Defending world champions OpTic Gaming are out of the 2018 CWL Championship.
OpTic Gaming kicked off their group stage with two strong wins, but a defeat at the hands of Evil Geniuses means their championship campaign is over.
Group H ends with a three-way tie between OpTic, Evil Geniuses, and Elevate at a 2-1 record. OpTic would only have needed a single map win against EG in order to guarantee a playoff spot, but after their 0-3 loss, the map count tie-breaker means OpTic finishes in third place.
This is the third year that Patrick ‘Aches’ Price has been responsible for eliminating OpTic Gaming from the CWL Championship. He knocked them out of the lower bracket in both 2015 and 2016, playing for FaZe Red and Cloud9 respectively, and now under Evil Geniuses has taken them down once again.
For OpTic Gaming, the result is a disappointing end to a disappointing season. WWII saw the dynastic line-up of the previous three years finally separate, and It’s the first time in the organization’s history that they have gone an entire season without a championship.
OpTic Gaming is one of five Pro League teams so far knocked out in the group stage of what has already been one of the most upset-filled CWL Championships to date. Only two groups have so far ended with both Pro League squads reaching the playoffs, with one still left to be decided.
With the Call of Duty League switching from console to PC for the 2021 season, at least at the professional level, Chicago Huntsmen’s legendary CoD pro Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has detailed some of the potential issues that could arise.
The Call of Duty League’s switch from console to PC was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean the transition will be without its faults; one major concern, of course, has been hacking. Maybe not in the competitive scene, but the growing presence of PC in CoD this year (with the addition of cross-play and Warzone) has exposed Activision’s inability to handle the issue on a large scale.
Add in the fact that the CDL’s Challengers circuit and in-game ranked mode(s), for example, will support both console & PC, and suddenly the concern is heightened. And while it’s unlikely that anyone in the pro ranks would cheat, if the 2021 season starts out online, there’s a chance that, at the very least, accusations could start flying around.
Scump was asked about this switch during one of his recent streams and, uncoincidentally, hacking was the first thing he brought up: “The one thing that could go wrong – if there’s hackers, any kind of competitive playlist is chalked. That’s definitely something to worry about.”
“That is going to be very annoying if hackers just run rampant in all the ranked playlists,” he went on. “If there are hackers, it’s chalked. There’s supposed to be anti-cheat in the works? Hopefully, they do a good job with it and hopefully, everything is good.”
The veteran also brought up the potential situations where the gaming rigs experience issues during competitions: “‘PC crash during a tournament is bound to happen,’ more than likely, yeah. There’s a lot of things that could go wrong, definitely a LOT of things that could go wrong.”
Needless to say, had a pause feature existed, the whole situation could have been avoided. Instead, the CDL was forced to stream all matches with a massive delay so that viewers with ill-intentions couldn’t hit anyone offline.
Without a pause feature, the CDL installed these unpopular rules for if/when Hardpoint matches needed to be restarted.
Ultimately, the Call of Duty League’s switch to PC is a “step in the right direction,” as Scump remarked, but there are definitely potential problems that could stem from the transition. We’ll just have to wait and see.