Loony
Daniel Loza 
United States
Rise Nation
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.
Caught from behind
May 31, 2018
Loony got constantly peppered in the back in a 3-2 loss to eUnited on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
This was a frustrating series for Loony. Not only was he constantly shot in the back by eUnited, but eUnited's Clayster called him out for being, "a sore loser," in a post-game interview. Loony gave a solid performance against a slippery opponent, taking early maps like Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy, but he couldn't build long-term plays. This was mainly because as soon as Loony would heat up, he was cut down form the flanks by eUnited. This prevented him from scoring key Scorestreaks in Round 4 Harpdoint, leading to a series loss.
Nice start and finish to win
May 31, 2018
Looney started and finished well in the 3-1 win over Luminosity on Day 2, Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a really nice start to this match, going 29/22 in Round 1 Hardpoint. He also added 1:25 in the objective in the round, as he and TJHaLy paced Rise Nation to their win. The duo helped Rise Nation pull away from Luminosity after a rather close beginning to the round. He followed that up with a rather poor Round 2 Search & Destroy, although he did have the final kill in game ten to secure the win. Overall, however, he struggled to slay with Luminosity. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him hover around a 1.00 KD, as he struggled to break through Luminosity's excellent defense. The early portion of Round 4 Hardpoint saw him struggle, but he really picked it up late. He made quite a few defensive stands, helping keep Rise Nation's flank covered and allowed them to rack up large swaths of Hardpoint time en route to a win.
Bullies lanes and objectives
April 23, 2018
Loony pushed lanes in a double grand finals win at CWL Seattle, winning the first game 3-1 and the second 3-0 against Evil Geniuses.
ANALYSIS
Loony was superb at pressuring his opponents and pushing them off objectives. At least, after the first Round 1 Hardpoint. He was slightly outshone by his younger teammate, TJHaLy, who performed a similar role of pressuring Evil Geniuses. The difference for Loony was that he was able to pepper shots and harass players, not having to rely much on slaying, unlike TJHaLy. This was especially helpful in the first Round 3 Capture the Flag on Flak Tower, the first Round 4 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, and the second Round 2 Search & Destroy on Valkyrie. Valkyrie is a map that favors quick shots and fast movement due to the cramped map and its complexes of buildings. Loony was able to scout positions easily here thanks to his mobility. Meanwhile, his SMG helped to harass Evil Geniuses out of cover.
Behind the scenes in win
April 22, 2018
Looney had an out-of-the-spotlight performance during the loser's bracket final match against eUnited, a match that resulted in a win for Rise Nation on Day 3 of the CWL Seattle Open.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a low key performance in this matchup. He was never in the spotlight during any three of the rounds in their sweep win, and his role was based around filling in the gaps left behind by his teammates. He had nice objective games in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag, netting nearly a minute on the hill in the former and one of the team's four flag caps in the latter. In between the two, he had a nice support role in Round 2 Search & Destroy.
Never breaks through in loss
April 21, 2018
Loony had a hard time get past FaZe Clan in the 3-2 loss on Day 1 of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Loony struggled to break through for the majority of this match. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him hover around a 1.00 KD throughout the round, as FaZe Clan dominated the kill feed. It was close regardless of the slaying differential up until the two team's hovered around the 130 mark. After that, FaZe ran away with it. Looney struggled early in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as he had just one kill through the first five games. He picked it up a little bit later on and had the round clinching win in game ten. Round 3 Capture the Flag was similar to round one, as he hovered around a 1.00 KD in the loss and FaZe Clan slayed well as a team. Round 5 Search & Destroy was a blowout, as they lost 6-1 and barely put up a fight. Round 4 Hardpoint was his best round, as he went 25/23 with a strong 2:03 on the objective. He came up huge in the clutch, slaying Attach and getting them the 250th point as they won 250-247, forcing a fifth round.
Gets caught out trying to scout
April 20, 2018
Loony couldn't snag a slippery Echo Fox in a 3-2 loss on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Loony played a much more aggressive game this series, partly due to the new meta. The unlimited sprinting allowed Loony and TJHaLy to dash around the map in an attempt to find kills while SlasheR and Gunless held back with ARs. This strategy worked well in respawn rounds where Loony and TJHaLy could take risks without much loss. However, the strategy was questionable in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy. More often than not, Loony was caught out trying to flank or scout his opponents rather than landing kills. This became a massive problem when the game came down to a razor-close Round 5 Search & Destroy and Loony often gave first blood for his team.
Throws Round 2 Search & Destroy
April 8, 2018
Loony whiffed a major Scorestreak in a 3-2 loss to Red Reserve, getting knocked out of the tournament as well, on Day 2 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Loony was caught off-guard by Red Reserve's sneaky playstyle in this devastating series. Instead of attempting to fight in teamfights, Red Reserve constantly flanked Loony, leaving him wounded and jumpy. This caused Loony to take extreme risks out of panic, such as in Round 2 Search & Destroy. In Game 10, Loony made a bizarre play that saw him lay down and call in a Glide Bomb in the middle of a fight, leaving him exposed as an easy kill while getting nothing out of his Scorestreak. In Game 11, Loony threw out his Fighter Pilot at the start of the round only to find no information or kills, giving Red Reserve the room they needed to play.
Fails to show up
April 7, 2018
Loony stumbled in a 3-0 loss to eUnited on Day 1 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Loony didn't have much momentum this series. This was due to how eUnited played this match as Rise Nation, a short-ranged team, was forced into a long-range game by their opponents. Loony couldn't keep up with eUnited's long-range tactics in any way. This caused poor engagements for Rise Nation as he was forced to try to blitz down eUnited's AR. But due to his opponents' strong front-line, he'd often just get picked off.
Unable to hold the frontline
April 2, 2018
Loony fell short in a 3-1 loss to Splyce in the Loser's Final at CWL Birmingham, placing Rise Nation in 3rd place.
ANALYSIS
Loony may not be Rise Nation's core slayer, but he struggled in the face of an aggressive Splyce this series. Despite catching a few odd kills, Loony often fell victim to Splyce's traps, such as in Round 2 Search & Destroy. In the eleven game map, Loony was first blooded three times. His deaths changed crucial rounds early into the series. And while he began to step up in later maps, he continues to struggle a mobile Splyce.
Runs through Splyce
April 2, 2018
Loony swept Splyce with strong shots in 3-0 in the Winner's Bracket Semifinal on Sunday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Normally known as one of Rise Nation's slower players, Loony popped off this series. He was able to turn around Round 2 Search & Destroy thanks to his smart flanks. In Game 9, for example, Loony and Gunless flanked Splyce from two different corners on Bomb A, allowing Loony to snap two kills that left Splyce in disarray. In Round 3 Capture the Flag, he was again vital in stopping Splyce from rallying points, such as in the second half when he was able to shutdown Splyce in mid-map.
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