Team Kaliber has booked a place in the CWL Pro League Stage 2 grand finals with a win over Rise Nation.
The back-to-back champions of the last two events will have to fight from the lower bracket if they’re to claim a third consecutive title.
Team Kaliber is also looking for their third championship of the season, although for them it’s been longer in the making. With a top two finish locked in, this is already the organization’s best result since it won the first two major events of the season.
In this winner bracket final it was Rise Nation that had the hot hand in the first map, opening up a sizeable lead on London Docks Hardpoint. Team Kaliber made things closer towards the end, but Rise Nation held them at bay fairly comfortably to take the win.
Up next was Valkyrie Search and Destroy, the closest map of the series as neither team was able to put it away until the very last round, when Team Kaliber came through for a 6-5 win, tying up the series at 1-1.
That proved all the opening that tK needed, putting in a convincing 3-1 Ardennes Forest CTF to claim the series lead before dominating Gibraltar Hardpoint 250-102 to send Rise Nation to the lower bracket.
This isn’t the first time Rise has found themselves in this position, however, with their CWL Seattle win coming off of an epic lower bracket run. This time, they’ll only need to win one extra series to return to the grand finals.
That series will be against Red Reserve, who Rise have already beaten in this tournament. Whoever wins will have to take down Team Kaliber in back-to-back series in order to win the trophy.
Team Kaliber 3-1 Rise Nation
HP London Docks 209-250
SND Valkyrie 6-5
CTF Ardennes Forest 3-1
HP Gibraltar 250-102