eUnited stunned Red Reserve in the first round of the CWL Championship winner bracket with a 3-0 sweep.
Red is one of the big favorites for the tournament, having picked up second- and third-place finishes at the preceding two events. Following a loss to eUnited in the first round of the playoffs, however, they now face a long lower bracket run if they are to replicate those results.
eUnited themselves entered the match off of a slightly shaky group stage, having relinquished the top seed from their pool to Lightning Pandas. The squad came out hot against Red, however, with everyone firing on all cylinders for a dominant opening Hardpoint win.
Search and Destroy was a more back-and-forth affair early on, but in the later stages of the game it was once again eUnited that came through. A big clutch for Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson in the eighth opened a gap which allowed eUnited to close the game out 6-3.
Flak Tower CTF was the closes map of the series. With neither team willing to risk a mistake, overtime was reached without a single flag captured on either side. It was Red Reserve that put the first on the board with a 50-second capture, but an incredible response from eUnited stole the game and the series with mere seconds to spare.
This is the first time since this Red Reserve roster formed that they have been defeated 3-0.
eUnited advances in the winner bracket, set to face UNILAD in the next round. Red Reserve, meanwhile, will be fighting for their tournament lives against compLexity.