The four teams advancing from the winners open bracket and advancing in to pool play have been decided after four intense best of five series between top opposition.
With a number of top teams from North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific (APAC) missing out on the pre-qualification for pool play, the open bracket at CWL New Orleans was one of the most stacked, as well as the largest, open bracket in Call of Duty Esports history.
(GoonJar, Royalty, Xotic, Proto)
The first qualifying team from the top quarter of the winners open bracket was Canadian squad Lightning Pandas.
Defeating DooM Clan in the qualification round --- , the match was back and forth, going to a game five Search and Destroy on London Docks. Despite the SnD profiecent players on DooM Clan with Embry "Bevils" Bevil, Jacob "Cato" Decemate and Maurice "Fero" Henriquez, Lightning Pandas took the map, thanks to score streaks earning them the final rounds.
Lightning Pandas will enter Pool A alongside Team Kaliber, FaZe Clan, UNILAD and Mindfreak.
(Spoof, Nova, Mayhem, Believe)
GGEA Orange, formerly Allegiance, pulled off a miraculous reverse sweep against Spanish team Giants, to earn their spot in Pool Play.
The team of Dakota "Nova" Williams, Austin "Believe" Smith, Mehran "Mayhem" Anjomshoa and Tristan "Spoof" Green will be placed into Pool C alongside Luminosity, Rise Nation, Red Reserve and Enigma6.
(NAMELESS, ACHES, Apathy, Enable)
One of the tope rated North American teams in pool play took care of business, and as expected secured their spot in pool play, which they had lost out on due to their poor top 20 placing at CWL Dallas.
Facing the two best Australian teams in the open bracket, first Tainted Minds and then TabooESC in the qualification match. Despite being smoked 6-1 in the SnD vs Taboo, they were comfortable in both hardpoints, and secured an overtime CTF win to take the match 3-1.
EG will join OpTic Gaming, Team Envy, Epsilon and Team Vitality in Pool B.
(Johnny, Stamino, FA5TBALLA, SupremeAgility)
The roster of John "Johnny" Cookson, Steven "Stamino" Damiano, Ethan "FA5TBALLA" Wedgeworth and "SupremeAgility" took out the surpise dark horses of the open bracket in Lethal Gaming to qualify for Pool Play. They also had notable victories over Infused and FURY Gaming earlier in the bracket.
They will enter Pool D, in what was slated as the the group of death, alongside eUnited, Splyce, Complexity and Echo Fox. With eUnited leading the group with a 3-0 record, GGEA Blue will have to go near flawless to make it to the championship winners bracket.