Atlanta Faze Move On to Second Round of 2022 CDL Playoffs
Early in the series, New York came out strong, delivering haymakers to grab what appeared to be a commanding 2-0 lead. In the first map of the series, Gavutu Hardpoint, The Subliners defeated FaZe late in the game to win 250-243. As the fourth Hardpoint on the map approached, New York enjoyed a commanding 228-125 lead. However, FaZe began to connect hill after hill, and in a flash, they were dropped to only six points. Unfortunately for the reigning champions, it took New York just one second to reach 250 and end the match. This was accomplished when HyDra found a three-piece on Arcitys, Simp, and aBeZy to free FaZe from the hill.
New York rode the momentum from their thrilling victory to a second straight map, taking the Tuscan Search and Destroy by a count of 6-4 thanks to a 10-5 stat line from the team’s superstar SMG player, HyDra. But that would be the end of the good news for New York.
Any momentum the team had heading into the series’ third map, Tuscan Control, came to an immediate halt as FaZe were thorough in their domination, taking the map 3-0 to kickstart the comeback. Each member of Atlanta was positive in the blowout, with aBeZy, Arcitys, and Cellium leading the way with 1.28, 1.47, and 1.62 K/Ds to put FaZe on the board. At that point, it felt almost inevitable that the 2021 CDL champions were going to complete the reverse sweep.
The series’ fourth map fell on Tuscan for a third time in a row, with the Italian map playing backdrop to a massive Hardpoint. While the map was mostly back and forth, Atlanta started to take hold late in the map and clinched it with a 250-210 win to take the series to a fifth map. It was the fourth map of the four CDL matches played today to go the distance.
Unlike OpTic Texas and the Los Angeles Thieves before them, FaZe had no intentions of going to a round 11 for a third consecutive series. They put their foot on the gas and never looked back. Jumping out to a 3-0 lead, there was a brief moment where New York had a chance to get back into the series. With a three-vs-two life advantage in the fourth round, the Subliners had an opportunity to finally get on the board and slow Atlanta’s momentum.
But the wheels had fallen off for New York as Simp and Arcitys each found a New York player and turned the two-vs-three disadvantage into a two-vs-one in favor of Atlanta. PaulEhx was the last Subliner standing before Arcitys brought him down and put the lead to a suffocating 4-0. While New York did cut the lead to 5-2, it was too little too late and FaZe closed out the map to clinch the reverse sweep.
With this victory, FaZe move on to the second round of the winners bracket at CoD Champs 2022 where they will face the Seattle Surge with a chance at the winners final on the line tomorrow at 5pm CT. Revenge will be on the mind of Atlanta after Seattle eliminated FaZe in the grand finals of the season’s third Major.
New York’s Cinderella run is on the line tomorrow with the Subliners dropping to the elimination bracket. NYC’s Call of Duty team will face the London Royal Ravens tomorrow at 2pm CT in a win-or-go-home scenario.
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