Colorado College Earns Inaugural SCAC Esports Showdown Title

Colorado College Earns Inaugural SCAC Esports Showdown Title

KERRVILLE, Texas - As the inaugural SCAC Esports Showdown wound down Sunday afternoon, it was Colorado College who walked away with the team title. The two-day event, which included esports programs from six of the league's nine member institutions, was held on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.

Unlike the majority of other collegiate esports competitions that focus entirely on League of Legends as the primary competition vehicle, the SCAC Showdown conducted gaming competition in not only League of Legends but also Overwatch, Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Over 100 students and coaches were on hand for this year's inaugural event.

Colorado College posted victories on Sunday in both League of Legends and Overwatch to accumulate 36 total points in the team competition to earn the Showdown crown. The Tigers added a second-place finish in Fortnite to go along with their second-place finish in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Saturday.

Rounding out the team standings, Austin College finished in second place with 26 points while the host school, Schreiner, was third with 20 points. Trinity University followed with 19 points and Southwestern University placed fifth with 18 points. Johnson & Wales University finished in sixth with one point.

Points were awarded to teams based on team finish in each of the four gaming competitions. First place in any event was worth 10 points, second place teams earned eight points, third place teams six, fourth place teams four and fifth place teams two points. A sixth place finish in any particular event earned zero points. 

On Sunday, the consolation and championship rounds were contested in Overwatch and League of Legends. In Fortnite, the final four teams competeted in a three round scoring challenge to determine first, second, third and fourth places. 

Colorado College held off Schreiner, 3-0, in a hard-fought Overwatch best-of-five finals match. Schreiner did manage to take a couple of rounds off CC who had been undefeated throughout SCAC regular season play. 

Southwestern defeated Austin College, 2-0, in the third place match of the Overwatch competition. 

In League of Legends competition, CC earned the 2-0 victory over Austin College in the best-of-three championship round. Trinity defeated Southwestern, 2-0, in the third place match.

Austin College picked up the team victory in Fortnite on Sunday, taking first place among the four teams who participated in the three-round score challenge round robin. The 'Roos scored 51 points and CC placed second with 49. Southwestern scored 39 points to finish third and Schreiner was fourth with 37 points.

Trinity won the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competition on Saturday as Tiger players finished 1-2 in the competition to clinch the team title. Trinity's Chad "Cheddar" Conway cruised through the bracket undefeated to lead the way. Working down the team standings, Colorado College finished second, Schreiner earned the tiebreaker over Austin College to finish third and Southwestern rounded out the standings for fifth place.

The Overwatch competition opened the SCAC Showdown Saturday morning. In quarterfinal play, third-seeded Austin College defeated sixth-seeded Johnson & Wales, 2-0, and fourth-seeded Southwestern defeated fifth-seeded Trinity, 2-1. Later that afternoon, second-seeded Schreiner defeated Austin College, 2-0, and top-seeded Colorado College defeated Southwestern, 2-0, to advance to Sunday's championship round.

In Fortnite, which was contested in five-round score challenge round robin play, Southwestern (59 points), Austin College (53 points), Schreiner University (47 points) and Colorado College (41 points) all advanced to Saturday's semifinal round. Trinity (37 points) was eliminated. 

In League of Legends quarterfinal play, third-seeded Trinity advanced by default over sixth-seeded Johnson & Wales, and fourth-seeded Southwestern defeated fifth-seeded Schreiner, 2-0. In semifinal play, second-seeded Austin College defeated Trinity, 2-0, and top-seeded Colorado College defeated Southwestern, 2-0 - setting up an Austin College/Colorado College championship match on Sunday.