As MoEsport is dedicated to providing news, insights, and coverage of the latest happenings in mobile eSports, we are constantly keeping an eye out for up-and-coming games in this space. This past week, we had our first glimpse of the potential for FPS (first person shooter) on mobile with the Critical Ops Phoenix Cup Tournament. Despite Critical Ops only being in Alpha state, the game has already developed an active community of players, and veteran teams in the mobile FPS space (from games such as the Modern Combat series and Respawnables) have already transitioned over to playing Critical Ops.
The Semi-finals and Finals of the Phoenix Cup Tournament was streamed live this weekend on Mobcrush. Out of the 64 teams that participated in the tournament, it was Revolution, Spartans, Vendetta, and Darkest Throne that made it into the final 4. In Critical Ops, the first team to win 13 rounds wins the series. The stream cast was hosted by popular streamer/YouTuber iChase and Patriot_Conan.
The first semi-finals match between Revolution and Spartans was a closely contested one. While Spartans had a well-balanced team of players, Revolution’s Chucky was an unstoppable force, as he single-handedly carried the team with his superior play and high K/D (kill/death) ratio. In the clinching match, Chucky was the last man standing for Revolution, but managed to take out 2 opposing players for the win. Revolution wins the series 13-11.
The second semi-finals match was anti-climatic, as one of the players from Darkest Throne suffered from a disconnect, thus leaving the team in a 3v4 situation for most of the match. The 3 remaining played from Darkest Thrones fought valiantly, but ultimately lost to Vendetta 13-9.
The finals match was one that is worth re-watching again and again. Chucky again carried Revolution with his skilled play, helping his team build a 11-8 lead in the final series. However, Vendetta would not go away silently, and managed to tie the series at 12-12, leading to a final winner-take-all match. With both teams trading kills, it was Chucky once again who planted the bomb for his Terrorist side, forcing Vendetta’s remaining player Legacy to make a desperation leap to disarm the bomb. Chucky and his teammate Conster were ready though, and took out Legacy to claim the final victory for Revolution.
Critical Ops is designed by its developers Critical Force to be a mobile eSports games. With its growing community and compelling gameplay, it will be interesting to see whether it can make an impact in the mobile eSports scene in the same way that Clash Royale, Vainglory, and Hearthstone have in their respective genres. If you are lucky enough to be in the selected regions where Critical Ops is currently soft launched, you can download the game on Google Play or the Apple App Store. If you are a fan of the game, let us know if you would like to see more content on Critical Ops in the future!