So this is the 4,000th post on this blog, this archive of entries from a dynasty that I had a lot of fun writing about for a number of years. So far, the Leafa Spirit Dynasty is coming along quite well, and I have updated that blog to the sixth season, which I am currently on so far. Sportswriting and admin assistant work have caused me to pace myself with that dynasty. I also can't do much Pangya grinding because my workstations are in really poor shape.
I changed my banner after a number of months just because I wanted to keep this site of mine fresh, if only for a fleeting bit. I am considering maybe making a version of the Mitakihara Magi for another sport, maybe soccer, baseball, who knows. I don't have immediate plans to create a direct successor to this college football dynasty, which has concluded in 2071, but I am open to finding new ideas, new ways of reviving the Mitakihara Way, the Madoka Way, the way that has convinced me that athletes who wear pink and white just do things better.
I always reminisce of when I was still writing the Magi Football dynasty, and how all these different families came from Japan to Canada to be part of an ideal footballing juggernaut. What if there was a team that could win more championships than Princeton? I always thought, "Sure, but it has to have that unique charm that differentiates this superteam from the Alabamas, the Florida States, the Notre Dames and USCs and Oklahomas of the world, It needs to adopt pink and white as its colors. And it needs to be based in Canada.
This then-sleepy city I made on Vancouver Island, made in the image of its sister city in Japan, the city of the future, would be the center of the college sports universe for five, six decades. So by the time the football team drops to Division I FCS, it's already done enough damage that it has its own network and is a freestanding college athletics program. Mitakihara University has grown up to be the most affluent Canadian university by 2071, more powerful than McGill and Toronto. It's something that Madoka and Homura would be proud of.
And yet, despite enjoying building something magical in Australia, I sometimes want to savor watching teams in pink and white smash all the other big names like they're nobody's business. I hope that one day, the NCAA Football series by EA Sports is restored so that I can actually reboot this dynasty and have it run side-by-side with Leafa College. That gives me an idea for the immediate future: have the Magi be a homecoming opponent on occasions for Leafa. Stay tuned for news on that on the other side, that is, the Leafa Spirit Dynasty, if it is a go.
I have decided to officially call time on the Road To Glory, therefore ending further dynasty updates to this blog. The continuation of this blog is the Leafa College Spirit Football blog, Visit the blog here. This blog will remain here so that you can take a look at the archive entries from the six game decades. Thanks for visiting and GO MAGI!
RONA MTSC Roses: E-sports Lives Here By Tami Nishimikado The Daily Magi August 21, 2073
E-sports has taken time to find its footing in Mitakihara Town, but the Mitakihara Town Sports Club has made significant strides to incorporate it as part of the city's sporting fabric.
Founded in February 2040 by a French-Korean mahjong professional, the late Choe Myeong Hwa, and sanctioned as a wing of the Mitakihara Town Sports Club in April of that year, the MTSC Roses are an all-female corps of professional e-sports gamers from Western Canada who are trained by former gamer professionals from Asia and Europe and who play a variety of online games competitively year-round. The money gained is primarily used to fund for future college expenditures, though some who play past the mandated retirement age of 25 play competitively under the team MTSC Roses Plus, albeit for reduced salaries and for smaller, regional tournaments.
"My wish was for this city to take e-sports seriously as other sports, since mahjong is not strong enough to be considered popular here," Choe said in an interview in 2041. (She passed away in 2055.) "It has taken time for Roses to grow into a strong professional team, but over time it will get there and win tournaments on a consistent basis."
Arguably, the most successful team among the Roses is the League of Legends team, of which the MTSC Roses, sponsored by RONA since 2041, are known around the world for. They entered the North American League of Legends Service in 2041 and within five years, entered the Challenger Series, for which they remained until 2050, when the RONA MTSC Roses were promoted into the League of Legends Championship Series.
From that point on, the door bust wide open. The Roses would go on to become the first-ever highly successful all-female League of Legends team. In 2050, they would defeat teams like Team SoloMid, Cloud9 and LMQ to advance to their first-ever League of Legends World Championship. But they would suffer hurdles along the way, as they were schooled by the likes of Star Horn Royal Club. OMG, SK Telecom T1 and the giants, Samsung Galaxy White.
Years of making it to Worlds but coming up short would pass before the first-ever team of players created the dynasty that would stand to this day, in 2062. The 2062 version of the RONA MTSC Roses, comprising of Elena "Em" Mochizuki, Raimu "SoWhat" Nejikawa, Isuzu "Suzy" Shiranui, Fumio "Flame" Murakami and Kokomi "Coke" Shiina, stormed their way to the World Championship Final, demolishing the once-invincible Samsung Galaxy White to bring the Summoners' Cup to Canada for the first-time in history.
The lineups have changed since then, but the glories have not. This year's team, composed of Claire "Oktober" Rouge, Ellis "Heater" Fahrengart, Fianna Ray "Freo" Ordessia, Rinslet "Rilla" Laurenfrost and Terminus "EndGame" Est, is arguably the most dominant RONA MTSC Roses side to ever don the iconic pink shirt and white Daisy Dukes (known locally as the Pink and Daisies). Installing the uptempo, high-pace, high-intensity style of play from the Korean powerhouses, the Roses finished every contest on an average of 26 minutes, with only three games going past 29 minutes.
"It's not easy to be a professional LoL player but as athletes, we visualize the battle, envision the playing ground and instill the belief in fighting for each other," said Oktober, the designated captain of the side. "We are very good at what we do because we've spent a good deal of our time in this game."
Rilla believes the same way.
"I believe the playing field has changed dramatically ever since we broke the Asian deadlock and gave Canada its first-ever Summoners' Cup years ago," she said. "All of a sudden, everyone wants to take us apart but we are all happy being here in M-Town and playing for everybody in Canada. The E-sports scene is growing and its because of us that we're raising the bar."
"I want to put on my resume that I won the Summoner's Cup and schooled our main global rival, Samsung White," said EndGame. "Then afterwards I can do my best...to cheer the losers up. But I won't give away my secrets."
"Playing League of Legends professionally is like playing tennis or soccer or field hockey or even running cross country: you need to answer its calling and embrace it," said Freo. "For us, this is our calling, this is our job, and we want to win because we want to make our families proud and we can take care of ourselves. We won't play this professionally forever, but since we're employees of the Sport Club, we do take our job seriously."
"This year's finals will take place at BC Place and I hear it's going to be a sellout if we make it to the final," said Heater. "It's nice to not have to play in Los Angeles for once. It's too small. We like to play in front of big crowds because to us, playing E-sports is a bloody big deal. So if Korea or China or Europe wants our Summoner's Cup, you're gonna have to deal with the best girl power the world has ever seen."
In addition to the Roses, Mitakihara Town Sports Club has a men's e-sports branch, called the Tim Hortons MTSC Clovers. However, they have failed to earn the same success as the Roses, though with time, that may change.