Jan 9 2017 - 6:01 am

NA CWL 2000 Series Jan. 8 Recap

The first GameBattles 2K of 2017 happened this Sunday, check in on the action here and see where your favorite team placed.
Journalist for GAMURS

The first of four GameBattles 2K tournaments happened this Sunday, with the top teams in North America duking it out to try to earn 2,000 CWL pro points per player.

These points are especially important for teams hoping to make their time at MLG Atlanta a bit easier, as the top-10 teams in terms of pro points will qualify for the group stage automatically, rather than fight through the open bracket.

In this tournament, Red Reserve was the lone team outside of the top 32 sides, as they were swept out of the round-of-64 by a semi-pro team called C2C, thanks to a man called Anihmal getting a Warden on Retaliation Search and Destroy. This loss definitely cripples the Reserve, as they were already out of the top-10 heading into the tournament and it does not help their chances to get into pool play at Atlanta.

Allegiance, Enigma6, and Cloud9 all saw round-of-16 exits, while EnVyUs was reverse swept by FaZe Clan in the quarterfinal and dropped out along with OpTic Gaming and MLG Vegas champs Rise Nation.

When the dust settled, FaZe Clan took home 2,000 pro points a piece for each of its players, taking down eUnited in a 6-4 game five Search and Destroy to win the first 2K of 2017. Unfortunately for them, they aren't close to Cloud9's second place spot, but this win shot them over OpTic Gaming and have them sitting in the top three of North American teams in the pro point standings.

Here's how how everything from the round-of-32 onwards shaped up Sunday:


ROUND-OF-32

#1 Rise Nation 3 - 0 #33 5 Hour Renegades

#16 WE BACK B*TCH (Of course, Adam "KiLLa" Sloss's team) 3 - 0 #17 Sanctimonious

#24 SetToDestroyX 3 - 0 #9 CWL 2K Series (Anthony "DraMa" Padilla's team)

#8 Luminosity Gaming 3 - 0 #25 Sigma Gaming

#5 Allegiance 3 - 1 #37 Wise

#12 Team EnVyUs 3 - 0 #21 3sUp

#20 Squaaaaaa (Lamar "Accuracy" Abedi's team) 3 - 0 #77 #C2C

#4 FaZe Clan 3 - 1 #36 #Fury

#3 OpTic Gaming 3 - 0 #30 Gut Tough Gaming

#14 Lethal Gaming 3 - 2 #19 PNDA Gaming

#11 Echo Fox 3 - 1 #22 @SpawnKilled

#6 Evil Geniuses 3 - 0 #27 Rogue

#7 Enigma6 3 - 0 #26 PoWuh is the Best

#10 eUnited 3 - 0 #23 XV

#15 Team Kaliber 3 - 2 #18 TheGosuCrew

#2 Cloud9 3 - 1 #34 InControl


ROUND-OF-16

#1 Rise Nation 3 - 0 #16 WE BACK B*TCH

#8 Luminosity Gaming 3 - 0 #24 SetToDestroyX

#12 Team EnVyUs 3 - 0 #5 Allegiance

#4 FaZe Clan 3 - 0 #20 Squaaaaaa

#3 OpTic Gaming  3 - 1 #14 Lethal Gaming

#11 Echo Fox 3 - 2 #6 Evil Geniuses

#10 eUnited 3 - 0 #7 Enigma6

#15 Team Kaliber 3 - 0 #2 Cloud9


QUARTERFINALS

#8 Luminosity 3 - 0 #1 Rise Nation

#4 FaZe Clan 3 - 2 #12 Team EnVyUs

#11 Echo Fox 3 - 1 #3 OpTic Gaming

#10 eUnited 3 - 0 #15 Team Kaliber 


SEMIFINALS

#4 FaZe Clan 3 - 0 #8 Luminosity

#10 eUnited 3 - 1 #11 Echo Fox


FINAL

#4 FaZe Clan 3 - 2 #10 eUnited


Final Standings

1st Place (2000 Points)

  • FaZe Clan

2nd Place (1200 Points)

  • eUnited

3rd/4th Place (800 Points)

  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Echo Fox

5th-8th Place (600 Points)

  • Rise Nation
  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Team Kaliber

9th-16th Place (400 Points)

  • Cloud9
  • Allegiance
  • Enigma6
  • Evil Geniuses
  • WE BACK B*TCH
  • Lethal Gaming
  • Squaaaaaa
  • SetToDestroyX

17th-32nd Place (200 Points)

  • DraMa's CWL 2K Series
  • TheGosuCrew
  • PNDA Gaming
  • Rogue
  • 3sUp
  • 5 Hour Renegades
  • Sigma Gaming
  • Gut Tough Gaming
  • XV
  • PoWuh is the Best
  • Wise
  • #C2C
  • @SpawnKilled
  • #Fury
  • Sanctimonious
  • InControl

For all your Call of Duty and other esports updates, make sure you are following us on Twitter, @GAMURScom.

James Mattone is a journalist for GAMURS and can be contacted on Twitter -@TheJamesMattone.

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 20 2017 - 4:55 am

Cloud9 captain ACHES says the team will not be making changes

After poor showings in two consecutive weekends, Cloud9 will recoup instead of making roster changes.
Image: Blake Cissel
Contributing Writer

After another poor showing at CWL Paris, Cloud9 captain Patrick “ACHES” Price confirmed that the team will not be making any changes.

The current Cloud9 roster has been teaming together since the 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship, where they placed top-six after knocking fan-favorites OpTic Gaming out of the tournament. The team then started the Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare season with confidence, placing in second at CWL Vegas, their first LAN event. However, Cloud9 has struggled the past two weekends.

At CWL Atlanta, Cloud9 went 1-3 in pool play and then lost their first championship bracket match, placing 17th/20th overall. In a state of heightened emotion, Adam "Assault" Garcia shoved Anthony "DraMa" Padilla of GosuCrew Blue after losing to them, an offense he was later penalized for. This past weekend, the team saw no improvement. In fact, Cloud9 failed to secure a single series victory at ESWC Paris.

GAMURS recently analyzed Cloud9’s current struggle.

Though many fans believed Cloud9 would consider making a roster change as a result of recent placings, it looks like the team will be sticking together.


How do you think Cloud9 will do at CWL Dallas? Let us know by tweeting us @GAMURScom.

Josh Billy can be contacted via email (josh@gamurs.com) or on Twitter.