League of Legends news » 2017 College Championship – Semifinals Recap
There will be two new teams in the final of the 2017 League of Legends College Championship but for the third year in a row it will be a USA-Canada face-off.
Maryville of St. Louis swept its regional rival Robert Morris, 3-0, preventing RMU from reaching its third final in a row. Maryville previously beat University of British Columbia, the two-time defending champions in the quarterfinals, assuring there would be two new teams playing for the title.
Maryville will face the University of Toronto in the college final today (5/28) at Noon PT in NA LCS Arena and you can see who wins on watch.lolesports.com.
After taking a quick 2-0 lead in the series, Maryville showed off their comeback ability in game three.
Robert Morris raced to a 13 to 4 kill lead and were in total control. However, Maryville was able to stall out fights in their base long enough to get sophomore bot laner Marko “Prototype” Sosnicki enough items to turn the tide. 39 minutes turned out to be long enough, as Prototype scored back-to-back quadra kills and Maryville marched down the map and into the Finals.
“After we were down 8-1, I was worried it was going to be one of those games,” Maryville jungler Cody “Walrus” Altman said. “But they were making marginal mistakes, and we decided that next time they made a mistake, we could capitalize on it and make them pay for it.”
Game one kicked off with early action. Robert Morris sophomore ADC Zachary “BukZach” Lapham earned first blood before four minutes, but Maryville sophomore top laner Tony “Saskio” Chau picked up a double kill across the map only seconds later. Maryville was able to use that lead from Saskio’s Kled to split-push effectively and force Robert Morris into disadvantageous fights, culminating in a sub-30 minute victory.
“We actually knew that Fiora’s a hard counter to Kled, and we constantly saw them banning Fiora, and we just said ‘Okay, they’re banning Fiora and they want Kled, so let’s just take Kled from them.’ Maryville ADC Marko “Prototype” Sosnicki said. “We knew that Saskio was playing really well, so we kept giving him the Kled.”
Game two featured a frenetic kill-a-minute pace that was ultimately pulled out by Maryville. Robert Morris pushed as far as taking down both Maryville Nexus towers, but Maryville held strong at their Nexus and countered with an inhibitor and Baron Nashor of their own. A crazy final fight in the Robert Morris base left Maryville bot laners Prototype and junior John “Papa Chau” Le as the last players standing.
Two of the three Maryville wins came despite ending the game with fewer kills than Robert Morris.
Maryville earlier beat Robert Morris 3-2 in the Campus Series North Finals.
Maryville sophomore mid laner Andrew “ckg” Smith finished with a combined 17/11/14 KDA.