The CWL Pro League is the biggest competition of the CoD World League season behind the annual world championships, with $1.4 million total prize money across the year.
Stage One of WWII’s CWL Pro League saw FaZe Clan take down OpTic Gaming in one of the greatest grand finals in Call of Duty history, pulling off two best of five wins to take the title.
With the winners crowned for Stage One, the attention turned to the relegation tournament to decide who would make it into Stage Two.
Evil Geniuses, Team Vitality, Mindfreak and Epsilon eSports will be fighting to retain their spot after finishing in the bottom two of their respective group during Stage One. They’ll play in a double elimination tournament ahead of CWL Seattle with four challenger teams, two from North America, one from Europe and one from APAC.
The online qualifiers to decide the challenger teams took place on Sunday, April 15th and it provided some interesting results with a number of high profile teams missing out.
Due to global timezones, it was Tainted Minds from Australia who first confirmed their spot as the challenging team from APAC with a swift 3-0 victory over Taboo in the grand final.
Europe’s sole representation was the first upset of the process as the unrepresented team simply named OQ 6 took down Brash Esports in the grand final in two best of fives. The team featuring Bradley ‘endurAAA’ Hughes and Cameron ‘Cammy’ McKilligan benefitted from the favorites of Heretics, Monaco and Cyclone all dropping out early.
North America’s tournament also featured a number of high profile upsets as some of the favorites including Lightning Pandas, Ghost Gaming and Enigma6 all failed to qualify.
EZG eSports have had something of a tough season, with their highest placement of top 24 at CWL New Orleans being their only highlight. Their online form however appears to be working, as they won the NA relegation qualifier after beating GGEA Orange in the grand final.
GGEA Orange also qualify for the tournament due to two spots being permitted for the stacked region, although based on their form throughout the season, it was one of the least surprising results of the relegation process.
CWL Pro League Stage Two Relegation Teams
- Evil Geniuses (Aches, Apathy, SiLLY, Assault)
- Mindfreak (Shockz, Denz, Fighta, Buzzo)
- Team Vitality (MarkyB, Moose, Wailers, Malls)
- Epsilon eSports (Dqvee, Reedy, Hawqeh, Vortex)
- Tainted Minds (Damage, Swifty, Nimble, Swiftaz0r)
- EZG eSports (Envasion, LlamaGod, Naux, Parzelion)
- OQ 6 (Enduraaa, Bidz, Cammy, Nevo)
- GGEA Orange (Nova, Believe, Mayhem, Spoof)
The eight teams will battle it out in a double elimination bracket on Thursday, September 19th ahead of CWL Seattle until four teams are decided.
Each team who qualifies for the CWL Pro League will also automatically qualify for CoD Champs 2018, and on top of that will slide straight into the group stage of CWL Seattle’s $200k event, starting on Friday, April 20th.