December 17, 2020
Cornell College Esports Team is currently ranked in the top five teams in the Midwest after losing just one game in the CSL League of Legends preseason, and is now gearing up for the competitive spring season.
They ended the fall season with four wins and one loss. Then, they will compete in the Riot Scholastic Association of America (RSAA) competition in January and February, which is the bigger of the two tournaments.
Building on the strong team chemistry of last year, the newly recruited students play their part as the Rams fight their way to the top of the rankings.
One of the many students who have joined the team this year is Minnesotan Indigo Meads.
âGetting into esports was definitely one of the decisions that steered me towards Cornell College,â said Meads. âI love playing League of Legends and finding out that I could join a team as it was a huge factor in coming to Cornell. I would highly recommend any college student who plays any of the games our team hosts, or even who are interested in the esports scene, to join in. You also don’t have to be good at a game to participate, the team is focused on improving quickly and accepting everyone.
The first-year student, who plans to major in international relationships, find your rhythm while studying One class at a time on the block plan and play with the esports team while the class is not in session.
Meads started playing during his youth with his father who also introduced him to League of Legends. Now he plays the role of ADC (attack-damage-carry) for the Cornell College Esports team. His position works closely with another member of the team but interacts with the whole team. Meads says his first year was about developing his gaming skills, learning better communication skills, and most importantly, making friends with similar interests.
âThe best part of esports for me has been the connections,â Meads said. “I have improved a lot in League of Legends throughout my time here, but I appreciate the friends and relationships I have made more.”
Even though it’s online, those friendships are essential during this pandemic where socializing has been more difficult due to distancing guidelines. Even with COVID-19[female[feminine impacting everyone’s daily life, Meads finds ways to enjoy every minute and has some tips for others who are considering signing up to Cornell to play on the esports team.
âI think no one should be nervous or doubt their abilities when engaging in esports,â he said. “Esports and Coach Sheehan are the most flexible combination for students. They adjust to other clubs and schoolwork and eventually understand that students have other things going on in their lives. ”
The next League of Legends preseason game is January 9 against the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
The Cornell Esports program for 51 students is now competing nationally in five different game titles, including Monitoring, League of Legends, Valorant, Super Smash Bros. and Rocket League.