LC esports team won the 10th place in the national competition

LC esports team won the 10th place in the national competition


Laredo College’s esports team placed 10th in the national Valorant competition, where student-athletes competed against multiple teams from various community colleges or two- to four-year academic institutions.

This success means overcoming many hurdles, as the eSports program begins on April 1st.

Carmelino Castillo, esports program coach and director of student engagement at LC, said the team’s biggest challenge was learning to work as a team. Many players practice playing individually, so communication between members was key to reaching the top 10.

“At first they were struggling because they didn’t know Valorant and we didn’t have the coordination of our hands, but most of all the communication,” he said.

They had their ups and downs – more ups than downs because they lost their first game, lost their second game and lost their third game. They were like, ‘You know what, I don’t think we’re ready for sports.’ But once you get that one W, it changes. After that, they won one, then won two, and the next week they won three more, making it a three-game winning streak.

“This boosted their motivation and pushed them to communicate more effectively and build them as a team. They weren’t sitting next to each other, they were sitting far apart. So they were ranked 10th in terms of being able to communicate effectively and win.”

LC junior and Valorant team captain Manuel Peralta also shared his experience in this tournament.

“The last race was very stressful because we could be ahead of the points or we have to see how we finish in the race,” Peralta said. “There were two games we had to win. We were nervous, and everyone was afraid to make a wrong move.”

“All the games were a great experience, because it was a good way to bond with my teammates. It all depends on trusting and communicating with each other to be able to work as a team. Everyone should be in the same state of mind.

Peralta shared that the process requires mastering the game’s fantasy dimensions and characters in order to be ready for competition. Doing so gave him and his team a better understanding of what to do in the game and how to win.

“To understand how the game works and what we have to do, we have to sweep every angle in the game and have all the characters in mind,” he said.

The esports team will continue to host more matches in the future as it recruits more students to join the program. Students interested in applying or learning about the program can contact Carmelino Castillo at



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