Atlanta FaZe defeat Dallas Empire
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One-half of the Stage 2 Major grand finals is set, as the Atlanta FaZe punched their ticket to the championship with a win against the Dallas Empire. They now are guaranteed second place in the tournament and have a shot of taking home $200,000 grand prize,

Atlanta still has Dallas’ number in the Call of Duty League. The Empire, like most other rosters in the league, can’t beat FaZe no matter the situation. This has dropped them into the loser’s bracket where they’ll need to win two matches to have a chance at a rematch.

Atlanta FaZe secure another grand finals appearance

While both Dallas and Atlanta are considered top three teams in the CDL, few expected a win out of the Empire. FaZe has been too dominant in the first two stages and the map set for the matchup favored the boys in red.

Still, the Empire managed to make some of the maps close, especially the final Hardpoint. Although, every map but the Search and Destroy saw FaZe show their true dominance, sweeping through Dallas on the back of McArthur “Cellium” Jovel. Cellium finished the series with a series high 1.39 K/D.

The biggest talking point from the match didn’t come from Cellium, however. Instead, it came from Chris “Simp” Lehr, who went on a tear in the first Hardpoint that culminated with him one-bursting Ian “Crimsix” Porter with a Diamatti pistol.

Besides that moment, there was no highlight from anyone on the Empire. With the exception of Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, each player finished with below a .90 K/D. That’s not a recipe that will beat the Atlanta FaZe.

Dallas now drops to the loser’s bracket where they’ll face the Toronto Ultra tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Atlanta FaZe awaits the winner from the loser’s bracket finals for one last Stage 2 Major matchup at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Joey Carr
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.