One week into the new year, and with the first 2K tournament of the season gone, the pro point standings have been shaken up severely, as well as given a whole new meaning for one particular region.
As the Call of Duty community found out, the GFinity CWL London event will include the top-16 European teams in terms of pro points. This means there is a definite incentive to grinding GameBattles tournaments and the ladder, as it will give teams a much needed pro point boost with it being the last event counted before the MLG Atlanta Pro Point lock.
Because the top-16 EU teams will go to London, we'll list the top-16 teams both in the NA and EU regions.
(Note: All pro points are accurate as 3 a.m. EST Monday morning)
Guess what Call of Duty community? KiLLa is in the top-16 of North America with a brand new team. This calls for a victory "WOOOOOOOOO."
Rise Nation's lead is still untouchable, with Cloud9 still roughly 12,000 points behind them, however the 2K did shake up the rest of the Atlanta spots and closed a few gaps.
Namely, FaZe Clan is now a top three side after winning their first 2K of the year, and their finals opponent, eUnited, has vaulted themselves over DraMa's supposed team, who now find themselves out of an Atlanta pool play spot, and into ninth place.
Luminosity also got a nice jump right under Evil Geniuses, taking the seventh place spot away from online grinders Enigma6, but only by a few hundred points.
Among the six teams fighting for a team spot, Red Reserve is on a fast fall, placing out of the top 32 in the 2K and allowing Lethal Gaming to take 13th. Team Kaliber's top-eight finish has them dangerously close to sending Red Reserve down another spot, and with KiLLa's new squad not too far behind them, Red may be out of the top-16 if they have another bad performance in the next 2K.
#1 - Rise Nation - 45,050 Pro Points
#2 - Cloud9 - 33,655
#3 - FaZe Clan - 27,880
#4 - OpTic Gaming - 23,600
#5 - Team Allegiance - 20,095
#6 - Evil Genuises - 19,815
#7 - Luminosity Gaming - 18,985
#8 - Enigma6 - 18,700
#9 - eUnited - 17,475
#10 - Echo Fox - 15,240
UNDER THE MLG ATLANTA CUTOFF
#11 - DraMa's Team - 14,665
#12 - Team EnVyUs - 14,175
#13 - Lethal Gaming - 12,095
#14 - Red Reserve - 11,020
#15 - Team Kaliber - 10,990
#16 - KiLLa's Team - 10,145
Remember when Orbit Gaming was out of the MLG Atlanta picture? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Winning the 2K yesterday was huge for Orbit after their unfortunate tumble in Las Vegas.
And of course, Rated had a bit of fun when the standings shook up:
With so few points on the EU side of things, the 2K helped the sides that did not attend MLG Vegas catch up to the four that went, as Supremacy launched into a top-four spot.
The other interesting difference between the NA and EU pictures is the amount of orgless teams that are in the top-16, and the fluidity of the players between these sides. For example, right outside the MLG Atlanta cut sits endurAAA and Revolt's teams, and since the standings piece last Friday, Braaain has transfered from Revolt's side to endurAAA's. Furthermore, there is an orgless team right in the sixth place spot, blocking out Aware Gaming, along with the Skrapz and wuskin's team of brotherly love.
As there is no organization to give these players contracts, they are free to experiment with different team combinations, however, it does pose an interesting "what-if" scenario if one of these orgless teams gets an MLG Atlanta pool play spot.
It also undermines several organizations, like FAB, Cyclone, Millenium and Epsilon, who are stuck outside the top-10 at the moment due to a complete log-jam of unsigned talent. A stable investment in a team of four competitors may be enough to help these four teams prior to GFinity CWL London, as these sides will have another month of practice together. However, with so many unsigned and talented EU pros, one has to wonder if one of these orgless sides will find their wonder combination and be picked up by a smart investor looking to break into the CoD scene.
#1 - Team Orbit - 18,775
#2 - Splyce - 16,850
#3 - Elevate EU - 16,465
#4 - Supremacy - 16,365
#5 - Team Infused - 16,360
#6 - Niall's Orgless Team - 13,950
UNDER THE MLG ATLANTA CUTOFF
#7 - Skrapz and wuskin's Team - 13,945
#8 - Aware Gaming.EU - 13,765
#9 - endurAAA's Team - 10,950
#10 - Revolt's Team - 10,080
#11 - Epsilon Esports - 9,140
#12 - MIllenium Esports - 8,270
#13 - FAB eSports - 8,200
#14 - Cyclone GG - 8,175
#15 - Team Prismatic - 7,475
#16 - Swanny's Team - 7,090
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James Mattone is a journalist for GAMURS and can be contacted on Twitter -@TheJamesMattone.