Lopes’ run ends in subsequent championship tourney
By: Giovanni Hicks/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Ten conference titlists. One ultimate champion.
While the Grand Canyon University Esports Fortnite team’s quest to hoist the championship trophy of the Collegiate Esports Invitational Tournament fell short, they still collected some impressive hardware along the journey. The Lopes won the CEI Western Athletic Conference Tournament before falling to Colorado State University in the ensuing championship tournament.
The CEI event was broken into two tournaments. The first tournament was play against very familiar teams to determine what teams would represent their conference and advance to the championship tournament. Opposing teams were loaded into the Fortnite map against each other for a best-of-three series. The team that secured the most eliminations won the map, and the first team to two map victories moved onto the championship tournament.
Ten different collegiate conferences – stretching from the American East Conference on the eastern seaboard, all the way to the West Coast Conference along the Pacific coast – battled it out to see who would be crowned as champions.
In the first tournament, the Lopes pulled off a crucial victory against Seattle University to win the WAC and move on to the championship tournament.
In the first round of the championship tournament, the Lopes struggled to keep up with Colorado State University despite a strong performance from Lopes’ gamer Logan Smith, losing both of the first two maps, and eliminating them from contention.
“I’m happy that we were at least able to make it into the championship tournament. It shows that we have a top tier team here,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Scott Martin. “The confidence from playing in this tournament will carry over into the future and bring more success to the program.”
“I’m so happy we got the opportunity to participate in this tournament,” said Smith. “It was an incredible experience.”
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