It is now less than two weeks until the first Black Ops 4 event of the season. CWL Las Vegas will get underway on Dec. 7 with the winner being crowned on Dec. 9. Over the last week, the pools for CWL Vegas were drawn. The top-12 teams, who have that status through their collective pro points tally from WWII have been placed into four groups. Pool A, Pool B, Pool C and Pool D.

100 Thieves, Splyce, Luminosity Gaming and FaZe Clan are the top seeds for the CWL Vegas pools. These squads earned the most pro points collectively from WWII, the previous Call of Duty title. At Armchair, we have decided to have a look at each pool and give a prediction of who will/should make it out.

Although, it should be noted. Two spaces in each pool are not yet filled. One space in each group is to be filled by teams who are going to be playing in the Pool Play qualifiers. This will take place on Dec. 6. The other space will be filled by teams who make a run through the open bracket at CWL Vegas.

Pool A

The three teams currently in Pool A consist of top seed 100 Thieves, eUnited and Team Reciprocity. Pool A has been described by the community as the toughest pool on paper. 100 Thieves and eUnited are two of the top teams in North America and Team Reciprocity have shown in the European 2Ks that they’re no pushovers, getting to the final two-to-three times.

Teams who get through to pools via the qualifier or open bracket certainly don’t want to end up in Pool A. It’s a tough pool to predict, but 100 Thieves and eUnited make it through. The quality and pros on both rosters should just have enough. 100 Thieves and eUnited have also placed well in the NA 2Ks so far this season and I can see this continuing at CWL Vegas.

However, Team Reciprocity are also incredibly talented and have players who placed well during WWII. Pool A is going to be very interesting.

Pool B

Pool B is expected to be a lot more straightforward regarding who gets top two. Out of the three teams so far; Luminosity Gaming, Red Reserve and Evil Geniuses. LG and Red Reserve should make it through. There has been a lot of controversy over Evil Geniuses and certain roster moves recently. John ‘Xotic’ Bruno moved to Evil Geniuses in place of Andres ‘Lacefield’ Lacefield. This move was very last minute and Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte, whose team Xotic left, was not happy. This move meant that Evil Geniuses secured this spot in Pool B for CWL Vegas, pushing out Parasite, Lacefield and co.

However, although Evil Genuises are in, I don’t think they make it out. This is down to Luminosity and Red Reserve still having players who were together during WWII and have added quality for Black Ops 4. They should have too much for EG.

 Pool C

FaZe Clan are the top seeds for this one with Team Envy, the WWII champions, and the talented European outfit ‘Team MadCat’. Like the previous pool, Pool C is another where I expect FaZe and Envy to go through.

Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly and co. undoubtedly have the talent to cause an upset here but so far, I don’t think the squad has gelled completely together, not in time for CWL Vegas. It is also astonishing that this team still doesn’t have an organization to represent. Hopefully in future events they do, as the potential to be a top team is there.

Pool D

Splyce go into Pool D as the top seeds of the group and I expect them to continue their NA 2K form and have a good placing at CWL Vegas. Alongside them is the current Call of Duty Roster that seems to be leading the way. OpTic Gaming. So far online, OpTic have not lost a tournament and when being able to watch their scrims versus top teams, it is a similar scenario. The Call of Duty community see the Greenwall as the favorites going into CWL Vegas.

The third team in this pool are G2 Esports. A team like Evil Geniuses, in that, they have formed a roster of players who were for the most part, on different teams throughout WWII. This is a very hard pool for G2, if they do make it out, it will be a shock.

Splyce and OpTic certainly make it through this pool for me.

CWL Vegas Pool Play qualifier

Making the above predictions, may be too early. There are certainly a few teams who will be playing in the qualifier who can cause an upset if they make it to Pool Play. Both top Australian teams, Mindfreak and Tainted Minds will be looking to make a statement.

However, unfortunately for Mindfreak they will face off against ‘Team NASA’ in the first round of the qualifier. Mike ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale and his squad have won a NA 2K during the Black Ops 4 season and have taken out teams such as 100 Thieves along the way.

Team NASA are a squad who could cause a few top organizations problems in pools. Like MadCat’s team, they are also competing at Vegas without an organization.

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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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