After two exciting days of pool play, the CWL Championship winners bracket has been finalised. The remaining 16 teams have two chances to win $800,000 and a place in Call of Duty esports history. Here’s a closer look at what happened on the first two days of the biggest event in the CWL season:
The first day of CWL Champs was full of upsets and story-lines. Heavy favourites Gen.G were sent packing and Luminosity got off to a surprisingly rough start.
Gen.G started their tournament against UK underdogs, Fuego Gaming. With veterans “MadCat” and “Hawqeh”, Fuego had the potential to cause a major upset early on in the group stage. The series ran close heading into a fifth map, but the UK boys pulled through taking the series 3-2.
Despite the early loss, Gen.G were still expected to make the winners bracket as they faced off against another UK side, Team WaR. Although labelled as an “amateur” team, Team WaR consisted of great talent including veterans “Dqvee” and “Joshh”. The UK squad sent shockwaves across the CoD community as they swept Gen.G 3-0, knocking them out of the tournament on the first day.
This loss made Gen.G the highest seed in Call of Duty Championship history (#2) to be eliminated from the group stages.
Results elsewhere remained as expected with eUnited, FaZe Clan, Enigma6 and Team Envy topping their groups after their first two games. 100 Thieves, Splyce and Evil Geniuses also finished day one on top whilst Luminosity were defeated early on.
European teams continued to perform on the second day of the tournament. Team Singularity topped Group E with 3 wins, 0 losses and a 9-2 map count. This was arguably the biggest surprise behind Gen.G’s early exit. UK CoD veteran “Tommey” continued his usual Champs form as Sicario Gaming placed second in Group F behind 100 Thieves.
Team Heretics, Team WaR, Reciprocity and Units were among the other European teams who advanced to the knockout stages. No European teams have ever won a Call of Duty Championship, but we may well see it happen this weekend with the talent on offer.
Following a poor start to the tournament, Luminosity turned the tide as they won their next two games against UYU and Vanity. The Luminosity vs UYU series brought us one of the moments of the tournament as young gun “Skyz” clutched up to keep his team’s tournament hopes alive.
The CWL Championship 2019 is yet to disappoint with an exhilarating first two days of action. We can only expect crazier action as we head into the weekend and the pressure starts to build.