The MLG Pro League Season 3 Playoffs kicked off Friday from the MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The top eight teams from Season 3 began competition for a $75,000 prize pool, with a $30,000 top prize on the line.
All eight teams were in action on this first day, with opening matches deciding which four teams would move forward in the Winners Bracket and which four would fall to the Losers Bracket:
#4 OpTic Nation def. #5 FaZe (3-2)
In a matchup that brought together all four members of the 2013 World Champion Fariko Impact squad, OpTic Nation (with Adam “Killa” Sloss and Marcus “MiRx” Carter) faced off against FaZe (with Chris “Duarte” Parasite and Damon “Karma” Barlow).
The two teams traded wins in the series, with OpTic Nation taking both Dominations while FaZe claimed the S&D and Blitz. That led to a deciding Sovereign/S&D, where FaZe jumped out a commanding 5-2 lead. But OpTic Nation would not waver, winning four straight rounds to complete a stunning comeback on the UMG Nashville champions.
#1 EnVyUs def. #8 Most Wanted (3-1)
The #1 vs. #8 matchup proved to be a contest early on. EnVyUs took a tight Sovereign/Domination game, only to have Most Wanted bounce back with a win on Freight/S&D. A 13-all tie on Freight/Blitz led to a replay, with EnVyUs ultimately prevailing. The “Boys in Blue” would then close it out with a strong 194-121 performance on Octane/Domination.
#7 Noble.Vanquish def. #2 Rise Nation (3-1)
In the surprise result of the night, Noble.Vanquish pulled off a 3-1 win against the two-seeded Rise Nation squad. Noble.Vanquish was in command throughout the series, and would have had a sweep if not for an 11th round Sovereign/S&D win by Rise.
#6 Denial eSports def. #3 OpTic Gaming (3-2)
The marquee matchup of the night featured Denial eSports and OpTic Gaming. Denial came out hot with a win on Strikezone/Domination, only to have OpTic Gaming respond with consecutive victories on Sovereign/S&D and Warhawk/Blitz. Denial would even up the series with a 184-114 win on Freight/Domination, pushing to a deciding Warhawk/S&D game. Led by a 11-4 performance from Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto, Denial eSports would prevail in a 6-2 victory to take the series.
The action continues on Saturday, as we see the field of eight teams cut into four. Can Noble.Vanquish continue their improbable run? Is this a bounce-back tournament for EnVyUs? And which team will get knocked out of the tournament early in the crucial #2 Rise Nation vs. #3 OpTic Gaming matchup? Catch all of the action live on MLG.tv beginning at 12pm EDT!
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Source: Call of Duty