'You have to be mentally fit for this game'

Avondale esports captain Sean Yu: "It can definitely be considered a sport".
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Avondale esports captain Sean Yu: "It can definitely be considered a sport".

It doesn't require you to run, jump, lift or throw. In fact you don't even have to stand up.

But ask the west Auckland esports community whether or not League of Legends is technically a sport, and you get the same, overwhelming response.

"Definitely, chess is a sport that has no physical aspect, so I see no reason why League of Legends shouldn't be considered a sport as well," says Massey High School's esports captain, Vishnu Hu. 

Avondale College's esports team from left, Steven Tan, Tovey Lai, Sean Yu (C), Alan Qiu and Rula Zhao.
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Avondale College's esports team from left, Steven Tan, Tovey Lai, Sean Yu (C), Alan Qiu and Rula Zhao.

This month will see the commencement of a new, knockout series for the inaugural National High School Esports League.

Fifty teams from throughout New Zealand competed this season and now, the top three teams from each of the five regions – Auckland 1, Auckland 2, Bay of Plenty-Waikato, Wellington and the South Island – will qualify. One wildcard team will complete the Sweet 16.

Avondale College, Massey High School and Henderson High School will be flying the flag for west Auckland and as it currently stands, Avondale is leading the way. 

League of Legends, or LOL, attracts more than 100 million online players a month.
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League of Legends, or LOL, attracts more than 100 million online players a month.

The school have an unbeaten 5-0 record going into their next match against Mt Roskill Grammar School and for the five man team, "it is all about teamwork".

"You need to be mentally fit for this game and you need to develop strategy so the concept of teamwork is very important," says Avondale team captain, Sean Yu.

"It's very competitive, especially at the higher levels but we are here to win. It would be quite an honour to be the first national champions."

So how does it work?

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League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game, developed and published by Riot Games and it has over 100 million online players every month. 

Two teams, each with a unique design and playing style, battle head-to-head across multiple battlefields and game modes - with the end goal of eliminating the other side.

Yu said he plays "just as a bit of extra curricular activity", but said there are a few members of the team who would like to play professionally one day. 

Salaries vary from league to league, but some professional League of Legends players can make up to US$500,000 a year. 

Avondale will take on Mt Roskill on Monday April 8 at 6pm and can be watched live on twitch.tv/highschoolleague.

 - Stuff

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