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A League (of Legends) of their own: Esports comes to the Big Ten

A League (of Legends) of their own: Esports comes to the Big Ten

The college team is like any other serious enough to eye a championship, so each week this winter at the University of Maryland, College Park, the players study their champions.

Some wield battle axes. Others take a more spectral form. All have lived and died innumerable lives in "League of Legends," the massively popular multiplayer online game set in an imaginative world where users, as so-called summoners, call forth and control one of the many champions available for battle.

This Monday in College Park was historic. Not necessarily the result of the match — the Maryland team, a national semifinalist a year ago, had defeated Rutgers, 2-0. But the hour-plus of...

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