Casters Predict Columbus - Results

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Casters Predict Columbus - Results

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MLG Columbus took place this past weekend and officially kicked off a new year in Call of Duty eSports. The event turned out to be a huge success with FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan taking the title and Aches winning his 19th Call of Duty Championship. A few days before the event, MLG hosted a prediction show in which Puckett, Maven, Benson, and Matt made predictions on the groups as well how they expect the Top 8 to look. We've decided to look back to those picks now that the event is over and see just how well those presenting us the event were able to predict the results.

Group A
Place Team Puckett's Picks Benson's Picks Matt's Picks Maven's Picks
1 Prophecylogo std.pngProphecy OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming RedX.png OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming RedX.png OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming RedX.png OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming RedX.png
2 OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam Kaliber RedX.png Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam Kaliber RedX.png Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam Kaliber RedX.png Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam Kaliber RedX.png
3 Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam Kaliber Prophecylogo std.pngProphecy RedX.png Prophecylogo std.pngProphecy RedX.png Prophecylogo std.pngProphecy RedX.png Prophecylogo std.pngProphecy RedX.png
4 Noble eSportslogo std.pngNoble eSports Team ESPORTlogo std.pngTeam ESPORT RedX.png Team ESPORTlogo std.pngTeam ESPORT RedX.png Team ESPORTlogo std.pngTeam ESPORT RedX.png Team ESPORTlogo std.pngTeam ESPORT RedX.png
5 Team ESPORTlogo std.pngTeam ESPORT Noble eSportslogo std.pngNoble eSports RedX.png Noble eSportslogo std.pngNoble eSports RedX.png Noble eSportslogo std.pngNoble eSports RedX.png Noble eSportslogo std.pngNoble eSports RedX.png

Important to note is that the casters did not know who the Open Bracket team would be for this group which turned out to be Noblein this group. Most expected OpTic to take this group as they came with what some considered a "god squad". Most also didn't expect Prophecy to perform as well as they did given the formation of their new team so close to the event. With these few surprises, left all of our casters with a single point from Group A.

Standings After Group A
Place Caster Points
1 Puckett 0
1 Benson 0
1 Maven 0
1 Matt 0
Group B
Place Team Puckett's Picks Benson's Picks Matt's Picks Maven's Picks
1 Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus Greencheck.png OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation RedX.png OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation RedX.png Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus Greencheck.png
2 OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation Greencheck.png Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus RedX.png Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus RedX.png OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation Greencheck.png
3 Automatic Reloadlogo std.pngAutomatic Reload Rise Nationlogo std.pngRise Nation RedX.png Rise Nationlogo std.pngRise Nation RedX.png Rise Nationlogo std.pngRise Nation RedX.png Rise Nationlogo std.pngRise Nation RedX.png
4 Rise Nationlogo std.pngRise Nation Automatic Reloadlogo std.pngAutomatic Reload RedX.png Automatic Reloadlogo std.pngAutomatic Reload RedX.png Automatic Reloadlogo std.pngAutomatic Reload RedX.png Automatic Reloadlogo std.pngAutomatic Reload RedX.png
5 Orbit eSportlogo std.pngOrbit eSport Orbit eSportlogo std.pngOrbit eSport Greencheck.png Orbit eSportlogo std.pngOrbit eSport Greencheck.png Orbit eSportlogo std.pngOrbit eSport Greencheck.png Orbit eSportlogo std.pngOrbit eSport Greencheck.png

Group B was considered the "Group of Death" by many going into the event with people divided on whether Justus or OpTic Nation would take it. This was evident in the casters' picks as well however Justus came out the winner. The biggest shocker of the group turned out to be Rise's poor performance winning only 1 game and finishing 4th in the group which no caster predicted.

Standings After Group B
Place Caster Points
1 Puckett 3
1 Maven 3
3 Benson 1
3 Matt 1
Group C
Place Team Puckett's Picks Benson's Picks Matt's Picks Maven's Picks
1 Logo std.pngdenial Logo std.pngdenial Greencheck.png FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan RedX.png Logo std.pngdenial Greencheck.png FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan RedX.png
2 FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan Greencheck.png Logo std.pngdenial RedX.png FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan Greencheck.png Logo std.pngdenial RedX.png
3 Stunner Gaminglogo std.pngStunner Gaming Stunner Gaminglogo std.pngStunner Gaming Greencheck.png Stunner Gaminglogo std.pngStunner Gaming Greencheck.png Stunner Gaminglogo std.pngStunner Gaming Greencheck.png Stunner Gaminglogo std.pngStunner Gaming Greencheck.png
4 Clan Lucky Strikelogo std.pngClan Lucky Strike Clan Lucky Strikelogo std.pngClan Lucky Strike Greencheck.png Clan Lucky Strikelogo std.pngClan Lucky Strike Greencheck.png Clan Lucky Strikelogo std.pngClan Lucky Strike Greencheck.png Clan Lucky Strikelogo std.pngClan Lucky Strike Greencheck.png
5 Team Vitalitylogo std.pngTeam Vitality Team Vitalitylogo std.pngTeam Vitality Greencheck.png Team Vitalitylogo std.pngTeam Vitality Greencheck.png Team Vitalitylogo std.pngTeam Vitality Greencheck.png Team Vitalitylogo std.pngTeam Vitality Greencheck.png

From the beginning, most assumed that it would come down to Denial and FaZe fighting it out for 1st in this pool. That turned out to be true, with Denial taking 1st and FaZe 2nd. Puckett and Matt were able to predict that outcome correctly as Benson and Maven ended up picking the opposite. Vitality joined this group from Open and had the potential to spoil everyone's predictions. However their run came to a halt as they went winless and finished 5th, exactly as all of them predicted for the Open Bracket team.

Standings After Group C
Place Caster Points
1 Puckett 8
2 Maven 6
2 Matt 6
4 Benson 4
Group C
Place Team Puckett's Picks Benson's Picks Matt's Picks Maven's Picks
1 Strictly Business Gaminglogo std.pngStrictly Business Logo std.pngAware RedX.png Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy RedX.png Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy RedX.png Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy RedX.png
2 Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy Greencheck.png Logo std.pngAware RedX.png Logo std.pngAware RedX.png Logo std.pngAware RedX.png
3 Logo std.pngAware Carnage Esportslogo std.pngCarnage Esports RedX.png Carnage Esportslogo std.pngCarnage Esports RedX.png Carnage Esportslogo std.pngCarnage Esports RedX.png Strictly Business Gaminglogo std.pngStrictly Business RedX.png
4 DT.png Dream Team Strictly Business Gaminglogo std.pngStrictly Business RedX.png Strictly Business Gaminglogo std.pngStrictly Business RedX.png Strictly Business Gaminglogo std.pngStrictly Business RedX.png Carnage Esportslogo std.pngCarnage Esports RedX.png
5 Carnage Esportslogo std.pngCarnage Esports DT.png Dream Team RedX.png DT.png Dream Team RedX.png DT.png Dream Team RedX.png DT.png Dream Team RedX.png

Going into the event, this event seemed to be the easiest to predict for who will take it. The majority of the community expected EnVy to easily take it. Puckett was the only one who went out on a limb and picked Aware. Unfortunately, none of them picked correctly as Strictly Business came out the surprise winner and EnVy taking 2nd. Even the Open Bracket team provided a surprise in this group as they were able to beat Carnage and take 4th. Carnage, a team all the casters expected to perform at a solid level, ended up underperforming as they weren't able to replicate their online success.

Standings After Group D
Place Caster Points
1 Puckett 9
2 Maven 6
2 Matt 6
4 Benson 4
Top 8
Place Team Puckett's Picks Benson's Picks Matt's Picks Maven's Picks
1 FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan Logo std.pngdenial RedX.png OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming RedX.png OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming RedX.png OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming RedX.png
2 OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming Greencheck.png Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy RedX.png FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan RedX.png FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan RedX.png
3 Prophecylogo std.pngProphecy Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus RedX.png FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan RedX.png Logo std.pngdenial RedX.png Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus RedX.png
4 Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam Kaliber Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy RedX.png OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation RedX.png OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation RedX.png Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy RedX.png
5/6 Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation RedX.png Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus RedX.png Team Envylogo std.pngTeam Envy Greencheck.png Logo std.pngdenial Greencheck.png
5/6 Logo std.pngdenial FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe Clan RedX.png Logo std.pngAware RedX.png Logo std.pngAware RedX.png Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam Kaliber RedX.png
7/8 OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam Kaliber RedX.png Logo std.pngdenial RedX.png Stunner Gaminglogo std.pngStunner Gaming RedX.png OpTic Nationlogo std.pngOpTic Nation Greencheck.png
7/8 Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus Logo std.pngAware RedX.png Team Vitalitylogo std.pngTeam Vitality RedX.png Team JusTuslogo std.pngTeam JusTus Greencheck.png Logo std.pngAware RedX.png

The Top 8 turned out to be much more difficult to predict than most expected. OpTic was the heavy favorite, however their loss to FaZe in the finals ruined most of the casters' picks. FaZe themselves reaching the finals and eventually winning it also seemed to ruin most of the picks. Prophecy also came out of nowhere and took 3rd, the only team that was not in a single caster's Top 8. Also please note that even though Denial is displayed in 6th and Maven has him in 5th, we gave him the check mark as there was no tie breaker played for the 5th and 6th place teams.

Final Standings
Place Caster Points
1 Puckett 10
2 Maven 8
2 Matt 8
4 Benson 4

Congratulations to Puckett for winning the contest with the most correct picks!

Out of the 28 picks they each made, Puckett picked 10 correctly, edging out Matt and Maven by 2