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First ever Black Ops 4 CWL 2K claims a number of top teams on day one

Published: 5/Nov/2018 11:06

by Ross Deason


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.

Round of 32 – NA

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.

Round of 16 – NA

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.

Round of 16 – EU

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.

Quarter-finals – EU

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.

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7 players to watch during 2021’s CDL Kickoff Classic

Published: 22/Jan/2021 19:02 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 20:03

by Theo Salaun


Activision’s Call of Duty League is finally here and things are getting started with the CDL Kickoff Classic — a preseason event where x-factor players on all 12 teams can begin making their mark. 

With an exodus of 12 starters as the CDL shifts to a 4v4 format in Black Ops Cold War, individual play is paramount. Players have less backup on the battlefield and, with a deep talent pool in the Challengers scene, more competition for their roles.

Representing Chicago, OpTic Gaming are back with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and the gang. Delighting fans, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves return to competitive CoD for Los Angeles. Teams have shuffled since the inaugural season and each team’s expectations will be tested by at least one player’s CDL Kickoff performance. 

Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson (Atlanta FaZe)

The best AR in CoD?

Chicago Hunstmen Arcitys CDL
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Did the most stacked roster in CoD add the league’s best AR?

While Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak was highly regarded by his teammates last season, few rank him in a tier anywhere near Arcitys. FaZe’s submachine gun and flex play was never a question, but adding Arcitys on the assault rifle could push them past the Dallas Empire in power rankings.

If Arcitys continues, let alone improves upon, his 2020 form, then Atlanta should be an early favorite. Tested by a strong Florida Mutineers squad, fans should get a quality temperature check on FaZe’s newest member.

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)

Did Dallas release the right veteran AR?

Crimsix celebrating a Dallas Empire win
At 28 years old, Crimsix needs to continue disproving his doubters.

The transition from 5v5 to 4v4 was not without heartbreak and few splits were as tough as the Empire’s. Dropping James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks instead of Crimsix was a difficult decision and, at the CDL Kickoff Classic, that decision will receive its first evaluation.

When the two veteran ARs face each other, Crim will be with the same absurd, young trio of “Xeo” gunners and Clayster with… one standout sophomore and two formerly projected bench players. It shouldn’t be too hard of a test for Dallas, but fans should be curious to see how much Crim’s thumbs have aged.

Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (Los Angeles Thieves)

Big Brand meets Big Ego

temp la thieves
Twitter, @LAThieves
Temp talks the talk, but must walk the walk for the CDL’s next big brand.

Tying for 5th at CDL Champs wasn’t enough to keep OpTic in Los Angeles so Nadeshot got to buy into the league. Although the team’s Challengers call-ups, Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chervchko, played admirably in the postseason — 100T replaced them in the starting lineup with one of the league’s most confident ARs.

The self-proclaimed top “gunnie” in the CDL, Temp has an unrelenting belief in his ability (alternatively, a ‘strong personality,’ per general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders) backed by a strong history of top-tier, albeit streaky play. While his year with the New York Subliners was disappointing, Temp now rejoins former teammates Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly. With 100T’s enormous fanbase and a matchup with OpTic Chicago, the gunner gets a large stage to prove his play can rise to both the occasion and his own expectations.

Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner (Minnesota ROKKR)

The honorary Tiny Terror?

Atlanta FaZe's Priestahh.
From teaming with the Tiny Terrors to a much larger role, Priestahh can make a statement in 2021.

FaZe were the second-best team in 2020 and Priestahh would likely still be on the team if not for the swap to 4v4. Instead, one of the league’s most selfless players gets to turn a new leaf with a fully revamped ROKKR squad.

Starting with Minnesota’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Ultra, Priestahh should shift from flex to his more natural sub role. Expectations for what was a miserable ROKKR team will hinge on his ability to prove he was being overshadowed in Atlanta and can transition from dirty work to slaying.

Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)

No ZooMaa, No Hydra: Return of the Mack

New York Subliners' Mack.
MackMelts (Twitter)
A 2020 MVP candidate, Mack needs to take another step for NY to compete.

Easily one of the top rookies in 2020, Mack jumped into New York’s starting lineup and almost immediately surged into the MVP conversation. The Subliners had a quality offseason after fizzling in the playoffs, but new issues mean Mack will have to go above and beyond to start 2021.

With rookie Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez dealing with visa issues and Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto retiring due to injury, Mack is moving to SMG for an unfinished roster. He’s back in his preferred role, but the season depends on his ability to reach 2020’s near-MVP form.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Chicago)

Heeding Chicago’s Bat-Signal

Dashy on stage
Back with his guys, Chicago’s hopes depend on Dashy’s return to form.

Like Atlanta, Chicago shuffled pieces after falling just short of the championship in 2020. With Arcitys eager to rejoin former teammates on FaZe, H3CZ celebrated the return of OpTic with the return of one of the brand’s former players.

But 2020 was an ugly year for Dashy and, aside from some big moments as a suddenly summoned bench player in CDL Champs, questions surround the formerly elite AR. Expectations are high for the biggest brand in CoD, but will rise and fall depending on Dashy’s play.

Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman (Seattle Surge)

Started from the bottom, now we Peirce

Chicago Huntsmen's Gunless.
In just a few years, Gunless has gone from star to substitute to starter with a chip on his shoulder.

Like Dashy, no one questions the raw mechanical talent that Gunless holds. Unfortunately, also like Dashy, the gifted player spent most of a porous 2020 on the bench with rumored character concerns. 

Now, he joins two others as reinforcements for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew on 2020’s worst team: Seattle. If the Surge are going to improve upon a 5-18 record that ended dead last at CDL Champs, Gunless will need a return to form beginning on Day 1 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.

While the Call of Duty League is chock-full of players with high expectations, low expectations and everything in between, these seven stand out as those with the most notable stocks in the preseason. A variety of other rookies and transferred players can make statements during the Kickoff Classic, but power rankings and fan expectations should hinge entirely on our listed x-factors.