Not even coronavirus can stop us from playing Magic: the Gathering Arena. It’s finally time for the CSL Grand Finals to happen, and we’ve got two amazing teams ready to take each other on in a battle to see who will be this year’s winner.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute finished third in the Northeast (3) region. Featuring a roster of just four players, the team that wasn’t expected to make their way to the finals, but they did just that. Along the way, they ended the runs of University of California, Berkeley, the top seed from the Central region, the University of Tulsa, Clemson University, and their regional rival the University of Maryland, College Park. With a team of 3 Mythic players, they’re ready to take on the University Of California, San Diego in what will surely be an exciting match to watch. Without further ado, let’s meet our first Grand Finalist school: Worcester Polytechnic Institute!
Junior, Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Manufacturing
Best tournament finish: Finalist, TJ Collectables Legacy 1k 2017
Favorite Card: Preacher
Junior, Robotics Engineering
Best tournament finish: Multiple Time 2-Headed Giant Prerelease winner with Coinman
Favorite Card: Tiana, Ship's Caretaker
Junior, Computer Science
Best tournament finish: CSL Grand Finalist 2020
Favorite Card: Sylvan Library
Senior, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Best tournament finish: 23rd place, Leaving a Legacy 5K
Favorite Card: Lightning Bolt
We’ve introduced you to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but on the other side of the table is their just-as-formidable opponent: the University of California, San Diego. Finishing third in the West region of regular season play, they took down Thomas College, the rulers of the East North Carolina State, the champions from Northeast 2 State University of New York - Albany, and Arizona State University to reach the Grand Finals. Their road to success wasn’t an easy one, and I’m sure they’re ready to give Worcester Polytechnic Institute a run for their money. So, just who are these worthy players?
Second-year senior, Cognitive Science - Machine Learning
Best tournament finish: 40th at GP Vegas 2018
Sophomore, Probability and Statistics
Best Tournament Finish: GP Phoenix 2019 Champion
Favorite Card: Brainstorm
Senior, Computer Engineering
Best Tournament Finish: 2 top 8s (Lorwyn Block and Extended)
Favorite Card: Lucent Liminid
Featuring a roster who are no strangers to winning and boasting a GP win, San Diego is certainly no slouch, but can they take down Worcester Polytechnic Institute? The Grand Finals will decide that. Tune in to the CSL Grand Finals on Twitch on May 31st to see who will be crowned CSL’s Magic: the Gathering Arena champion.