The players will fight for a share of the $2 million prize pool, with this year’s tournament possibly being the last one we could see in its current form. Franchising is being implemented into Call of Duty esports next year with the release of Modern Warfare 2019, raising a question mark of the structure in the future.
So, in possibly the last tournament of its kind, what players have appeared every year in Call of Duty’s flagship tournament.
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One of the world’s most popular professional players in all of esports, Seth “Scump” Abner has built himself a massive social media following and community that follows his every move.
Having won the Call of Duty World Championships back in 2017, Scump and his long-time home OpTic Gaming are looking for a second World Championship this coming year.
Having already won one event earlier in the year being CWL Las Vegas 2018 they have not been able to replicate this early success but will look to find it one more time this upcoming month.
Much like his teammate Scump, Ian “Crimsix” Porter has also gathered a massive following behind his brand and his professional gameplay. The two-time World Champion was a part of the original Complexity Gaming dynasty that saw them nearly win every tournament in 2014and has since found a home on OpTic Gaming.
Considered one of the greatest to have played Call of Duty, the third ring for Crimsix would even elevate this accolade and perhaps even propel him to the ultimate greatest of all time.
Patrick “Aches” Price is notorious within the Call of Duty esports as the OpTic Gaming killer and the villain of the whole esports. His clashes with OpTic Gaming more notably at any Call of Duty Championships have seen Aches’s side always come out on top no matter his teammates.
Currently playing on an Envy roster that has looked rather complacent throughout the entire 2019 season, do not be surprised if Aches & co. make a deep run into Sunday at the 2019 Call of Duty Championships.
Bryan ‘Apathy‘ Zhelyazkov was once on the verge of quitting competitive Call of Duty but since has become a two time World Champion and for sure regrets ever thinking about leaving the esport.
He is one of only two players to feature in three consecutive Champs Grand Finals, in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Having taken home two of these finals, Apathy is looking for another one but with a dysfunctional Evil Geniuses roster he may have a long shot at accomplishing this feat.
After 1,400 days since his last title, Clayster finally felt the feeling of victory once more in Call of Duty. With a victory for eUnited at the CWL Finals this past weekend, they go into the World Championships as the favourites this year and do not look like they will slow down.
Jordan “Jkap” Kaplan along with previously mentioned player Apathy, is also another player to have played in three consecutive Call of Duty World Championship Finals. Jkap has experienced a story professional career and he a figure loved within the scene has no signs of moving on in the near future.
One of two Europeans on this list, the Irishman has become one of the godfathers of European Call of Duty but has never won a World Championship. With a roster that features some of the best talents in the game, this finally could be Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley’s year.
Perhaps a surprise appearance on this list, Renato ‘Saints’ Forza has appeared at every World Championship but has never even made it to finals. Whether he ever makes one or not is up for debate, but his longevity to make it to every major event is one that deserves praise none the less.
The veteran European player has never mustered a finish above 9-12th at a World Championship but Tom "Tommey" Trewen will look to get over this hurdle with his open bracket team officially qualifying this past weekend.
Written byNick Farrell@NickFarrell91