Rise came into existence when the team was created to compete in the 2014 Call of Duty Championships. At this time their roster consisted of Damod “FEARS” Abney, Jonathan “Pacman” Tucker, and Jamal “Whea7s” Lee, Daniel “Loony” Loza. During the online regional qualifiers they were named “Livin’ the Dream” but they changed this name to their current name “Rise” for the US Regional LAN Qualifierswhere they successfully qualified for the 2014 Call of Duty Championship.
The Call of Duty Championship Journey
Rise qualified on the second weekend of the online qualifiers, which meant that they would have to face a first weekend team in the first round of the US Regional LAN Qualifiers. In this case such team was Curse LV, which consisted of Parasite, MiRx, KiLLa and Ricky. Rise managed to pull off a first round upset, beating Curse LV 3-2 and thus progressing through to Round 2 of the Winners Bracket which put them in a great position to qualify as they only had to win one more match before losing twice. In Round 2 of the Winners Bracket they faced off against JusTus, whom they defeated 3-1 to qualify for the 2014 Call of Duty Championships. They placed Top 8 at the US Regional LAN Qualifiers in the end after losing to Team KaLiBeR and FaZe, but the most important step was qualifying for Call of Duty Championships. At the Call of Duty Championship, Rise were in a pool consisting of French team Vitality.Rises, Spanish team Wizards and the Brazil 5 Stars. Unsurprisingly to most Rise topped their pool, going unbeaten as they moved onto bracket play. In Round one they faced Canadian Team,VexX Revenge who they beat 3-1 before moving onto Round 2 where they faced Australian team Trident T1 Dotters who knocked them into the losers bracket by beating them 3-2. From here they successfully managed to secure a Top 8 placing by beating TCM 3-2. However they could not go any further as they were beaten 3-1 by Strictly Business, who would eventually go on to place 4th. In the end Rise finished 7th and took away $35,000 in prize money.
MLG Anaheim and Roster Changes
After Championships there was a long period of time where Rise were largely out of the spotlight as they did not qualify for the MLG Season 2 CoD league. This meant that while other top teams were playing their league matches, Rise was left largely scrimming against amateur teams. However they were involved in the roster changes which occurred after UGC Niagara, when FEARS left the team to join up withJaMeZz, Ghoster and TriZy from the XGN team that beat compLexity on the Orbit Roster. Brian “Saintt” Baroska replaced FEARS, before he was promptly dropped for Dillon “Attach” Price, who was with the team for the remainder of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Once Season 2 was over the majority of top teams headed off to MLG Anaheim to fight through the Championship bracket. However since Rise were not in Season 2 they had to fight through the Open Bracket to try to qualify for Season 3 by placing Top 4. They successfully qualified for Season 3 without losing a game as the steamed through the winners’ bracket all the way through to the final, beating teams such as Lightning Pandas, VexX and eXcellence on the way. They faced OpTic Nation in the grand finals, who beat them 2-0, 2-1 in a continuation best of 3 series, leaving them with a placement of 2nd and a place in Season 3.
MLG CoD League Season 3 and UMG Dallas
Rise found themselves on top of the MLG Season 3 league which came as a surprise to many. This left many people with high hopes for their chances at UMG Dallas, when in the past many said that they were solely a good online team. Due to a lack of pro points, Rise once again found themselves fighting through the open bracket for a place in the Championship bracket. Rise proceeded to face off against 4th seeded FaZe in Round 1 after successfully coming through the open bracket. However, they lost this series 1-3 and went onto Losers’ Bracket Round 1 to play JusTus. They lost this match 2-3, leaving Rise with a very disappointing placing of 13-16th. While resuming league play, Rise managed to finish 2nd in the MLG Season 3 league, bolstering their chances of success in the MLG Season 3 Playoffs.
UMG Nashville and MLG League Season 3 Playoffs
Going into Nashville, Rise was still retaining their 2nd place in the MLG Season 3 League trading places with EnVyUs however, despite this they had not had any recent success on LAN. Things would change for Rise after they were placed in the “group of death” with OpTic Gaming, Evil Geniuses, and Stunner Gaming. Surprisingly, Rise came out on top of the group sending both OpTic Gaming and Evil Geniuses to losers bracket. During bracket play, Rise found themselves matched up against Denial who defeated them 3-0 and would also go on to the grand finals. After being knocked down to the losers bracket, Rise would face off against OpTic Gaming again and win the series 3-2 to advance to the final day of play. Rise’s tournament would end here after losing toFaZe but not before securing 4th place and their highest placing to date.