Crocket an ESports National Champ



Kaden Crockett wins college’s first ESports title.

Kaleia Lawrence , Opinion Editor

Kaden Crockett won a national title playing Super Smash Bros. When it comes to winning big again next season, he says “I think it would be really funny if I could win twice in a row…Historically, I’m a pretty inconsistent player within other tournaments, so I just think it’d be a little out of the ordinary for me to continue a streak like that.”
As humble as Kaden is about his accomplishments, there is much to brag about. From an original pool of thirty two players, Kaden knocked teammate and friend Baxter Beckwith out of the semifinals. The National title was clinched in a match against “The Fruitsmasher”, final score 4-0.
It was actually Baxter that got Kaden to play for Madison College. The pair, along with other longtime friend Eric Villanueva, all live close to each other and frequently call during games. The close proximity also allows for in person hang out sessions to iron out different aspects of the game.
When campus is open, the WolfPack Den is always filled with people gaming with Super Smash Bros being a popular choice. While this is his first year at Madison College as a student, he did frequent the WolfPack Den before.
“This was a couple of years ago. Other people that were going to school there hosted a tournament there on Friday nights, so after school my friend and I would drive over there and play in the tournament.”
Even though he was competing against people a couple years his elder, Kaden usually placed “in the upper end”, as he put it.
To get ready for next season, Kaden has been taking a break from gaming.
“I’ve been taking a bit of a break ’cause my hands have started hurting really bad, but outside of that, it’s been pretty normal.”
To watch Kaden in action, head to PackEsports on Twitch. Super Smash Bros is played every Tuesday at 4 PM.