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Six Takeaways from College LoL Regional Quarterfinals

12 Mar , 2018  

Across all 15 matches played in the cLoL postseason thus far, there have been three upsets – strictly using seeding as the predictor of who should win. Fortunately for collegiate LoL fans everywhere, CSL broadcasted two of those upsets: first we saw University of Waterloo take out Ryerson University followed by a five game marathon between the University of Toronto and New York University.

Ryerson University (East #3) vs. University of Waterloo (East #6)

UW wins series 3-1

Game 1 — 47:38

Blue: RU — 15 Kills

Red: UW — 24 Kills

Game 2 — 48:50

Blue: UW — 25 // 90.6k

Red: RU — 23 // 93.6k

Game 3 — 34:05

Blue: RU — 8 // 53.6k

Red: UW — 14 // 64.4k

Game 4 — 30:10

Blue: UW — 17 // 60.8k

Red: Ru — 7 // 47.3k


  1. It was apparent Waterloo prioritized the early game. Every game on stream showed Waterloo getting out to a lead at 15:00 and Game 1 hints at that same narrative. In both emphatic wins, the lead was greater than 1,000 gold. In the closely contested Game 2, the Warriors’ lead eventually dwindled into a deficit. Their dogged determination kept them around and brought forth a Waterloo victory.
  2. This was a series that could have been done in three games, but Ryerson stayed close enough in Game 1 and extended this series that extra game. Due to some technical difficulties, the first stanza was not on stream, but here’s my guess at what happened: Waterloo found an early lead, but instead of closing out the win, the Warriors threw around baron late in the game paving the way for Ryerson’s only win of the series.
  3. The second game was the decider of this match and a solid representation of the series as a whole. It was an affair that went back and forth with numerous shifts in momentum. Ryerson seemed in control late in the game – over a 10k gold lead 45 minutes in – and had a better scaling composition. At that point, though, a gold lead that large means very little as most players are finishing their builds. Waterloo took the 4th and final baron around the 48th minute before the final push through the top lane.


University of Toronto (East #4) vs. New York University (East #5)

NYU wins series 3-2

Game 1 — 27:53

Blue: UoT — 19 // 57.1k

Red: NYU — 9 // 43.7k

Game 2 — 22:40

Blue: NYU — 7 // 32.9k

Red: UoT — 30 // 52.4k

Game 3 — 32:25

Blue: UoT — 11 // 51.9k

Red: NYU — 27 // 65.8k

Game 4 — 45:23

Blue: NYU — 22 // 82.4k

Red: UoT — 22 // 83.3k

Game 5 — 24:45

Blue: UoT — 2 // 33.4k

Red: NYU — 14 // 47.1k


  1. The rebuild continues for Toronto. The runners up from last year’s championship failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs, despite a fairly solid regular season. In the end, there were too many pieces to replace to repeat the run of 2017. It will be a long summer before a chance at redemption in the 2019 season.
  2. NYU is now a team to watch out for, and I’m sure they’ve got a target on their back going forward. They pulled off a reverse sweep in emphatic fashion. After battling back to win a 45 minute contest, NYU capped off the series with the second shortest game of the week. With this marathon of a series, NYU will surely need the long break before taking on their next opponent.
  3. A long run is definitely possible for the winners at NYU. Western University, NYU’s opponent for the semifinals, came out of nowhere this season to surprise the East and claim the first seed. However, most of the pundits remain skeptical of the Mustangs’ caliber. After taking down such a prominent name in the East Conference, NYU manufacturing another upset next round is a distinct possibility.



We talked about a third upset, which took place in the South. The 5th seed, George Mason University, also pulled one over on North Carolina State (South #4) while the rest of the conference played out as expected. Texas A&M (South #1) looked shaky but assured a game five victory over Georgia State University (South #8) to advance to the semifinals. The North proceeded as planned with Maryville University (North #3) being the only victor to drop a game. The West followed suit, but with Simon Fraser (West #1) getting a bye, it will be interesting to see if they’ll be ready to go come their first playoff match.

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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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