TENNERTON — In the hyper-competitive high school E-Sports league (HSEL), Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s Project Leviathan Gaming has quickly established themselves as a one of the fastest rising programs in the country. Last fall, B-UHS’ E-Sports team finished as the #6-overall team in the HSEL’s national Call of Duty polls. Last fall’s run was only stopped with a loss to a highly-touted Crestwood High School (Pa.) which entered the match-up as the #2-team in the nation.
It seems that their loss ending their Fall season has motivated the team to play even harder, as so far in the team’s Spring season, Project Leviathan’s Team-A, consisting of Joshua Gregory, Eddie burnside, Kadien McDaniels, Cameron Ervin and Robert Debarr, has compiled a 10-1 record in league play.
The Leviathans got off to a dominate start to the Spring season, with both Team-A and Team-B posting 2-0 starts through the first month of the season.
This past week, B-U’s Project Leviathan Gaming’s Team-A added another accolade to their growing collection of honors, as they earned the right to play for a national championship in the video game, Call of Duty: Vanguard. Head Coach Anthony McDaniels’ team fought their way to nationals after beating the #9-ranked Maize South High School (Kan.) Mavs E-Sports team back on Friday, April 22, by a final score of 3-2. The series, streamed on the Maize South High School team’s Twitch page, offers a glimpse at some of the best qualities and competition the HSEL has to offer. The back-and-forth affair was ultimately decided with a decisive fifth match, where a decisive Leviathan victory handed coach McDaniels’ team the series win. The excitement these players can generate with their play, as well as the intensity and break-neck pace of the game is truly a sight to behold. If any readers have been on the fence about whether to join or become of a supporter of E-Sports, there has never been a better time than the present. The sport, while relatively new is opening up new avenues for student-athletes to take advantage of and providing them with a platform for their exceptional talents.
With the win, this team of local boys have secured a bid to compete on the big stage for the HSEL Call of Duty National Championship in May! To earn a shot at the title of the best HSEL team in possibly the most popular video game franchise of the 21st Century is an amazing accomplishment for a program still in its infancy. Time will tell if this group can continue their march towards a championship. However, one thing is assured, that this team’s legacy in establishing a successful E-Sports culture for Buckhannon-Upshur High School students will not soon be forgotten.