Welcome to another weekly recap of Clark Esports!
This week’s a special one, as we’re set to kick off playoff action starting this Monday! We’re happy to report that 87% of Clark Esports teams made the playoffs! Here’s how it breaks down.
League of Legends
Red (3-5): League Red had a busy week, first losing to the York Spartans in 2-0 fashion. However, in a must-win game against uOttawa Gold to make playoffs, Clark’s finest did just that, cementing themselves in the 7th seed for playoff action. They’ll likely face off against St. Clair Esports in their first-round matchup.
Grey (3-4): Grey had a tough match against the MCCC Mustangs, as they fell to 3-4 on the season. Fortunately, they’ve locked up a playoff position and should have one more match against JWU Yellow before postseason play to determine seeding.
Chromatic (6-2): Chromatic closed out an impressive regular season by taking care of Waynesburg College 2-0. Finishing in the fourth seed, they’ll face off against Ralph-Macon College in the first round. The two teams clashed back in week two, with Clark winning 2-1 in a reverse sweep. Let’s repeat history!
Obsidian (6-2): Obsidian finished out their inaugural split with a close series victory over the NJCU Gothic Knights. With the victory, they should move up to the third seed in the division, set to face off against the Post Eagles in round one. These two met in week five, with Clark’s own coming away victorious in the three games.
Pearl (0-8): Clark Pearl concluded their season against those Post Eagles. They unfortunately did not manage to record a series win, looking to do so in the Spring.
Red (5-3): Overwatch Red suffered a defeat against uOttawa Garnet on Thursday, dropping to 5-3 overall. Despite the loss, they have secured the fourth seed in the Champions East division, gearing up for a first-round matchup versus Newberry Varsity. The two teams last played in week two, with Clark coming out on top 3-1.
Grey (5-3): Grey had an interesting week to say the least, picking up two victories via forfeit against Howard Community College and SUCO Ruby, respectively. This catapulted them into fifth seed, set to face off versus the MCCC Mustangs in the first round – a team that they beat in week four in a five-map slugfest.
Obsidian (8-1): Obsidian was one game away from perfection in the regular season after defeating Midway, but it was not meant to be, as they fell to Rio Grande 1-3. With reschedules to be played in their division, it’s difficult to say who their first-round matchup will be against as the first seed. However, the way things are shaping up, it could be a classic Obsidian vs Chromatic battle in the playoffs.
Chromatic (2-5): Chromatic fell to SUCO Rouge and Catawba Blue, but still have one more match to play this weekend against Midway. While playoffs are locked up for the team, this game is critical for seeding purposes.
Red (4-4): Rocket League Red closed their season with a match against New Haven Academy. They lost in five games, but are ready for a potential playoff matchup against Worcester rival WPI Crimson! In week two, Clark swept the crosstown foe in three straight games.
Grey (3-5): Rocket League Grey played an important match against top seed Alvernia Moon. They lost but took a game off of the previously undefeated powerhouse. They’ve settled into the sixth seed of the playoffs, likely to match up versus the Eastern Eagles, a team they lost to 1-3 in week three of the regular season.
Red (1-7): Red concluded their season with a loss against SNHU Yellow. They did not qualify for playoffs and will look to bounce back in the Spring.
Grey (8-0): Valorant Grey completed their undefeated season! The only team to do so this semester at Clark, Grey is looking to continue their success into the playoffs with a first-round matchup against OWU Crimson. Despite being undefeated they are the second seed in the Navigators Northeast division, with Lambton also going 8-0 with a slightly better map record. Watch out for those two teams to face off in the finals, as they didn’t play each other in the season.
Chromatic (6-2): Valorant Chromatic closed their season with a 2-0 victory over GV Black. They slot into the third seed in playoffs, matching up against sixth-seeded Coe College, a team Chromatic defeated in three maps in week three.
Red (6-1): The Rainbow Six boys closed out their season strong with a 2-0 victory over SIUE Black. They’ll face off against that same team in the first round of playoffs, looking to repeat in victorious fashion.
That’s all for this week–continue to cheer on the 13 teams that have now advanced to NECC playoffs!
-Andrew ‘Pizza The Cat’ Diiorio