eUnited win their first CWL Championship as UK teams cause major upsets

The CWL Championship 2019 marked the end of a memorable year of competitive Call of  Duty (CoD) – and UK teams proved why they can hang with the best in a tournament full of upsets and storylines, reports Joe Griffin.
A vast array of talent shone at this year’s CWL Championship, with 16 amateur teams and 16 CWL Pro League teams competing for the trophy.
 

eUnited lift the trophy

eUnited reached the grand final without dropping a series as they continued their form from the CWL Finals in Miami. Meanwhile, 100 Thieves made one of the greatest losers bracket runs in the history of the tournament.
The grand final between these two teams did not disappoint as Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves took two maps off their opponents and forced a fifth map. But eUnited proved too strong for the CWL London winners and won the event in a dominant fashion, thus cementing their place in Call of Duty history.

 

Top four placings

  • eUnited (1st) $800,000
  • 100 Thieves (2nd) $260,000
  • OpTic Gaming (3rd) $140,000
  • Enigma6 (4th) $110,000

 

UK teams perform against NA opposition

Pool play at CWL Champs saw UK teams take down big names, as shockwaves were sent throughout the community.
Number two seed in the tournament Gen.G got off to a rough start losing 3-2 to Fuego Gaming. The Fuego side consisted of UK veterans Hawqweh and Madcat, however, they were unable to capitalize on this win as they lost their next two games.
Gen.G’s luck ran out as they were the first team knocked out of the tournament following a loss to Team WaR, another UK squad with huge potential. Team WaR made it to bracket play but fell short, finishing 9-12th.
Perhaps the most unexpected run of the event came from a predominantly British Team Singularity roster. The amateur side topped their pool with a 3-0 record, beating the likes of Luminosity and later Team Envyus.
A 9-12th finish was a sterling effort from a side relatively unknown before the event. A notable performance from Denmark’s CleanX helped his team defeat the Boys In Blue:

Team Reciprocity and Units were the two UK teams (bar one Aussie) who made it the furthest.
Both rosters put on a show beating juggernauts like FaZe Clan and Luminosity, each giving them a 5-6th placing and $75,000 in prize money.
Celtic’s new CoD team did not fare so well – they finished 25th-32nd.
This years’ CoD Champs may be the last of its kind as city-based franchising takes over next season. Big names in Call of Duty like OpTic Gaming, FaZe Clan and Team Envy might soon be a distant memory.
With that being said, the Call of Duty World League Championship 2019 was certainly a fitting send off to the CWL as we know it.
Image sources: Astro Gaming

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