Allegiance defeat Rogue to win upset-ridden MLG 2K tournament
Allegiance celebrated their Fourth of July weekend with a bang by winning the North American MLG 2K online tournament late Sunday night.
With the second season of the Call of Duty World League Global Pro League returning last Friday, professional teams are no longer allowed to compete in these 2K tournaments. That gives amateur teams a much-needed chance to earn some valuable pro points prior to the $1.5 million Call of Duty World League Championship in August.
Even without the professional teams in this online tournament, there were still a ton of upsets. Allegiance was the fourth seed in this event, and the toughest opponent they faced prior to the grand finals was the fifth seed, Jason “Prophet” Nicoletti’s new squad.
The top three seeds in this tournament—Str8 Rippin, Team Kaliber, and Echo Fox—all lost in the quarterfinals, making it even more possible for any team to win it all.
Allegiance—Tristan “Spoof” Green, Mehran “Mayhem” Anjomshoa, Dakota “Nova” Williams, and Austin “Believe” Smith—eventually made their way to the grand finals, where they squared off against the tournament’s 10th overall seed, Rogue.
Rogue’s new lineup featuring John “Johnny” Cookson, Casey “Pandur” Romano, Adam “GodRx” Brown, and Steven “Stamino” Damiano proved to be a formidable opponent in Search and Destroy, but Allegiance was just too strong in the respawn game modes.
After Allegiance won the initial Hardpoint, Rogue responded with a 6-2 win in game two Search and Destroy. But from this point on, Allegiance dominated the series. Led by Spoof’s ridiculous 43-kill performance, Allegiance won Precinct Uplink 19-2, and used the momentum from that map to close out the series with a strong 250-95 win on Scorch Hardpoint.
With this 3-1 victory over Rogue, Allegiance secured $2,000 as a team, as well as 2,000 pro points per player for their first place finish.
Allegiance has truly emerged as one of the top amateur Call of Duty teams in North America, especially since they eliminated Team EnVyUs from the CWL Anaheim Open last month. If they keep playing like this, Allegiance look like an early favorite to secure one of the last eight spots for this year’s $1.5 million Call of Duty World League Championship at the CWL NA Last Chance Qualifier on July 25.