FaZe Clan Black win $75,000 CWL Fort Worth Open Bracket Tournament – recap and final placements

Albert Petrosyan

The amateur Open Bracket Tournament at CWL Fort Worth came to a close on March 17, with FaZe Clan Black taking home the first place prize.

FC Black defeated Australian squad Mindfreak 3-2 in the Grand Final, completing a reverse sweep after going down 0-2 in the early goings.

Thanks to their nearly flawless run through the Winners Bracket of the competition, FC Black only needed to win the one series in the Grand Final, while Mindfreak would have still needed to win another best-of-five if they had been able to take the first. 

The series started off well in the Australians’ favor, after a 250-193 win on Arsenal Hardpoint and 6-3 victory on Gridlock Search and Destroy had them comfortably up 2-0.

However, using their fully stacked roster to its fullest potential, FC Black came roaring back with a 3-1 win on Arsenal Control and tied up the series with a 2-2 victory on Frequency Hardpoint. 

With all to play for in the fifth and final game of the first series, FC Black took total advantage of their momentum and cruised to a 6-3 win on Arsenal S&D, securing the tournament victory and $15,000 first place prize. 

Mindfreak’s second place finish earned them a $12,500 prize, and the top four was rounded off by Cyclone and Nation of Power. You can check out the top 16 money placings by visiting our CWL Fort Worth final placements hub

Placement Cash Prize Pro Points Team Roster
 1 $15,000 5,000 FaZe Clan Black Asim, Phantomz, GRVTY, Simp, Cellium
 2 $12,500 3,000 Mindfreak Shockz, Fighta, Louqa, Swift, Setzyy
 3 $10,000 2,200 Cyclone GloFrosty, Pandur, Spoof, Super, Zaptius
 4 $8,000 1,800 Nation of Power Archivs, Infamous Slaya, Pawns, Jimbolah, Zyyral

FC Black’s Open Bracket Tournament victory comes as a surprise or shock to virtually no one, as the team was one of the clear-cut favorites to win the event.

Featuring FaZe Clan’s McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel and eUnited’s Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr, many projected that the squad would have a relatively easy time winning the tournament, and they pretty much did.

Their one and only hiccup, if it can be called that, came in the Winners Bracket semifinal, when they needed to go to a fifth map to defeat third-place team Cyclone.

Other than that, the team did not drop a single map throughout the entire event, not even during the rounds that were played best-of-five. 

About The Author

Albert is a former esports and gaming writer, focused particularly on Call of Duty and content creators. Spending over three years at Dexerto, Albert eventually now works with streamer NICKMERCS and the MFAM group. You can find Albert @AlbertoRavioli on Twitter.