Toronto Ultra NA Academy have won the Boston Open. They took the title against Electrify Steel, winning in the first of two possible best of fives.
All of Ultra’s roster got the opportunity to shine throughout the series.
Javi “Vikul” Milagro set the tempo early on in the series with some lightning-fast plays as his teammates got up to speed.
Ultra had to come out of the blocks swinging, having not played a series yet today. Electrify Steel had the opportunity to play against two other top teams just before Grand Finals.
Their lower bracket run was quite spectacular. They took out the Team WaR, Boston Academy and Ultra EU en route to the final.
They headed into the match with the Ultra NA squad knowing that they’d need to win two series back-to-back.
It looked as though it could be done too. After splitting the opening two maps of the series, it looked as though we were in for a long night.
A round 11 win on Desert Siege could have been the momentum booster that they needed.
They just couldn’t hold onto that momentum during the first of a trilogy of maps on Berlin.
The Berlin Hardpoint was far better, even if that ended up going down to the wire too. Kevin “Fame” Bonanno and Adam “GODRX” Brown both put on a show as they clawed their way to a level pegging 2-2 scoreline.
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Unfortunately for Electrify Steel, map five was Berlin Search and Destroy – a map that Ultra NA are notoriously incredible on.
Not only that, it just so happened to be the map of the series that Thomas “Scrappy” Ernst decided to hit the takeover button. He saw the fact that his side were 4-2 down in the map and just decided that he didn’t have time for another series.
Scrap posted a ridiculous 14/5 K/D in the final map of the series – and in turn – the tournament. Once again, he proved that he is destined for massive things in Call of Duty esports.
In winning, the Ultra roster becomes the only team to win more than one Open event this year. That gets added onto their two Elite Stage wins too.
It’s also huge for Adam “Assault” Garcia. He came into the team after the Elite Stage 4 win and many thought it wrong to change a winning team.
Regardless, he’s still managed to play a vital role in Ultra’s eventual win here in Boston.
Ultra NA were by far and away the top seed heading into the event and their win here will secure them the number one seed at Champs at the start of August.
This roster have to be held as favourites for the event in Los Angeles. Their LAN pedigree in this game is second to none and they should be backed to do it all over again on the biggest stage of the year.
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