Finals.
Named Red Bull Solo Q, the tournament circuit ran last year but didn’t include Australia. However, Australia will now join over 35 other countries in the hunt to find the best League player in the world — at least in 1v1’s.
The tournament follows traditional one-vs-one rules. The player who either scores first blood, destroys their opponent’s tower or racks up one hundred minion kills overall will win the duel and advance to the next round of the competition.
The regional finals will take place on July 11, with the winner getting one-on-one coaching sessions fortnightly with Chiefs coach Chris “SeeEl” Lee as well as an unnamed member of the Chiefs OPL roster in order to help them prepare for the Red Bull Solo Q World Finals.
❔Calling all @LeagueOfLegends players in Australia! The next @redbullau Solo Q qualifier starts tomorrow at 10am AEST, sign up now & get involved in the 1v1 action!— ESL Australia (@ESLAustralia) June 19, 2020
Signups & info 👉 https://t.co/x7sJwE4Ifp pic.twitter.com/f3I3UREIpT
Those World Finals will take place in Frankfurt, Germany in December, meaning our regional champion will have plenty of time to hone their skills before going international.
Oceanic League fans will be wary of one 1v1 King: current Pentanet.GG jungler Jackson “Pabu” Pavone defeated League immortals such as Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, and Song “Rookie” Eui-jin at the 2018 All-Stars tournament.
Speaking of All-Stars, the winner of the World Finals will get a spot participating in the tournament alongside some of the greatest players and entertainers to ever touch the game. Playing alongside professional players is a dream for many aspiring League pros, and a showing at the Solo Q World Finals could be their ticket to making that dream real.
As part of the partnership between the Chiefs and Red Bull, members of the OPL roster such as Romeo “Thien” Tran and Brandon “Claire” Nguyen will also offer tips to the tournament entrants to help boost their skills before they face off against other hopefuls.
Any Australian player can enter qualifiers held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until July 5th by going to redbull.com/soloq