The Minnesota RØKKR handed the Atlanta FaZe their first series loss of the 2020 Call of Duty League season today.
Minnesota took down the defending champs 3-2 in the Los Angeles Home Series semifinals, setting up a grand final showdown with the Dallas Empire, who beat the hometown OpTic Gaming 3-1.
For the second event in a row, Minnesota and Atlanta faced off in the semifinals of the single-elimination bracket. And for the second straight tournament, Minnesota kicked off this matchup with a hard-fought map one victory. The RØKKR took Azhir Cave Hardpoint 250-221 thanks to strong slaying performances by GodRx and Alexx.
Unlike the last time they played, however, Minnesota didn’t jump out to a 2-0 series lead. Simp and Cellium both dropped 11 kills to help Atlanta win map two, Gun Runner Search and Destroy, 6-4.
Minnesota built a small lead in the first half of Hackney Yard Domination, but FaZe completely took over in the second half to win map three 180-130. Facing a 2-1 series deficit, the RØKKR took an extremely close Rammaza Hardpoint 250-247 to force a decisive fifth map.
The last time these two teams played Piccadilly Search and Destroy, Minnesota earned the 6-2 victory. And once again, the RØKKR beat Atlanta 6-2 on Piccadilly to secure the 3-2 series win. Asim dropped 10 kills in map five to eliminate FaZe from the Los Angeles Home Series.
In the other semifinal, OpTic kicked things off with a strong 250-172 win on Gun Runner Hardpoint behind a 35-kill performance by Dashy. But Dallas immediately responded by taking Gun Runner Search and Destroy 6-2.
Map three, Hackney Yard Domination, was the closest map of this series. OpTic held a late lead, but the Empire secured a quick triple cap to complete the comeback and win 160-156. With all momentum on their side, the Empire took Rammaza Hardpoint 250-204 to pick up the 3-1 series victory. Clayster led the lobby with 32 kills in map four.