Toronto’s temperature is rising and so is my excitement as the LAN finals grow near; both the players and the city in which the conclusion of this season’s CSL are warming up. We managed to briefly talk to some of the teams who are going to be competing to take home the gold in Toronto, Ontario in the coming week.
The University of British Columbia’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team is on of the favourites to take first place this season. They are facing off against the University of California, Irvine CS:GO team in their first match. To me, the UBC team is an embodiment of skill and confidence – the response they gave to us do not deviate from that in the slightest:
CSL: What do you think will be your biggest challenge coming from online play to LAN play?
UBC: Everyone on our team has competed at LAN before, so I don’t believe there will be any big challenges coming from online to LAN play.
UBC is rallying around their teams. Will this support help push UBC CS:GO to victory?
In regards to their thoughts about their round 1 match against UCI, UBC is not scared, or apparently even concerned with the boys from across the border. When questioned about UCI, all UBC had to say was that they are going to Toronto “to take 1st place, and a win against UCI is only a stepping stone to that.”
Can UCI take down the favorites in the first round at finals? Watch on May 14th to see!
From another team, UBC’s response may come across as arrogant or even a bluff, but after watching them make short work with basically every other team they faced so far, it appears to me that UBC has UCI figured out, just like all of the teams that came before them. UBC would like to share “a big thank you to everyone who has supported our team… [we are] aiming for nothing less than a 1st place finish.”
I have talked to UCI a lot throughout this season and followed their run in the group stage as well as the playoffs closely. The UCI squad is an amazingly easy team to cheer for. Made up of a group of close friends, this team boasts skill and dedication which led to their invitation to play on LAN to be no surprise. Even professional players love UCI and are wishing them all the best!
With a supportive group of close friends working together in-game and the support of professional players outside of the game, I am going to make the bold prediction that the electric atmosphere present in this semi-finals match will be equal to that of the grand finals. This is a match I would recommend that no fan of collegiate esports should miss.
CSL Grand Finals take place at Scotiabank Theater in Downtown Toronto May 12-14th.
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