Vegas Esports Weekly: Esports set up for sizzling finals as season winds down

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Summer is winding down, kids are headed back to school, NFL preseason has started, and fall is in the air. That means it’s also time for end-of-summer major events, and the world of esports has not disappointed, from exciting finishes to build up hype for other upcoming finals. 

Atlanta FaZe Wins Call of Duty League Championship

To just about no one’s surprise, Atlanta FaZe have hoisted the CDL trophy, proving that their loss in Major V was just a stumble, and not a sign of things to come. FaZe was dominant throughout the tournament, blanking both the New York Subliners and Dallas Empire 3-0 on their way to the finals, where they ran up against a Toronto Ultra team that put up a very tough fight, before ultimately falling 5-3. 

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The final was a pitched battle, with Ultra coming out swinging and taking the first map, Moscow Hardpoint, 250-175. FaZe then got to work, winning a close Express S&D match, and pulling off an incredible comeback on Garrison Control. Ultra would claim victory on a pair of Search and Destroy matchups, but in the end FaZe was able to emerge victorious, clinching the tournament, and $1.2 million in prize money, on Apocalypse Hardpoint. 

FaZe was incredible throughout the CDL season, winning three of the five majors, and certainly earned the title of Call of Duty champions. Now the teams will have some time to rest, regroup, and get ready for next season, which will, as expected, be played on Call of Duty: Vanguard, the newest iteration of Activision’s best selling franchise, due out this fall. 

Team oNe Esports Wins Rainbow Six Siege Mexico Major

After several days of exciting action, and one delay due to actual structural damage within the venue, Team oNe Esports of Brazil was named the winners of the Rainbow Six Siege Mexico Major. 

Team oNe defeated Las Vegas-based DarkZero Esports 2-0, before a tough battle against fellow Brazilian squad Team Liquid, which they won two maps to one, in order to earn a spot in the finals. There they faced the vaunted Russians of Team Empire, whom they took down 3-2, to become the first Brazilian squad to win a Siege Major. 

There is still one more major to be played, coming at the end of the year, before the Siege competitive season wraps up with its version of the Super Bowl: the Siege Invitational. 

Riot Games Moving League World Championship to Europe

After difficulties procuring travel Visas for production crews and competitors attempting to travel to China, Upcomer.com reports that Riot Games is moving the League of Legends World Championship to Europe. 

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The competition was originally scheduled to take place across the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chendu, and Shenzen. A spokesperson for Riot said that the company intends to announce more details this Tuesday, potentially including new host cities. 

In 2019, the last time the LWCS was held in front of a full crowd, Berlin, London, and Paris all played the role of hosts over the month-long competition. It is unclear whether Riot intends to allow a full-capacity audience for this year, after only allowing a limited capacity crowd for the 2020 final, which was also held in China. 

EVO 2022 To Return To Las Vegas

After two years away, due to both the COVID-19 Pandemic and internal scandal, EVO 2022, the largest collection of fighting game tournaments in the world, will be returning to Las Vegas for its first in-person event from August 5-7, 2022. The announcement was made on the second-to-last day of EVO Online 2021, the online-only replacement event that Sony and EVO opted to host this year instead. 

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EVO features a collection of tournaments from around the world of fighting games, and brings them all together under one roof for three days of excitement, as some of the world’s best players showcase their skills in the fighting game community’s biggest event.  There is no official word yet on which games will be featured in next year’s tournaments, but fans are hoping to see the return of Super Smash Bros. after it was featured in the announcement’s hype video.