Luminosity Gaming have pulled a stunning upset at the Call of Duty World League Stage 2 Finals, beating OpTic Gaming 4-3 in the quarterfinals and bringing an early end to the tournament for the Stage 1 champions.
OpTic commanded the early rounds, defeating Luminosity 250-125 in Breach and 11-10 in Evac. Luminosity came back to beat OpTic 3-6 in Fringe, but lost 4-0 in Stronghold, putting the series scoreline at 3-1 for OpTic.
Just when things looked like they were in OpTic's pocket, Luminosity rallied in Games 5 and 6, defeating OpTic 250-175 in Fringe and 12-9 in Breach. It all came down to a sudden death round of Search and Destroy.
In that final, fateful game, Luminosity — ranked seventh in the regular season with an 11-11 series record — brought down a giant, with a clean 6-2 victory.
OpTic won CWL Stage 1 in April, defeating Rise Nation 4-3 to earn the $66,000 grand prize. Luminosity, who were defeated by Rise in the previous season’s quarterfinals, made it into this season’s playoffs by the skin of their teeth, with a 50 per cent series record — shared with Dream Team, H2K, and Team Elevate.
Luminosity shook up their roster in May, first signing Tyler "TeePee" Polchow in April, but the veteran player retired after being made a sub when Luminosity instead acquired Anthony "NAMELESS" Wheeler from compLexity.
Luminosity will have to prove that their unexpected victory was not a fluke at the CWL semifinals on Sunday July 17th. Their opponent has yet to be determined. So far, only Team EnVyUs has made it to the next round, after defeating H2k-Gaming 4-0 earlier today.
On Day 2 of the NA Playoffs tomorrow, Rise is set to face off against Cloud9, while Dream Team will play FaZe Clan.
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