Atlanta FaZe narrowly escape with a win against Seattle Surge at Major II
Atlanta FaZe at Major II
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Atlanta FaZe narrowly escape with a win against Seattle Surge at Major II

The Surge's tide of momentum has been halted

After taking down OpTic Texas at CDL Major II on Thursday, the Seattle Surge squared off against Atlanta FaZe in winner’s bracket round two on Saturday. Facing the top two teams in the CDL is a tough draw to start a major, but Seattle was more than up to the task. They managed to sweep through OpTic and looked poised to take down FaZe. The series between Seattle and Atlanta came down to the final round in map five, with Atlanta taking the win.

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However, with the way the Surge played during the series, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them face FaZe again later in the event.

Seattle drop to the loser’s bracket at the hands of Atlanta FaZe

The series began in a peculiar way. The map one Tuscan Hardpoint was nearly over, with Atlanta and Seattle essentially tied up through two rotations. At this point, though, Surge player Mackenzie “Mack” Kelley began to get sick. He was throwing up on stage and the match administrators put a stop to the map.

It was believed that Mack might not be able to play further in the match, but he came back within 15 minutes. This didn’t help Surge win map one after a replay ensued, however, as FaZe took the map. This didn’t deter Seattle, as the team took the map two Search and Destroy after going down 1-4 in round count.

This momentum didn’t last long, though. Atlanta stormed back on Gavutu Control thanks to the work of McArthur “Cellium” Jovel, who finished the map with a 1.63 KD. The next map on Bocage Hardpoint is where things got interesting. Mack decided to have his own version of a Flu Game, going off for 47 kills to send the series to a final map.

While that was an incredible performance, Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson didn’t have any plans of FaZe going to the loser’s bracket. He took over on Berlin Search and Destroy, clutching up in round 11. Arcitys finished the series with a 1.03 KD while Cellium was the MVP with a 1.30 overall KD.

Seattle falls to the loser’s bracket while Atlanta has a date with the Boston Breach in the winner’s bracket finals.

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