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Clark Esports Recap and Highlights

Clark Esports Recap and Highlights

Welcome to the first (of many) Clark Esports weekly recaps! Every week we’ll be going over everything happening in the esports program, from official matches to wider events and everything in between. The program is expanding at a rapid pace in only its second year, supporting a total of 20 teams, including the Smash and casting coalitions! The Fall’s most popular game on campus has turned out to be League of Legends, as Riot’s MOBA has five teams of its own. Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch, and Rocket League teams all compete in the National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) on a weekly basis, while our Apex Legends and Hearthstone squads will begin play later on in the semester. Let’s look at how all of our teams performed in their first week of action!

League of Legends Red
Clark Red clashed against Southern New Hampshire’s Penman on Wednesday night, looking to start the season on a strong note. Unfortunately, they lost two close contests to lose the best of three format, falling to 0-1 on the season.

Despite this, top laner Reilly ‘IHeartGru’ Zoltan showed off his signature Gangplank pick in both matches, recording a pentakill on the first map! Both games were within reach for Clark’s finest, as they’ll look to bounce back against familiar foe Mount Union on Wednesday.

League of Legends Grey
Clark Grey faced off against Worcester’s very own Assumption in their season opener, falling to the Greyhounds in two games. Despite early deficits, the freshmen-filled team came back to make each game contest competitive, as they defended their nexus for almost 44 minutes.

Even in defeat, Blake ‘TheOptimisticJG’ Shea looked comfortable on the Xin Zhao, finishing with a KDA of 9/3/12. The team has improved its chemistry through helpful scrimmages and looks to translate that success to official matches, starting with next week against Howard Community College.

League of Legends Chromatic
The Chromatic squad picked up Clark’s first league victories of the season, defeating Misericordia Yellow in back-to-back games! Jungler Luke ‘YouDiedHA’ Weber made his presence felt in both matches, finishing with a combined 30 kills and only five deaths on Graves and Mordekaiser.

Even though Chromatic experienced a roster change and a subsequent role swap shortly before their match, the team looked synergistic as ever on the rift. They look to carry this momentum against Ralph-Macon college at 8 PM Wednesday.

League of Legends Obsidian
Clark’s first Obsidian team was excited to get onto Summoner’s rift for their opening game against New England College. Surprisingly, New England forfeited, as Clark starts the season off 1-0!

The team split their two preseason activation matches and will have to wait until Week 2 to judge their form under pressure. They’ll face Clark Pearl in that contest in a class Clark clash! Hopefully, Clark wins!

League of Legends Pearl
Rounding out the League of Legends teams, Clark Pearl was defeated in their first week of action. Pearl fought hard, making it interesting by drafting the mid/jungle duo of Yone and Fiddlesticks in game two, but ultimately fell at the hands of the University of Ottawa Blue.

As stated above, they will face off against Clark Obsidian in week two for an exciting Clark showcase. Both placed in the NECC’s Navigators Northeast division, and this week will have big standings implications for both teams!

Overwatch Red
Our premier Overwatch squad looks to make a run at an NECC championship this Fall, opening up their scrim season against Cumberland Phoenix. They managed to win the first map but lost the series by a final score of 3-1.

All teams will be playing some of their final games on Overwatch 1, as they eventually transition to Overwatch 2 and all it has to offer. For now, teams will be practicing in a competitive format in preparation for the move.

Overwatch Grey
On the other hand, Overwatch Grey dominated in their first match, sweeping Rogers State University Blue in three games. They’re ready to play their final Overwatch 1 match this week against Morningside Esports.

Overwatch Chromatic
Chromatic was the lone team to play two matches this week, coming away victorious in both of them in perfect fashion. They defeated the Finlandia Lions and Missouri State Cubs without dropping a map.
They’ll face Johnson & Wales in their final games of Overwatch 1.

Rocket League Red
Clark Rocket League is back in action this semester, facing off against New England College in Week 1. They split their first set of activation matches against Queen’s University and the University of Downtown Houston Gators.

On Sunday, they matched out against New England College and lost by a final score of 2-3. As a new team, the Rocket League squad will look to bounce back and build chemistry against hometown rival WPI Crimson next week.

Rocket League Grey
Rocket League Grey had to reschedule their first match of the season. They finished 2-2 in activation matches prior to the start of the split.

Valorant Red
Valorant kicked off their competitive play against the UMass Beacons, falling in each of the first two maps. Despite the loss, Clark came back from an 0-12 deficit to win the first six rounds on attack, before losing the map 6-13.

Next week they face off against RPI Red.

Valorant Grey
Don’t forget about Valorant Grey, as they defeated uOttawa Red 2-0 last Monday. They’ll look to continue their fast quick success against Lees-McRae Green.

Valorant Chromatic
Clark’s first Chromatic team in Valorant also got off to a fast start, defeating the University of Concordia Nebraska in two maps. They’re set to meet the Bradley University BoomBots in Week 2.

Rainbow Six Red
Our esteemed Rainbow Six team kicked off another season with pure dominance, defeating Defiance University by a score of 3-0. They only dropped one round in all three games.

They’ll look to remain undefeated against Buena Vista University on Tuesday at 7 PM.

Don’t forget about our three Apex teams who are excited to enter tournaments in the near future! Along with that, Clark’s Hearthstone squad is set to begin the season on October 10th!

Our Smash Ultimate Bi-Weekly tournaments are also up and running, with the latest taking place last Saturday!

That’s all for now, catch you next week!