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The Playoff Bracket for the 2018 CWL Championship Has Been Confirmed

Published: 17/Aug/2018 1:58 Updated: 17/Aug/2018 2:00

by Joe O'Brien

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The group stage of the 2018 CWL Championship has concluded.

After two days of competition, contenders at the last and most prestigious event of the WWII season have been halved, with 16 of the original 32 teams advancing to the playoffs.

Single round-robin in pools of four teams is a punishing format, and this year’s group stage was particularly fraught with upsets. Most notable is undeniably the elimination of defending world champions OpTic Gaming, who missed out on a map record tie-breaker following a 0-3 loss to Evil Geniuses.

Though undoubtedly the most prominent, OpTic weren’t the only casualties of the group stage. A total of six Pro League squads failed to reach the playoffs – OpTic, Echo Fox, Epsilon, Splyce, Tainted Minds, and Mindfreak.

In addition to some big names crashing out, upsets in the group stage are also responsible for a surprising set-up for the bracket stage. Group stage results have produced a bracket in which most of the big tournament favorites are all on the same side.

Red Reserve, eUnited, Luminosity, UNILAD, Rise Nation, and Team Kaliber – some of the most formidable squads of the WWII season, including the top-four finishers in the CWL Pro League Stage 2 – will all be fighting through the same half of the bracket. Meanwhile, the other side features four Last Chance Qualifier teams that have already out-performed their seeding in reaching the playoffs.

The playoffs will kick off on Friday August 17 at 12:00pm ET.

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Call of Duty 2021 leaks hint at new Modern Warfare follow up

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton

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Before Black Ops Cold War arrives, we may already have our first hint of next year’s Call of Duty setting as a prominent leaker has teased a new Modern Warfare sequel.

While the Call of Duty franchise has 17 mainline entries covering a wide array of timelines, two names stand out as the most iconic. Both the Black Ops series and the Modern Warfare series have seen the most iterations over the years. 

Treyarch has already released four titles in the Black Ops series with Cold War just weeks away. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward has four entries in the Modern Warfare series, the original trilogy along with 2019’s reboot. Now, it seems as though a fifth could also be on the way with Infinity Ward at the helm.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will reportedly be taking a back seat. Instead of the typical three-year development cycle, Infinity Ward has just two-years to work with. We’re still 12 months off from 2021’s mystery release, but we may already have our first details on next year’s title. 

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Could Price’s story continue in 2021’s Call of Duty?

“It’s looking like CoD for 2021 is another Modern Warfare title of some kind,” prominent leaker Tom Henderson revealed. Not a whole lot is known beyond that key detail, though the setting for the next release appears to be locked in. 

“Understandably not a lot of information as of yet, but it’s a modern-day setting,” he confirmed. Given Modern Warfare’s hard reboot with 2019’s release, could a new sequel be the next step? This would essentially bypass the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 if Activision opts for another identical title.

To avoid even more confusion, there’s a good chance the name is a little different, similar to how Black Ops added Cold War to the title for 2020’s drop, despite it being a direct follow up to Black Ops 1. So expect to see Modern Warfare: ‘something something’ as the likely 2021 title.

This could see a direct continuation from where 2019’s game left off. John Price is looking to assemble a team of classic characters to put a stop to Russian terrorist Victor Zakhaev. If Warzone’s ongoing storyline doesn’t beat the single-player campaign to the punch, this could be our objective in 2021’s release.

While this aspect is purely speculation, the leaker also considered the original Modern Warfare 2 being bundled in. No different from how Infinity Warfare launched with Modern Warfare remastered in 2016.

We’re still months away from any official information on the 2021 title, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Black Ops Cold War is the focus for Activision. Anything regarding next year’s game will be kept under wraps for quite some time yet.