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League of Legends Championship Series franchise Golden Guardians has announced they will take part in the Melbourne Esports Open. The LCS lineup will play in a League of Legends match before the Oceanic Pro League finals. They will also participate in a meet and greet with fans during the event.
As well as an exhibition match on stage before the @OPL Finals, you'll have the opportunity to participate in Meet & Greets with the team over the weekend.
— Melbourne Esports Open (@MelbEsportsOpen) August 20, 2019
Golden Guardians bot laner Ian Victor “FBI” Huang is the first Australian to play in the LCS who still has Oceania residency. Before joining the Golden Guardians Academy team, he played for Oceanic team Bombers, ORDER, and Sin Gaming. While with the Bombers, the lineup ended up placing first at 2018’s League of Origin along with 2019’s OPL Split 1 and Playoffs. However, they did not qualify for the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational during Play Ins.
Similarly, Head Coach Nick “Inero” Smith for Golden Guardians Academy coached for Oceanic team Tainted Minds and also served as an analyst for ORDER. Golden Guardians placed 5th during the 2019 LCS Spring Split, where they then lost to FlyQuest in Playoffs. The roster then went on to place 7th during the 2019 LCS Summer Split. The GGS Academy team also achieved a 2nd place finish in the North American Academy Summer Split.
Melbourne Esports Open
The Chiefs Esports Club, MAMMOTH, Bombers, Dire Wolves, and ORDER are the five teams participating in the 2019 OPL Split 2 Playoffs. The teams compete in a King of the Hill single elimination bracket with best of five matches. The winner will qualify for a spot at the 2019 World Championship Play-Ins. The finals will pit Chief Esports Club against the winners of MAMMOTH and the Round 2 winner.
Bot laner Victor “FBI” Huang, top laner Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell, mid laner Cristian “Palafox” Palafox, jungler Anthony “Hard” Barkhovtsev, and Head Coach Nick “Inero” Smith will participate in the exhibition match.
The OPL Finals will take place on Aug 31 at the Melbourne Esports Open. How will the Golden Guardians match up against the OPL’s top teams? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and keep up with all of the latest League of Legends news and content here at Daily Esports.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.