Another week of College LoL is in the books and we had some seriously fun action this week as the first of the teams start to lose playoff eligibility. In this week’s takeaways, some teams got eliminated, while for others, the true battles start now.
East: University of New Hampshire (3-1) vs. Quinnipiac University (1-2)
Game 1 — 31:11
Blue: NHU — 24 // 56.6k
Red: QU — 15 // 47.8k
Game 2 — 28:30
Blue: QU — 14 // 46.4k
Red: NHU — 18 // 56.0k
- Fast and loose aggression worked for New Hampshire in their 2-0 win. The blitzing nature of NHU’s strategy led to a lot of macro trades tilting the odds in their favor. Whether it was giving up a cloud drake for first brick or abandoning a wayward teammate for lane pressure, the Wildcats found themselves in the driver’s seat for much of the match.
- NHU’s jungler Joey “Triplebackflip” Singhavong was an unstoppable force. Singhavong’s play early on was easily countered and actually led to a kill deficit in the waxing moments of both games. However, he played the role of sacrificial lamb admirably: while contributing the most deaths (7 in gm1, 8 in gm2) across both games, Singhavong posted an impressive .881 kp% by participating in 37 of the Wildcats 42 kills.
- This loss knocks out the Quinnipiac Bobcats from the fast approaching playoffs (Feb 26-Apr 8) while New Hampshire stays alive. As a one loss team though, the Wildcats can ill afford mistakes going forward. It will be interesting to see if their high-octane offense can remain successful at keeping opponents on their heels.
West: University of Victoria (3-0) vs. Mount Royal University (2-1)
Game 1 — 34:59
Blue: VU — 8 // 54.6k
Red: MRU — 17 // 63.7k
Game 2 — 32:12
Blue: MRU — 4 // 46.4k
Red: VU — 15 // 61.7k
Game 3 — 37:36
Blue: VU — 23 // 75.4k
Red: MRU — 12 // 57.8k
- While this loss is tough to swallow, Mount Royal should focus on the silver linings. Pushing VU to a hard fought three-game series keeps the playoff hope alive. They also found a lot of success when they prioritized a scaling, team-fight focused composition. Moving forward, synergy will be their biggest asset.
- Let the creative juices flow and snowball to victory. Their two wins came largely off the play of the Vikings’ top and mid laners. Setting this powerhouse duo up for success will be crucial as the season enters the back nine.
- These are the types of matches coaches live for: very close early games where the adage, “It was a close game, until it wasn’t,” rang true. These tight contests highlight what is working for a team as well as what aspects of their play needs polishing.
North: Kansas State University (3-0) vs. Michigan Tech University (2-1)
Game 1 — 37:43
Blue: KST — 14 // 59.6k
Red: MTU — 24 // 68.3k
Game 2 — 42:00
Blue: MTU — 16 // 69.8k
Red: KST — 19 // 74.8k
Game 3 — 27:09
Blue: KST — 20 // 54.0k
Red: MTU — 3 // 38.7k
- Michigan Tech needs to create some variance in their repertoire. In their victory, they relied heavily on the tried and true strategy of providing a bulwark for Kog’maw’s never ceasing Bio-Arcane Barrage. The other games followed the same recipe of trying to protect the hyper carry, but with the Mouth of the Abyss banned away, the Huskies couldn’t replicate the win.
- The Wildcats, in contrast, showed great ability to identify and adapt. Banning out Kog’Maw after the first game was an easy fix. They took it a step further by selecting champions with long-range engage in the form of Ornn and Zac making the frontline of MTU much less effective.
- It was exciting to see MTU’s jungler Braden “Meltingcloth” Van Camp on an aggressive skirmisher of a champion in Kayn during game one. To see him divert to a more contained and predictable style of jungling seemed a poor choice. These next three weeks will be crucial and giving Van Camp the freedom to create will be the difference between making and missing the playoffs.
West: University of British Columbia (3-0) vs. University of California – Berkeley (2-1)
Game 1 — 29:56
Blue: UBC — 15 // 54.1k
Red: Cal — 4 // 45.4k
Game 2 — 39:05
Blue: Cal — 29 // 69.7k
Red: UBC — 17 // 67.6k
Game 3 — 25:45
Blue: UBC — 20 // 56.4k
Red: Cal — 5 // 36.3k
- This was a match that could have been a game shorter without a little help from a fortunate triple infernal stack for Cal in game two. Utilizing the raw power from a late-game Brand along with the bonus damage provided by the infernal drakes, the Golden Bears stole away the second stanza to force a third game.
- The Canadian titans continue to exhibit dominance. During their series clinching second win, UBC put on a clinic by getting leads in every lane and never looking back. In emphatic fashion, the two-time national champions remain one of the seven undefeated teams in the Western Conference.
- While the whole team performed well, Korey “I E” Dadgar stood out on Fiora in game three. His 60 CS lead at the 17 minute mark effectively forced his counterpart out of lane. With such a substantial advantage, he was able to take his talents to other lanes and cementing the win for UBC.
Elsewhere around the league:
The Big 10 seems to be shaping up as expected. Ohio State University (3-0) and the University of Illinois (3-0) sit atop the BTN East and BTN West, respectively. Lourdes University (3-0) continues to impress as well, largely due to a nearly flawless season by jungler Clement “Hyami” Wittner. Wittner’s 86 KDA through three weeks is the highest across the league.
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Christian Matlock is an esports professional who graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016. He has worked in coaching with Illinois College and was a founding member of Allegiance, a professional esports organization that debuted in Halo and now fields teams in Super Smash Bros and Call of Duty, among others. You can find him on Twitter @CMMatlock.
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