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CWL Vegas: Five things we learned from day one of Pool Play

Published: 8/Dec/2018 8:57 Updated: 8/Dec/2018 9:00

by Albert Petrosyan


Day one of Pool Play at the $250,000 Call of Duty World League Open tournament in Las Vegas, CA, has now all wrapped up. 

Day one of Pool Play was as tight and high intensity as advertised, as the 16 teams battled it out to determine who will have the upper hand going into day two.

Of course, most of the powerhouse teams expected to go deep into the tournament showed up big-time, none more so than OpTic Gaming, who went 

However, it’s important to remember that Pool Play is not over, as four teams from the Open Bracket are set to join each of the four Pools, and a few upsets in day two could throw a wrench into everyone’s predictions.

That being said, here is everything we learned about the teams playing at CWL Vegas after the first day of Pool Play.

#1 – OpTic Gaming are unstoppable as ever

OpTic Gaming came into CWL Vegas on the heels of four consecutive undefeated runs in major online tournament, in which they did not drop a single series.

Still, many pessimists attributed their success to online Call of Duty, and expressed their doubts about OpTic’s ability on LAN after a dysmal WWII season.

Turns out OpTic are good after all, as they went a perfect 3-0 in their Pool with a near-flawless 9-1 map count, dropping only a single S&D map in their third match against Splyce. 

#2 – What’s wrong with Red Reserve?

One of the highest ranked teams coming into CWL Vegas, many predicted Red Reserve to do extremely well in the first major tournament of the season.

However, everything that could have gone wrong for the Europeans, has, as losses to Evil Geniuses, Luminosity Gaming, and UYU have virtually guaranteed that they’ll be starting in the Loser’s Bracket. 

Can Red Reserve regain and still make a deep run in the tournament, yes – they proved that they could do it just last season. But putting themselves in a big hole is not a good look for a team that was supposed to challenge for first in their Pool. 

#3 – eUnited mean business

Most fans predicted the eUnited would do well at CWL Vegas, but not many would have seen them come out this hot and firing on all cylinders as they were day one of Pool Play.

They were able to easily handle Mindfreak, Team Reciprocity, and 100 Thieves, including an impressive 100-point club effort in their last match.

Sitting at 3-0 with a 9-2 map count, eUnited are almost guaranteed to finish atop their Pool, and they will look to use this momentum to raise some more eyebrows in the Winner’s Bracket. 

#4 – Pool C is truly the Group of Death

Prior to every major CWL event, fans like to pick out which Pool will be the proverbial “Group of Death” in terms of tight competition between the teams.

So far, that’s clearly proven to be Pool C. The fact that all four teams are within a single game of each other and the top seeded team, FaZe Clan, are fourth just goes to show how evenly matched these rosters are.

Pool C is also the only group that does not have a team with a map winning percentage of over 60% or less than 38%, and the difference in map winning percentage between the first and last team is 20%, lowest of all the Pools.

#5 – Str8 Rippin prove they belong

Speaking of Pool C, a lot has to be said about Str8 Rippin, who continue to prove doubters wrong with strong performance after strong performance.

Arguably the best team from the Pool Play Qualifiers, Str8 managed to beat the top two seeded teams in Pool C – FaZe Clan and Envy – by a combined map count of 6-3, putting themselves in a good position to be the only Play-In team to advance to the Winner’s Bracket.

SpaceLy and co. continue to prove that they belong with the big boys, and that their strong start to the season in the 2000 Series online tournaments was no fluke. 

For full details about the $250,000 CWL Vegas event, including all day one scores, live Pool standings, upcoming schedules and brackets, and more, visit our dedicated CWL Vegas tournament hub.

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Warzone team banned from $250k Twitch Rivals event after cheating scandal

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:34 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 10:42

by Brad Norton


The $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Warzone event hit a major snag in the road on January 21, as alleged cheaters were disqualified from the competition ahead of the closing round.

One of the biggest Warzone events to date set the scene for one of the biggest cheating scandals to date. Amidst the five-rounds of private lobby action, a number of Warzone’s veteran competitors began to accuse players of cheating in the tournament.

The Trio of METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, & Unifyz were disqualified from the competition in light of these allegations. This ban came through before players dropped into the fifth and final match of the day.

“Based on the evidence submitted from various sources in and out of the tournament, [Twitch has] determined that [their] gameplay was unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt,” event host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons explained.

As a result of their disqualification, Twitch opted to move forward with the event. Rather than restarting or replaying on a different date, the fifth map continued with one less team.

Accusations made against Metzy_B

Accusations started piling up after the fourth round of action. Players noticed some extremely sharp aim coming from METZY_B in particular. 

Resident Warzone investigator Tommey was soon on the case, as he began to dissect the footage. It was peculiar auto-aim that caught his eye, as the suspected cheater immediately “locked on” to an opposing player in the clip.

Given the $250K up for grabs, there was plenty at stake. $45,000 was on the line for the winning team, while even a last place finish would have awarded the alleged cheaters $1,200. However, METZY_B and his team were “ineligible for prizing,” Twitch soon confirmed. 

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the controversy to spill across social media, with many of Warzone’s biggest names repeating their gripes with the lack of an effective anti-cheat system.

“Unfortunately without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments just aren’t possible anymore,” NICKMERCS said. “There’s too much cheese & way too many rats.”

Despite this, it later became clear that, perhaps, the players in the tournament had jumped the gun early with their accusations…

METZY_B clears his name

After being kicked from the tournament, METZY_B joined Tommey’s Discord call in an attempt to clear his name, showing his PC, the programs he’s been using and more.

While METZY wasn’t reinstated to the tournament, some critics have deleted their tweets and Tommey, after investigating the situation, conceded that he got it wrong this time and there “wasn’t enough to go as far as it did.”

He later clarified that he played no part in reporting METZY to the admins of the tournament or forcing his removal, but the player is “more than welcome to take his earnings” from the event.

Game five continued with one less team in the lobby. Champions were crowned and the $250K prize pool was split accordingly. Be sure to check out our event hub for a full recap of the troubled Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament.