During day three, some popular teams showed signs of life, but only one Pro League spot was earned.
Day three of the Call of Duty Pro League Qualifier is in the books, and even though both young and veteran rosters took solid steps toward the Pro League, only one organization, Midnight Esports, was able to punch their ticket. All of this sets up a riveting final day of pool play on the horizon for Call of Duty fans. You can also check out our day two recap here.
After three days of action, here are where the pools stand.
As expected, Team Sween once again took care of business, this time against Project 18 in a 3-0 fashion. Enigma6 followed suit, defeating Team Divine 3-0. Both of these rosters are 3-1 and sit atop Pool A. After these two, it gets complicated.
Reciprocity continued their inconsistent tournament by losing 3-1 to FaZe Clan Black, but defeating FaZe Clan 3-0. Several strong performances from Zach ‘Zed’ Denyer and Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren helped the talented roster turn things around.
On the other hand, FaZe Clan, last year’s CWL Season 1 Champions, are staring at elimination. The team which features two former world champions lacked their famous clutch factor today, as their loss to Reciprocity included a 5-1 Search and Destroy collapse. While their role-change which moved James ‘Crowder’ Crowder to the Main Assault Rifle role and Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner to the Submachine Gun role seemed to offer the team some improvement, it was certainly not enough. Tomorrow, they will face group-leaders Team Sween as well as Team Divine, and they will likely have to win both of their matches to at least make it to bracket play.
Team Divine, sadly, will require a miracle to crawl out of their 1-4 record and make it to the Pro League as their map count may still be too poor even if they have a flawless day four.
There are no surprises at the top of Pool C; Team Envy defeated Lightning Pandas 3-0 behind a vintage performance from Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov. Meanwhile, Team Heretics were able to defeat Tainted Minds and Fact Revolution, both in a 3-0 manner. G2 Esports rounds out the top three with a 3-0 victory against the Vodafone Giants. G2 and Heretics will, in fact, face off tomorrow, with the winner likely clinching a Pro League spot.
Although Fact Revolution lost swiftly to Team Heretics, their 3-2 victory over Lightning Pandas was enough to put them at 4th place in the pool, all but guaranteeing them a bracket play berth.
After another tough day, the Lightning Pandas remain at the bottom of the pool, having won only four maps all tournament. The Pandas have no shortage of talent or leadership, and this was most recently exhibited by their 5-6th placing at CWL Las Vegas. It is a cruel turn of fate that they were only one placement away from qualifying for the Pro League at Las Vegas itself, and they now require an almost flawless final day of pools against Tainted Minds and a very talented G2 roster to even have a shot at that dream now.
Raise your hand if you had Midnight Esports at 5-0 and 1st place in this pool after three days. No, Nobody? Yeah, me neither. In any case, under Devin ‘LlamaGod’ Tran’s leadership, they have slain all in their path so far. Today, behind the flashy plays of Eric ‘JetLi’ Phan and Saul ‘Parzelion’ Masse Siguenza, they outplayed Team Space on their way to a 3-1 victory, including a clutch and backbreaking 250-249 map 4 Hardpoint victory. They are the only roster to secure their spot in the Pro League thus far.
On the other side of that result lies the talented but befuddling Team Space. Following strong 2k finishes and a 7-8th placing at CWL Las Vegas, it seemed that making it to the Pro League would be fait accompli for this team. Instead they find themselves at 1-3 with a 40% map-win record, likely needing to win both their matches against Mazer Gaming and the Pittsburgh Knights to even make it to Sunday’s bracket play.
The Pittsburgh Knights themselves lost a tough match against Excelerate Gaming 3-1, putting Excelerate at 2nd place in the pool, but Excelerate will have tough match against 100 Thieves tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Knights will have two matches tomorrow, one against a desperate Team Space and one against Overtime eSport.
100 Thieves took advantage of their weaker competition today winning both their matches behind the strong play of Sam ‘Octane’ Larew. The first of these was against Mazer Gaming that required a reverse sweep while the second against Overtime saw some positive growth for the team, especially in the Hardpoint game mode that has so troubled them in the tournament thus far.
Finally, Mazer Gaming have been unable to recover from their slow start to the tournament and sit on the verge of elimination from the Pro League Qualifier.
The early action in Pool D saw Evil Geniuses and UYU take care of business against Nation of Power and Movistar Riders, 3-1 and 3-0, respectively. UYU had an especially impressive day with Mehran ‘Mayhem’ Anjomshoa and Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno dropping the highest damage per map in the entire tournament. UYU have yet to play the two other top teams in their pool (Evil Geniuses and Mindfreak), and their match against Evil Geniuses tomorrow is likely to determine which of the two organizations will receive a bid to the Pro League.
Meanwhile, after starting the tournament 2-0, Movistar Riders have lost three consecutive matches, and it will not get any easier for them, as they face Red Reserve in their final match of pool play.
Red Reserve bounced back from their early-tournament struggles in a big way with a 3-1 victory over Pool D leaders Mindfreak. Red Reserve slayer Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall continued his strong tournament performance by going 15-0 and 34-14 in the final two maps of the series to put his team on top.
Sadly, Nation of Power fell to Imperial 3-2 to become the only team officially eliminated from the Pro League Qualifier.
What to watch for tomorrow:
100 Thieves and Excelerate Gaming can each likely secure their spot in the Pro League with a victory against the other in the first streamed match of the day. Meanwhile, UYU and Mindfreak will contend for the top spot in Pool D. Later, Team Sween and Enigma6 will square off for the top spot in Pool A.
Later in the afternoon, a couple of veteran rosters will have to face tough opposition if they are to have any chance of making Sunday’s bracket play; FaZe Clan will face the Pool A leaders, Team Sween, while Team Space will go up against the talented Pittsburgh Knights.
You can check out all of the action on www.twitch.tv/callofduty, www.twitch.tv/callofdutybravo, or on ESTNN TV, beginning at 12 PM EST and 5 PM GMT. Happy watching!
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