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The fifth CWL event of the 2018 season was this weekend, as over 160 teams went to Seattle, WA for the Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 Seattle Open event featuring a $200,000 prize pool. This was the first CWL event in history in Seattle, WA.

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After three days of Call of Duty: WWII action, Rise Nation took the crown and secured the lion share of the $200,000 prize pool.

Pool Play: 

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On Thursday and Friday, the open bracket play concluded with the top 4 open bracket teams, alongside four relegation teams, making their way into Group Play: Lightning Pandas in Group A; Ghost Gaming was placed in Group B; Enigma6 was in Group C; EZG Blue was in Group D.

Lightning Pandas, Team EnVyUs, eUnited, and Team Kaliber all finished first in their pools after the pool play was completed. The top two teams from each group were then placed into the Winners, and the lower two teams from each group were placed in the Losers Bracket.


Bracket Play:

The winners bracket was set after the pool play matches, and it was one of the most bizarre brackets we have seen in Call of Duty: WWII. Top teams that were expected to be in the Winners Bracket — like Luminosity, FaZe, OpTic — all started on the losers bracket after poor pool play performance.

In the first round of Winners Bracket Quarterfinals, eUnited, the new Evil Geniuses roster, Echo Fox, and Ghost Gaming pushed forward to the semifinals winning their respective series.

The Winners Bracket Finals match up saw eUnited go up against Evil Geniuses. Evil Geniuses won the series 3-0 to secure their place in the CWL Seattle Grand Finals.

Loser’s Bracket:

This was one of the most wild losers bracket in the Call of Duty: WWII season. Top teams – Rise Nation, FaZe, Splyce, and more had to start in the losers bracket. And in this bracket, there were some unexpected results. For the first time since Black Ops 3 Champs, OpTic Gaming placed Top 16 after getting eliminated by Luminosity 3-0 in their first Losers Bracket match. Rise Nation, FaZe, Red Reserve, and Luminosity pushed forward to the fourth round of the losers bracket.

The losers bracket continued as many big name teams were eliminated from the event, like Stage 1 Champs FaZe Clan, Team EnVy, and Luminosity.

The losers bracket finals was eUnited vs Rise Nation. And Rise Nation had an incredible losers bracket run this weekend. They started in Round 2 of the losers bracket and fought their way to the losers bracket finals. In that match, they took down eUnited with the hot 3-0 win and advanced to the Grand Finals to face off against Evil Geniuses.

Grand Finals:

The Grand Finals of CWL Seattle saw the new Evil Geniuses roster go up against Rise Nation. Evil Geniuses came out strong in Game 1 Hardpoint, but Rise tied up the series quickly with a win in Game 2. Rise continued their hot streak as they took the first best of five series 3-1 over Evil Geniuses!

In the second best of five series, Rise Nation’s momentum continued as they won it with the hot 3-0 series win and secured their second tournament win of the Call of Duty: WWII esports season!


Next CWL Open Event: CWL Anaheim  

The final Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 2018 Open Event will be CWL Anaheim, live June 15-17, which features a $200,000 prize pool. Spectator Passes are available at MLG.com.

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