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Five Things We Learned from the 2018 CWL Anaheim Open

Published: 18/Jun/2018 4:53 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson


The 2018 CWL Anaheim Open was a fitting final open tournament for the CoD: WWII season, as a truly international affair, with plenty of memorable matches and big upsets.

With only the stage two playoffs and the World Championship remaining, Anaheim was the final opportunity for many top players and teams to prove they could compete at the highest level.

Rise Nation came out on top in the end, and you can read more about their big win right here, but Rise were the favorites going in and didn’t disappoint – while some other teams definitely did.

There was lots of takeaways from the tournament, but here are five of the biggest stories from the biggest event of the season so far.

Top APAC Teams Mindfreak and Tainted Minds Take 7-8th

There has been a lot of criticism of the two Australian teams in stage two of the CWL Pro League, with both of them languishing at the bottom of Division B.

But they came out strong in Anaheim, causing multiple upsets to both finish in the top eight. Tainted Minds were the more surprising, as they swept both Team Envy and Echo Fox 3-0.

Mindfreak placed third in their group despite having a 3-1 record, but started well in the losers bracket, eliminating Ghost Gaming and Splyce before being reverse swept by FaZe Clan.

Having two APAC teams in the top eight is an unprecedented occurrence at a major international event, and should help to boost the region generally.

Mindfreak and Tainted Minds caused numerous upsets against top NA and EU teams

OpTic Gaming’s losing streak continues

Despite a dominant start in pool play, which they finished with a flawless 4-0 record, OpTic gaming fell immediately to Luminosity in the winners bracket, and faced an uphill battle dropping into losers.

They did take out some strong teams, firstly eUnited and then Tainted Minds, but once again were eliminated by a European team at an open event, as UNILAD took a game five round 11, which OpTic really should have won with the man advantage and bomb down.

Now there is of course only two events remaining for OpTic to win a championship in WWII, and to prove that their recent roster change has paid off.

Team Envy, Evil Geniuses and CompLexity underperform

Two teams who looked in decent form from the CWL Pro League were both eliminated in unexpectedly low placings, as Team Envy were swept by Tainted Minds, and EG lost a crushing game five round 11 to eUnited.

Missing out on a championship Sunday is not something we are used to from these teams and the caliber of the rosters, and it doesn’t bode well going into the second two weeks of the Pro League.

Both sides did show glimpses of brilliance, but their inconsistency ultimately cost them, and it is another poor open event finish for two teams who would have expected more in the WWII season.

CompLexity also finished 13-16th, and looked generally shaky throughout the weekend. A 3-1 loss to tK closed out what will be an event to forget for this roster.

Team Envy’s 3-0 loss to Tainted Minds was one of the biggest upsets of the tournament

European teams UNILAD and Red Reserve excel

It was a good weekend all round for brothers Matthew “Skrapz” and Bradley “wuskin” Marshall, who recently separated as Skrapz left UNILAD to join Red.

But the roster move has seemingly benefitted both parties, as the brother’s and their respective rosters both finished in the top four.

UNILAD’s big wins over FaZe Clan and OpTic proved they could hang with the top teams, and new player Alex “Alexx” Carpenter made a name for himself with a solid individual performance over the weekend.

They ultimately place fourth after losing to Luminosity, and of course Skrapz lead his team to a grand final against Rise Nation, falling just short.

Luminosity look much improved since the CWL Pro League

LG’s Josiah “Slacked” Berry explained in an interview that the team uses the Pro League as ‘practice’, and it certainly showed as the new look roster with FormaL looked much improved.

They got revenge over OpTic in the winners bracket, the team which had embarrassed them in the league, and continued their run to the losers final, placing 3rd.

Johnathan “John” Perez was on fire all weekend long, particularly in SnD, and FormaL was putting up the kind of kill numbers we are used to from him. Jordan “JKap” Kaplan also stepped up in that department.

FormaL looked back to his normal dominant self at Anaheim

There was a lot more you could take away from this tournament too, and of course Rise Nation are stars of the show after winning back to back championships, but these are the storylines to keep an eye on as the season concludes.

The top teams will return to Columbus and the MLG Arena to finish the regular stage matches of Stage Two, and will have one eye on the World Championships in August, following Stage Two Playoffs.

Some teams, namely Team Envy, EG and Echo Fox will need to shake off this weekend’s result, while others will need to keep up their momentum gained, but Rise Nation remain the team to beat in Call of Duty esports.

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Dr Disrespect explodes after stream snipers ruin charity Warzone event

Published: 22/Oct/2020 5:04

by Brad Norton


Dr Disrespect was all set and ready to go in Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 ‘Cracked Creators’ Warzone event, though his run was cut short due to pesky stream snipers that ruined his day.

The latest Warzone event threw elite players and content creators into Verdansk with a unique twist. Rather than forming their own teams, streamers had to pick their Duo from a list of “cracked” players.

From Seth ‘Scump’ Abner to Mason ‘Symfuhny’ Lanier, all of the biggest names were lined up to compete for a good cause. For most of them, the event went smoothly as they squared off with others in Warzone. For Dr Disrespect and his chosen partner ZLaner, things didn’t get off to a good start.

“It’s phony desperation everywhere,” Doc said in his very first round of action.

The pair ran into alleged stream snipers in the very first round, and after the Two-Time was executed out of nowhere he declared, “I’m never playing in another Warzone tournament without a delay, ever.”

Unfortunately for them, things didn’t improve over the next few rounds. Doc and ZLaner were unable to close out a single map win throughout their run in the event. They dropped two maps against Joseph ‘Merk’  DeLuca & Clint ‘Maven’ Evans before falling out of the lower bracket to Trevor May and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper.

“That is it for me today stream,” Doc said the moment their final tournament map came to an end. “I am literally losing brain cells.”

Opposing players had tracked down their location in every map just to be the ones to steal the moment. For the next event, Dr Disrespect assured that the duo will “throw the delay on” to prevent any more stream sniping shenanigans.

“After the first game I checked out,” he admitted.

“The tournament completely took me out of it. Lesson learned. I didn’t think it was gonna be that big of an issue… but it’s a horrifically large issue.”

It didn’t take long before Doc took aim at stream snipers on social media as well. He followed up with a hilariously scathing tweet to put them in their place, listing off insult after insult as only he could.

“Nothin like being stream sniped by a bunch of blonde banged, chubby-cheeked, inward kneed, desperation for attention, purple brace face, unathletic, D- grades, Cheeto bags constantly emptied wannabe gamers… during a charity tournament,” he posted during the Oct. 21 event’s run-time.

Dr Disrespect and ZLaner weren’t the only ones impacted by the problem during the event. Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop also vented his frustrations, after losing every map he played in the Warzone competition as well.

“I’m officially retiring from Warzone tournaments,” he declared on Twitter.

Some Duos were able to have far more luck throughout the day, however. You can catch up on all of the final event results from Hitch’s “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament in our official coverage hub here.