Action continued on Saturday from the MLG Columbus Open 25k, as some of the best teams in the world resumed competition in the first major tournament for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
After the conclusion of Pool Play, the top two teams from each pool advanced to the Championship Winners Bracket, while the remaining teams populated the Championship Losers Bracket.
Here were the final pool standings (Championship Winners Bracket qualifiers in bold):
#9. Prophecy (3-1)
#1. OpTic Gaming (3-1)
#8. Team Kaliber (3-1)
OQ. Noble eSports (1-3)
#16. STDx ESPORT (0-4)
In a three-way tie that was decided by head-to-head map winning percentage, Prophecy (57%) and OpTic Gaming (56%) took top honors in Pool A. It was a tough break for Team Kaliber (38%), whose 3-0 sweep at the hands of Prophecy cost them a spot in the Championship Winners Bracket.
#2. Team JusTus (4-0)
#10. OpTic Nation (3-1)
#15. Automatic Reload (2-2)
#7. Rise Nation (1-3)
OQ. Team Orbit (0-4)
The Pool B standings from Day 1 stood at the end of Day 2, as Team JusTus and OpTic Nation won out to qualify for the Championship Winners Bracket. Rise Nation managed to take a series against Open Bracket Qualifier Team Orbit, but would still fall behind 15th seed Automatic Reload in the final standings.
#3. Denial eSports (4-0)
#6. FaZe (3-1)
#11. Stunner Gaming (2-2)
#14. CLS eSports (1-3)
OQ. Team Vitality (0-4)
No surprises in Pool C, with Denial eSports and FaZe holding onto their respective 1st and 2nd spots. French-based Team Vitality was the Pool C qualifier from the Open Bracket, but would fail to take a series in Pool Play.
#12. Strictly Business (3-1)
#4. EnVyUs (3-1)
#5. Aware Gaming (3-1)
OQ. dT eSports (1-3)
#13. Carnage (0-4)
Another three-way tie developed in Pool D, with Strictly Business (56%) and EnVyUs (50%) taking the Championship Winners Bracket spots over Aware Gaming (44%).
Championship Winners Bracket
It was a tale of game 5′s in the Championship Winners Quarterfinals, as all four series would go to the match limit.
Prophecy were the first through, defeating a much-hyped OpTic Nation squad. After exchanging game wins, Prophecy would win the deciding Search & Destroy in a 6-0 sweep. The series win was particularly significant for the newly formed team, as Prophecy was also able to clinch one of the four open spots in Season 1 of the MLG Pro League.
Mirroring their Day 1 performance against Strictly Business, EnVyUs would come back from a 0-2 map count to take their series against Denial eSports. New addition James “Clayster” Eubanks was the standout player in the final S&D match, and he’ll be counted on again as EnVyUs continues on into Championship Sunday.
FaZe pulled out a 3-2 series win against a tough Strictly Business team. The victory is sure to have been a weight off the back of FaZe’s Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov, who at one point went a combined 0-17 K/D between Riot/S&D and Retreat/CTF.
OpTic Gaming had some devastating losses in their series against JusTus: opening with a 250-82 loss on Detroit/Hardpoint and later blowing a 5-0 halftime lead in Comeback/Uplink. But this team of experienced players showed amazing resolve in the deciding S&D game, winning 6-3 to move on in the Winners Bracket.
Championship Sunday action in the Winners Bracket opens with a pair of rivalry matchups. Prophecy’s Chris “Parasite” Duarte will take on his former team FaZe. And the always entertaining EnVyUs/OpTic Gaming matchup will be heightened this time around, with EnVyUs’ James “Clayster” Eubanks and OpTic Gaming’s Matt “Formal” Piper now on opposite sides of the main stage.
Meanwhile there will be added pressure in the Losers Bracket, as many of the remaining teams fight for the three remaining spots in Season 1 of the MLG Pro League. For teams like Automatic Reload, Aware Gaming, Dream Team eSports, Strictly Business, and Team Kaliber, Sunday’s results will not only determine this weekend’s tournament, but also their competition plans for the coming months.
Which team will come out on top and claim the MLG Columbus Open 25k? Championship Sunday action begins at 10am EST on MLG.tv.
Source: Call of Duty