On Thursday 15th June, three UK teams took to Anaheim, California to attempt to re-qualify for Stage 2 of the Call of Duty Global Pro League, Jacob Hale reports.
After fighting hard in their groups during Stage 1 of the Global Pro League, Fnatic and Red Reserve found themselves in Relegation, going up against six other teams to compete to get in to Stage 2.
They were joined by fellow UK team Millenium, Frenchmen Supremacy, Aussies Tainted Minds and Americans eRa, Supreme and Cloud9.
The format was fairly simple; a double-elimination bracket in which two wins meant promotion, two losses meant missing out.
Millenium, unfortunately, took losses to Tainted Minds and Supremacy to miss out on Qualification for Stage 2 and CoD Champs. This is the culmination of a string of disappointing losses for a team that, just a few months ago, looked like one of the best Infinite Warfare teams in Europe.
We're all embarrassed. Absolutely this is honestly an unbelievable situation to be in. Never felt this way in my entire career.
— Mark Bryceland (@MarkyB) June 17, 2017
The story was very different for their fellow UK brethren, though.
Red Reserve had a flawless day, beating eRa Eternity 3-0 in their opening match and then moving on to sweep Fnatic too. Their firepower has clearly been greatly bolstered by new pickup Rated, formerly of Elevate, who replaced Niall.
Fnatic, obviously, did not have as easy a run. After initially beating Supreme 3-0, Fnatic dropped in to the Loser’s Bracket from their 3-0 loss to Red Reserve.
Here they came up against Supremacy, who were hot off the heels of knocking Millenium out of the tournament and the Global Pro League.
Though there were some concerns initially, the consensus was generally that Fnatic would pull through, and they did so in spectacular fashion with a convincing 3-0 win.
With Fnatic and Red Reserve qualifying for the league alongside Cloud9 and Supreme, we now await to find out which group they will be drawn in to for the coming weeks where they also join British peers in Epsilon, Elevate and Stage 1 Champions Splyce.
You can watch all the teams above, as well as teams such as UK amateurs Cyberstorm Gaming, at CWL Anaheim on MLG, Twitch and YouTube.