Every week, Vegas Esports Weekly aims to bring you the latest from around the world of esports and competitive gaming. Usually, around four to five stories are big enough to merit getting a paragraph or two explaining what went on.
Except for this week.
This week, one story rules them all. League fans, don’t worry, we will still discuss the summer split playoffs abd VALORANT fans, we have the latest TSM news. But the bulk of today’s column, unquestionably, has to belong to Call of Duty, and the madness that was Minnesota Rokkr’s reverse-sweep victory in CDL Major V.
Esports mayhem at CDL Major V
Fans were welcomed back in the venue for a major for the first time this CDL season, and the final major of the year did anything but disappoint.
Right off the bat, chaos broke out when Seattle Surge downed Atlanta FaZe. This was an upset of monumental proportions, as FaZe had not missed a Grand Finals in any of the previous four majors, and came into Major V as back-to-back major champions, and winners of three of four majors overall. As the current number one team in the standings, FaZe was expected to walk all over Seattle Surge, a team with talent, but also one that had already been eliminated from next month’s playoffs.
Surge came through when it counted, defeating FaZe 3-2 on the back of a fantastic performance by Classic, who posted a 1.14 K/D in the match, capped off with a 12-6 game of Search and Destroy on Standoff, the match’s final map.
With the loss, FaZe finished Major V in eighth place, an astounding defeat for the top team in the esports CDL. For those of you who might follow traditional sports more closely than esports, this match was probably the equivalent of Appalachian State’s 2007 upset over Michigan.
The madness did not end with the surprise exit of the Major’s top esports team. While Surge would go on to lose to OpTic Chicago in the next round, Call of Duty still had another shock in store. Minnesota Rokkr met Toronto Ultra in the Grand Finals – a result that wasn’t terribly surprising, especially given the absence of FaZe taking a finals spot. Both teams will advance to the playoffs as well.
Toronto Ultra looked dominant early on in grands, and cruised to match point after taking the first four maps without so much as breaking a sweat. Ultra claimed the first map, Checkmate Hardpoint, 250-34. They followed that up with equally devastating victories on Moscow Search & Destroy (6-1) and Raid Control (3-1), before getting to match point by winning Raid Hardpoint (250-194).
When all seemed lost for Rokkr, they began chipping away at Toronto’s seemingly impossible lead. A 6-3 victory on Miami Search & Destroy made the match score 4-1, before rattling off three more victories on Garrison Control (3-1), Standoff Search & Destroy (6-2), and Apocalypse Hardpoint (250-165), before completing the epic reverse-sweep with a 6-3 win on Raid Search & Destroy to clinch the tournament championship.
Both teams will now regroup before joining the six other qualifying squads in the CDL playoffs starting on August 19.
Esports favorties TSM wins VALORANT Champions Tour North America Challengers 2
TSM needed only four of the five maps to take down FaZe Clan’s VALORANT squad in the VCT North America Stage 3 Challengers 2 event this past weekend. FaZe took an early lead, winning Map 1, Ascent, 13-11. TSM rebounded quickly, and rattled off three consecutive map wins to claim the championship in dominant fashion, dropping only six rounds on maps two and three, and winning the final map, Haven, 13-2.
In some other TSM VALORANT news, Upcomer.com reports the team is looking to develop an academy squad. The move would help bolster TSM’s presence in the VALORANT space and could help set up an important pipeline for new talent.
LCS Championship Field Is Set
While TSM’s VALORANT squad was claiming victory, their League of Legends crew was clinching the top seed in the League Championship’s Summer Series. Despite losing to sixth-place Dignitas, TSM held onto the one seed by virtue of second-place 100Thieves also falling to third-place Evil Geniuses on the final weekend of the regular season.
The LCS playoffs will begin on August 7, with TSM and 100Thieves earning BYEs into Round 2. Evil Geniuses, Cloud 9, Team Liquid, Dignitas, Immortals, and Golden Guardians complete the field.
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