Cherry Creek won the League of Legends championship during the initial pilot season for esports on Saturday night at LocalHost Arena in Lakewood.
It is the first-ever esports championship in Colorado during this pilot program which is being run by PlayVs. The fall sports season crowed a champion in League of Legends. The spring season, which begins next month, will compete in Rocket League.
The Bruins, who finished the season undefeated at 21-0, beat Gateway in the finals, 2-0. Cherry Creek won the first match with seven towers to Gateway's none and a 27-9 advantage in eliminations.
The second game was much closer, with Gateway (20-1 overall) holding a narrow advantage right up until Cherry Creek broke through at the end. Cherry Creek held a narrow 329-315 gold per minute advantage, and took eight towers compared to Gateway's three. Gateway led in eliminations, 26-20, and in dragons, 4-2.
Cherry Creek was led by Vlad Dolzhenko, who dealt 56,327 damage and had a 13-4 kill/death ratio, and 28 assists. Mergen Enhbold had 44,671 damage and a KDA line of 15/7/19. Matthew Collins had 38,320 damage and went 7/9/23.
Gateway was led by Kevin Tran in the finals, with 45,050 damage and a 9/11/18 KDA line. Sungwoon Kim (42,270, 11/8/13) and Leonid Chyzhykov (39,623, 8/10/14) also had great matches.
A total of 56 teams competed in League of Legends during the fall season, and 16 qualified for the playoffs. Four of those advanced to Saturday's in person Final 4 at the largest esports arena in the state: Bear Creek, Cherry Creek, Gateway and Highlands Ranch.
The Bruins beat Highlands Ranch in the semifinals, 2-0. They captured 18 towers and nine dragons to Highlands Ranch's one tower and no dragons. They also led in eliminations, 58-30.
Cherry Creek was again led by Dolzhenko, who dealt 37,554 damage and had a 19-4 kill/death ratio, along with 21 assists. Enhbold (36,528 damage, 16/7/17 KDA), Collins (32,617 damage, 11/5/24) and Avery Lovell (24,406, 10/4/8) also had a great match.
Robin Luo led Highlands Ranch with 43,344 damage and a 18-14 kill/death ratio.
Gateway swept Bear Creek in the semifinals with an impressive performance that saw them hold big advantages in eliminations (50-12), towers (17-0), dragons (7-0) and gold per minute (2,000-1,000).
Chyzhykov paced Gateway with a jaw-dropping 18/2/11 KDA line, and 32,110 damage. Kevin Tran (27,709 damage, 14/4/11 KDA) and Kim (21,197, 10/2/11) also stood out.
Bear Creek's Austin Yee (13,238 damage) and Christopher Nguyen (12,780) led their team.