E-sports team dominates first tournament

By Kevin Clack, Sports Editor, and Courtney Klaus, Editor- In- Chief

E-Sports Club won first place in the Kansas City eSports and Video Game Expo this past weekend in Olathe, Kansas.

The two-day event consisted of nine different tournaments and covered the world of esports, including leading multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), first person shooter (FPS), fighting, card, sport, and real-time strategy games.

The Jets competed in the League of Legends tournament at 11.a.m. Saturday and competed for about three to four hours before taking home first place.

The E-Sports members who competed in the tournament were freshman Adrian Boydston, junior Ralsten Tersol, senior Kenny Ho, senior Cole Sutterfield and senior Kenneth Santiago.

Tersol said he wasn’t expecting much when entering the tournament.

“Considering that this was my first tournament I really didn’t know what to think.... this was all new to me. With me personally, one of the key things I had to focus on was remaining calm.”

Boydston said he’s been a part of six E-Sports competitions before, so he was confidant with his abilities going in.

“My current rating is top five percent out of like one-hundred million, so the games went smoothly. I’ll just say that,” he said.

The two day the expo offered free interactive gaming areas with consoles and computers throughout the tournament for anyone to play. Tersol said once they were done, they were able to explore and watch how other people played.

“We were playing with a terrible wifi connection,” he said. “But, overall, it was fun to experience it, and I can’t wait to go to another e-sports expo or convention again.”

Photo: NEWMAN E-SPORTS took home a first place trophy in League of Legends. Courtesy Photo, Kenny Ho