By JAMES MATTONE
The 2018 Call of Duty World League Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs, Presented by PlayStation 4, ended with FaZe Clan earning their first major championship since the 2015 MLG Pro League Season 3 Playoffs.
After wading through the Losers Bracket, FaZe beat OpTic Gaming in the Stage 1 Grand Finals, taking the Stage 1 title with back-to-back five game series victories.
Here’s how OpTic and FaZe made it to the Stage 1 Grand Finals and what happened in that epic showdown:
OpTic Shuts Down Luminosity, Advances to Grand Finals.
OpTic finally broke into their first Grand Finals since their 2017 CWL Championship win by beating Luminosity Gaming 3-1.
After losing the Winners Finals’ first game, OpTic rebounded in an 11-round Search and Destroy on London Docks that ended with Matthew “FormaL” Piper winning the game-deciding duel.
The Green Wall closed out the series with a shutout in Capture the Flag on Flak Tower and a 61-point victory in a Hardpoint on London Docks.
FaZe Rallies Through Losers Bracket to Grand Finals
FaZe continued their Losers Bracket run on Sunday by sweeping Team Kaliber, who previously beat FaZe 3-1 in the first round of the playoffs.
After FaZe won the series’ first two games, they skated out to a 2-2 draw in a CTF on Flak Tower. Although tK captured the game’s first overtime flag in 42 seconds, FaZe beat the clock and advanced to the Losers Finals.
In the Losers Finals, FaZe had to face an LG squad that were fresh off a loss to OpTic. Luminosity came out firing with two straight wins, including a close victory in an HP on London Docks.
Down 2-0 in the series, FaZe fought back for the reverse sweep, winning the series in an S&D on London Docks thanks to Preston “Preistahh’ Greiner’s 12-3 performance.
FaZe Reset the Bracket, Break Their Curse
FaZe began their first Grand Finals series against OpTic by making not one, but two instant classic comeback victories.
Led by James “Replays” Crowder, FaZe denied OpTic an easy HP on London Docks victory by making an 80-point comeback for the 250-242 win.
FaZe then worked their way out of a 5-1 hole to steal game two, an S&D on London Docks. Dillon “Attach” Price played the hero for FaZe in this 6-5 victory, sealing the game with an incredible 11th round 1v3 clutch.
OpTic took games three and four in the series, but FaZe ultimately reset the bracket with a game five win in an S&D on Ardennes Forest.
OpTic and FaZe went the distance once more in the second Grand Finals series, putting the Stage 1 title and $200,000 on the line in a game five S&D on Ardennes Forest. In the game’s 10th round, FaZe landed the knockout punch on OpTic, winning the Stage 1 Championship after playing 32 games of Call of Duty: WWII.
Congratulations to FaZe Clan for winning the CWL Pro League Stage 1 Championship and to Thomas "ZooMaa" Paparatto for winning the Stage 1 MVP award.
We would also like to thank all of the Stage 1 teams for participating in the Pro League and the fans for watching the past three months of Stage 1 action. We hope to see you all at the CWL Seattle Open coming up on April 20 through April 22!