Esports Minor League: Fall 2016 Week 2, Day 2 Recap

Were you too busy containing your nose bleed from the new Team Liquid skins to focus on the rest of this week's ESML play? We have you covered.

While Halo 5 released its game-changing patch this week, the Esports Minor League continued action and wound down just in time for everyone to get some rest for the HCS Finals tomorrow.

Here’s what happened while the pros were packing their suitcases and heading to Burbank.

Match One:

3sUp vs. Abusement Park

Because 3sUp had to catch a flight to Los Angeles on Friday, the first match of the Minor League for this string of games was held Wednesday.

At the time, if you were not aware of this change, you probably missed the first game of the series, which was a two minute stomp by 3sUp on Coliseum.

This pretty much set the tone for the entire series, where 3sUp was absolutely dialed in mere days before they have their toughest test at relegation.

Jonathan “Renegade” Willette played out of his mind in this series, never dying in game one, having 20 kills and 11 headshots on Slayer, and tying his teammate Abel “Rammyy” Garcia with 17 kills on Empire.

Game One: CTF – Coliseum

Game Final: 3sUp 3 – 0 AbP

Match Score: 3sUp 1 – 0 AbP

Game Two: Slayer – Plaza

Game Final: 3sUp 50 – 36 AbP

Match Score: 3sUp 2 – 0 AbP

Game Three: Strongholds – Empire

Game Final: 3sUp 100 – 44 AbP

Match Final: 3sUp 3 – 0 AbP

Match Two:

Fly Society vs. Dynasty

The big news before this series started was that Jacob “Arkanum” Santos would be replaced on this team by Patrick “Sypher” Hynes, who is a veteran of the game since Halo 3 and competed with several of today’s coaches and pros.

However, for this match, Cody “JuicyFruit” Brock, another well known semi-pro around the Halo scene, hopped on to fight for Fly Society.

That was the apparent difference maker in this shocking series, as Fly Society swag surfed over Dynasty, despite being outslayed in game one (where mind you, there were 367 kills combined between both sides).

Dynasty ran out of slaying power for the actual slaying game type, and they were just out of it in the third game for another 3-0 sweep this week.

Game One: CTF – Coliseum

Game Final: DYN 2 – 2 FLYS; FLYS 3 – 2 DYN (Restart)

Match Score: FLYS 1 – 0 DYN

Game Two: Slayer – Plaza

Game Final: FLYS 50 – 39 DYN

Match Score: FLYS 2 – 0 DYN

Game Three: Strongholds – Eden

Game Final: FLYS 100 – 5 DYN

Match Final: FLYS 3 – 0 DYN

Match Three:

Most Wanted vs. Solstice

Ponza over at Halo_ESWLive (give them a follow by the way) seems to take the words out of my mouth sometimes:

That is a good indicator of how the first game went, and while Dominic “BotchyHawk” Demillo had a solid second game, he couldn’t continue to carry his team against Most Wanted in Slayer, where at one point, they were doubled up 30-15.

From that point on, Most Wanted found their stride and took home a close Strongholds before dominating a game four to hold a top-three spot in the league coming out of week two.

Game One: CTF – Fathom

Game Final: SOL 3 – 1 MW

Match Score: SOL 1 – 0 MW

Game Two: Slayer – Truth

Game Final: MW 50 – 38 SOL

Match Score: MW 1 – 1 SOL

Game Three: Strongholds – Eden

Game Final: MW 100 – 83 SOL

Match Score: MW 2 – 1 SOL

Game Four: CTF – Coliseum

Game Final: MW 3 – 0 SOL

Match Final: MW 3 – 1 SOL

Match Four:

PNDA Gaming vs. Scion

Because Scott Cloud Holste Jr. was too busy deciding between pink and grey Victoria’s Secret sweatpants in Burbank, PNDA Gaming played Scion with a substitute.

With that said, PNDA took home its very first win of the season over a Scion team that dealt with a tough loss to Solstice four days earlier.

Scion did take home a tight slayer game, with Eli “Eli Elite” Ruiz stepping up to the plate with 18 kills, but their opponents proved to be the better team on objectives, following up that close loss with a solid Strongholds win and a tight CTF decider match.

Game One: CTF – Fathom

Game Final: PNDA 3 – 0 SCION

Match Score: PNDA 1 – 0 SCION

Game Two: Slayer – Eden

Game Final: SCION 50 – 48 PNDA

Match Score: PNDA 1 – 1 SCION

Game Three: Strongholds – Eden

Game Final: PNDA 100 – 41 SCION

Match Score: PNDA 2 – 1 SCION

Game Four: CTF – Coliseum

Game Final: PNDA 2 – 1 SCION

Match Final: PNDA 3 – 1 SCION

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James Mattone is a journalist for GAMURS and can be contacted on Twitter –@TheJamesMattone.