AUTHOR: CHRIS "BEARLIGHT" LEE / @BEARLIGHTCASTS
The biggest online esports recruiting event of the season, Carry2College (C2C) by Stay Plugged In returned for the Fall season this past weekend open to all students interested in pursuing esports opportunities and scholarships for their upcoming college adventures. The two-day event involved recruiting competitions in the newest competitive titles Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Overwatch 2, alongside the hottest collegiate title in the industry, Riot Games FPS hit Valorant.
In addition to the 12 live broadcasts produced by Stay Plugged In on Twitch covering the action for the 450+ colleges that utilize their platform's services, a large number of colleges also took advantage of Stay Plugged In's first-of-it's-kind virtual college fair. Colleges that registered in advance received their own voice and text channel in the Stay Plugged In server in Discord, where they could relay information about their school and their esports programs to all attending student prospects. The Discord server was buzzing with students, and in some cases full teams, voice-chatting with college representatives between matches all weekend long. Many of these conversations will continue throughout the semester and into the new year thanks to the built in messaging system on the Stay Plugged In website, where players and college directors and coaches connect.
Today we will look at the many great stories made over the course of the weekend, from the engaging storylines of the Valorant, Overwatch 2, and Call of Duty brackets, to those connections that were created because of it.
GAMEPLAY AND RESULTS
VALORANT: DIVISION 4
LOWER FINAL: BOSCO VAR (13-10) KRAKEN
KON (Jett) of Kraken went 22/18/4 in KDA and 7 first bloods. This is a massive amount of first bloods. You give your team a solid shot when you create favorable numbers early in rounds.
WOOO (KAY/O) of Bosco Var went 26/15/13 in KDA. 13 assists with KAY/O is very efficient. Entry for Bosco Var was greatly improved because of this.
GRAND FINAL: OPERATION STRIX (13-10) BOSCO VAR
KUSH (Chamber) of Operation Strix went 24/13/0 in KDA. Kush led the way in fragging this time around. Kush continuously had low death counts throughout the event to help the team in late rounds.
REDDI (KAY/O) of Bosco went 19/16/8 in KDA. Reddi looked to mimic teammate WOOO's play on KAY/O and proved capable of doing so.
SLICKY (Viper) of Operation Strix went 20/15/4 in KDA. Playing in a controller role, timing on smokes is everything. Even more so with Viper, and Slicky was near perfect.
VALORANT DIVISION 4 CHAMPIONS: OPERATION STRIX
VALORANT DIV 4 MVP: KUSH
VALORANT: DIVISION 3
LOWER FINAL: WMH (13-8) GUARDIAN ESPORTS
HIPPITY (Astra) of WMH went 29/14/12 in KDA. Many leading performances on an agent tough to play, and Hippity proved to be arguably the best controller in the division.
FRIED (Raze) of WMH went 28/18/7, and had 6 first bloods. A total of 10 first bloods and 57 kills between the Friedrice/Hippity duo. The two headed monster could not be stopped.
WURT (KAY/O) of Guardian went 15/16/13 in KDA. WuRT's entry kept Guardian Esports in contention on the attacking side, and in retakes when on defense. A valiant effort in a close and tough loss.
GRAND FINAL: WHM FORCES RESET, TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP
In an incredible first match for the Grand Finals, Zoomer Brain (ZB) and WHM were dead even. They went round for round the entire time, even when the match got to the final stages. When ZB were one round away from winning the Division 3 title at a 12-11 lead, WHM needed to find a way to hold off for their tournament lives. To make it even more high pressure for WHM, ZB got the spike down and would force a retake. The strong intel of WMH allowed them to retake and they forced overtime. It took 32 rounds, the longest overtime in Carry2College history for Valorant, but WMH eventually got it done to force the bracket rest.
In the final tilt to determine a winner, a different map (Ascent) showed similar trends early. Many were chattering about a potentially subsequent overtime when the map went to 5-6 after 11 rounds. Those thoughts were quieted right then-and-there, as WMH would win 6 more rounds straight to take the 12-5 lead. ZB would win one additional round, but it was "We Miss Her" with the close out, and the Division 3 C2C championship win.
VALORANT DIVISION 3 CHAMPIONS: WE MISS HER
VALORANT DIV 3 MVP: HIPPITY
VALORANT: DIVISION 2
LOWER FINAL: MIST (13 - 7) KENNEDY VAL
ZANDLER (Chamber) of Mist went 23/11/3 in KDA. Chamber is an automatic pick for zandler on Icebox. High kills + low deaths = frustration for opponents. Chamber's Rendezvous ability is sometimes under-utilized, but zandler's expertise of the ability attributes his unmatched escapability. This is seen in zandler's low death count.
ARSH (Sova) of Mist went 18/10/7 in KDA. It was the lowest amount of deaths this map. The recon dart Arsh had due to staying alive late made Mist virtually unbeatable in post-plant situations
GRAND FINAL MATCH 1: MIST (13 - 7) DREAMLAND
ARSH (Sova) of Mist went 24/6/4 in KDA. Arsh's performance on Sova regardless of which map was played is indicative of the time Arsh puts into strategies and practice. Programs looking for intel initiators can find great value in what Arsh is able to do.
PCHU (Jett) of Mist went 20/9/0 in KDA. It was good to see pChu bounce back from some only-decent maps earlier in the bracket. The ability to recover mid-competition is tough for some. Excellent mentality shown by the junior from North Carolina.
GRAND FINAL RESET: MIST (13 - 1) DREAMLAND
ZANDLER (Chamber) of Mist went 19/4/0 in KDA. Icebox again and zandler slaying on Chamber again. Also notable was the +100 Econ rating, showing the ability to use the agent's util weaponry and leave credits to teammates for more full-buy rounds for Mist.
PYRATE (Viper) of Mist went 16/6/6 in KDA. Risky to engage early for a controller, but Pyrate landed 4 first bloods for the team, bringing together fragging, smokes, and walls for the perfect lethal combination when it mattered most.
Mist was dominant in their Division 2 bracket, and end up resetting the bracket and finishing as Carry2College Valorant Division 2 champions!
VALORANT DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS: MIST
VALORANT DIV 2 MVP: ZANDLER
VALORANT: DIVISION 1
LOWER FINAL: TEAM NAME (13 - 6) EMPYREAL GAMING
CONRAD (Chamber) of Team Name went 24/16/5 in KDA. Conrad was doing the same thing in Stay Plugged In's Summer Series. Well disciplined and balanced Chamber play.
ZAM2OP (Skye) of Team Name went 17/9/11 in KDA. When used correctly on the right map, Skye's flashes and trailblazer recon/stun can rack up assists. Zam2op in this match was a prime example of Skye played right.
PLEX (Fade) of Team Name also added 10 assists. Not the highest KD, but adding a deafen to Skye's flashes and stun just took it's toll on their opponent and allowed their duelist and Chamber to do their thing.
GRAND FINAL: GO NEXT vs TEAM NAME (Thursday, November 17th)
The Grand Finals of Division 1 for Valorant has been scheduled. The event will take place this Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Check back later for more news on the results of the match!
SEMIFINALS: DEBIT ISLAND (2 - 0) DREAMLAND
Debit Island was able to sneak out a close victory with a 2-1 win on the control map Oasis. The 12 minute victory was the longest we saw on a control map in the Overwatch 2 bracket.
Debit Island also managed to hold off a late push from Dreamland on Midtown to win the Hybrid map 3-2 and advance to the Final.
SEMIFINALS: MCEA ELITE LIONS (2 - 0) BLINN
Lijiang Tower was the site for Map 1 between the two, where the Lions were off to a hot start. On the second round of control, Blinn was able to keep the fight alive for a couple of key extensions, but the Lions won 2-0 in just under 10 minutes.
Escort was much closer between the two squads. Blinn understood what needed to be done early on Eichenwilde, but RONIN (Zarya) of MCEA Elite Lions went on a 10-kill streak to change the tide and advance the Lions to the Final to take on Debit Island.
FINAL: DEBIT ISLAND (2 - 0) MCEA ELITE LIONS
Debit Island had an unbelievable start in the Overwatch 2 Final. There was hardly ever a time they surrendered a point capture in control. They played aggressively forward and didn't allow their opponents to even reach the point to challenge. They won at Lijiang Tower 2-0 in just over 6 minutes played to start the best-of-3 off with a win.
King's Row, one of the most adored maps in Overwatch that made it's way into the Overwatch 2 world was where MCEA Elite Lions would have their last shot. Their attack managed to take the point and push the payload through a checkpoint, but when it came to defense, Debit Island was too much to hold off.
Debit Island wins the Carry2College Overwatch 2 title! Congratulations on an incredible run through the division and Final Bracket!
OVERWATCH 2 CHAMPIONS: DEBIT ISLAND
OVERWATCH 2 MVP: CLEAR
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2
SEMIFINALS: SANCTIONED (3 - 0) TIMELESS ACADEMY
Sanctioned won 250 - 174 on Hardpoint.
Sanctioned won 6 - 1 on Search and Destroy.
CARELESS of Sanctioned went 9/2 in KD on S&D.
Sanctioned won 3 - 0 on Control.
SHIESTY HOPE of Sanctioned went 33/14 in KD with 4 objective kills on Control.
SEMIFINALS: STONEHENGE CREW (3 - 0) STARLIGHT
Stonehenge won 250 - 12 on Hardpoint.
Stonehenge won 6 - 2 on Search & Destroy.
MAMMXL of Stonehenge went 8/3 in KD with 119.75 damage inflicted per round on S&D.
Stonehenge won 3 - 0 on Control.
FINALS: SANCTIONED (3 - 0) STONEHENGE CREW
Sanctioned won 250 - 36 on Hardpoint.
Sanctioned won 6 - 1 on Search & Destroy.
Sanctioned won 3 - 0 on Control.
CARELESS of Sanctioned started off with an 11/1 KD and was unstoppable in the final game mode of the Final.
Sanctioned was incredibly confident in their fragging ability. Hardpoint and Search & Destroy was heavily favored in their fashion and this made a comeback nearly impossible. They approached the control map like deathmatch and forced Stonehenge out of lives in every round. Congratulations to Sanctioned for their Carry2College Call of Duty title!
CALL OF DUTY CHAMPIONS: SANCTIONED
CALL OF DUTY MVP: CARELESS
From everyone here at Stay Plugged In, we would like to show our great appreciation for all of the many players, college representatives, and staff who took part in making this Carry2College such a successful event. We will continue to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to pursue their esports passions, and allow easier access to higher education for all. This event continues to contribute as one of the largest examples of this, and it is made possible by those who continue to support the platform. Thank you for your support!
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