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Archive • Mar 13, 2018

Maven Hits Out at European Call of Duty Teams and Claims They're Years Behind North America

It's often the other way round for the likes of CS:GO, but in the Call of Duty world, it's North America that generally reigns supreme. Since the CoD World League formed at the end of 2015, a European team has only won one event with American teams in attendance, when Splyce took down Luminosity at Stage One of the CWL Pro League during Infinite Warfare.

The question of why North American teams have traditionally dominated the standings at Call of Duty tournaments is unproven, but many point to a larger pool of players speaking the same language and a better standard of practice. Arguably one of Europe's strongest seasons since the CoD World League formed was during the inaugural season on Black Ops 3, when the CWL Pro Division forced European teams to compete week in and week out to a high standard. As a result, at CoD Champs 2016 Splyce and Epsilon both placed in the top three, with only Team Envy pipping them to the post.

Despite two Europeans teams making the grand final of the last three major open events on Call of Duty WWII, commentator Clint 'Maven' Evans believes that NA is still years ahead. Arguing on the MLG show 'Trading Shots', Maven laid out a case that they're simply not good enough currently in comparison.
"Outside of Red, incredibly, incredibly disappointing in the rest of Europe, and North America continues to prove the top teams are truly truly elite."

His colleague Ben 'Benson' Bowe, however, didn't agree with his point, pointing out that mainland European teams such as Heretics and Monaco broke out of the Open Bracket and that Red pulled off an incredible run to beat almost every top NA team. x

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