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 #2)
Maryville wins 3-0
Game 1 — 32:54
Blue: UMb — 7 // 48.5k
Red: MU — 20 // 64.9k
Game 2 — 27:46
Blue: MU — 27 // 58.6k
Red: UMb — 8 // 40.3k
Game 3 — 31:52
Blue: UMb — 4 // 42.9k
Red: MU — 24 // 63.4k
- Maryville’s rotating roster prevails once again. Once again, Maryville shuffled around their starting roster for the Semifinals. Star ADC Prototype made his playoff debut, allowing çkg to return to mid lane. While it isn’t the full roster we expected coming into the season, having the core part back showed why Maryville is the reigning national champions. The two combined for 60% of Maryville’s damage and racked up a combined 40/9/64 KDA. Having this duo back will help for their upcoming regional finals match against Columbia College.
- “Honestly the most rewarding season for me so far.” -Derek “MU West” Micheau. For those that follow the Maryville squad on Twitter, this new meme may seem familiar. While it may be a fun “copypasta”, West is not wrong with his full statement (see below). Despite the switch to a new role, West has not lost his stride from last season. He has been a crucial part to Maryville’s rotating squad and was a critical part to their Semifinal sweep. West has shown that he can flex between different types of supports, work with different ADCs and styles, and synergize with a new jungler. Keeping up this level of play will benefit Maryville heavily against Columbia College.
Lourdes University (North #4) vs. Columbia College (MO.) (North #1)
Columbia College (MO.) wins series 3-0
Game 1 — 25:43
Blue: LU — 0 // 34.6k
Red: CC — 19 // 55.5k
Game 2 — 38:02
Blue: LU — 4 // 56.3k
Red: CC — 20 // 71.7k
Game 3 — 24:41
Blue: LU — 7 // 36.5k
Red: CC — 23 // 51.3k
- Greed is good for the Cougars. Columbia College gave up two drakes and two towers in Game 2…and that was it for the whole series. Game 1 was a straight up perfect game in Kills and OBJs, while CC gave up 7 kills in Game 3 but still kept their opponents off the scoreboard for Towers, Drakes, and Barons. Simply insane.
- MistyStumpy IS who we thought he was. CC top laner MistyStumpy continues to have himself a season, as he placed 2nd, 1st, and 1st on his team in Percent Damage Dealt on Camille, Gangplank, and Fiora. Earlier this year, Christian Matlock called for CC to open up the top lane some. Clearly, they’ve found the right patch to do so.
- Call them the Punishers. Columbia College has firmly established themselves as the team to beat in the Collegiate League of Legends, and a big part of that is how hard they punish opponents’ mistakes. We’re quickly reaching a point where we have to ask which teams will be able to survive long enough to really test CC’s compositions and teamfighting, because they looked absolutely unstoppable this week.
Texas A&M University (South #1) vs. George Mason University (South #4)
GMU wins series 3-1
Game 1 — 33:56
Blue: TAMU — 7 // 50.3k
Red: GMU — 26 // 66.2k
Game 2 — 38:03
Blue: GMU — 16 // 63.9k
Red: TAMU — 22 // 72.8k
Game 3 — 32:54
Blue: TAMU — 3 // 46.6k
Red: GMU — 17 // 62.3k
Game 4 — 47:18
Blue: GMU — 18 // 84.6k
Red: TAMU — 23 // 84.6k
- UPSET UPSET UPSET!! Just going to get this one out of the way early. With the biggest upset this playoffs, GMU dethrones TAMU in the South. The takeaway here is that a new champion in the South will be crowned this year. This conference has been notorious for being the weakest out of the big four regions, especially since there has only been one regional champion in the last couple years. Now with more schools rising in power and making strides, the South can become a region to threaten in the National playoffs. There are more competitors, but it’s not like the top teams are falling down a peg. From here on out, the South should not be counted out so easily.
- Jhin it to win it. GMU’s ADC, Enriqué, put on a stellar Jhin performance in all three of their wins, racking up a 20/2/18 KDA. Being able to put up these kinds of numbers against a lane dominant team like Texas A&M is impressive. Whether it was overconfidence or lack of respect, TAMU never felt the urge to even ban out Enriqué at all, let alone his Jhin. With a new Jhin build emerging in the depths of solo queue that seems pretty strong, we will have to see if Enriqué gets the respect he deserves in the Finals match against UT-Dallas.
University of Texas, Dallas (South #2) vs. University of Texas, Austin (South #3)
University of Texas, Dallas wins series 3-0
Game 1 — 30:43
Blue: UTD — 19 // 62.3k
Red: UT — 7 // 45.9k
Game 2 — 31:52
Blue: UTD — 23 // 63.2k
Red: UT — 13 // 50.4k
Game 3 — 31:53
Blue: UTD — 27 // 62.0k
Red: UT — 15 // 53.6k
- UT Dallas have a winning formula…for now. The Comets showed that they have one very successful strategy that they will happily play until somebody beats it: run the game through bottom lane to make ADC THE Jons strong and dominate the Drake game, then use smoke and mirrors to land devastating counterpunches in the mid and late game. UT Austin almost cracked the code in Game 3, but overall Dallas had to show very little in this series, which will benefit them moving forward – provided they have other strategies in their playbook.
- If you only have one threat, the Comets will find him and kill him. UT Dallas effectively identified the greatest threat to their siege compositions in each game, singling them out and destroying them on the road to victory. If you’re going to come after the South favorites, you’ll need to do it multiple ways. The Longhorns almost had it in Game 3 by using Camille and Jarvan IV to get at UTD’s mid and bottom laners, but if Camille died alone, UTD took every fight.
- Unflappable, ⨏aith led the way. UT Dallas’ jungler, ⨏aith, was probably the MVP of this series, simply because of how smoothly he outdueled i11uminator. UT Austin came in and immediately tried to make ⨏aith uncomfortable with invades and early lane pressure, but were unable to throw him off his game, or his horrifying Zac until they banned it in Game 3. This guy bears watching.
Around the League
Elsewhere in the Big Four, College El Clasico once again went the distance, as Simon Fraser University (West #1) edged University of British Columbia (West #4) in five games. Their next opponents, University of California, Irvine (West #2), rolled against University of California, San Diego (West #3) 3-0, setting up a regular season rematch that brought the Anteaters crashing back to Earth after a previously undefeated regular season.
In the East, Western University (East #1) and the pundits choice, University of Ottawa (East #2), each took their series 3-1 against New York University (East #5) and University of Waterloo (East #6) respectively. So far, the coasts have not been kind to underdogs, so if you’re a dark horse better, the South is your last refuge.
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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__.
Matt Howard is the League of Legends editor for Collegiate StarLeague. He is also a Master’s student in History at the University of Houston finishing a thesis on League of Legends esport as a study of Web 2.0 culture. Find him on Twitter @EHyungNim.
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