CWL Las Vegas, Presented by PlayStation 4, kicks off tomorrow. With over 256 teams competing, CWL Las Vegas is already the biggest event in Call of Duty World League history. Here are the top storylines going into the weekend.
New Look Envy
Call of Duty®: WWII Champions, Evil Geniuses, have a new look as the entire championship roster was moved to Envy ahead of the Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 season.
Soon after the five-versus-five transition announcement was made in October, the contracts of former EG players Pat “ACHES” Price, Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov, Adam “Assault” Garcia, and Justin “SiLLY” Fargo were sent to Envy, combining their Championship pedigree with Envy star Cuyler “Huke” Garland, which Envy retained for the 2019 season.
“As far as teams adding a 5th player go, we won that by a mile adding the best player in the game,” ACHES told the CWL Blog, bullish on Huke’s ability in Black Ops 4.
Though it took until the final event of the WWII season to pay off for the original EG squad, the team ultimately took home the year’s top prize. Adding a young talent like Huke can only bolster its chances going into what is already looking like one of the most competitive seasons in CWL history.
Over 256 teams will land in Las Vegas looking to spoil the party, from amateur squads looking to make a big splash to the organizations the community feels have the best chance to win the event’s top prize.
After a quick exit from the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championship, all eyes are on a newly-formed OpTic Gaming squad. Returning are roster staples Seth “Scump” Abner and Ian “Crimsix” Porter alongside their former teammate—and the only player in CWL history with three championship rings—Damon “Karma” Barlow. The additions Tommy "TJHaly" Haly, who captured multiple event wins last season and Brandon "Dashy" Otell, one of the scene’s best young talents makes OpTic look fierce on paper.
In practice, they look like the team to beat as well, winning multiple online events ahead of CWL Las Vegas.
OpTic looks to prove that last season was an outlier and its squad was assembled to best any roster fielded by every other organization in the Call of Duty World League.
It’s been a few years since OpTic Gaming started a season with a first event win and, if online play translates, the streak could be over this weekend in Las Vegas.
100 Thieves Returns
After a dismal introduction to competitive Call of Duty in 2016, 100 Thieves has returned to the Call of Duty World League with one of the strongest assembled rosters of superstar talent.
Young talent Kenny Williams and Maurice “Fero” Henriquez are flanked by veteran players Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat, Sam “Octane” Larew, and Ian “Enable” Wyatt and look to not only capture top spot at CWL Las Vegas but for the entire season.
“We assembled this team to win championships,” Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders, Head of Esports Operations at 100 Thieves, told the CWL Blog. “We were able to sign Kenny, Fero, and Enable; 3 players who were teammates last year and saw a lot of success including winning Stage 2 playoffs together and finishing second at CWL Champs. We rounded out the roster with 2 of the top assault rifle players in the game - Slasher and Octane are going to create some tough matchups for teams to handle.”
With 100T owner and former Call of Duty superstar Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag back in the fold, a natural rivalry is expected between OpTic Gaming—Nadeshot’s former squad.
With so many storylines, CWL Las Vegas is poised to be one of the most exciting events in CWL history.