CWL New Orleans
Team Envy: SlasheR, Classic, Huke, Temp
Team Vitality: Zayrox, Wailers, RiskiN, Malls
Team Envy were upset by French squad Team Vitality in their opening match of CWL New Orleans.
A hotly contested series ended in shock, as top rated French team, Vitality, proved their resolve closing out the match in the game five Search and Destroy.
The map 1 hardpoint looked like business as usual for Envy, taking the map comfortably in the end despite a spirited effort from Vitality. Thanks to strong slaying performances from Huke and SlasheR, Envy looked like the series could go only one way, with Vitality looking solid, but not up to the challenge in hardpoint.
In the Search and Destroy on USS Texas however, Vitality were simply the better team, closing out the rounds they should, as well as a number of clutch plays, with Wailers performing strong individually. Regardless, fans would expect Envy to be able to bounce, back as the would do in the Capture the Flag.
CTF began slowly, but eventually Envy’s strategy, and a number of intellegent plays from Temp, handed them a tight 2-1 victory, proving they were not fazed by the crushing blow from the previous SnD.
Regardless of the strength shown in the first hardpoint, Envy were unable to replicate it on Ardennes Forest. Despite fighting back from a deficit, they were unable to overcome a resilient Vitality, who closed out an incredibly tight match, with some clutch kills in the final moments.
Finally, Envy looked strong in the game 5 Search and Destroy, but ultimately threw away rounds, with Wailers clutching a 1v2 to go up 5-4. As Envy looked to tie it up and take it to a round 11, Vitality put a stop to it once more, winning a 2v3 thanks to clutch gunfight wins.
Team Envy vs Team Vitality
HP Saint Marie du Mont 250 – 179
SND USS Texas 2 – 6
CTF Ardennes Forest 2 – 1
HP Ardennes Forest 246 – 250
SND London Docks 4 – 6
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