UK organisation Lucent Esports have won the lower-tier League of Legends UK Esports League (UKEL).
They reverse swept Demise Academy 3-2 in the UKEL playoffs grand final on the weekend. In doing so, they have qualified for the UKLC relegations series, where they will have a shot at qualifying for the higher-tier UK tournament.
Lucent will be joined by third-place UKEL playoffs team Viperio in the relegations series. Demise Academy cannot qualify as Demise’s main team will already be in the series, due to being relegated from the UKLC Spring 2021 Season, along with Bulldog Esports.
Other teams involved in the UKEL playoffs were LDN UTD (who will soon be facing rivals London Esports in a separate charity LoL match), Lucendi Gaming and NerdRage. You can see more results in the UKEL Spring 2021 Playoffs page on Gamepedia.
William Gleadall, director of operations at Lucent Esports, told Esports News UK it felt amazing to have won the UKEL.
“It’s an amazing feeling!” he said. “I feel like we’ve cheated the system, coming in at the last minute and securing that UKEL playoffs title and the first one in Lucent’s history.
“Having that opportunity to pick up an amazing team and a great bunch of lads is something we would do again if we had the chance. They really showed their ability by taking down that super-strong Demise Academy roster.
“The team and management staff deserve all the praise in the world for that performance. I look forward to them playing in the UKLC qualifiers next and have high hopes for them securing that UKLC position they deserve!”
Lucent picked up their LoL roster from Hyve Central, who recently ceased their esports operations.
Elsewhere in the UK League of Legends esports circuit, Excel Esports won the upper-tier NLC (beating Fnatic Rising) and earlier this month Resolve won the UKLC.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.