If there was a COVID-19 vs CS:GO tournament, CS:GO would have won. That’s right, everyone: CS:GO is back after a two-month hiatus! Valorant? Never heard of it.
It’s been a while, so let’s take a quick look at what has been happening since COVID-19 took over the world. The University of California, Santa Cruz had just beaten York University 2-1 and swiped the first-place crown from the team that has been a dominant force all season in the process. But they didn't stop there! Immediately after that, they also defeated the University of Central Florida 2-1, landing themselves at the top of the Upper Bracket. In other words, they came in clutch at the end of the season and left York in the 2nd-place dust.
Let’s take the stairs down to the lower bracket. Since UFC lost in the last match of the upper bracket to UCSC, they are awaiting their competitor at the top of the lower bracket. Right behind them, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois Orange) and York University have also fallen from the upper bracket and are waiting for their challengers. Here are some fun match-ups to keep an eye out for:
Robert Morris University - Illinois vs University of Alabama Crimson - RMU has been moving between 3rd and 4th place all semester, so it will be interesting to see where they finally end up.
Carleton University vs Virginia Commonwealth University - Virginia took 6th place from Carleton University during the regular season, so think of this match as a comeback opportunity for Carleton.
York vs ...Someone - Since York was in first place almost all season, whoever goes against them is going to have a hell of a challenge on their hands. And since they lost the top spot, York is going to have to proove how they got there in the first place.
Kennesaw State University vs Ashland University - The team that wins this matchup will face the winner of Robert Morris vs Alabama, and that winner will take on York, so I’m excited to watch this one. In my opinion, I think we’ll see a Robert Morris vs Ashland University, with Ashland coming out as the winner and eventually facing off against York.
The upper bracket matches ended on May 9th, and the lower bracket matches are scheduled on end on May 23rd. We’ll update this article when those matches are finished, so be sure to check back for updates. CS:GO’s Grand Finals will be boradcast on May 31st on Twitch, so get excited, get hyped, and stay tuned for more updates!