CWL Stage 1 Playoffs

Event Dates:
April 6, 2018 through April 8, 2018

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Struggles to slay in win
April 21, 2018
Classic had a hard time slaying in the 3-1 win over OpTic Gaming on Day 1 of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Despite the win by Team EnVyUs, Classic did not have the best time in this one. He finished with a sub-1.00 KD in all three of the respawn rounds, and his struggles to slay were there. It is not like he was completely inept, however, as he had over one minute on the objective in each of the Hardpoint rounds, and had one of his team's flag caps in their Round 3 Capture the Flag defeat. He just didn't slay well in any of the three respawn rounds. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him play very well, however, as they ran out to a 5-0 lead before winning in eight games. He was a key cog in a strong Team EnVyUs performance that totally stifled OpTic Gaming in the Search & Destroy round.
Solid Hardpoint in loss
April 9, 2018
Slacked had his best rounds in the Hardpoint rounds of the 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming, as Luminosity Gaming fell to the loser's bracket final of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs on Day 3 of the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Slacked had some big moments in each Hardpoint round. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him be one of the catalysts of the win, as he picked up his game in the second half of the round. He got alongside Octane to help complete the Luminosity attack, and his 33 kill/2:01 Hardpoint time combination was unstoppable, and made Luminosity look incredible. Round 4 Hardpoint saw his KD look mediocre (34/40), but he was a big reason why they did not get blown out of the building. While they were down 110-40, and looking like they'd limp out of the winner's bracket, Slacked and John made huge pushes to get them to a 115-108 deficit, and even got them a lead at one point. While it did not last, their big push came largely due to Slacked. Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag were rather middling rounds for him. The second round saw him be a support-player at best, as John and JKap did the heavy lifting in the eleven game loss. The third round saw him go 21/20 as their offense was completely inept in a shutout loss.
Great first round in loss
April 9, 2018
Octane had a hot start to the 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming, seeing Luminosity Gaming fall to the loser's bracket final of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs on Day 3 of the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was an excellent round for both Octane and Luminosity. It was their only round win of the match, and Octane was a huge part of it. He led the team in kills with 39, and he had some clutch ones - he was a key figure in some huge holds of the hill, helping keep their stranglehold on the map and keep their lead intact. He was very good in the round, from beginning to end. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him support John and JKap's strong games, but that was not enough to eke out a win in 11 games. He was good in Round 3 Capture the Flag, netting 23 kills, but the team was stifled by OpTic Gaming's defense. They were hardly able to even sniff a point, as their offense was nonexistent. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him struggle to slay with a very strong OpTic Gaming performance, as they lost the match.
Two great rounds in loss
April 9, 2018
John had a couple of great rounds in the 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming, as Luminosity Gaming fell down to the loser's bracket final of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
John had two great performances in this one, even if his final statline does not reflect that in one of them. Round 2 Search & Destroy is the first of the two, with he and JKap both netting double-digit kills in the eleven game loss. They were a dominant tandem, and but despite their strong slaying they were not able to stop OpTic from rattling off three-game wins to win the round. His second best performance came in Round 4 Hardpoint, though his 42/45 KD says otherwise. Despite the exorbitant amount of deaths in the round, John's performance was a big reason why they were not blown out in the round. With Luminosity down 110-40, John and Slacked stepped up to bring them all the way back to a 115-108 deficit and even a slight lead before they gave it back to OpTic. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him put together a support-based performance, going 34/35 with just 29 seconds on the hill. He was far from bad, though he was far from the top of his team. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him fall victim to OpTic Gaming's dominant defense, as he limped to an 18/22 KD, unable to do anything to break the shutout.
Good start in loss
April 9, 2018
JKap had a good start in the 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming, knocking Luminosity Gaming down to the loser's bracket final of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs on Day 3.
ANALYSIS
A lot of JKap's contributions came early on. His Round 3 Capture the Flag performance was poor - he went 15/22 as Luminosity Gaming's offense was nonthreatening, and his Round 4 Hardpoint performance saw him fluctuate between good and bad, with the final performance landing in the middle of the two, finishing 33/36 - though he did have a strong 1:19 on the objective. While the last two rounds were average at best, his first two rounds were strong. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him quietly provide 1:00 on the objective and a 33/30 KD, helping pitch in to their strong slaying display in the round. His best round, by far, was Round 2 Search & Destroy. He had double digit kills in the round, as did John, as the two willed Luminosity to a competitive effort. Slacked and Octane provided nice support behind them, but JKap and John were incredible, and they do not reach an eleventh game without them, even if they would lose it.
Up and down in win
April 9, 2018
Scump had good rounds and bad in the 3-1 win over Luminosity on Day 3 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs in their winner's bracket final match, securing their spot in the Grand Final.
ANALYSIS
Scump had a rather up and down performance in this one. His downs came in the middle portion of the match - Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him struggle to find his footing throughout the round. He was not the only one who struggled for OpTic Gaming, as he and Karma limped to a slow start, but he was never able to put it together like Karma was. He did have a clutch kill, however, getting the final kill in game ten, forcing a game eleven. He continued to struggle in Round 3 Capture the Flag, despite the rather easy round win for OpTic Gaming. He finished the round just 17/23, though he made some nice defensive stands in the second half of the round. It was not a terrific performance, but he absolutely played a role down the stretch. His two Hardpoint performances were much better, however. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him do a lot of good work early in the round and was one of their best players in that portion of the round. He ended up 36/36, with a solid 1:37 on the objective in their only round loss. The final Round 4 Hardpoint saw him have a similar showing. He went 39/38 with 1:46 on the objective in total, and played particularly well in the early stages. He had eleven kills before OpTic even got to 60 points, and was key in giving them their 110-40 lead.
Could not find consistency in win
April 9, 2018
Karma could never find a consistent setting in the 3-1 winner's bracket final win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Karma had an interesting performance in this match, as he struggled to be consistent in the match. He had a nice start in Round 1 Hardpoint, finishing 31/29 with less than 50 seconds on the objective - he was fine, and did a good job slaying, especially early on, but it was not enough to swing it in their favor. Round 2 Search & Destroy was an odd round for sure - he was awful through the first four games and did not net his first kill until the fifth game (which was the final kill in the round). He blew up after that, however, netting double-digit kills in the 11-game win. It was quite the performance from games five to eleven. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Karma play a strong two-way game, as he was one of their strongest defenders in both halves, and had their second flag cap. He had 21 kills in the round and was a huge thorn in the side of Luminosity Gaming. He did, however, limp to the finish in Round 4 Hardpoint. He went just 31/43 in the round and had less than 30 seconds on the objective. Despite the struggles overall, he had a big spot in the final break to put the game out of reach, and all but secure their spot in the Grand Final.
Overcomes slow beginning
April 9, 2018
FormaL did not start well but ended well in the 3-1 winner's bracket final win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
FormaL had a rather inauspicious start to this match, but he more than made up for it. Round 1 Hardpoint was their sole round loss, and FormaL did them no favors. He struggled to a 22/33 KD and had just 35 seconds on the objective in the round. Luminosity were on the top of their game in the slaying department, and it gave them map control and a round win. He picked it up for Round 2 Search & Destroy, giving them a consistent slaying threat. He helped pick up Karma and Scump's early struggles and helped them rattle off three straight wins to win in game 11. He ended up with double-digit kills, none of which were bigger than the one on one win in game eleven. FormaL was not in the spotlight in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he was a valuable support player behind Crimsix's excellent performance - especially in the first half. The second half saw them all play a strong defensive game to finish off the round win. FormaL finished the match with a very strong performance - he had a whopping 46 kills with over a minute on the objective. He did good work to help put them up 110-40 and had a hand in the big break at the end of the round to put the round, and the match, in OpTic Gaming's favor.
Overcomes unexciting start
April 9, 2018
Crimsix had a poor start, but forgot about it quickly in the 3-1 winner's bracket final win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs, securing their spot in the Grand Final.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was an utterly forgettable round for Crimsix. Not only did they lose the round, but Crimsix saw a ton of struggles in the round. He never was able to get up to par with the strong slaying done by Luminosity Gaming, and his 23/42 KD shows that. It was not the start that Crimsix envisioned. However, he turned it around to put together three strong rounds. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him dominate the early portions of the match, as he and FormaL helped keep them afloat while Luminosity Gaming were flying to start. He had a very consistent showing in the round, finishing with nine kills in 11 games. He was a key part of their three-headed attack, alongside Karma and FormaL. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him have a insane first half showing, netting 14 kills and the team's first flag cap. The second half saw them play more defensive than the first, so his overall performance was neutered a little bit - he finished 22/19. His first-half performance made his entire round a very good one, however. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him run out to a hot start, netting eleven kills before the team hit the 70 point mark. He kept up his strong play, as he finished 43/33 with 1:47 on the objective. He did the yeoman's work for OpTic, leading the team in both kills and Hardpoint time - without his strong play, they certainly do not finish this match in four rounds.
Brawls with FaZe Clan at the CWL Stage 1 Championships
April 9, 2018
Scump couldn't tear down FaZe Clan's frontline in a dramatic double Grand Finals loss at CWL Stage 1 Playoffs, losing both series 3-2.
ANALYSIS
Surprisingly, "King Scump" struggled to out-brawl FaZe Clan across ten maps and game modes. This was largely because FaZe Clan played a very scattered composition, willing to cause absolute chaos with constant flanks to destroy map spawns. Scump, without a solid spawn to push, struggled to bully an elusive opponent. This was best seen in how Scump excelled in both Round 3 Capture the Flags, a game mode that has constant spawns but fell slightly short in all other game modes. In the second Round 3, Scump utterly dominated the map with a 24/14 KD and a flag capture by simply playing aggressively, constantly pressuring FaZe Clan's base until they fell apart.