Luminosity Wins Call of Duty World League Anaheim Open Presented by PlayStation(R)4
Sixteen Teams Prepare for CWL Global Pro League Stage 2, Beginning
Fnatic, Cloud9, Red Reserve, BitterSweet Battle On
CWL Anaheim Excites Fans with First Open Event All-Star Game
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- An intense weekend of Call of Duty action has come to an end at the CWL Anaheim Open, hosted by Major League Gaming Corp. (MLG), with Luminosity claiming the Anaheim Open Champion title.
Over 120 hopeful teams entered the CWL Anaheim Open with eyes on their share of the $200,000 event prize pool, battling for the top prize against teams set to compete later this month at the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2. Teams Cloud9, BitterSweet, Fnatic and Red Reserve battled their way to Stage 2 after winning the Relegation Qualifier on Thursday.
On Saturday, fans were treated to a no-holds barred All-Star match featuring top players from CWL Stage 1. Championship Sunday saw Luminosity capture the designation of CWL Anaheim Open Champion, while teams Splyce, Epsilon and Cloud9 rounded out the top four spots at the end of the three-day tournament.
"I've been to this event every year since I was an amateur player. It's always the biggest turnout, always the biggest hype. Winning Anaheim meant the world to me," said Sam ‘Octane' Larew, CWL Anaheim Open MVP, following the Grand Finals. "We won a championship with how we played today, so we need to keep our game exactly the same going into CWL Stage 2."
Here are the final rankings for the CWL Anaheim Open:1st - Luminosity 2nd - Splyce 3rd - Epsilon 4th - Cloud9 5th/6th - Enigma6 & Evil Geniuses 7th/8th - OpTic Gaming & Red Reserve
The Call of Duty community's focus now shifts to the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2, starting June 30, where sixteen teams will compete for a chance at their share of the $700,000 CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 prize pool in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the total $4 million prize pool for the 2017 CWL season.
Here are the teams that will participate in the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2, with team members noted in parentheses:
North America:Cloud9 (Assault, Aches, Priestahh, Xotic) eUnited (Silly, Prestinni, Arcitys, Swarley) Enigma6 (General, Proto Kade, Royalty) Evil Geniuses (Parasite, Nameless, Nagafen, Havok) Faze Clan (Clayster, Attach, Zoomaa, Enable) Luminosity Gaming (Saints, Octane, Slacked, Classic) OpTic Gaming (Scump, Formal, Karma, Crimsix) Rise Nation (Faccento, Felony, Aqua, Loony) Team EnVyUs (Jkap, John, Apathy, Slasher) BitterSweet (SpaceLy, Lacefield, LlamaGod, Maux)
EU:Elevate (Desire, Reedy, Zed, Watson) Epsilon (Dqvee, Vortex, Hawqeh, Joshh) Fnatic (SunnyB, Scrapz, Wuskin, Tommey) Red Reserve (Seany, Rated, Joee, Urban) Splyce (Zero, Bance, Madcat, Jurd)
APAC:Mindfreak (Buzzo, Shockz, Fighta, Denz)
The 2017 CWL Championship, the ultimate Call of Duty World League competition, is headed to the East Coast of America for the first time, as the top 32 teams in the Call of Duty World League today will compete at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 9-13. The CWL Championship General Admission (GA), three-day tickets, are now available online, starting at $53.99 (plus fees and taxes).
Activision and MLG (both part of Activision Blizzard) join forces with PlayStation®4 to bring Call of Duty World League to a global audience, with the goal of providing fans the best Esports experience at live events and broadcast on mlg.tv/callofduty.
For the latest intel on the Call of Duty World League Presented by PlayStation®4 and for live broadcasts check out: http://www.callofduty.com/cwl, tv.majorleaguegaming.com/channel/cwl, www.youtube.com/majorleaguegaming, or follow @CODWorldLeague on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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