Luminosity will battle it out against Epsilon in a rematch of their Pool B showdown. Last time out Epsilon got the better of their North American opponents, but required a monumental last stand in the decisive round of S&D to get their team over the line.
Since then, Luminosity has taken down Red Reserve, Evil Geniuses and OpTic Gaming and will come into the Winner Bracket Final as a totally different outfit.
Here’s a look at how the two teams stack up.
Epsilon are 5-1 across the whole of CWL Anaheim, having dropped a game to Red Reserve in the Pools en route to topping their group.
Epsilon had a disappointing Stage One and were expected to be in the Playoff mix after winning their first title of the year at CWL Birmingham, only weeks before they headed to the MLG Arena.
In the Pools, Epsilon got the better of Luminosity in a five-map series, but ultimately lost their flawless record when the new-look Red Reserve roster put them to the sword in yet another five-game match up.
From there, Epsilon cruised past eUnited, who were gravely missing their MVP, Gunless, before surprising fellow Europeans and Stage One Champions, Splyce, in a four-game contest.
Epsilon will now face off against Luminosity in a rematch of their Pool play game. Top 3 is already in the bag, but with Splyce gaining international acclaim for their efforts in Stage One, there’s no way that anything but first place will be enough for Epsilon.
It could have been very different for Luminosity if they didn’t hold their nerve against Red Reserve. On the contrast, victory over Epsilon in the Pools may have seen them face off again Splyce – a team that defeated them twice in Stage One.
Strangely, second place in their Pool probably was the best all round result for a team seeking their first title of the season.
Advancing out of the Pools, Luminosity faced off against reigning Anaheim champions, OpTic Gaming. OpTic had an uncharacteristically poor Stage One, but were going in search of their third consecutive Open title after winning in Paris and Dallas.
Having already demolished the Green Wall in Stage One, Luminosity repeated again in Anaheim, just. It was a fiercely tight game and OpTic can certainly count themselves unlucky to come up against a team of the quality of LG.
Moving into the Semis, Luminosity made much easier work of opponents, Evil Geniuses. A clean sweep of their opposition in a match where Evil Geniuses never really found their footing was enough to see Luminosity into the Grand Final.
That’s back to back podium finishes for Luminosity, even if it all goes wrong over the rest of the weekend. Like Epsilon though, LG will not be resting on their laurels and we’re still some way away from the finale.