The Call of Duty Championship is the most prestigious date on the calendar of the budding eSports title by a notable margin. 32 of the world’s most established teams will clash on March 27-29th, with the winning squad walking away with a significant $400,000 in prize money – $100,000 apiece.
As we edge closer to the launch of the highly anticipated tournament, tension within the eSports community could not be higher. The 32 qualified teams have spent the last month vigorously perfecting their strategies, teamwork and gun-skill, as they prepare themselves for every possible scenario which stands between them and the coveted title of World Champion.
While the clock agonisingly ticks down and the 27th of March draws nearer, our series of reviewing each group and providing you with our insights and predictions as to whom will qualify nears its conclusion.
In this penultimate instalment, we move on to focus our attention towards the remaining groups C, D and E, as we attempt to predict which 6 teams will triumph out of pool play.
Team EnVyUs (US) | Nameless, Merk, Zooma, Saints
Team Menace (EU) | Beakd, Gefkid, Eyidi, Juunaz
uX Gaming (EU) | FreddyK, CooKsTeR, Theros, DMagic
Plantronics.Mindfreak (AUS) | BuZZO, Denz, Fighta & Shockz
Understandably, fans of Team EnVyUs were reasonably pleased upon the official announcement of the 2015 Call of Duty Championship pools, as their cherished BoysInBlue managed to avoid any opposition from their American counterparts.
However, although nV fans may not be entirely familiar with the global teams competing alongside Team EnVyUs, the players themselves have acknowledged that Group E may not be as simple as first expected.
Nevertheless the general consensus within the community, along with ourselves, expect Team EnVyUs to at least qualify, and hold the best odds to finish top of Group E. However this will be no menial task as Team Menace, uX Gaming and Plantronics.Mindfreak will all be determined to make their mark upon the global scene and re-establish why they deserve their place amongst the top 32 teams in the world.
A fundamental asset that will aid Team EnVyUs’ qualification prospects can be seen within the wealth of experience and raw talent possessed by the squad constructed by competitive Call of Duty icon and EnVyUs owner Mike ‘Hastro’ Rufail . Seasoned veterans Joey ‘Merk’ Deluca, Anthony ‘Nameless’ Wheeler and Renato "Saints" Forza will feel completely comfortable competing under high levels of intensity and pressure, while young gun Tommy "ZooMaa" Paparratto, will be able to play his explosive and game changing play style burden free.
The final team to progress from Group E should be a closely contested encounter between Team Menace and Plantronics.Mindfreak. Both teams performed extremely well at their respective qualifiers, with Team Menace surprisingly placing in the top 4 of the EU Regionals, while Plantronics.Mindfreak dominated the APAC finals. However, as the Finnish team lacks significant experience at major LAN events, I personally believe Plantronics.Mindfreak’s should efficiently secure the second qualification spot.
Team EnVyUs 3-1 Team Menace
Team EnVyUs 3-0 uX Gaming
Team EnVyUs 3-2 Plantronics.Mindfreak
Plantronics.Mindfreak 2-3 Team EnVyUs
Plantronics.Mindfreak 3-1 Team Menace
Plantronics.Mindfreak 3-0 uX Gaming
Be sure to check out tomorrows edition where we take a look at groups C,D and E.
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