With more twists and turns than a psychological thriller, Saturday had everything and nobody was safe in their pursuit of the Anaheim title.
Here are the top five stories of the day.
It’s been a shambles of a weekend for EnVyUs in Anaheim, not even reaching Championship Sunday and committing their worst ever Call of Duty placing to the history books.
Consistently mediocre results have all but forced a team change to the team that are the reigning world champions, and Anaheim is likely the last time we’ll see this foursome together for at least a good while.
Hopefully this is not what they’ll be remembered for. Bottom of their Pool then eliminated in the first round of the Loser Bracket. Top 24 represents the lowest EnVyUs could possibly place in Anaheim.–
After storming their Pool, fans already believed OpTic Gaming were champions-elect. Luminosity had other ideas, though, and banished OpTic to the Loser Bracket in a five-game series.
That’s now two consecutive events where LG have got the better of OG, having eliminated them from the Stage One playoffs also only weeks ago.
All this despite mounting rumors that Luminosity will soon be involved in a roster shake up that’s likely to span the whole NA scene.
OpTic Gaming will now face a fierce battle through the Loser Bracket. Luminosity, meanwhile, will play Evil Geniuses in the Winner Bracket when place commences.
Fans of European Call of Duty can look forward to a rematch of the CWL Birmingham final when the two powerhouses from across the Atlantic face off when play recommences for Championship Sunday.
Splyce made short work of the high-flying BitterSweet in the first round of the Winner Bracket, while Epsilon conquered eUnited to find their way into the Winner Bracket Semi Finals.
The match up guarantees at least one European team will feature in the top three in Anaheim, as Splyce look to go back-to-back following their Stage One heroics.
Like EnVyUs, FaZe have had a terrible time of it in Anaheim. The writing seems to be on the wall for one of Call of Duty’s longest running rosters, with a clear breakdown of relationships between the players.
Also like EnVy, FaZe are going out on a low as they record their lowest ever finish as a foursome in their time representing their organization.
In Pool Play FaZe were a disappointment, losing to both EG and BitterSweet. Their punishment was a place in LB3 where they immediately met their demise at the hands of Cloud9 – a team who faired even more poorly in their Pool.
If we see this FaZe roster again at a future tournament, it’ll be extremely surprising. The end seems to be here.
They’ve flown under the radar slightly, but Team Kaliber are one of the stand out stories from Day Two of CWL Anaheim. Battling through the Open Loser Bracket, Team Kaliber have since downed three back to back opponents in the Championship Loser Bracket – albeit fellow Open Bracket alumni.
In doing so, tK have earned their highest placing of the Infinite Warfare season to date, along with a pop at Enigma6 – fresh off defeat against Evil Geniuses.
After what is possibly the worst year in Team Kaliber history, perhaps things are coming good at the right time for one of Call of Duty most popular organizations.