eSports Preview: Greens Looking For Cup Upset
ARGYLE eSports manager Ben Taylor is hopeful that the Greens can collect the first competitive win in the club’s history with a double-header on Tuesday night.
The Greens dominated the opening stages of their Virtual Pro Gaming (VPG) League One South fixture against Intique eSport, but failed to convert their chances. In the end, they fell to a 3-1 defeat which leaves them winless in their opening five games.
Taylor said: “It’s the same story at the moment. It’s tough, isn’t it? Like I said before, it’s a long season and we can’t be judged on five games. There’s 25 to go, and we have to keep finding the solutions to win these games.”
“We always have a chat and a debrief after the games – and in every game so far we have started well. In the second-half, we have been collapsing a little. We need to find the solution.”
“I don’t know if it’s the pressure of people watching us, maybe, but we have to keep plugging away because once we get that first win, we can go on and get a few more.”
Taylor’s Pilgrims have two opportunities to put things right within 24 hours of losing to Intique. First up, the Greens will look to cause an upset in the opening round of the eSports Cup against Premier South opposition RSG eSports, before their Virtual Pro Gaming League One South fixture against Green Line.
“I think we’ve got a good chance tonight," said Taylor. "In the cup we are playing against a team a few leagues higher than us [RSG eSports], so we’ll be fired up. Then, we’re playing a team that’s just above us in the league [Green Line], so we have a really good opportunity if we play the way we know we can.”
Despite the Pilgrims’ slow start to life on the VPG circuit, Taylor remains confident that the team will turn their fortunes around, sooner rather than later.
“I am feeling positive. Like I said, I don’t like losing. But, we have to take it on the chin right now, and move forward and come back in the next match,” said Taylor. “We had a good long discussion last night, highlighted some key areas, and we’re all united in trying to turn this around.”
“I think we feel a responsibility to do as well as we can to represent the club. The mood among the players is that we want to build something. We know it doesn’t happen overnight, but we know how important that first win will be in setting us off.”
“The support from the club has been fantastic, we are all aware of that and we’re grateful for the opportunity.”