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RESULTS: Rise Nation Defeats Red Reserve to Take CWL Atlanta Championship

The Losers Bracket Cinderella Red Reserve faced off against the tournament favorite Rise Nation to decide the champion of CWL Atlanta.

Rise Nation and Red Reserve were able to defeat every opponent they faced on championship Sunday to claim their spot in the CWL Atlanta Grand Finals, but the path that each team took could not have been more different. Coming off of their impressive Pro League play, Rise Nation was considered to be one of the heavy favorites to win the event. Beginning in the Winners Bracket today, Rise Nation defeated Team EnVyUs 3-2 and Luminosity Gaming 3-1 to secure their spot in the championship match. Red Reserve made their way into the championship match by putting together what could be considered the greatest Losers Bracket run ever. Defeating the likes of Ghost gaming, FaZe Clan, Team Kaliber, OpTic Gaming, Team EnVyUs and Luminosity Gaming in their miracelous run, Red Reserve came into the grand final with an unprecedented amount of momentum. Here is a short breakdown of how the match went.

Map one was Valkyrie Hardpoint and saw Rise Nation take a 93-43 lead through the first few hardpoints. A chain of kills on the smokestacks hardpoint by Anthony "Methodz" Zinni would allow Rise Nation to increase their lead to 187-117 through the next two hardpoints. Rise Nation would continue their impressive play into the Storage Bunker hardpoint to secure the 250-139 win and take a 1-0 lead to begin the grand finals. Methodz (25 kills and 16 deaths) and Peirce "Gunless" Hillman (28 kills and 22 deaths) led the way for Rise Nation to take the win.  

Sainte Marie Du Mount Search and Destroy followed and saw Rise Nation continue their dominant play, as Thomas "TJHaly" Haly would collect an absurd amount of first bloods. However, Red Reserve would not let Rise take a 2-0 lead in the match, as the Europeans would stage a comeback that saw them win five straight rounds to secure the 6-3 win. Multiple clutch kills from Rhys "Rated" Price and Joseph "Joee" Pinnington would propel Red Reserve's reversal of fortune, despite the 11 kills TJHaly provided for Rise Nation. This tied the grand finals at 1-1 and allowed Red Reserve to stall the momentum that Rise Nation had been building. 

Ardennes Forest Capture the Flag was the third map of the series. Rise Nation would collect two flag captures in the first round to take a 2-0 lead going into the second round. Red Reserve would not be able to stage another comeback, as a under the weather Daniel "Loony" Loza (27 kills and 15 deaths) would lead Rise Nation to score two more points in the second round to claim the 4-0 win and 2-1 match lead. 

London Docks Hardpoint would be the fourth map of the grand final, and Rise Nation was looking to take the win and claim the championship, while Red Reserve needed a win to tie the series and force a map five. Red Reserve was able to take a 66-53 lead up to the Barrel Building hardpoint. Rise Nation would be able to fight back and take the lead with the score at 128-94. A back and forth struggle that saw multiple lead changes on the final few hardpoints would see Rise Nation have a 221-206 lead with 46 seconds left. The lead would not slip from Rise Nation's hands, as they would be able to collect the necessary kills in the end to secure the 250-217 win on London Docks and ultimately the 3-1 grand finals victory. Gunless was the MVP for Rise Nation on London Docks, as he would finish with 50 kills and 35 deaths.

Methodz was named the MVP of CWL Atlanta for the consistent and high level performances that he delivered throughout the entire tournament. We were able to catch up to Methodz after the match and get his thoughts on being named MVP and his team's championship victory.

"It's hard to put into words. I never thought that I would ever win a championship to be honest. Things were looking really slow these past two years, but this year people noticed that I was really good, and now I am here. I couldn't be more proud of the guys. I actually think that all three of my teammates deserve the MVP more than me, as those guys make the game super easy on me."

With the win, Rise Nation solidified their place as the best team in professional Call of Duty, gave Gunless his second straight CWL Atlanta Championship and took home the $80,000 grand prize. While the grand final loss is not how Red Reserve wanted to end their run at CWL Atlanta, they were able to show the world that they are one of the very best teams that Call of Duty has to offer and went home with the $48,000 second place prize. Both teams will now be looking to continue the great play they showed in Atlanta for the rest of the Call of Duty: WWII season.

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