eSports Preview: Top-Half Tekkers

HAVING climbed into the top-half of the VPG League One South table after six successive victories, Argyle eSports now have their sights set firmly on the promotion places.

The Greens’ remarkable turnaround has seen them rise from bottom of the division after six games to eighth place, following their 2-1 victory over ANFA eSport on Easter Monday.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have, but we still found a way to win,” said manager Ben Taylor. “What didn’t help was one of our players was kicked out of the game because of his connection, but we still found a way to get the three points.”

Despite not being at their fluent best, Argyle’s sixth win on the spin has sent them into the top-half of the division for the first time in their history – and they are now just nine points behind eSport Viking Slayers, who occupy the final promotion place.

Taylor said: “After the match last night, one of our group said in the chat ‘good teams win, even when they play rubbish’ – that’s exactly what we did. We went one-nil up, they equalised, and we just kept battling and got the result.”

The Greens’ change of fortunes has surprised many, but Taylor has remained steadfast in his appraisal of the team’s prospects – and has always felt that the team had the potential to challenge the division’s best.

“I’ve always said from the start that I believed we could turn it around. We have a group of players who trust each other and know we could fix it – and that’s what we’ve started to do. There’s still a lot of games to be played, and I still believe we can go up,” said Taylor.

“We have got one of the best runs of form in VPG. We want to be the best, and we’re slowly starting to show people how good we are. We have got a good squad who, when called upon, can make a difference.”

The Pilgrims compete with Yxng Boys on Tuesday night, knowing that a win can take them even closer to the top three.

“I can’t be too sure of whether I have played them before in another league,” Taylor said of Tuesday night’s opponents. “They are inconsistent, but anyone can beat anyone at this level. We have to keep plodding along and hopefully get another result.”

The Pilgrims kick-off at 9pm on Tuesday night, and the game will be available to stream live on our Facebook and Twitch channels.