The stage was set at MLG Dallas as the world’s two most lethal teams matched up in the grand finals. Optic Gaming had stormed through the winners bracket, sweeping aside top teams including their main rivals Faze Clan. EUnited had lost narrowly to Optic earlier in the tournament, but went on a fantastic losers bracket run where they beat both Faze and EnVyUs to make it to the finals. For EUnited, the MLG Atlanta champions, they had their work cut out if they wanted to lift the trophy. They would have to conquer the Greenwall in not one, but two best of fives.
For Optic, their main man Scump had been on fire all weekend, leading the team with great performances and great leadership. In Gunless, EUnited had the young superstar to thank for making it to the final, thanks to his tremendous slaying ability. So the stage was set, in what would be a repeat of the final in Atlanta.
The first game was Breakout hardpoint, and Optic took it with conviction. The final score was 250-67 and it looked as though the boys in green were going to wrap this one up early. If the first game was great to watch, the second was even more spectacular. EUnited were 5-1 up in Throwback search and Destroy and needed only 1 more round win to tie the series 1-1. However, Optic had other ideas. A run of 5 straight rounds gave the Greenwall a massive comeback. The crowd were going wild and it seemed to everyone that one more game and Optic would be champions. Their rivals, led by the veteran leadership of Silly, had other ideas however. EUnited seemed to come to lifer and went on a run of 3 straight game wins to win the series and take us to a second best of five.
The crowd couldn’t believe it, Optic couldn’t believe it, and the hundreds of thousands watching at home certainly couldn’t believe it. This final had already gone on much longer than most people expected it to, and we were only just getting started.
The second best of five was almost a mirror image of the first, Optic went 2-0 up in the series with comfortable wins in Hardpoint and Search and Destroy. And then, just like the first series, EUnited came storming back. They scraped through the Uplink in overtime and dominated in the hardpoint, so it really was anyone’s game. As the deciding game started, the atmosphere was tense. Nobody knew who would come out on top.
In the end, it was actually very anticlimactic. Optic, led by the veteran Karma, claimed victory in the last game with ease, playing their best Call of Duty of the whole tournament to win the Search and Destroy 6-0. And so after 3 hours of the greatest grand final Call of Duty has ever seen, the Greenwall prevailed, and added to their win at ESWC Paris last month.