With the regular season of the CWL Pro League having reached its conclusion, the focus has shifted to the postseason phase, starting with the Play-In tournament at CWL Finals.
The final day of matches for the CWL Pro League regular season was played on July 5, finally setting in stone the seeding for all of the teams going into the upcoming CWL Finals tournament.
The top four teams in both Division A and B have stamped their ticket to the Playoffs, where a whopping total of $1.25 million will be on the line.
However, all hope is not lost for the eight teams that finished in the bottom four, as they will all still have a chance to clinch the two remaining Playoff spots via the Play-In tournament that will be played beforehand.
That in mind, the CWL has released the bracket for the Play-In, which features some powerhouse squads like Luminosity Gaming and Team Envy.
The final two teams left standing in the Play-In tournament will qualify for the Pro League Playoffs at CWL Finals.
Unlike most other knockout CWL tournaments, the Play-In will be a single-elimination bracket, meaning that everything will be on the line in every match of every round.
While all of the matches are likely to be intense affairs, extra attention will be paid to Luminosity and Envy, two teams that most would have expected to finish in the top-four of their respective Divisions.
Both teams made significant improvements to their squads going into the final weeks of the regular season, and as things stand, both could still qualify for the Playoffs.
However, they will have to go through difficult teams like Midnight Esports, who missed out of a top-four spot despite getting 12 wins, and Evil Geniuses, who boast one of the strongest set of players to not have qualified outright.
CWL Fort Worth champions Luminosity Gaming could still qualify for the Pro League Playoffs, but the road ahead won’t be easy.
CWL Finals Playoff bracket
As for the actual Playoffs, that phase of the postseason will commence once the Play-In wraps up, as the two teams left standing will join the eight that have already clinched a spot.
OpTic Gaming and eUnited finished the regular season as the top seeds in Divisions A and B respectively, with Team Reciprocity and Team Heretics having to face the Play-In winners as the fourth seeds from each division.
Here is how the Playoff bracket will be set once the Play-In tournament has concluded.
The Play-In winners will join the eight teams that have already clinched Playoff spots.
When is CWL Finals?
CWL Finals will take place July 19-21 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida. The Play-In tournament will be played on July 19, and followed by two days of Playoff action over the weekend.
In addition to the $1.25 million Playoffs, the event will also play host to the final amateur open bracket tournament of the season, which not only will offer a $150,000 prize pool, but also 16 spots in next month’s CWL Championship.