The 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship is right around the corner and will be the final tournament in the Call of Duty esports schedule this season and what a ride it has been. With 32 teams and 160 players set to compete next week, 9 of which have attended every Call of Duty World Championship, we cant wait to see an epic climax unfold.
With the excitement building around CoD Champs 2019, let’s take a trip down memory lane and have a look at the story so far.
CWL Las Vegas: OpTic Gaming on Top
At the season opener in Las Vegas, it was OpTic Gaming that managed to take home the first tournament of the year, thanks to a sublime performance from Brandon “Dashy” Otell who excelled with the pre-patch Tempest, hitting some ludicrous shots on the way to the trophy. CWL Las Vegas played host to one of the most competitive matches of the season as the Green Wall did battle against eUnited in one of the closest Hardpoint matches in history.
CWL Fort Worth: Luminosity Win Amid Controversy
The second event of the season, CWL Fort Worth, didn’t go without its share of controversy. In the latter stages of the tournament, Luminosity opted for the Rampart assault rifle which caught numerous teams off guard ultimately handing them a relatively straightforward tournament victory. While some considered the move a stroke of genius, the majority saw the weapon as an unfair advantage and it was quickly added to the “gentlemen’s agreement”
Defending champions OpTic Gaming looked a shadow of their Las Vegas form, only placing in the top twelve while the UK roster of Team Reciprocity began to show signs of potential after adding Dylan “Dylan” Henderson to the starting line-up.
CWL London: 100T Run It Up in Front of Capacity Crowd
Third stop on the CWL calendar was the Copper Box Arena in London. With thousands of passionate and vocal fans in attendance, 100 Thieves managed to defeat eUnited in a thrilling final to win the first championship for the organisation while OpTic Gaming managed to regain from Fort Worth and finished in third place at CWL London.
Heretics once again had another solid showing, placing in the top six, making a strong case for the Spanish team to be considered the best Call of Duty team from the European region.
Fort Worth winners Luminosity Gaming couldn’t adapt to life without the Rampart in play but still managed to place in the top eight after a controversial five-game series against FaZe Clan. Sam “Octane” Larew may have earned MVP in game but CWL London will always be remembered for the sheer amount of energy and passion exerted from the sold-out crowd.
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CWL Anaheim: 100T Go Back-To-Back
As Call of Duty returned to its spiritual home, CWL Anaheim, there were a number of teams that were in being tipped for championship glory. In the end, it was 100 Thieves that managed to take down an improving Gen.G roster to take home their second championship of the season. A new-look FaZe Clan impressed many, taking home fourth place while Heretics scored yet another top eight finish.
For the past three years, Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat has always been in the conversation of best Call of Duty player in the world and after Anaheim, it was hard to argue that he wasn’t, excelling with the ICR assault rifle.
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CWL Pro League: The Most Competitive Season To Date?
The CWL Pro League saw 16 of the very best teams from across the globe, compete in regular season matches in an attempt to qualify for the Playoffs. The likes of OpTic Gaming, eUnited, 100 Thieves and FaZe Clan all found regular wins throughout the season but unlike previous, it was no walk in the park. Midnight Esports and Team Heretics began the season with victories over OpTic and eUnited respectively, displaying that every team in the league was capable of defeating the other.
After 12 weeks of world-class gameplay, it was the usual suspects of OpTic, 100 Thieves, Splyce and Gen.G who topped the table while the mid-table battle would be closer than ever, thanks to resurgences from Luminosity Gaming and Elevate. The Black Ops 4 edition of the CWL Pro League has been the closest in terms of competition. With every team proving they can hang with the very best, it bodes well for COD Champs 2019 where it is all to play for.
CWL Miami: Clayster Wins Again
With many tipping 100T to become three-time champions, it was James “Clayster” Eubanks of eUnited that stole the show at CWL Miami, winning his first championship in 1400 days. He and his eUnited teammates looked dominant throughout the weekend as they managed to defeat Gen.G over two best-of-five series to take home the championship.
European talents began to make a resurgence, with The Bhoys and Team WaR finishing first and second in the Amateur finals, Team Reciprocity and FaZe Clan both finishing in the top four of the Pro tournament. Dylan once again made a case for best SMG in the world after an incredible performance against Luminosity to force a deciding game five to save them from tournament elimination.