The UCLA Summer Invitational came to a close over the weekend with Maryville beating Arizona State University convincingly. But even for a sweep, it was some of the wildest and entertaining League we’ve seen in a while. Every match had over 25 kills and Game 2 ended in spectacular fashion. MU’s 3-0 victory capped off a three-week event that saw UC-Irvine take home top honors in both Valorant and Overwatch.
Proving Pundits Right
We here at CheckpointXP put Maryville near the top of our list of teams to watch in the Fall ’20 Semester. And boy, did they ever deliver. Game 1 was an absolute bloodbath with over 40 kills between the two teams. Maryville’s jungler, “Iconic”, took over on Graves and ended up giving Maryville a massive lead in the mid-game. Eventually, it was MU’s superior team fighting that gave them the W and a comfortable start to the series. However, Game 2 was a very different story.
Arizona State took the initiative out of the gate in Game 2. They didn’t ban Iconic’s Graves and had faith in their ability to counter-jungle. It paid off. ASU’s jungler, “hi im baekho”, roamed well and stifled Iconic and allowed top and bot lane to get ahead. And around the 30-minute mark, you saw ASU go in for the kill. As they pressed a two-lane attack, MU’s top-laner, “Niles” teleported to a forgotten ward right in the middle of ASU’s base. The gutsy call was the Go button for their attack as MU countered and won a critical fight in their jungle to get ASU to retreat. And with a final teleport from Wolfe, MU snatched victory from the clutches of a certain loss.
That All She Wrote
To ASU’s credit, a lesser team would have folded after such a devastating Game 2 loss. But they came back out of the gate firing on all cylinders. They once again got out to an early lead and seemed to run out of ideas in the mid-game. MU began to take the fight to ASU and eventually took the Game 3 win and the series.
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