Sacramento State’s League of Legends group took a commanding 2-0 triumph over Southern Utah University’s Thunderbirds on Saturday, Feb 13.

It was a mix of strong essential play and good interaction that led the Hornets to success, contrasting to the Thunderbirds’ unorthodox group compositions and placing concerns during defining moments throughout the series.

” I’m feeling respectable considering that they were the runner-up to us and we remained in very first place,” stated Sac State’s mid laner Christian “Shadowstar” Archbold. “Taking them down, it bodes well for our future video games.”

The Thunderbirds’ draft choices for this series were either binary, only doing one thing with little group synergy, or were convenience select of the meta. The Hornets stuck with more traditional team compositions in both video games.

The first video game began with a distinct draft from the Thunderbirds, that included a Yorick top pick and a Malphite mid to object to the Hornet’s Pantheon pick for their mid lane, who drafted an otherwise standard team structure.

The opening minutes started with three kills for the Hornets, transitioning that to the very first ocean drake and nearly a 2k gold lead for the Hornets at 7 minutes, a lead the Thunderbirds never came back from.

All 3 lanes started to press out, offering the Hornets an opportunity to defeat Baron Nashor at 21 minutes 30 seconds. The Thunderbirds contested the objective, getting aced for only one Hornet in return.

At 26 minutes a mid tower and inhibitor and a bottom tower were taken for no Hornet deaths, requiring the Thunderbirds to safeguard bottom and providing the Hornets a complimentary Elder Dragon closing out the game at thirty minutes 19 seconds.

” Due to a lot of great teams dropping out for some unpredicted factors, I believe the general level of competition in the league dropped a little bit, however I don’t believe there are really any ‘bad’ teams,” stated Sac State’s marksman Dakar “DvX” George. “I believe if we use our momentum well and remain focused on our objective, we should have the ability to go undefeated in the routine season at the least.”

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In the 2nd game draft opened with another unconventional choice, with the Thunderbirds deciding into Kayn as a first choice for their jungler and a repeat of the Yorick pick for top. The Hornets responded with repeat picks in Udyr, Alistair and Mordekaiser.

” I blind picked the Orianna, and Corki is simply infamously countered by Orianna, so that’s simply, he just chose a losing lane,” Archbold said. “Corki can not do anything versus an Orianna.”

A failed early game tower dive from the Thunderbird’s jungler gave both buffs and first blood to the Hornet’s mid laner, beginning another snowball for the Hornets.

The Hornets tried the dragon quickly after, but the Thunderbird’s jungler originated from behind the dragon pit, stealing the dragon from right under the Hornets’ noses and even living to inform the tale.

Another bad dive from Kayn eliminated 2 of the Thunderbirds, but a fast follow through eliminated the Hornets’ mid laner, burning her flash and netting the Thunderbirds’ marksman some shutdown gold, narrowing the gold difference.

The Hornets broke a more 2 towers, extending their lead of four towers to none and a 10k gold difference at 16 minutes.

The last dragon of the video game resulted in a chasing skirmish through the Thunderbirds’ jungle, trading players 2-for-2, killing the Ocean Drake, Rift Herald and 2 more towers in the Hornets’ favor.

The final push for the nexus resulted in a teamfight leading to the Thunderbirds getting aced, liquidating the game at 21 minutes and 50 seconds and ending the Hornets’ set versus the Thunderbirds in a triumphant 2-0.