Sandbox Esports and Sports Academy announced Tuesday the Sandbox Esports League of Legends Fantasy Camp, a three day summer training camp for players to receive training from professional players in the North American League Championship Series.
The camp will include pros like Eugene “Pobelter” Park of Immortals, Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black, Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha, Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes, and Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun of Counter Logic Gaming, Adrian “Adrian” Ma, who most recently played support for Team Liquid, Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-sub, the coach for Challenger team Gold Coin United, and Alberto “Crumbz” Rengifo, former pro and current English LCK caster for SpoTV. The camp will take place at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.
From Sept. 15-17, campers will be in an environment modeled after a boot camp, with daily schedules including scrim blocks, reviews and strategy meetings. The camp will also have facilities available for physical and mental training through sports psychologists and physical performance training.
In an interview with Slingshot, Aphromoo said that the resources offered to prospective pros such as sports psychologists will be incredibly useful, as they are resources “not always available” for amateur players, and that it will be a great opportunity to experience the positive effects.
Aspects of professional gaming that are often neglected such as physical health will be addressed with a workout regimen and therapy to give campers “the extra edge over other teams,” Aphromoo said.
The camp will take 30 kids, but there is a caveat: The campers will be decided through an application process with a minimum bid of $3,000. So it’s possible for prospective campers to be priced out by the highest bidders. When reached for comment, a representative of Catalyst Sports said size of the bid won’t be the sole determining factor, but it’s still important to know that not everyone who comes up with the minimum bid will be selected.
“While the higher the bid the more likely a camper is selected, we will also be looking for position fit (can’t have 30 mid laners) and other factors that individual campers will bring to the camp that will enhance the experience for everyone,” the spokesperson said.
The timing of the camp also puts it between the NA LCS summer split, which is currently underway, and the League of Legends World Championship. In the event that a group of the listed professionals qualify for worlds or could not attend the camp, it could result in not every professional being present during the three day period based on availability. Players are not obligated to fulfill their commitments to the camp in the event of a worlds qualification. In that event, the camp will have other players available to fill those roles.
In the event of CLG making it to worlds, Aphromoo said that it could “impact scheduling” due to worlds being held in China, but also said that he was confident that he can do everything that needs to be done during that time.
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