Lack of mental stamina to blame for losses in final round
By: Giovanni Hicks/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Despite little experience playing together, the Grand Canyon University Esports League of Legends team used a 3-3 overall record to place second in the Cactus Combine Collegiate Esports Tournament. The tournament consisted of two best-of-three series.
After dropping Game 1 in the first series, the Lopes corrected their mistakes and turned things around in the following games.
“We took the first loss as a warmup,” said Lopes’ Game Head Kasey Cocking. “Then we were able to bounce back and win the next two games.”
Those wins sent the Lopes to the next round, where they used their momentum to take Game 1 before dropping the last two games and settling for the second-place finish.
“This team had little to no practice with each other before the tournament,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Sean Shannon. “I’m impressed that we finished in second place.”
“I was satisfied with our play in the beginning,” said Cocking. “In the future, though, we need to work on our mental stamina in the later games in order to not only perform better but also keep the team positive even when we’re mentally drained.”
Individually, Lopes’ gamers Seth Street and Hermes Mimini both tied for the second-highest KDA – (Eliminated opponents+ assists) / how many times you’ve been eliminated) – in the tournament with four each.
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