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MLG Columbus – Day 1 Recap

Feb
19

MLG Columbus – Day 1 Recap

By CallofDutyEsports

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The first Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare LAN tournament kicked off Friday from Columbus, Ohio. All eyes were on Pool Play on this first day, as some of the best teams in the world began competing for a place in the Championship Winners Bracket.

Here’s how the pools stand after Day 1′s action:


Pool A:

#8. Team Kaliber (2-0)

#1. OpTic Gaming (1-1)

#9. Prophecy (1-1)

#16. STDx ESPORT (0-2)

Open Bracket Contender A (TBD)

Team Kaliber jumped out to an early lead in Pool A after an impressive 3-2 series win against OpTic Gaming. Top seed OpTic Gaming avoided a potentially disastrous Day 1 with a 3-1 victory against Prophecy.

Pool B:

#2. Team JusTus (2-0)

#10. OpTic Nation (1-1)

#15. Automatic Reload (1-1)

#7. Rise Nation (0-2)

Open Bracket Contender B (TBD)

Team JusTus lived up to their 2nd seed placing with a 2-0 start, highlighted by a sweep against OpTic Nation. Perhaps the most disappointing team on Day 1 was 7th seed Rise Nation, who will need to win out on Saturday for any chance at the Championship Winners Bracket.

Pool C:

#3. Denial eSports (2-0)

#6. FaZe (1-1)

#11. Stunner Gaming (1-1)

#14. CLS eSports (0-2)

Open Bracket Contender C (TBD)

After winning their initial matches against the pool’s lowered seeded teams, Denial eSports and FaZe faced off for early bragging rights atop Pool C. Denial would claim the victory with an impressive 3-0 sweep.

Pool D:

#5. Aware Gaming (2-0)

#4. EnVyUs (1-1)

#12. Strictly Business (1-1)

#13. Carnage (0-2)

Open Bracket Contender D (TBD)

With wins against EnVyUs and Carnage, 5th seed Aware Gaming have the early advantage in Pool D. Strictly Business had an opportunity to join Aware with a 2-0 record, but sB let EnVyUs come back from a two map deficit in their head-to-head matchup.

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The tournament enters a new phase of the competition on Saturday. Four teams from the Open Bracket will fill out the pools, and we’ll find out which two teams from each pool earn a place in the Championship Winners Bracket. Three rounds of the Championship Losers Bracket will also play out, bringing elimination opportunities for some of the tournament’s top seeded teams.

Watch the MLG Columbus Open 25k all day beginning at 10am EST on MLG.tv. Keep up with the tournament and all of the latest Call of Duty competitive news by following @eSportsCOD. Check back here at www.callofduty.com/eSports as well for daily coverage of the action.

Source: Call of Duty

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