Talking gaming houses, good habits and world stage goals with Oceanic League of Legends team – Legacy eSports.

The recent opening of Legacy eSports and ASUS’ ROG Gaming House in Lidcombe has made waves in the local esports scene. Gaming houses are set to be the new standard for the competitive League of Legends scene, helping close the distance between Oceanic esports and the more dominant worldwide scenes. During the launch event for their house, I had the chance to speak to the team about living in the house so far, and what the future holds for them.

The team’s partnership with ASUS has been a long one – they’ve sponsored Legacy for the last two and a half years. With the help of their manager, Michael Carmody, the team brought the idea of a gaming house to ASUS, who according to Tim ‘Carbon’ Wendel, were quite excited by it. “When we came with the idea to ASUS they thankfully were really supportive; they helped us a lot along the way.”

While the plan for this house had been in development for quite some time, it’s definitely paid off for the team: “though it’s been a long, slow process, now that we’re here we’re really happy,” said Carbon.24790906021_e54f3d94f6_kWith the team previously known as a LAN team, it’s no surprise that this arrangement would be beneficial for Legacy. Aaron ‘ChuChuz’ Bland cites this as one of the primary reasons he chased this plan. “When we play together in a real life environment we tend to play better, so I think that was one of the big reasons, especially for me, as to why I thought if we had a gaming house we’d improve much faster and play better.”

They’re seeing results already, after only one month in the house: “we’ve started to pick up new ways of using the resources we have to further emphasise that,” added ChuChuz. “I think within time we will be very good, probably the top at some stage.”

The house culture seems good for both the performance of the team and the wellbeing of the players themselves. When I asked about the players’ experiences thus far they had plenty of good things to say, in high spirits about learning new skills outside of League of Legends. “James and I are like the kids,” Curtis ‘Regret9’ Schembri said. “Tim’s 24, so he’s not our dad but he plays the role of one almost – he cooks most of the time, makes sure we get to bed on time and gets us up, things like that”.

James ‘Tally’ Shute echoed the sentiment that having Carbon in the house was a big plus for the younger team members, some of whom have moved out of home for the first time. “It’s really good having that older figure in the house; he’s teaching us lots of the basic life skills,” he said. “He’s getting us into good habits like eating well, exercising, and getting up on time.”

“Your mum’s not here to help anymore!” ChuChuz added jokingly, “that’s why we have Tim here.”24588814580_9171a99666_bWhile the gaming house has worked out well for Legacy, they’re not the only team in the Oceanic Pro League that calls one home. Hellions Esports Club opened one in December last year, but Carbon noted there’s a few differences in the ideas behind each. “I’ve been to their house, we’re friends, and they have quite a nice house,” he said. “But it has a very different set up. For us, space was really important – we didn’t really mind where we lived so long as it had NBN and there was enough room for everyone.”

This was quite an important factor in a competitive working environment. Games like League of Legends require a lot of focus, attention, and dedication, easily becoming incendiary if something was to go wrong. “My big concern was what happens when things aren’t going so well and we’re all sharing a bedroom,” Carbon stated. “You just can’t escape from the guy you’re really angry with, for whatever reason – that’s the big difference between ours and theirs [Hellions].”

Even with the differences, it’s a big step for both teams. Gaming houses are an important part of the esports landscape worldwide, allowing for better communication and teamwork. Oceanic teams really need to look into this as an option if they’re going to grow and compete on an international level. “If not this year, say the next one to two years, I’d expect most, if not all teams in the OPL to have houses if they’re serious about winning,” Carbon explained. “At this rate I honestly think that if you don’t have some sort of set up like this, you just won’t be able to keep up.”24766404792_79b0cb606e_kWith Legacy still undefeated in the Oceanic Pro League, they’re well on their way to achieving some monumental feats this year. First and foremost? Winning the International Wildcard tournament. “I won’t be happy until we’re there,” said Carbon. ChuChuz echoed the desire, aiming for that spot at League of Legends Worlds 2016. “Oceania has never made it to Worlds, and if we are the first team to make it that’s a title Legacy will hold for quite a while.”

“Ultimately, that would be our Legacy,” Carbon joked, gaining a few laughs from the team.

Carbon’s well timed pun closed out the chat with a thought that strikingly rings true. If the team manages to succeed in their goals for 2016 and onwards these achievements will be reflected on the players and organisation for quite some time, pushing Oceanic eSports to the world stage.

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