OpTic Gaming were the bane of FaZe Clan’s CWL Anaheim campaign with another crushing series loss on June 16 this time for the right to move on in the Losers Bracket to avoid elimination.
The final open event in the CWL circuit before Champs has been delivering on all fronts with incredible storylines filling both Winners and Losers brackets as top teams continue to fall in the lead up to the Grand Finals.
This time it was FaZe Clan who fell in a hotly contested Losers Semis against an OpTic team who were itching to cement their dominance over their opponents after a reverse-sweep in their previous meetup the day before.
The CWL Vegas Champs have a bigger prize in their sights but they first had to move past a FaZe team who weren’t planning on making any map easy for the Greenwall.
Opening up the series, FaZe came out firing behind young star McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel as the team continuously shutdown OpTic's attempts to enter the Hardpoint on Frequency, losing the match 250-152.
But OpTic came back punching during Search and Destroy in a 6-4 win that looked bleak to start until the Greenwall were able to put up a ripping four-round streak to get all the momentum.
Speaking of momentum, Gridlock saw both teams trade rounds with big stock leads earned through surging offensive prowess. But OpTic was eventually able to pull away from FaZe to give them their first lead in the series at 2-1.
FaZe were not going quietly into the night, as they tied up the series on Arsenal Hardpoint with a real close 250-223 win against an OpTic team who were eager to close out the Losers Semis.
But that would have to wait one more map as the series moved on to Frequency Search and Destroy where OpTic liked their chances seeing as they were 7-0 since CWL London.
Early in the match, it was FaZe who started with an impressive run netting two quick rounds to open the map. But the star-studded lineup of OpTic held their nerve, and used stellar individual talent to go up six rounds in a row to close out the game and series.
OpTic fans were cheering their team on to avoid a repeat from London that saw the Greenwall bow out of championship contention after losing to eUnited in the Losers Bracket.
With their 3-2 win, OpTic move on to the Losers Finals against the loser of the Winners Finals between Gen.G and the 100 Thieves.
It’ll be an uphill battle from here on out for OpTic but if they play like they did against FaZe, a heroic run to the top at Anaheim might not be out of the question.