Oceania has been eliminated from Riot's League of Legends Rift Rivals tournament.
The event gathers 41 teams from 13 regions into five groups ("rifts") for inter-region battles.
Thanks to their Oceanic Pro League Split 1 performances, LG Dire Wolves, Legacy, and Sin were chosen to represent Oceania in the competition's purple rift in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
There they joined Southeast Asia and Japan, and the initial round robin stage between the three regions saw Japan go 5-1 to advance straight to the rift final.
Oceania and Southeast Asia then prepared to square off in a King of the Rift format semi-final, wherein the bottom seeds from each region battle, the winner stays on to challenge the next highest seed, and so forth.
There, Oceania third seed Sin defeated Southeast Asia's third seed Mineski and second seed Ascension Gaming, before finally being eliminated by top seed Gigabyte Marines.
"An experience I will never forget and no matter the result this is something I will remember till the day I die, the guy who always had fun!" tweeted Sin jungler Brandon "Juves" Defina, who hinted earlier that Rivals could be his last big tournament.
Sin support Jake "Rogue" Sharwood added, "I think that was the best I've ever played in my life, and it was all on a world stage. It's amazing how far we've come, Juves."
Legacy then stepped in, but both they and Dire Wolves were eliminated by Gigabyte, ending the tournament for Oceania.
"Disappointing is the only word to describe the end to our rift rivals run," tweeted Legacy mid-laner Brandon "Claire" Nguyen.
Southeast Asia and Japan will battle for purple rift supremacy tonight at around midnight local time.
Dire Wolves, Legacy, and Sin are all 3-0 in Split 2 of the 2017 OPL. The competition resumes next Saturday (July 15), with Legacy taking on Team Regicide, and Avant Gaming facing off against LG Dire Wolves.
An experience I will never forget and no matter the result this is something I will remember till the day I die, the guy who always had fun!— Juves (@SINJuves) July 5, 2017
I think that was the best I've ever played in my life, and it was all on a world stage. It's amazing how far we've come brother @SINJuves— RogueOCE (@RogueOCE) July 5, 2017