Aydan and ZLaner win $150K Jack Link’s Warzone Invitational Week 1: recap

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As Call of Duty: Warzone integrates with Black Ops Cold War, Envy Gaming have announced an upcoming tournament series with $150,000 in prizes and some of the biggest names in the CoD community.

The Jack Link’s Warzone Invitational is one of the first major tournaments debuting the battle royale’s integration with Black Ops Cold War.

Featuring Warzone icons HusKerrs, Vikkstar, and Tommey, alongside some of Call of Duty’s biggest pros like the legendary Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and CDL MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas, the Jack Link’s Invitational is set to light up Warzone over the next five weeks.

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Week 1 recap: Aydan and ZLaner dominate competition

The Warzone King himself Aydan and his duo ZLaner decimated the competition in the first week of the Jack Link’s Invitational. They breezed through the upper bracket, before facing off against BobbyPoff and Unrational in the Winner’s Final.

After sending their rivals to the lower bracket, they had one hand of the trophy. By halfway through the grand final rematch though, they had two, with Aydan and ZLaner tearing up with the newly-released Mac-10 — so much so that Bobby and Unrational practically surrendered.

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The tournament is the first of three in the series, so be sure to stay tuned for future events.

Week 1 Final placements

Placement Duo Prize Money (USD)
1 ZLaner & Aydan $15,000
2 BobbyPoff & Unrational $10,000
3 Swagg & Booya $5,000
4 JukeyZ & Biffle $0
5-6 HusKerrs & AverageJoeWo $0
5-6 Tommey & Almxnd_ $0
7-8 Sebas & Fadeziv $0
7-8 Teep & Merk $0
9-12 Rated & Superevan $0
9-12 Crimsix & Felo $0
9-12 Warsz & Vapulear $0
9-12 Frozone & Ahtract $0
13-16 LEGIQN & Gangstasalute $0
13-16 Team Summertime $0
13-16 Vikkstar & Fifakill $0
13-16 Shotzzy & iLLeY $0

Jack Link’s Invitational: Official stream

For fans looking to watch an overview of the action instead of an individual POV, you can watch the official Envy Gaming stream below.

There’s no set date on when Week 2’s action will kick off, but we will keep you updated.

Jack Link’s Invitational: Series format & prizing

Rather than a one-off tournament, Envy are capitalizing on what many expect will be renewed enthusiasm for Warzone by pushing their series into 2021. The format will feature three separate Warzone tournaments, each with a $30,000 prize pool.

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But competitors won’t be the only ones making money, as the esport organization is launching a Fan Bracket Challenge with each tournament that gives out $5,000 to fans who correctly predict competitors’ runs through the bracket.

With $90,000 to the Warzone players and $15,000 to fans, that leaves an additional $45,000 to be doled out. That money will likely be awarded as part of numerous heretofore unscheduled Pro-Am tournaments, which will pit the best CoD players against popular celebrities from the sports, entertainment, and pop culture worlds.

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