CWL Pro League Stage 1 Division B Week 4 Roundup
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FaZe Clan and Epsilon bookend Division B with notable final Stage 1 regular season weeks.
The 2018 Call of Duty World League Pro League, Presented by PlayStation 4, ended Division B play on March 22, with FaZe Clan (1st, 11-3, 38-16) stealing the division’s first place position.
During FaZe’s successful finish, Epsilon Esports (8th, 2-12, 14-39) ended their Division B campaign with their first and only Stage 1 victories.
Luminosity Gaming (2nd, 10-4, 36-20) led Division B up until its final week, where it stumbled against Team EnVyUs (3rd, 8-6, 27-27).
FaZe lost to eUnited (4th, 7-7, 28-27) during this week, but were still on course to fight LG for first with wins against Unilad Esports (5th, 7-7, 29-30) and Splyce (6th, 6-8, 27-28).
Serving as the Stage 1 Regular Season send-off match, LG and FaZe met on the MLG Arena stage. LG struck first with a 250-222 win in Hardpoint on Gibraltar.
FaZe returned fire in game two, a Search and Destroy on Valkyrie, where they won 6-4 in part to Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto’s 14 kills and Preston “Priestahh” Greiner’s ability to close out the game in round 10.
After racking up four flag captures in a shutout Capture the Flag on Ardennes Forest, FaZe locked up Division B’s regular season title with a 250-225 victory in HP on Valkyrie.
FaZe won the right to play Team Kaliber in the first round of the Stage 1 Playoffs, while Luminosity will take their second seed and square off against third seeded Red Reserve from Division B.
Epsilon Shake Up Stage 1 Playoffs Picture
In a series that meant little for Epsilon’s Pro League future, the Europeans fought off Evil Geniuses (7th, 5-9, 21-33) and won their first Pro League match.
The series started with back-to-back EG wins, and the Geniuses seemed to have a chance at sweeping Epsilon while up 3-2 in the second half of a Capture the Flag on London Docks. However, thirty seconds into that half, David “Dqvee” Davies caused havoc in EG’s base, and sparked a three flag run for the Epsilon victory.
Epsilon kept their reverse sweep hopes alive in a Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest, with Dqvee and Jordan “Reedy” Reed piling on 78 kills combined during the 250-225 win.
Returning back to Ardennes Forest for a game five S&D, Dqvee once again showed off his clutch gene, leading Epsilon to a 6-1 rout and the series reverse sweep.
Evil Geniuses’ loss to Epsilon began a four game skid that ultimately landed the Geniuses in the Pro League Relegation tournament. On the same day where EG were doomed to relegation, Epsilon picked up their second Pro League win in a 3-1 decisive series against EnVy.
These two wins may not mean much on paper, but are still confidence boosters for a team that could not catch a break up until Division B’s final week.
The CWL Pro League Stage 1 regular season may be over, but the CWL Birmingham Open and the Stage 1 Playoffs are just around the corner on back-to-back weekends.
Tickets for both the CWL Birmingham Open and the Stage 1 Playoffs are still on sale, and both can be watched live at MLG.com/CallofDuty, where you can watch the CWL in source quality video, engage with fans in the Scorestreak mini-game, and see real-time player statistics.