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Midwest Toppled: UC Irvine Takes 2018 National Championship Back To Resurgent West Coast

11 Jun , 2018  

The 2018 season has come to an end, and unlike almost every prediction out there, the title is headed to California. The University of California, Irvine beat the Columbia College (MO) Cougars 3-0 in the final series to pump the brakes on the American Midwest’s collegiate esports surge. However, that wasn’t even the wildest part […]

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Against the Wall: Mixed Bag Ottawa Team Looks To Play The Spoiler During National Title Week

6 Jun , 2018  

  No team faces a tougher road through the right half of the National Championship bracket than the University of Ottawa. The Gee-Gees went on a regular season tear, racking up some of College League of Legends’ most impressive objective control stats through Week 4, but stumbled in the Eastern Finals against Western University and […]

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The Professionals: UC Irvine’s Growth Spurs Title Run

5 Jun , 2018  

Heading into the regional playoffs, the University of California, Irvine had a choice to make. Coming off of a brutal series loss against Simon Fraser University, the Anteaters could have folded after getting punched in the mouth. Instead, they just got angry, and that anger has made them the favorite in the right half of […]

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Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine: Terrapins Get Another Shot at a Title

3 Jun , 2018  

Maryland is no stranger to the National Championship bracket. Last year, they took perennial contender Robert Morris University (IL) to a full three-game set, but ultimately lost to the Northern powerhouse. This year, UMD is hoping for better results and a chance to put the Big Ten on the collegiate map. Regionally, the Terrapins once […]

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Comeback Kids: After Falling From Grace in North Finals, Columbia College (MO) Looks to Rebound

24 May , 2018  

Columbia College (MO) (#5) is known to be as a quiet mainstay of collegiate Esports. While the West Coast is host to the gaming industry as a whole, Missouri has made their mark on history as one of the most successful and prominent states in collegiate Esports. Although their stats aren’t flawless, it’s clear that […]

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Fighting Illini: University of Illinois Hopes to Pull Off A Playoff Miracle

22 May , 2018  

Illinois being a contender is nothing new. In the inaugural Big Ten season in 2017, UIUC went all the way to the BTN Championship before falling to Maryland – a story that repeated itself again this year. As a representative of the Big Ten, Illinois will look to shake off a tough loss to UMD […]

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Elite Eight Analytics: Objective Control

18 May , 2018  

As we close in on June and the final College League of Legends stretch, everything comes under the microscope. Last week, we saw that Western University (#3) had defied expectations and been possibly the most consistent team in the college game, despite their lack of flashy numbers. This week, let’s look at the bigger picture. […]

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Breaking Down the Numbers Redeemed: Western University Championship Preview

9 May , 2018  

No team in the Big Four has been written off quite the same way as Western University. Written off by pundits (including this one) as underdogs in the East despite being the 1st Seed, The Purple almost ran the table against the rest of their region, yielding only one game to a feisty New York […]

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StarCraft II Grand Finals: Return of the Kings

9 May , 2018  

No other outcome could be this perfect. Temple University returned to the finals to finish what they couldn’t last year. Conan “Suppy” Liu, a legend of Collegiate StarLeague’s golden years, has returned to play his part in yet another Collegiate StarCraft finals. In their way stood University of Waterloo. Would this be a return to […]

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StarCraft II Semi-finals: Underdogs and Overlords

2 May , 2018  

We’ve finally reached the penultimate stage of our months-long tournament. During the past several weeks, we’ve slowly moved through the playoffs and, in that time, we’ve seen some mighty teams fall. In the round of sixteen, University of California, Berkeley was unexpectedly eliminated. Then, eliminated in the round of eight was University of Connecticut, a […]

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Junior Varsity League of Legends Finishes With Simon Fraser On Top

2 May , 2018  

With the end of the weekend came the end of the JV LoL season with the CSL Grand Finals in Huntington Beach, CA. The final matchup brought together two surging programs – Simon Fraser University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Despite their varsity squad missing the National Championship, the SFU junior varsity team brought […]

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Cal State Long Beach: Grassroots Growth of an Esports Giant

27 Apr , 2018  

At its heart, esports is about teamwork, both on and off the playing field. Whether its a tense teamfight over the Kraken on Halcyon Fold or a tie-breaking round on Inferno, there are people outside of the game that help support and fund these competitions. Collegiate StarLeague is one of them, as are the universities […]

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Ashland University Offers Up Premiere Fortnite Scholarship

26 Apr , 2018  

Ashland University is once again making waves. Home to one of the most recent varsity esports programs, Ashland also became the first university to offer a scholarship for Fortnite players. We reached out to Joshua Buchanan, Ashland University’s esports director (whom we featured back in March) to shed some light into the school’s latest move. […]

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The Race Begins: Five Burning Questions for the National Championship Bracket

26 Apr , 2018  

As of April 22, the National Championship bracket for College LoL 2018 is finalized. The top four seeds – Maryville University (North), University of California, Irvine (West), Western University (East), and University of Texas, Dallas – will be joined by the top two teams from each Play-In group: Columbia College (MO), University of Maryland, College […]

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JV LoL Final Four Set to do Battle in Huntington Beach

24 Apr , 2018  

Varsity League of Legends may be on break until June, but Junior Varsity is reaching the hottest point in the season. Only four teams remain in the quest for $5,000, and the matchups will feature battles between the Old Guard and the New School out in Huntington Beach.   The Marathon Part IV: University of […]

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Back to the Future: Maryville University Looks to Repeat

23 Apr , 2018  

It is a long break for Maryville University before the National Championship Tournament takes place June 7-10th in Los Angeles, CA. The Saints locked in their spot and a chance to win back-to-back national titles after a compelling 3-0 victory over Columbia College in the North Regional Finals. Even at the beginning of the season, […]

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Three Things We Learned From Week 1 Of Play-Ins

20 Apr , 2018  

The first third of the College LoL Play-In is over, and in our first instances of true interregional play, audiences have been left with more questions than answers. While one favorite is meeting expectations, the other looked weak, and everybody’s favorite underdogs have fallen to the wayside for the moment. Here are some other big […]

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Championship Preview: University of Texas, Dallas

17 Apr , 2018  

The Collegiate League of Legends Regional Finals last week was a fantastic weekend of games. Eight teams from across North America clashed head to head in order to prove to themselves and the rest of the LoL scene that they were – without a trace of doubt – the best in their region. One of […]

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Wild Cards 2018: College League of Legends Play-In

11 Apr , 2018  

Four teams have punched their tickets to Los Angeles for the Collegiate National Championship, but four spots remain up for grabs. Over the next couple of weeks, eight teams across six different conferences will battle it out in the College Championship Play-In to see who gets to continue their season, and who won’t be enjoying […]

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The Collegiate Contender: Daniel “TurkeyDano” Fernandes in Nation Wars V

10 Apr , 2018  

On April 4th, 2018, University of Connecticut’s Daniel “TurkeyDano” Fernandes shined during his performance in Nation Wars V (a tournament in which players compete for their country). Though he’s a very strong player in the Collegiate StarLeague, I think few could have predicted what he would go on to do at that event. Playing for […]

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8 Massive Takeaways from Regional Finals Weekend

10 Apr , 2018  

The College League of Legends Regional Finals took place this past weekend, and the Big Ten Championship concluded Monday April 9th. These climactic matches brought plenty of drama. It is tough to label some matches as upsets, but Columbia College’s fall to Maryville in 0-3 fashion is certainly an unexpected turn of events. Though, perhaps […]

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Midwest Campus Clash Returns with a Sequel

5 Apr , 2018  

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! Last year’s Midwest Campus Clash winners, Robert […]

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Orange County High School Esports League Opens the Way for A Comprehensive Ecosystem

4 Apr , 2018  

As more colleges and universities get involved with esports, high schools have taken note and are following suit with leagues of their own. Of course, tournaments hosted online are nothing new. High schoolers, and even middle schoolers across the nation, have enjoyed competing in esports through organizers like Major League Gaming and Battlefy. But with […]

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StarCraft II Playoffs: Salty Sixteen Update

30 Mar , 2018  

The Salty Sixteen are in the midst of battling each other for a chance to advance. The post-season has been underway for a little over a week now, with a few teams already falling. To keep you updated, I’ve provided a brief update on the series we’ve seen as well as some commentary on the […]

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Joshua Buchanan: Ashland University’s Esports Ace

28 Mar , 2018  

Off of Highway 71, between Columbus and Cleveland, lies Ashland University, home to America’s latest varsity esports program. I had the opportunity to speak with the director of the school’s newly-formed program, Joshua Buchanan, to get a better picture of Ashland’s latest foray. “I first got involved in competitive esports when I joined Team Ascension […]

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Ten Things We Learned from the Regional Semis

27 Mar , 2018  

The regional semifinals are finished, and the National Championship picture is starting to take shape in College League of Legends. This week, we got a look at our biggest upset of the playoffs in the South and a marquee matchup between giants in the North.   Maryville University (North #3) vs. University of Manitoba (North […]

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Keys to Victory: Regional Semifinals

23 Mar , 2018  

The field of 31 thinned down to 16 for this weekend’s slate of Semifinal matches. Two matches stick out for this week’s match preview, and we have the keys to victory for these competitors. Simon Fraser (West #1) makes their playoff debut against British Columbia (West #4) in the collegiate El Clasico out West, and […]

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Becker College: At the Forefront of Collegiate Esports

22 Mar , 2018  

There’s no mistaking it: Esports has gotten pretty big over the years. Each year, we see bigger tournaments with fatter prize pools. Bigger view counts watching cooler plays. Even rewinding just a short decade back, it is incredible to see how far the realm of esports has come, from just a fun geeky past-time in […]

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Four Huge Takeaways from the Peach Belt Playoffs

20 Mar , 2018  

Over the past weekend, the inaugural season for the Peach Belt Conference came to its conclusion. Despite there only being one champion, two teams came out victorious, both notching spots in the Play-Ins for a chance at reaching the National Championship in Los Angeles. Today, we look at which team is feeling peachy after winning […]

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Inside Cal Poly Pomona: A Strong Scene for Multiple Esports

20 Mar , 2018  

Southern California has been the forefront of esports since the earliest days of the word “esports” itself. While many gaming companies and professional teams call SoCal home, so do a swath of popular colleges and seemingly countless high level Super Smash Bros. players. The intersection of college and video games has, perhaps unsurprisingly, spurned the […]

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