Call Of Duty Mobile: Smart Omega’s Cinderella Story

Call Of Duty Mobile: Smart Omega’s Cinderella Story

Smart Omega reclaims its crown as the kings of Southeast Asia on the Call of Duty Mobile esports circuit, officially dethroning Blacklist Ultimate, which was inches away from becoming a dynasty.

With the conclusion of the second season of Call of Duty: Mobile’s Garena Masters, I wanted to give everyone a summary of what happened, the stories that took place and why this could to have It was the beginning of a dynasty.

So there are a couple of things we need to talk about, first of all, the event itself. Unlike North America and Europe, here in Southeast Asia we haven’t had many leagues or tournaments with prize money in recent years.

The community is not sure why this is happening, but there is speculation that Activision is not so kind to third-party tournament organizers in Southeast Asia. Personally, I think it’s due to the lack of support from Garena and they don’t see how beneficial a tournament style league is, like the Call of Duty League, which would benefit not only the game, but the mobile gaming industry in general.

But that is not to say that we Southeast Asians have been completely neglected. No, quite the opposite, in fact, only in 2022 We have already had 3 top tournaments in South East Asia, all with big prize pools.

Which brings me to my next point, this tournament could have been the start of a truly dominant dynasty from none other than multi-title Filipino esports powerhouse Blacklist International, also known as Blacklist Ultimate. For those who are not that familiar or have not been in touch with the competitive scene of Call of Duty: Mobile for a minute, before this tournament Blacklist were Regarded as the undisputed best Call of Duty: Mobile team in the Eastern Hemisphere–meemphasis on the past tense.

Blacklist have been the absolute favorites in all 3 tournaments this year. Aand it is understandable why.


Originally known as Ultimate E-Pro, the roster secured the number 1 spot. The Filipino seed entered the Garena 2021 Finals, which was the first big step towards the World Championship.

A month before the Garena Finals, the roster was signed by the Philippine esports organization Blacklist International, which is most famous for its World Championship-winning Mobile Legends team.

They finished in third place, which meant they qualified for the Eastern Finals, where they compete against the top teams from China, Japan, and India for the grand prize of $300k, which when you convert it, is a lot of weight. And the road wasn’t easy, they managed to secure the second seed after losing a series to fellow South East Asians, ALMIGHTY, who were fan favorites to win.

However, they would get their revenge on ALMGHTY, sending them to the losers bracket in the winners’ final in a nail-biting Bo5 series, winning Game 5, Round 11 on Standoff. But ALMGHTY wasn’t having it and managed to fight their way back into the Grand Finals to take on Blacklist for the third time in this tournament. Which ended with exactly the same score, still in favor of Blacklist International.

And that is how they become the Kings of Asia.

With all said and done, Blacklist continued to dominate this tournament, ffinishing at the top of his group, only dropping 1 of 18 maps.

And on the way to the grand final, winning 9 of 11 maps. So it looked like Blacklist had this in the bag. Or so we all thought…

Now I’ve purposely left out this part until now because, well, it makes for a better narrative bBut let me tell you about the Cinderella story that is Smart Omega.

Formerly known as NRX Jeremiah 29:11, they are not only the former kings of the Philippines, but were once in contention for the title of the best team in the world.

And not to mince words, they were the only team that looked like they could take Blacklist to the end.


Now, the last time we saw them, they weren’t getting too hot, ranking 6-13 in literally the worst possible placement at the Garena Invitational. But even before that, they didn’t look very good in the last 6 months. Resulting in the departure of longtime runner CRUSH and the acquisition of Rage.

The team roster now consisted of Woopiiee, iDra, KenDy, Kevs & Rage with former IGL Jayzee becoming his replacement. But since there was no tournament between then and now, noor one had an idea of ​​what to expect.

With the start of Garena Masters, Omega came out of the gates swinging, besting his group with a record of 16-2 yssecuring the top spot by entering the support stage. After defeating the Huntsmen, from Malaysia, in the upper group quarter-finals in a resounding 3-0, Omega would face his toughest opponent yet.

ALMIGHTY, home to none other than familiar names in CODM, Heaven & Sh4d4p. B.But let’s not forget that Omega has Woopiiee, arguably the smartest and most mechanically gifted snipers the game has ever seen. And well, ALMGHTY was absolutely dismantled 3-1. Credit where credit is due, ALMIGHTY put up a good fight. Managing to take a map from a bloodthirsty Omega.

But many don’t see how impactful this match would be for Omega. If they were able to take down ALMIGHTY here tSo that would mean they had the ability to take on Blacklist as they are just the perfected form of ALMIGHTY. And we wouldn’t have to wait too long to see that Blacklist would be their next opponent in the Upper Bracket finals.

Although the match took place the day after the ALMGHTY game, Omega was able to keep their momentum going by entering the first map, wInning Raid Hardpoint with a nail-biting score of 150-132.

Now for those of you who are not that familiar with competitive Call of Duty, having momentum in Game 1 means very little for Game 2. That is because Game 2 is Search and Destroy (S&D). Hardpoint is indeed an extremely fast game mode, bBut in S&D you are forced to slow down even if you try to play fast. And this is where Omega started to fail as they went back and forth with Blacklist b.closing out the game, but no cigars, as they lost 4-6 at Summit.

Game 3 was Standoff Domination. Now Domination is a bit like tossing a coin if both teams are extremely good and IIt really depends on the map and which side you start on. In Omega’s case, they got the worst of it, losing 72-150.

They went on to lose the next Hardpoint at Takeoff, in a close 125-150, sending Omega to the losers final where they would face ALMGHTY once again.

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Now usually these kinds of situations go one of two ways. The team is sent to the loser’s bracket or “tips over” or loses its balance, resulting in a slow start. In other cases, teams can be the exact opposite and are hungry for revenge as they bolt through the gates. And in this case, Omega bolted quickly and took Game 1, shooting range, 150-43.

But in typical ALMGHTY fashion, the Singapore-Indonesia roster fantastically dominated the S&D Summit Game 2, beating ALMGHTY 6-3.

Game 3 would take place in Raid, and knowing Domination coupled with the momentum reset in this back-and-forth series, whoever won this game would regain the series lead. There really isn’t much to say about this game other than Omega mastering offensive attacks and preventing EVERYTHING CRAZY from getting an advantage. The map ended with a final score of 150-108.

Now, in the Grand Finals, Omega had put in an incredible run thus far, but the journey was far from over as they would now have to face Blacklist Ultimate once again. For both teams, the stakes were higher than ever. Blacklist was trying to retain their crown, while Omega was trying to claim it. But Blacklist had the upper hand, since they hadn’t lost a series yet, Omega would have to beat them twice best-of-5, once to reset bracket, once to take it all.

So we were hoping this whole series would be nail-biting. And it was exciting, as Game 1 at Takeoff was only a 6-point game in favor of Blacklist. With the score just 150-144, you can imagine that Omega still had high hopes, but for viewers, those hopes were dashed in Game 2, Standoff.

Blacklist would take Game 2, 6-3, and for most, this could have been the end of Smart Omega’s Cinderella story and the beginning of the Blacklist dynasty. But in a game like Call of Duty, these kinds of situations are like harbingers of reverse sweeps. And if you still can’t tell, yes, indeed, Omega is continuing the reverse blacklist sweep. The reverse sweep was by no means easy, but Omega managed to prevail by winning Game 3, Shooting Range Domination, 150-110, Game 4, Summit Hardpoint, 150-114 and Game 5, winning in Round 10, in Raid S&D, 6-4.

Now the real challenge begins. With the map rotations remaining the same as in the previous series, Omega builds on the momentum of the first Best of 5 to continue their consistent play in Game 1 and Game 2, winning both 150-76 and 6-3 respectively. .

Blacklist managed to bounce back in Game 3 when Omega lost 132-150, but as I mentioned before, Game 3 is always a draw and the best teams in the world know it. So a team like Omega wouldn’t let something like this affect them in Game 4. If Blacklist won this, then the series would be tied 2-2, but if they lost, it would all be over and Omega would be considered, once again, the kings. from Southeast Asia.

Game 4 started off fairly evenly, with both teams neck-and-neck. Blacklist built up a 30-point lead at the end of the first set of rotations, but going into the second, Omega managed to rally back to a 50-point lead. Trailing 120-80 in favor of Omega, Blacklist fought as hard as they could, managing to hit triple digits, but Omega was at the top of their game. Having managed to rotate and prepare for each hill before Blacklist and win important 1v1s, Omega finally got the victory over Blacklist with a final score of 150-101 and now they were crowned as the Kings of Southeast Asia and to some they are considered the best team in Asia.

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So what exactly does this mean going forward? Does Blacklist need a roster change if it wants to win back the crown? Not necessarily, I give Omega credit, they were the better team overall, having lost to Blacklist earlier in the tournament, they managed to adapt and overcome. That in itself is a vital trait to have as a team, and that’s exactly what Blacklist has been missing. Blacklist needed this, a token of defeat, a wake-up call, to prove to themselves that they are not invincible and to bring them back to Earth. Now that you know this, you can reboot and work on a different approach to get your old title back.

As for Omega, this is big, especially for Woopiiee, iDra, and Jayzee. As former kings of Garena, having fallen from grace and now climbing all the way back, this marks an important chapter in what will be their legacy. With the possibility of offline tournaments this year, I look forward to seeing the return of possible Smar Omega dominance as at NRX Jeremiah 29:11 days.

Omega still has a lot to work on. But with the veterans of the aforementioned three and the new blood of Kevs and Rage, the future looks bright for Smart Omega.

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