By: Zachary Lange
Friday’s rollercoaster of results
eUnited kicked off the Bravo stream of the 2018 CWL Anaheim Open on Friday, June 15 with another heartbreaking loss.
Just like all three of their losses in Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League thus far, eUnited fell in defeat to FaZe Clan in a Game 5, Round 11 on Ardennes Forest. To make matters even worse, the loss came in the style of a reverse sweep, 2-3.
During the Game 1 Hardpoint, Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson led the team in kills, dropping 35 en route to a 250-182 victory.
Next up to lead the team? His twin brother.
A 6-1 victory in a Game 2 Search and Destroy was dominated by Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, who had a 14-1 kill-death ratio.
Then, the series quickly fell apart.
A last second Game 3 flag capture during Capture The Flag gave eUnited their first map loss of the weekend. Soon after, FaZe dominated the Game 4 Hardpoint, with only one member of eUnited maintaining a positive kill-death ratio by game’s end.
Still, eUnited were not down and out for the count. The series was only tied, coming down to a final Search and Destroy round.
“You have to learn from it (the close losses) and improve, it’s going to happen” said submachine player Tyler “FeLo” Johnson. “But after a certain period it really gets to a point where we can’t have this happen. We need to be more consistent.”
FeLo cited the team’s fast start in most series, claiming the opening Hardpoint a majority of the time. From there, according to FeLo, it’s up to the team to capitalize and avoid prolonging the opposition’s ability to creep back into the picture.
Following the loss to FaZe, eUnited stumbled against Red Reserve, a European team who currently sit atop of Division A in the pro league, by a final of 1-3.
To close out the action on an eventful Friday for eUnited, the team took on Australian challenger Tainted Minds, a team that competes in Division B alongside eUnited. Despite Tainted Minds claiming the opening Hardpoint, eUnited rallied off three straight game victories to claim their first match of the weekend with a final score of 3-1.
Captain James “Clayster” Eubanks will be participating in the Call of Duty All-Star Match benefiting the Call of Duty Endowment for military veterans on Saturday, June 16.
Clayster is representing Division B of the CWL Pro League and will be joined alongside former eUnited player Peirce “Gunless” Hillman of Rise Nation, Seth “Scump” Abner of OpTic Gaming and Bradley “Wuskin” Marshall of UNILAD. Coverage of the All-Star Match will be live on the Call of Duty Twitch channel beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST.
eUnited will also face an open bracket challenger to be determined for their final pool play matchup. From there, it is likely that eUnited will be placed in the championship losers bracket, where one more defeat will end their run at Anaheim.
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