Cornell College Esports program recently concluded its regular season run playing Overwatch in the Tespa Varsity Series , placing in the top 25 schools participating in the Swiss Bracket of the premier league. During their competitive debut, the team competed against over 100 other colleges and universities and finished with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.
Overwatch , among other things, is a game about strategy. The team spends a majority of their practice time strategizing the best approach for each game. In a live match, however, things don’t always go to plan. That’s where team captain Ben Soderberg comes in. Ben Soderberg, team captain “I am responsible for adapting new strategies when things don’t go as expected. Along with that, I am in charge of making sure that everyone stays focused on the same target and we have a plan going in to each team fight.” So far, it’s worked. Cornell Esports coach Mayson Sheehan was sure to point out that the teams’ performance during the regular season has set them up for a good postseason run.
The first postseason match took place Nov. 2. Cornell won 3-0 against Henderson State University in the first round, and lost to Delaware University in the second. The team has high hopes for the future. “As the team gets more time to develop, I can only see us doing better than we already are,” Soderberg says. “All of our players have learned so much about the game in such a short period of time.” This rapid growth can largely be contributed to Sheehan. Coach Sheehan spent the spring and summer of 2019 spearheading the development of the Esports program in preparation for the official competitive launch in the fall. He was tasked with recruiting students for the team, […]
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