It’s been an inauspicious start to the CWL Anaheim Open for Mindfreak in Pool D.
The team finish the group stage in direct and unfortunate contrast to flawless Pool D leaders OpTic Gaming. The champions of the APAC Region had as solid a Global Pro League as could have been hoped for, securing a spot in Stage Two outright, but so far their efforts in Anaheim have been less successful.
The event marks the first outing for the squad following the return of Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor, widely regarded as one of Australia’s strongest players, if not taking that title outright. Despite what many considered an upgrade, however, the team have failed to replicate their Pro League form.
Despite their solitary series win alongside ‘Excite’ in Group Red of the Global Pro League, Mindfreak did at least put up some good games against the likes of Splyce and EnVyUs. With the exception of OpTic Gaming, Pool D in Anaheim should have represented a slightly softer challenge for the Australian squad.
Far from taking a few more scalps on the international stage, however, Mindfreak have thus far flopped. A 0-3 loss to an imperious OpTic is easily forgiven, but from there Mindfreak’s fortunes failed to improve. A winless first day was followed by yet another 0-3 sweep at the hands of open bracket qualifiers FURY Gaming on Saturday, leaving Mindfreak with an abysmal 0-12 group stage record.
Mindfreak are by no means beyond redemption at this stage, but a turn-around of epic proportions will be required if they’re to salvage the weekend and collect a respectable placement.
Their next opponents are European Vitality. Mindfreak are now in a dog fight to salvage anything from their trip to Anaheim.