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Esports wins Collegiate Call of Duty National Championship

June 13, 2023

— For the second consecutive year, Northwood Esports has won the Collegiate Call of Duty National Championship.

“This is such a great achievement for Northwood Esports,” stated Coach Cody Elsen, who directs Northwood University’s Esports program. “I am very proud of the team and looking forward to trying to win a third next year!”

The team includes Dakota Morr of Freeland, Michigan; Dylan Mock of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kyle Tobolski of Detroit, Michigan; and Fernando Reyes of Killeen, Texas.

The Timberwolves defeated Oklahoma Christian University 3-0 in the grand finals on June 11 at Belong Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 

“The grand finals were one of the quickest in college Call of Duty history — the result was no surprise as we only dropped three maps all year,” Elsen noted. 

In esports, “dropping a map” refers to a team losing a specific game or match within a series played on a particular map or game mode. In many esports titles, matches are often played as a best-of series, meaning that the teams compete against each other on multiple maps or game modes.

Esports is an umbrella for numerous competitive games, similar to a university’s athletics department is an umbrella for numerous traditional competitive sports. So Call of Duty is to an esports program what baseball is to a university’s athletics program.

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