CWL Atlanta Highlights and Recap
A successful weekend of Call of Duty took place at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. The multi-regional event was a battle for a share of a $200,000 prize pool and 75,000 CWL Pro Points.
Here are some highlights from the three-day event, along with the final placements which are listed below.
Day one of CWL Atlanta saw a lot of upsets as the European teams started out strong. Early in the day Team Infused defeated the Vegas Champions, Rise Nation 3-2 in a nail-biting series.
Splyce also had a strong day one as the team remained undefeated until the final match of the day against OpTic Gaming, who swept the EU team 3-0.
The disappointments of the day (and the weekend overall) were the poor performances by Cloud9, the CWL London champs – Orbit, and Rise Nation, who were the Vegas champions and number one seed heading into this tournament. All three teams were top contenders going into this event but none of them ever found their footing.
Four teams remained undefeated as the second day got underway with eUnited, FaZe Clan, Luminosity, and OpTic Gaming proving to be unstoppable forces in day one of the tournament.
The Open Bracket matches kicked things off, and MindfreakPro, PNDA, Detroit Renegades, and The Imperial were the four qualifiers for Pool Play.
The intensity continued in Pool Play as PNDA came straight out of the Open Bracket and faced off against OpTic Gaming. PNDA had a solid performance in Hardpoint, and while they lost the series, they still forced the Green Wall into a game 5.
Mindfreak, who were the only team representing APAC in Pool Play, went against Rise Nation but lost the series in game 5. Overall, we saw a stellar performance from the Australian team.
Team EnVyUs gave OpTic Gaming their first loss of the event in the eClasico match up, taking the series 3-1 to finish out the night for day two.
The final day of CWL Atlanta saw some explosive gameplay leading up to the Grand Final.
And while the European teams started strong on day one, the teams began to struggle against the North America contenders. Sadly, no EU teams were able to secure a top 4 placement, but this event was an impressive showing by Europe.
PNDA made another strong performance against the Green Wall, but OpTic Gaming sent them home with another intense Game 5, Round 11 victory.
Previously, OpTic Gaming has struggled throughout Infinite Warfare and has never really found their groove, until this weekend. While struggling most with Hardpoint, overall, the team seemed to have an impressive run and looked more like the Green Wall team that fans are familiar with. Formal was on fire for most of the event, and overall OpTic Gaming showcased their slaying power. They also knocked FaZe out the tournament, who have been OpTic Gaming’s Kryptonite since the team’s formation.
eUnited remained undefeated as they conquered FaZe Clan with fantastic gameplay by Gunless and again with an intense victory over Team EnVyUs, steamrolling their way to the Grand Final.
The Grand Final saw fan favourites OpTic Gaming battle against the online MLG 2k champs, eUnited. The first series was a 3-0 sweep by OpTic Gaming, giving eUnited their first loss of the tournament.
However, eUnited rallied together for a strong second series, forcing OpTic to game 5. Ultimately, the Green Wall ran out of steam and came up short, and eUnited became the champions of CWL Atlanta. The “online warriors” were crowned COD Champs and are now the #1 team in the world.
Final Placements with Pro Points Earnings
1st: eUnited – 25,000 Pro Points & $80,000
2nd: OpTic Gaming – 15,000 Pro Points & $48,000
3rd: EnVyUs – 11,000 Pro Points & $32,000
4th: Luminosity – 9,000 Pro Points & $16,000
5/6: FaZe Clan – 8,000 Pro Points & $8,000
5/6: Team Infused – 8,000 Pro Points & $8,000
7/8: PNDA – 7,000 Pro Points & $4,000
7/8: Splyce – 7,000 Pro Points & $4,000
9-12: Rise Nation
9-12: Elevate EU
9-12: The Gosu Crew
17-20: Evil Geniuses
17-20: Team Kaliber
21-24: Set to Destroy X
21-24: Epsilon eSports
21-24: Detroit Renegades
21-24: The Imperial
25-28: Red Reserve
25-28: Chiefs eSports
25-28: G2 eSports
29-32: XtroVert eSports
29-32: Lethal Gaming
29-32: Echo Fox
33-40: Tainted Minds
33-40: Fury Gaming
33-40: Nimble Gamers
33-40: Ghost Gaming
33-40: Insomnia eSports
33-40: The Gosu Crew
41-48: Final Feature Gaming
41-48: Second Nature
41-48: EZG eSports
41-48: XtroVert eSports EU
41-48: Merciless Gaming
41-48: University eSports
41-48: Projekt Evil
49-64: OneChip Gaming
49-64: Warfare Gaming
49-64: Saints and Angels
49-64: NexVel eSports
49-64: Wise Gaming
49-64: Axon Illicit
49-64: RiFt Nation
49-64: Tri3ity Se7en
49-64: Awe eSports
49-64: SpawnKilled armor
49-64: Guilty Esports
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