Matches streamed at twitch.tv/LeagueFactions.
Shurima has driven Noxus back with a series of devastating victories, and the eastern front now runs through Bel’zhun. Collateral damage from the increasingly fierce fighting threatens Bel’zhun and the pyrikhos mining operations that sustain it. Zaunite security forces, forbidden from directly participating in the warfare by League decree, have taken up defensive positions around the pyrikhos mines, hextech weaponry hot and ready to fire. It seems the situation is one pull of a trigger from a new international crisis.
For weeks, the people of Bel’zhun have petitioned the League for aid, asking that governance of their city be resolved by League dispute before the vicious warfare destroys them. They speak not only of looters, but of the arcane violence that spreads through the city as Noxian and Shuriman sorcery clash. The League’s own mage-physicians warn that, combined with the large pyrikhos deposits nearby, this fighting is a recipe for a thaumic plague that could devastate Bel’zhun.
The motion was at last carried when reports came in that Zaunite corporate security forces were taking up positions on the borders of the mines, threatening through their techmaturgic megavox projectors to open fire on any trespasser of any nation. High Councilor Kolminye broke the deadlocked vote with an executive order setting the matter of Bel’zhun’s ownership for League dispute by grand tournament.
The victor of this tournament will not only take control of Bel’zhun, but will also thereby wield significant (though indirect) influence over the use of pyrikhosian technology within Shurima itself. Proponents of pyrikhosian hextech argue that its widespread deployment—a distinct possibility, now that Shurima is accruing sufficient wealth to afford to buy products powered by its own pyrikhos—could bring Shurima into a new age of prosperity. Opponents counter that pyrikhosian hextech, being closely tied to Shuriman magic itself, could damage the local arcanosphere and make the resurrection of traditional Shuriman magic more difficult.
It should be noted that the pyrikhos mines themselves are not part of this tournament. Rather, the tournament is for control over the city of Bel’zhun, where many of the miners live, and for initial authority to regulate the use of pyrikhosian hextech within the Shuriman region.
This tournament spans two weekends.
Preliminaries (August 15–16)
The tournament begins on the weekend of August 15–16, with a round of preliminary matches. Preliminaries focus on Silver and Bronze Summoners. Each match is scored as a Featured Match, i.e., with 50% greater base value than a pick-up match, and with no skill adjust. The faction that comes out of the Preliminaries with the best record is automatically locked for the finals.
The results from the preliminaries are below, sealed by an anti-spoiler enchantment. To lift the enchantment, apply a lux alta or similar “high-light” spell.
Piltover automatically advances to the finals.
Semi-Finals (August 22)
Semi-finals will be held on Saturday, August 22, as a best-of-three between the factions which did not secure a “bye” to the Finals through the first weekend. These matches will be configured with HHGGG tiers, i.e., with spaces for two Diamond or Platinum Summoners and three Gold Summoners. We will be using pre-arranged teams; any set of Summoners from any faction may put forward a team to participate in these matches.
Finals (August 23)
The Finals will be held on August 23, as a best-of-five between the winner of the Preliminaries and the winner of the Semi-Finals. The victor on this day will take the tournament.
Matches will be streamed via hexcast to twitch.tv/LeagueFactions.
The Semi-Finals, on Saturday August 22, start at 12:30 pm Pacific time. It will be a best of 3 matchup between Noxus and Shurima. The Finals, on Sunday August 23, start at 11:30 am Pacific time as a best of 5 matchup between Piltover (the winner of the Preliminaries) and the faction that comes out victorious in the Semi-Finals.
Carried by Demacia
Captain: Shiisaa Co-Captain: HeavyWeaponsGuy
- High: HeavyWeapons Guy
- High: Kwon Ri Sae
- Gold: 501st Big Mike
- Gold: AbiwonKenabi
- Gold: Wrath of Avarice
Something Something Noxus
Captain: PONCHOGRANDE Co-Captain: Silencer Mage
- High: evilshado1
- High: Nhan
- Gold: Drmigit2
- Gold: USB Duckie
- Gold: Yumuwasen
Embarrassing No Show (no team was submitted)
Captain: Lack of Existence Co-Captain: If there’s not captain then how is there a co-captain
- High Tiers: Somebody who can show up to the game, Someone else
- Gold Tiers: A person who shows up, a summoner, person #5
- Semi-Finals Match I (recording unavailable due to technical difficulties)
- Semi-Finals Match II
- Semi-Finals Match III
- Finals Match I
- Finals Match II
- Finals Match III
- Finals Match IV
- Finals Match V