This past week marked the fourth edition of the Border City Battle between Lambton Lions Esports and Saints Gaming from St. Clair College in Windsor, ON. The event is typically hosted at either college’s campus, but pandemic concerns caused the event to be carried out online for 2020.
The rival schools’ respective League of Legends teams squared off in a best-of-5 match on Tuesday night to launch the event. Saints Gaming were quick to dispatch the Lions with a resounding 3-0 sweep. The following night featured the schools’ Rocket League teams in a best-of-7 series which featured more parity that the previous evening’s competition. The first two games of the match went to overtime, but unfortunately for the Lions, both games went in favour of Saints Gaming with 2-1 and 3-2 scores in Games 1 and 2. With the wind seemingly out of the Lions’ sails, Saints Gaming cruised to a 5-0 victory in Game 3. The Lions fought hard in Game 4, but the Saints once again held the Lions off with a 2-1 score, sweeping the Rocket League round. The Lions would try to avoid the event sweep on Thursday night as the schools squared off in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The best-of-5 match started with Hardpoint on the Moscow map, where the Saints would take it with a 250-209 score. Game 2 featured Search & Destroy on the Miami map where the Saints once again held off the Lions with a 6-0 win. Game 3 (Control mode) ended the event on the Garrison map with a 3-0 win for Saints Gaming, thereby completing the event sweep of the Lions.
Lambton Lions Esports would like to thank Saints Gaming for participating in the Border City Battle. The event was coordinated and operated by first year students of Lambton College’s Esports Entrepreneurship and Administration program. A winter edition of the event is tentatively scheduled for March-April 2021.