The Call of Duty World League Presented by Playstation 4 Dallas Open wrapped up on Sunday, signaling the end for CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 Qualification. A sold-out crowd were witness to several upsets, game fives, and ultimately, a much-needed rematch of the CWL Atlanta Open Grand Final.
Here’s who came out on top after an amazing weekend of games:
Championship Winner’s Bracket
FaZe Clan vs. eUnited: 3-2
Two North American Call of Duty giants started Championship Sunday off with a bang, trading games and impressive kills through four games. FaZe were down 2-1 in map count going into Scorch Hardpoint, Dillon "Attach" Price then dropped 25 kills and earning over 90 second, forcing the series into a fifth game.
In game five, FaZe Clan would complete their comeback on a 6-1 Search and Destroy win, with Attach once again shutting down eUnited in the 7th round by taking down a surging Preston "Prestinni" Sanderson.
OpTic Gaming vs. Splyce: 3-2
Ready for his next episode of Champion Sunday dominance, Seth "Scump" Abner started this series with 51 kills in a single game of Throwback Hardpoint.
Despite Scump’s strong play, Splyce were close to dethroning the CWL Paris Open Champions, as Jordan "Jurd" Crowley had a fantastic 12 kill Search and Destroy game, and Trei "Zer0" Morris balanced strong slaying and great objective play with 29 kills and over 70 seconds of hill time. Their play would force this series into a game five, and it seemed that Splyce would get revenge on behalf of Europe for OpTic’s Paris win.
However, Scump hand delivered Splyce to the loser’s bracket, with a double-digit kill Throwback Search and Destroy that included an eighth round ace.
Championship Loser’s Bracket
Rounds 4 and 5
The last CWL Global Pro League spot was up for grabs between Evil Geniuses and The Gosu Crew after Pnda Gaming failed to make it past Saturday. In this matchup, Gosu Crew could not come back after EG rallied late in game three, and Anthony "NAMELESS" Wheeler shut the door on TGC in game four by capping off his 25 plus kill game with a game-ending double kill.
Red Reserve, hot off a 3-0 sweep of Enigma6, then welcomed Evil Geniuses to the Pro League by immediately taking them down 3-1 in the next round.
Team EnVyUs and Luminosity Gaming swept their fourth round opponents Cloud9 and Mindfreak respectively, and in their Round 5 match, nV were given a huge scare as LG threatened a reverse sweep. After losing a Scorch Hardpoint game 250-110, some doubted if nV could survive their last Search and Destroy game…
But Jordan "JKap" Kaplan led his Boys in Blue in that game five, getting 13 kills total including the clutch game-ender in the 10th round.
Rounds 6 and 7
Splyce and eUnited both rebounded well after losing their games, with Splyce avenging a GameBattles 2k loss against Red by defeating their EU adversaries 3-1, and eUnited sweeping nV out of the competition.
eUnited then jumped out to take the first two games in the series against Splyce, and while the European powerhouse almost came back to force a game four in Frost Uplink, but Justin "SiLLY" Fargo-Palmer had other plans.
In the waning moments, a last ditch dunk effort by Zer0 was denied at the goal line by SiLLY, who added another impressive play to his potential MVP resume. With one clutch play, eUnited’s captain secured his team a top-three placement.
OpTic Gaming vs. FaZe Clan: 3-0
OpTic Gaming vs. Luminosity
In a rivalry seven years in the making, OpTic Gaming shut down FaZe Clan in the Winner’s Finals, with Matthew "FormaL" Piper having a notable Search and Destroy match on Throwback.
A double-digit kill match was already a great feat for the OG veteran, however it was his final kill that sent the Dallas crowd into a frenzy, as a cleverly timed FTL Jump helped him secure a 1v1 win in the decisive 9th round.
This momentum boosting kill allowed OpTic to take home game three, and sweep their bitter rivals down to the loser’s bracket.
eUnited vs. FaZe Clan: 3-1
eUnited were out for revenge against the team that sent them into the loser’s bracket, and got that in spades with strong, yet close wins.
An 11th round Search and Destroy win helped eUnited get a 2-0 map lead, however FaZe Clan would rally back in Throwback Uplink to force overtime and, eventually, a fourth game.
This was eUnited’s series to lose, and heading back to their strong Hardpoint game mode was enough to give them a Grand Finals bid. Prestinni served up his vengeance in this game, netting over 25 kills and over a full minute of hill time.
For the second time in three CWL events, eUnited were in the Grand Finals.
At the CWL Atlanta Open, OpTic Gaming fought through the loser’s bracket to face eUnited, won their first series, but could not complete their championship destiny with a hard game five loss in the second series.
The “what-if” scenario of eUnited being the team to win back-to-back matches came true in this game final, where over 100,000 viewers online and a Texas-sized crowd were witnesses to the greatest series in Infinite Warfare esports today, and possibly in all Call of Duty esports history.
OpTic started the Grand Final by introducing eUnited to the 100-point club, with all players earning 20 kills and up as well as over a minute of hill time each. OG would then make their signature Search and Destroy comeback, winning the second game despite being down 5-1.
After letting their lead slip once, eUnited answered their wake-up call, taking a close Uplink game and slamming the door on an OpTic Hardpoint comeback to force a game five.
At this point, Damon "Karma" Barlow was ready to end this tournament, and his third round ace, followed up with a similarly impressive fourth round clutch, almost signaled the beginning of the end for eUnited. But like a true anime hero, CWL Atlanta Open MVP Pierce "Gunless" Hillman came to the rescue, dropping 18 kills and forcing a bracket reset on a pivotal Retaliation Search and Destroy that went to the 11th round.
In the final series, OpTic Gaming once again got out to a 2-0 lead, but eUnited were ready to make another reverse sweep starting in Throwback Uplink.
That would not be too easy though, as Karma came around to produce one of the greatest Uplink runs in Call of Duty history when his team was down 6-3. After dunking the drone with just over 12 seconds remaining, Karma waited for Ian "Crimsix" Porter to launch a near perfect pass over a building. With his Active Camo activated, Karma caught the drone off of a garbage can with four seconds remaining, and hurled a last-second shot over a hot dog stand to tie the game at six even.
OpTic would still lose that game in a “beat the clock” overtime, and dropped game four due to flubbed clock management. Once again, this series came down to another game five, and Karma, with another impressive showing of 12 kills and only one death in Scorch Search and Destroy, had enough support from his teammates to avoid a potentially devastating double reverse sweep.
After a three-hour series, OpTic Gaming took that tenth and final game 6-0, and win their first North American CWL event in Infinite Warfare.
While there were many strong MVP candidates, ranging from the Grand Final competitors to players from the other strong Championship Bracket teams, the Kontrol Freek MVP trophy had to be given to Seth "Scump" Abner for his play across all three days of play. Averaging 28 kills per round in the Grand Final, and having notable plays from group stage to Championship Sunday, the two time X-Games MVP and 2015 World Champion earned his right to be the MVP at the CWL Dallas Open.