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CWL London pro pools revealed with two stacked groups of death

Published: 5/Apr/2019 1:53 Updated: 5/Apr/2019 11:00

by Alan Bernal

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Call of Duty event of the Black Ops 4 season, will feature OpTic vs 100 Thieves, a rematch of the CWL Fort Worth grand final, and much more as pundits are already highlighting two ‘groups of death’ following the official pool play draw.

Professional Call of Duty returns to European soil for the first time since 2018’s CWL Birmingham event, bringing sixteen of the best teams in the world to London to compete for their share of the $325,000 prize pool.

Now, the CWL has released the official pools for the tournament, which kicks off at the Copper Box Arena on May 3, with some massive names grouped together in terrifyingly strong groups.

Gfinity will host CWL London at the Copper Box Arena in the nation’s capital.

CWL London Pool A matches OpTic, 100 Thieves and Reciprocity

The first of two ‘groups of death’ sees CWL Las Vegas champions OpTic Gaming square up against new rivals and CWL Pro League Division B leaders 100 Thieves, following a dominant 3-0 sweep by 100 Thieves over the Greenwall on April 4.

Also included in this group are Team Reciprocity, who surprised many with an incredible run at CWL Fort Worth that saw them finish third, just missing out on a spot in the grand finals. Enigma6 round out Pool A, after pushing OpTic Gaming to a game five on April 1.

MLG100 Thieves will face OpTic Gaming at CWL London.

CWL London Pool B features CWL Fort Worth finals rematch

Three more potential tournament winners have been drawn in Pool B, making it the second ‘group of death’, and one that is hard to predict. Gen.G currently sit at the top of the CWL Pro League with an impressive 9-2 record, while Luminosity took down Splyce in the CWL Fort Worth grand final in March.

While many will focus on the big three, French squad Denial are capable of some major upsets, pushing OpTic Gaming to a final map in their cross-division match.

MLGLuminosity and Splyce will have a rematch of their Fort Worth final at CWL London.

CWL London Pool C has plenty of roster drama

While we know which teams will take part in Pool C, the lineups that are representing the organizations in it are currently up in the air. Red Reserve teammates Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall and Rhys ‘Rated’ Price got into a heated argument following the draw, as they look set to split, with fellow pool member Team Envy the likely destination for Rated, after Skrapz was originally linked.

Evil Geniuses also seem set to make changes during the transfer period after a disappointing CWL Pro League performance, while eUnited have already switched out Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan, leading to a bitter war of words between the dropped player and James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks.

It seems unlikely that Skrapz will be representing Red Reserve at CWL London.

CWL Pro League surprise package Team Heretics enter Pool D

Team Heretics have shocked many with their incredible performance in the CWL Pro League, sitting second at an 8-3 record in Division B. They’ll likely be favorites to progress from Pool D, but Midnight Esports’ victories over 100 Thieves and Enigma6 will give them hope that they can progress too.

Excelerate and UYU finish off the pool play draw, with both capable of beating any team on their day.

MLGHeretics have impressed many with their CWL Pro League performances.

Full CWL London Pro Pools

Pool Teams
A OpTic Gaming, 100 Thieves, Team Reciprocity, Enigma6
B Luminosity, Splyce, Gen.G, Denial Esports
C eUnited, Red Reserve, Team Envy, Evil Geniuses
D Midnight Esports, Team Heretics, UYU, Excelerate Gaming

With just under a month remaining until CWL London kicks off, teams will turn their attention to preparing for the major tournament, as the Pro League enters a mid-season break ahead of the event.

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CDL pros concerned after several Challengers players appear to be hacking

Published: 5/Dec/2020 23:46 Updated: 6/Dec/2020 0:44

by Albert Petrosyan

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Videos have surfaced showing amateur CoD players potentially cheating during the CDL’s first Challengers Cup tournament of the season, and now several Call of Duty League pros have expressed worry about the state of the competitive scene.

When the Call of Duty League first announced that PC would be used for competitive play in the upcoming season, many immediately showed concern about the potential emergence of hacking issues – maybe not at the pro level but certainly in the Challengers amateur circuit.

Now, they might actually have something to worry about, as several clips from the season’s first Challengers Cup have popped up on social media showing some players performing very suspiciously.

Of course, while no one’s technically been proven to be cheating, the community isn’t waiting for the court to be adjourned; Call of Duty has always been played a certain way, and when some previously-unknown players begin to distinguish themselves as outliers suddenly after using a PC is an option, everyone takes notice.

“LMAO Online PC s**t is a joke with no anti-cheat,” New York Subliners star, Clayster, said in response to the clips above. “Apparently this dude dropped 71 kills in control too, ahahahaha.”

“Boy dropped 71, 19 kills from winning three rounds by HIMSELF,” said former Seattle Surge starter, Pandur. “Y’all thought last year was bad, we in the PC realm now boys. Can’t trust nobody.”

Surge head coach JoeyNubzy also chipped in with a similar sentiment: “Useless admins and blatant cheating – we have to do better to help the Challengers scene thrive and keep players around.”

Here are some more reactions to potential hackers in the Challengers Cup, as clips are spreading around social media like wildfire after many top-name players started sharing them for awareness.

What can be done about this?

Challengers is meant to be a pipeline for future pro-level players while also giving everyone else an official platform to compete for prize money and recognition. Needless to say, something definitely has to be done about this before the competitive integrity of the amateur division is compromised beyond repair.

While it’s unlikely for the league to revert its decision allowing Challengers players to use either PC or console, they could require all those playing on PC to stream their POV, which is currently not the case.

Not counting the first Challengers Cup, which is still currently ongoing, there are three more such tournaments scheduled up to mid-January, all of which could definitely lose their validity if hacking & cheating continue to be a major issue.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this topic as things develop, so make sure to follow us on Twitter, @Dexertointel, for all the latest news, updates, and more.