Feb 13 2017 - 1:47 am

CWL Atlanta Open: Final Placings

Congratulations to eUnited for winning the CWL Atlanta Open.

Another eventful weekend of Call of Duty has come to a close and eUnited emerge as the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare champions in Atlanta, Georgia. They defeated OpTic Gaming in the second best-of-five of the grand final at the CWL Atlanta Open. Now that they’re champions, they’ve been rewarded $80,000 and 25,000 Pro Points per player. The $200,000 prize pool and the 75,000 CWL Pro Points have been distributed among the topeight teams in the tournament. There were a total of 146 teams, but three teams were disqualified in the Open Bracket for not showing up to their matches. Technically, there were 143 total teams in attendance. Here are the CWL Atlanta final placings from the first-rounders all the way to the champions, eUnited.

1st Place: $80,000; 25,000 Pro Points

  • eUnited

2nd Place: $48,000; 15,000 Pro Points

  • OpTic Gaming

3rd Place: $32,000; 11,000 Pro Points

  • Team EnVyUs

4th Place: $16,000; 9,000 Pro Points

  • Luminosity Gaming

5th/6th: $8,000; 8,000 Pro Points

  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Infused

7th/8th: $4,000; 7,000 Pro Points

  • PNDA Gaming
  • Splyce

9th-12th: Eliminated Championship Losers’ Round 4

  • Rise Nation
  • Elevate
  • TGC Blue
  • Team 3G

13th-16th: Eliminated Championship Losers’ Round 3

  • Fnatic
  • Allegiance
  • Enigma6
  • Orbit Esports

17th-20th: Eliminated Championship Losers’ Round 2

  • Team Kaliber
  • Mindfreak
  • Cloud9
  • Evil Geniuses

21st-24th: Eliminated Championship Losers’ Round 1

  • The Imperial
  • Epsilon Esports
  • Detroit Renegades
  • SetToDestroyX

25th-28th: Eliminated Losers’ Round 9

  • Red Reserve
  • Chiefs eSports Club
  • G2 Esports
  • Supremacy

29th-32nd: Eliminated Losers’ Round 8

  • 3sUP
  • XtroVert eSoprts
  • Lethal Gaming
  • Echo Fox

33rd-40th: Eliminated Losers’ Round 7

  • GutToughGaming
  • Tainted Minds
  • Dream
  • Fury Gaming
  • Nimble Gamers
  • Ghost Gaming
  • Insomnia eSports
  • The Gosu Crew

41st-48th: Eliminated Losers’ Round 6

  • Final Feature Gaming
  • Second Nature
  • EZG eSports
  • XtroVert eSports
  • Merciless Gaming
  • RogueGG
  • University Esports
  • Projekt Evil

49th-65th: Eliminated Losers’ Round 5

  • One Chip Gaming
  • warFare Gaming
  • Saints and Angels
  • EMP
  • NexVel eSoprts
  • Wise gaming
  • Axon Illicit
  • BlazenKalaniBiz…
  • Sigma
  • InControl
  • RiFt Nation
  • SouRGamingPro
  • Tri3ity Se7en
  • Awe Sports
  • SpawnKilled arm…
  • Guilty Esports

66th-82nd: Eliminated Losers’ Round 4

  • Ominous Gaming
  • AfterDark eSports
  • OutCold Gaming
  • UMG
  • TakeDown
  • RewindGG
  • RawDawg3000
  • BuzzKill
  • New Blood Inc
  • Patties
  • C2C
  • ImpozeGG
  • Sortie Gaming
  • Anubis Gaming
  • iGame

83rd-115th: Eliminated Losers’ Round 3

  • VaiN eSports
  • Victrix eSports
  • Carnage
  • HavoK eSports
  • PNDApocalypse
  • eXcalibur
  • OutKast esports
  • Olympus eSports
  • NoRobo NoSavior
  • TAB eSports
  • Blue Ethernet
  • Gorilla eSports
  • Black Knight Gaming
  • 1Hype
  • CsG GIA
  • Hazard eSports
  • Bad Intentions
  • 8 Days of Practice
  • Formula 7 eSports
  • Unreal Gaming
  • Gurussss
  • cE Rampage
  • Prime Esports
  • CrypticVoid Gaming
  • Make A Killing
  • Rex Gaming
  • Astrick Gaming
  • Cutting Edge eSports
  • Lion Guard Esports
  • Primal Gaming
  • Empyre eSpores
  • Always Come B...

116th-146th: Eliminated Losers’ Round 2

  • Sinai Village
  • Skill Amazes You
  • Formula 4
  • Trashcans
  • Beacon eSports
  • Drop the …
  • Restricted 7
  • Top Star E-sports
  • Black Forest Games
  • Fallen Godz
  • ViBe Gaming
  • Casual Ops gaming
  • Tzar Games
  • Delinquent Gaming
  • iGame Nation
  • Neutronic eSports
  • Sly Fox
  • Oblivious…
  • ValidateESC
  • BOT Empire
  • CoZy Gaming
  • Impact Gaming
  • SavageGrill Slayers
  • FoulPlay
  • Gods Gift
  • Disciple Gaming
  • FilthyGaming
  • YouGotBI…
  • Global Shutdown
  • Xyon Nation
  • Rampage Black

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Feb 18 2017 - 10:36 pm

What's wrong with Cloud9?

What has caused Cloud9's drop in performance over the past two weekends?
Image via CWL
Managing Editor

In the wake of their second place finish at CWL Las Vegas in December, many people, including myself, set high expectations for Cloud9 entering the rest of the Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare season. After consecutive top-20 finishes over the past two weekends, however, several people are left asking: what’s wrong with Cloud9?

Following Evil Geniuses’ reverse sweep of Enigma6 earlier today, the lineup consisting of Patrick "ACHES" Price, Andres "Lacefield" Lacefield, Adam "Assault" Garcia and Richard "Ricky" Stacy will retain their top-nine ranking in the pro point standings, despite their poor performances as of late. Still, back-to-back top-20 finishes at CWL Atlanta and CWL Paris have left the Call of Duty community completely perplexed in terms of where the Cloud9 from Vegas has gone.

One of the most obvious potential reasons why Cloud9 has struggled at the past two events could be the shift in the current Call of Duty meta. Cloud9 was successful in Vegas when the OSA and Synaptic (aka Skinny Bot) combat rig were playable, but they have struggled since those two items were removed from competitive play. In my eyes, however, I don’t think this can be solely to blame.

Call of Duty professionals are some of the most skilled esports players in the world, in terms of having to adjust and adapt to changes. No other esport has a one-year lifespan before switching to a different title; even though it’s still Call of Duty, the same game is only played for a maximum of 12 months. Thus, professional Call of Duty players are constantly playing different versions of a game, each with unique aspects, such as weapons, maps, movement systems and more.

With that in mind, it doesn’t make sense to strictly blame C9’s struggles on a change in the meta; if these players can adapt to different Call of Duty titles on a yearly basis and still compete at the top level, then they should certainly be able to adjust to in-game tweaks throughout that game’s lifespan. While some players might be better with some weapons, in this case the OSA, that gun’s removal from competitive play can’t solely be the reason for a team to go from the grand finals at one event to consecutive top-20 performances.

Aside from these in-game changes, I personally believe that Cloud9 is just not playing well as a team. Some people might say that this is an extremely vague point, but when a team goes 1-8 in best-of-five series over two weekends, that’s generally an indication of poor play. It’s difficult for me to condone blaming a gun or a specialist character for a team’s inability to win more than one series in two events.

When we dissect the numbers even further, we can see that one of the main reasons for Cloud9’s recent struggles is their inability to win Search and Destroy maps. In Vegas, Search and Destroy was C9’s “bread and butter”; C9 was able to progress so far in that tournament because they were able to clutch up in game fives, aside from their series against Team Kaliber and Rise Nation (in the grand finals). The old adage of “Search and Destroy wins championships” was proven to be right once again, but in this case, Rise Nation was just the better Search and Destroy team in Vegas.

In Atlanta, Cloud9 had an overall map count of 5-12. Of those five map victories, only one was in Search and Destroy. Cloud9 was swept by Elevate and Team 3G, lost 3-1 to Luminosity Gaming - only winning game one Retaliation Hardpoint - then they swept Imperial, but lost 3-1 to The Gosu Crew Blue, against whom they also only won the first map.

Thus, Cloud9 won three Hardpoints, one Search and Destroy and one Uplink en route to a top-20 placing in Atlanta. Looking at the numbers even more closely, C9 ended their time at the Georgia World Congress Center with a 1-4 record in Search and Destroy.

Unfortunately for Cloud9, this trend continued this weekend at the CWL Paris Open. Cloud9 did not win a single series at this event, going 0-4 with a map count of 4-12. Continuing on the aforementioned topic, Cloud9 did not win a single Search and Destroy map at this event either. C9’s four map victories included two Hardpoint wins and two Uplink victories.

Cloud9 shockingly lost 3-1 against Fnatic to begin their tournament run, only winning the Uplink. This was followed by a 3-2 series loss against Elevate, in which Cloud9 won games three and four, but lost both SnDs. Then, C9 ended pool play with a 0-3 record after Enigma6 defeated them 3-1, with Cloud9 winning the initial Hardpoint in that series. Finally, the loss that in my opinion shows how out-of-form Cloud9 is currently, was when SetToDestroyX swept C9 to eliminate them from Paris.

With that loss to StDx, Cloud9’s time in Paris came to a close with a 0-5 record in Search and Destroy, bringing their combined SnD record in Atlanta and Paris to an abysmal total of 1-9; scarily similar to their overall series record for the last two events. For a team who played so well in Search and Destroy at Vegas, this has to be considered the main reason why they have seen a drop in performance over the past two weeks.

Cloud9 did not play up to their potential over the past two events; there’s no other way to say that. But, in my opinion, this team has the right combination of veteran leadership and talent to bounce back from these subpar performances. If anything, ACHES and company should use these past two events as a wake-up call to motivate them even more heading into CWL Dallas next month.

Most Cloud9 fans will probably be worried about this team moving forward, however, I don’t think there is any reason why they still won’t qualify for the CWL come April. Barring a crazy losers bracket run by Evil Geniuses to win the event tomorrow, Cloud9 should still be in seventh place on the pro point standings. So, as long as they keep grinding scrims and GameBattles matches, fix their Search and Destroy issues and earn some good placings in the online 2K tournaments, ACHES and company should definitely be able to bounce back to their Vegas form over the next few weeks.

What do you think Cloud9 needs to work on in preparation for CWL Dallas? Let us know by tweeting us @GAMURScom.

Justin Binkowski is the Managing Editor for GAMURS and he can be contacted by email at justin.b@gamurs.com or on Twitter @JBinkk.

Feb 21 2017 - 9:27 pm

Three major takeaways from CWL Atlanta and Paris

After back-to-back tournaments, it's time to reflect on what we have learned in the Call of Duty esports scene.
Photo via James Mattone

Now that the Call of Duty season is in full swing, it's time to look back on the last two weeks and reflect on what we have learned coming out of CWL Atlanta and Paris.

#1: OpTic is back

Once a dominating force that nearly no team on the planet could stop, OpTic Gaming fell behind the curve early in the Infinite Warfare season as they finished tied for 5th at CWL Las Vegas.

To many teams, a fifth place finish would not be bad in the slightest, but the expectations that the fans and the players themselves had put on OG made their Las Vegas performance a shocking disappointment.

Following Vegas, OpTic continued struggling online in the weekly MLG 2K tournaments, but that seemed to push the foursome even harder to compete as they seemed to improve every week in their performances. This culminated by taking the final 2K before heading to Atlanta for the CWL Open.

In Atlanta, OpTic ran through pool play competition and completed a historic losers bracket run, winning five matches in the lower part of the bracket to reach the grand final, defeating the likes of Team EnVyUs and FaZe Clan along the way. In the grand finals, OpTic failed to win the second best-of-5 series to capture another title, losing 3-2 to eUnited.

Despite the loss, OpTic proved that they were a force to be reckoned with in Call of Duty once again. They backed that up by dominating the competition this past weekend at the CWL Paris Open, winning the tournament without dropping a single series, proving that OpTic Gaming is indeed back.

#2: eUnited's players are not just online warriors

Before CWL Atlanta, eUnited was seen as a team that could only perform online because they had won two MLG 2K tournaments heading into Atlanta, but had not been to a LAN with the current roster. Despite that inexperience and doubt from fans and fellow players, eUnited proved without a shadow of a doubt that they can replicate their online play to offline as they won the CWL Atlanta Open, only dropping one series the entire weekend. Their star player, Pierce "Gunless" Hillman, was also named tournament MVP after posting a 1.10 K/D over 35 games. eUnited did have the luxury of playing in pool play in Atlanta, but they did not have the same treatment at CWL Paris, being forced to play through the best-of-3 open bracket, where they lost to Luminosity Gaming and Splyce, finishing tied for 13th. The result is surely disappointing for the team coming off an incredible championship run at Atlanta, but being forced through open bracket against 50+ teams would difficult for any team, let alone a team that has a giant target on their backs after winning a major tournament.

#3: Cloud9 is not in a good place

After finishing second at CWL Las Vegas, Cloud9 was feeling high and mighty with momentum and confidence clearly on their side. That led to veteran Patrick "ACHES" Price calling out the European teams, saying that they have and always will be below the top North American teams so they should not have preferential treatment when it comes to seeding in major tournaments. This obviously angered the EU players and constant shots were taken back and forth at each others' expense for months. The talk continued into CWL Atlanta, where Cloud9 was grouped with two European teams, Team 3G and Elevate. The teams were not seen as slouches, but nobody would expect what would happen inside their group. C9 immediately lost to Luminosity in their first match of the day and then were swept by Elevate in their very next series. Their slide would continue as they were swept again, this time by 3G. C9 finished fourth in their five-team group, only defeating The Imperial.

The talk that ACHES had been dishing out seemed to be continuously getting thrown right back into his face at Atlanta as he was knocked out of the tournament in 17th place, finishing below six European teams.

Unfortunately for Cloud9, it didn't get any better this past weekend either as they headed to France to take part in the CWL Paris Open where they would be grouped with two European teams again, Fnatic and Elevate. This time, C9 could not even win a match in their group as they finished at the bottom with an 0-3 record. They would not be able to do anything in the lower bracket either as they were swept by SetToDestroyX to end their Paris vacation.

Following the event, some expected a change from the roster after being humiliated in back-to-back tournaments, but ACHES assured that no changes would be made and that the momentum just worked against them in the tournaments and they would harder to come back strong.

Can OpTic continue their hot streak? Can eUnited bounce back from a poor Paris showing? Can ACHES and C9 figure out their problems and return to their Las Vegas form? We will find out in less than one month's time at the CWL Dallas Open.

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