The weekend of the 14th of April saw us heading to Birmingham to compete at i60. Our CSGO team and our Girls Call of Duty team were both due to compete at the event.
The Friday could not have gone smoother for the Counter Strike team, breezing through the group stages, top of their group and only losing 12 rounds in 3 games. They then went on to play Proxide eSports later that day and comfortably 2-0'd them to take the boys through to the Saturday and the knock out stages of the competition.
On the Saturday, first up was Xenex who previously beat the team in the UKGT a few months ago. The game was streamed live on the Multiplay Twitch, and from a third party perspective it must have been a very good game to watch. A very close opening game on Xenex's map choice would eventually end with them taking it in Overtime. The second map was a very different story however, with Barrage destroying Xenex on Inferno, 16-5. The third map was different yet again with Xenex storming ahead to make it 15-7. With Xenex only needing 1 map to win the map and the series, the Barrage lads began to bring it slowly back, winning 7 in a row to make it 15-14. Barrage now only needed to win 1 further round to take it to Overtime however it wasn't to be and Xenex, after a tactical pause were able to round out the map and the series. Barrage would now have to fight their way through the Lower Bracket.
The second match of the day, and the first in the Lower Bracket pitted Barrage against London Lynx, a team who had caused upsets already that weekend. The first map however would be no upset, going in the favour of Barrage with another comfortable win on Inferno. London Lynx were however were ready to show that they were the stronger team on Cache which they did in emphatic style. It would again come down to the third and final map which would be Mirage. Mirage was an extremely tight game, and one neither team seemed to be particularly in control of with it again coming down to the final round to be decided. Barrage were the ones down 15-14 and needed a round once again to go to Overtime however London Lynx had other ideas. After an attempt to defuse the planted bomb went awry, Barrage were defeated.
The lads are now looking forward to UK Masters Qualifications and ESEA Main.
Final Placement: 13th-16th
Call of Duty
The girls would be competing in the CoD World League event at i60 which would be no easy feat at all. Despite the bracket saying the previous evening that the girls would be up against Omni eSports in their first round, it actually turned out to be Bulldog Hybrid that they would play first. Scrim partners of the Barrage girls, they knew it would be a close game and that it was. The Hardpoint was closely fought with Barrage taking an early lead only to lose momentum in the second rotation and ultimately the first map. The Search and Destroy, would also be extremely close, with the map coming to a 5-5 scoreline, but ultimately went in the favour of Bulldog 6-5. This loss would send Barrage to the Lower Bracket.
The next game for the girls would be Proxide eSports who had also unfortunately lost their first match. Map 1 again started extremely close however as time went on, Proxide started to pull away on points. A last ditch effort from the Barrage girls to scrape back some points would eventually fall short and Proxide would take the Hardpoint. The Search and Destroy was next and unfortunately the story and the girls journey would be cut short here. Proxide finished the map in comfortable fashion 6-2.
The girls will now be looking to make it through their group in the Female Pro League.
Final Placement: 45th-59th