MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Esports team took runner-up honors at the first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) League of Legends Championship held Sunday at Georgia College's Magnolia Ballroom.
The No. 3-seed Bobcats beat No. 6-seed Lander University in the quarterfinals Saturday, then upset No. 2-seed Augusta University in the semifinals to start Saturday's action. The Bobcats then dropped a hard-fought 3-1 bout with the top-seeded University of North Georgia.
North Georgia captures the first-ever PBC League of Legends Championship Sunday night, the first of its kind in the nation as the PBC is the first NCAA conference to present a league title for Esports.
The Nighthawks won the first two games in less than 30 minutes. Game three was the showcase and best of the entire tournament. Spanning over 45 minutes, North Georgia was on defense as Georgia College opted for speed and attacked constantly. The Nighthawks were outstanding on defense, but unable to mount an effective counterattack and eventually succumbed. UNG bounced back with a more aggressive approach in game four to capture the crown.
Both teams will now advance to the North American League of Legends Collegiate Championship. Representing the Peach Belt, they will join representatives of the Big Ten Network championship and 12 teams from the four regional conferences that play in the League of Legends national field. Those 16 teams will play two weekends of playoffs starting in April, with the final four meeting the four winners of the regional conferences. The four teams who win there will advance to the national championship tournament in Los Angeles, California in June.
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