B- UHS E-sports team battles to a fifth-place finish in National High School E-sports League playoffs

Players focus in on their virtual competitors. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHONY MCDANIELS

BUCKHANNON — Last week, the Buckhannon- Upshur High School E-sports team competed in the National High School E-sports League (HSEL) fall playoff tournament, which featured 200 teams hailing from across the country competing to qualify for a trip to the HSEL national championship held in Dallas, Texas.

The B- UHS E-sports squad, dubbed Project Leviathan, under head coach Anthony McDaniels’ leadership, had a very successful inaugural season, finishing the with a 7-1 record. The team, consisting of Kaiden McDaniels, Joshua Gregory, Dylan Rowan, Eddie Burnside, and Cameron Ervin, found themselves entering the playoffs playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, a combat oriented, first-person shooting game, at a very high-level. The playoff games would be high stake as the bracket was single elimination; they lose one match they would be out of contention for nationals.

The team advanced to the qualifying game, beating their first two playoff opponents. With a trip to Dallas on the line, the players fell just short, losing to their third opponent in a rollercoaster game. Despite the loss, arriving to this point was no-small achievement. In the first year competing, the team almost made it to nationals, which is quite an impressive feat for such a young E-sports program.


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