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Official Winners Bracket for the CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs

Published: 19/Jul/2018 23:46 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Albert Petrosyan

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The regular season of the CWL Pro League Stage 2 has come to a close for both Divisions A and B and the full Playoff bracket is now set.

The Playoffs will be held at the MLG Arena in Columbus, OH from July 27-29, and will feature a whopping $500K prize pool, $212,500 of which goes to first place.

The Playoffs features a double-elimination format that puts the top two teams from each Division against the bottom two teams from the other Division.

Here is the official bracket:

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From the eight total teams that have qualified, there are six from the North American region and two from Europe.

Here are the Playoff teams and their rosters, in the order in which they finished in their respective Division.

Division A

Seed Team Record Roster
1 Red Reserve 11-3 Joee, Rated, Zer0, Skrapz
2 Team Kaliber 9-5 Enable, Kenny, Fero, Accuracy
3 Echo Fox 9-5 Faccento, Saints, AquA, Temp
4 FaZe Clan 8-6 Preistahh, Attach, ZooMaa, Replays

Division B

Seed Team Record Roster
1 OpTic Gaming 10-4 Scump, Crimsix, Octane, Methodz
2 eUnited 10-4 Clayster, Prestinni, Arcitys, FeLonY
3 UNILAD Esports 10-4 Wuskin, Seany, Alexx, Zed
4 Rise Nation 9-5 Loony, Slasher, Gunless, TJHaLy

As one would expect at this stage of the competition, there are plenty of intense matchups and storylines waiting to be written in these Playoffs.

Perhaps the most intriguing first round matchup is that of FaZe Clan vs OpTic Gaming. Of course it was FaZe who came all the way from the Losers Bracket to beat OpTic twice in the Stage 1 Grand Finals to take home the championship.

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Scump explains why new CDL “bubble” in Texas is a big advantage

Published: 28/Jan/2021 5:55 Updated: 28/Jan/2021 6:01

by Brad Norton

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All of OpTic Chicago, along with a majority of other pro teams, have relocated to Texas for the Call of Duty League 2021 season, and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner believes it’s going to give them a huge “advantage” over their CDL rivals.

With the switch to online play in 2020, teams were scattered across the United States. Players could be competing from the other side of the country with a significant network disadvantage.

Given LAN events are still a ways off due to the ongoing global crisis, a majority of CDL pros have established a makeshift “bubble” in Texas to combat the issue. With all players in one location, Scump argues that it only benefits teams for the year ahead.

“I absolutely love it,” he said on January 27. With his teammates all training out the H3CZQUARTERS facility, there appear to be no excuses for the upcoming season.

Being in the one location affords a degree of team bonding that you just can’t get online, according to Scump.“I think it has tremendously improved our team chemistry. Every single night [the team] is always hanging out after scrims.”

“You can just tell. It feels like we trust each other a lot more inside of the game. We trust each other to make good decisions and do the right things on the map.”

From OpTic’s standpoint, it’s not just the team chemistry that’s proving valuable. “On top of that, you have the sheer connection advantage,” Scump added.

“I believe 31 of 48 players are in Texas right now and it might even be more than that. Clearly, Texas has some sort of connection advantage for people to want to pick up their lives and move down here to compete.”

We’ve already seen the move pay dividends for OpTic as they recently blitzed through the LA Thieves 3-0 in the Kickoff Classic. “We’ve been playing super good. I can’t even remember the last time we lost a scrim set. It’s been amazing to have the whole team here and I think it’s only going to benefit us moving forward.”

With other teams having followed suit with a move to Texas, it should help establish a more even playing field for a majority of matchups this year.