One of the favorites to place high at this year's CWL Championship 2019 has been shockingly eliminated in the first day of Pool Play.
Coming off of back-to-back Grand Finals appearances at CWL Anaheim and CWL Finals over the past two months, Gen.G entered Pool Play at Champs knowing that many people were betting on them to have a strong placement, if not win the whole thing.
However, their journey to hoisting the coveted trophy ended several days early, as they were on the wrong end of two upsets at the hands of Fuego Gaming and Team WaR respectively.
The two losses, coupled with two victories for fellow Pool B pro team Enigma6 Group, mathematically eliminated Gen.G from being able to finish in the top two group spots necessary to advance to the Knockout Stage.
As a result, the team became the highest seed ever (#2) in Call of Duty Champs history to be eliminated in the Pool Play phase of the tournament.
Their first match of the day was against British side Fuego Gaming, who were one of the lowest ranked teams at Champs, having qualified by virtue of finishing 13-16th at last month's Amateur Finals
After a back-and-forth start to the series, the match got all the way to a game five Search & Destroy on Gridlock, which saw Fuego's Harry Payne clutch up and eliminate Jared 'Nagafen' Harrell in a 1v1 to wrap up the victory.
Despite the loss, Gen.G still had all to play for, since the fact that they managed to win two maps put them in a favorable position should tiebreakers have come into play.
However, that was assuming they would take care of Team WaR, their second opponent to round off the first day of Pool Play.
If the players had any visions of grandeur ahead of that matchup, they were in for a very rude awakening, as WaR devastatingly demolished them in 3-0 fashion, sending Gen.G home on the very first day.
One of the most shocking results in CWL Champs history: @GenG can no longer finish top 2 in their pool with losses to Fuego Gaming and Team WaR.— Call of Duty World League (@CODWorldLeague) August 14, 2019
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While the elimination comes as a major shock to Gen.G and virtually everyone watching Champs, it does give both Fuego and WaR all to play for in day two, as the two amateur teams will face each other with a spot in the Knockout Stage on the line.