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Call of Duty World League Anaheim Preview

11 June 2018 13:51

The sixth major tournament of the Call of Duty World League (CWL) season takes place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June, with a $200,000 prize pool to play for. There will be over 160 teams fighting it out at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California, so who will go all the way and hold the championship aloft?

Grand Final Beckons For Two Teams

CWL Anaheim is a three-stage event with an open bracket and group stage followed by the championship bracket final. The sixteen teams currently competing in the CWL Pro League Stage 2 are split into four groups of four in the pool stage. A fifth team then joins each group from the double-elimination Open Bracket stage, which sees over 160 teams from North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific competing for four places.

The top two teams in each group progress through to the Winners Bracket Round One, with the remaining three teams competing in the Losers Bracket. The teams will then fight it out in a bid to reach the show-stopping grand final, competing in Call of Duty World War II in 4x4 mode on the PlayStation 4.

Who Is Competing?

The groups for the pool stages are:

Group A

  • Red Reserve
  • eUnited
  • FaZe Clan
  • Tainted Minds
  • Open Bracket Team (TBC)

Group B

  • Rise Nation
  • Team Kaliber
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Epsilon eSports
  • Open Bracket Team (TBC)

Group C

  • Evil Genuises
  • UNILAD Esports
  • Echo Fox
  • Mindfreak
  • Open Bracket Team (TBC)

Group D

  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team EnVy
  • compLexity Gaming
  • Splyce
  • Open Bracket Team (TBC)

Eight Teams Split Prize Pool

The $200,000 prize pool is split amongst the top eight teams:

  • 1st place – $80,000
  • 2nd place – $48,000
  • 3rd place – $32,000
  • 4th place – $16,000
  • 5th-6th place – $8,000
  • 7th-8th place – $4,000

Who To Back In California

Splyce are widely regarded as one of the best teams on the COD roster and should fancy their chances of progressing from Group D after overcoming Luminosity in the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs. They’re the only European team in history to reach the final of a CWL Major, which they did in 2016, where they came up short 3-1 against Team EnVy. The four-man roster of Ben "Bance" Bance, Jordan "Jurd" Crowley, Dylan "MadCat" Daly and Joshua-Lee "Joshh" Sheppard will be hoping to go one better this time around.

North American outfit Team EnVy were COD champions in 2016 and remain one of the most-fancied outfits in their region. They’ll be threatening in California and will be seeking to reclaim the crown that was theirs only two years ago. With Cuyler "Huke" Garland, Nicholas "Classic" DiCostanzo, Martin "Chino" Chino and Jacob "Decemate" Cato at the helm, followers of Team EnVy will be quietly confident they can at least reach the latter stages of CWL Anaheim.

Rise Nation took home $80,000 and 25,000 Pro Points at the 2018 CWL Seattle Open in April. Their 3-1, 3-0 grand final demolition of Evil Geniuses highlighted their talent on the world stage, and Flex Player Peirce "Gunless" Hillman was named Tournament MVP after playing a starring role in helping secure the title for his team. He was also MVP at the 2017 CWL Atlanta Open when playing for eUnited, and will undoubtedly be a player to look out for again. Rise Nation lifted the title in Seattle the hard way by coming though the championship loser’s bracket following three losses in the pool stages, so they’ve already displayed their resilience and ability to recover on one of the game’s biggest stages.

Let us know on Facebook and Twitter who you’re backing to succeed. Good luck to all participating players and teams!

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Updated on: 2018-07-05

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