AMES MATTONE – CWL Pro League
The 2018 Call of Duty World League Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs, Presented by PlayStation 4, ended with FaZe Clan earning their first major championship since the 2015 MLG Pro League Season 3 Playoffs.
After wading through the Losers Bracket, FaZe beat OpTic Gaming in the Stage 1 Grand Finals, taking the Stage 1 title with back-to-back five game series victories.
Here’s how OpTic and FaZe made it to the Stage 1 Grand Finals and what happened in that epic showdown:
OpTic Shuts Down Luminosity, Advances to Grand Finals.
After losing the Winners Finals’ first game, OpTic rebounded in an 11-round Search and Destroy on London Docks that ended with Matthew “FormaL” Piper winning the game-deciding duel.
The Green Wall closed out the series with a shutout in Capture the Flag on Flak Tower and a 61-point victory in a Hardpoint on London Docks.
FaZe Rallies Through Losers Bracket to Grand Finals
After FaZe won the series’ first two games, they skated out to a 2-2 draw in a CTF on Flak Tower. Although tK captured the game’s first overtime flag in 42 seconds, FaZe beat the clock and advanced to the Losers Finals.
Down 2-0 in the series, FaZe fought back for the reverse sweep, winning the series in an S&D on London Docks thanks to Preston “Preistahh’ Greiner’s 12-3 performance.
FaZe Reset the Bracket, Break Their Curse
Led by James “Replays” Crowder, FaZe denied OpTic an easy HP on London Docks victory by making an 80-point comeback for the 250-242 win.
FaZe then worked their way out of a 5-1 hole to steal game two, an S&D on London Docks. Dillon “Attach” Price played the hero for FaZe in this 6-5 victory, sealing the game with an incredible 11th round 1v3 clutch.
OpTic took games three and four in the series, but FaZe ultimately reset the bracket with a game five win in an S&D on Ardennes Forest.
Congratulations to FaZe Clan for winning the CWL Pro League Stage 1 Championship and to Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto for winning the Stage 1 MVP award.
We would also like to thank all of the Stage 1 teams for participating in the Pro League and the fans for watching the past three months of Stage 1 action. We hope to see you all at the CWL Seattle Open coming up on April 20 through April 22!