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Rise Nation Dominates CWL Anaheim Grand Finals Rematch at CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs

Published: 28/Jul/2018 0:25 Updated: 28/Jul/2018 0:27

by Joe O'Brien

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Rise Nation overcame Red Reserve in convincing fashion in the first round of the CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.

A rematch of the CWL Anaheim grand finals was set to be the most explosive match of day one, but early on Rise Nation showed weren’t interested in putting on a spectacle, preferring to demonstrate that their victory in that grand final was no fluke.

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Valkyrie Hardpoint kicked off the series, with the two teams trading blows early, but it was Rise Nation that took control down the stretch to draw first blood with a 250-190 win. London Docks Search and Destroy was even more convincing, a 6-3 win for Rise leaving Red Reserve looking for a reverse sweep.

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Red Reserve finally got off to a strong start on Ardennes Forest CTF, taking a 2-0 lead, but Rise Nation were able to strike back with two of their own. A last-second flag race almost sealed the deal for Rise, but Red were able to clutch up and force overtime.

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Here, Red’s Joseph ‘Joee’ Pinnington came through with a massive play, flanking to pull the flag early and winning a crucial fight to escape, running it home for an incredible fast capture time that Red defended in the final round to take the game 3-2.

Unfortunately for Red, that was the only ground that Rise would concede in this match, coming back with a vengeance on Gibraltar Hardpoint, a crushing 250-98 to close the series out 3-1.

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Unfortunately for Red, that was the only ground that Rise would concede in this match, coming back with a vengeance on Gibraltar Hardpoint, a crushing 250-98 to close the series out 3-1.

With that win, Rise Nation books a spot in the winner bracket semi-finals against eUnited, while Red Reserve is headed to the lower bracket where they will face Echo Fox to stay alive.

Rise Nation 3-1 Red Reserve

HP Valkyrie 250-190

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