A computer and a keyboard may not be your typical sports equipment but that’s all Woodstock Academy’s esports team needs to compete for another state title. 

“I
was really excited we had a team here because I used to attend another school
in California and they didn’t have a team,” said Woodstock Academy senior Zhou
Zejun.

“They
have a lot of hours in this game,” added Woodstock Academy esports coach Thomas
Young. “They play all the time.”

Woodstock
Academy’s League of Legends team hasn’t lost a game all season. All five
players are enjoying showing off their skills. 

“When
they play, you can really see them coming out of their shells,” said Young. “It
really is giving them some of those skills that if they’re not on another team
based sport, they wouldn’t have access to.” 

Just
like in traditional sports, teamwork is key. 

“We
need a lot of talking,” said Zejun.

“Researching
the opponent, seeing what the opponents like to do and their play styles,”
added Young. 

The
best players have a mental edge. 

“It’s
about your brain,” said Zejun. “Coordination between your eyes and your
fingers.”

As
more schools begin to introduce the sport, the more popular it becomes. 

“I
think the more streams we get out there, the more social media we can push with
esports, it’s really going to solidify it as a solid high school offering,”
said Young. 

This
is the second year esports has been a sanctioned varsity sport in Connecticut.



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