Xavier Johnson ex-ZAY-vee-er (he/him/his)Sports Reporter, Phoenix
Xavier Johnson expects to graduate in spring 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Johnson, who reports for Dot Esports, is working for the Phoenix sports bureau.
PHOENIX – The college-to-pro pipeline for esports players isn’t as clear as their NCAA counterparts. For players on the ASU Esports Valorant team, their dreams of going professional are undeterred by this lack of clarity.
PHOENIX – The ASU Overwatch team, which is undergoing a transition year, recently attended a coaching session with professional Overwatch coach David “Dpei” Pei.
TEMPE – With the community largely pushed online over the past two years, ASU Esports holds the first LAN meetup of the spring semester. Gamers from different backgrounds meet up to socialize and compete.
TEMPE – The Sun Devils won six individual wrestling titles at the Pac-12 Championships. After winning its third straight title, the team heads to the 2022 Men’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships with seven wrestlers qualifying.
PHOENIX – Top-ranked collegiate League of Legends often breeze through the first few weeks of their season against mismatched competition because tiebreaker rules incentivize “speedrunning.” College League of Legends coaches say neither winners or losers benefit.