Loony
Daniel Loza 
United States
Rise Nation
Puts on a subpar performance in loss
August 15, 2018
Loony struggled a bit during Rise Nation's 3-1 win over Tainted Minds on Wednesday during CWL Champs.
ANALYSIS
Loony didn't have the greatest of times in this series, but it was more of an aftereffect of the rest of his team slaying out than anything. He usually hovered around an even KD and simply added in kills here and there to keep his team in control of the proceedings. This might have been enough to move past Tainted Minds, but he'll surely need to bring a bit more before they face tougher competition later on down the road.
Fails to fix his team's problems
July 30, 2018
Loony faded in the Grand Finals loss to Team Kaliber, winning the first series 3-2 and losing the second series 3-1, at the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Much like TJHaLy, Loony struggled to make his presence felt this series due to Team Kaliber's triple SMG composition. Team Kaliber forced fight after fighter on objectives in order to deny points to Rise Nation, and Loony was unable to break his opponents' spawns or consistently win gunfights. In the first series, Loony worked well with his teammates to slowly force out wins, using his team's superior gun skills to win teamfights in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag. However, Loony's lack of map awareness burned Rise Nation on Round 4 Hardpoint where Team Kaliber was able to steal a win 201-196 by running the clock. The second series saw Team Kaliber continue their scrappy playstyle with Loony unable to consistently pin down his opponents from flooding the point.
Plays to the best of his ability
July 30, 2018
Loony stepped up in a 3-1 win against Red Reserve in the Losers Final at the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Sticking to SMGs, Loony was able to punish Red Reserve's weak defenses in Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag. His aggression earned him a highlight performance that won his team the series during the second half of Round 3 Capture the Flag. Loony pushed into Red Reserve at the start of the second half to earn a six killstreak, a flag capture and his full set of Scorestreaks. As soon as he earned his Fighter Pilot, he called it in to pin Red Reserve in their spawns and to allow TJHaLy to safely rally the second flag. From there, both TJHaLy and Loony rained streaks across the map to demoralize their opponents.
More bad than good in bad loss
July 29, 2018
Loony faced a ton of struggles in the 3-1 loss to Team Kaliber in the Winner's Bracket Final on Day 3 of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs, knocking them to the loser's bracket.
ANALYSIS
Loony had his moments in the first two rounds of this match. He was a laid back, support player in Round 1 Hardpoint, netting over a minute on the objective. He was a stable part of his team in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but they still lost 6-5. He wasn't without his bad moments, too. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him have a brutal go of it, as he went just 7/19 in the loss. They nearly came back despite of it, but Loony was absolutely lost. Round 4 Hardpoint was the same, as they lost 250-102. No one on Rise Nation played well, as they limped into the loser's bracket.
Sees some good times in win
July 27, 2018
Loony was not incredible consistent, but he had strong moments in each of the rounds of the 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Day 1 of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a really nice start to Round 1 Hardpoint, as he and Gunless led them to an early lead. They ended up winning the round with ease, though Loony really took his foot off the gas, and coasted to a 24/31 KD finish. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him put in a solid effort once again, though he stayed more consistent and finished the round strong as well, as they won 6-3. Round 3 Capture the Flag was their only loss, and they did so in overtime. Loony was never really able to find his footing in the loss, as he went 17/18. He did help spring both flag caps, tying the game and sending it to overtime. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him play well through the objective. He had a solid 18/16 KD, but his real contribution came on the objective, as he had 1:27 on the objective in the win. He laid back, and made the kills he needed to when the situation presented itself, but he mostly wanted to soak up the Hardpoint time, and he did just that.
Excellent respawn rounds in win
July 19, 2018
Loony played great in each of the respawn rounds of the 3-1 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 2, Week 8 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Round 2 Search & Destroy was the only round that Loony did not have a huge imprint on. He was solid, and fell into a more support-based role behind Gunless and SlasheR, but that was not enough to overcome Luminosity, as Rise Nation suffered their only loss. The rest of his performance saw him play well, but was never in the spotlight. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him go 21/15 with 1:07 on the objective in the round, providing a solid game, both in the slaying and objective department. He was not their star, but quality games like that on both ends of the map make the wins that much easier. That continued into Round 3 Capture the Flag, as he was a stalwart defender in the 2-1 win. His focus on the defensive part of the game made him fly under the radar a little bit, though he was key in preserving their slim lead. Round 4 Hardpoint saw Loony not slay particularly well (23/26), but he made up for his inconsistent slaying with an incredible performance on the objective (2:05). Those Hardpoint minutes were key, as they needed every second to come back from their 230-200 deficit to win the round, and therefore the match.
Struggles with inconsistencies in loss
July 18, 2018
Loony was never able to find stable ground in the 3-1 defeat to OpTIc Gaming on Day 1, Week 8 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Loony was up and down in this one. Round 1 Hardpoint was one of his high points, as he led them throughout the round. He was their only consistent player at some points, especially early on in the round, when he was the only one making positive contributions for Rise Nation. In Round 2 Search & Destroy, he started off the round quite slowly, but ended up playing well down the stretch en route to a round win. The highlight of his round came in Game 9, as he had three of the kills in the game to put them one kill away from a round win. He was outright bad in Round 3 Capture the Flag, though everyone on the team was, as they lost 4-0 and never really got close to a point. They were completely stifled from beginning to end, and Loony was included in that. He was rather inconsistent in Round 4 Hardpoint, again, as he started very strongly, as they led in the early going, but he faded as OpTic Gaming took the lead and won the round.
Rebounds slightly after devestating loss
July 12, 2018
Loony tired to stabilize a weak game in a 3-2 win over Mindfreak on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
After a tough loss compLexity Gaming on Wednesday, Loony was able to rebound in this series. However, Loony still needs to work on his slaying game as SlasheR and Gunless struggled to make up for Loony's weak shots. Loony was able to engage on the enemy in most rounds, but his was unable to find opening kills. Except in Round 3 Capture the Flag. There, Loony was able to push out lanes with Gunless to pin down his opponents spawns. But outside of Round 3 Capture the Flag, Loony struggled to land consistent shots.
Trails off outside of strong start
July 12, 2018
Loony had a strong Search & Destroy in a 3-0 loss to compLexity Gaming on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Loony was one of the few players of Rise Nation to come out this series intact. This was mainly thanks to his strong early game in Round 2 Search & Destroy where he was able to go toe to toe with compLexity Gaming's Dashy. In Game 1, Loony was able to land a triple kill with his sniper with his final kill being a smooth no-scope headshot. However, Game 2 saw Loony struggle against Dashy as he attempted to lock down mid lane with his sniper.
Focused on the objective in the loss
July 11, 2018
Loony's contributions came on the objective, as Rise Nation were reverse swept by eUnited on Day 1, Week 7 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Loony was never able to slay consistently in this match (he had a negative KD in each of the three respawn rounds, but he did contribute in other ways. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him net 56 seconds on the objective, and in a 250-232 win, every second counted for Rise Nation. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him get the only flag cap on his team, and he did so with a few key kills to open up the map. It was their first (and only breakthrough) of what ended up being a frustrating 2-1 loss. Round 4 Hardpoint was his worst round slaying, as he went just 18/33. He had 56 seconds on the objective, but the slaying differential cost them in the long run. He was a depth player in both Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy. He played a key role in their Round 2 win, but could not overcome eUnited's balanced attack in their Round 5 loss.
Wins a single fight to win Anaheim Championships
June 18, 2018
Loony clutched up in tight situations in a double Grand Finals win to take the title of Champion of CWL Anaheim, losing the first series 3-1 and winning the second series 3-1.
ANALYSIS
Loony was the miracle man for Rise Nation. When Rise Nation needed someone to clutch up, Loony was their man. His big moments came in the first Round 3 Capture the Flag and the second Round 4 Hardpoint where he secured both rounds for his team in tied maps. In the first Round 3 Capture the Flag, Loony was able to defend his team's base from Red Reserve's flankers, preventing sneaky flag captures from happening. He'd also help assist with flag pulls as his spawns in mid-map allowed him to reinforce his teammates. Finally, in the second Round 4 Hardpoint he won the series for his team by clutching a vital 1-vs-1 to secure hill rotations and spawns for his team.
Saved best for last in win
June 16, 2018
Loony did not do much outside of the final round of the 3-1 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Loony's best round was the final one - Round 4 Hardpoint. He was at his best here, as his 23 kills made him a part of the strong four-pronged attack that completely baffled Luminosity. They won the round 250-100, barely breaking a sweat along the way. Round 2 Search & Destroy was his second-best round, as he was a key part of the 6-0 win. The rest of his performance saw him have problems slaying - he was a fine support player in the other two round wins, but he was hardly in the spotlight.
Tries to secure Round 3 Capture the Flag
June 15, 2018
Loony attempted to force a win in a 3-0 loss to Team Kaliber on Friday of CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Team Kaliber was firing on all cylinders while Rise Nation was only just warming up. This clearest in Loony, who didn't make much impact on the game until Round 3 Capture the Flag on Ardennes Forest. After a hot start from Team Kaliber, Loony was able to make a small rebound for his team by stealing the flag from his opponents to force a tense stalemate. In the final seconds, as his teammates pressured spawns, Loony was able to get a flag capture in the last millisecond of the first half. However, Loony wasn't able to follow up the capture in the second half as his gameplay fell limp.
Builds upon slow first round
June 8, 2018
Loony got better in each round of the sweep win over OpTic Gaming on Day 3, Week 4, of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Loony lagged behind his teammates in the kill department of their 250-74 Round 1 Hardpoint win. He went 13/18, as his teammates rattled off 78 kills between the three of them. The kills just were not there for Loony. He did manage to net 1:15 on the objective, however. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him excellently provide support behind Gunless and TJHaLy. The strong depth he provided help make their 6-1 win a reality; OpTic Gaming simply did not have the firepower to compete with them. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him be a solid part of the very balanced Rise Nation attack. He went 20/14 with two flag caps in the 5-2 win. All four members of the team had between 20 and 22 kills, making for an incredibly even performance from Rise Nation.
Slowly pressures his enemy
June 6, 2018
Loony delivered a solid game in a 3-1 win over Mindfreak on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Loony had few problems this series as Mindfreak struggled to put up a strong defense. Alongside TJHaLy, Loony played lead and attempted to engage on Mindfreak for most of the series. However, Loony played defensively in an attempt to maintain map control over Mindfreak which sometimes worked against Loony. The heavy defense, pushing slowly to secure spawns, worked in Round 1 Harddpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint as it gave Rise Nation spawn control. But in Round 3 Capture the Flag on Ardennes Forest, Loony gave too much room to Mindfreak, rarely challenging, meaning that his opponents could pin Rise Nation's spawns.
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