The first CWL 2K tournament of the Black Ops 4 season has reached the final stages in Europe and North America, but some big names will not be advancing to the second day of play.
Due to the sheer number of teams that signed up in the EU and NA regions, the 2K was split into two days of competition. In Europe, teams played up until the semi-final stage, while North America reached the quarter-finals.
While some of the biggest names are still standing, numerous others fell early on both sides of the pond, including the reigning world champions.
Team Envy have looked strong online since the game’s release, performing exceptionally well in most of their scrims. However, they fell in the round of 32 to Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon’s ‘gold bullets’.
The current World Champions had coasted through the earlier rounds of the tournaments, despite Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price’s comments about the current 2K format, but were stunned by their opposition in a game that they would have felt supremely confident about.
Envy weren’t the only ones to fall short in the round of 32, though, as Evil Geniuses were taken out by ‘ReactGaming’, Steve ‘Mochila’ Canle’s team lost to G2. Michael ‘Swarley’ Carter’s team and Rush Gaming’s ‘C2C Gaming’ also failed to make it to the round of 16.
The matches started to really heat up in the round of 16, with a number of big names facing off against each other. In the top half of the bracket, Adam ‘KiLLa’ Sloss’ team fell to 100 Thieves in a hard-fought 3-1 series.
Without a doubt, the biggest upsets came when FaZe Clan were knocked out by Michael ‘Beehzy’ Said’s team and Luminosity dropped to Tanner ‘Mosh’ Clark and Paul ‘Tisch’ Tischler.
G2 continued to impress after looking shaky in scrims, elimination Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte and Adam ‘GodRx’ Brown’s team, and Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale’s squad eliminated golden bullets.
One of the more interesting matches on paper saw Splyce take on Enigma6, but E6 fell in 3-0 fashion to Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley, Lamar ‘Accuracy’ Abedi and co.
The quarter-finals will be even more interesting, with 100T taking on G2, Splyce facing off against SpaceLy’s team, eUnited playing Beehzy’s squad and OpTic Gaming meeting Mosh’s roster.
In Europe, results were pretty much business as usual throughout the earlier rounds of the competition but the round of 16 proved to be a difficult one for some of the top Spanish teams as Heretics, Movistar Riders and Vodafone Giants all dropped to British opposition.
Wailers ‘Wailers’ Locart’ team also dropped to Niall ‘Niall’ Sunderland and company, meaning that the quarter-finals were dominated by UK teams except for Gone Gaming’s French and British mix team.
Even Gone Gaming couldn’t keep their 2K hopes alive in the quarter-finals, though, as Billy ‘Hawqeh’ Harris’ team took them out to secure a top four spot.
The biggest shock of the EU 2K so far came when Red Reserve fell to Niall’s team. Widely regarded as the best team in Europe, Red’s failure to make it to day two will come as a surprise to many, including themselves.
On the other half of the bracket, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren and Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor’s newly formed Reciprocity roster fell to Gurdip ‘SunnyB’ Bains’ team and Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly’s squad lost to Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson's team following a controversial map five that saw the teams have to play a sudden death round 11 after David ‘Dqvee’ Davies used one of his scorestreaks.
With so many big names falling in the quarter-finals, the EU 2K semi-final matches consist of four teams that currently have no organization backing them. Jordan ‘Reedy’ Reed’s team, Shea ‘QwiKeR’ Sweeney’s squad, SunnyB’s team and Niall’s roster will all be hoping that a win on day two will catch the eyes of potential orgs.