The Call of Duty World League Dallas Open had one of the largest open brackets in Call of Duty esports history, with 185 teams that were eventually cut down to just four survivors by Saturday afternoon.
These 740 competitors came from all over the North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific regions, and fought for the right to face the 16 pool play teams and go for the CWL Dallas Open title. Open bracket teams also competed for all-important Pro Points, which are crucial for CWL Pro League and National League qualification.
Here is what went down in the CWL Dallas open winner’s bracket:
Returning North American Talent Join Dallas Pool Play
Out of the 16 open bracket participants who qualified for pool play, 15 of them competed in the Call of Duty World League Championship 2017, with returning veteran Doug “Censor” Martin being the lone outlier.
Censor, who returned to the esport after a full year, brought Next Threat back into the CWL, and recruited top talent in Anthony "Methodz" Zinni, Richard “Ricky” Stacy, and Jared “Nagafen” Harrell to round out his roster. The 2011 MLG National Champion and his crew faced stiff competition en route to Pool C, taking down PURE, Lightning Pandas and Team SiNister.
Team Allegiance were the second team to qualify for pool play, and were placed in Pool B due to their overall seed. Allegiance returned their entire 2017 CWL Championship roster for this event, and did not drop a single game in the open bracket to earn their place in CWL Dallas pool play and the championship bracket.
Echo Fox also qualified for pool play in with a full roster of 2017 CWL Championship competitors, with Pierce “Gunless” Hillman, Brice “Faccento” Faccento, Renato “Saints” Forza and Adam “Assault” Garcia also being former participants in both stages of last year’s Pro League. Echo Fox’s gauntlet into Pool A consisted of top APAC team Tainted Minds, a Beyond Reality team who upset Team Infused, and a Millenium team who Echo Fox swept in the final winner’s bracket round.
Finally, FaZe Clan found themselves back in pool play, as Tommy “ZooMaa” Paparatto, Dillon “Attach” Price, and James “Replays” Crowder earned a reunion with former teammates James “Clayster” Eubanks and Ian “Enable” Wyatt in Pool D. With Preston “Priestah” Greiner bringing in a fresh set of skills to the organization, FaZe Clan took down Amity Esports in the fourth open bracket round before taking out European challengers exceL and Renegades to get to pool play.
European and APAC Pro Point Pictures Put in Focus
Not a single APAC or European team placed out of the open bracket and into pool play, and that has a significant impact on the regional Pro Point Rankings. This is especially the case for the APAC region, where Mindfreak is currently projected to take the only Stage 1 Pro League spot given to the region.
There is still plenty of time for teams in these two regions to earn Pro Points before the Pro League cutoff date. However, European and APAC Pro League hopefuls will have to make the most of wherever they end up in Dallas, place well in the next CWL 2K’s, and make deeper runs at the CWL New Orleans open bracket later in January.
The CWL Dallas Open’s final day of matches will begin at 8am Pacific / 10am Central. Tune in and watch the event live on mlg.tv/callofduty, where you can also participate in the Scorestreak prediction game and see player statistics updated in real time.