Alma, Mich. - The Alma College League of Legends team begins a new season Thursday at 9 p.m. when it takes on the Davenport University Panthers. The Scots will look to repeat as GG League Champions as they went 6-1 in the regular season and undefeated in the playoffs en route to a title for their first season of competition last fall.
For this year's regular season, Alma College will play every Thursday through October against an opponent that will be announced the week of the matchup. Each matchup's winner will be decided through a best-of-three game series. Head Coach Chris Gaumond has his starting lineup set and gives his outlook on each competitior.
"In the Top Lane we have Nolan Rowland. Previously a Mid Laner, Nolan has worked hard in the offseason to transition to a new role and help his team where they need it the most," Gaumond said. "Nolan is a senior multi-sport athlete and brings a solid understanding of champion matchups and knows when it's his time to make a big play."
"In the Jungle we have Freshman Alex Flint. Lex has meshed with the team from the start and will be a great asset to the team this year," Gaumond said. "Lex uses his game knowledge to get early leads for himself and the team. Lex is never afraid to be the one to engage the opponent and finds creative ways to ensure his team's victory."
Flint has enjoyed his time as a newcomer to the program.
"It's nice to have an active sport going to keep some sense of normalcy in this bizarre time. Its amazing how welcoming and understanding the team is to new people, feels like a second family, with everything attached including the disagreements and great times alike."
"In the Mid Lane we have Jacob Wilburn. Jacob played several games on last year's championship team and will continue to hold down the center of the map for his team this year," Gaumond said. "Jacob uses his mechanics to overcome opponents and apply pressure to objectives around the map. With a diverse champion pool, Jacob can bring a new look to opponents each game."
Wilburn has been ready for competition to start and believes the team's chemistry will lead to success.
"I have been really excited for this upcoming season," Wilburn said. "We as a roster have been playing together and building bonds between each other throughout the summer so when the season finally starts, we will be ready for what's to come. I am also very happy that since we are able to play our matches online, we can still participate in our season. We as a team have been preparing for this season and we hope to win this whole tournament."
"At ADC we have Connor Demarest. A vocal leader, Connor works hard to ensure his team is on the same page and focusing on the correct objectives," Gaumond said. "During hectic games the team can count on Connor to know what the next big play is. The team looks to Connor late in close games to help swing the momentum in our favor."
"At Support we have Leighton Collingwood. A returning starter from the 2019 championship team, Leighton will be looking to use his experience to help repeat the team's success this year," Gaumond said. "Leighton combines his game knowledge with his excellent timing to create picks around the map to put his team in control."
Collingwood, who led the league last year with 153 assists, is pleased that the Scots will be back in action and is ready to defend their Championship.
"I am super glad to be able to compete on the Esports team again this year," Collingwood said. "With everything going on in the World right now, I like being able to zone out and give my all to the game. Although practices and games are going to look a lot different this year, I'm looking forward to being able to play in Block House and hoping to bring home another title"
Stay up to date on the Esports season on almascots.com as well as on all of the Alma College Athletics social media accounts.