Four top caliber teams lost their opening match on Championship Sunday at CWL Anaheim, all ending with a disappointing top 12 finish, while two APAC teams advance to the top eight.
eUnited narrowly beat Evil Geniuses on Saturday to advance to Sunday, in a game five round 11, which Evil Geniuses really should have won having been 5-3 up.
But eUnited were then faced with an ever tougher challenge in OpTic Gaming, which proved far too difficult for them, as they were swept 3-0.
While the first two maps were close, and really could have gone either way, eUnited either lost focus or were already out of steam on the third map, which OpTic took with relative ease.
Team Kaliber put up a solid fight against FaZe Clan, and even had the upper hand after taking map one, but FaZe quickly regained to 6-0 tK on SnD map two.
Another close CTF went the way of FaZe, and suddenly tK’s tournament life was on the line. The second Hardpoint was the closest map of the series with the team’s neck and neck for the majority, but FaZe closed it out 250-206 in the end.
Mindfreak and Splyce battled a very close series, but where MF would usually choke in the all important game five, they clutched up, sending Splyce home with another disappointing placing.
This insane end to the hardpoint was the highlight of the series, but Splyce couldn’t carry the momentum into map five.
The most surprising result was likely Tainted Minds 3-0 sweep of Echo Fox, as the Australian team continue what is becoming a massively impressive losers bracket run.
After also sweeping Team Envy on Saturday night, Tainted Minds once again upset a top NA team in Echo Fox, thanks to a 250-240 hardpoint, making a 2-5 comeback on SnD to win 6-5, and then closing it out on the CTF