MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Noah Johnson, a WVU economics main from Baltimore, Maryland, doesn’t know what the long run holds for him in relation to Esports however does know he has one thing cooking nowadays.
Johnson took dwelling the Degree Subsequent Madden Nationwide Championship within the faculty realm final week and competed in knowledgeable event Wednesday the place he gained the Thanksgiving Madden Championship.
Johnson, who was WVU’s first Esports recruit, just lately appeared on MetroNews ‘Talkline’ to debate his profession to this point after making an announcement with the nationwide championship.
“I began enjoying with my dad rising up,” he mentioned. “I discovered these tournaments on-line and I began enjoying in them. I began doing effectively in these on-line tournaments and subsequent factor you already know I’m enjoying in these high-level tournaments.”
He has executed it!@NoahUpNxt is your MCS Final Thanksgiving Madden Champion!
— WVU Esports (@WVUEsports) November 25, 2021
Johnson performed Wednesday and was victorious within the MCS (Madden Championship Collection), one of many sequence’ 4 main tournaments. He was the fourth ranked Madden NFL 22 participant on the planet going into the occasion the place $75,000 was on the road.
.@NoahUpNxt, @WVUEsports first scholar, gained the esports Degree Subsequent Madden Nationwide Championship. He describes to @HoppyKercheval that second alongside together with his time at WVU to this point. WATCH: https://t.co/yCFQ3nDJuy pic.twitter.com/MawZPUFamb
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) November 22, 2021
Johnson gained $25,000, a belt and ring together with his collegiate nationwide championship win over Weber State. He superior to the winner’s bracket as a Mountaineer with a last-second area purpose to beat Weber State, 17-14.
Johnson then beat Weber State once more within the championship recreation, 23-21, by changing a 4th and 10 play to keep up possession of the ball and run out the clock for the win. Within the semifinal, Johnson beat Oregon 31-14.
“I might have punted the ball and tried to play some protection however I took a threat and went for it on 4th and 10. I discovered DK Metcalf open, he caught it and that’s all that issues,” Johnson mentioned of his gaming resolution.
He added that enjoying Madden and Esports takes expertise reminiscent of with the ability to modify mid-game and staying in your toes. He mentioned that he watches opponents’ previous video games on Youtube and scouts their tendencies earlier than kickoff.
WVU mentioned Esports is at the moment holding tryouts for competitors to begin within the spring for Name of Obligation, Rocket League and Valorant.
“Esports may very well be big. I’m on the curler coaster of it and I’ll see the place it takes me. I actually haven’t any clue,” Johnson mentioned.