UK esports organisation Rix.GG came close to an historic win in the early days of League of Legends: Wild Rift esports.
The team finished runners-up in the first EMEA Wild Rift Origin Series Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, on the weekend, losing 3-1 to Team Queso in the final.
Rix didn’t have the greatest group stage, finishing fourth with one win and three losses, but they beat Unicorns of Love 3-0 in their semi-final to progress to the grand final against Queso.
The UK org took home around €32,000 for finishing second, with Queso taking home €84,000 and progressing to the world championship-style Horizon Cup.
Rix picked up the No Team No Talent roster earlier this month, including British former Heroes of the Storm pro player Joshua ‘Snitch’ Bennett.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Game Lord will be disappointed losing their semi-final to Team Queso after going 4-0 in the group stage.
Navi finished fifth in the group stage, failing to pick up a win or reach the playoffs. And Cut Esports were removed from the tournament due to visa issues.
The Origin Series Championship saw some of the best Wild Rift players in EMEA battle it out in Stockholm for the chance to be crowned the Wild Rift: Origin Series champions, as well as taking home the lion’s share of €150,000.
Casters included Excoundrel, Deman, Tridd, Viperoon and Carmeline – several of which have cast a variety of other tournaments in the UK scene in recent years.
Rix congratulated Queso for the win and said they will be back.
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.