Highlights from Shroud, Karma and more at the Doritos Bowl Blackout Event – Results and Recap

Calum Patterson

Team shroud took first place at the first LAN event for Blackout, beating out second place Team CouRage narrowly, with an excellent showcase for Call of Duty’s first battle royale effort.

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The tournament featured four teams captained by top streamers, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.

Over four heats, lasting an hour each, the teams of four had to rack up points as fast as they could, with 1 point perk kill, and a multiplier applied depending on the placing of each game.

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CouRage’s team, which featured pro CoD player Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow and former pro Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow as well as battle royale pro Jacob ‘Hysteria’ Reiser, were hot on the heels of shroud for much of the event.

But every time they got close, thanks to 13 kill wins from Karma and others, shroud’s team would always edge ahead once more.

The tournament finished with Team Shroud winning by over 90 points, a comfortable victory in the end. Plays like this from shroud himself show why he is one of the most higly regarded battle royale players, instantly switching between driver and passenger seat to take out opponents.

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Karma was the standout player for Team CouRage, showing his abilities are not limited to a controller only.

This win, clutched by Karma to bring his kill tally to 13, put them just ahead of Team shroud, if only temporarily.

He also finished off another win with two incredible snipes, and boasted another nine frags personally.

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Team Ninja and Team DrLupo were pretty much out of the running after the first two heats, but still had some highlight plays and wins throughout.

Just9n, from Team Shroud, also took out DrLupo in one of the early games, as the four teams would enter the same game at the start of each heat.

We spoke to the captain winning team after the event, as shroud explained his unorthodox strategy of avoiding engagements with the other teams and instead going after the random players.

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We also caught up with runner up CouRage, who explained how they bounced back from a slow start, caused by Hysteria having to split his time between Blackout and the Fortnite Fall Skirmish.

The event was a show piece for competitive Blackout, but whether Activision and Treyarch have plans for any proper Blackout tournaments is unknown.

If not, third party tournament organizers may have an interest in running events, should enough players want to try to compete in another battle royale, following the success of competitive PUBG and Fortnite.