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Weekly eSports Report #2

Weekly eSports Report #2

Welcome to the second weekly eSports report, where we will be giving updates on our competitive teams based on their performances throughout the week(s).  This report will contain the last three weeks’ worth of games, and we’ll begin with Rocket League.

Rocket League

On week 3, KSU Powercat went 2-0 against Illinois State Red 3-2, and Austin Community College 3-1, and followed up in week 4 with another 2 wins, this time against the University of Maryland Red 1 and Illinois State Black, both won 3 games to 1.  Week 5 did not go as well, with the number 8 ranked Saints from St. Clair and number 9 ranked Florida Polytechnic – Phoenix both defeating Team Powercat.  This puts Team Powercat ranked number 27, with a record of 6 wins, 4 losses.

KSU Purple lost both week 3 games, going down 2-3 versus Purdue and 1-3 versus Ohio State.  The following week, they were defeated by the University of Florida Gators 1-3, but turned it around with a 3-0 wipe of the University of Texas A Team.  In week 5, Purple got a respectable 1-1 record, winning a hard-fought battle against the Huskies of Michigan Technological University 3 games to 2, and losing another to Georgia Southern University 2-3.  Team Purple is now ranked number 12, with a record of 7 wins, 3 losses.

Heroes of the Storm

The KSU Heroes of the Storm team went 2-0 for week 3, edging out Technically Better A of Dakota State 2-1 and the Urban Nights of the Academy of Art University by forfeit.  The following week, KSU lost 2 straight series to last year’s Heroes of the Dorm champion, Arizona State, and top 16 competitor UConn.  For week 5, it was a 2-0 win against “I’m Vegan” from the University of Calgary, and a loss to the University of Houston 1-2.  This puts HotS at a record of 6 wins, 4 losses for the season, and a rank of 41 out of 102 competitors, placing them well within the Round of 64.

Overwatch

The KSU Overwatch A Team went 1-1 in week 3, beating Purdue 2-1 and losing to the University of Illinois Chicago 1-2.  Week 4 saw Overwatch wipe McMaster University eSports 2-0, and a loss to Michigan State 0-2.  In Week 5, KSU beat St. Clair 2-0 and Queens University 2-0 to pick up another 2 wins, putting them at a record of 6-2 and a rank of 6th in the North division.

Next week, KSU Overwatch plays the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Miami University of Ohio.  They must win one of those series to qualify for the Nationals tournament.

Hearthstone

KSU Wildcards Hearthstone lost their round 3 game versus “ShotThroughDaHearth” from Northern Illinois University 1-3, wiped the Flying Dutchmen from Hope College 3-0 in round 4, and lost in round 5 0-3 to the Wisps of Tinyfin from the University of Regina.  They are currently slated to play their round 6 match against the University of Toronto’s “Registration Closed” on Halloween.  Their current record is 2-3.

KSU WILDKAT wiped the Lotus Nighthawks from the University of Northern Iowa 3-0 in round 3, was wiped 0-3 by the University of Chicago Maroons in round 4, and in round 5, won by forfeit against Goldy’s Ringers from the University of Minnesota, putting them at a record of 3-2.  They are scheduled to play in round 6 versus Aurora University’s “DogTakeYourShirtOff!”

KSU “Wildcat Rwr Xdd” beat the University of Kentucky Wildcats 3-2 in round 3, in round 4, they beat the “Boiler RNG Gods” of Purdue 3-2, and in round 5, broke their win streak, losing to “RNGesus Carry Us” of McMaster University 0-3.  This puts their record at 4-1 and their North division rank at 11.  In week 6, they are scheduled to play “Will Throw for Exalts” from the University of Iowa.

Counter Strike:  Global Offensive

After practicing since August in the Cevo IM league, where the KSU CS:GO team placed against some strong opponents, the team was feeling very confident going into week 1 of the CSL season. Game 1 was against Northern Iowa University’s “Panther eSports Purple.”  The team won the knife round and started out on the counter-terrorist side which, against their weaker terrorist side, which lacked good strategy, ended the first half 13-2. On the terrorist side, the team lost the pistol round and our first buy round, but was able to gain momentum back by winning an eco round. After that, the team was able to run a couple of the plays from their book and secure the 16-6 win on Nuke. We made sure to save some strats for the Spring when it really mattered. Our game in week 2 was against Ohio State University a much stronger team that would prove hard to beat. The game was played on Cache, a map that the team is very strong on. Unfortunately, several team members suffered severe ping issues early into the game. Even though we started the game on the terrorist side, the unfavored side, and were up 7-1, once the ping hit, not much could be done. KSU ended up losing the game 9-16, but has set their eyes on beating friends and local rivals Wichita State University next week.  Currently, KSU has a record of 1-1.

Watch a highlight from KSU vs. Team Ignis of the University of Illinois:

DOTA 2

This year the K-State eSports club is trying to start our DOTA program back up, and we have an all new roster to help and secure Kansas State’s place in collegiate eSports. This year on the Powercats eSports roster we have Jacob “IroH” Gosen in position 1, Alby “AREYNALDY” Tollison in position 2, Brandon “CookieDoughB13” Koch in position 3, John “SenoraPineapples” Andra in position 5, and Trey “Tevont” Price in position 4. We opened our season against one of the toughest competitors in the Midwest 1 division, in the “DOTA RED” team from the University of Houston. The Powercats put up a strong show in the first set but after a series of tough team fights the Powercats were defeated. The team came back ready to fight in the second set. After a rough start the Powercats tried to claw their way back from a gold deficit leading to another rough loss ending in the Powercats losing the match.

A week later the Powercat eSports team was back in action for the second game of the season, with Jake “Jakecookies323” Koch subbing for John “SenoraPineapples” Andra in position 5. On Saturday we faced off against the DOTA team from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The team came out swinging trying to pick up their first win of the season. In the first set, Powercat eSports finished with power picks all over the map. The match may have only lasted 24 minutes, but it was packed from start to finish. Averaging a kill per minute, the Powercats took a commanding win over UTRGV, with a perfect game from Alby “AREYNALDY” Tollison with six total kills on his Ursa and an almost perfect game from Jacob “IroH” Gosen with 13 kills and only one death with his Outworld Devourer. In the second set of the day, the Powercats were incredibly successful in the draft phase and went into the second set with another powerful team composition. This game just like the first one averaged just a little bit under a kill a minute from the Powercats once again, Jacob “IorH” Gosen finished with a total of 13 kills on his Terrorblade, and this time our sub Jake “Jakecookies323” Koch finished with a perfect game on his Lich pick with four kills and 11 assists. The Powercats now sit at 1-1 on the season and are currently right in the middle of their division sitting in 4th place going in to week #3. Powercat eSports will try and attempt to knock off one of the three undefeated teams in our division as we go head to head against the DOTA team from Washington University in Saint Louis!

In the third week of the season, the Powercats took on the DOTA team from Washington University in Saint Louis. Going in to this week we knew this would be a tough game and we battled hard to try and take down one of the undefeated members in our division. We went in to set one feeling confident after last week’s powerful win and we left the first draft phase feeling good about their team composition. As the first game began and the team immediately knew that this week’s match would be much tougher then last weeks. The Powercats put up a tough fight with skillful showings from the entire team. The Powercats held on tight until the very end when a series of rough team fights lead to the Powercats loss in the first set of the day. As the second set began, the team was ready to fight back and make up their loss in set number two. Sadly, the Powercats had a rough early game and gave a lead to Washington University early, by the time the Powercats finally hit their stride, it was already too late, and Washington University had stretched the lead too far. After a long struggle the Powercats fell in set two as well. The Powercats are now 1-2 on the season and are sitting in 5th place in the Midwest 1 division. We have two games coming up very soon, with our match against the University of Texas Dallas on Saturday, November 4th and then another match on Tuesday November 7th against the University of Texas Austin. Our match against UT will be live streamed on the CSL Twitch at approximately 9pm CST, so don’t forget to come out and support your Powercat DOTA team!

This concludes the second eSports report.  We thank you for reading and hope you return next week.

Weekly eSports Report #1

Weekly eSports Report #1

Welcome to the first weekly eSports report, where we will be giving updates on our competitive teams based on their performances throughout the week. Since this is the first report of the season, and some of our teams started a few weeks ago, we will have more to fill you in on.  We will start with our group of Rocket League teams.

Rocket League

The Collegiate Rocket League started with 2 open qualifiers for each region (North, South, East, and West).  Kansas State fielded 4 teams in the each of the North regional qualifiers, were the top 4 teams would advance to conference play.  In the first week two of our teams made it into the round of 16 after the first day of play.  Moving into day 2, both of our teams found themselves on the loser’s side of the bracket needing to win out in order to qualify.  KSU-Powercat, consisting of Taxicab, Ratatat, and Nebulous, was lost to the MTU Huskies 3-1.  Our second team, KSU-Purple consisting of Sears, Gumby, and Yief, advanced to the round of 8 where they squared of against the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  After an intense match, they eventually fell, losing 3-2.  UWSP went on to qualify for the regional conference after defeating Colorado, 3-2.

Going into the second qualifier, our teams were very optimistic about their chances of qualifying, especially after team Purple beat Colorado in a Collegiate Carball Association (CCA) mid week tournament.  After day 1, we had 3 teams in the round of 16 with team Purple being on the winners side of the bracket.  Day 2 saw some misfortunes as our third team was eliminated in the round of 16, and Team Purple lost to York University 3-1.  The round of 12 was up next with team Powercat facing off against Raven’s Red from Carleton University, and Team Purple facing off against Colorado once again.  Raven’s Red would go on to beat team Powercat 3-0, ending their hopes of qualifying for conference play and placing Kansas State’s chances of qualifying on team Purple’s shoulders.  The match started with Colorado taking a 2-0 lead in the series, but K-State fought back and tied it up 2-2.  With everything on the line for 2 teams that both deserved to qualify, Colorado eliminated the last K-State team in game five with a score of 3-1.  All hope was not lost for our teams as the Open Ladder offered one last chance to qualify for regional playoffs, and a chance at winning scholarships.

The Open Ladder would see the top 2 teams from each region move up to conference play for the bracket stage of regional play after week 4.  Week 1 saw KSU-Purple face off against McMaster and UConn, and KSU-Powercat against Illinois State Black and  University of Rockester.  Both teams were able to take down their opponents and start out 2-0 in Open Ladder play.  Week 2 would see team Purple match up against Northeastern Black and the MTU Huskies, who were ranked #9 in region in a players poll done by the CCA.  They were able to pick apart Northeastern, winning 3-0 and came away with the victory over MTU, winning 3-1.  Team Powercat matched up against Texas A&M Clangers and Washington State, but were unfortunately beat by both of them.  This put KSU-Purple at 4-0 and tied for 3rd in the leader board, and KSU-Powercat at 2-2 and tied for 42nd.  Team Purple is currently ranked 3rd among teams from the north region behind Purdue and Ohio State, who are ranked 1st and 2nd respectively as of week 2.  They will also be squaring off against both of them this week in matches that will likely determine who moves up to the playoffs.  Team Powercat will be facing off against Illinois State Red and Austin Community College as they look to rebound from last week.

Heroes of the Storm

This year, our program was looking to rebuild our HotS team behind the knowledge of Jared “Syn” Karsmizki, a member of the 2015 team that reached the round of 16 and was broadcast on ESPN.  The goal was to form a team out of plat/low diamond league players and to slowly work on team play throughout the Heroes of the Storm Training Grounds in preparation for Heroes of the Dorm in the Spring.  The team came together with Cody “Spuce” Baldwin as the main tank and shot caller, Jake “Jaykonus” Honas as DPS, Tucker “Yabbbyyy” Pierce as secondary DPS, Matthew “Programmer” Johnstone at flex, and Noah “Yurmum” Harvey at support.  Most of the team was new to HotS and nearly everyone was new to playing on a competitive team, but that hasn’t stopped the team from finding early success.  The first week saw K-State match up against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Long Bus Armada and uMass’s MMD1.  Our fledgling team was able to play the map very well against Long Bus Armada and took the series 2-0.  uMass was going to prove a more difficult opponent as a close game 1 was played that saw K-State come out on top.  In the next game uMass was able to hold KSU at bay and out scale them leading to the series being tied at 1-1.  Game 3 saw the new team run into a few problems with positioning and team fight focus and uMass was able to take the series 2-1.  Over all week 1 record was 3-2 and the team found areas that it would look to improve going into the next week.

Week 2 saw K-State matching up against CWRU and the University of Washington.  Our team came ready to play and dismantled U of W in game 1.  Game 2 saw the team being stumped by a strategy that can only be described as “cheese.”  U of W was able to 5 man a fort at level one on Warhead Junction and as soon as the team reached level 10 they used Lt. Morales’s Medivac ship to fly to the K-State’s keep and take it.  after getting wiped they then proceeded to do the same thing and destroyed the core to tie up the series at 1-1.  Game 3 saw a return of normal game play and a return to K-State Macro play to win the series 2-1.  The series against CWRU started off a little shaky, but saw a quick 2-0 by Kansas State giving them a 2-0 record on the weekend and a 3-1 record overall.  After the leaderboard was updated, KSU eSports found themselves in a 3 way tie for 21st in the nation.  The team will square off against Dakota State University’s Technically Better A and Academy of Art University’s Urban Knights.

Overwatch

Our Overwatch squad are a couple of weeks into the TCS: Overwatch and have gotten off the ground and are starting to take flight.  Week 1 saw them match up against University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, A.K.A. MKE eSports.  MKE caught our team sleeping a bit in game two and forced game 3 to decide the match.  After a hard fought battle, KSU eSports was able to come out on top and take the victory 2-1.  Our week 2 opponent would be the Brock Badgers of Brock University.  Our team was able to regroup after the slight scare from the week before and won the series 2-0, giving them an overall record of 2-0.  Going into week 3 they are scheduled to play Purdue in a match that will be streamed this Thursday on Tespa’s Twitch Channel at 9:20 p.m.  The team is full of confidence going into the match and looking to advance to 3-0.

Hearthstone

The Hearthstone Training grounds have officially started and this year K-State has 3 teams entered in, the Wildcards, WildKAT, and Wildcats roar.  Week one was a bit of a rough start for 2 of our teams as the Wildcards fell to Ryerson University 3-0 and WildKAT lost to SIUE 3-0.  However it wasn’t all bad as Wildcats Roar was able to beat the FUS barons 3-0.  Luckily our teams were able to rebound as they all were able to win in week 2, Wildcards with a 3-2 win over University of Wisconsin – Madison, WildKAT with a 3-2 victory over University of Chicago, and Wildcats Roar with a 3-0 over Kent State University.  This leaves Wildcats Roar at 2-0,  and both Wildcards and WildKAT at 1-1.  this week will see Wildcats Roar take on Kentucky, Wildcards taking on NIU, and WildKAT taking on University of Northern Iowa.

Counter Strike and Dota 2

Both Counter Strike and Dota 2 will be kicking off this weekend as they compete in the Collegiate Star League.  CS:GO will be squaring of against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers and the Dota team will be facing off against the University of Houston.

 

This Concludes the first eSports report.  We thank you for reading and hope you return next week.

 

Overwatch Summer Series 2017 Registration

Overwatch Summer Series 2017 Registration

Registration for the 2017 Overwatch Summer Series has officially begun!

With this announcement comes the opportunity to start building our team for the 2017-2018 eSports season. Like last year, we are looking to take a group of dedicated and determined players, and achieve greatness. Our goal this year is to win scholarship money in the Tespa Collegiate Series in the fall, and to do this we must first create a solid foundation to build a team on.  This process starts with finding and developing talent this summer.

 

What it takes to join

If you are interested in playing at the collegiate level, improving as a player, playing with a team, or just having fun, we highly encourage you to participate. We are interested in and willing to take all players, no matter the skill level.  Since this tournament is intended to be a low stakes developmental one, we aren’t looking to win it all right now, but rather groom ourselves for future success.  Our biggest expectations from people on our teams, is to maintain a positive attitude and the ability to take constructive criticism.  It is impossible to win 100% of the time, but players who take out their frustrations on their team will not be tolerated.  In addition to this, a team needs to be able to help each other improve, and players are expected to not react negatively when receiving necessary criticism.

 

Details on tournament and how to sign up for our team(s)

Tespa’s Overwatch Summer Series will be a summer league where teams compete every weekend starting July 16th until  August 27th.  each week, teams will be scheduled to play against other teams of similar league standing and skill.  A team can play up to 3 matches a week, but isn’t required to.  They will indicate how many matches they would like for a given weekend ahead of time, and scheduled accordingly. The league format will effectively play like a ranked ladder with the top 16 teams at the end winning prizes. First place will win Reaper Statues that are effectively worth $150, while everyone else will win various amounts of Blizzard funds, pending on the place they finish.  Matches will be scheduled between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. central time, every Sunday, but teams can agree to reschedule matches for earlier if they so choose.

For full tournament information click HERE

to sign up for our program/teams fill out the form found HERE

We hope that you are willing to join us as we aim to achieve success this fall.

February Fun Tournament – In Review

February Fun Tournament – In Review

We would firstly like to thank everyone who participated in our various tournaments.  Without you guys and your enthusiasm for video games and esports, none of this would be possible.   We hope that you had a great time and that you join us for future events.  If you missed it, here is a quick rundown for you.

Our day started off a little rough, since we couldn’t log into one of the labs we had reserved, which at first wasn’t that big of an issue.  League of Legends play started after teams were formed, and some enjoyment was had spectating the games.  Herathstone and Overwatch were the next to begin, but had to start a little late while we transferred the LoL tournament into the correct lab after gaining access to the computers.  Overwatch had a 1 v 1 tournament, while Hearthstone had a simple meet and great as they played some friendly games.

The 2 Smash bros. tournaments started next with both tournaments going off without a hitch, and upon completing the tournaments some friendly crew battles took place.  Rocket League saw 5 teams that were all very evenly matched, as all the teams were able to get a victory.  CS:GO was the last to start and with an underwhelming turnout the players had to settle on some friendly in house 5 v 5 action.  This didn’t stop any of them from having arguably the most fun out of anyone.

The conclusion of our LoL tournament took place after the group stage, with the best 4 teams squaring off against one another, leading to an exciting final match.  We then raffled away our Tespa and Twitch goodies to all the lucky recipients , and called it a day.  Overall we had lots of fun putting on the event and hope that everyone who participated did too.  If you would like to see pictures from the event you can check them out here on our Facebook page.

February Fun Tournament

February Fun Tournament

Announcing the February Fun Tournament!  The free to enter tournament will be held on Saturday, February 18th, in Durland Expansion room 1116, and will feature League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Smash 4, Rocket League, and CS:GO.  All players will register solo and teams (for the team based games) will be created based on players ranks in the respective game.  The goal is to create the most balanced teams possible in order to give everyone an equal chance to win.  The tournaments for Smash and Hearthstone will be unaffected by this, and be played in double elimination format.  All tournament formats and brackets will be fully decided, and are subject to cancellation if there is not enough expressed interest.  Players are encouraged to bring their own gaming peripherals such as controllers, mouse, keyboards, and headset. (FYI: some computers have weird audio and require a USB headset instead of a traditional headphone jack).  We will also be having a raffle for all players who enter any of the tournaments for the games we will be playing.  The raffle will consist of items that we will be getting from Tespa which consist of various goodies such as: Winston plushies, water bottles, bottle openers, T-shirts, and more.  Additionally, anyone who says they are going to the event on our Facebook Page will receive an additional raffle ticket towards the grand prize raffle.  For additional info and sign up forms for the various tournaments, please look below.

 

  • League of Legends
    • Sign up form
    • Expect group format, most likely Swiss format, various Riot games prizing including RP
    • Sign-ins begin at 9:00, games asap.
  • Overwatch
    • Sign up form
    • Expect group format, with most teams, if not all, still going to bracket stage.
    • Vote will be held to see if we want random heroes or not
    • Tournament will begin at High Noon (12 p.m.)
  • Smash Bros. Melee & Smash 4
  • Hearthstone
    • Double elimination tournament that starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Player will pick 4 decks to play throughout the tournament
    • Each player will ban one opponents deck, and must win with their remaining 3 in order to win
    • Sign up form
  • Rocket League
    • Expect Swiss style group stages followed by bracket play
    • Tournament starts at 1 p.m.
    • Sign up form
  • CS:GO
    • Expect round robin groups followed by bracket stage/finals
    • Tournament starts at 2 p.m. unless there are an overwhelming number of sign ups
    • Sign up form

 

All tournaments will be played until their completion which may potentially take longer than expected.  You need to be able to participate all day in order to receive any prizes.  Please make sure you are free for the day.

Overwatch Tryout Results

Overwatch Tryout Results

I would like to start by thanking everyone for the great turnout we had for tryouts. It’s great to see so much interest in K-State Overwatch and we are excited to foster this community. If you have any questions or concerns with the results of the tryouts, do not hesitate to contact Trevor at tschul01@ksu.edu. This could include not being placed on a team with friends or being placed in a role that you do not feel comfortable playing.  At some point in the future we will ask to meet with the teams do discuss this years plans, so look for that email in the next few weeks. Again, thank you for the great turnout, let’s make this a great first year for K-State Overwatch.

A Team:

  • Trevor Schul — Trevorius#1396 — DPS
  • Blane Steckline — Deadly#1499 — DPS
  • Sam Smith — tb0ne#1773 — Tank
  • Evan Brandt — Evmista#1351 — Tank
  • Nathan Jones — archenemey#1615 — Tank
  • Dom Brunetti — starman#1611 — Healer

B Team:

  • Michael Rayl — W33DLORD#11370 — DPS
  • Mitchell Pearsall-Toetz — Hachik0#1857 — DPS
  • Zachary Terwort — Zennisin#1286 — Tank
  • Joshua Dwier — JershSan#1160 — Tank
  • Mark Williams — Mirai#1672 — Healer
  • Tianyi Ma — tma#11587 — Healer

Purple Team:

  • Nick Nasche — mast#11880 — DPS
  • Cole Simmons — Bonepredator#1946 — DPS
  • Hank Lobaugh — PillarBear#1981 — Tank
  • Tyler McAndrew — KOHunter#11189 — Tank
  • Ricardo Gonzalez — TheRrrr42#1417 — Healer
  • Eric Flett — Threeric#11755 — Healer
  • Adam J. Remus — GreenCable#1191 — Healer
  • Luke Barr — wonderscript#1687 — DPS

White Team:

  • John Vanatta — Venici#1359 — DPS
  • Aaron Porter — ViolentGrape #1981 — DPS
  • Skylan Wagner — FruitCake#11120 — Tank
  • Randy Munoz — LethalVortex#1415 — Tank
  • Tim Ripper — Justykar#1528 — Healer
  • Alecxander Watson — Awat1100#1718 — Healer
  • Mason Moriarty — N/A — Healer
  • Steven Binau — sbinau#1244 — Tank

And for everyone’s information, the teams are not locked for the year, so do not give up on improving your play.  You may be able to prove yourself and move up.

 

Tryouts

Tryouts

Sorry that this message is getting out later than we had initially intended, but better late than never.  This is just a general news update, with information on tryouts and our first tournament.

I would like to remind everyone that we are still holding meetings every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. in Durland Expansion room 1116 for all of the games that we play.  For those of you interested in Super Smash Brothers, they meet every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Durland Expansion 1118.

It’s that time of year again, where we have tryouts for our various eSports teams.  We have scheduled tryout times for Overwatch, League of Legends, and Hearthstone (dates, times, and location listed below).  We are also looking to set dates still for Dota 2, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive (dates, time, and location TBD). To sign up, just fill out the form below for the games you intend to tryout for.

 

Overwatch Tryouts

Dates and times: Sept 7, Sept 9, Sept 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Durland Expansion 1116

Signup

 

League of Legends Tryouts

Dates and times: Sept 14, Sept 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Durland Expansion 1116

Signup

 

Hearthstone Tryouts

Dates and times: Sept 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Durland Expansion 1116

Signup

 

Dota 2 Tryouts

Dates and times: TBD

Location: TBD

Signup