Team EnVyUs win the 2016 Call Of Duty World Championship
This past weekend, the world’s best Call of Duty teams collided at the annual Call of Duty Championships. However, after four days of intense action, Team EnVyUs emerged victorious as the best team in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, as they secured $800,000 at the biggest event in CoD history.
EnVy break the curse
As one of the most storied organisations in Call of Duty, Team EnVyUs headed into the 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship with only one thing on their mind; securing the largest prize in CoD eSports history.
After finishing second at the 2013 and 2014 Call of Duty Championships, the CWL Stage 2 champions continued their impressive run of form, as they defeated the likes of fan favourites OpTic Gaming and FaZe, en route to their third final in four years, a record breaking statistic.
However, in order to break their second place curse and secure their first World Championship, the ‘Boys in Blue had one final task in front of them, Splyce.
Unfortunately, despite a phenomenal losers bracket run and an unbelievable performance in the opening Hardpoint, Splyce were unable to halt EnVyUs, who secured the following three maps in convincing fashion and consequently the title.
Thanks to some unbelievable plays, John was also voted the well-deserved MVP of the tournament.
Europe in a Grand Final
After years of inconsistent tournament placings and schedules, it looks like the Call of Duty World League is paying off for Europe. For the first time in history, the region had two teams placing within the top 4 teams at the Call of Duty Championships. As I predicted, FAB Games were the dark horses of the competition, as they defeated top North American opposition Cloud9, before taking on Splyce in the losers final.
CoD champs is always a crazy tournament and as much as we believed in our talent, I don't think anyone would've predicted a European team in the Grand Final, let alone two teams in the top 4! An amazing achievement for the region.
OpTic finish 7th, AGAIN!
The world championship has once again eluded the Green Wall!
Due to a series of early and unexpected losses to compLexity and eventual winners Team EnVyUs, OpTic were forced to make a massive loser bracket run, in order to keep their world championship dreams alive.
However, in true dramatic fashion, OpTic Gaming’s kryptonite struck again. For the second consecutive year in a row, Patrick "ACHES" Price eliminated the Green Wall after a tense game Game 5, Round 11, much to the dismay of the fans.
In previous tournaments, the Australian contingent has always surprised us on the international stage, with Mindfreak notably finishing in the top 6 at 2015 Call of Duty Championships. This year however, was much different for the region. No teams from the ANZ region were able to make it out of their respective groups. The level of competition has certainly increased from all corners of the globe, but what's next for the region?
The future is bright for CoD
In what has been one of the very best tournaments in recent times, the future is looking very promising for Call of Duty eSports. The introduction of the CWL has drastically improved the level of competition in all regions, making the 2016 World Championships one to remember.
Now we move forward to Infinite Warfare and wait to see if the ‘Boys in Blue’ can become the first team to defend their world title.
Image Source: MLG
Congratulations to EnVy and congratulations to Splyce for a fantastic final!
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