The first CWL competitive matches have taken place. Every year the Call of Duty World League puts on online tournaments. These tournaments are usually region specific and have a prize pool of $2,000. During this past weekend, the top teams from APAC, Europe and North America have all battled it out.
From Nov. 3 through Nov. 5, the Call of Duty community was treated to brilliant Black Ops 4 competitive action. Fans were given a taste of what is to come and many have been left excited and impatient for more.
APAC CWL 2K Series
The APAC region didn’t come up with too many surprises like its European and North American counterparts. The two top teams from the region met in the final, MindFreak and Tainted Minds.
Tainted Minds eventually win out. Having kept their core four from WWII; Giancarlo ‘Nimble’ Vagnini, Hayden ‘Damage’ Handakas, Daniel ‘Swifty’ Hickey and Kainen ‘Swiftazor’ Kini. It could be argued that they were the favorites heading into the APAC 2K. With the addition of Jayden ‘Setzyy’ Hewitt from Taboo, it is looking good so far. Especially with a 3-1 map count victory in the final.
For Mindfreak, they’re a team that still needs to make things click, which is expected, a core three from WWII; Mitchell ‘BuZZO’ Mader, Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek and Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson welcomed two new team mates. Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas and Cody ‘Excite’ Rugolo, who joined during free agency.
Top 8 APAC 2K Standings
|1||Tainted Minds||Nimble, Damage, Swifty, Swiftazor, Setzyy|
|2||Mindfreak||BuZZO, Shockz, Fighta, Louqa, Excite|
|3-4||ARRRM||Immense, Killerpie, Eminence, Zepa, Zeuss|
|3-4||Team Obsidian||Tyson, Bacabec, Cruze, Dean, Lakie|
|5-8||salad fingers||Boss, Mentxl, Envious, Rival, xVstan|
|5-8||Good Team||Astatiix, Doosva, Fraizzed, Liaym, ZeroMyGoodness|
|5-8||Throne||Beastn, Chilean, JayTex, Pred, Restalling|
|5-8||TWF||Fate, Riqz, Jazhn, Claw, Sizzle|
European CWL 2K Series
It was certainly a surprise for EU Call of Duty fans to see many of the top teams disappoint in the first CWL tournament of the year. Red Reserve and Team Reciprocity who both have high hopes going into the Black Ops 4 season fell short, placing 5th-8th .
There are however, many competitive rosters from Europe who currently do not have an organization to represent yet this year. The European CWL 2K series was eventually won by Team Sween or DQWNN. A roster consisting of Nevo, Weeman, QuiKeR, Dylan and Nolson.
It was certainly not an easy ride to victory for Team Sween. Their quarterfinal match up versus Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly’s squad became quite controversial. David ‘Dqvee’ Davies unfortunately had forgotten that the use of kill streaks in Search and Destroy had been recently banned by the CWL. By doing so, Dqvee and his squad had to forfeit the round. QuiKeR and company eventually went on to win the map, eliminating the squad formed by MadCat.
Put on an absolute clinic going 17-7 as well, what a shame.
— Dave (@Dqvee) November 5, 2018
Team Sween, on Nov. 5, eventually took down another squad with no organization in the finals. A roster consisting of Niall, Zerg, Keza, Creza and Braaain.
After the impressive showing by many rosters with no official names in this 2K series, it will alert many esports organizations who are not involved in the Call of Duty competitive scene for Black Ops 4.
Top 8 European CWL 2K Standings
|1||Team Sween||Nevo, Weeman, QwiKeR, Dylan, Nolson|
|2||PickUsUpPls||Niall, Zerg, Keza, Creza, Braaain|
|3-4||CuDi Boyz||Denza, Hawqeh, Moose, Reedy, Vortex|
|3-4||Get us to vegas||Cammy, Defrag, Chain, Maple, SunnyB|
|5-8||Red Reserve||Joee, Rated, Zer0, Skrapz, Bance|
|5-8||Gone Gaming||Benji, DREAL, endurAAA, Malls, Zayrox|
|5-8||No ORG!||MadCat, Dqvee, Alexx, Peatie, Joshh|
|5-8||Team Reciprocity||Wuskin, Tommey, Zed, Seany, Denz|
North American CWL 2K Series
The first CWL online tournament was a fantastic one if you’re a fan of the greenwall. OpTic Gaming with a squad consisting of; Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ and Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell did not drop a single map the entire tournament.
NO. MAPS. DROPPED.
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OpTic defeated Team SpaceLy in the 2K finals to claim first place. A roster that consists of Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale, Colt ‘Havok’ McLendon, Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak, Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell and Chance ‘Maux’ Moncivaez. Team SpaceLy performed very well in this 2K series, taking down the much hyped 100 Thieves roster in the semifinals 3-1.
GG's to OpTic, congrats on the 2k win. Proud of the squad still just gotta work on having the ice. 2nd in the first 2k ain't that bad, future looking bright.
In the other semifinal, OpTic took down eUnited 3-0, which became heated between players after the first hardpoint map. The eUnited squad suggested that the map should be replayed due to Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson having internet issues. OpTic refused to replay.
The North American series saw quite a few upsets with top organizations, who many would expect to make at least Top 8 not doing so. This included FaZe Clan and Luminosity Gaming who placed Top 16. Evil Geniuses alongside Team Envy placed Top 32.
Top 8 NA CWL 2K Standings
|1||OpTic Gaming||Scump, Crimsix, Karma, Dashy, TJHaLy|
|2||Team SpaceLy||Havok, SpaceLy, MajorManiak, Nagafen, Maux|
|3-4||100 Thieves||Kenny, Fero, Octane, SlasheR, Enable|
|eUnited||Arcitys, Prestinni, Clayster, aBeZy, JKap|
|5-8||G2 Esports||Blazt, Ricky, Chino, Decemate, Faccento|
|McBusy||Beehzy, FA5TBALLA, MRuiz, Believe, ProFeeZy|
|Sweet Chicken||Phantomz, GRVTY, Tisch, Asim, Mosh|
|Splyce||Jurd, Accuracy, Loony, Aqua, Temp|
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