Professional E-sports have been more than popular for a few years now, only growing as time goes on. Fans follow their favorite players or teams; watching them compete, tuning in to their streams, and learning about the experiences that these E-sports players have. Everyone involved in competitive games, to some degree, is curious about what it takes to become a pro player, and what it’s like to be at the top. In paying close attention to the wild growth of pro e-sports, many overlook the college leagues, and that led me to find out what it’s like to be a part of these leagues.
Helping me gain a better perspective on college leagues are Dean and Dan, twin brothers who played on the same college Smite team in the AVGL. The two brothers joined a team as they entered their Freshman year in college, and their third year playing Smite. In their first season they found success, giving them the chance to play in the championship game for the season. Their championship game brought them to the Hi-Rez Studios Esports Arena in Atlanta, and an experience of it’s own along the way.
The Meta Gamer: How did you initially form your team?
Dean: a friend of ours grabbed two other players with the same idea, and we just got together and destroyed.
TMG: What’s it like to play on an e-sports team with your brother?
Dan: It’s alright
Dean: I don’t know, it’s ok. We play really well together, and we have good synergy as teammates.
TMG: Why Smite over other MOBAs?
Dean: All of our friends played and we got into it. I also like how it’s third person and you move with WASD.
Dan: It’s legit ten times better than clicking.
TMG: Did playing in the AVGL effect your school work at all?
Dean: Not really, we only had to play two nights a week, in best of three games.
Dan: yeah, but we usually only played two games because we shit stomped.
TMG: How much time did you guys spend in practice?
Dan: almost none, we played ranked for the most part.
Dean: Yeah, we mainly played ranked for practice. We scrimmed other teams a couple times though.
TMG: How difficult or easy was it to get to Atlanta for the championship?
Dan: It really was not hard at all.
Dean: It was a pretty easy time actually getting to Atlanta, overall.
TMG: There was no real competition in the league?
Dean: There was actually a lot of good players in the league. Players that are now pro or have been pro Smite players.
Dan: We just had better teammates that worked well together.
TMG: What was the AVGL LAN experience like?
Dan: LAN was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.
Dean: Yeah, it was a lot of fun. We got to meet a bunch of pros, as well as make some money.
TMG: What was the prize pool?
Dean: The total was $10,000.
Dan: The Winners split $6,000 five ways and second place split $4,000 five ways.
TMG: How was the community and atmosphere within the AVGL?
Dean: At LAN, everyone was really nice. In general, the people and the players in the AVGL were cool, but we really didn’t talk much.
Dan: We really only talked to our teammates outside of LAN.
TMG: Do you think the league helped the Smite community overall?
Dan: Yeah, I think it does. It allows casual players to be competitive.
Dean: I think so too. The college league helps brimg more players into competitve Smite, helping it grow.
TMG: What were your best and worst moments in the AVGL?
Dan: the best moment was making LAN, the worst moment was losing at LAN.
TMG: Would you recommend that other players try playing in the AVGL?
Dan: Yeah, it’s much better practice than ranked.
Dean: I mean, yeah it’s fun, but they shouldn’t expect to win right away. It should be more for fun until they are more skilled.
To see these AVGL games for yourself, check out https://www.twitch.tv/avgl when seasons start!