Envy and 100 Thieves both had some shaky moments on Day One of CWL Vegas, but nothing compared to the losses they each suffered in their final games of Pools on Day Two.
Envy came into Day Two of Pools with a 1-2 record and already looking to be on the ropes with just one series left to play during the Pool Play stage of the event.
100 Thieves, meanwhile, came in with a respectable 2-1 record, but had looked incredibly shaky during their loss to eUnited to close out Day 1.
The woes for both squads continued on Day Two when they ran into a pair of hot Open Bracket teams that didn't looked fazed at all by the respective prowess of both 100 Thieves and Envy.
The World Champion Envy were the first to go down, losing a close series against Mazer Gaming. Despite winning the first game of the series, Envy couldn't hold off Mazer who managed to match Envy with every step as the teams barreled into a decisive Search & Destroy match on Gridlock.
Envy took a 4-1 lead on the map, but there was simply no stopping Mazer who went on a 5-1 run to lock up the 3-2 series and hand the defending World Champions a third Pool Play loss.
Just minutes after Envy were handed a crushing loss, 100 Thieves suffered a similar fate against Team Sween, with one key difference.
While Envy at least managed to get the series to a fifth game, 100 Thieves couldn't manage a single win the series and were quickly swept by Sween in a lopsided series.
Sween won Gridlock Hardpoint 250-145, Arsenal Search & Destroy 6-4, and Frequency Control 3-0 to wrap up the shocking sweep.
Shortly after the loss, 100 Thieves Founder and CEO tweeted about the loss, saying that he's "still confident in [his] players and their ability to win" and that his team is ready to start their comeback from the Losers Bracket.
First event of the year. These things happen. Still confident in our players and their ability to win. Losers run starts now. Positivity only on the timeline. Let’s get this comeback started. https://t.co/sR09839Ye2
— 100T Nadeshot (@Nadeshot) December 9, 2018
100 Thieves and Envy will now both be sent to the Losers side of the Championship Bracket and will have a long road ahead if they wish to secure a now improbable CWL Vegas title.
Team Sween and Mazer Gaming, however, are both in strong positions to lock in spots on the Winners side of the Bracket depending on how their final two matches of the night play out.
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