The Park University esports team made history on January 26th, as the Pirates played against No. 3 nationally ranked Columbia College in its inaugural esports League of Legends at the Parkade Battlegrounds.
The Park University esports team made history on January 26th, as the Pirates played against No. 3 nationally ranked Columbia College in its inaugural esports League of Legends match at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Parkade Battlegrounds.
Park fell to the Cougars 2-0 in a best-of-three series. The event was played in front of a physical audience of about 20 and a virtual audience of approximately 40 worldwide.
The five Pirates to compete were Laura Passler, Johnny Carrazco, Jake Watson, Nic Gresham, and Carin Bublitz. The team had been practicing all week, crafting team comps and selecting bans in preparation for the match with the guidance of head coach Ashley Jones.
While the Pirates did adapt to the first game and chose a different team comp to run in game two, it was not enough to overtake the Cougars.
In game one, the Pirates played a safer team comp to try to alleviate the potential of getting caught out and getting tower dove by the Cougars.
Columbia pushed in and won the game in 13 minutes. In game two, the Pirates played a more aggressive team comp to try and throw the Cougars off of their play style.
Park was able to hold out longer for this game, but still fell to the Cougars after 17 minutes.
“The adaptation that the team showed brings a bright future to the remainder of the season and we are ready to bounce back, as we will find out who our next opponent will be early next week,” said coach Jones.
To view watch the full game against Columbia on Park Athletics’ official YouTube Channel, please click here.
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