Call of Duty World League Stage 2 Finals took place this past weekend. After an intense four days of Call of Duty action, three champions — one from each region — have been crowned!

In addition, 12 of the Pro Division teams have locked in a spot to compete at the 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 at Call of Duty XP.

Here’s a recap of what happened in each region:

North America:

North America had one of the most exciting Stage 2 Finals yet– the big name teams and favorites leading into the event, OpTic Gaming, were eliminated on Day 1 after falling in Game 7 to Luminosity. Dream Team also took out FaZe on Day 2 in that quarterfinal matchup, leaving four teams heading into the semifinals: Luminosity, Dream Team, Team EnVyUs, and Rise Nation.

In the first semifinals, EnVyUs won it 4-1 vs. Rise Nation and secured a spot in the Grand Finals. They were joined by Dream Team, who took out Luminosity in a final Game 7!

The Grand Finals featured EnVyUs going up against Dream Team; Team EnVyUs won the it 4-1 and was crowned the NA Stage 2 Champions!

Final Placings:

  • 1st: Team EnVyUs
  • 2nd: Dream Team
  • 3rd-4th: Rise Nation & Luminosity
  • 5th-8th: OpTic Gaming, FaZe Clan, Cloud9, and H2K

Auto-qualification to Call of Duty Championship was determined by the Call of Duty Championship Points that each team had. Teams in the Pro Division earned these points based upon their placings at the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Finals.

From North America, here are the 6 Pro Division teams that have qualified for CWL Championship:

  • OpTic Gaming
  • FaZe Clan
  • Rise Nation
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Dream Team

There are still 10 spots left to fill. The online qualification for the North America region takes place August 12-14. If you’re interested in reaching that qualification stage, be sure to compete and earn CWL Pro Points via GameBattles Pro Points tournaments. There’s also one more North America LAN event left, MLG Orlando. More info on that here.


Europe:

There were not many upsets to start off the EU Stage 2 Finals. Both Splyce and Millenium were able to win their respective quarterfinals matchup and advanced to the semifinals. The first semifinals was incredible matchup, as Splyce went up against Infused. Infused made the miraculous comeback in Game 7 down 2-5 to win it 6-5 and advance to the Grand Finals. The second semifinals matchup was HyperGames vs. Millenium, and Millenium won it 4-0.

The Grand Finals featured Team Infused vs. Millenium. Millenium won the series 4-2 and claimed the title of EU Stage 2 Champions!

Final Placings:

  • 1st: Millenium
  • 2nd: Team Infused
  • 3rd-4th: HyperGames and Splyce
  • 5th-6th: Epsilon eSports and Supremacy

Four Europe Pro Division teams have qualified for the CWL Championship:

  • Millenium
  • Splyce
  • Team Infused
  • Hypergames

There are still 8 spots still left to be filled from Europe. The EU Online Qualification takes place July 22-24.


Australia / New Zealand:

Four ANZ teams competed in the ANZ Stage 2 Finals, and Mindfreak was crowned ANZ Stage 2 Champions after defeating Orbit 4-2 in the Grand Finals!

Final Placings:

  • 1st: Mindfreak
  • 2nd: Orbit
  • 3rd-4th: Team Immunity and Chiefs eSports Club

Two ANZ teams have qualified for the CWL Championship:

  • Mindfreak
  • Orbit

There are still 2 more spots left for ANZ teams at the CWL Championship. The online qualification for ANZ takes place July 22-24.



The Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 takes place at Call of Duty XP, Sept. 2-4, live from The Forum in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in attending, tickets to attend the event are still on sale HERE.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest Call of Duty esports news!

Main image via ESL/Activision.

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  • bsktballmsu1

    esports as a whole is a growing industry but cod esports is so stagnant. Won’t grow with the movement system inplace. The games that played best for competitive were bo2 and cod4. And that was because those are imo the two best cods in terms of overall multiplayer enjoyment. Make games for the public and they will be good esports games. Just get rid of stupid shit like shock charges and trip mines/ieds.

    • Former

      CoD esports has grown since Bo2, bro. The most concurrent viewers peaked during AW. As long as popular players such as members of Optic and FaZe keep growing their channels and social media, more people will gain interest in it.

      • BradyAlucard

        Are you serious? CoD e-Sports is declining, that’s a fact.

        • Former

          Provide some evidence to your claimed “fact.” Oh, wait…last argument, you couldn’t provide any. Suppose this will be a repeat.

          • we

            30k viewers sounds like it’s declining

          • Former

            The most popular team was out of the tournament very early, so yes, it was a pretty dead event in terms of viewers. However, one event’s viewership is not nearly enough to prove eSports is “dying.” CoD Champs will get 100k viewers easily.

          • J4MES

            100,000 viewers is absolutely pathetic and embarrassing for the brand. Proper competitive games like CSGO are exceeding tens of millions. CSGO Cologne achieved 27m and COD barely gets a few hundred thousand and is one of the least popular in the whole domain despite having such great investment and brand identity. It should be getting at least 8m viewers regularly but the games are declining in quality, the brand is declining and most of all; it’s no fun to watch as COD takes no skill whatsoever. It had more viewership when it wasn’t eSport branded on the old games but ironically now it’s comp-focused; its popularity has gone down the drain.

          • Former

            Yeah, I agree. Numbers are low. That doesn’t mean they’re declining though. Average viewership has grown throughout AW and Bo3. If you think otherwise, you clearly haven’t been keeping up with competitive, which is usually the case for people that try to bash it.

          • J4MES

            AW and BO3 have been built with competitive in mind but the view counts should be accelerating rather than being stagnant after all the brand awareness and investment eSports COD has had. The fact it’s not growing is almost a decline and when individual Twitch streamers are gaining more viewers and revenue from live streaming the likes of Runescape, Euro Truck Simulator and Overwatch. Call of Duty is actually holding eSports back and is a bit of an embarrassment as it has about 60% of investment yet its one of the least watched brands in the concept and other games prize pools are made to suffer despite them getting millions of viewers.

          • Former

            60% of investment for eSports? I’d like to know where you found that number, because it seems off by a long shot.

          • J4MES

            That’s based on the prize pools, amount of fixed competitions and invited players. The fact it’s the least popular is just pathetic and other games and properly skilled players are made to suffer. Even Overwatch which still gets over 7m players a day is on the rollout back-burner in many competitions despite having a dedicated comp mode due to BO3. Activision really need to push the right game and that one would be Overwatch for eSports.

          • Former

            You have to consider that PC-based games appeal to a greater margin of gamers around the world. For example, in India, there is little to no server support for CoD on PS4/XB1 and therefore, the connection is terrible. That’s why international console sales are so low, thus minimizing viewership for console eSports. If people don’t enjoy the game, they certainly won’t watch tournaments. Taking all of that into consideration, I think CoD is doing relatively well. Yes it isn’t seeing a ton of growth, but that’s not to say it should be thrown under the bus. If I’m not mistaken, CSGO wasn’t always the powerhouse of eSports like it is now. Give it time.

          • J4MES

            Time is actually against COD as the franchise struggles and is becoming more tired. eSports probably arrived at the wrong time and 4 years too late. If it was around back in 2009 or so to the tune it is now; COD would have become massive in the competitive respect although this would have alienated casuals in the base games in this time. If Infinite Warfare fails to capture a decent comp crowd and doesn’t grow further; Activision will need to refocus MLG and that may be a priority game change as the brand isn’t quite the powerhouse it should be on a significant level and the lack of growth despite the huge outreach, amount of tournaments, players, investment, sponsorship and prize money is quite alarming for such a big name and its home backers. The games are just out of place in this environment and watching someone dance round a tinpot sized map with a fully aim assisted SMG with sizable hitboxes isn’t great entertainment for many. Activision may need to commission a completely focused comp title or accept the lack of interest to satisfy the majority casual playing community.

          • Former

            The problem is that CoD is not built for competitive. Sure, small tweaks are made to cater to it, but that’s not the same thing. Compare it to CSGO in which 90% of the player base is not casual by any means. CoD has little to no developer support to create a competitive-driven game, and probably never will due to most of the player base being casuals. That’s the unfortunate truth behind all of this.

            Yes, CoD has aim assist and little recoil. But if you think it’s a walk in the park to reach pro level, you’re sadly mistaken. I think competitive CoD caters well to people who want to watch fast-paced action rather than the slow pace of CS.

          • Ruski Drinks Brewski

            No shit CS is slow because it’s a fucking SnD game not like CoD with CTF, HP or Dom also it’s first to 16, however each round is intense, whilst in CoD it’s very predictable and generic nothing new. If console never implemented aim assist in the games I could see CoD having the chance being big in the esports community but as of now NO SINGLE CHANCE WILL IT BE TOP.

          • Former

            My argument isn’t whether or not it will be at the top…Jesus, hop off CSGO’s dick for a second to actually see what I’m arguing.

          • Ruski Drinks Brewski

            Well I’m sorry if I was being ignorant but it’s the truth, Cod literally makes Esports look bad the way it is now and I don’t ride on CS:GO dick too much, if I’m on here.

          • BradyAlucard

            “The problem is that CoD is not built for competitive. Sure, small tweaks are made to cater to it, but that’s not the same thing”

            *Then why is CoD still supporting it?!* That’s the issue, CoD introduced it when it had no reason to exist in the first place, which will kill the franchise, “just give it time!”. Now that we’re on the same page, will you shut up?

          • BradyAlucard

            “Yes it isn’t seeing a ton of growth, but that’s not to say it should be thrown under the bus”

            You’re only proving your own defeat.

          • BradyAlucard

            “Yeah, I agree. Numbers are low. That doesn’t mean they’re declining though”

            You, uh, what? Why? How can someone be this ignorant?

          • Former

            Low does not mean declining. Do I have to teach you Calculus now, as well?

          • BradyAlucard

            *Ahem*.

            “de·cline
            dəˈklīn/
            verb
            1.
            (typically of something regarded as good) become smaller, fewer, or less; decrease.”

          • Former

            “Low” as in compared to other eSports, not “low” as in compared to its past viewership. If you actually read the comment I was replying to, you would have known the context.

          • BradyAlucard

            I know full-well what your context was. It’s definitely declined.

          • CoDforever

            difference is CS has been going for 15+ years now, while Activision only started supporting esports a few years ago. Besides, CoD is still the most popular Console esport.

            100k is pathetic? dude theres only like 200k that even play this game lmao

          • BradyAlucard

            CoD e-Sports dying is a fact, and now it’s time to move on. And how do you know that 200k people are playing BO3 when it doesn’t even provide that statistic? That’s just 100k in CoD Champs and 30k regularly, by your logic, 50k Drift0r views indicates that CoD on YouTube is ‘alive and well’. The only reason why CoD e-Sports won’t die anytime soon is solely because of the fact that Activision is still investing millions into it, not because of livestream numbers (not that that’s any indication of anything).

          • CoDforever

            No thats not a fact. The only fact is that COD viewership is extremely inconsistent. Sometime we’ll pull 20k viewers and other times we’ll pull 230k viewers (S1 finals). There was a leaked screenshot that showed around 170k on the xbox one.

            And your youtube analogy is terrible

          • BradyAlucard

            My analogy was fine. Even if it were “terrible”, well, it’s not as bad as using viewership as ‘evidence’.

          • CoDforever

            Lol and what are you basing your evidence on??

          • BradyAlucard

            Where’s *your* evidence, though? I haven’t seen anyone make a big deal about competitive CoD in a long time, righfully so. I think that I could have thought my analogy through a bit more to be honest, but I don’t really consider it an analogy, especially one that took 5 seconds that I instantly forgot, nor did I intend to make it a big deal. To maybe help it a little bit, compare it to Whiteboy7thst’s channel; it took off during MW2 and BO1 because of his clickbait titles and giveaways and got tons of views, approaching millions of views per video, and then getting merely 50k views per video nowadays if that, but there are also videos that approach a million views here and there. Is that not a decline? 30k Twitch views are not impressive in the slightest.

          • CoDforever

            all the good teams got eliminated early, the finals were between 2 completely unknown teams. Its like watching a superbowl between 2 randomn highschool teams, obviously viewership decreases.

            also, your evidence is “I haven’t seen anyone make a big deal about competitive CoD in a long time” LOL viewership is 10x better evidence

          • BradyAlucard

            I never stated that it was ‘evidence’ to be taken as ‘evidence’, when did I say such a thing? Thinking that viewership might be even a small shred of ‘evidence’ is laughable at best. As I’ve stated to you before, it’s really difficult (nearly impossible) to get the evidence on both sides, so “not making a big deal about competitive” is more than what we currently have.

          • BradyAlucard

            And it IS a fact.

          • J4MES

            And COD has been going on for 13 years and CSGO only became competitive at the same time as Call of Duty. What’s your point or is this more fanboy defence even against glaring failures? If Call of Duty started selling used condoms; you’d still find some way to defend it LOL!

          • CoDforever

            Call of Duty never really became an esport until Black ops 2. Before that there was a little bit of Competitive COD4, but Activision had no part in it and it was all MLG supported (they werent very big at the time either). Also shitty games like Ghosts and AW have severely damaged the scene. If we had our own way, we would still be playing black ops 2 and we would have had 10x more viewers today.

            If you seriously think CSGO started being played competitively at the same time as COD please delete your account

          • J4MES

            LMAO you’ve just repeated what I said. Also CSGO was RELEASED in august 2012 which was 2 months before Black Ops 2 and didn’t have a fixed comp until months later which was AFTER BO2. So actually COD was competitive before even CSGO. Perhaps you poorly informed moron should delete YOUR account as all you seem to do is embarrass yourself or post made up or blatantly incorrect information each time in a pithy attempt to justify your deluded argument. LEL!

          • CoDforever

            Before CSGO there was CS; Source and Before Source there was CS 1.6, all of them were played competitively you fucking idiot.

            http://www.esportsearnings.com/tournaments/3572-cgs-2008-cs-source

            and FYI Counter Strike Source has had events all the way back to 2005, : http://www.esportsearnings.com/games/226-counter-strike-source

            Oh and the original Counter Strike? WAS one of the biggest esports of all time, with events recording all the way back to 2002: http://www.esportsearnings.com/games/162-counter-strike

            The total prize pool of only the ORIGINAL counter strike is almost double Call of Duty’s entire prize since its beginning as an esports, and thats not even counting CS Source or CSGO.

            I just want to see the face of your stupid troll ass just reading this realizing how minformed and retarded u truly are

          • J4MES

            CS Source and 1.6 were never eSports LMAO! Both CSGO and BO2 were launched as eSports in the same year and even COD was played competitive prior to your first COD aka COD 4. You really are the most stupid kid I’ve ever seen on the internet. Well done. I’ve also been playing counterstrike long before you were even born so don’t lecture me with your google searches on stuff you know nothing about to cover your initial idiotic opinions. LEL!

          • LLORT

            There are tonnes of Black Ops 3 videos that get 2-3m views so even if a medicore 200k were playing the game; that doesn’t mean people don’t watch related gameplay of it. CoD is pretty much the only console eSport too. The figures it gets in horrendous and not even the most hardened apologists can defend that. CoD and CSGO competitive were also integrated into the eSport arena at the same time so that’s another hole in your deluded arguement. Try and do your homework and use logic next time because making up stats and providing hilariously bad reasoning isn’t doing you any favors lmao!

          • CoDforever

            # of people watching a livestream in real time and # of people that watched a 5-10 min video is nowhere near the same thing lmao. The fact that you really think that shows me how incredibly stupid u must be.

            ” CoD is pretty much the only console eSport too.”

            Halo, Rainbow 6, FIFA, NBA, Rocket league and so many other games. Even Battlefield desperately tried to become an esport. Halo itself had a 2.5 million dollar championship, thats almost higher than COD’s entire league prize pool.

            “CoD and CSGO competitive were also integrated into the eSport arena at the same time so that’s another hole in your deluded arguement. ”

            LMAO Counter Strike has been played competitively since 1990’s and Valve has funded several majors in the past few years alone. While Activision has only held 1 tournament each year until this year when the CWL started.

            Its also not the greatest for CoD esports if we have to sit through shitty games like Ghosts and AW each year. Had we had our own way and played BO2 every year then we would have 10x more viewers by now.

          • BradyAlucard

            Not that viewership is an indication of anything, let alone ‘evidence’, but 100k viewers is ‘impressive’ to you? I can’t help but laugh.

          • BradyAlucard

            I’ve provided you with plenty of evidence destroying your ignorance, what did you provide? Not only do you support the disease that is MP-only AAA games, but you also support CoD e-Sports too? LOL. Just rich. Don’t believe what you’re being told; competitive CoD has been in decline since Ghosts now that they added ‘advanced movement’, and that’s a fact (and a good thing, too).

          • Former

            “Destroying my ignorance”…lol. I can tell you still have residual anger from that. Settle down, Timmy.

            Again, you say the word fact, and follow it with nothing. Just to save my time and yours, provide some sort of evidence other than your own ignorant opinion, then I’ll keep replying. If not, don’t bother.

          • BradyAlucard

            Residual anger from what? Over your silly, pathetic “Multiplayer games should exist” mentality that ruins gaming? Okay, then. Your own definition of ‘evidence’ was posting an article for a 5-and-a-half year old game. Does that not make you ignorant? I didn’t call you stupid, I called you ignorant, so keep that in mind.

            Why should I, when you don’t do it? And it’s funny that you say that *I* have an ignorant opinion (must be that “residual anger”) when you think that $60 Multiplayer-only games should be a thing. I wouldn’t want to see what you think about $60 always-online DRM SINGLEPLAYER games. The only facts you need are right in front of you; look at Black Ops 2 and look at now. You have to be ignorant to support competitive CoD, especially in its downward spiral decline. CoD reached its competitive peak during Black Ops 2 and Ghosts, and even though Activision is investing millions into it (which is stupid) isn’t showing any improvement at all, so let’s see your evidence that it’s “growing”.

          • Former

            After all this time, you *still* think I was pushing multiplayer-only games. Lol. Your ignorance never ceases to amaze me.

            Refer to my conversation with James if you’d like to see my points on THIS topic. I can’t bear to talk to someone like you.

          • BradyAlucard

            Yes… Because that was your agenda. I know that you were *attempting* to state why most players play Multiplayer, but that entire conversation stemmed from you thinking that there was nothing wrong with Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege being $60, in which there objectively is/was.

            “Someone like me”? Someone who’s logical and provides better arguments than you do? Maybe you shouldn’t have been a jackass?

          • Ruski Drinks Brewski

            AHAHAHA, not a lot of viewers watch CoD, compare it with CS:GO and you will see that CS:GO will out beat CoD any day. #CS:GOCOMP4LIFE. Look at streams on twitch, the most popular game most people stream is CS:GO for FPS and mostly other games with skill. Used to be great when CoD 4 and Blops 2 were out because those games were fun to watch and did have a bit of skill level in them, now you just get bunny hopping players jumping around getting kills with no skills. There’s no need for evidence when it’s right in front of your face but I guess you’re just ignorant to know. This is why I hate the CoD esports community, always think that CoD is the best game for esports but it went shit after blops 2 but hey it’s great that the community for CoD is really shit now, because you guys who asked for change and then say that it was a shit change is the possible reason why CoD isn’t growing in Esports.

          • Former

            So comparing one game to another is “evidence” for the other declining in popularity? That’s like saying Xbox One sales are declining because PS4 sold more. You do realize how illogical that sounds, right? I realize CS is more popular. Anyone with a functioning brain can see that. However, CoD esports is, at the moment, stagnant at the very least. Average viewership has NOT declined since the new movement whatsoever.

        • J4MES

          Yep, the likes of CSGO gets nearly 25m viewers in major tournaments yet COD struggles to retain a six-figure viewership despite hefty investment and its brand stature. Anything less than 8m is a complete embarrassment for Activision yet its struggling to reach 1m these days for even worldwide majors. Games that require real skill get the attention and COD just looks rather out of place on the comp circuit as it takes none. The fact the games aren’t that great these days plus the advanced movement is another turn-off for viewers.

    • They need a better league play system put in place, that’s what grew esports on blops 2.

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  • Dr. Edward Richtofen

    How does everyone like ghostbusters

    • FazalGaming (Jordan’s A Vegan)

      Pretty good movie.

      • Dr. Edward Richtofen

        It’s my favorite movie

      • BradyAlucard

        It seems like it promotes an agenda. I knew that they’d make the female characters overpowered and know what they’re doing at the start, the same thing happened to Rey in The Force Awakens. Mary Sues are ruining entertainment.

        • Rey

          I am NOT a Mary Sue!

          • BradyAlucard

            Yes you are, Rey. Embrace it.

        • I wouldn’t say Rey is leaning to the liberal agenda like the Ghostsbusters movie did. I think you’re comparing two different things there.

          • BradyAlucard

            Rey is debateable. But Luke didn’t know how to do Jedi Mind Tricks when he was becoming one. Whereas Rey learns how to do mastery levels of the force when she’s tied up in a chair. What’s next? Kylo Ren kills her and she magically knows how to become a Force Ghost out of the blue? There are many suspicious things going on in entertainment. The X-Men Apocalypse poster is nothing in comparison.

    • BradyAlucard

      Based off of what I *heard*? Atrocious. Not going to even touch it.

      • FazalGaming (Jordan’s A Vegan)

        You’re missing out.

        • BradyAlucard

          I personally think that I’m not.

          • Siftblade

            You’re not.

          • BradyAlucard

            Good, because I’d go into it knowing that it’d be the worst movie released in a while.

          • Ruski Drinks Brewski

            I haven’t seen it as well, don’t think I ever will. If someone literally makes me watch it will be BLEACH TIME.

      • Dr. Edward Richtofen

        It’s cool Kate McKinnon is my favorite character in it

    • i want to kill myself

    • Ghostbusters? More like Bleachbusters

  • Capten ermirica

    Anybody else want to join me in not giving a flying fuck about esports?

    • lunator100hd .

      Here.

  • I feel like I’m the only person who notice this, GlitchingQueen got a COD crate and in it came a COD IW legacy edition PS4 code thing it has a beta code with it, and on the paper which lists all the things in the box it says that there’s a IW beta code aswell.
    IW beta confirmed?

    • Ruski Drinks Brewski

      It was confirmed like a month ago I think

    • lunator100hd .

      Tmar hasnt get a code yet, why her?

      • Cos I’d rather fuck her than tmartn.

        • Former

          Think she’s a legit vampire, man. Too risky.

          • Atleast if I become a vampire I can spend eternity with her <3

    • Former

      Pretty sure a beta was confirmed months ago, dude.

  • Diego Diniz

    Im a good COD PLayer..why this kind of things do NOT come here in Brazil???
    WHy?!

    • lunator100hd .

      How many ppl can afford ps4+cod in Brazil?

      • Diego Diniz

        Just a few…
        1 Dolar here is almost R$ 4,00!
        Im fucked up to buy Infinite Warfare + COD4 + Season Pass on November + PSN Plus Membership card…
        Lucky I already have my SCUF Controller + Kontrol Freek!

        • lunator100hd .

          Dude you are relatively wealthy, your country has many poverty issues.

  • CoDforever

    One of the worst events I have ever watched. Embarrassing.