Team Envy pulled of two ridiculous hardpoint comebacks against Echo Fox in the final match of the night at the CWL Pro League, as Cuyler “Huke” Garland put in an MVP like individual performance.
Despite Envy’s struggles since the roster changes that saw Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat move to Rise Nation, Huke has been a consistently strong performer, particularly at the Pro League.
Envy won their first match back at the Pro League following their poor showing at CWL Anaheim, winning 3-1 against FaZe and were sitting in a comfortable position to secure top four and a playoff spot.
However, losing their next match 3-1 to Splyce all of a sudden shifted the balance, and Envy were in desperate need of a win against Echo Fox in the final match of the week.
Echo Fox started stronger in the match, but a big comeback on map one hardpoint saw Envy take the early advantage. Echo Fox pegged them back immediately on the next two maps though, taking a 2-1 lead.
On the next hardpoint, with Envy needing a win to force map five, Echo Fox’s Donovan “Temp” Laroda perhaps got slightly over confident and shot bodies of his opponents – a move which has historically in the WWII season led to some bad karma.
And Huke made him regret it, going on a seven kill spree in the middle hardpoint to secure yet another comeback – and the frustration was visibly clear from Temp.
Unfortunately for Envy though, they couldn’t keep the momentum going in the final map, which they lost 6-4, finishing the week with a 5-5 series record and just outside of the playoff spots as it stands.
Echo Fox and Temp particularly will be relieved not to have lost the series, one which they likely should have closed out 3-0, had they avoided the first hardpoint comeback, not to mention the second.
There are positive signs for Envy heading into the final week of Division A though, especially with Huke performing so well individually they should be optimistic of winning their upcoming series Team Kaliber, Red Reserve and Epsilon.