CS:GO Recap: Gunning For The Playoffs

It’s been a crazy few weeks here in the 2019 CS:GO season. We’ve had some reigning champions fight to keep their old glory and some runners-up work hard to claim the top spot. Let’s take a quick look at how each of the regions are doing so far and what kind of challenges they’ll face in the coming weeks!

As of right now, there are two teams in the West region that are leading the charge undefeated: the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia. UW has yet to drop a round; they consistently go 2-0 against every team. UBC is in a similar spot to UW, but they did drop one game in their first match of the season against Simon Fraser University

Following the season’s winter break, UW and UBC will be facing off on January 11th. It’ll be a battle for the ages as they fight for the top spot in their region.

The Southwest region has one team that’s gone undefeated so far: the University of California, Santa Cruz. Not only are they undefeated, but they have also not lost a single game against any of their challengers. UCSC are making up for last year, which saw them fall out against Robert Morris University in the round of 16 during the Varsity season.

Not too far behind them is the University of California, San Diego. UCSD hold a 4-1 record; their one loss was to their UCSC brethren. Other than that, they lost a game to UC Davis Gold but quickly recovered and won 2-1.

Like the Southwest, the Southeast region has one undefeated team reigning over the rest: the University of Central Florida. The appropriately-named UCF Knights hold a 6-0 match win record, and they’ve only lost one game so far--to the team in second place, the University of Alabama. UCF fell out of the Varsity playoffs last season in the Quarterfinals after they lost 1-2 to the University of Texas at Dallas.

UA currently holds a 4-1 record; their only loss is their match against UCF. Considering this is UA’s first time competing in the CS:GO league, they are dressed to impress.

Following in the footsteps of the other two Southern regions, South Central’s only undefeated team is the University of Houston. UH are veterans of the CS:GO league, with a competition record dating back to the 2015-2016 season. After falling off early in last season’s Varsity playoffs, it seems like they’re giving the other teams a run for their money.

Hot on Houston’s heels are the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington. The two sister universities are both sitting at a 5-2 record, though UTD defeated UTA in their first match of the season. UTA’s next match on January 11th will be against Louisiana Tech Blue, which was UTD’s last win, so it’ll be interesting to see how that one ends up.

The Northeast region is stacked when it comes to undefeated teams, with a whopping six serving as good examples for other players in the region.

Northeast 4 features State University of New York - Stony Brook University and Rochester Institute of Technology. SBU has one win above RIT, but unlike RIT, they did lose one game in their match against State University of New York - Binghamton. These two giants will face each other on February 15th, with RIT facing Binghamton the very next day. Despite being new to this league, they are really giving everyone else a run for their money. 

Northeast 3 brings us the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of Connecticut. UConn has two lost games against two different teams, so it will be a game to watch when UConn plays UMass in their first match back from winter break on January 11th. Another thing to keep in mind is that UConn has been playing in the league since 2017-2018 while UMass are newcomers (albeit really impressive ones).

From the Northeast 2 corner, we have Drexel University (6-0) and Pennsylvania State University (5-0) battling it out for first place. Penn State might have been on the same level as Drexel, but they have an unreported match holding them back from a perfect 6-0 record. The two kings of Northeast 2 will face each other on February 16. [The first two words of the scavenger hunt code phrase are: You’re a]

Rounding out the Northeast region are the teams in Northeast 1. While there are no undefeated champions here, we instead have a three-way tie for first place with a record of 5-1. Western Michigan University is the best out of the three, having only dropped two games in six matches. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor comes in second, with a total of three games lost, and The Ohio State University is third with four games lost. They make a very nice 2-3-4 pattern. 

WMU defeated OSU and will play against Ann Arbor on February 1st, and OSU is playing Ann Arbor on January 11th.

There are two teams that stand tall in the two Northern divisions: York University in North 2 and Carleton University in North 1. Both teams are undefeated in their specific section, though York has the upper hand as the winner of last season’s CS:GO league. If these two teams continue to dominate and end up facing each other, it will be a match you don’t want to miss.

In the East, we have Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University standing above the rest. Virginia Commonwealth is by no means new to the grind, with a record dating all the way back to the 2016-2017 season. Not only are they undefeated this season, but they even made it to the Semifinals in the Varsity spring playoffs, where they lost against York University.

VTCSA had a rough start this season: they had to go against Virginia Commonwealth early on. Despite losing to them, they managed to win one game and have been on fire ever since. 

The three sections of the Central region have some real bangers. There are six undefeated teams and none of them have lost more than two games.

In Central 3, we have Purdue University leading the region. Below them we have another three-way 5-1 tie for second place between Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Some of these teams are due to play each other soon, so be on the lookout for some major bracket changes in this region.

Central 2 boasts two legendary veterans, Robert Morris University - Illinois and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both schools are famous for their esports teams and programs, and both have been around in the league since the 2015-2016 season. Look forward to their explosive match on February 8th to see who really rules Illinois.

Last but not least, Central 1 has a three-way tie for first place between undefeated teams: the University of Colorado, Boulder, Maryville University and Kansas State University. Kansas State University has the most experience out of the three, as they've played in the league since 2016-2017. The most exciting part is that none of these teams have played each other yet. KSU will play Maryville on January 18th and UCB on February 1st, while UCB will play Maryville on January 25th. 


Which teams are you most excited to follow? The weeks following winter break will bring about some rad matches, so be sure to stay on the lookout!



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