The winner bracket element of the Open Bracket at MLG’s CWL Dallas has ended early on Saturday March 18th.
The best of three gauntlet is a notoriously difficult challenge and with only four teams from over a hundred making it through to the pool play portion of the event, no mistakes could be made.
In a change to previous Call of Duty events, the winner bracket round five featured a best of five format.
Evil Geniuses were one of the hot favourites to make it through, but it was the well known SnD all-stars of eRa who caused a major upset, winning 3-1 to send to the loser bracket. eRa will now advance through to Pool D to play Rise, E6, PNDA and Splyce.
The British squad of iGame had their Global Pro League hopes dashed when they lost to Team Kaliber in a 3-1 match. A notable beginning saw a 250-249 Hardpoint in favour of tK in what turned out to be a crucial moment in advancing to pool play. They’ll now join into group B to face eUnited, Millenium, Cloud9 and Mindfreak.
French squad of Supremacy also had their plans Pro League dented when they lost The Gosu Crew 3-1. The American team dispatched them 3-1 after losing the first map. They now join Pool A against OpTic Gaming, Tainted Minds, EnVyUs and Red Reserve.
Finally the last game to finish was marred with controversy as Epsilon went 4-1 up on the last map, when the game ended due a controller disconnecting on the StDx team. Despite one of Epsilon having Camo and others being close to streaks, it was reset to just the score.
Epsilon took the first round of the reset to make it 5-1, before StDx won five rounds back to back to take the game 6-5, putting Epsilon in perilously close proximity to iGame who trail by only 3,000 CoD Pro Points. StDx now join Pool C alongside FaZe Clan, Fnatic, Elevate and Luminosity.
The advancing teams through to pool play will now play back to back matches against the pro teams lying in wait.
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