OU’s Esports League of Legends team gets a buff


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Alyssa Christoff is one of three new signees to the Oakland Esports for the 2021 recruiting class.

The 2021 recruiting class for Oakland Esports has taken a huge leap with the addition of three new freshman players to the collegiate gaming scene.

Oakland Esports Head Coach Carl Leone has announced that Alyssa Christoff, Eric Cheang and Henry Huang have been brought onto the League of Legends roster as a part of the 2021 recruiting class. Alyssa joins the team as the very first female player in Oakland University Esports history to be added to the roster and Leone couldn’t be happier with all of these new additions. 

“We are very excited to bring Alyssa on board,” Leone said in a press release, “Alyssa is a historic addition to our program as the first female player to join. We have always been an inclusive program and we certainly hope that Alyssa is the first of many female players to come! Alyssa is a talented League of Legends player and is ranked within the top 4% of all players in North America.”

“ThePurpleAce,” as she is known online, comes from Lake Orion High School and is a two-time winner of the Galentines Tournament. She joins an OU Esports team that continues to make a big splash during their tournaments this year in the school’s debut season. While her groundbreaking addition to the team is very exciting, she’s not the only top prospect that Oakland Esports has managed to recruit. 

Freshman players Eric Cheang and Henry Huang join the team alongside Christoff and have already been designated by Leone as the potential future foundation of this program. 

“We are very excited to bring Eric and Henry on board,” Leone said in a press release. “I expect these promising freshmen to set the foundation for our League of Legends team in a year or two.” 

Eric Cheang, who goes by the online gamertag of “Wzec,” joins from Troy High School and comes onto the team as a seasoned winner in his own right. He has two state championship wins in the Esports League of Legends Spring Tournament to his name, alongside a first place finish in the PlayVS League of Legends Spring 2021 Michigan MASSP. 

Not to be outdone by his recruiting classmates, Henry Huang aka “Hensap” is also a decorated player in the League of Legends community. The Macomb-native from Dakota High is a consistent mainstay in the League of Legends PlayVS Tournament and has made back-to-back runs to the PlayVS Finals. He also doubles as a tennis player, where he’s collected two silver medals during his time with the sport.

With the League of Legends team currently sitting undefeated on the season at 2-0, these signings only bolster the already star-studded roster. All three of these players will be looking to make an immediate impact and continue their stellar play under the black and gold banner for Oakland University during their debut season. 

Along with League of Legends, Oakland Esports competes in Rocket League, Overwatch and Super Smash Brothers.