By: James Mattone 

The 2018 Call of Duty World League Seattle Open, Presented by PlayStation 4, will see all of the Stage 2 Pro League teams compete at the CWL Seattle Open for the largest share of a $200,000 prize pool, the CWL Seattle trophy and a G Fuel Hall of Champions banner.

Twelve teams earned their place in Stage 2 and were invited to compete in the CWL Seattle Open’s Pool Play stage after placing well enough in Stage 1. The final four Stage 2 teams, who will join their competitors in Pool Play, will be determined in the Stage 2 Relegation tournament happening on April 19.

Here’s a look at the teams who earned their way into Pools A and B through their Stage 1 placement:

Pool A:

FaZe Clan

The Team: Dillon “Attach” Price, Tommy “ZooMaa” Paparatto, James “Replays” Crowder, Preston “Priestahh” Greiner

Stage 1 Final Placement: 1st Place

Preview:

FaZe Clan broke a two-and-a-half-year championship drought at the Stage 1 Playoffs and are hungry for more hardware.

A team known for its overall firepower, one of FaZe’s strengths is in their Capture the Flag play. In all CWL competitions, they hold a 28-10 CTF record and are known for having one of the best defenses in the league.

Despite having average placements at the past three CWL Global Open events, FaZe will enter the CenturyLink Field Event Center as one of the favorites to take home the CWL Seattle Open title.

Rise Nation

The Team: Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, Daniel “Loony” Loza, Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly, Peirce “Gunless” Hillman

Stage 1 Final Placement: 7th-8th Place

Preview:

After losing back-to-back games in the Stage 1 Playoffs, Rise wasted no time in swapping out rifleman Anthony "Methodz" Zinni for SlasheR.

On EnVy, SlasheR rivaled Methodz’s efficiency across all CWL events so far and especially excels in Search and Destroy.

Although dropping the CWL Atlanta Open MVP was a bold move, Rise’s pickup could make them the CWL’s most dangerous S&D team and a strong contender to win the CWL Seattle Open.

Echo Fox

The Team: Renato “Saints” Forza, Brice “Faccento” Faccento, Ulysses "Aqua" Silva, Donovan "Temp" Laroda

Stage 1 Final Placement: 9th-10th Place

Preview:

Echo Fox has not won anything major so far in the 2018 CWL Season, but do consistently place within the top-12 teams.

Aqua and Assault have shone in this team’s performances because of their S&D abilities along with their overall consistency. If they both have strong weekends, this Echo Fox roster could finally crack the top-six ceiling for the first time since the CWL New Orleans Open.

Pool B:

OpTic Gaming

The Team: Seth “Scump” Abner, Matthew “FormaL” Piper, Ian “Crimsix” Porter, Damon “Karma” Barlow

Stage 1 Final Placement: 2nd Place

Preview:

OpTic Gaming could not prevent FaZe from winning the Stage 1 title even with their Winners Bracket advantage.

The last time OpTic were stunned in a Grand Final was at the 2017 CWL Atlanta Open. From then on, they towered over the CWL, winning two Global Opens, a Pro League stage and the CWL Championship.

The Green Wall will hope to repeat history for the rest of 2018 and can start doing so by placing well out of Pool B.

Team EnVyUs

The Team: Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo, Cuyler “Huke” Garland, Martin “Chino” Chino, Jacob “Decemate” Cato

Stage 1 Final Placement: 7th-8th Place

Preview:

The Boys in Blue are not rebuilding after one of their cornerstone players left; they are reloading.

Huke has shown glimpses of the work he can do in the CWL after a long hiatus and now must step up to realize his potential.

EnVy will face their usual litmus test against eClasico rival OpTic during Pool Play. Knowing what OpTic brings to a competitive series, EnVy may find out what works for the rest of 2018 after stepping onto the stage with their old adversaries.

Unilad Esports

The Team: Matthew "Skrapz" Marshall, Bradley "wuskin" Marshall, Sean "Seany" O'Connor, Alex "Alexx" Carpenter

Stage 1 Final Placement: 9th-10th Place

Preview:

Top-16. That’s a phrase Unilad are all too familiar with at 2018 Global Open events, as they have placed within that group in Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Birmingham.

The Marshall twins are considered breakout stars in a more experienced European region and may become even greater with a fresh face joining their ranks. If this new look Unilad can improve in respawn game modes, something that they struggled with during Stage 1, then break the top 16 for the first time all season.

The CWL Seattle Open will happen from April 20 to 22 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.

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