After four weeks of intense Collegiate League of Legends action, only 18 teams across the four primary regions remain undefeated. With playoffs closing in, we look at how these title contenders stack up to each other statistically.
These rankings were created based on how teams fared or did across 10 different statistics in their matches so far. Of those 10, I/We chose three that were particularly interesting/telling/important/etc. in its contribution to the rankings. Here is how these stats are broken down.
The first category is Team KDA, or each team’s average kills/deaths/assists ratio across all of the games they have played so far. Team KDA is important to focus on because it correlates to the efficiency of how teams perform in fights across their matches. Teams with a higher average KDA are more likely to come out of team fights with positive outcomes and utilize their advantage across the map to seal a victory. Low KDAs do not always mean bad outcomes either. Looking at Maryville University, their Team KDA is 4.69, the lowest out of all teams, but they have an 8-0 Game Record. For them, it correlates to constant scrappy team fights and more even trades. Teams can still be effective around the map in ways other than fighting.
One of those ways is by controlling objectives. The next category to focus in on is Objective Efficiency. The term “objectives” relates to turrets destroyed, as well as number of dragons, barons, and Rift Heralds secured by a team. Objective Efficiency is the total amount of objectives each team has given up this season subtracted from the total amount of objects each team has taken across all games. Being able to take as many objectives as possible while denying your opponent leads to a faster snowball in gold and map control(?). Without objectives, teams would lose out on faster and more impactful power spikes needed to close out games.
Speaking of gold, this leads us to our final category: Average Gold Difference. This statistic shows how much a team’s gold difference will be at the end of each game on average. For teams with game losses, this statistic can take a bigger hit depending on the gold difference in their loss. While British Columbia suffered a single game loss, they still fall in the middle of the pack in this category due to either losing in a very tight game, or being completely dominant in their wins. This statistic can be deceiving though for some teams. Since the strength of team’s opponents is hard to put into a statistic, some teams’ gold difference can be inflated due to constantly playing weaker teams. However, it does show that strong teams are getting the job done and not slacking off against any opponent.
Over the next two weeks, these teams will be meeting up with each other in their respective regions because of how a Swiss-style tournament schedules, so be prepared for some of the most hyped matches of the season! In the end, statistics are just numbers. We will truly get to see how these teams stack up against each other on the Rift in due time.
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__.