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 home a title by taking down UIUC in two quick games. En route to the finals, SFU took down the University of British Columbia in the Junior Varsity debut of The Marathon, while UIUC ended the hopes of the Robert Morris University (IL) Eagles in a potentially growing Midwest rivalry.
Game 1 -- 34:44
Blue: SFU -- 24 // 67.9k
Red: UIUC -- 7 // 52.2k
Game 2 -- 43:22
Blue: UIUC -- 17 // 69.9k
Red: SFU -- 30 // 89.3k
This weekend wrapped up the inaugural CSL JV League of Legends season, and what an explosive end it was! With rivalries getting not only more storied but deeper, we can see the beginnings of long-term collegiate esports proliferation here. Some of these players will make their way to the varsity level, as well, so they will also be worth keeping an eye on heading into next season, when graduation and Academy opportunities create roster holes across North America.
Did you catch the action this past weekend? Are you excited for the College LoL National Championship in June? Be sure to keep up with all the action by following the CSL LoL Twitter or Facebook pages. To view previously broadcast matches, check out the CSL LoL playlist on YouTube or find it in the videos section of the CSL Twitch channel.
Christian Matlock is an esports professional who graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016. He has worked in coaching with Illinois College and was a founding member of Allegiance, a professional esports organization that debuted in Halo and now fields teams in Super Smash Bros and Call of Duty, among others. You can find him on Twitter @CMMatlock.