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CWL Pro League Stage 2 – Division A Playoff Scenarios For Every Team

Published: 6/Jul/2018 15:06 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Vincent Genova

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Division A of the CWL Pro League enters its final day on July 6th with five teams fighting for four spots.

The CWL Pro League features the top 16 teams in the world, split into two, eight team divisions. The top four teams from each division will advance to the CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs and battle it out for $500,000.

Although Team EnVy and Splyce had disappointing finishes to prevent Division A from being as competitive as expected, a number of potential scenarios can still play out on the final day – none of the top four slots secured.

Listed below is every remaining team in Division A and what they need to do going into the final match day of Division A.

Red Reserve

Red Reserve has clinched a playoff spot for some time now, but does not have the 1 seed locked yet. In order to finish in first place, Red simply has to beat Splyce in their final match.

Red can also finish first with a loss if TK also losses. If TK wins and Red loses to Splyce, Red will finish second.

Team Kaliber

Wins over EnVy Red and EG have launched Team Kaliber from a fringe playoff team to a team that can win Division A.

Much like Red Reserve, Team Kaliber can only finish first or second. Unlike Red, TK will need some help to finish first as a win will not be enough. If TK beats FaZe and Red loses to Splyce, TK finishes first.

A Red Reserve win will have TK finish second, regardless of what they do against FaZe.

Echo Fox

Echo Fox powered through a 5-1 week with wins over Red, EG and TK to clinch a playoff spot before the final day, but they still have work to do if they want to potentially avoid Rise Nation in the first round of playoffs.

Echo Fox can finish in third place with a victory over Epsilon or a loss from FaZe. If Echo Fox lose, a FaZe win will send EF down to fourth.

Evil Geniuses

After a second place finish in Seattle and a 5-2 start to Stage 2, the wheels have come of for Evil Geniuses – with a 1-14 S&D record since Anaheim. Losses against Echo Fox, FaZe and TK have left them on the outside looking in for the final day of the CWL Pro League.

To make the playoffs as the fourth seed, EG needs to beat EnVy and then hope for a FaZe loss against TK. A FaZe victory sends EG to fifth place.

FaZe Clan

FaZe is the only team in Division A that can finish in three possible spots right now, but massive wins over EG and Echo Fox have put them in control of the fourth seed.

FaZe makes the playoffs and clinches the fourth seed with a win over Team Kaliber – and an Echo Fox loss will send FaZe up to third as well.

A loss against TK could still send FaZe through as fourth, but only if EG loses to EnVy. A FaZe loss and EG win means FaZe finishes in fifth, outside of the playoffs.

Splyce and EnVy are both eliminated from contention and relegation does not happen after Stage 2, so their sixth and seventh place battle is essentially meaningless. However, Splyce clinches sixth with a victory over Red. An EnVy win against EG and a Splyce loss will have EnVy finish sixth.

Epsilon will finish in last regardless of what happens, but they should be feeling good after picking up their first victory.

The last day of Division A matches will begin at 2:00 PM EST, July 6th.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.