Last week, Atoka High School and their esports program hosted the inaugural Atoka Shadowcat Invitational Esport Tournament.  The Invitational saw Broken Arrow, Lawton MacArthur, Davis, Enid, Stillwell, Salina, and Geronimo all come together in Atoka’s gym-turned esports arena for a full day of competitive esports.  The schools and their teams would spend the next twelve hours competing for the top spots in Rocket League and Overwatch.

Matches alternated throughout the day between Overwatch and Rocket League, culminating in the respective bronze and final matches.  In addition to being a live production, Oath League provided the personnel and hardware to live stream the event on Twitch TV including a full color commentating and play-by-play desk.

As the day wore on, schools found victory and defeat until the final matches were decided.  In Rocket League, Davis and Stillwell found themselves wheel to wheel in the third-place match and after a hard-fought best of three series Stillwell High School found themselves taking home the third-place cup.

Up next was the Rocket League Grand Finals where tournament hosts Atoka Shadowcats found themselves against the OESL #1 seed Geronimo Bluejays.  The best of five Grand Final match saw the Geronimo Bluejays jump out to an early lead and never let up.  The Shadowcats fought valiantly but ultimately fell short as Geronimo claimed a 3-0 victory to bring home the Rocket League cup.

The finale of the was the Overwatch Grand Final and bronze matches.  Salina and Davis found themselves face to face in best of three bronze match showdown.  Both teams found success on the opening map Nepal, but Salina held strong and captured the Overwatch bronze trophy with a 2-0 series victory over Davis after a strong showing the map Havana.

The full day of esports came to a head with the Overwatch Grand Finals being played out in a best of five series between the top seeded OESL teams Broken Arrow and Atoka.  Broken Arrow sliced their way through the preliminary matches with clinical precision to land their spot in the finals.  Atoka found equal success early on, displaying their mechanical skills and tight knit teamplay on their road to the finals.

Both teams looked poised to continue their dominant runs into the Grand Finals and battle for ownership of the Overwatch cup.  Broken Arrow found themselves an early series lead after securing wins on the Nepal and Havana maps.  Game three came down to Kings Row and a win or go home scenario for the Atoka Shadowcats.  Broken Arrow’s defense would prove to be insurmountable as they secured the coveted Overwatch cup in a 3-0 series victory.

Congratulations and GG’s to the teams who competed in the inaugural Atoka Shadowcat invitational and thank you to all of the players, parents, schools, sponsors and the staff of Oath League and Atoka High School for delivering such an outstanding event. 

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