The CWL Atlanta Open, Presented by PlayStation 4, finished Pool Play competition with the top CWL Pro League Stage 1 teams leading the pack.
After two days of intense matches and some surprising upsets, eight Pool Play teams qualified for the CWL Atlanta Open’s Championship Winners Bracket, while the remaining 12 teams had to fight it out in the Championship Losers Bracket.
On the Rise
Rise Nation, the CWL Pro League’s first place Division A team, won four straight matches to begin their CWL Atlanta Open campaign.
Of those four matches, Rise’s toughest test came against Splyce. After taking a Search and Destroy on Ardennes Forest and a Hardpoint on London Docks, Splyce nearly closed the series behind the brilliant play of Irish star Jordan “Jurd” Crowley.
Rise would eventually spoil Splyce’s upset hopes, winning the series 3-2.
Rise would sweep the remainder of its competition, defeating Lightning Pandas, Echo Fox, and Open Bracket Challenger GGEA Orange to earn Pool A’s pole position.
Despite being swept by Rise, the Lightning Pandas made the most of their golden opportunity as Pool A’s substitute by earning second place.
The Pandas qualified for the Championship Winners Bracket by sweeping Echo Fox, beating GGEA Orange 3-1, and also getting help from Echo Fox’s reverse sweep against GGEA Orange.
Luminosity On Top
Just like their fellow Pro League leaders Rise, Luminoisty, Division B’s first place team, took out all four of their Pool B opponents.
LG earned two sweeps against Evil Geniuses and Team Kaliber, however they had to work for their win over this season’s back-to-back Global Open champions. Luminosity battled back from 2-0 deficit to reverse sweep Team Kaliber, thanks in part to Samuel “Octane” Larew’s play in the deciding round of the series.
Reverse sweep for @Luminosity!— Call of Duty esports (@CODWorldLeague) March 10, 2018
Behind two snipes from @Octane_ in round 11, LG complete the full comeback against @TeamKaliber! They’ll take a perfect 3-0 record heading into Day 2 of #CWLPS4 Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/cJucOCdK3C
Luminosity sealed its perfect pool play series record with a win against Ghost Gaming. Despite its loss to LG, Team Kaliber would still earn enough wins to advance into the Championship Winners Bracket, beating Ghost Gaming, Evil Geniuses, and Team Vitality.
OpTic and FaZe Outlast Pool C
FaZe Clan earned their Championship Winners Bracket spot by narrowly beating eRa Eternity 3-2 and sweeping both eUnited and Spain’s Team Heretics.
Out of FaZe’s three Pool C opponents, OpTic lost to eRa 3-1, but earned wins against eUnited and Heretics. The Green Wall’s Saturday series against Heretics saw OpTic’s Ian “Crimsix” Porter send the crowd into a frenzy after a solid performance on a Search and Destroy round on Sainte Marie Du Mont.
The match that decided Pool C’s exact seeding was OpTic’s 3-1 victory over FaZe, after OG captured back-to-back flags in a rally.
OpTic earned the right to face the Lightning Pandas by taking first place in Pool C, while FaZe has locked themselves into a fight with Rise in the event’s final stage.
Team EnVyUs Pool D, Mindfreak Make Bold Run
Team EnVyUs held a perfect pool record, ending 5-0 for the day after defeating Team Kaliber 3-2 to put the back-to-back champs in the Loser Bracket.
Although relegation-bound from the CWL Pro League, Mindfreak stole the show in Pool D, qualifying for Atlanta’s Championship Winners Bracket round with wins over Red Reserve and Unilad Esports. Despite leading 2-0 against Luminosity Gaming, Mindfreak would fall in a reverse sweep to begin their Sunday in the Loser Bracket.
The CWL Atlanta Open will conclude with the event’s Championship Bracket, which will see the remaining 24 teams fight for the Atlanta Open title, a CWL Hall of Champions banner and the largest share of the $200,000 prize pool.
You can watch the event live on MLG.com/CallofDuty, where you watch source quality video, engage with fellow fans in the Scorestreak mini-game, and see real-time player statistics.