The Call of Duty World League Dallas Open pool play picture is a bit clearer, as the top teams from all three CWL regions competed for some all-important Pro Points in the November 19 2K tournament series. You can track the current Pro Points standings right here for North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand.
A record 867 teams entered this past Sunday’s North American 2K tournament, with another 778 teams competing in the EU and APAC 2K tournaments combined. Those who survived long enough to see the round of 32 in the largest 2K tournaments yet were rewarded handsomely with Pro Points, with the winning team earning 2,000 Pro Points per player along with a cash prize.
While the past two weeks have helped a few teams seal pool play seeds at the CWL Dallas Open, there are still several spots up for grabs in the North American and European regions.
The next 2K tournament on November 26 will be the deciding factor for pool play at the CWL Dallas Open, as it is the final opportunity for major Pro Points ahead of the pool play roster lock. All other teams planning on attending after that point will still have a better Open Bracket seed to play for though, and can get another chance at earning serious Pro Points at the 2K tournament on December 3. You can sign up for the November 26 tournaments right now for the North American, European, and Asia/Pacific regions.
Here is what went down across the three regions:
OpTic Wins 2K Finals Rematch Against Luminosity
OpTic Gaming came into the weekend ready to defend their 2K title, but nearly had an early exit in the quarterfinal round.
After defeating six teams, OpTic’s run almost came to a halt against Rise Nation, but the Green Wall pulled through in a five-game series, and followed up their close win by sweeping Team EnVyUs in the semifinals.
Waiting for OpTic in the finals was Luminosity Gaming, the team that OpTic beat last week to win the Season Three’s first 2K tournament. LG also had a long road to the finals, having to beat eUnited, Team Kaliber, and “PS4 Pros,” a team led by Chris “Parasite” Duarte who has yet to announce their organization.
The series began on Ardennes Forest Hardpoint, where OpTic Gaming made a comeback from 90 points down to steal away the first game from Luminosity. Several first bloods and a clutch defensive distraction later, OpTic won the London Docks Search and Destroy 6-2, and went into the final Capture the Flag game on Sainte Marie du Mont up 2-0 in the series.
OpTic Gaming then completed the sweep with two caps from Matthew “FormaL” Piper, and once again sit on top of the North American region with their 2K tournament title.
Both OpTic Gaming and Luminosity Gaming have proven themselves as the early teams to beat on MLG GameBattles, and are the first two teams in North America to crack 10,000 total Pro Points. This milestone puts both OpTic and Luminosity in an almost guaranteed position to seal a pool play spot at the CWL Dallas Open, and sets both teams up for the top North American seeds.
Red Reserve Claim EU 2K Victory, Mindfreak Bound for Dallas Pool Play
The European 2K tournament ended with Splyce and Red Reserve locking horns in the finals, with both squads running through an eight-team gauntlet in order to fight for this week’s title.
Last week’s champions had their share of worthy opponents, eventually taking on Epsilon Esports in the semifinal match. That match did not last long though, as Splyce swept their adversaries 3-0 in the series, with Epsilon unable to recover after losing 6-0 in the lone Search and Destroy.
Meanwhile, Red Reserve punched their 2K finals ticket thanks to strong performances by Rhys “Rated” Price, who dropped a ridiculous 52 kills against the Red Reserve’s quarterfinal opponents on a London Docks Hardpoint. Rated and his squad then moved on to the semifinals, where they swept a team led by the twins Matthew “Skrapz” and Bradley “wuskin” Marshall.
The main event kicked off with a Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest, where Red drew first blood with a 250-202 win, and landed another blow with a 6-1 victory on London Docks Search and Destroy.
After surviving fifteen scoreless minutes on Sainte Marie du Mont CTF, Red Reserve then put Splyce to rest in game three with a flag capture some 90 seconds into the second overtime period, as Rated nearly went the full length of the map for the lone point.
By making back-to-back 2K finals, both Red and Splyce are neck-and-neck for the first European seed at the CWL Dallas Open. Nipping at their heels are the Marshall twins’ team, as well as Epsilon Esports.
In the Asia-Pacific Region, Mindfreak once again ran through the region’s best teams, earning their second straight tournament victory.
Their journey had a few speed bumps, as they dropped a Search and Destroy in the fourth round and had another stumble in the fifth. Despite those hiccups, Mindfreak pulled themselves together by the time they faced Athletico Esports, and swept Athletico to set up a final against SYF Gaming.
Mindfreak once again had an issue in Search and Destroy, losing to SYF in seven rounds, but Mindfreak’s respawn skill was just too much for SYF Gaming, as they defended their title with a 3-1 series win.
With two 2K tournament wins to start the season, Mindfreak has essentially locked up the lone Pool Play seed for APAC teams at CWL Dallas, pending any roster change or failure to play in next weekend’s tournament. If this Mindfreak team will arrive at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in December, then it will be a strong force in respawn game modes with something to prove in Search and Destroy.
The CWL Dallas Open will take place from December 8-10, and will be streamed live over on MLG.tv/callofduty.