Echo Fox Beats Top Two Teams in Division on Same Day

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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Team WTSG Steals the Spotlight from Faze and Team Liquid in week five of the GLL Season

After the first two rounds of week five, Team Liquid and Faze Gaming were lapping the competition. The two most respected teams in Europe came through strong, but in the end, it was WTSG (Welcome to South Georgopool) that stole the day. Two back-to-back chicken dinners for WTSG pushed the over the top, and into the top 20.

For team WTSG, it was the peak of their season today. After winning week four of Bravo and earning a spot in the Alpha group, the heavy-fragging Welcome to South Georgopool came into week five of the Alpha group and never backed down to the likes of Team Liquid or FaZe. Even after a slow start in round one, their ability to slay showed up big and carried them to a couple victories.

The forgotten aspect of their decisive win today was in how they stayed together, pushed the circle correctly, and landed the kills necessary when positioning lined up correctly. They even managed to finish second to FaZe in the second round meaning there was potential to take three of four rounds. Overall, fairly impressive showing from a team who was playing in Bravo last week.

Team Liquid and FaZe Build Leads

FaZe brought it today, despite a rather lackluster second half. The 36 kill total leads all qualified teams and was nine better than the next best team (team WTSG). No team moves quite like FaZe, and despite some odd circles that went against their position, FaZe still managed to stick to coordinate attacks without proper cover.

Team Liquid also had a nice afternoon and stuck to their basic game plan of slow-playing and focusing on circle positioning. In most cases, Team Liquid is in the best position with the most open space. This happened in the first two games, and it almost netted them two wins without a smart FaZe flank in the closing circle to seal the win.

The two sit second and third, respectively, in the Alpha group. One for their exceptional kill rating and the other for placing high in nearly every round with superior positioning. The team leading in overall points, the Knights, are doing a fairly good job in both categories, only sitting one kill behind FaZe for most in the GLL season two. The Knights also fought through some bad situations en route to a pretty successful week five.

FaZe and the Knights are in a dead heat for the top spot, only separated by a few hundred points. Team Liquid is a little farther down the list with the best overall pacing record, but 45 kills less than FaZe and Knights. Team WTSG looks like a serious threat moving forward. They’re unquestionably on a hot streak, but it will be interesting to see where that team ends up in season two.

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