The Subliners took Atlanta FaZe the distance in their matchup before closing the game out 3-2 after a round eleven Search and Destroy. HyDra joined the roster this week for previous up-and-coming rookie Diamondcon after a disappointing performance at the Stage 2 Major.
Before joining the main roster, HyDra played for the New York Subliners academy team. In challengers, HyDra dominated the league and recently took home first place at the Challengers Cup 10 last month. The French player won over fifteen local offline tournaments in Europe before turning 18. Now at just 19 years old, the European has shown the Atlanta FaZe veterans what he’s made of.
New York Subliners battle hard against Atlanta FaZe with HyDra
The best-of-three series started off on Garrison Hardpoint which had McArthur “Cellium” Jovel from FaZe on the backfoot for the entirety of the map. He went a disappointing 17/28 in their 250-211 loss to New York. Hydra, on the other hand, was a star in his debut match on the main stage. Alongside James “Clayster” Eubanks, Hydra went 31/24 with Clayster going 33/21 to cement the win. Search and Destroy on Express was not as close as the previous Hardpoint had been. Atlanta FaZe have become notorious for their performances in Search and Destroy and this match was no different. HyDra struggled after his breakout map one and went 3/7 in their 6-3 loss to FaZe on Express. Cellium bounced back, on the other hand, and went double-positive at 6/3 to end the game.
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FaZe took their winning momentum into game three on Garrison Control against New York. All players on both teams played well but FaZe was slightly more put together on a team-oriented map. With their 3-2 win on Control, FaZe took the overall lead in the series 2-1. The fourth map, Apocalypse Hardpoint, was just as thrilling as the first. Once again, Hydra showcased why New York brought him onto the starting roster. After going 22/18, Hydra and New York Subliners pulled together the win over Atlanta in a nail-biting map that went 250-241 in favor of New York.
Raid Search and Destroy would be the deciding map for the series against Atlanta. Unlike on Express, things were much closer. Raid would go to a round eleven to decide who would pull away from the match as the victor. An exceptional performance from Makenzie “Mack” Kelley pulled the team through in the end and netted them the 6-5 win. New York took the series 3-2 and hand FaZe another loss.