Following a top 4 finish in the spring season that led to the UCSD’s appearance in the first ever ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship in Houston, Texas, the team entered the fall 2019 Season lacking its strongest player. Yunhao “DragonGod” Xu had graduated after only 2 years with the team leaving the team with a gap for its third player. Entering the week 5 match against USC, this place had usually been filled by Cameron “TeaDragon” Wang, but he was unavailable for the match so the first game of the match was played by Drew “NoLuckNoFame” Santangelo. NoLuckNoFame attempted to execute an unusual strategy in order to win the game quickly, but his opponent identified the threat and quickly put together a defense that resulted in a 1-0 lead for USC in the match. In the second match UCSD put out Kailash “Liqht” Jayaram to play against USC’s player “Jay”. The match was strongly favored for UCSD as Liqht is a Grandmaster League player, one of the top 200 players on the server while the USC player was rated towards the bottom of Master’s league. Jay attempted to use a powerful mid-game attack to attempt to steal the game from the stronger player but Liqht defended it and quickly finished his opponent with a counter attack. Entering the Ace match with the score tied at 1-1, UCSD sent out their Ace player Joshua “Flume” Chan. Flume attempted to play a defensive game as he felt he had an advantage in the match; however, he misidentified his opponents build as more aggressive than it actually was resulting in Flume quickly falling behind. His opponent followed up the opening with an all-in attack, an attack that must work or the player will lose. As Flume had expected this attack to come earlier he had invested too much in defense and had fallen behind and was unable to defend. USC finished the series up 2-1 defeating UCSD in the match.