December 9, 2018, Nicholas “Cruzenjr” Cruz – Yesterday, December 8, 2018, Team Tespa crowned a champion in the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) 2018 National Championship. Four teams entered the newly built Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in search of the title. From the West Conference came Arizona Esports who entered the tournament undefeated on their road to the final four. The winner of the Southern Conference, and the team with home state/home field advantage, was University of North Texas (UNT) Esports. With the youngest player at the CRL National Championship on their team at the age of 16 years old, the Northern Conference presents Akron Esports (Zips). Lastly, who some regarded them as underdogs, Penn State Esports comes through to represent the Eastern Conference.
The first two matches of the Collegiate Rocket League 2018 National Championship were semifinals. The winners of both played against each other in the Winners Bracket Finals, where the losers played against each other in an elimination match to punch their way through to the Losers Bracket Finals, one more step to the Grand Finals. Semifinal 1 was a faceoff between Akron Esports and Arizona Esports that went back and forth, but ultimately resulted in Arizona Esports winning the best of 5 series 3-1. Semifinal 2 was between the home team and the underdogs, UNT Esports vs Penn State Esports, which also went to a game 4 with the home team, UNT Esports, coming out on top 3-1.
The first elimination match of the CRL 2018 was between Akron Esports and Penn State Esports. It was a back and forth match, with a glimpse at what looked to be a reverse sweep from Penn State Esports, but Akron Esports ultimately shut it down in Game 6 of the best of 7 series, winning by a score of 4-2. The Winners Bracket Finals of the Collegiate Rocket League National Championship was a showdown between the undefeated Arizona Esports and the home team UNT Esports. It came down to the wire, all the way to a game 7, in a back and forth series which resulted in Arizona Esports punching their ticket to the Grand Final.
The second elimination match, or the Losers Bracket Finals, was between Akron Esports and UNT Esports. The Zips gave it all they had, but UNT Esports locked it down with a convincing win by a series score of 4-1.
The Grand Final of the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) 2018 National Championship was a rematch of the Winners Bracket Finals. The undefeated, Arizona Esports, vs. the home team, UNT Esports, in what would be a clash for the title. In order to win the title, since Arizona came from the Winners Bracket, they only need to win 1 best of 7 series, whereas since UNT Esports lost once and had to fight back from the Losers Bracket, they need to win 2 series in a row. The first series was in the hands of UNT Esports mostly, with Arizona Esports taking it the distance, but UNT Esports shut down Arizona’s comeback to reset the bracket and go to a second series. After the tight first series and the bracket reset, Arizona Esports shakes it off and completes a clean sweep of UNT Esports by a series score of 4-0 and are your CRL 2018 National Champions!
The final placings of the Collegiate Rocket League 2018 National Championship:
PENN STATE ESPORTS