This fall, 8 universities faced off in intense competition across Hearthstone, Overwatch, and League of Legends, battling for glory and the first to become the EGF College Rival Champion. After 4 qualifiers, 4 teams met in the championship tournament this past weekend to find out who would reign supreme. You can check out the VODs from the entire tournament on our YouTube channel.
- Stony Brook University (Stony Brook) vs Boston University (BU)
- University of Massachusetts (UMass) vs University of Delaware(UDel)
- Stony Brook vs Harvard University (Harvard)
- Columbia University (Columbia) vs University of Delaware (UDel)
- UMass vs Stony Brook
- BU vs Drexel University(Drexel)
The semi-finals started with Hearthstone where it didn’t take long for the schools to show why they were contenders for the championship. The starting matchup put UDel versus Columbia. After UDel took the first game, Columbia fired back taking game two, but couldn’t hold on, losing the next two giving UDel the win 3-1. On the other side of the bracket, Harvard forfeited giving Stony Brook an early bye to the finals.
Going into the finals bracket, the matchups were:
- Stony Brook vs University of Delaware in Overwatch
- Stony Brook vs University of Delaware in Hearthstone
- Stony Brook vs Boston University in League of Legends.
Stony Brook started Numbani on offense electing to go with a 2-2-2 (2 tank, 2 support, 2 dps) against a 3-2-1(3 tank, 2 support, 1 dps) with Stony Brook fielding a potent offensive Pharah (TROLLOLOumad) /Mercy (CrystalBirb) combo The combo play made the difference getting in tons of damage giving Stony brook the first two points.
UDel was able to shut down four push attempts by Stony Brook but in the end Stony Brook broke the UDel defense to cap the third point with 13 seconds left. After switching sides, Stony Brook became an iron wall, shutting down every push attempt by UDel thanks in large part to huge plays out of Stony Brook’s Oidly on Reinhardt. With the strong hold, Stony Brook won the first map 3-0.
Going into Ilios, UDel had their backs against the wall down 0-1 in a best of three series. With TROLLOLOumad’s Pharah a looming threat, UDel picked up a Mcree played by Cobalt to counter but it still wasn’t enough and he eventually switched to Genji to try and take out the back line.
Stony Brook came out with an early tempo lead and with a constant flood of minions on the board, they took game one. UDel switched to their Warrior deck for game two to battle Stony Brook’s Priest. RNG was not on UDel’s side leaving them without the draws needed to rush down the Stony Brook’s Priest, who took the victory, now leading the series 2-0. Looking to repeat the sweep, Stony Brook’s final deck of Warrior went against UDel’s Priest, with better draws, more aggression, and a top deck Heroic Strike to secure thevictory and the championship 3-0.
BU stood tall, ready to take on the titans.
The first game of the series had other plans. Stony Brook took an early lead that BU couldn’t crack resulting in a quick 26-minute victory for Stony Brook only giving a single kill to Boston.
After going down in the first game, BU’s mid laner yell0w picked Cassiopeia and put on his carry pants getting a series of solo and roaming kills on multiple members of Stony Brook. Boston’s momentum was not meant to last and even with yell0w getting fed early, Stony Brook was able to capitalize on the mistakes made by BU to help them equalize the gold and take a hard fought victory closing the series 2-0 taking not only the League of Legends championships, but the championship in all 3 titles.