The second stage of the CWL Pro League begins today (Tuesday May 15th). Kicking off the action will be division A, which consists of three teams from the UK. Jon Nicholson takes a look at their chances.
Heading into stage two, Red Reserve are top team from the European region. The recent acquisition of Matty “Skrapz” Marshall will now see him join Trei “Zer0” Morris as the two main SMG players on the team, while Joe “Joee” Pinnington will move to a full-time flex player.
Rhys “Rated” Price will remain as their main Assault Rifle player. Heavily tipped as one of the best AR players in the world, Rated will be an integral part to this team performing at their full potential.
Red Reserve have a real chance of topping a group that is full of world-class talent. Their matches against Splyce and Team Kaliber in week one could well determine their performance for the rest of the league.
— Splyce (@Splyce) May 11, 2018
Considered as the second-best team from the UK, Splyce have also undergone a roster change. Despite their second-place finishes at CWL Dallas and CWL Birmingham, the decision was made to replace Tom “Tommey” Trewren and bring in ex-Red Reserve player, Joshua-Lee “Joshh” Sheppard.
2018 has been a turbulent season for Splyce. Their failure to adapt to the meta quickly has been their downfall. The new line-up will be looking to make a resurgence heading into the second half of the season.
Adding Josh to the team gives Splyce a real opportunity to secure a place in the top half of the table. This team could well be the dark horse of the division.
So... #EpsiCoD travel to Columbus today....
Here’s the odds:
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Lost luggage 6/4
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— Epsilon eSports (@Epsilon_eSports) May 13, 2018
Epsilon have had a very disappointing season so far. Ending stage one at the bottom of the table with just two wins to their name, a change to the team was inevitable. Adding Jordan “Reedy” Reed to the team yielded a few victories towards the end of the first stage, showing some signs of improvement.
The addition of coach Joel “Op2” Magee could well turn their fortunes around. Several top North American teams have recently added a coach for their Call of Duty team and it will be interesting to see if Op2 can help this team reach their full potential.
Epsilon need a good result in stage two. The team are more than capable of performing at the top level and could well spring a surprise or two against some top opposition. The top half of the table may be a step too far but it's possible for them to secure a better placement than stage one.
Stage two of the CWL Pro League kicks off on May 15th with the teams from Division A beginning their campaigns.