Road to the Thanksgiving Open: Where have all the Cowboys gone?
It’s time once again for your weekly update on what’s happening over at Scion Esports HQ! This week has been a little busy especially for your fellow iNoob crewmembers since Louisiana Comic Con took up the weekend, but that still doesn’t stop us from delivering you updates on the esports front.
This week the Scion team spent a lot of time drafting and reviewing the rules for old games as well as the eagerly anticipated Overwatch tournament. For the most part, all rules regarding games that were previously hosted at prior events will not change, however, Overwatch is a whole other animal. Overwatch rules will be very similar to how competitive is currently played during season 2. I have found that this system currently works very well in game and we would like to see that carry over to the tournament scene. Other items that were brought to the table were map selections, how many rounds per match will be played, and how draws will be handled. I can assure you these details are being reviewed with a fine-toothed comb and once the final draft is drawn up, teams will be able to review the rules themselves.
In other tournament-related news, there has been a surge of Smash players registering for the event as expected. We would currently like to see more Heroes of the Storm teams and players registering as well as Overwatch teams, but we’re still early in the registration phase so I expect more to sign up as time progresses. Halo players are also starting to show up on the sign in sheets, but if we are to host a Halo tournament we will need to see a much larger interest than we currently have. As of right now, we currently do not have any Rocket League teams registered nor do we have any Street Fighter V players signed up. I cannot stress enough how important it is to preregister for the tournament so we can gauge how many players to plan for. If the community does not show interest then there is a possibility that these games could be dropped from tournament play in the future, so please sign up as soon as possible.
From the iNoob front, King and Wiseman have been hitting the streets to help Scion Esports promote and made their way to speak to the Sowela Gamers Club. After speaking to the group, there was a large interest in Smash, Overwatch, and Rocket League and the members started planning teams for the Flying Tigers including an all ladies team for Smash! While the Flying Tigers are gathering their forces, I must ask, what are the McNeese Cowboys going to do about this? Can we expect a local college showdown between the Flying Tigers and the Cowboys? Only time can tell and iNoob is still planning on talking to the UL Ragin’ Cajuns to determine if they’re up to the challenge as well.
iNoob member King has also been talking with Blizzard about how the Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm Grassroots Teams can assist Scion with promotions and the like for the Thanksgiving Open. While we’re still in the early stages of planning, Blizzard is quite excited to see how our local scene grows and what type of crowd we are pulling in. While it is still unclear how Blizzard will support Scion Esports, the fact is they are responding and are genuinely interested in what we are doing in our community.
In closing, the Scion Esports staff is working hard to make this event huge for the gaming community. If you are interested in participating, please register for the event at www.scionesports.com and make the trip. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.