By: James Mattone
The CWL Pro League, PlayStation®4, ended its second week of Stage 2 with many unanswered questions about Division A’s playoff picture. Due to some stiff competition, Division A’s standings are tight after two weeks of play:
Here’s what we learned after the eight teams finished their first Division A round-robin in Week Two:
Evil Geniuses Rally to Second
In Week One, Evil Geniuses (2nd, 5-2, 19-10) sat in the middle of Division A’s standings with a 2-2 series record and a game record hovering over a 50% win rate.
On its way to battle back in week two, EG first tarnished the perfect record of Red Reserve (1st, 6-1, 19-9). Despite losing a rough double overtime Capture the Flag on London Docks, EG outdueled Red 250-238 on a Hardpoint on Sainte Marie Du Mont – regarded as both teams’ strongest map in the mode – and won the series 3-1.
Evil Geniuses then dealt another loss to Epsilon eSports (8th, 0-7, 4-21) before ending their week with a sweep against Team Kaliber (4th, 4-3, 14-14). After winning 250-245 in an HP on Gibraltar, EG stole a Search and Destroy on Sainte Marie Du Mont in round 11 thanks to Adam "Assault" Garcia clutching up and stopping what would have been Team Kaliber’s game-winning defuse play.
Red End First Half on Top
Although they lost to Evil Geniuses early in the week, Red Reserve are still Division A’s first place team heading into the middle of Stage 2.
In the two days following their first Division A loss, Red defeated both Echo Fox (6th, 3-4, 13-17) and Team EnVyUs (3rd, 4-3, 16-10) 3-1, with Rhys "Rated" Price dominating in Search and Destroy on London Docks against the latter squad.
Their final win of the week was against FaZe Clan (5th, 3-4, 13-14) in another decisive 3-1 series.
Red Reserve displayed major signs in improvement in Capture the Flag this week, taking their winless record in the game mode and putting it above .500 with four straight CTF victories. They lost a bit of prestige in their S&D play, losing three out of four games this week, but overall, they look like Division A’s team to beat.
Five Teams Well Within the Playoff Hunt
Below EG and Red Reserve are five teams that have either three or four wins at Division A’s halfway point.
Team EnVyUs currently has the tiebreaker advantage over Team Kaliber for third place, while FaZe Clan, Echo Fox, and Splyce (7th, 3-4, 14-17) round out the fifth, sixth, and seventh placements.
This close playoff race will continue after the CWL Anaheim Open, where all Pro League teams will compete for a $200,000 prize pool. The CWL Anaheim Open will also feature the CWL All-Star Game that will feature eight Pro League superstars who will be selected by the Call of Duty community.
If you have not done so already, watch the office CWL Twitter account @CODWorldLeague to find out how you can vote for your favorite Division A players before the polls close on May 28.
While Division A’s eight teams take a well-deserved break, Division B competition will begin on May 29 at 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT with CWL Atlanta Open Champions Rise Nation taking on Unilad. That match will be followed by a clash between North American juggernauts LG and eUnited and the live event debut of OpTic Gaming’s newest roster.