A new challenger is blossoming their way into the League of Legends competitive scene, as Team Bliss acquires Gravitas’ slot to compete in the LCO for 2023, per the Brisbane-based organisation’s announcement today.
Although Team Bliss is a fresh face in Oceanic League of Legends, some of their rivals on the Rift and other keen esports enthusiasts know that this isn’t the organisation’s first rodeo.
Since their debut in 2019, they’ve found historical ventures in Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege and Rocket League.
With their PUBG team enroute to compete in the Asia Pacific Continental Series next month, the org’s ambitions now hunger for the LCO, with a bold and excited declaration of “the new Champions are in town!”
“We feel where we are at the moment, [joining the LCO] is the next logical step for us,” Team Bliss Chief Operating Officer Brendan “brendypls” Harms told Snowball Esports regarding their move into the established league.
“There’s nothing that comes close to the LCO as the premiere esport in OCE, and we want to always take our brand to the next level.
“We’re really excited — it’s also scary,” Harms admitted, “but more exciting. We’re just happy to be involved.
“It’s where we want to be.”
Gravitas departs the LCO after a four year stint in the league, joining for 2019’s OPL Split 1.
Their first year showed promise, with the organisation nabbing 17 wins across both splits in 2019 — just missing out on a playoffs appearance in their debut season in the top flight.
Unfortunately, the momentum failed to carry them along in subsequent seasons. This year, Gravitas managed just three wins across both splits, with the team going winless in Split 2.
With such a rich history to be found in one of the region’s most impactful esports communities, Gravitas waves a #GravitasGoodbye, humbly turning the page for #BlissUp — and the league’s newcomers are determined to write a chapter of their own in the book.
The agreement will come into effect on November 1st, 2022, with the off-season approaching soon after.
Going to DreamHack this weekend? Keep an eye out for the pink blossoms as Team Bliss staff will be out and about during the event, tasting the conclusion of the competitive split at the live competition.
At the LCO finals this weekend, they’ll find themselves in the crowd as a part of the family for the first time before they join the fray next year.