Brash Esports has won back to back French National Circuit Stages, but this time they did not have to play a match.
The French team received two forfeits to win the knockout part of Stage 4 and secured travel and accommodation to the CoD Champs Last Chance Qualifier.
It was a strange set of circumstances that allowed Brash to take home the free title and $1,000 prize.
The Call of Duty World League has a rule in place that prevents roster moves for teams that win certain qualification events, like Pro League Stage 2 Relegation or the National Circuit before Champs.
This rule is meant to protect the players and prevent them from being dropped and replaced by an organization after earning their place in the bigger event.
However, a few French teams were not sold on their roster’s viability for Champs, so they did not want to be locked in and unable to make changes.
Brash took on aAa in the semi-finals, but aAa forfeited to keep their roster options open.
Monaco Esports, who went undefeated in Stage 4 with a 21-4 map count, was set to square off against Brash in the finals, but they also decided roster flexibility would be more important than winning their National Circuit.
Since the top 7 EU teams in Pro Points will be invited to the LCQ, both forfeited French teams are expected to join Brash at the event. Unlike Brash, it remains to be seen what their rosters will look like when they arrive.
The Last Chance Qualifier is a LAN event that takes place on July 24 and 25 at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio; the top 16 teams from the event will move on to the Call of Duty Championships.