Echo Fox entered the day needing a lot of help to make the playoffs as the end of the season approaches. Fox started with a losing record of 3-4 and unfortunately had a date with the two best teams in division A. In all likelihood, Echo Fox was looking down the barrel of a 0-2 day and possibly ruining any chances at a playoff spot, but that’s not what ended up happening.
Luckily, Echo Fox got some huge performances in the games and dominated on their strongest game-type: Search and Destroy. It was a bloodbath on Search rounds with Aqua and SAINTS refusing to die while dealing huge damage. In their three Search wins today, those two players ended with a combined double-digit kill-death rating, meaning they were lapping Team Liquid and Red Reserve.
Take this play from Faceccento from Echo Fox, this video shows exactly how a player needs to play the one-vs-one situation, but also what objective minded movement entails. This play was the turning point of that match and sent EG spiraling a bit. In all honesty, no one recovers from a ninja bomb defuse.
Red Reserve Failing to Close the Game Out
The day started out badly for the underdog, Echo Fox. Falling in the first two games to Red Reserve. A Red Reserve team leading the division at a 6-1 record and coming off a successful campaign at CWL Anaheim, but Echo Fox and Saints had a different plan. The plan involved completely shutting down the Anaheim MVP in Red Reserve Zer0. And despite falling down 2-0, Echo Fox found a new gear allowing them to push through.
Aside from the cleverness and execution on Search maps from Echo Fox, it was the fast pace play of Hardpoint that won them these games today. It was Echo Fox as the aggressor, making it tough to get anything in terms of positioning against them. The rotations on points and gun-fight defense earned them a number of maps that they usually struggle on.
The work of Saints, Temp, Faccento in a more objective-minded role, and Aqua, who absolutely came in clutch on Search maps will try and bring this momentum to catch Team Kaliber and Envy, who sit at 5-3. The effort will require more outstanding hardpoint defenses like this one.
Rest of the Results
Team Kaliber did help their playoff chances today with a 3-1 win over Spylce, which came through excellent slaying from Kenny and the rest of TK. The win moves them a half a game above Exho Fox and pushes Splyce down the standings at 3-5. Team Kaliber made few mistakes in the win and made plays when they needed it most.
Envy Us also got a big win over FaZe, and stick a half-game above Echo Fox like Team Kaliber. In the next few days, TK will get to face Echo Fox, which is an incredibly important game after how Echo Fox exploded today. Both EnvyUs and TK face both Echo Fox and Epsilon (0-8) so it could be a similar type of result for both teams.
Fortunately for the top teams, despite a bad start to week five they will have a shot at each other and to potentially win the top seed in the division outright. It’s possible to see some movement of that first and second seed if things go astray the rest of the week. Will be interesting to see how EG and Red Reserve bounce back after the loss to Echo Fox.
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