League of Legends club hosts inaugural tryouts

by | Oct 3, 2018 | Biz/Tech

Raymond Brooks
Biz/Tech Reporter

This competitiveness may be intimidating for some but new players are not forgotten, said Tanglang Huang, a new club member.

The club has a friendly atmosphere and veteran members respect new members, Huang said.

Willem Natanel Claassen, the president of the club,  encourages the need for a diversity of skill levels within the club.

“At first, we didn’t have a difference between competitive and fun, but now it’s improved with more tournaments and support from other club members,” Classen said.

Tournaments are held using several teams of five players. The teams play at events that range from casual online tournaments within the club to others that are competitive, such as the upcoming tournament against Sheridan College on Oct. 14. The club has registered six teams to compete this year.

Bojan Lazic, the vice president of the club, said he is looking forward to open tournaments within Humber College to gain support and stay connected with the community.

“I’ve been part of the club for the past year and the trend is our pro players or anyone with experience help with the new participants joining this community,” Lazic said.

He said the e-sports community is not just limited to League of Legends. Humber College has an Overwatch league, which although a different game, is still a way for the Humber community to connect with other competitive students.

Geoffrey Lachapelle, the E-sports Community Coordinator for Humber College and a lecturer in Game Development, said clubs like the League of Legends club are seeking to make a community on campus.

“It is our hope that we can build a multilateral and multicurricular support for e-sports across Humber that allows for us to compete for years to come,” said Lachapelle. “We’re working hard to involve faculty and connect external partners, such as game developers, with internal Humber College students.”

This is echoed by Kevin Tang, the student hire who works with Lachapelle and is in 2nd year game programming. Although coordinators are separate from the club management they try to encourage e-sports culture and develop e-sports infrastructure.

Tang said they are working on a couple of e-sports related things for Humber such as bringing in more experts.

He said he wants to boost the longevity of the club and have students returning year after year.

The long-term goal is an independent e-sports team that plays competitively and represents the talent at Humber, he said.

Given the size of the turnout at the try outs, the students have started the nickname League of Humber for the club.

“We’ve reached a point where people can’t ignore benefits of videogames. Society is slowly coming together to accept these communities and by extension e-sports culture.”

Meetings are held for the League of Legends club every Thursday from 5p.m till 9pm in L203. The room is scheduled to change later in the semester.