Loony
Daniel Loza 
United States
Rise Nation
Guns through Team Kaliber
February 20, 2018
Loony burns down Team Kaliber's ego in a brilliant 3-0 stomp on Week 5, Day 1 of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Loony, even as far back as Black Ops III, was never known as a strong slayer. He worked to fix that this series. Not only was he matching TJHaLy, Rise Nation's powerhouse, but he also made some of the biggest plays in this series. His key round was Round 3 Capture the Flag where he scored a nearly double positive KD. Working with TJHaLy and Gunless, Loony would engage Team Kaliber head-on while Gunless pinched from the flanks and TJHaLy hit the objective. This caused chaos in Team Kaliber's ranks, thanks mainly to Loony continually clutching uneven fights.
Makes some sloppy mistakes
February 2, 2018
Loony slipped in a critical series in a surprising 3-2 win over Team Kaliber on Day 6 of Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
Loony played a solid series, but his most notable plays were mistakes. Playing as a forward guard for TJHaLy, he was often outpaced by TJHaLy, both in speed and in KD, or served as a distraction. His game was awkward mostly due to his poor positioning. A simple example was in Round 3 Capture the Flag in the first half, where Loony struggled to move his two flag pulls due to some sloppy movement.
Hot and cold in win
February 1, 2018
Loony had highs and lows in the sweep win over Echo Fox that capped off Wednesday's CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 matches.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a inconsistent performance in the match, and nothing exemplifies that more than his first-round performance. He was slow to start Round 1 Hardpoint, but he quickly heated up to dominate the early game, which helped Rise Nation take a huge lead. He, however, struggled between good play and bad play in the round, as he ended with a 29/29 KD ratio. Methodz and TJHaLy led Rise Nation in Round 2 Search & Destroy, with Looney playing a key role behind them. He pitched in the final kill in Game 3 to his solid support. Rise Nation had four solid players that made for a very well-balanced attack. Round 3 Capture the Flag was defensive and tough, with Rise winning 2-1 in overtime. Looney had a really weird game. He had a 12/15 KD, showing how little he interacted with the enemy. He was simply out of the game for the most of it. However, he did have two very big moments. The first was a flag pull late in the first half, and the second was a huge defensive stand in overtime that helped give Gunless an open map for the lead.
Weak end doesn't lose game
January 25, 2018
Loony did not end the match particularly well, but Rise Nation still easily swept Mindfreak away during their CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 match on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a great Round 1 Hardpoint, as Rise Nation got off to a fast start as a whole. Loony, Gunless and Methodz were a force to be reckoned with, providing a well balanced attack that proved far too much for Mindfreak. Round 2 Search & Destroy was the only close round of the match, going to a decisive Game 11 before Rise Nation pulled out the victory. Loony was solid, adding the final kill in Game 9 to a nice performance. Every member of Rise Nation had a hand in the round win; no one took the round over. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a dominant display, much like the first round was. They pitched a shutout, and Mindfreak barely even pressured the Rise Nation defense. Looney had a hot start to the round, and played an excellent half, but fell off in the second half as the round became an easy win. He ended the round with an uninspiring 16/19 KD ratio, putting a mediocre end to a great match.
Switches up his gunplay
January 24, 2018
Loony surprisingly made his presence felt as an SMG player in 3-2 win against Red Reserve on Day 2 of Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
Loony was an SMG bully this series, surprising since he's traditionally an AR player. Round 1 Hardpoint was an utter stomp thanks to the likes of Loony and TJHaLy dashing around the map to lock down rotations by just slamming a staggered Red Reserve. Round 4 Hardpoint continued this trend as Loony and TJHaLy made sure to rotate early to prevent Red Reserve from snowballing. Oddly, this simple strategy was very effective against the veterans in Red Reserve. The aggressive strategy even found its worth in Round 5 Search & Destroy where Loony made strong commitments to fights to pressure Red Reserve.
Average performance still enough to beat Vitality
January 24, 2018
Loony may have had an average series, but average was more than enough for Rise Nation to beat Vitality 3-0 on Tuesday during Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a pretty routine Round 1 Hardpoint against Vitality with a 24/20 KD and approximately 50 seconds of hardpoint control time, as Rise Nation easily put Vitality into the 100-point club. Loony's Round 2 Search & Destroy performance was also a cakewalk for him, as he easily stomped Vitality with a 6/3 KD and a bomb plant. Loony faltered somewhat during Round 3 Capture the Flag, but his efforts were still more than enough to quell any hope of a comeback from Vitality, as he scored a flag capture and a positive KD of 16/15.
Guides his team through tough times
January 15, 2018
Loony failed to out-muscle, or out-smart, Luminosity Gaming in a 2-3 losers' final loss on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
ANALYSIS
Loony didn't seem to have much of strategy going into this game outside of out-muscling Luminosity Gaming. While Rise Nation certainly has the potential to beat down the likes of Luminosity, they didn't quite have the coordination. This was most evident in the two Search & Destroy rounds, both of which Rise Nation lost. The stacked composition of Luminosity allowed them to trade quickly and efficiently. Loony, on the other hand, often had his team spread thin across the map in an attempt to stop out his opponents' movements. While this worked when Loony or Methodz could get a picked, it fell apart when Luminosity easily outflanked them.
Gets going too late to save Rise Nation
January 14, 2018
Loony was lackluster at the start of Rise Nation's series against Team Kaliber on Day 2 of CWL New Orleans, but while he made up for it in later rounds, it was still too little, too late to prevent Team Kaliber from winning 3-1.
ANALYSIS
Unlike the rest of Rise Nation, Loony had a bit of a slow start against Team Kaliber, going negative with a KD of 25/33 during Round 1 Hardpoint. Ironically, he'd do the best out of Rise Nation during their abysmal Round 2 Search & Destroy, ending with a break-even KD of 7/7. Loony got going the most during Round 3 Capture the Flag, Rise Nation's best round, as he'd earn a flag capture and a positive KD of 19/14. But even though Loony fully got over his Round 1 slump at this point, it'd still be too little, too late to stop Team Kaliber in Round 4 Hardpoint. Despite his positive KD of 28/26 and 59 seconds of hardpoint time, Team Kaliber ended up clutching that round and sending Rise Nation to the Loser's Bracket.
A seesaw performance in an uneven series
January 13, 2018
Loony had his moments during Rise Nation's match against Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of CWL New Orleans, but overall his performance was inconsistent in Rise Nation's 3-2 loss.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a strong start with the rest of Rise Nation in Round 1 Hardpoint despite a negative KD of 24/26, as Rise Nation easily put Luminosity Gaming in the 100-point club. Ironically, despite Loony improving in KD during Round 2 Search & Destroy with a positive 7/6 KD, Luminosity would take Round 2. This sort of pattern would continue throughout the series as Loony would go negative in Round 3 Capture the Flag with 20/24, but a flag capture earlier in the round by him helped Rise Nation find victory. Loony was starting to feel the series drag on during Round 4 Hardpoint, where a 25/32 KD was indicative of his exhaustion as Luminosity took Round 4. Loony ultimately petered out in Round 5 Search & Destroy with a paltry KD of 5/9 as Luminosity took the round and the series.
Up and down in win
January 12, 2018
Loony had high highs and low lows in the 3-1 win over Enigma6. The win was on the first day of the CWL New Orleans Open.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a fast start to the match, playing well in a Round 1 Hardpoint win. Loony and Methodz paced the team early, and were the key cogs in having them pull away to win the round. Loony was less spectacular in Round 2 Search & Destroy than in the previous round, but he was a stable force in the round. He provided the kills he needed to behind Methodz strong performance. Round 3 Capture the Flag was close in the first half, and Loony was a resilient thorn in Enigma6's side throughout it. However, he fell off a cliff in the second half, and Rise Nation ended up losing 7-2. Loony and Rise Nation made up for the disappointing loss in a big way in Round 4 Hardpoint. Loony went 20/3, as Rise Nation won 250/35. Both of those stats speak for themselves: it was one of the most dominating performances anyone will see, and quite possibly will be the biggest point differential in Call of Duty: World War II.
Misleads his team
December 9, 2017
Loony made some questionable calls in a 0-3 loss to Red Reserve on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
While Loony started strong, he struggled to play both aggressively and intelligently. Round 2 Search and Destroy on USS Texas saw Loony constantly falling to Zer0's sights as Loony attempted to challenge Zer0's sniper presence. Loony kept losing the fight and, instead of switching to smokes to cover Rise Nation's rotations, Loony continued to peak on a hot-handed Zer0. Loony's aggression shined early in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag only to falter later on when Red Reserve gained map control.
Keeps his cool despite surprising series
December 9, 2017
In spite of his teammate TJHaLy causing a forfeit of Round 1 against Team Kaliber, Loony kept calm and carried on, earning mostly positive KDs even as Rise Nation lost to Team Kaliber 3-1 on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Loony was as cool as a cucumber throughout Rise Nation's match against Team Kaliber. He had to be after teammate TJHaLy's accidental calling in of a banned scorestreak cost Rise Nation Round 1 Hardpoint by forfeit, thus nullifying the 18/10 KD Loony had amassed to that point in the match. Loony saw an opportunity to strike back against Team Kaliber during Round 2 Search & Destroy, where a 6/4 KD helped his team steamroll Team Kaliber in a 6-2 sweep. He was starting to lose steam in Round 3 Capture the Flag, however, as Loony ultimately wound up with a negative KD of 15/19 to give Team Kaliber the win. Loony would popped off again during Round 4 Hardpoint with a 30/24 KD, but it was too little, too late, as Team Kaliber pulled off a narrow victory that round with a score of 250-203.
Unable to take down LG on his own
August 13, 2017
Loony put up an 86/77 KD in Rise Nation's tournament-ending loss to Luminosity Gaming on Sunday at Call of Duty Champs 2017.
ANALYSIS
Try as they might, Rise Nation's momentum just couldn't match that of LG in this series. To his credit, Loony was doing his best to make that happen, but some of his teammates dashed their chances in a big way. He started off with the most time on the point in Round 1 Hardpoint before showing up in a big way during Round 2 Search & Destroy with an 11/6 KD. The only problem there was that he was the only one with a positive KD in the round, which isn't enough to beat LG. They did bring enough to take Round 3 Uplink on the back of two throws from Loony, but they were then swiftly handled in Round 4 Hardpoint to get bounced from the tournament.
Uneven series against Allegiance
August 13, 2017
Loony posted a 58/63 KD in the Day 4 lower bracket win over Allegiance.
ANALYSIS
The in-game leader for Rise Nation didn't do much in this series, as it was the Felony/Aqua show for the majority of the contest. Despite Rise Nation's amazing stretch in Search and Destroy during the Call of Duty World Championship, Loony didn't contribute to the cause, only posting a 3/5 KD in the game mode despite utter destruction occurring thanks to Rise.
Avoids a narrow loss
August 13, 2017
Loony nearly crashes with a 61/65 KD in a win over FaZe Clan on Day 4 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Despite his long run through the losers brackets, Loony was still able to run at his top speed. Hardpoint rounds turned out to be rough rounds for Loony, however. Both Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint saw Loony struggle to out-slay FaZe Clan, especially in the early game, due to uncoordinated pushes. This was in stark contrast to Search & Destroy rounds where Loony was a beast. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on Crusher, Loony got two first bloods in a seven-game round thank to his flanks.
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