FaZe pose after their title-clinching victory. From left to right: Damon “Karma” Barlow, Doug “Censor” Martin, Chris “Parasite” Duarte, and Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov.
A two-time World Champion can make all the difference. With the addition of Damon “Karma” Barlow to the roster, FaZe was able to top all others this weekend to take the $15,000 top prize and the UMG Nashville championship!
Championship Sunday didn’t start well for FaZe however, as the team would fall immediately in a tough 3-1 loss to Most Wanted. Instead of being one match away from the Grand Finals, FaZe now had to go through three rounds in the Losers Bracket.
Their first matchup was against EnVyUs. After giving up the opening Domination, FaZe took three straight to eliminate the Boys in Blue.
Next came Rise Nation, who had just come off of a gritty 3-2 win against OpTic Gaming. The series included one of the wildest Blitz games of the year, which saw two replays due to ties. After blowing a big lead in the first replay, FaZe would leave no doubt in a commanding 13-6 victory. They would take the series against Rise in a 3-0 sweep.
Waiting for FaZe in the Loser’s Bracket Finals was none other than Most Wanted, who had just lost previously in the Winner’s Bracket Final. Everything seemed to work this time around for the FaZe squad though, as they would take three convincing wins in a row to knock out Most Wanted and advance to the Grand Finals.
Riding a nine-game winning streak heading into the Grand Finals, FaZe now found themselves in a fierce matchup against the UMG Dallas champions Denial eSports.
Denial would take both Dominations, but FaZe matched it with victories in S&D and Blitz. That led to a Search & Destroy match that ultimately went to a final 11th round. For the Winner’s Bracket team Denial, it was an opportunity to clinch the UMG Nashville Championship. For the Loser’s Bracket team FaZe, it was their last hope at pushing the series into another Best of 5. Sure enough, FaZe would prevail and send it to a final series.
The outcomes flipped this time around, with FaZe taking the Dominations only to give up the S&D and Blitz games to Denial. But FaZe would run away in the deciding S&D game, winning the game 6-2 and taking the series 3-2. With the finals victory, FaZe sealed the first tournament win for the longtime Call of Duty-based organization!
Here are the final placings from UMG Nashville:
1st: FaZe ($15,000)
2nd: Denial eSports ($5,000)
3rd: Most Wanted ($3,000)
4th: Rise Nation ($2,000)
Congratulations again to FaZe, as well as to all of the teams that placed this weekend!
Looking forward to more high-level competitive Call of Duty? You won’t have to wait long. The MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season 3 Playoffs takes place in just two weeks on October 24-26. Eight teams—including all four of the top-finishers teams from UMG Nashville—will compete in Columbus, Ohio for a share of the $75,000 prize pot!
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Source: Call of Duty