“League of Legends” dominates weekend

Clarion, Pa.- Autumn Leaf Festival may have ended, but the fun did not stop as enthused Clarion students came together for the biggest Autumn League Festival yet.

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As the worldwide competition sweeps the scene of esports, Clarion University students joined in the fun with their own “League of Legends” tournament.

As the term was jokingly coined during one of Clarion University TechFloor’s “League of Legends” tournaments, it stuck as more and more students every semester gathered to play the popular video game.

Last weekend’s playtime began on Friday at 5 p.m. in Becker Hall 120 and 123 and Ralston Hall’s TechFloor.  The gaming lasted for three days.  Students played until 11 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Their enjoyment over the weekend also coincided with the worldwide competition in the e-sport.  The quarterfinals for “League of Legends” took place from Thursday through Sunday in the knockout stage of the tournament.  Vice President of TechFloor Andrea Olson said participants in the Clarion event were much too busy to watch worlds though and instead played all throughout the weekend.

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TechFloor hosted many teams for matches of the popular video game “League of Legends.”

“My favorite part of the weekend was watching the finals.  Both of the teams that made it to the finals had not lost any of their previous games throughout the tournament, so it was really exciting to see two really good teams play against each other,” said Olson.

Those two teams in first and second place respectively were Straight Outta Grompton (TechFloor President Pat Camloh, Ryan DeLaney, Aaron Zenone, Lucas Zacherl and Vinny Coniglio) and Old Man and the Boys (Timothy Kentoski, Drew Cooper, Devan Snyder, Corey Brink and Alex Anderson).

The third place team called The Charlie Sheens included Brad Morrison, Dillon Hershelman, Tarin Stierheim, Matt Limer and Brandon Yusko.  The fourth place team called #freedunkey was made up of Mathew Turner, Rachael Yahn, Mitch Warren, Billie Warren and Anthony Sansone.

There was a total of 11 teams in all, making for a group of 55 participants in the tournament.  This is the largest turnout a TechFloor tournament has ever had.  A few students helped broadcast the games on Twitch at the TechFloor’s channel: www.twitch.tv/cu_techfloor.

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Becker Hall was filled with gamers playing “League of Legends” for fun or glory.

Some of the teams played for fun, and some played to win.  In some cases, friends got together to form a quick team, but others still practiced for weeks beforehand with their eyes on first place.

Not originally called the Autumn League Festival when it first started in the spring of 2014, the tournament has really blossomed more so every semester as more students have become interested in playing the game.

With the continued fun and success of TechFloor’s events, the RSO is excited about hosting the tournament in the future.  Another “League of Legends” tournament is tentatively planned for the spring semester.

TechFloor also hosts weekly events on their floor in Ralston Hall.  Watching movies, playing video games and hosting table-top games are regular activities hosted every Thursday at 8 p.m. after TechFloor meetings at 7:30 p.m.

TechFloor will also be hosting an Ethical Hacking Seminar in the near future.  Students are encouraged to come out and attend TechFloor’s events.

If you are interested in keeping up with the world competition in “League of Legends,” the semifinals will be hosted on Oct. 24 and 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively where Origen will take on SKTelecom T1 and Fnatic will battle the KOO Tigers.

The finals will air on Halloween morning at 8 a.m.

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