Drew’s eSports team has been gaining momentum and popularity, and club president Luke Henry (‘21) has been working hard with the club’s new advisor Makana Agcaoili to make sure that they continue to be as popular, if not more so this semester. Henry has been meeting with Agcaoili multiple times a week to make sure the club can succeed and has been able to submit a budget for funding six gaming computers and monitors that will be used in a practice room for the club.
Last semester, the club played in an ECAC tournament, falling to Marist College 2-3 in the championship round. Marist defeated Drew the year before in the finals as well. However, Henry is still proud of the team, saying “That was a victory, taking the top team so close to defeating them meant a lot for us because this was the first season we were a team while they had been a team for much longer than us.”
Currently, there are several teams within the eSports team, including one Overwatch team and three Super Smash Bros teams that compete in the ECAC, and a League of Legends team that competes in the ECAC as well as the Landmark Conference as of this semester. The team recently hosted a tryout for their Super Smash Bros Ultimate team, with 35 people trying out and at least 20 spectators present.
The eSports team began Landmark Conference competition, with the League of Legends team winning their first match against Susquehanna University 2-0. They are playing Catholic on Friday, Feb. 8 and have an ECAC matchup against SUNY Canton on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Landmark Conference play is the same as ECAC, with the eSports team facing off against familiar opponents: Catholic, Elizabethtown, Goucher, Juniata and Susquehanna. The team is hoping to add Hearthstone and FIFA next year, as both are played in the ECAC, but as of right now, Henry is thrilled to have expanded the team to three games.