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Call of Duty • Aug 19, 2019

The 22 players to have won a Call of Duty World Championship

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The 22 players to have won a Call of Duty World Championship
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The 2019 CWL Championship has now wrapped up, which means it's time to look at every winner of Call of Duty's most prestigious tournament.

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The 2019 CWL Championship took place from August 14 to August 18, as the best CoD players in the world descended on Los Angeles for their share of the $2 million prize pool.

eUnited, coming off of their victory in last month's Pro League Playoffs at CWL Finals, secured first place again at Champs, defeating 100 Thieves in an intense Grand Final.

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This was the seventh installment of Call of Duty esports' most revered tournament, not including CoD XP in 2011. 

That said, here is every single winner of CoD Champs, in order of how many rings they've taken home. 

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1. Karma - 3x

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Damon 'Karma' Barlow is generally considered the best CoD player of all time.

Damon 'Karma' Barlow is the only player in the world to have won CoD Champs on three separate occasions. He did so on Fariko Impact in 2013, CompLexity Gaming in 2014, and OpTic Gaming in 2017. 

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2. Crimsix - 2x

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Crimsix will be looking for his third ring at 2019's CoD Champs.

Ian 'Crimsix' Porter is a two-time world champion, having won in 2014 on CompLexity Gaming and 2017 on OpTic Gaming. He is the most winningest CoD player of all time, racking up an incredible 32 major tournament wins. 

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3. ACHES - 2x

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ACHES has made a name for himself as the 'OpTic Gaming killer' at CoD Champs.

Patrick 'ACHES' Price is also part of the elite group players to have won two World Championship rings, having done so in 2014 on CompLexity, and 2018 as part of Evil Geniuses. The latter of these victories was a significant upset, with EG priced at 30-1 to win the tournament before it started. 


4. JKap - 2x

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JKap is one of only two players to win back to back CoD Champs.

Another two-time World Champion is Jordan 'JKap' Kaplan, doing so in both 2015, on Denial Esports, and 2016, on Team Envy. He has featured in a record four Grand Finals, losing in 2013 and 2017. 

Representing Evil Geniuses in 2019, JKap became the first pro player ever to finish in the top-eight of every Champs tournament, a remarkable achievement.

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5. Apathy - 2x

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Apathy is bets known for his run-and-gun SMG play style.

Bryan 'Apathy' Zhelyazkov rounds off the two-time champions on this list, having won in 2016 on Team Envy and 2018 on Evil Geniuses. He is famed for coming close to retirement, before an incredible resurgence saw him add two championship rings to his collection. 


6. Clayster - 2x

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Clayster won his second ring in 2019, four years after his first.

James 'Clayster' Eubanks is one of the veterans of the CoD competitive scene. Having won his first ring in Advanced Warfare as a member of Denial Esports, he secured his second world championship in 2019, captaining eUnited to an incredible Champs run. 


7. KiLLa

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KiLLa has struggled to find a permanent home for a few years.

Adam 'KiLLa' Sloss won his only World Championship with Fariko Impact in 2013 - on Black Ops 2. He is best known for his Search and Destroy talents and is currently signed to Nfinite. 


8. Parasite

Parasite is currently signed to Midnight Esports.

Chris 'Parasite' Duarte also won his ring in Black Ops 2 as part of Fariko Impact. Like KiLLa, he has struggled to find a long-term roster in the last few years, but headed into the 2019 edition of the tournament as part of CWL Pro League team Midnight, but has since announced his free agency.


9. MiRx

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MiRx has not featured on a CoD team since January of 2019.

Marcus 'MiRx' Carter was also a part of the Fariko Impact roster that won Black Ops 2's World Championships. He was most recently a part of Orlando Reapers. 


10. TeePee

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TeePee is now the most subscribed to CoD streamer in the world, thanks to his Blackout talents.

Tyler 'TeePee' Polchow was a part of the fabled CompLexity roster that won the Ghosts World Championship in 2014. He may have retired from the sticks, but has been an integral part of OpTic Gaming's recent success as their coach. 


11. Attach

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Attach spent the last 4 years on FaZe Clan.

Dillon 'Attach' Price is the youngest ever Call of Duty World Champion, winning his ring at the age of 18. He represented Evil Geniuses at Champs 2019, but announced his return to FaZe following the event.


12. Crowder

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Crowder - like TeePee - is currently employed as a CWL coach.

James 'Crowder' Crowder also won his ring on Denial in 2015. He then took a hiatus from playing, before returning to FaZe Clan for the WW2 season. He coached 100 Thieves in 2019, on loan from FaZe Clan. 


13. SlasheR

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SlasheR is known for his AR skills.

Austin 'SlasheR' Liddicoat won his ring in 2016, on Black Ops 3. He then finished as runner-up in 2017's Championship, on the same Envy roster. He currently plays for 100 Thieves, and has won two championships this season.


14. John

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John was one of the dominant SMGs during Black Ops 3.

Johnathon 'John' Perez won his World Championship in 2016, on Team Envy.  He was also the MVP at the tournament, regularly putting up insane stats against the best teams in the world. 


15. Scump

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Scump is arguably the most well-know CoD pro, with over 2m Twitter followers.

Seth 'Scump' Abner is regarded as the best SMG player of all time. He won his World Championship at the fifth attempt, at 2017's Infinite Warfare tournament, to complete the 'OpTic Gaming dynasty'. 


16. FormaL

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FormaL was also part of the OpTic dynasty, alongside Crimsix, Karma and Scump.

Matthew 'FormaL' Piper exploded onto the competitive Call of Duty scene following his transition from Halo back in 2013. He won his ring at 2017 CoD Champs and was also named MVP at that tournament. 


17. Assault

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Assault has been one of the most promising CoD players, and lived up to that potential at 2018's Champs.

Adam 'Assault' Garcia won the MVP award for his performances at 2018's World Championship, as Evil Geniuses shocked the CoD community to take home the $600,000 grand prize. 


18. SiLLY

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SiLLY is currently part of Team Envy, but has been vocal in his criticism of Black Ops 4.

Justin 'SiLLY' Fargo-Palmer was another member of Evil Geniuses' 2018 Championship winning roster. Prior to that, he spent nearly 2 years on eUnited, where he experienced moderate success. 


19. Simp

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Simp has already established himself as one of the best players in the game.

Already boasting a strong reputation before he was even 18, Simp joined eUnited from their cadet team midway through the 2019 season. Simp was eU's most important player at Champs 2019, helping the team to a championship while earning a much-deserved MVP for himself.


20. aBeZy

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Few can match aBeZy's talent, gunskill, and reaction time.

Still very much a youngster in Call of Duty esports, aBeZy is already regarded as one of the better SMG players in the game. His talent was on full display in 2019, playing key roles in eUnited's first-place finishes at CWL Finals and Champs. 


21. Prestinni

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While he many not always put up the best stats, Prestinni plays an important role on eUnited.

Along with his twin brother Arcitys, Prestinni is eUnited's longest active tenured player, and he's now brought the organization a world championship. While he may not always put up the best stats on paper, his play was integral for eU's run at the 2019 Champs. 


22. Arcitys

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eUnited would not have their 2019 rings without Arcitys.

Arcitys doesn't always get the spotlight on eUnited's star-studded roster, but everyone knows of his importance to the team. That importance showed at Champs 2019, as his stellar play in the Assault Rifle anchor role helped them win the whole thing.


Who misses out?

There are not that many noticeable absences from this list, given the fact that the overwhelming majority of big names have, at some point, won a championship. 

Arguably the most noticeable are Brandon 'Dashy' Otell and Samuel 'Octane' Larew. 

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Octane and Dashy are considered two of the best Black Ops 4 players, and will be looking to take home their first rings next week.

While relatively new to the competitive CoD scene, Dashy has quickly established himself as one of the best players in the world. His Maddox and Tempest skills saw him win CWL Las Vegas' MVP, but unfortunately were not enough to help them win Champs in 2019.

Finally, Octane has been considered one of the best ARs in the world since the Infinite Warfare season, in which he invigorated Luminosity Gaming's roster. He has taken these skills into the Black Ops 4 season, standing out on a strong 100 Thieves roster.

His brilliance was on full display in their incredible Losers Bracket run at Champs 2019, but they just came up short in the end against eUnited.