Article:2018 CWL Las Vegas Viewer Guide
|2018 CWL Las Vegas Viewer Guide|
CWL Las Vegas runs from December 7-9, kicking off the 2018-2019 Black Ops 4 CWL Season. 20 pool play teams as well as a sold-out open bracket will compete for their share of $250,000 and a spot in the 2019 CWL Pro League. 4 teams will qualify for pool play from the Open Bracket, each placed into a seperate pool. The event will feature a round-robin group stage, with each team playing the others in its pool once. The pool play matches take place Friday, facing off against the qualifying Open Bracket Teams on Saturday. The top 2 teams from each pool are immediately slotted into a double-elimination Winner’s Bracket Round 1, guaranteeing all teams at least a top 12 finish. The remaining teams from each pool are inserted into the loser’s bracket, with the bottom team in each pool facing off against the surviving Open Bracket Teams. The top 4 placing teams immediately qualify for the 2019 Call of Duty World League Pro League, with teams placing 5-32 earning a spot to the 2019 CWL Pro League Play-in.
Catch up with pool play coverage here:
For Open Bracket coverage go here:
You can find the groups here:
5 Storylines To Look Out For
•Are OpTic Gaming the real deal? OpTic Gaming are the runaway favorites heading into the event following their online domination, seeing them win the first 2k’s in convincing fashion, only dropping 2 maps, and having the squad win the first two inaugural CMG ProDowns, not losing a match throughout. With a roster comprising of Scump, Crimsix, Karma, Dashy, and TJHaly, this squad looks to make up for the disappointing performances during the World War 2 Season.
•Str8 Rippin, consisting of Maux, MajorManiak, Spacely, Nagafen, and Havok, are perhaps the Cinderella story of this event, consisting of the core of the Team Elevate squad from 2018 Cod Champs which placed 8th after defeating the likes of Luminosity Gaming and eventual champions Evil Geniuses. Str8 Rippin have been ripping through the competition online, coming in second in the first 2k of the year, followed by a win several weeks later. After sweeping through the Pool Play Play-In yesterday, they look poised to make a run.
•Team EnVy enter the event with a slight chip on their shoulder, drawing doubt despite their victory at the CWL World Championship in August while representing Evil Geniuses. Many have raised questions about how convincing they look heading into the event, but picking up the star player Huke to accompany Aches, Assault, Apathy, and Silly during the transition to 5v5 has added an extra layer of slaying power to the team. They were slotted into Pool C, facing off against the likes of FaZe Clan, Str8 Rippin, and the new-look Lightning Pandas, who recently picked up a European squad.
•100 Thieves have also raised doubts about how this roster will perform, but they seem to have quenched the fire with some recently stellar online play. Picking up the core of the three-event-winning Team Kaliber roster from the 2017-2017 season, consisting of the star SMG slayer Kenny, flex player Fero, and IGL Enable, as well as adding top AR’s Slasher and Octane, have made this team a one of the best on paper. Combined, the team won a total of 11 Championships in the World War 2 season, and they look to add to that total during the event.
•Popular Spanish team Heretics enters the new season looking to make a name for themselves following a very hyped yet disappointing World War 2 season, but they have looked strong heading into this first event, winning a European 2k and just slightly missing out on a top-16 spot in our power rankings. A win for this team would be a finish past the Open Bracket, and earning them a spot at the 2019 CWL Pro League Play-In.
Published on 07. Dec 2020