Kent Springborn Jr.
JRNM 151 Student

Gamers’ Paradise, one of Lorain County Community College’s largest student clubs, is hosting a League of Legends tournament on Nov. 21. The tournament will be held on the second floor of the iLoft building starting at 10:00 a.m.

“League of Legends is a very popular game. Lots of friends get together to play,” said  Programming major Rick Matos explaining why he decided to host the tournament.

“We decided on the date because it allowed us to plan ahead and it didn’t conflict with any exams,” explained Kayla Stewart, Humanities major and Event Coordinator of Gamers’ Paradise, “The iLoft was chosen since it has the most space and better internet connection than anywhere else on campus. Plus, the individual study rooms allow for teams to be in separate rooms.”

Matos’ hopes for the tournament is to have as many teams of five as possible to face off against each other. These teams can either be assembled prior to the tournament or on the day of. Matos also hopes to have computers available for use during the tournament for those who are unable to bring their own.

To prepare for the tournament, Matos is planning to get advertisements on all of the televisions on campus and to print flyers for the tournament. He is also hoping to contact Riot Games, the development company behind League of Legends, in the hope of getting the tournament sanctioned.

Matos suggests that those who wish to enter the tournament should practice with their champions, the lane they wish to play in, and their teammates. If they wish, they can also practice on their own via the solo queue.

When asked why he intends to enter the tournament, Criminal Justice major Robert Montgomery said “I like playing League of Legends and it’s something fun to do.” Montgomery, who already has a team formed, has been practicing for the tournament with his team by playing games on campus and at home against other teams to see how he and his team are able to work together. Montgomery, who typically plays three to four days a week, hopes that he and his team place second or better.

The prizes for the tournament have not been determined yet, but Matos is hoping to contact local businesses in hopes of getting sponsored prizes. These prizes will be announced at a later date.

As with last year’s tournament, Matos intends to live stream the tournament on the twitch channel twitch.tv/showlogin.

Anyone interested in joining the League of Legends tournament can do so by contacting a Gamers’ Paradise officer or by contacting the Facebook page, League of Legends – LCCC Tournament. There is a $5 fee to enter the tournament and it can be paid to any of the Gamers’ Paradise officers.

“The tournament is going to be a lot of fun. It’ll be a great time playing League of Legends,” said Matos. Matos also has plans to make it a bi-annual tournament and if he isn’t able to get this one sanctioned by Riot Games, he hopes the next one will be.