Earlier today the League of Legends’ International Wildcard Qualifiers’ (IWCQ) group stage concluded in São Paulo, Brazil. The top four teams will be progressing to the playoff bracket which will be played at Ópera de Arame in Curitiba. Unfortunately, the Oceanic representatives — the Chiefs Esports Club, failed to breach the top four and will not be making the trip to Curitiba.
The six days of competition saw the Chiefs conclude with a 3-4 record, placing them sixth among the seven other regional teams. This international campaign seemed hopeful for the Oceanic team as they saw three victories over four games by day three. After suffering a hard loss to eventual first seed, Lyon Gaming on day four, Chiefs were in a dire situation when they were faced with Dark Passage the subsequent day. In an unfortunate turn of events, Simon “Swiffer” Papamarkos, and the rest of the Chiefs were forced off what looked like the game-winning push into the Turkish team’s base. Despite the gold and minon advantage, the Chiefs fumbled under the pressure and got aced in the middle of Summoner’s Rift leading to their defeat at 50 minutes.
Oceania’s fate was left in the hands of Saigon Jokers, the last placed team tasked with upsetting the local Brazilian champions, INTZ Esports. The Jokers eventually left the tournament winless and with that result they sealed the top four teams, Chiefs failed to qualify.