UPDATE (December 23rd): The official MVPs (most valuable players) have been announced.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE (posted December 5th 2019):
Fiestas, free-for-alls in every lane, unexpected comebacks and butt-clenching moments? You’re in the right place: it’s the UK Proving Grounds!
Megalodontus takes a look at how the grassroots tournament went.
8 days, 8 teams, 1 prestigious title: All with the the goal to promote up and coming League of Legends players within the UK scene and act as a soft launchpad for their potential careers – and greater things ahead.
Before the matches: Tier lists and predictions
More than 40 players were given the chance to prove themselves on the Rift this time around.
Tournament organiser Richard ‘Froomie’ Froom of Barrage Esports gave the community an in-depth primer before the event started, looking at 10 League of Legends players to watch in the 2019 Proving Grounds.
Other figures in the community also prepared their own tier lists for fans of the scene.
D Tier Deadbeats win the UK Proving Grounds 2019
The D Tier Deadbeats literally ran the gauntlet on the last day, defeating teams 4Fun and the MAD LADS before coming back from a 1 game deficit against Team#1 and winning the championship in two straight games.
Mid-laner BB Muffin stood out in this tournament, and his teammates such as toplaner DeathByLollipops and ADC Fuyu stepped up huge throughout the day. You can imagine this has brought about many Twitch and Twitter comments demanding an overhaul of tier lists.
I personally would like to see jungler Conorg given the VIP MVP of the tournament because he actually played Hecarim (my favourite champion)!
“Our team is…we get along better than other teams. I guess we had an actual synergy.”
Tournament organiser, spreadsheet archwizard and supreme coach of Enclave Gaming, Alexander ‘Wise Traveller’ Wise tirelessly compiled all the important data such as the win/losses, player stats and various charts such as objectives taken per team in a comprehensive Google docs for spectators and coaches to use.
VoDs and a review by Furndog
Josh ‘Furndog’ Furneaux, a veteran coach within the scene most well known for his time in Excel Esports, offered to do a VoD review to help the up-and-coming players, and offered them a few tips along the way.
You can rewatch all the action, all the fiestas and all the excitement at https://www.twitch.tv/ukpglol/videos
Here is the final day of the tournament:
Some players such as midlaner BB Muffin from D Tier Deadbeats received an offer less than 10 minutes after they won.
Many players are now looking for teams as we approach 2020.
Credit to all the staff and casters behind the Proving Grounds:
- Richard ‘Froomie’ Froom
- Alexander ‘Wise Traveller’ Wise
- Sam ‘Manimal’ Newbould
- Harry ‘Docda’ Evans
- Will ‘Viperoon’ Whittingham
- James ‘TheGovernor’ Gove
- Adrian ‘Jamada’ Thorne
- Charlie ‘TheSarge’ Sarginson
- Joe ‘Munchables‘ Fenny
Other grassroots UK LoL initiatives: The UK Inhouses
While LVP is ceasing operations in the UK and won’t be running the higher-tier UKLC in 2020, there are other great grassroots activities run by the community, including the UK Esports League (UKEL) and the UK Inhouses. There’s also LoLProsGG to help teams find info on players.
The UK Inhouses are Master-tier+ matches which feature a range of players, and offer multiple streams from different players’ perspectives. These dedicated streams continue to give exposure and valuable practice during the turbulent offseason.
MnM Gaming’s Alex “OfficerNaughty” Bowley also held a forum of sorts called “UK Talk” where he invited major figures in the UK LoL scene such as Furndog, Crane, Britsaint, Grievance and such to discuss major topics and the future of the UK. The dedicated Inhouse streams are definitely a big step forward for the scene as we move into 2020.
Coaches and managers of UK/Ireland organisations are sure to be keeping an eye on them.
As always, stay tuned to Esports News UK for more news and updates on UK esports and League of Legends developments
Megalodontus is a miraculous survivour from the mass extinction and somehow learnt how to use his stubby fins to operate complicated mechanical equipment and drink tea. Worryingly for cryptozoologists, he’s been writing League of Legends articles too.
A self-taught writer who’s had the privilege to work with good editors who aren’t terrified of his pearly whites, Megalodontus is often seen writing with his partner-in-crime Clockwork (https://twitter.com/Clockwoork) either independently or for lolesports or liquidlegends. When not writing, he usually runs it down mid in real life and is fascinated with watching paint dry.