The Call of Duty Championships are now less than a week away and the best players from across the globe will descend upon Los Angeles to fight over the substantial $1 million prize pool on March 27-29th.
As the 32 teams brush up on their Hardpoint rotations, perfect their capture the flag routes and scramble to compile strategies for Drift, over the course of the week we will be analysing each pool, to discuss what teams we believe will come out on top.
In this first instalment of the series, we will be taking a look at the teams from Groups A & B of the Call of Duty World Championships pools and predicting the outcome of each match.
Denial (NA) | Replays, Attach, Clayster, Jkap
HyperGames (EU) | Veziok, AzoX, mAxxieKUN, Tonyjs
Klar1ty (UAE) | skittleZ, K1 Scotland, K1 DMK0, BasiC SunnyB
Prophecy (NA) | Ricky, MBoZe, Mochila, Classic
Group B looks to be a fairly self-explanatory pool, with two of the more favoured North American teams paired together. Team Prophecy and Denial are undoubtedly the clear favourites to progress from the group stage, but one question that still remains unanswered is, “who will clinch the first spot and better seed?”
Personally, I believe Team Prophecy will come out strong in the opening Hardpoint, through a heavy sub machine gun presence in the form of MboZe and take the first map. However, Denial’s slow play and team strategies will guide them to a Search and Destroy win and ultimately the series.
While the games between Prophecy and Denial should be a decider for the first and second placements of Group B, the other two teams will not want to go un-noticed. Klar1ty are an experienced organisation, having attended the Call of Duty Championships in 2104. Unfortunately, within the previous year, they were quickly swept aside in pool play and realistically they could face the same fate once again.
HyperGames could be one of the surprise packages of the tournament with players and spectators underestimating their abilities. Qualifying from France, the squad may catch some teams off guard and take a map or two, but a series victory may be a step too far.
Prophecy and Denial will be looking to challenge for the title of World Champions as Sunday evening roles around and I honestly believe both teams possess the required ability to do so. Clayster, of Denial, has won a major at every event except that of the Call of Duty Championships, and as a previous member of the Optic Gaming side that finished 3rd last year, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be aiming to do one better and grasp a victory away from his former employers in order to complete his illustrious collection of accolades.
Denial 3-0 HyperGames
Denial 3-0 Klar1ty
Denial 3-2 Prophecy
Prophecy 3-0 Klar1ty
Prophecy 3-0 HyperGames
Klar1ty 2-3 HyperGames
Go To Group A
Be sure to check out tomorrows edition where we take a look at groups C,D and E.
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