In the world of gaming, there are few things more exciting than watching a player or team come back from the brink of elimination to win it all. Everyone loves a reverse sweep and, at the Call of Duty Leagues Stage 5 Major, fans were treated to the greatest reverse sweep of all time.
Minnesota Røkkr fought their way back from a 0-4 deficit to take the tournament in a stunning five-game run against Toronto Ultra, one of the best teams in the league. But how did a team that spent all season in the middle of the pack manage to pull off such a Herculean feat? Let’s take a look beyond the clip.
The Minnesota Massacre
Coming out of the 2020 season, the Røkkr dropped their entire roster and were looking to rebuild from the free agent pool going into Call of Duty: Cold War. On Sept. 15, the Røkkr announced their acquisition of Preston “Priestahh” Greiner, Dillon “Attach” Price, Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi and Michael “MajorManiak” Szymaniak. As the majority of the team were seasoned veterans, great things were expected of them.
Unfortunately those high expectations did not come to fruition. In March, after a disappointing first stage, Røkkr decided to bring on rookie free agent Eli “Standy” Bentz and immediately field him in lieu of MajorManiak. But, while the team saw momentary improvements throughout Stage 2, they fell into another slump in stage 3. MajorManiak then came back onto the main team and accuracy found himself on the bench.
By the time the Stage 5 Major came around, the new roster had only played together for a few months and had yet to take a major victory off one of the top 3 teams. But, as the last major of the regular season approached, the Røkkr were feeling good.
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