By: James Mattone
The first half of the 2018 CWL Pro League Stage 2, Presented by PlayStation®4, ended on June 7, as Division B wrapped up its first rotation of games before the CWL Anaheim Open.
This week locked in the upcoming event’s Pool Play groups, as the current standings determined what teams the Division B squads will play first at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Here’s a look at some of the significant Division B developments that happened this week:
Rise Dominate OpTic, Lead Division B at the Half
Rise Nation (1st, 6-1, 20-6) and OpTic Gaming (2nd, 5-2, 16-18) went head-to-head in the final match before the CWL Anaheim break. The match would determine which of the top two teams would lead the Division going into the mid-Stage 2 break.
Both teams held onto near-perfect records by the time the last match of the week went live, with eUnited (4th, 4-3, 18-13) handing both Rise and OpTic their only losses.
Rise Nation were ready to dismantle the OpTic Gaming “Green Wall” brick by brick, with a decisive Game 1 victory in Valkyrie Hardpoint.
Rise then took the Game 2 Search and Destroy on Ardennes Forest 6-1, before beating OpTic 5-2 in Capture the Flag on Ardennes Forest in Game 3 to complete the sweep and become the number one team in the division.
UNILAD Sweep Week 2 Opponents
UNILAD Esports finished their first week in Division B tied for fourth place with Luminosity Gaming (5th, 3-4, 14-14), losing their first two games of the stage to Rise and OpTic before picking up steam later that week.
That momentum carried over into Week 2, where the European squad extended their win streak to five games and now sit just above the cutoff line for playoffs.
Their week began with a game five, round 11 victory against eUnited. Zach “Zed” Denyer began and ended the deciding Search and Destroy on Sainte Marie Du Mont with clutch plays that prevented his team from getting reverse swept by a formidable North American foe in eUnited.
Unilad went on to win against Luminosity Gaming and swept Mindfreak to end the week, pushing themselves into Call of Duty Endowment CWL All-Star Game eligibility.
A Wild Week for eUnited
eUnited’s second Division B week was a rollercoaster ride that ended up putting the team in fourth place after two weeks of play.
Following their day one loss to Unilad, the team fell once more in game five, round 11 in a match against compLexity (6th, 3-4, 10-17).
Although they suffered back-to-back heartbreaking losses, eUnited showed up in their match against OpTic ready to upset the then-undefeated squad, winning an HP on London Docks 250-141. After losing on Sainte Marie Du Mont in Search and Destroy, the Green Wall pushed back in a Capture the Flag on Flak Tower but ultimately fell in game four to give eUnited the 3-1 series victory.
eUnited then swept Tainted Minds (8th, 0-7, 5-21) to secure their spot in the standings.
All 16 Pro League teams will now turn their attention towards the CWL Anaheim Open, where the top four teams from Division A and B will be represented in the event’s Call of Duty Endowment CWL All-Star Game.
If you have not done so already, watch the official CWL Twitter account @CODWorldLeague to find out how you can vote for your favorite Division B players in what should be an unforgettable matchup.