Cal ‘League of Legends’ beats San Jose State University in AVGL tournament week 1
After placing third in the Teemo Cup thanks to a loss at the hands of Villanova, Cal set its sights on the AVGL Collegiate League of Legends Tournament. Cal’s first match was against San Jose State Blue, one of the two teams in the tournament originating from SJSU. Cal’s starting ADC and midlaner were unable to participate for the week. Cal won 2-0 against SJSU Blue, but not without a fight. The first game was filled with extended, back-and-forth fights, but Cal usually came out on top.
Jiang’s Zilean ultimates and Lemons’s Thresh lanterns pulled off clutch saves for their teammates, turning the tide in Cal’s favor on multiple occasions. Soon after a failed attempt by SJSU to contest the Dragon, Cal fought its way into the enemy base and ended the match. SJSU anticipated the play and Cal gave up first blood to a five-man death brush. It was looking good for SJSU, but the Spartans soon got too confident with their lead. At about 20 minutes of game time, SJSU started Baron after a team fight that forced Cal to recall.
Neither side had a composition that could kill Baron quickly, and the Bears’ jungler and mid laner made it to the pit in time to finish off four of the low-health Spartans and get the Baron for Cal. Soon after Baron expired, Cal dove SJSU’s top inhibitor turret to try and find the game-winning fight, but a few tower shots too many led to an ace for the Spartans. When the dust settled, Liao came up with a quadra kill and Cal had taken Baron again. Well-fired hooks from Lemons’s Blitzcrank further isolated important targets on the enemy team, and Cal destroyed the red-side Nexus for a 2-0 victory.
News – UBC eSports Association
UBC Dota 2 is no stranger to victories; in 2015, we placed 2nd in the Collegiate StarLeague championships, and came back in 2016 to win it all. Along with AVGL, CSL is the primary collegiate Dota 2 league that UBC competes in. As one of the community managers of the UBC Dota 2 community and the team coordinator for the premier team, I decided to spotlight a few of our players to shed some light on who represents us in the collegiate scene and what playing for us is like. Kyle and Wayne transferred to UBC from Kwantlen University & Langara College and started their first year at UBC as premier Dota 2 players in 2016. The team recently reached the semi-finals for the 2017 CSL Dota 2 Championships, and placed 4th in the AVGL Dota 2 Spring Championships.
Being on the premier Dota 2 team is a significant time commitment. Our players are required to be full-time students, and in order to be at the top of schoolwork and Dota 2, a delicate balance must be mastered. Coming home after classes and playing Dota 2 with friends is a regular routine for him. On top of school work, a part-time job, hobbies, and friends, there was the additional commitment of being on the Dota 2 team. Wayne is still confident that despite the increased competition, UBC is one of the strongest contenders to win the CSL Dota 2 2017 Championship.
We wish both Wayne and Kyle the best of luck in future endeavours and sincerely thank them for their hard work and performance with the UBC Dota 2 premier team. Message us on Facebook here, and don’t forget to join the UBC Dota 2 Facebook group!