Scion Spartan Corps: Round 1 Wrap-Up
The first monthly Spartan Corps has come to a close and iNoob was there to give you the details on the event. Since this was the first event, the tournament bracket was a round robin, free-for-all rumble between all players. There were a total of nine competitors participating in the event, which in my opinion is a low turnout for a game like Halo.
Players warming up for Spartan Corps. Photo by: Adam Sibille
I don’t feel that the event was marketed very well and I would have like to have seen flyers at Fight Club the weekend before to help with promotion. As a matter of fact, I would have like to have seen a flyer anywhere. While at Paper Heroes, I did see a Fight Club flyer still up from the previous weekend, but no Spartan Corps. I hope for all future event we see flyers up at more locations such as Paper Heroes and Gamestop around town to attract more gamers to the events.
Other than marketing and the low player turnout, I believe the event went quite well. Tommy did a good job working with the players he had and made a bracket that worked with Halo FFA Rumble, which is not an easy thing to do with an odd number of players. If you’re not familiar with Halo FFA Rumble, a match requires six players and the first player to reach 25 kills wins. While that sounds easy enough, with nine total players it can be a bit tricky to make sure everyone plays enough matches to make the brackets fair. In order to resolve this issue, three players were given a bye and moved up to the second round. The winner of the tournament would be decided by the individual with the most kills, least deaths, and most assists with the amount of kills being the priority statistic.
Before we get into the tournament results, I would like to thank Scion eSports for making room for a representative from Christus St. Patrick Hospital, Cara Wyland. Cara is the Children’s Miracle Network Director and attended Spartan Corps to talk about Extra Life, a community of gamers that raises money for a hospital of their choice. While Cara gave her speech, everyone in attendance stopped what they were doing and gave her their full attention which was amazing. I was happy to see the amount of respect our gaming community in Lake Charles gave to Cara and made her feel welcome in what can be an intimidating environment.
Cara delivers her speech as gamers give their full, undivided attention. Photo by: Adam Sibille
With all that out of the way, let’s get into the tournament details. Round one kicked off the tournament in The Coliseum. The first six players in the tournament were Nonah Me, Bossiestcrane95, iSttacks, CrucialCajun, BossGunner987, and Rogue is Good. The match started out and quickly Rogue and Nonah started leading the pack with iSttacks following closely. While I heard that Will is Sick was the player to beat, I was impressed with Rogue and Nonah and they were the first two players I noticed that had a skill advantage over the other players. In the end, Rogue is Good pulled ahead and was the first to reach 25 kills while Nonah and iSttacks took second and third respectively.
The tournament favorite Will is Sick started in round two and was joined by allwasresolved and Derrin01 in the bye round. Round two would consist of the prior three winners, Rogue, Nonah, and iSttacks as well as Will, allwasresolved, and Derrin01 and would be played at The Plaza. I expected Rogue to be as dominant this round as he was in the first, but Will would soon let everyone know why he was the favorite and expected to win. While Rogue does live up to his name, Will was absolutely stunning. Once Will grabbed the sniper rifle, he began hunting the rest of the players without mercy. Rogue did his best to keep up, but in the end Will would take round two over Rogue 25 kills to 17 with allwasresolved taking third securing them each a spot in the final round.
Round three would consist of the bottom three players from rounds one and two and would be played on Truth. While iSttacks and Nonah Me had moved into round two from their victories in round one, they were my favorites to take the round and move into the finals for redemption. Round three had ups and downs throughout the match. I expected Nonah to run away with the match, but was pleasantly surprised when BossiestCrane95 moved up the scoreboard and challenged iSttacks for the lead for quite a bit of the match. Nonah was able to keep up in the top three without any issues and in the end, iSttacks would take round three followed by Nonah and Crane to move into the finals bracket.
The finals round was played on Regret. I expected a good matchup between all six players with the skill levels of everyone playing being high. The match was fast paced and was well played by everyone, but Will and Rogue were both on fire. Will would take the match with Rogue in second, but Nonah surprised me taking third. I had expected iSttacks to continue his hot streak into the finals match but didn’t seem to find the bodies to move into third.
Overall, the gameplay was excellent from all the competitors and I liked seeing a free-for-all rumble tournament since we normally see team based play. I was able to speak to Tommy after the event and he informed me that future Spartan Corps events will be team based, but I would also like to see the FFA rumble continue in Scion eSports play since it allows for single players to sign up for events. I understand having Halo single player and Halo teams may cause a bit of overlap in the player base, but maybe featuring Doom as the single player may bring in more players for Spartan Corps.
In the end, I believe the tournament did do well given the low attendance and lack of advertisement. I hope to see more players sign up for Spartan Corps in the future so we can grow our eSports community for our FPS players in Lake Charles and its surrounding communities. We look forward to future Spartan Corps events every first Saturday of each month and we hope to see you there as well.
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