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Seton Hall Sweeps BIG EAST Esports Championships

The Seton Hall Esports Pirates won both Big East Championships. League matches concluded on Sunday with the Pirates claiming the Spring 2022 Title for League of Legends and Rocket League. With the wins, the Pirates have earned an automatic bid to the League of Legends National College Championship, scheduled to begin on April 23.

“We are extremely proud of our Esports Pirates and these Big East titles,” said Paul Fisher, associate chief information officer at the University. Esports at Seton Hall is exceedingly popular among our student body and we have invested in it accordingly, Our state-of-the-art esports facility gives our team the ability to compete at the very highest levels. And at the end of the day, much like with traditional spectator sports, it’s about engagement and supporting our students.”

2022 Big East Esports Rocket League ChampionsBig East Rocket League Championship

The 2022 Rocket League Big East Tournament concluded with top-seeded Seton Hall defeating fourth-seeded DePaul, 3-1, to claim the Big East Title.

Entering the tournament with a perfect 8-0 conference record, the Pirates maintained form with a perfect 4-0 mark in matches, winning a total of 12 out of 14 individual games.

In the Grand Final against DePaul, Seton Hall struck first with a 3-1 victory in the opening round. However, the Blue Demons quickly responded with an impressive second round showing, downing the Pirates 5-1.

Returning to their winning ways in rounds three and four, Seton Hall earned a 2-0 shutout to take the 2-1 lead in the series, before securing the Big East title with a 5-2 showing in the fourth and final match.

The championship matchup marked the second time in the tournament the two teams met, with the Blue Demons and Pirates first facing off in the semifinals of the winners’ bracket. In similar fashion, Seton Hall edged DePaul in that meeting with a 3-1 win, outscoring the Blue Demons 10-7 in four matches.

Big East Competition in Rocket League is conducted as part of the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) Rocket League season.

Big East League of Legends Championship

The spring 2022 League of Legend Big East Championship concluded on Sunday with Seton Hall capping a perfect conference season with the Big East League of Legends title.

Entering the event as the No. 1 seed, Seton Hall (9-0) faced No. 3 seeded Connecticut (5-4) in the title game, with the Pirates earning the 2-0 victory and the championship.

Overall, Seton Hall finished the season undefeated in team play, winning 18 out of 20 total individual games over the course of the spring slate.

The Seton Hall team was a commanding presence throughout the Big East tournament. In the first semifinal contest, the Pirates got off to a blazing start with an 18.6 KDA ratio, collecting 29 kills compared to only five for St. John’s (4-4). Teammates Krop and Fleuber Burbler both finished the round without a single death with Krop posting a round-high 10 kills and a 20 KDA ratio, while Fleuber Burbler finished with 17 assists and a 19 KDA ratio.

The Pirates closed it out with another strong team performance in the second round, posting a 10.5 KDA ratio. Individually, IvernedThisRank led the way with a 17 KDA ratio, including 10 kills.

In the title match, Seton Hall earned its seventh sweep of the spring campaign, capping the two rounds with a 9.06 KDA ratio. Individually, Krop led the way with a 16.5 KDA ratio, while IvernedThisRank led the Pirates with 16 kills in the championship game.

Last October, the Big East and EGF announced a three-year agreement that enables all 11-member schools to compete in a year-long multigame season for the first time as official EGF Collegiate (EGFC) league members. EGFC is the national Division I Varsity Esports League with a growing number of schools bringing their own elite teams together to vie for National Championships across a number of game titles.

To follow updates on social media, follow #BIGEASTesports. For more on the BIG EAST Conference’s involvement in Esports visit www.BIGEAST.com/esports.

About Seton Hall Esports
A leader in the field, Seton Hall has had an esports club team since 2013. Among the first University gaming organizations in the state of New Jersey to be recognized, the team has been asked by a number of gaming organizations to provide insight into the future of collegiate gaming. The Seton Hall Esports team has played a pivotal role in the shaping and formation of league-sanctioned collegiate play. In November 2019, the University completed construction on a state-of-the-art computer lab and esports facility with dedicated and optimized computers for students’ recreational and competitive use. The Pirates are Spring 2020 and Spring 2022 BIG EAST League of Legends Champions, the 2020 BIG EAST-MAAC Esports Tournament Rocket League Champions, the 2018 BIG EAST Inaugural Rocket League Winter Invitational Champions, and Spring 2022 Rocket League Champions.

About the BIG EAST
The BIG EAST Conference is an association of 11 nationally prominent colleges and universities that foster healthy athletic competition, community service and the pursuit of excellence in academic environments. The athletic programs of BIG EAST institutions provide national-caliber participation opportunities for more than 4,100 student-athletes on over 200 men’s and women’s teams in 22 sports. Established in 1979 and headquartered in New York City, the BIG EAST’s members are located in eight of the country’s top 36 largest media markets and include Butler University, University of Connecticut, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University. For more information, visit www.bigeast.com.

ABOUT EGF
Founded in 2015, EGF is the national governing body for formalized collegiate D-I esports and high school level leagues. EGF’s youth, high school and D-I collegiate leagues are inspired by the best aspects of traditional sports to create opportunities for students and schools to engage and advance. For more information or to inquire about collegiate participation, please visit EGF.gg, follow @officialEGF on Twitter, Instagram and Twitch and Facebook or contact info@EGFederation.gg.

Source: https://www.shu.edu/esports/news/seton-hall-sweeps-big-east-esports-championships.cfm

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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