EnVyUs and team managing director Mike “Hastro” Rufail pose with their Season 3 Champion trophy. (MLG/Ryan Mayle)
The top-seeded team in Season 3 lived up to their standing this weekend, as EnVyUs prevailed in the MLG Pro League Season 3 Playoffs to claim the $30,000 top prize. While three of the team’s players have won MLG events with other teams, this is the first MLG LAN championship for the storied EnVyUs organization.
Their day began in the Winners Bracket final, where they faced off against an underdog Noble.Vanquish squad. Noble.Vanquish hung in there and even netted an S&D win, but EnVyUs was the better team in this matchup. EnVyUs would take the series 3-1 to advance to the Grand Finals.
Noble.Vanquish were not done however, as they faced off against Most Wanted in the Losers Bracket finals. No one could have predicted this #7 vs #8 matchup, and both teams showed the scrappy determination that had taken them this far in the tournament. In the end, it was Noble.Vanquish who would prevail in an 11th round victory in Octane/S&D.
So the Grand Finals featured a rematch between EnVyUs and Noble.Vanquish. If there was any concern about EnVyUs coming in cold, the “Boys in Blue” would put those fears to rest with a big 165-144 win on Sovereign/Domination. Noble.Vanquish would once again give EnVyUs problems in S&D by jumping out to a 3-0 round lead, but EnVyUs would make the comeback in a 6-4 result. It was all but academic in Warhawk/Blitz, as EnVyUs dominated in a 8-0 game to complete the sweep and take the championship.
Here are the final placings from the Season 3 Playoffs:
1st: EnVyUs ($30,000)
2nd: Noble.Vanquish ($15,000)
3rd: Most Wanted ($10,000)
4th: OpTic Gaming ($6,000)
5th (tied): Denial eSports/OpTic Nation ($4,000)
7th (tied): FaZe/Rise Nation ($3,000)
Congratulations again to EnVyUs on their first MLG LAN win! Keep up with all of the latest Call of Duty competitive news by following @eSportsCOD.
Source: Call of Duty