Wizards District Gaming took Warriors Gaming Squad down and won the title of NBA 2K League champions. Wizards District Gaming or popularly @WizardsDG
“Point guard John “JBM” Mascone’s stellar performance helped the Wizard District Gaming seal their victory over the Golden Warrior State-owned Warrior Gaming Squad in their first year of competition.”
It is rare to see a No. 1 overall draft pick winning the championship in their first year of competition. However, on Friday night, that’s what happened as the Wizards District Gaming, owned by Washington Wizards, won the title, fueled by an outstanding performance from point guard John Mascone aka JBM.
“I was just telling my parents I have been playing sports for 18 years straight, and I have never been so emotional till now,” John Mascone told a reporter after the championship. John Mascone was set to become a pro tennis player at the University of Pennsylvania just before he was forced to turn to the game because of an injury. But despite the pressure and expectations that came with being a top pick, John Mascone was confident.
“It’s hard to win without the right people around you,” he said. “It’s easy for me to come into these games knowing I don’t need to play A-plus basketball to win. … Nerves are alleviated, knowing that people around you are just as hungry.”
Wizards District beat Warriors Gaming Squad 3-1 in the best of 5 series to claim their first title. After Warriors Gaming won the first game, the Wizards were able to find their rhythm and won three times consecutively.
“We felt like we came out flat-footed, and we didn’t talk enough,” Mascone said about losing the opening game. “We were blinded by the moment. Going into these things, you try not to excite it up, but also have a sense of urgency. … We found that balance starting in Game 2. Game 1 was a blessing in disguise, nonetheless.”
The championship title continued a surprising run. The Wizards District faced the Raptors Uprising GC, a team with a stellar record that had already won both in-season NBA 2K League championship, in the semifinals, and took them away.
“In a game like [NBA 2K], where you have a week before, you can’t think about anything else,” Mascone said. “I’m dreaming about this. We didn’t have any time to think about going into the game against the Raptors. They were undisputedly the best team in the league. We were just better on that day.”
“The Wizard District center Ryan Dayfri Cognor received a well-deserved playoff MVP honor mainly for helping the team by hitting its reset button on its mentality when they lost the game according to John “JBM” Mascone.”
The Playoff MVP honors went to center Conger. Mascone said Ryan “Dayfri” Conger was the only voice of reason for the team after they lost Game 1. Ryan Conger helped hit the reset button for the team’s mentality after they lost.
Both teams were shipped cases with a trophy inside, and the winning team was told the correct combination to open the case. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the whole season being played online, and that’s just another example of how different things had been. League says a collective decision was made over the previous days to start the broadcast like this. Recently, multiple leagues, including the WNBA and NBA, saw the player’s boycott games because of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. In esports, some teams that participated in CS: GO, VALORANT tournament Pop Flash, and tournament ESL One also boycotted games support the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice issue.
During the NBA 2K League finals, the season awards also were revealed. Raptors Uprising GC point guard “Kenny Got Work” Hailey got the MVP honors. He led the league in scoring with 35.3 points for every game. Point Guard for Bucks Gaming Reginald “Regg” Nash Jr took away the Rookie of the Year award. He finished with 9.1 assists for every game and second in the league. Timelycook of Raptors Uprising GC picked up an award for Defensive Player of the Year.