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Pro League Teams Upset During First CWL Champs 2018 Games

Published: 15/Aug/2018 17:50 Updated: 16/Aug/2018 1:47

by Joe O'Brien

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The 2018 CWL Championship has kicked off with several upsets, as Last Chance Qualifier teams took down CWL Pro League squads in the opening matches.

Groups A and B kicked off the tournament, with all four matches featuring a CWL Pro League team facing off against a squad from the Last Chance Qualifier.

The rigorous qualification and experience competing against the best teams in the world should put Pro League teams a cut above the rest of the field, but in the opening matches only one of them was able to secure victory – tournament favorites Rise Nation.

Most notably, CWL Pro League Stage 2 champions Team Kaliber suffered an early set-back, losing to Lightning Pandas in their opening match. The Pandas came into the event off of an underwhelming Last Chance Qualifier performance, but looked in impressive form as Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee took revenge over his former team-mates.

Meanwhile, both Epsilon Esports and Tainted Minds, 15th-16th
finishers in Stage 2 of the Pro League, missed their opportunity to prove their worth, each falling to LCQ challengers in their first matches. Both teams are now very much in danger of missing out on a playoff spot.

Rise Nation 3-0 Brash Esports

Brash Esports started strong with an impressive hardpoint performance, but Rise Nation pulled off an impressive come-back and then shut down the rest of the series comfortably.

Heretics 3-1 Epsilon Esports

It’s been an underwhelming season for Epsilon, and early indications don’t seem to point in favor of ending on a high note. Spanish squad Heretics came through with an impressive opener, handing Epsilon a defeat that could well cost them a playoff spot.

Lightning Pandas 3-2 Team Kaliber

The score-line might suggest a narrow upset, but if anything this series could have been even more convincing for Lightning Pandas. Only a first-map comeback for tK prevented a 3-0 sweep, and the final game was a dominant 6-0 victory for LP to secure the series.

Lethal Gaming 3-2 Tainted Minds

Lethal Gaming secured their spot at CWL Champs with back-to-back 3-2 victories in the LCQ, and they’ve now taken a major step towards a playoff spot with another against Tainted Minds. Coming up clutch in game five here means that a victory against Brash Esports would almost certainly secure Lethal a minimum top-16 placement, a career highlight for these players.

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How to watch Atlanta FaZe’s Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational: all teams

Published: 22/Oct/2020 7:52

by Brad Norton

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While we’re in the midst of the Call of Duty League off-season, Atlanta FaZe is hosting an enormous event with $25,000 up for grabs in the Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational.

From Ghosts competitions to Modern Warfare 2 tournaments, the current off-season has treated us to a proper look back in time. Many of the world’s best CoD players from over the years have gathered together for a handful of events already and there are no signs of the festivities slowing down soon.

Atlanta FaZe is next in line for a major event, and sights are set on the more recent Black Ops 4. From CDL talent to Academy players and even those that made it through open qualifiers, the best of the best are set to compete.

It’s one of the biggest tournaments over the off-season, taking place across multiple days. Fear not though, we’ve got you covered with a complete overview of all there is to know.

How to watch the Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational

Get ready for a long weekend of action. The Black Ops 4 event is set to kick off on October 23 and run through to October 25. No exact times have been locked in just yet, but we’ll update you as soon as the information is made available.

There’s every chance that individual competitors will be streaming their own perspectives during the matches. However, ATL FaZe is also hosting the event through a dedicated hub stream that we’ve embedded below for your convenience.

Teams competing in the Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational

It’s safe to say this event is one of the most stacked we’ll see in the off-season. Six CDL teams have put rosters forward for the tournament. They’re joined by an assortment of top talent coming from Challengers, along with eight teams that earned a spot through the open qualifiers.

Not only is this a step back in time, but it’s also a unique look ahead. FaZe aims to give fans their first “opportunity to see new 2021 CDL 4v4 rosters in action.”

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 4 tournament can be found below.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Abezy, Arcitys, Cellium, Simp
Dallas Empire Crixical, Huke, Illey, Temp
OpTic LA Accuracy, Kenny, Slasher, TJHaly
LA Guerrillas Apathy, Assault, Silly, Vivid
Chicago Huntsmen Dashy, Envoy, Formal, Scump
Seattle Surge Goonjar, Gunless, Loony, Prestinni
Mood Swings Blazt, Decemate, F3rocitys, Slacked
Westr Jintroid, Paulehx, Spart, Venom
West Coast Goons  Gonplue, Otflick, Ryanbacardi, Savysita
The Boys  Godrx, Kismet, Maux, Pandur
AF Academy  Archivs, Hyper, Phantomz, Sibilants
Team LBX  Exceed, Neropoiison, Noysii, Xotic
Four Horsemen  General, Standy, Proto, Royalty
Arial Arise  Crazie, Crimson, Horizinsfall, Kyuhm
HYXR  Estreal, Fflames, Hazy, Lurid
Dgeneration Sangar, DeadlyResults, Strezy, Yspry
Lost Angels  Aapex, Beehzy, Conbix, TheHolyToaster
Diamond Gaming  Spekcy, Uncivil, XinfinitX, Yemon
Magic  Huntsmann, Kips, Parzelion, Yeezy
Team Moch  Mochilla, Tech, TeddyRecks, Ttinyy

Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational Format

Not much is known about the structure just yet, though it’s clear teams will begin in various groups. 20 teams in total have been revealed, though four teams from the open qualifiers have already been relegated to the first round of the lower bracket.

This means we can expect to see four groups of four in the initial stages. After the opening matchups, the most successful teams within each group will likely advance through to the double-elimination bracket.

$25,000 is on offer. Only three teams can actually place in the money though. $15,000 will be awarded to the top team, second place will be treated to $7,500, while third place nabs $2,500 for their efforts.

Atlanta FaZe Black Ops 4 Throwback Event
Atlanta FaZe
The Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational takes place across three full days of action.

The finalized groups along with a full schedule will be made public on October 22. Be sure to check back here as updates come through.