Pentanet.GG

Pentanet.GG is an Australian professional League of Legends team. It was founded on 2 December 2019, following the acquisition of the Bombers' Oceanic Pro League (OPL) spot by Perth-based internet provider Pentanet. After Riot Games discontinued the OPL following the 2020 season, Pentanet.GG became a member of the ESL-run League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO).

Pentanet.GG
Logo of Australian League of Legends team Pentanet.GG
Short namePGG
GameLeague of Legends
Founded2 December 2019 (2019-12-02)
LeagueOPL (2020)
LCO (since 2021)
Based inPerth, Australia
Managing directorStephen Cornish
Head coachCharlie Wraith
General managerPete Curulli
Championships1× LCO
Parent groupPentanet
Websitepentanet.gg

HistoryEdit

Essendon Football Club announced on 2 December 2019 that it had sold its OPL spot to internet provider Pentanet.[1] Pentanet simultaneously announced the founding of its new esports department, Pentanet.GG.[2]

Pentanet.GG's inagural roster consisted of top laner Brandon "BioPanther" Alexander, jungler Paris "Souli" Sitzoukis, mid laner Jarod "Getback" Tucker, bot laner Mark "Praedyth" Lewis, and support Jake "Rogue" Sharwood.[3] The team finished sixth in Split 1 of the 2020 OPL season. Prior to Split 2, Pentanet.GG replaced "Souli" with Jackson "Pabu" Pavone, who had just announced his role swap from top to jungle. Pentanet.GG finished third in the regular season of Split 2 and qualified for playoffs. However, the team's playoff debut was short-lived. ORDER defeated Pentanet.GG 3–1 in the first round of the winners' bracket, knocking Pentanet.GG down to the second round of the losers' bracket. Pentanet.GG was then swept by The Chiefs and eliminated from playoff contention.[citation needed]

Riot Games announced in late 2020 that the OPL would be discontinued, prompting many OPL players to seek offers from overseas. "Rogue" subsequently left Pentanet.GG to join French team Izi Dream. He was replaced with OPL veteran Daniel "Decoy" Ealam. "Getback" was meanwhile replaced with another OPL veteran, Jesse "Chazz" Mahoney.[4] The OPL's replacement, the LCO, was later announced by ESL in early 2021, with Pentanet.GG as one of its eight franchise members.[5]

Pentanet.GG became the LCO's first champions after dominating Split 1 of the 2021 LCO season.[6] The team finished first in the regular season with only one loss to Gravitas,[7] and then won their first domestic title after winning three series in a row.[8] This qualified Pentanet.GG for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational as Oceania's representative.[9][10]

For Stage 1 of the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, Pentanet.GG was placed in Group A, along with China's Royal Never Give Up and Russia's Unicorns of Love. Vietnam's GAM Esports was also drawn into the group, but they were unable to participate in the event due to Vietnam's COVID-19 restrictions.[11] Pentanet.GG finished the quadruple round robin with only two wins and six losses, tying Unicorns of Love for second.[12] After defeating Unicorns of Love in the subsequent tiebreaker match, Pentanet.GG became the first Oceanic team to advance to the main event of an international League of Legends tournament.[13]

Current rosterEdit

Pentanet.GG League of Legends roster
Players Coaches
Role Handle Name Nationality
Top  BioPanther  Alexnader, Brandon   Australia 
Jungle  Pabu  Pavone, Jackson   Australia 
Mid  Chazz  Mahoney, Jesse   Australia 
Bot  Praedyth  Lewis, Mark   Australia 
Support  Decoy  Ealam, Daniel   New Zealand 
Support  DSN    Nguyen, Diana   Australia 
Head coach

Charlie Wraith

Assistant coach(es)

Toby "Udysof" Horne


Legend
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Substitute
  •   Injury / Illness

Roster updated 28 April 2021.

Tournament resultsEdit

Placement Event Final result (W–L)
6th 2020 OPL Split 1 7–14
3rd 2020 OPL Split 2 13–8
4th 2020 OPL Split 2 Playoffs 0–3 (against Chiefs Esports Club)
1st 2021 OPL Split 1 13–1
1st 2021 OPL Split 1 Playoffs 3–1 (against PEACE)
TBD 2021 Mid-Season Invitational TBD

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statement: Bombers esports". Essendon Football Club. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Pentanet.GG joins Oceanic Pro League for 2020 esports season". pentanet.com.au. Pentanet. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  3. ^ Hooker, Grady (16 January 2020). "Pentanet.GG sign five top Australasian League of Legends players for the OPL". Esports Kingdom. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  4. ^ Matthiesen, Tom (9 May 2021). "Chazz: "We knew we were gonna do really well after the first win"". Hotspawn. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  5. ^ Kay, Meg (4 February 2021). "League of Legends Oceanic Circuit to begin Feb. 23". Dot Esports. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Pentanet.GG Wins Inaugural League of Legends Circuit Oceania Grand Final, Qualifies for MSI". League of Legends Circuit Oceania 2021. ESL. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  7. ^ O'Dwyer, Samuel (26 March 2021). "Pentanet.GG finish first in 2021 LCO Spring Split". Dot Esports. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  8. ^ O'Dwyer, Samuel (10 April 2021). "Pentanet.GG crowned 2021 LCO Spring Split champions". Dot Esports. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  9. ^ Sandoval, Alejandro (10 April 2021). "DWG KIA and Pentanet.GG, first teams qualified for the MSI 2021". GINX. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  10. ^ "All the qualified teams for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational". WIN.gg. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  11. ^ Kelly, Michael (19 April 2021). "VCS champion GAM Esports won't attend 2021 Mid-Season Invitational due to COVID-19 travel restrictions". Dot Esports. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  12. ^ "RNGU, Pentanet.GG advance to Rumble Round at MSI". Field Level Media. 9 May 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2021 – via Reuters.
  13. ^ Kelly, Michael (9 May 2021). "PentanetGG, RNG secure rumble stage tickets behind stellar showings from Pabu, Xiaohu on fourth day of MSI 2021". Dot Esports. Retrieved 11 May 2021.

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