Daniel Loza 
United States
Rise Nation
Wins CWL Atlanta with slick play
March 11, 2018
Loony bodied Red Reserve despite his flu in a 3-1 win in the CWL Atlanta grand finals.
Loony came into this match as sick as a dog, but he emerged as a champion. He was able to slay as well as his teammates and was key to his team's dominant victory as he held lanes. In Round 3 Capture the Flag, Loony tore apart Red Reserve by setting an early pace and holding mid map. In the first fight of the game, Loony scored two kills and got a flag capture, forcing Red Reserve to regroup and lick their wounds. By the second half, Loony was tearing with full Scorestreaks while protecting his teammates.
Strong showing in win
March 11, 2018
Loony came up large in the 3-2 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, a win that clinched them a spot in the grand final.
Loony was excellent for Rise Nation, providing a solid base for his teammates to build on in the match. He was even good in their lone round loss, Round 1 Hardpoint, a round that saw Rise Nation really struggle. Luminosity Gaming won by around 100 points, and it seemed that Rise Nation failed to run with them at every turn. Loony was the best player on the team, leading them in kills and finishing above a 1.00 KD (24/23), the only player on the team to do so. His teammates gave him no support, though. He continued his strong play in Round 2 Search & Destroy, though this time his teammates followed suit. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him do most of his damage in that the middle of the round -- Games 3-5, specifically. He had the final kill in each of the three. Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint were more of the same -- he was a leader on and off the map and was a key reason why they were able to keep their 1-0 lead in Round 3 and edge out a 250-240 win in Round 4. He was a strong slayer and came up in the clutch often. His biggest moment came in the final round, as he and Gunless made a perfect break to get them to 230, and eventually the win.
Ran hot and cold in close win
March 11, 2018
Loony had hot and cold moments in nearly every round of the 3-2 win over Team Kaliber, securing their spot in the winner's final on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta.
Loony was pretty inconsistent in this match. It was not that he would have good rounds and bad rounds, it's that he had high moments and low moments in each round individually, especially through the first four rounds. Round 5 Search & Destroy was an incredibly balanced team effort from Rise Nation, and they won the round pretty easily -- Loony was a big part of that team effort. Round 1 Hardpoint, Round 3 Capture the Flag, and Round 5 Hardpoint had Loony dominate the early goings of the rounds, only to trail off to a rather mediocre end. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him provide depth behind Methodz's absolutely ridiculous performance. It was a strange performance from Loony, and he will look to find steadier waters in future matches.
Finds a steady beat
March 9, 2018
Loony played a consistent game to beat out Splyce 3-2 on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Loony didn't have as many big-break plays this series, unlike his teammates. However, he played a very solid and consistent game that gave his team firm ground to grind out a win. For most of the series, Loony sat back to guard Rise Nation's spawns. Loony, however, still wisely played aggressively with the rest of his team. He would push far up with his team to help them find kills, such as in Round 5 Search & Destroy, or score points, such as his sly flag pulls in Round 3 Capture the Flag.
Coasts through easy win
March 2, 2018
Rise Nation swept through OpTic Gaming with ease, and Looney skated through Thursday's match in the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Loony was hardly at the top of his game in this one, and he even ended both respawn rounds with a sub-1.00 KD ratio. Despite that, Looney did some good things in support of his teammates, capping off a sweep where he could afford to take a more laid back approach to the win. He finished Round 1 Hardpoint with a 20/21 KD ratio, though his 1:16 on the objective was certainly helpful in the round. The first half of Round 3 Capture the Flag was excellent for Loony, as he hit the 10 kill mark before it ended. He only got five kills in an easy second half, however, and he finished 15/16. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him float around a 1.00 KD ratio, as Gunless dominated the early portion of the round, and TJHaLy and Methodz did a lot in the late game. Loony did some things in support of his teammates, but it was hardly a banner effort from him.
Rise's most consistent slayer
February 28, 2018
Loony was a strong slayer in basically every round of the 3-1 win over eRa to finish off Day 1 of Week 6 of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Loony's worst slaying round came in Round 1 Hardpoint, but he was far from bad. His slaying lagged behind those of his teammates, ashis 21 kills came in last among his teammates, but he contributed in other ways. He was a monster on the objective, getting two minutes on the objective. His strong objective play helped boost his lower kill total, and it helped swing the map in Rise's way. He picked it up in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and was one of their best players. However, he received little behind him, and they lost in 10 games. His strong play continued into Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint. He led his team in kills in the former (22) and came just one kill behind the lead in the latter (33). His strong slaying ability in the last two rounds were huge for Rise Nation. He did a lot to help keep their defense tight in the third round, and open up the map in the fourth. He was excellent, especially after Round 1 Hardpoint.
Hot start and big moments
February 22, 2018
Loony did a lot of good things in the 3-2 win over Red Reserve, in a Wednesday CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, match.
Round 1 Hardpoint may have been Looney's best match. Rise Nation won rather easily, especially since their dominance on the kill feed gave them a huge push that they would not relinquish. Looney had a decent impact on the objective (53 seconds), but he had a very good game with his gun (34 kills). He was their best slayer in the round, and did a good job of pushing the offense forward. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him fall back down to earth, as he put together an average showing as Rise Nation fell 6-4. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Loony play a reserved game in this round. He went 15/12 with a flag cap; he was good, and his play contributed to a win. Round 4 Hardpoint was one to forget, as Rise Nation only got around 80 points, and were thoroughly handled. It was a blowout, plain and simple. Round 5 Search & Destroy was a blowout in the opposite direction. Rise Nation only dropped a single game in the round. Looney did not do much, but what he did was important. He had the final kill in Games 5 and 7, the latter winning the match.
Dominates map control
February 21, 2018
Loony breezed through Mindfreak in a 3-0 win on Week 5, Day 2 of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
Loony easily took control of this series thanks to his ability to work with his teammates. While his solid slaying helped, it was how Loony's coordination that sealed Rise Nation's win. For example, in Game 5 in Round 2 Search & Destroy, Loony flooded Bomb A with a torrent of consistent grenades by timing throws with his teammates. This allowed Methodz to secure two kills on the bombsite with practically no risk. Then, in the second half of Round 3 Capture the Flag, Loony was able to stop a flag pull from Mindfreak by following his teammates' call outs in a hectic fight.
Guns through Team Kaliber
February 20, 2018
Loony burns down Team Kaliber's ego in a brilliant 3-0 stomp on Week 5, Day 1 of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
Loony, even as far back as Black Ops III, was never known as a strong slayer. He worked to fix that this series. Not only was he matching TJHaLy, Rise Nation's powerhouse, but he also made some of the biggest plays in this series. His key round was Round 3 Capture the Flag where he scored a nearly double positive KD. Working with TJHaLy and Gunless, Loony would engage Team Kaliber head-on while Gunless pinched from the flanks and TJHaLy hit the objective. This caused chaos in Team Kaliber's ranks, thanks mainly to Loony continually clutching uneven fights.
Makes some sloppy mistakes
February 2, 2018
Loony slipped in a critical series in a surprising 3-2 win over Team Kaliber on Day 6 of Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
Loony played a solid series, but his most notable plays were mistakes. Playing as a forward guard for TJHaLy, he was often outpaced by TJHaLy, both in speed and in KD, or served as a distraction. His game was awkward mostly due to his poor positioning. A simple example was in Round 3 Capture the Flag in the first half, where Loony struggled to move his two flag pulls due to some sloppy movement.
Hot and cold in win
February 1, 2018
Loony had highs and lows in the sweep win over Echo Fox that capped off Wednesday's CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 matches.
Loony had a inconsistent performance in the match, and nothing exemplifies that more than his first-round performance. He was slow to start Round 1 Hardpoint, but he quickly heated up to dominate the early game, which helped Rise Nation take a huge lead. He, however, struggled between good play and bad play in the round, as he ended with a 29/29 KD ratio. Methodz and TJHaLy led Rise Nation in Round 2 Search & Destroy, with Looney playing a key role behind them. He pitched in the final kill in Game 3 to his solid support. Rise Nation had four solid players that made for a very well-balanced attack. Round 3 Capture the Flag was defensive and tough, with Rise winning 2-1 in overtime. Looney had a really weird game. He had a 12/15 KD, showing how little he interacted with the enemy. He was simply out of the game for the most of it. However, he did have two very big moments. The first was a flag pull late in the first half, and the second was a huge defensive stand in overtime that helped give Gunless an open map for the lead.
Weak end doesn't lose game
January 25, 2018
Loony did not end the match particularly well, but Rise Nation still easily swept Mindfreak away during their CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 match on Wednesday.
Loony had a great Round 1 Hardpoint, as Rise Nation got off to a fast start as a whole. Loony, Gunless and Methodz were a force to be reckoned with, providing a well balanced attack that proved far too much for Mindfreak. Round 2 Search & Destroy was the only close round of the match, going to a decisive Game 11 before Rise Nation pulled out the victory. Loony was solid, adding the final kill in Game 9 to a nice performance. Every member of Rise Nation had a hand in the round win; no one took the round over. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a dominant display, much like the first round was. They pitched a shutout, and Mindfreak barely even pressured the Rise Nation defense. Looney had a hot start to the round, and played an excellent half, but fell off in the second half as the round became an easy win. He ended the round with an uninspiring 16/19 KD ratio, putting a mediocre end to a great match.
Switches up his gunplay
January 24, 2018
Loony surprisingly made his presence felt as an SMG player in 3-2 win against Red Reserve on Day 2 of Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
Loony was an SMG bully this series, surprising since he's traditionally an AR player. Round 1 Hardpoint was an utter stomp thanks to the likes of Loony and TJHaLy dashing around the map to lock down rotations by just slamming a staggered Red Reserve. Round 4 Hardpoint continued this trend as Loony and TJHaLy made sure to rotate early to prevent Red Reserve from snowballing. Oddly, this simple strategy was very effective against the veterans in Red Reserve. The aggressive strategy even found its worth in Round 5 Search & Destroy where Loony made strong commitments to fights to pressure Red Reserve.
Average performance still enough to beat Vitality
January 24, 2018
Loony may have had an average series, but average was more than enough for Rise Nation to beat Vitality 3-0 on Tuesday during Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League.
Loony had a pretty routine Round 1 Hardpoint against Vitality with a 24/20 KD and approximately 50 seconds of hardpoint control time, as Rise Nation easily put Vitality into the 100-point club. Loony's Round 2 Search & Destroy performance was also a cakewalk for him, as he easily stomped Vitality with a 6/3 KD and a bomb plant. Loony faltered somewhat during Round 3 Capture the Flag, but his efforts were still more than enough to quell any hope of a comeback from Vitality, as he scored a flag capture and a positive KD of 16/15.
Guides his team through tough times
January 15, 2018
Loony failed to out-muscle, or out-smart, Luminosity Gaming in a 2-3 losers' final loss on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
Loony didn't seem to have much of strategy going into this game outside of out-muscling Luminosity Gaming. While Rise Nation certainly has the potential to beat down the likes of Luminosity, they didn't quite have the coordination. This was most evident in the two Search & Destroy rounds, both of which Rise Nation lost. The stacked composition of Luminosity allowed them to trade quickly and efficiently. Loony, on the other hand, often had his team spread thin across the map in an attempt to stop out his opponents' movements. While this worked when Loony or Methodz could get a picked, it fell apart when Luminosity easily outflanked them.
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