First MLQ North Division Championship Has Its Winner
This year’s Major League Quidditch (MLQ) season is different than usual. MLQ has 16 Muggle quidditch teams and needed to change the structure of its season compared to before the pandemic. Due to the change, MLQ created the North Division Championship. The tournament was held on July 23–24 in South Bend, Indiana.
The tournament had six participants from the North Division: the Cleveland Riff, the Detroit Innovators, the Indianapolis Intensity, the Minneapolis Monarchs, the Rochester Whiteout, and the Toronto Raiders. Teams were divided into three pairs, and the pairs had to play against each other three times. All games were streamed live on the MLQ YouTube channel.
The Indianapolis Intensity played against the Toronto Raiders on the first day of the tournament and won two times. They should have played another match, but the teams mutually agreed not to play the third game. The Indianapolis Intensity had already won the third seed in the North Division.
On the first day, the Detroit Innovators and the Cleveland Riff also played against each other. The Detroit Innovators won all three games and had to play for the fourth seed against the Toronto Raiders on the second day. They played only two games, and the Toronto Raiders won both of them.
On the second day, the Minneapolis Monarchs and the Rochester Whiteout also played against each other. The Minneapolis Monarchs won all three games and became the 2022 North Division Champions.
Another week of the MLQ season went as usual. The South SuperSeries was held on July 30–31 in Round Rock, Texas, where the Austin Outlaws, the Kansas City Stampede, and the New Orleans Curse participated. Last year’s MLQ champions, the Austin Outlaws, remained undefeated when they won all their games and became the South Division Champions. The Kansas City Stampede won all their games against the New Orleans Curse.
Meanwhile, two rivals, the Boston Forge and the New York Titans, played against each other in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 30. Both won one game, and the third game decided the winner. It was Boston Forge who won the third match.
Also on July 30, the only two Canadian teams, the Toronto Raiders and the Ottawa Black Bears, finally met in Toronto, Canada. The Toronto Raiders won all three games, but they also won one proposal. Derek Taylor from the Toronto Raiders proposed to his girlfriend and teammate, Toronto Raiders player Brittany Kahane, with an on-stream proposal, and she said yes.
The last official games before MLQ Championship 2022 will be played on August 6 in League City, Texas, between the League City Legends and the San Antonio Soldados.
MLQ Championship 2022 will be held on August 20–22 in Howard County, Maryland. It will be the 2022 season finale.