Join the Excitement: UAFS的电子竞技 Team Prepares for High-Stakes LAN Tournament
Athletes come in all shapes and sizes, but what makes them equal is their dedication 他们所从事的运动. At the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, one team is preparing for its most significant challenge yet.
On the second floor of the Baldor Building, a relatively quiet room full of students wearing headsets and furiously clicking away on their keyboard and mouse might not 请再看一眼. However, if you take a moment to pause and peek inside, you will see the room is alive with teammates working together to secure a win.
的 UAFS的电子竞技 team, 数字狮子, may be the newest team on the campus, but it is quickly becoming 最好的之一.
10月. 7, the UAFS Valorant蓝色 team will compete in the Red Bull Campus Clutch Delta Region tournament in Huntsville, Alabama. College teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee will go head-to-head 在一个 offline, or LAN, match in the first-person shooter game Valorant. 的 winning team will move on to compete 在一个 East versus West tournament to determine which team will represent the U.S. 在一个 国际比赛.
Team captain for Valorant蓝色, senior Rylynd Bullington, understands there is a lot at stake but is excited for the opportunity to represent UAFS. 后 胜利 九月期间. 16 tournament, the team punched their ticket to the next stage of the competition on the college circuit.
“We can say that we’re top 12 in the US, or (top) 24, depending on how we play,” Rylynd 说 when asked about the significance of winning the Oct. 7 .除…外 moving on to a national tournament.
数字狮子的教练，Dr. Nicki Stancil and Cody Holt 说 they couldn’t be prouder of what the 团队有一个ccomplished quickly and are eager to see what the tournament 持有.
“It’s the first full year of competing … and the amount of work they’ve put in this year has been fantastic,” Stancil exclaimed.
“的y’ve been great since they started. 的y’ve been great during this tournament,” 霍尔特传送. “I’m feeling really good about how they’ve been performing, and I’m expecting they’ll come home with a win.”
的 team will continue to practice and prepare to face their opponents, Auburn University, Cumberland University, and Louisiana Tech University, leading up to the tournament. This will be the first tournament the UAFS team has competed in outside of Arkansas, and it will be unusual as the teams will meet in person instead of virtually, as usual.
In-game leader junior Michael Radke transferred to UAFS and brought with him the experience of playing in a high-pressure LAN tournament. He believes in treating it like every other day when preparing for game day.
“For us to play well, we have to not feel out of our comfort zone, and to do that, from what I’ve learned, is you just have to keep the same routines in life,” Michael 说. “You don’t have to do anything different than usual. 你只要出现就行了 and play like you usually do. 不要想太多.”
Part of keeping things business as usual comes from the classroom. 斯坦斯坦和霍尔特 recognize that while their team is comprised of athletes, they are students first.
“I’m a stickler for them meeting our GPA minimum (2.斯坦西尔说. 继续 where she left off, Holt explained, “We routinely go through to check their current 的平均成绩. … 的y are very much aware that if they fall short of our GPA requirements, 他们会接受缓刑.”
However, the team works to make sure everyone is academically eligible. 玩家将 advantage of the team atmosphere by forming study halls and ensuring grades come first. 的 trip to the Red Bull Campus Clutch tournament will be the same. 数码迷 Lions’ Valorant蓝色 team can expect business as usual heading into the event, from the classroom all the way to gameplay.
的 Red Bull Campus Clutch USA Delta Offline Qualifier will begin at noon CST on Oct. 在亨茨维尔的迪弗瑞斯. Join the rest of the 数字狮子 team at 10:45 a.m. in Baldor, 122, for a live-流ed watch party and cheer on Valorant蓝色 from afar.
If unable to attend the watch party, 流 games on the UAFS的电子竞技 抽搐 或者是官方锦标赛 流. 关注数码雄狮 社会 media pages and tag them with #Lionsontop. To see a sample of in-game action, the 团队有一个 精彩视频 posted online to get fans excited about the tournament event.