Tuesday, May 24, 2022

All-student team Gray Warwick win i68 LoL Open – we interview jungler Pawp

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Gray Warwick, the League of Legends team representing the University of Warwick, won the Insomnia 68 Open this afternoon.

The all-student side won the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) tournament, fending off the likes of Verdant (who formed a team with JDXL coach Torok), mix teams Team Solo Milk, Brod &Friends and others.

Gray Warwick defeated Four and a Half Men 3-0 in the grand final, in what proved to be one of the quickest best-of-fives in recent memory. They took the £1,500 top prize for winning.

Gray Warwick went into the final with a one-game advantage, having progressed from the winners bracket beating Verdant 2-0 in the upper final, with Four and a Half Men coming from the lower bracket after beating Team Solo Milk and Verdant 2-0 .

Four and a Half Men had beaten Gray Warwick earlier in the group stage, which Warwick jungler Pawp said was due to an experimental draft.

Ahead of the match, Four and a Half Men mid-laner IoI (aka Gaaloul, who has played on UK teams like Enclave, NerdRage and Lionscreed with NerdRage in the past), host told Veracity: “They draft very well but I don’t think they’re anything special, so it’s not going to be too hard. We didn’t scrim a single time, in my opinion, scrims are useless. I don’t really believe much in building team synergy.”

Famous last words – Gray Warwick’s synergy was clear for all to see on the rift as they swept aside their opponents in two quick games – 17-1 in game one with the baron, dragon soul and a dangerous 5/0/5 Vladimir in the mid lane and 6/07 Xayah in the bot lane, and a 32-5 thrashing in game two. Both games ended around the 25-minute mark.

“It feels really good to win. It was a bit of a risk – you invest a lot to come to these type of tournaments, and it only really pays off if you win. So it feels good to get that money.”

Pawp, Gray Warwick

It was redemption for Gray Warwick – they lost to DMU T1 in the NSE university LoL final at i68 yesterday, but on the big BYOC stage at Insomnia they absolutely smashed it. There was some complaints from League players in the BYOC Open, saying a few matches were delayed due to Warwick also playing in the NLC finals, and the admins worked around to make sure all games went ahead.

Gray Warwick have a storied history in UK university League of Legends esports, having won previous finals – they also had Kerberos on their team in the past.

There was a mix of talent on both teams today – Gray Warwick’s Pawp also plays for Singularity in the NLC Division 1, Spark previously played for NVision in the UKLC and The Heathen has played with Diabolus, Enclave and LDN UTD.

For Four and a Half Men, Ketsuo (playing as Huan Kang) previously played with X7, and Gaaloul (IoI) has played with NerdRage in the past. You

Rosters:

  • Gray Warwick: Top: zeta, Jungle: Pawp, Mid: just a lowbob, ADC: Spark, Support: The heathen
  • Four and a Half Men: Top: Huan Kang (aka Ketsuo), Jungle: fraze int acc, Mid: IoI (aka Gaaloul), ADC: Offmeta Abuser, Support: cute catgurl

You can see the full LoL i68 Open bracket and teams here.

Interview with Gray Warwick jungler Pawp

Pawp spoke to us about the i68 win, his plans to reach NLC Div 1 Summer 2022 playoffs after a difficult Spring season with Singularity’s student team (who finished bottom of the table), and not being able to play in the University Esports Masters.

You can follow Gray Warwick on Twitter other Pawp on Twitter here

Insomnia esports coverage powered by AGON by AOC – see the AGON League of Legends monitor here and more i68 esports news here

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