Just over a week has provided the Call of Duty community with updates and changes once again. More tournaments have taken place that produced shocks. More rosters have changed with the pro league qualifier less than a week away.

Call of Duty tournament results

This weekend was full of more tournament action. The top Call of Duty pro teams battled it out once again. The most watched by the fans was the NA CWL 2K and the CMG ProDown tournament.

With many of the top NA pro teams deciding to play in the CMG ProDown once again this weekend, many amateur teams had the chance to gain a CWL 2K championship. Making it a tournament full of upcoming talent, competing for the first 2K of 2019.

During the last CWL 2K of 2018, Excelerate Gaming came out on top with a win over FaZe Black. It was looking like a rematch in the finals were to take place with both starting the tournament well. Excelerate however, came up short. Knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by a team called Project 7. Project 7 went onto make the final of this weekend’s CWL 2K, where they came up against an in form FaZe Black.

FaZe Black quickly went up 2-0 in the match, looking to secure their first 2K victory. Project 7 had other ideas by taking the Control map, making it 2-1. FaZe Black closed out the series in the end, taking the map 4 Hardpoint. FaZe Black are the first CWL 2K Champions of 2019.

Elsewhere, in Europe and APAC, Team Sween, coming off their impressive display at CWL Vegas last month took home the European CWL 2K. Mindfreak got back to their winning ways and secured the first APAC CWL 2K.

CMG ProDown 

Most fan attention this weekend was directed towards the CMG Pro Down. The fourth tournament CMG have hosted had a lot of top teams competing. The previous 3 tournaments saw OpTic Gaming victorious, but not this time. OpTic were put into Losers Bracket in the very first round by G2 Esports, G2 coming out on top 4-1 in the series.

G2 had an impressive weekend, taking out many top teams on their way to the final. eUnited were their opponents, after making a very impressive losers bracket run.

With G2 firing on all cylinders, ready for the final, coming out of losers meant that eUnited would have to take two series to be crowned champions. Impressively, they did just that. Taking the first series 4-2, it seemed to kill any G2 hopes of a tournament win. eUnited went on to win the second series 4-0.

Roster updates

There have been more roster moves once again. Written in my last article for Armchair, I wrote about the roster changes on G2 Esports, Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacy and Brice ‘Faccento’ Faccento had parted ways. Now, they have new teams.

Firstly, Faccento. Brice has joined up with Evil Geniuses, who, on the same day, released Renato ‘Saints’ Forza. Faccento and co. were knocked out of this weekend’s ProDown by OpTic in losers round 1. They will hope that they produce better performances with the new roster in the upcoming Pro League Qualifier.

Ricky has joined up with Saints. Both players have joined forces and teamed with Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte on the Pittsburgh Knights. A team who Parasite and co. will hope can force their way into the Pro League this month.

Finally, Mindfreak have continued to make changes to their Call of Duty roster. Again, in my last article I wrote that they acquired Daniel ‘Swifty’ Hickey from rivals Tainted Minds. This week, Mindfreak announced that Mitchell ‘BuZZO’ Mader would be taking up a coach role on the team. Mindfreak have replaced BuZZO with Jai ‘Beastn’ Boone, who was previously on Venom Gaming.

With a good result this weekend in the 2K, Mindfreak will hope that this team continues to do the business in the qualifier for the pro league, which gets under away on Jan. 16.

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Born in Birmingham, UK, I have always had a passion for sports, especially football (soccer); following Birmingham City Football Club across the country and around Europe from a very young age. Acquiring Call of Duty 4 at age 12 (thanks to my older brother) I began to play the game religiously, becoming a pro was never really an option (due to poor gun skill!) but I fell in love with the Call of Duty competitive scene, its community and esports because of it. Seeing esports grow every day is incredibly exciting and I look forward to being a part of it, especially through Call of Duty where there is never a dull moment competitively. You’ll never see me on Main Stage turning on people but I’ll definitely be watching, writing and providing updates on the pros that do. You can contact me through email or Twitter.
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Born in Birmingham, UK, I have always had a passion for sports, especially football (soccer); following Birmingham City Football Club across the country and around Europe from a very young age. Acquiring Call of Duty 4 at age 12 (thanks to my older brother) I began to play the game religiously, becoming a pro was never really an option (due to poor gun skill!) but I fell in love with the Call of Duty competitive scene, its community and esports because of it. Seeing esports grow every day is incredibly exciting and I look forward to being a part of it, especially through Call of Duty where there is never a dull moment competitively. You’ll never see me on Main Stage turning on people but I’ll definitely be watching, writing and providing updates on the pros that do. You can contact me through email or Twitter.

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