Loony
Daniel Loza 
United States
Rise Nation
Bullies lanes and objectives
April 23, 2018
Loony pushed lanes in a double grand finals win at CWL Seattle, winning the first game 3-1 and the second 3-0 against Evil Geniuses.
ANALYSIS
Loony was superb at pressuring his opponents and pushing them off objectives. At least, after the first Round 1 Hardpoint. He was slightly outshone by his younger teammate, TJHaLy, who performed a similar role of pressuring Evil Geniuses. The difference for Loony was that he was able to pepper shots and harass players, not having to rely much on slaying, unlike TJHaLy. This was especially helpful in the first Round 3 Capture the Flag on Flak Tower, the first Round 4 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, and the second Round 2 Search & Destroy on Valkyrie. Valkyrie is a map that favors quick shots and fast movement due to the cramped map and its complexes of buildings. Loony was able to scout positions easily here thanks to his mobility. Meanwhile, his SMG helped to harass Evil Geniuses out of cover.
Behind the scenes in win
April 22, 2018
Looney had an out-of-the-spotlight performance during the loser's bracket final match against eUnited, a match that resulted in a win for Rise Nation on Day 3 of the CWL Seattle Open.
ANALYSIS
Loony had a low key performance in this matchup. He was never in the spotlight during any three of the rounds in their sweep win, and his role was based around filling in the gaps left behind by his teammates. He had nice objective games in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag, netting nearly a minute on the hill in the former and one of the team's four flag caps in the latter. In between the two, he had a nice support role in Round 2 Search & Destroy.
Never breaks through in loss
April 21, 2018
Loony had a hard time get past FaZe Clan in the 3-2 loss on Day 1 of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Loony struggled to break through for the majority of this match. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him hover around a 1.00 KD throughout the round, as FaZe Clan dominated the kill feed. It was close regardless of the slaying differential up until the two team's hovered around the 130 mark. After that, FaZe ran away with it. Looney struggled early in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as he had just one kill through the first five games. He picked it up a little bit later on and had the round clinching win in game ten. Round 3 Capture the Flag was similar to round one, as he hovered around a 1.00 KD in the loss and FaZe Clan slayed well as a team. Round 5 Search & Destroy was a blowout, as they lost 6-1 and barely put up a fight. Round 4 Hardpoint was his best round, as he went 25/23 with a strong 2:03 on the objective. He came up huge in the clutch, slaying Attach and getting them the 250th point as they won 250-247, forcing a fifth round.
Gets caught out trying to scout
April 20, 2018
Loony couldn't snag a slippery Echo Fox in a 3-2 loss on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Loony played a much more aggressive game this series, partly due to the new meta. The unlimited sprinting allowed Loony and TJHaLy to dash around the map in an attempt to find kills while SlasheR and Gunless held back with ARs. This strategy worked well in respawn rounds where Loony and TJHaLy could take risks without much loss. However, the strategy was questionable in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy. More often than not, Loony was caught out trying to flank or scout his opponents rather than landing kills. This became a massive problem when the game came down to a razor-close Round 5 Search & Destroy and Loony often gave first blood for his team.
Throws Round 2 Search & Destroy
April 8, 2018
Loony whiffed a major Scorestreak in a 3-2 loss to Red Reserve, getting knocked out of the tournament as well, on Day 2 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Loony was caught off-guard by Red Reserve's sneaky playstyle in this devastating series. Instead of attempting to fight in teamfights, Red Reserve constantly flanked Loony, leaving him wounded and jumpy. This caused Loony to take extreme risks out of panic, such as in Round 2 Search & Destroy. In Game 10, Loony made a bizarre play that saw him lay down and call in a Glide Bomb in the middle of a fight, leaving him exposed as an easy kill while getting nothing out of his Scorestreak. In Game 11, Loony threw out his Fighter Pilot at the start of the round only to find no information or kills, giving Red Reserve the room they needed to play.
Fails to show up
April 7, 2018
Loony stumbled in a 3-0 loss to eUnited on Day 1 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Loony didn't have much momentum this series. This was due to how eUnited played this match as Rise Nation, a short-ranged team, was forced into a long-range game by their opponents. Loony couldn't keep up with eUnited's long-range tactics in any way. This caused poor engagements for Rise Nation as he was forced to try to blitz down eUnited's AR. But due to his opponents' strong front-line, he'd often just get picked off.
Unable to hold the frontline
April 2, 2018
Loony fell short in a 3-1 loss to Splyce in the Loser's Final at CWL Birmingham, placing Rise Nation in 3rd place.
ANALYSIS
Loony may not be Rise Nation's core slayer, but he struggled in the face of an aggressive Splyce this series. Despite catching a few odd kills, Loony often fell victim to Splyce's traps, such as in Round 2 Search & Destroy. In the eleven game map, Loony was first blooded three times. His deaths changed crucial rounds early into the series. And while he began to step up in later maps, he continues to struggle a mobile Splyce.
Runs through Splyce
April 2, 2018
Loony swept Splyce with strong shots in 3-0 in the Winner's Bracket Semifinal on Sunday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Normally known as one of Rise Nation's slower players, Loony popped off this series. He was able to turn around Round 2 Search & Destroy thanks to his smart flanks. In Game 9, for example, Loony and Gunless flanked Splyce from two different corners on Bomb A, allowing Loony to snap two kills that left Splyce in disarray. In Round 3 Capture the Flag, he was again vital in stopping Splyce from rallying points, such as in the second half when he was able to shutdown Splyce in mid-map.
Peppers his oppenents' flanks
April 1, 2018
Loony played a smart, safe game against Team EnVyUs in a 3-0 win on Saturday at CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Loony may not have slayed out, but he made important calls as Rise Nation's resident flanker. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, Loony played less for flanks and more for teamfights. This was because of the fast-paced nature of the map forced Loony to engage rather than take time to flank. However, Round 3 Capture the Flag was a different story. Loony was able to pressure off-lanes in order to help Methodz and Gunless to pinch the objective. Loony's constant harassment put Team EnVyUs on the defensive, a death sentence in the competitive scene.
Gets devastated in loss to eUnited
March 31, 2018
Loony and Rise Nation were not prepared for a revived eUnited, and the lack of preparation was a large factor in their 3-0 loss against them on Day 1 of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Loony was blaming many factors for Rise Nation's loss against eUnited, but in the end, the stats still speak for themselves. While Loony did get the most Hardpoint control time in Round 1 Hardpoint with 1:07, his KD still suffered to the tune of a negative 24/31. Round 2 Search & Destroy was simply a disaster for Loony, as he failed to score a single kill all round, ending up with a KD of 0/9. Round 3 proved to be equally as disastrous for Loony, for he was the only player on all of Rise Nation to get any flag captures, and even then at the cost of his KD with 10/22.
Wins CWL Atlanta with slick play
March 11, 2018
Loony bodied Red Reserve despite his flu in a 3-1 win in the CWL Atlanta grand finals.
ANALYSIS
Loony came into this match as sick as a dog, but he emerged as a champion. He was able to slay as well as his teammates and was key to his team's dominant victory as he held lanes. In Round 3 Capture the Flag, Loony tore apart Red Reserve by setting an early pace and holding mid map. In the first fight of the game, Loony scored two kills and got a flag capture, forcing Red Reserve to regroup and lick their wounds. By the second half, Loony was tearing with full Scorestreaks while protecting his teammates.
Strong showing in win
March 11, 2018
Loony came up large in the 3-2 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, a win that clinched them a spot in the grand final.
ANALYSIS
Loony was excellent for Rise Nation, providing a solid base for his teammates to build on in the match. He was even good in their lone round loss, Round 1 Hardpoint, a round that saw Rise Nation really struggle. Luminosity Gaming won by around 100 points, and it seemed that Rise Nation failed to run with them at every turn. Loony was the best player on the team, leading them in kills and finishing above a 1.00 KD (24/23), the only player on the team to do so. His teammates gave him no support, though. He continued his strong play in Round 2 Search & Destroy, though this time his teammates followed suit. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him do most of his damage in that the middle of the round -- Games 3-5, specifically. He had the final kill in each of the three. Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint were more of the same -- he was a leader on and off the map and was a key reason why they were able to keep their 1-0 lead in Round 3 and edge out a 250-240 win in Round 4. He was a strong slayer and came up in the clutch often. His biggest moment came in the final round, as he and Gunless made a perfect break to get them to 230, and eventually the win.
Ran hot and cold in close win
March 11, 2018
Loony had hot and cold moments in nearly every round of the 3-2 win over Team Kaliber, securing their spot in the winner's final on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Loony was pretty inconsistent in this match. It was not that he would have good rounds and bad rounds, it's that he had high moments and low moments in each round individually, especially through the first four rounds. Round 5 Search & Destroy was an incredibly balanced team effort from Rise Nation, and they won the round pretty easily -- Loony was a big part of that team effort. Round 1 Hardpoint, Round 3 Capture the Flag, and Round 5 Hardpoint had Loony dominate the early goings of the rounds, only to trail off to a rather mediocre end. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him provide depth behind Methodz's absolutely ridiculous performance. It was a strange performance from Loony, and he will look to find steadier waters in future matches.
Finds a steady beat
March 9, 2018
Loony played a consistent game to beat out Splyce 3-2 on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Loony didn't have as many big-break plays this series, unlike his teammates. However, he played a very solid and consistent game that gave his team firm ground to grind out a win. For most of the series, Loony sat back to guard Rise Nation's spawns. Loony, however, still wisely played aggressively with the rest of his team. He would push far up with his team to help them find kills, such as in Round 5 Search & Destroy, or score points, such as his sly flag pulls in Round 3 Capture the Flag.
Coasts through easy win
March 2, 2018
Rise Nation swept through OpTic Gaming with ease, and Looney skated through Thursday's match in the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Loony was hardly at the top of his game in this one, and he even ended both respawn rounds with a sub-1.00 KD ratio. Despite that, Looney did some good things in support of his teammates, capping off a sweep where he could afford to take a more laid back approach to the win. He finished Round 1 Hardpoint with a 20/21 KD ratio, though his 1:16 on the objective was certainly helpful in the round. The first half of Round 3 Capture the Flag was excellent for Loony, as he hit the 10 kill mark before it ended. He only got five kills in an easy second half, however, and he finished 15/16. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him float around a 1.00 KD ratio, as Gunless dominated the early portion of the round, and TJHaLy and Methodz did a lot in the late game. Loony did some things in support of his teammates, but it was hardly a banner effort from him.
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