Eagles Compete in Three Playoff Finals

The Central Methodist University Esports team finished the fall 2020 season with some history, achieving three playoff finals appearances for the semester.


The Eagles made the finals in three different game titles this fall. The Hearthstone and Fortnite teams dominated their competition throughout the ECAC league and managed to make finals in the playoffs, where they ended up taking runner-up to the champions. Overwatch had only one loss on the season, coming by way of the number one seed North Essex Community College. The Eagles were ranked second in the conference and met North Essex in the playoff finals, where they ended up taking second to the number one seed.


CMU also ended the season with four teams being nationally-ranked within their respective conferences: Fortnite ranked second in ECAC, Overwatch ranked second in NECC, Hearthstone ranked second in ECAC and 16Th in Tespa, and finally Rocket League ranked ninth in ECAC and fourth in NECC.


Despite being runner-up in three different playoff finals, the Eagles were able to finish the fall semester with an overall record of 68-57, much to the delight of head coach Aaron Shockley. The historic semester included eight playoff appearances, six national rankings, and Coach Shockley’s 100th program win under his leadership.


“I am so proud of the program and the success we have achieved early this semester,” Shockley said, adding that he believes that success will only translate to more of the same in the coming seasons.


“I am excited and looking forward to next season,” he said. “Our players have worked hard this semester and it shows with all the success they have been able to achieve. I can’t wait to see what this program is able to do next semester.”