Top APAC team Mindfreak put up a tough fight against FaZe Clan but were ultimately reverse swept by the Stage One winners.
Both Mindfreak and fellow Australian team Tainted Minds shook up the bracket at CWL Anaheim, knocking out top North American and European teams with surprisingly strong performances.
Tainted Minds did eventually fall to OpTic Gaming and finished in top 8, but it was testament to the experience they earned by participation in the CWL Pro League, as they out performed expectations by beating Team Envy and Echo Fox.
Mindfreak have been equally impressive though, eliminating Ghost Gaming, then Splyce but have now fallen to FaZe.
FaZe’s struggles in the winners bracket continued – despite having won the biggest tournament of the year so far at Stage One playoffs, they are yet to win a single WB series.
And it cost them once again, as after being swept by UNILAD in winners bracket round one, they did manage to eliminate Team Kaliber in a close series, but it looked as though they would fall to Mindfreak.
Both the opening maps were close, with a 250-210 win for MF on the first hardpoint, and then a 6-4 win on map two SnD – a map that Denholm “Denz” Taylor dominated.
FaZe fought back in the map three CTF after being 0-2 down, they tied it up at 2-2 to force overtime, which they then won comfortably in the end.
The map three hardpoint was another close one, but FaZe all of a sudden looked a different team, and their momentum carried them through the final map on Saint Marie SnD.
It leaves Mindfreak in top 8, which is still their highest placing of the WWII season, and APAC fans can be happy that both 7-8th teams came from their region.