Championship Sunday has begun at the 2018 Call of Duty World League Atlanta Open, and we’ve already been treated to some great matches.
The winners bracket semifinals just came to a close, as only a handful of teams remain to fight for their share of the $200,000 prize pool in Atlanta.
Rise took down Team Envy in a thrilling five-game series, while Luminosity absolutely crushed OpTic Gaming. Here are the results from the winners bracket semifinals at the 2018 CWL Atlanta Open.
Rise Nation vs. Team Envy
Rise Nation continue to prove why they're the odds-on favorite to win CWL Atlanta. But this series didn't exactly start according to plan for Daniel "Loony" Loza, Tommy "TJHaLY" Haly, Anthony "Methodz" Zinni, and Peirce "Gunless" Hillman.
Team Envy kicked off this matchup with a 250-149 win on Valkyrie Hardpoint. But Rise responded with a 6-3 victory on Ardennes Forest Search and Destroy behind Methodz's 14/3 scoreline.
Rise extended their lead with an impressive 2-0 win on Ardennes Forest Capture the Flag, but Envy bounced right back. The Boys in Blue made a strong comeback behind Austin "SlasheR" Liddicoat's 30-kill performance to take Gibraltar Hardpoint 250-243.
In the decisive game five, Rise took their second Search and Destroy of the series as they won London Docks 6-3 to secure the 3-2 series win. Methodz once again led the way for Rise at 9/5.
OpTic Gaming vs. Luminosity
After an extremely close matchup against Mindfreak last night, many Luminosity fans might have been worried heading into this showdown with OpTic Gaming. But Sam "Octane" Larew and crew made a statement on Sunday by quickly sweeping the Green Wall.
Luminosity started the series with a strong 250-188 victory on London Docks Hardpoint, as every player on their team had at least 33 kills.
They followed that up with a come-from-behind win on USS Texas Search and Destroy. Despite Seth "Scump" Abner's 12/5 performance, Luminosity closed the game with three straight round wins to take the map 6-5—Josiah "Slacked" Berry went 11/6, while Jordan "JKap" Kaplan also added eight kills.
With a 2-0 series advantage, Luminosity dismantled OpTic 7-4 on London Docks Capture the Flag. OpTic started to make a comeback in the second half, but Luminosity were simply too far ahead and had too many scorestreaks for the Green Wall to overcome. Octane went 27/17, while Johnathan "John" Perez contributed 26 kills.
Rise Nation will face off against Luminosity in the winners bracket finals around 2:30pm ET, while Envy and OpTic will now have to battle through the losers bracket.