By: James Mattone

The 2018 Call of Duty World League Seattle Open, Presented by PlayStation 4, comes right after rostermania, a week-long period of roster changes that shook up the rosters of some of the CWL’s best teams.

This event will be the first opportunity for newly formed teams to find their strengths and for the rest of the pack to take notes on their new competition. No matter what kind of changes a team did or did not make after the Pro League’s first stage ended, everyone will be fighting for the $200,000 prize pool and the CWL Seattle Open trophy at the CenturyLink Event Center.

Here’s a look at the teams who earned their way into Pools C and D, as well as Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League, after performing well enough during Stage 1:

Pool C:

Luminosity Gaming

The Team: Samuel “Octane” Larew, Josiah “Slacked” Berry, Jordan “JKap” Kaplan, Johnathan “John” Perez

Stage 1 Final Placement: 3rd Place

Preview:

Luminosity should be riding into Seattle with their successful CWL Birmingham Open run on their minds. Instead, they come determined to make up for a third place finish in the Stage 1 Playoffs,

Without a doubt, this team has the talent to make another CWL Global Open title run and will come to Seattle ready to prove that the Stage 1 Playoffs were only a small bump in their road to the 2018 CWL Championship.

eUnited

The Team: Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, James “Clayster” Eubanks, Tyler “Felony” Johnson

Stage 1 Final Placement: 5th-6th Place

Preview:

When put into perspective, eUnited’s performance over the past month has been phenomenal. This team, who were once doomed for relegation, turned their season around in Stage 1’s final week and ended up placing top-six at the Stage 1 Playoffs.

In Seattle, eUnited will attempt to take the next step in cementing themselves among the CWL elite by placing within the top-four teams at a major CWL event, which they have not done in 2018.

compLexity

The Team: Richard “Ricky” Stacy, Jacob “Decemate” Cato, Brandon "Dashy" Otell, Doug "Censor" Martin

Stage 1 Final Placement: 11th-12th Place

Preview:

Ricky and Blazt joining compLexity duo who can pick up each other’s slack in their weaker game modes. Out of the two players, Blazt is the Search and Destroy star while Ricky can be a strong objective player in respawn modes.

In a pool with two well-established North American teams, this duo will have to adjust to their new teammates quickly or prepare for an early trip to the Losers Bracket.

Pool D:

Team Kaliber

The Team: Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, Maurice "Fero" Henriquez, Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, Kenny “Kenny” Williams

Stage 1 Final Placement: 4th Place

Preview:

The Methodz revenge tour against Rise Nation will be hosted by Team Kaliber in Seattle.

Along with picking up the CWL Atlanta MVP, tK bolstered their roster with Fero, a young gun who has turned heads in the CWL with his aggressive S&D plays. If Methodz and Fero can fit in to the dynamic between Accuracy and Kenny, then tK could be clearing a space for another trophy right next to their CWL Dallas and New Orleans Open titles.

Red Reserve

The Team: Joseph “Joee” Pinnington, Joshua-Lee “Joshh” Shephard, Rhys “Rated” Price, Trei “Zer0” Morris

Stage 1 Final Placement: 5th-6th Place

Preview:

Red had an unusual Stage 1 Playoff experience, beating Rise in five games before being swept out of the tournament by tK.

Regardless of what happened in Columbus, Rated has grown to become one of the CWL’s best riflemen under Red. If Rated can get hot again in Seattle and the rest of Red play off of his streaks, then this Red team could be on their way to earning their first ever CWL Global Open title.

Splyce

The Team: Ben “Bance” Bance, Dylan “MadCat” Daly, Jordan “Jurd” Crowley, Thomas “Tommey” Trewren

Stage 1 Final Placement: 11th-12th Place

Preview:

Backed by an overwhelmingly supportive home crowd, Splyce were on the hunt for the CWL Birmingham Open championship. They missed that mark by only a single Grand Finals series, darting their way through OpTic and Rise only to  eventually lose to LG.

As a non-playoff team, Splyce have had enough time to prepare an encore of their Birmingham run that they hope to perform in front of the Seattle crowd.

The CWL Seattle Open will be live 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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