Vikings esports team reaches North American semifinal round

Published: May. 28, 2021 at 4:37 PM CDT|Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 7:20 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Esports competitors from 381 schools across North America entered the 2021 College League of Legends Season. Now, as the competition moves into its last phases, only four schools remain.

One of those final four teams is the Bethany Lutheran College Vikings’ esports team, remaining undefeated in the championship.

“We’ve just been playing super well this past month, and we’re super happy to be in the final four,” said Lucas Fricke, director of esports at Bethany Lutheran College.

Fricke has been playing esports for decades. “When I was in high school, I was in football and everybody loved the football team but not everybody loved the gamers,” he added.

He now leads Bethany’s all-star team.

“What’s awesome about esports becoming mainstream for people of all ages, is it gets to celebrate that group of people who put their time and talents into something that’s really, really cool,” Fricke mentioned.

The game, League of Legends, is one of the world’s most popular video games. It’s centered on team-based strategy and outplaying opponents.

So far, Bethany defeated the University of California Berkeley and Western University (London, Ontario, Canada). They will move on to play Maryville University in the Final Four at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday.

“We’re super, super excited that a small college like Bethany has a chance to play on the national stage,” stated Fricke.

Fricke says one more school will be eliminated before the competition moves on to the finals, where the ultimate winner will be crowned the 2021 Collegiate Champion.

The final matches of the tournament will be broadcast live on the Riot Games LCS Twitch channel and the LCS YouTube channel, as well as in the media player below.

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