The MLG X Games Invitational came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday, as Optic Gaming came out on top to win X Games Gold!
Here is how the competition played out for the final four teams on Championship Sunday:
Team Kaliber def. EnVyUs (3-1):
The first semifinal match pitted Team Kaliber against EnVyUs. On Domination/Freight, tK's big lead from the first side would be enough to hold back nV's comeback attempt. It seemed like nV had hit their stride on Search and Destroy/Octane, but tK would not let them pull away. In an overtime thriller, tK would win the 11th round to take a 2-0 series lead. nV got on the board with a win on Blitz/Warhawk, but this was tK's match to take. Closing it out on Domination/Sovereign, Team Kaliber guaranteed their spot in the Gold Medal match.
Optic Gaming def. Evil Geniuses (3-1):
It was a story of hot starts for Optic Gaming in their match against Evil Geniuses. Things would not go Optic's way in the first game, as EG took the win on a masterful second half of Domination/Freight. That would be the last one for EG though, as Optic answered back with style on S&D/Sovereign, closing the game with an ace from Jordan "Proofy" Cannon. On Blitz/Warhawk, a 3-0 cap lead was the start that Optic needed to take the victory. Then on Domination/Strikezone, Optic would make a 35-point lead on the first side hold up for the series win.
Bronze Medal Match:
Evil Geniuses def. EnVyUs (3-2):
In what many thought would be the Gold Medal matchup, semifinal losers Evil Geniuses and EnVyUs instead met in the Bronze Medal match. Heading in, EG had won nine straight maps against nV on LAN. But nV would end that streak in this matchup, taking S&D/Warhawk and Domination/Strikezone to send it to a series-deciding game 5. On S&D/Sovereign, it was EG that would ultimately prevail 6-2 and claim the Bronze Medals.
Gold Medal Match:
Optic Gaming def. Team Kaliber (3-2):
So the matchup for X Games Gold was set: Optic Gaming versus Team Kaliber. tK would strike first, pulling away in Domination/Freight. Optic would even the series with a win on S&D/Octane, opening the first two rounds on a 1v2 clutch by Seth "Scumpii" Abner and a round ace from Matt "Nadeshot" Haag. The series shifted to Blitz/Warhawk, where Optic would once again open with a 3-0 start that led to a win. tK responded in Domination/Strikezone, riding an 18-point lead on the first side to stay alive.
Tied 2-2, the matchup went to a deciding game 5 S&D on Sovereign. Optic would start hot yet again with a quick 2-0 lead. The teams drew on the next four rounds, with two defuses followed by two defends. After a win on round 7 put Optic one round away from victory, tK's Jeremy "Neslo" Olson would come up clutch two rounds in a row to keep his team's hopes alive. But it would not be enough, as Optic Gaming would take the 10th round to win the game 6-4, the series 3-2, and the first-ever X Games Gold in an eSports competition!
Here are the final results from the MLG X Games Invitational:
Gold: Optic Gaming
Silver: Team Kaliber
Bronze: Evil Geniuses
5th/6th: Curse Orange/Strictly Business
7th/8th: FaZe Red/Optic Nation
Congratulations to the three X Games medal-winning teams, as well as all of the competitors for being a part of Call of Duty, eSports, and X Games history!