While the sixteen pro teams face off against each other, nearly a hundred amateur teams will be battling it out in the CWL London Open tournament. With $75,000 on the line, there are several top teams from across the world, vying to be crowned champion. In this article, I take a look at five teams to keep an eye on in what is set to be a hotly contested tournament.
5. Black Claw eSports
The resurgence in Spanish Call of Duty has seen Team Heretics arrive in the CWL Pro League and display immense talent against the world’s best opposition. Black Claw have plenty of young and exciting prospects who have impressed in online competition. London will be one of their first opportunities to play some of the best amateur teams in the world and they have a chance to continue the upward spiral that Spanish CoD is heading in.
4. Big D and Big Knee
Consisting of former Excelerate player Believe and ex-UYU talent Nova, this North American roster dominated the National Qualifier, winning it without dropping a single map on their way to victory. With just a few weeks to go before the action kicks off in the Copper Box Arena, this team have plenty of time to practice. It will certainly be difficult to write this team out the top four.
3. Team Dqvee
After coming agonisingly close to qualifying for the CWL Pro League earlier in the season, remaining players Dqvee and Peatie have rebuilt this team with some new talent that has been on the verge of a breakthrough. Maple, Chain and former Epsilon player Hawqeh have looked the real deal online but the real question will be whether they are able to make it work on LAN. The experience from Dqvee and Peatie will be key in seeing this team make a run the gauntlet and perhaps a tournament win.
2. Bravado Gaming
Coming all the way from South Africa is Bravado Gaming. As their first time competing overseas, an unknown entity such as the South Africans could well spring a surprise on some unsuspecting opponents. However, with it being their first open event, nerves could play a part in terms of their success at the event. Hopefully they will stay calm under the pressure and show the international Call of Duty community what South African CoD has to offer!
1. Team Bsport
Last but certainly not least is Team Bsport. Captained by 2016 world championship runner up Joshh, the team consists of ex-Team Sween members Nolson and Weeman, former Fact Revolution players Cammy and Defrag. This particular team boasts a wealth of experience from competing on the biggest stages in the CWL and are no strangers to making runs through the open bracket and into pool play of previous tournaments. Playing on home soil in front of a sold-out crowd could give this team the extra momentum to make it all the way to the winner’s circle.
That’s our list! Are there any teams that we should keep a look out for? Let us know on Twitter!
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Written ByJon Nicholson@MrJonno_95