After a short wait, Call of Duty competitive action is back. On Monday, Feb. 4, the CWL Pro League Division A started. 8 teams for the next two weeks will face off against each other. Yesterday, was the first match in the series as OpTic Gaming the champions from CWL Vegas, went up against the surprise and best team to make it out of the PLQ in Midnight Esports. The second match-up of the night saw the battle of the brothers, Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall of Red Reserve and Bradley ‘Wuskin’ Marshall of Team Reciprocity.

OpTic Gaming vs Midnight Esports

For many going into this match-up, predictions pointed towards the direction of OpTic Gaming. Most of the Call of Duty saw this to be a good opportunity for the Greenwall to get their CWL Pro League underway with a win.

However, news began to surface through social media and player streams that Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell was likely to miss out on the Pro League this week due to visa issues. Last week, OpTic announced that Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto would be their sub. With Dashy not available, ZooMaa was in. Although this very sudden reshuffle took place, last minute, many still had wins for OpTic.

Midnight did to OpTic what they did to a lot of the teams in the PLQ. Starting with Hardpoint on Hacienda, the squad from Midnight took the opener 250-215 with brilliant use of streaks in important moments. Amazingly, the hardpoint was probably as close as OpTic got. Midnight took the next map, 6-2 on a Hacienda Search and Destroy. Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon and his team drew proceedings to a close with 3-0 Control on Arsenal, a map which saw incredible plays from Midnight that clinched them the series.

A shock for many in the Call of Duty scene. Losing Dashy is a huge blow for the Greenwall, he was MVP at CWL Vegas and his absence showed. However, all credit must go to Midnight, there are no signs of this team slowing down, this victory will increase their confidence even more.

Red Reserve vs Team Reciprocity

Another hugely anticipated match up saw the two teams who made the move to America during the off-season. At the PLQ, Team Reciprocity had a much easier time making the league. Red Reserve, faced elimination matches to earn their spot, and did so, just.

Where Midnight beating OpTic was a surprise to many. This match-up between Red and Rec was a lot more evenly matched going into it. Reciprocity’s impressive form earlier in January had them pegged as favorites.

The outcome however, was like the above match-up. The ‘underdogs’ Red Reserve cruised to a 3-0 series win. Brilliant pre-game words by both Skrapz and Wuskin got the Call of Duty community excited. It started with Red Reserve coming out hot in the opening Hardpoint and taking it 250-93. The Search and Destroy was closer but Red took it again 6-4. Finally, for the 3-0, the closest map out of all 3, the control went to a deciding round, but Red Reserve clinched it just, 3-2.

More CWL Pro League action

The two matches on the 4th were great and it’s only going to get better throughout February. More CWL Pro League matches are scheduled throughout this week and it will be exciting to see more new teams, new players and more close games. You can see the schedule for this week below.

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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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