This weekend, seven collegiate teams will converge on the campus of Columbia College for the second edition of Midwest Campus Clash. It’s a new year with a new format, but will a new champion be crowned? Here’s what to be on the lookout for during this exhilarating tournament!
Unlike last year, the tournament is slated to be single-elimination. For two teams, this means their competitive time in Columbia will end on Friday evening. Also debuting this year is a designed 7-team bracket. Last year’s bracket was set to be an 8-team double elimination bracket, but the University of Illinois backed out of the tournament days before. With the new format, host school, Columbia College, is already awarded a spot in the Semifinals, with the other six schools battling it out for the other three Semifinal spots.
Like last year, the tournament matches will be Best of 3 series. Quarterfinal action will start Friday evening at 5 p.m. CST with Maryville University taking on Kansas State University. The tournament champion will once again take home a $15,000 check, with 2nd place receiving $5,000 and 3rd/4th place finishers receiving $2,500 each.
Four of the seven teams from the 2017 MWCC are making a return. Defending champions, Robert Morris University (IL), are coming in with a whole new roster from last year. However, despite the roster switches, four of last year’s six RMU MWCC champions will be in attendance, just with different schools.
Derek “MU West” Micheau is returning to Columbia with a Maryville team out for revenge after last year’s runner-up finish. To be able to reclaim the title with his new team, Micheau and Maryville will have to eventually topple their newly established rival, and tournament favorite, Columbia College. The Cougars are coming into the tournament with the core group that won it for RMU last year: Zachary “BukZacH” Lapham, Evan “EvanRL” Lawson, and head coach Drake Porter. CC is looking for redemption after exiting in the Semifinals last year.
Also making a return is Kansas. KU had a pretty quiet CLoL season, so they will look to use MWCC as a way to cap off the competitive year with a bang. The three newcomers to this year’s tournament are Kansas State, Miami (OH), and Missouri. All three finished the CLoL season with positive records in the tough North Region, with K-State and Miami (OH) making the North Quarterfinals.
With both Columbia College and Maryville participating in MWCC this weekend, their CLoL Regional Final match has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 5th.
MWCC will be hosting a live, open Rocket League tournament at the event alongside the League of Legends tournament.
The expo will be holding many fun and informative experiences and activities for attendees. Some of these will be a Double Decker Donkey Kong setup, NovaStar VR Area, and an arcade zone.
My prediction for the League of Legends tournament is that Columbia College will steamroll the competition and claim 1st place. Drake Porter will finally pick up consecutive wins in something.
For more information on Midwest Campus Clash, visit midwestcampusclash.com. Don’t forget though, while you are checking out all the fun in Columbia, be sure to follow CSL on Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook for updates on the Collegiate LoL Regional Finals happening this weekend!
George Crook is a Junior Interdisciplinary Studies major at Mississippi State University, with concentrations in Sports Studies and Public Relations. Alongside being a Staff Writer for the Collegiate Starleague, he also works as a Marketing Intern within the university’s Athletic Department. You can find him on Twitter @gcrook__.
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