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UIS’ Cyber League team takes a first in national competition

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UIS’ 2017 National Cyber League season has come to a close. Led by Captain Austin Bransky, the UIS team took first in the nation in Log Analysis, and finished in the top ten percent of teams overall.

What is National Cyber League:

National Cyber League is cyber-security competition based on a digital version of “capture the flag.”   Teams are given a web application that have “flags” that correspond with various questions and challenges that players need to solve. These flags cover a wide range of security topics, including open source intelligence, password cracking, wireless security, enumeration of cryptography, and web application security.  Points are awarded based on the difficulty of the flag.

The UIS Team:

UIS entered this year coming off of a strong 2016 showing. Returning team members performed better than last year, scoring more points with higher accuracy. Even with higher individual performance, their relative standings fell slightly.

Several students had outstanding individual performances during the regular season. Steve Berryman placed 31st, Bhavyanshu Prasher placed 37th, and Austin Bransky placed 79th in a field of over 2,400 competitors.

The UIS team placed 18th out of 182 teams nationally at the NCL’s postseason tournament. UIS also ranked first in the Log Analysis category.  This was only UIS’ second season in NCL competition, and they are already planning how to keep their momentum going into next year.

The team is coached by Brian Rogers.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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Cincinnati Prevails over IC Esports in Clash of Unbeatens

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Week 3 of Collegiate League of Legends was played against the University of Cincinnati on Friday night, with both teams coming into the week with a record of 2-0.

Game 1 was a very slow-paced game in the early game, with Illinois College playing towards the top side of the map and Cincinnati playing towards their bot side of the map. This showed by substantial farm leads in those lanes for the respective teams. The first major clash came at the 18 minute mark, where Cincinnati took a map bonus and four kills.

IC was able to stay in the game by stealing another map bonus at the 27 minute mark, but the Cincinnati long-game strategy paid off, and IC was constantly on the back foot. Game 1 ended at 37 minutes with a final score of 19-5 in favor of Cincinnati. Stat leaders for IC were Dalton “Prankuru” Swaino with a KDA of 3/3/0 and 34% of the team’s damage, followed by Adam “IC Chill” Lee with a KDA of 0/3/2 and 29% of the team’s damage.

Game 2’s early game was very similar to game 1 as IC’s top lane and Cincinnati’s bot lane both received jungle attention and this showed with substantial farm leads for both teams. There was not much action for the majority of the game, but Cincinnati was able to keep control with a strong bot lane and great macro decisions by taking dragons on spawn.

Cincinnati was able to take baron at 22 minutes and push to end shortly after. Game 2 ended at 25:30 with a final kill score of 11-4 in favor of Cincinnati. Stat leaders for IC were Dalton “Prankuru” Swaino with a KDA of 2/1/0 and 38% of the team’s damage followed by Adam “IC Chill” Lee with a KDA of 2/3/0 and 25% of the team’s damage.

This result pushes IC to 2-1 in Riot’s College League of Legends tournament.  The next match is scheduled for February 16th at 3 p.m. with the opponent to still be determined.

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IC Esports Improves to 2-0 with Win over Northern Illinois

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Week 2 of Collegiate League of Legends was played against Northern Illinois University, as both teams came into week to with a record of 1-0.

Game 1 was a very macro-oriented game with not much action throughout. NIU took a slight advantage near the nine minute mark, but IC stopped them from capitalizing on it. Dalton “Prakuru” Swaino helped tie up the NIU team, and prevent them from executing their game plan.

Around 28 minutes was when IC was finally able to get baron and start to take structures in NIU’s base.  Shortly after, IC was able to end the game at 31:27 with a final score of 10-3.

Game 2 was a jungle-dominated game in favor of IC and Dylan “IC Storm” Cawthon. NIU attempted long-game strategy, but IC effectively countered this with early pressure, scoring four points in the first ten minutes. This early pressure turned into a strong mid game for IC and their eventual victory 20-6 in 26:32.

Stat leaders of game 2 go to Dylan “IC Storm” Cawthon with a KDA of 11/1/2 and 32% of the team’s overall damage, followed by Dalton “Prankuru” Swaino with a KDA of 2/2/4 and dealing 28% of the team’s overall damage.

This result pushes IC to 2-0 in Riot’s College League of Legends tournament. The next match is scheduled for February 9 at 3 p.m. with the opponent to still be decided.

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Illinois College Starts Riot League of Legends Tournament with Commanding Performance

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JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – The Illinois College esports team started off the Riot League of Legends Tournament with an strong 2-0 victory over Heartland Community College, improving to 1-0 on the season.

Riot’s Collegiate League of Legends season is comprised of over 300 teams, with 82 coming in the North Conference. The North Conference includes 13 states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin) and four Canadian provinces (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon). IC ranks as the No. 9 seed in the north heading into the first match vs Heartland Community College.

Game 1 started and ended quickly for Illinois College. After pulling ahead before the 5-minute mark, their progress snowballed for the rest of the match. Heartland scored one point in the final seconds of the match, which ended 24-1 for IC.

Stat leaders on the team went to Tony “King Me” Bautista-Foti with an 8/0/5 KDA and doing 36% of the overall damage, followed by Dalton “Prankuru” Swaino with a 4/0/3 KDA and doing 21% of the overall damage.

Game 2 was very similar to game 1, which was domination from start to finish for Illinois College. Dylan “IC Storm” Cawthon took a very early victory, with other IC players quickly following suit, for a 3-0 lead by the 4-minute mark. Game 2 ended in 18:22 with a final score of 44-5 in favor of Illinois College.

Stat leaders on the team goes to Tony “King Me” Bautista-Foti with an 18/2/4 KDA and doing 31% of the overall damage, followed by Adam “IC Chill” Lee with a 10/1/9 KDA and doing 25% of the overall damage.

The next match is scheduled for February 2 at 3 p.m. with the opponent to still be determined.

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