PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Johnson & Wales League of Legends (LoL) team will compete as part of the Riot College LoL Fall invitational tournament after winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifiers. The Wildcats now move on to a single elimination 32-team bracket against other top collegiate LoL teams around the country.
“I am extremely proud of these students as they continue to compete at a high level,” says JWU Esports Head Coach Aaron Colaiacomo. “It’s really incredible we have been able to win our qualifier bracket, just as a second-year program, and compete with other top programs,” he says.
The Wildcats will represent the ECAC along with the University at Albany (Albany) as part of the 32-team field from across the nation. The Wildcats were awarded the spot after going 4-0 in the ECAC qualifiers. First the Wildcats knocked off St. Lawrence University with a 2-1 victory in its opening match advancing to the winner’s bracket semifinals. In the semifinals, the Wildcats sent SUNY Canton down to the loser bracket (2-0), setting a matchup with Albany. With a victory in the winners bracket final, JWU would secure a spot as the national representative for the ECAC. Dispatching Albany 2-0 sent JWU to the grand final and a spot in the national invitational. JWU cemented a perfect 4-0 record in the qualifier with 2-1 victory over Albany, after the Great Danes battled back as the champions of the losers bracket.
The Wildcats will square off against Ohio State University later this evening, October 27, beginning at 8 p.m. All matches, including the finals on November 17, will be streamed over different channels.