Collegiate Vainglory has returned for the spring season with sixteen teams ready to battle it out over seven weeks of round robin play leading into the playoff bracket. Everyone following from last season should be familiar with some of these teams, but we also have some fresh competition joining the fray.
One team, University of Utah, was able to score a win over returning Gavilan College in their first week of Collegiate StarLeague play. As our Vainglory league grows larger, the hope is that we get more and more newcomers eager to challenge the returning favorites. And speaking of returning favorites, the American River College squad of LiberationX still stands as the foreboding behemoth awaiting challengers. Status, Exhail, e36, and martohhh, the team containing professional level talent and sibling bonds, are the challenge that teams are either dreading or chomping at the bit to encounter. Last season, there was simply no team that could stand before them; can this season provide an upset?
Beyond the shadow of LiberationX, we still have last season’s silver and bronze teams of University of California, Merced’s CP Gang and University of Florida’s Scorching Forest. The rivalry between these two teams has been growing and the CP Gang are likely still savoring the sweet vengeance they were able to enact in last season’s playoffs. In a beautiful twist of fate, these two got to face off in opening week of this season, and CP Gang continued their top position by taking the 2-0 victory.
It’s still early, and the storylines for this season are still developing. We opened up with the familiar, but now it’s time to focus on the new. New competition, new rivalries, new challengers… Spring Vainglory is underway and it’s going to be mayhem.