Power up players! This past weekend was the first Call of Duty competitive event for Call of Duty World at War! We have crowned our first tournament of the season, but before I announce the winning team in the $200,000 prize pool open tournament, let’s talk about some of the highlights of the weekend! You can view my predictions post by clicking here!
The event started on Friday December 8th with the massive open bracket and stacked Pool Play teams. The event was cut short by a supposed bomb threat and that threw off the tournament and the players for the rest of the weekend. The streams and games cancelled for the rest of Friday evening, which set a strict timeline for Saturday and Sunday.
The bulk of the pool play matches took place on Saturday and many of the matches did not have short intermissions like we were used to in previous events. It was one map after the other which was great for the viewers but may have been an added stressor for the players. The results of pool play are below
Pool A – Optic and NV
Pool B – LG and Ground Zero
Pool C – Team Kaliber and Red Reserve
Pool D – Splyce and eUnited
I think the biggest effect that the delay of the event had was definitely on the open bracket teams. The open bracket normally plays Friday nights and Saturday mornings, however, because of the incident, they were forced to play over 10 hours on Saturday. This could have fatigued the teams before being inserted into the deadly pools and having to face some of the best teams in the world. That is not an excuse, but you can wonder how that would have affected some of the matches in pools.
The four teams that came out of pool play were Echo Fox, Allegiance, Faze and Next Threat .
All 4 of these teams are known and I was not surprised that they emerged into Pool Play. Echo Fox moved to Pool A, Allegiance moved to Pool B, Next Threat went to Pool C and Faze went to Pool D (Pool of Death!).
Champ bracket consisted of the top 2 teams from each pool battling against each other in a best of 5 series. The number 1 teams were randomly drawn against the number 2 teams. The remaining teams were not eliminated,but placed in the loser’s bracket in which 1 loss eliminates you from the competition. The Champ matches are displayed below.
Winners Round 1:
Optic versus Red Reserve
Ground Zero versus Splyce
Team Kaliber versus Echo Fox
eUnited versus Luminosity
Winners Round 2:
Optic vs Splyce
TK vs eUnited
Finals: Optic beat Splyce and sent them to the losers bracket where they took on the winner faze. In the winner’s finals, Optic lost to TK and was sent to the losers bracket to take on the winners of Splyce versus Faze! Splyce pulled out an impressive victory over Faze and battled the team that sent them to the loser’s bracket, Optic Gaming in the Loser’s Bracket Finals! Splyce pulled off the 3-0 to send Optic Gaming out of the tournament and advance to the Grand Finals where Team Kaliber was waiting.
Splyce versus TK ended with Team Kaliber winning CWL Dallas! I didn’t see that one coming but TK played fantastically the whole way through. Breakout star Kenny really sealed the deal for Team Kaliber and I can see them being a threat in the coming events.
Do you watch any competitive Esports? Did you watch CWL Dallas? Who were your favorites? Who were some surprise teams? Let’s talk Esports!