Club Gaming Competes Against Teams from Across the Country

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By: Dominic Caporale

Staff Writer

Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and PC, are the devices that the Sacred Heart University club gaming team utilizes.

Only one device, the PC, was used for the gaming team this past weekend at their League of Legends Tournament.

“Although we are in a relaxed environment, it’s very competitive, which forces you play to your full potential,” said sophomore, Raymond Chenevey.

League of Legends is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), where there is a roster of over 130 unique characters all serving a different role in destroying the enemy team, “Nexus.”

This past weekend, the gaming team played California State in a head-on battle in a League of Legends Tournament.

“The great thing about this is that it’s not limited, you can play anyone anywhere, because it’s all online teams,” said Chenevey.

League of Legends can be played either solo or with friends, and that’s exactly what the gaming team is doing.

“I feel we work better as a team and we all understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” said freshman, Rob Kirschbaum.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, all three of Sacred Heart’s gaming teams played. The Pioneers play different schools every weekend in which all of the teams compete. The red team faced California State, the grey team faced the University of Northern Iowa, and the white team faced George Brown College.

The Pioneers racked up three big wins, beating their opponents all by the score 2-0. The Pioneers went unscored upon and hope to continue to do so.
Currently, the gaming team has a record of 6-3, but have been on an incline since the start of the spring semester.

To the gaming team, League of Legends is more than just a video game.
“It’s one of my favorite things, because there are so many different character combinations, and there are just a ton of possibilities for interesting matches,” said Chenevey.

Chenevey and Kirschbaum also said that it would be impossible to find a character (player) of whom you don’t relate to, considering there is such a vast roster.

Part of the Pioneers’ success comes from their newly built gaming room, located in Jorge Bergoglio Hall at Sacred Heart. The team holds their practices there. Gaming team coach, Mike Delviscovo, helps prepare the team.

League of Legends isn’t the only game the Pioneers are competing in. They also compete in the game, “Super Smash Brothers.”

Super Smash Brothers is another MOBA online game. Its objective is to knock opponents off of the stage. The game is played by many kids and young adults nowadays, along with League of Legends.

Both games (League of Legends and Super Smash Brothers), are the gaming team’s favorite games to compete in. Both games bring forth, “happiness and fun.”

“The team is just a great time all together,” said Kirschbaum.

The next match set for Sacred Heart, is Saturday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m.

“Sometimes our team will play in the same room, or we will play in our dorm rooms with friends, or even alone,” said Chenevey.

If you want to follow up with the Sacred Heart gaming team, you can check out the Sacred Heart gaming team web page, on the Pioneers Club Sports website.

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