The $325,000 pro tournament at CWL London took place May 3-5, with 100 Thieves defeating eUnited 3-1 in the Grand Final to secure their first ever major championship.
As usual, the Grand Final and some of the other major matches were all played on the main stage, and a few pro players were quick to notice a pattern of results based on which side of the stage the teams played on.
Team Envy's Patrick 'ACHES' Price pointed out that all of the teams that played on the right side of the stage on Championship Sunday - Mindfreak in the Open Bracket Grand Final, 100 Thieves twice, and eUnited twice - all won by a combined map count of 18-2.
"So 18-2, only maps won were Search and Destroy?" he tweeted. "Pretty crazy coincidence. Never seen that in my playing days. Congrats 100 Thieves on the win!"
So 18-2. Only maps won were SnD? Pretty crazy coincidence. Never seen that in my playing days. Congrats 100T on the win!
— Patrick Price (@ACHES) May 5, 2019
OpTic Gaming's Damon 'Karma' Barlow and Seth 'Scump' Abner also chipped in with their own experiences after getting swept in the final of both the Winners and Losers Brackets, against 100 Thieves and eUnited respectively.
In both matches, OpTic sat on the left side of the stage, and in both matches, they failed to win a single map, all after going undefeated and dropping just three maps in their previous five matches of the tournament.
Same. Couldn’t hit water if I fell out of a boat.
— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) May 5, 2019
Evil Geniuses' Jordan 'JKap' Kaplan, who has been around the CoD esports scene for a long time, revealed his theory that the game feels different sometimes.
I don’t understand why or how but I swear sometimes the game feels different. Been a believer in this since BO2
— Jordan Kaplan (@JKap415) May 5, 2019
Upon seeing this conspiracy theory discussed on Twitter, many longtime fans brought up the name of veteran competitor Adam 'KiLLa' Sloss, who was known to have brought up similar theories in the past.
However, all this said, there is definitely the chance that the players were simply annoyed with not coming out on top at CWL London, and decided to vent their frustrations by trolling social media with a conspiracy theory about the tournament main stage.
100 Thieves win CWL London
Fortunately, CWL London will not be remembered for any conspiracy theories, but rather for 100 Thieves having finally won their first major tournament as an esports organization.
The team cemented themselves as arguably the best team currently in the CWL, knocking out rivals OpTic Gaming and eUnited to hoist the prestigious trophy.