The stakes in competitive Call of Duty wager matches have been increasing in recent years, with the best online Search and Destroy players risking thousands of dollars for the glory.
Many of these matches are 1v1 scenarios, with top amateur players and streamers like Nicholas ‘Equuip’ Viera and Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal pulling in big audiences for these high intensity matches.
Many of these players are aspiring professional players, with potential careers in Call of Duty esports lying ahead of them, and so these pressured matches could prove invaluable experience.
On Friday, February 1, a 2v2 match was held with a total of $2,000 on the line, put up by the players themselves.
iLLeY teamed up with Halo world champion and Splyce player Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas, facing off against the duo of ‘Zelott’ and ‘tbeMerC’.
Playing a best of 7, the match came right down to the wire, with an incredibly intense round 11 played on the seventh map. The pressure was on iLLeY’s shoulders to clutch in a 1v2, which he miraculously pulled off, winning the $2,000.
Peaking at just over 2000 viewers, these high roller wagers pull in an ever growing audience of competitive Call of Duty fans, as they watch these talented players risk massive amounts of cash.
It was a tough pill to swallow for the players on the losing side, as emotions ran high, but the talent on display from both sides bodes well for their futures as competitive players.
Shotzzy of course has already played at the top level, winning multiple tournaments in Halo 5 with Splyce, and when he turns 18 hopes to make the transition fully to Call of Duty. Another Halo world champion, Bradley ‘Frosty’ Bergstrom has already proven it in Black Ops 4, qualifying for the Pro League with Enigma6.