We're closing in on the Round of 8 for the biggest collegiate Quake Champions league ever! Some of the most skilled players in the Quake world have brought their teams to the playoffs, but we may also see new potential champions bred during quarterfinals. Here's a quick look at the matchups coming your way:
This could potentially be a close matchup with two hungry teams but the coordinator of RIT, hundredeighty7, acknowledges the edge that Houston could have: "We’re certainly not expecting Houston to be an easy match. Them going undefeated so far speaks for itself and from what I’ve seen from their streamed games they both have strong movement and aim. Despite this I think we are still the stronger team overall, and I’m expecting we will be able to take the win. We will be sure to go into this match properly prepared though, especially after how close our last round match versus Ryerson was, a match we were expecting to go a little more smoothly."
As we've already stated, Carleton U has one of the most accomplished Quake players on their team in the one and only cha1n. This might be enough to pull out a win over UCSD's great hope, but you never know how being pushed up against the wall can bring out the best in a pair of underdogs.
This might be THE game to watch in the quarterfinals as it pits thump4 of Florida Tech against App State's pthy directly against each other [read more about them in our champions profiles]. We reached out to one half of the McShane brothers and thump4 had complimentary things to say about his opponents: "It's a privilege to be able to play against other "student-athletes" (Esports May one day be considered a Bonafide Collegiate sport) who can earn A's but also get very high LG and rail percentages in Quake Champions. I don't think anybody is a fan of single elimination, but I am a fan of a high-pressure Quake games...and this makes for a good one." Don't sleep on this match.
Houston is well represented in the quarterfinals with two teams making it through. This particular Texas-sized battle will pit the Adversity squad against UT Austin's duo and we're here for it. Corbris from UH reflected on the path to finals: "Some of us have been preparing for this tournament as early as last September 4th, when CSL announced 4v4/1v1 Sacrifice/Duel modes for QC. Countless hours have been in preparation. For example: We have spreadsheets on every team/day each signed member up for the tournament and successfully predicted the Ro8 teams before the tournament began. However, even with this level of preparation and some of us having previous Quake experience, it may not be enough to overcome some of the players in the CSL teams who have competed Quake at a high level in the past, such as Austin's Team."
Vdmk from UT Austin simply said, "We are more confident in our teamplay and know that we can win" when asked point blank about his team's chances. This is going to be a slobberknocker.