Undefeated streaks will be on the line as the New South Wales League of Legends Championship enters the semifinals.
Three of the four teams who have made the semifinals are yet to taste defeat this season after coming through their groups in perfect fashion.
Homebush Boys’ High School, Rooty Hill High School and De La Salle College all navigated the inaugural split of the NSW league of legends competition without a loss.
Homebush will take on Rooty Hill in their final four clash on Saturday.
Blacktown Boys’ High School had to win a three-way tie-breaker to make the semifinals and they will be a large underdog in their clash with De La Salle.
The winning semifinalists will meet in Sunday’s grand final that will get underway at 11am AEST and will be streamed online on Twitch.tv/highschoolleague.
Christy Cheung is the teacher in charge of esports at Homebush Boys’ and she said the team had done well to make the semifinals.
“Communication in and outside of the matches between the players was crucial to the team’s progress, especially as exams and assignments prevented them from practising together outside the matches,” she said.
“The team has been going well and the team leader always kept me updated with the team’s wins enthusiastically the day after every match. It is clear to see that they all enjoyed this experience a lot.”
Cheung said this week was about ensuring they prepared diligently for the finals weekend.
“They will have to continue to communicate with one another and try to make time to practice together, fine-tuning their teamwork and skills for the finals.”
With three undefeated teams on deck these semifinals promise to be exciting matches as teams scrap to become the first NSW League of Legends champion.
Tournament Director Matt Ross said NSW had a lot of impressive players in their state.
“New South Wales has always been a strong region – second in League of Origin in 2017 – so it should be expected this would trickle down to the High School level,” Ross said.
“With how the schedule played out there are three undefeated teams (Homebush Boys, Rooty Hill High and De La Salle College) so it’s going to be really fun to see how they stack up against each other.
“Blacktown Boys have a tough battle ahead of them if they want to take the whole thing out but upsets in playoffs are not as rare as people think.”
In the NSW second-tier Casual division, Merewether High School 3 will play Cecil Hills High School 2 and The Forest High School 2 will tackle Ryde Secondary College.