Esports team had many highlights from fall season

James Paradisin, Staff Writer

The Madison College Esports team recently completed their Fall 2022 season and had a great deal of success.
The team competed in Valorant, Rocket League, Overwatch 2, Super Smash Bros and Call of Duty Warzone.
The Overwatch 2 team made a splash in the NACE Starleague playoffs. They had a 5-2 record going in and made a nice run during the playoffs, defeating the University of Ottawa 3-1. They played the University of Hartford next, and quickly fell behind 2-0. The team battled back to force a deciding game five, but ended up falling 3-2 and finished with an honorable top four finish in the Starleague.
The Rocket League team made its way over to the Wisconsin Collegiate Rocket League Lan tournament on Nov. 11 and 12. This tournament was double elimination, and Madison College was one of the only two-year schools in attendance, making the competition even more challenging.
UW-Milwaukee brought five different teams to the tournament, and Madison College was able to dispatch one of them in the first round, 2-0. They faced Milwaukee’s top team next, where they fell just short in a 2-1 loss. They advanced all the way to the lower bracket quarterfinals where they fell just short to the same Milwaukee team that beat them earlier.
They finished with a record of 4-2 and a sixth place finish, including a win over defending champion UW-Whitewater. The team received a nice consolation prize when member Ian Conlin was named MVP.
The Valorant team competed in the most difficult division in the NJCAAE, and finished the season with a solid 4-3 record. They bowed out gracefully as they were unable to get by their first-round opponent, Suffolk Community College.
The Smash Ultimate team had three players competing at these playoffs. Connor Mayhew was unable to secure a victory as he fell to Heartland Community College and Lincoln Land Community College. Baxter Beckwith was able to get a win over Eastern Arizona College, and finished the day with a 2-1 record. Zach Stephens was the only player from the WolfPack to advance to the next round, finishing with a 2-1 record.
The Call of Duty Warzone team ended their season with a 5-2 record, and began their playoff run against Tallahassee Community College. The WolfPack put up a valiant effort, but unfortunately ended up falling 3-1.