So, we all totally thought this being the last Major everyone, besides maybe the bottom four teams, would be ready to finish everything off and move onto Champs (which you can still buy tickets for here!). This may have been the only Major this year to have this many storylines to it, including what people may argue three of the top four teams dropping in their very first matches. Check out our takeaways below!
- Rokkr are for REAL! The Minnesota Rokkr are about as hot as they can possibly be, taking down Atlanta Faze on Day I 3-1 and duplicating the result against the Dallas Empire. Not everyone was sold right away, with Empire grabbing the opening Hardpoint 250-170, but Rokkr played tough on Miami S&D and never looked back. The shining stars yet again were Priestahh and Standy, and there were several moments specifically in the Raid Control where he won a gunfight that swung the map control to Rokkr. If they can keep things rolling versus the Toronto Ultra, it’s going to be banger of a match.
- Speaking of Ultra, they had to do exactly what we talked about in our Day I takeaways, improve on Hardpoint. They lost an extremely close map to Chicago Optic they probably should have won on the opening Checkmate, and even though they faltered in Raid Control, they bounced back with a 250-134 drubbing on Garrison Hardpoint. The best teams make things happen, and if Toronto keeps on playing like this they’ll be waiting for an opponent in the Grand Finals.
- As for our top two seeds, Optic and Empire, both got knocked in their very first game. You can’t say for sure what the exact problem was, but for Optic you can’t have Formal going 3-15 in S&D. It also doesn’t help when your opponent outslays you by 22 kills across all maps. Dallas also got put in a blender, getting outslain by 35, but the real death knoll came when Rokkr went up 2-0 in Control. You can’t let teams get up early on you, especially on offense, and that’s exactly what they did.
- Will we have any incoming surprises today? There are a ton of games with big teams in them (especially with all the ones now in losers bracket), but I’m not sure exactly how everything will play out. As good as the Seattle Surge must feel going 6-0 this Major, they haven’t played a great team yet, and if the amount of mistakes they made versus the London Royal Ravens are what to expect, they’re about to get 3-0ed. The best chance at an “upset” if you can call it that, would be Optic beating Faze a second time this stage. That doesn’t happen often, and if Faze get past Surge you know it’ll be a huge game. Although, for all we know the New York Subliners may cruise through the Los Angeles Thieves and Dallas Empire. It’d match up with what’s been happening.
- FANS ARE BACK! For the first time tomorrow fans will be back in the building and the place is going to shake. I know we’ve already talked about it, but if Faze match up with Optic again things are going to get loud. It’s really too bad Clayster isn’t here to add some extra drama.
For those ready to watch today, we’ve got the schedule and the video link below!
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David Burdette is a gamer/writer/content creator from TN and Lead Editor for Gaming Trend. He loves Playstation, Star Wars, Marvel, and many other fandoms. He also plays way too much Call Of Duty. You can chat with him on Twitter @SplitEnd89.