Twenty-four teams across all three Call of Duty World League regions made it to Championship Sunday at the first event of the third season of the CWL. At the end of it all, Team Kaliber was left standing as CWL Dallas Open Champions.
Here is what happened during this action-packed day of competitive Call of Duty action:
OpTic, tK Fight their way into Winners Finals
Team Kaliber and eUnited met in the first winners bracket semifinals of the day, as they took down Echo Fox and Luminosity respectively.
After eUnited won a Sainte Marie du Mont Hardpoint, Team Kaliber answered with a 6-4 win on Ardennes Forest Search and Destroy, where Kenny “Kenny” Williams earned SCUF Gaming Play of the Game honors through a 1v2 clutch.
Today's Play of the Game Presented by @SCUFGaming is brought to you by @TeamKaliber's @KuavoKenny and this absolutely clutch 1 vs. 2 against @eUnitedGG!— MLG (@MLG) December 10, 2017
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James “Clayster” Eubanks then led his eUnited squad to a 3-2 Ardennes Forest CTF win, as he ran in the game-winning flag in dramatic fashion.
This man @Clayster just ran through artillery to make this flag cap happen!— MLG (@MLG) December 10, 2017
This @TeamKaliber vs. @eUnitedGG match CANNOT be missed.
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Team Kaliber came back to win the following Hardpoint, and in game five, round 11, Dylan “Theory” McGee hit a ridiculous collateral kill to help his team secure the series.
After the game, Theory broke down the shot heard around the U.S.S. Texas map:
“I was playing the low street, so I peeked up and saw one of the guys on the box. He threw the smoke grenade, so I knew he was coming at me. At that time, I knew that I had to play at an angle because he dived across the boat, so as soon as I saw that, I held the angle and hoped the smoke was not going to get there in time. And right as that smoke creeped onto my screen, two of them popped up and I pulled the trigger.”
On the other side of the bracket, OpTic Gaming defeated Red Reserve in their quarterfinals match, while Splyce swept Ground Zero out of the winners bracket in their series. These two regional giants fought in the second winners bracket semifinal, and it seemed that there was going to be another European CWL revolution with Thomas “Tommey” Trewren and company sending OpTic into the 100-point club.
That loss woke Seth “Scump” Abner, who clutched up on Ardennes Forest Search and Destroy and helped his team to a 6-3 win.
The two teams then traded maps, which meant the series had to be settled on Sainte Marie du Mont in a game five. There, OpTic Gaming earned their knockout in the 10th round thanks to Ian “Crimsix” Porter and his ace flying with the Fighter Pilot scorestreak.
Team Kaliber Break the Green Wall Down in Winners Finals
Despite that performance from Optic, the 2017 Call of Duty World League Champions were swept into the losers finals by Team Kaliber.
Their first win came in Ardennes Forest Hardpoint, where Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi led the team with an event record of 47 kills to help his team win by 16 points. Team Kaliber then found themselves down 1-4 in round count during the Search and Destroy, but they still rallied back to take the map in round 11.
"Let's go tK" chants just overpowered "Let's go OpTic" chants here at #CWLDallas 😮😮😮.@TeamKaliber are one win away from sending @OpTicGaming to the loser's bracket.— MLG (@MLG) December 11, 2017
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From there, Team Kaliber won Flak Tower CTF 4-1, and sent OpTic Gaming into the losers bracket. As Lamar "Accuracy" Abedi explained, because he and his team put in the practice hours to learn this game and themselves, Team Kaliber was bound for success at this event.
“That us to know the game better than other teams at this point,” Accuracy said. “I feel like we are ahead of the meta right now, and we are very disciplined as well.”
FaZe Clan, Mindfreak, and Splyce Performances Highlight the Losers Bracket
The CWL Dallas championship losers bracket had its share of memorable moments, including Next Threat member Jared “Nagafen” Harrell’s 1v3 clutch against Team EnVyUs.
However, the storylines from Mindfreak, FaZe, and Splyce stood out among many in the bracket. Despite not finishing on the money line, Mindfreak defeated several international opponents in SiNister, Evil Geniuses, and Epsilon eSports.
Mindfreak’s series against Evil Geniuses was one of their more notable victories, as they strung together three straight map wins after being down 2-0 in the series to climb their way into losers round three. After Mindfreak took out Epsilon 3-1, the clock struck midnight in their following series against Echo Fox, and the top APAC team had to settle for a top-12 placement.
That placement gave Mindfreak a monumental boost towards the APAC’s sole Pro League spot, as each player earned 5,500 Pro Points, double that of what the second best APAC team SYF Gaming earned at the event.
FaZe Clan meanwhile made CWL history in Dallas, as they placed better than any open bracket team at any CWL event. From the open bracket and into pool play, FaZe started in the third losers round, and advanced past Unilad, Red Reserve, Team EnVyUs, and eUnited.
Unfortunately for FaZe, they failed to make it into the top-3 after being stonewalled by Splyce in the Losers semifinals, but earned a whopping 9,000 Pro Points per player and a $16,000 share of the $200,000 prize pool. While the cash is a nice bonus, those Pro Points will catapult FaZe up the NA Pro Points standings, and potentially give them an automatic pool play bid at the CWL New Orleans Open.
While upset with the loss, Dillon “Attach” Price had a lot of praise for his teammates for making CWL history.
“I’m very proud of my team,” Attach said. “I’m proud of how we all played individually and collectively. I’m also excited to grow from here on out, because we showed potential compared to how we did online.”
The losers bracket sole survivor was Splyce, who crushed the hopes and dreams of both open bracket threats Echo Fox and FaZe Clan. While Splyce already were guaranteed pole position in the European Pro Points standings, with no other European team finishing above top-12, they still gave themselves the opportunity to extend their lead with a rematch against OpTic in the losers finals.
.@Splyce end @FaZeClan’s open bracket run after winning 6-4 in Game 5.— MLG (@MLG) December 11, 2017
Splyce now has a shot at redemption vs. @OpTicGaming in the losers’ bracket FINAL.
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Splyce Sweep OpTic Gaming in the Losers Finals
After battling back from the losers bracket, Splyce served up revenge to OpTic Gaming cold with a three game sweep.
Outscoring OpTic 95-18 on the Bunker hill, Splyce won the Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest 250-189, and Tommey followed up his team’s win by putting on a dominant show in Search and Destroy.
Following that 6-3 win, OpTic and Splyce skated to a 4-4 tie on London Docks CTF, forcing the game into overtime. OpTic Gaming set the time to beat at one minute and 54 seconds. While it seemed that OpTic were going to force a fourth map, Splyce were ready to smash that time, along with the Green Wall.
This loss has marked the third straight year where OpTic has not won the first event of a CWL season. However, history is on their side when you consider their dominance after placing top-6 at the CWL Las Vegas Open last season.
Team Kaliber Denies a Splyce Reverse Sweep to Win CWL Dallas Open
In his first grand finals game ever, Kenny looked like a complete natural on the main stage, as he hit enough multikills to rake in 36 total in Team Kaliber’s 250-230 victory.
While Kenny drew some team chants on the first Hardpoint, Accuracy nearly sent the tK fans into a complete frenzy after he successfully completed a round three 1v4 ace.
What was arguably one of the best plays of the tournament became an omen for tK’s eventual 6-2 win in that game, but Splyce were ready to bite back. After pushing in a late second half flag cap to take Ardennes Forest CTF 1-0, Splyce were eyeing a reverse sweep after winning a Hardpoint 250-225 on the same map, and were one map away from forcing a bracket reset.
Just one Sainte Marie du Mont Search and Destroy separated Team Kaliber from the CWL Dallas title, and with Theory earning his Scorestreaks early through objective play, tK had enough firepower to win game five 6-3 and take the CWL Dallas grand final.
Because of his consistent play throughout the event, Accuracy was awarded the CWL Astro Gaming MVP Award after he and his team hoisted the CWL Dallas Open trophy. While Accuracy’s overall K/D of 1.10 was only good enough to be in the top-30 of all players at the event, he was statistically the event’s best Hardpoint objective player, clocking in at least 87 seconds of hill time per Hardpoint map at the CWL Dallas Open.
Team Kaliber walks out of Dallas $80,000 dollars and 100,000 Pro Points richer after completing a perfect 8-0 series run to the CWL Dallas Open title. That Pro Points payday has skyrocketed them to the top of the North American Pro Points standings, with former number one team OpTic Gaming now sitting comfortably in second place. Meanwhile, Splyce will be tough to pass in the European Pro Point standings, as they received a 60,000 Pro Point boost along with a cool $48,000 by placing second in Dallas.
Congratulations to Team Kaliber for winning the CWL Dallas Open, as well as all of the teams who helped make this event the largest ever Global Open event in Call of Duty World League history. We hope to see you at the CWL New Orleans Open on January 12-14, which will be the next stop before the first CWL Pro League Stage begins!