The CWL Finals saw the culmination of the 12-week CWL Pro League season and the final amateur open bracket event of the year.
A staggering $1.4m was up for grabs across the whole weekend, with 135 teams overall. Joe Griffin provides a recap including a look at how UK talent got on.
UK on top in the Open
UK teams The Bhoys (pictured above) and Team WaR faced off in the Open Bracket Grand Final for the chance to win the lion’s share of $150,000 in the separate Open tournament. The Bhoys came out on top in a thrilling match after being forced to a second best-of-five.
A stubborn Team WaR took it to the very last map in the second series only to fall short against Bance and co.
The top 16 Open Bracket teams qualified for the most anticipated event of the year, the CWL Championship. Familiar faces in the UK scene – Tommey, MadCat and Hawqeh – qualified with their teams.
A particular highlight of the Open Bracket was British player Linney, who pulled off a 1v3 to send his team to CWL Champs:
Just a casual MAP 5, ROUND 11 1v3 EGO CHALLENGE for a place at CoD Champs! ?
eUnited win CWL Pro League finals
Elsewhere, in the bigger CWL Pro League tournament, North American team eUnited emerged victorious, as CoD legend Clayster ended his 1,400-day trophy drought.
Despite the North American dominance, Team Reciprocity took 4th place after a loser’s bracket run. The UK boys, plus Denz, took home a hefty $100,000 in their second highest placing of the year.
With their highest placing being 3rd at CWL Fort Worth in March, Team Reciprocity will look to surpass this placing at the 2019 CWL Championship next month.
The potential in UK Call of Duty is ever-growing. It’s full of promising talent such as Team Reciprocity’s Dylan who topped the damage leaderboard with a K/D of 1.32.
The 2019 CWL Championship will be held from August 14th to 18th including 16 pro teams and 16 amateur teams. A strong presence from the UK scene may see Europe win the renowned CWL Championship for the first time.
Image sources: MLG