Augusta, Ga. & West Babylon, N.Y. – The East Coast Conference defended their title against the Peach Belt Conference in the second edition of the d2 Champions Challenge held on November 2 and 3. The ECC took inter-conference battle in Riot Games' League of Legends by a final margin of 13-3.
Defending ECC League of Legends champion, New York Tech, and fellow conference member Daemen College, posted a perfect 4-0 record against the PBC.
"First, congratulations to the East Coast Conference and Commissioner Dranoff on retaining the cup for another season," stated Peach Belt Conference Commissioner Dave Brunk. "While it wasn't the result we'd hoped for, the competition was great for all teams and really demonstrated the high level of play we have in our conferences. We are also pleased to promote a model of inter-conference competition that we hope to continue and grow as Esports becomes a bigger part of the collegiate competition landscape."
Daemen College, New York Tech, Molloy College and Southern New Hampshire University represented the ECC while Augusta University, Hawaii Pacific University, University of Montevallo, and Young Harris College competed for the Peach Belt in the event
"We are glad to be able to continue this great event with our friends at the Peach Belt," said ECC Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff. "Last year we had three schools on each side participating and this year we moved it to four. We think this is a very positive experience for all our team members and hope the event continues to grow in the future and, perhaps, expand it to other conferences as well!"
In 2017-18, the Peach Belt Conference became the first NCAA conference to hold an Esports championship that is treated the same as its other intercollegiate offerings, culminating with an in-person live championship event in March. The East Coast Conference hosted its first regular-season competition in the spring of 2019 culminating in their first Esports League of Legends championships. Both conferences also compete in the University League of Legends Championship.
Augusta University Esports Director Andy Lukas noted, "The d2 Challenge was a great experience for the Augusta University students by allowing them to compete at a high level before the actual PBC season starts. The d2 Challenge gave the team an opportunity to build chemistry and understand their strengths and weaknesses so improvements can be made moving forward."
"We are glad that we were able to represent the East Coast Conference well during this challenge," said Gabriel Loayza, New York Tech League of Legends Coach. "We were happy to show our stuff vs. the Peach Belt and we're looking forward to playing again next year."
To view all of the results from the d2 Champions Challenge, click here.