CWL Las Vegas landed in the hands of OpTic Gaming, but a new champion has risen at CWL Fort Worth, Luminosity Gaming. An amazing series for not only Luminosity, but there were many upsets throughout this weekend; we look back at both brackets and which teams truly surprised us:
Luminosity Gaming: Our Team of the Tournament
From only one defeat throughout the season, Luminosity Gaming are not just crowned CWL Fort Worth champions, but are also team of the tournament. Despite their first championship of the 2019 season, they only lost a single game throughout the series: Splyce denying Luminosity’s chance of a 3-0 win streak in pool C. Both teams are full of aggression and high caliber, resulting in an exciting, yet unpredictable rivalry. Aside from their loss, Luminosity and Splyce went head-to-head three times in the series: pool play, to winners finals and the grand final.
And Your CWL Fort Worth MVP is…
The tournament became unpredictable as the final six teams were revealed for the final day. However, with Luminosity’s clutch of the series, the MVP was awarded to a deserved Gunless. He places third for the highest respawn EKIA (1.25) and taking top of the leaderboard with a 1.44 K/D in Search and Destroy. Taking away his high statistics, Gunless’ overall performance was high tier to watch. During the grand finals, Gunless denied Temp, Aqua and Accuracy early into the game and only losing 25 health overall.
Throughout Gunless’ career in Call of Duty, he has been awarded MVP four times out of the five games he has won since 2017.
Team Reciprocity: Changing The Game
A high achieving team which shocked the community with their T3 placement this weekend; after expectations were set for Team Reciprocity to be one of the first few teams to be eliminated.
Days before, Team Reciprocity announced that Denz would not be playing with his teammates, but young Dylan will be taking his place as the fifth man. Dylan has been a rising prospect in the Call of Duty community, after attending his first major LAN event at CWL Birmingham last season under Radix. Since then, he made his appearance at the CWL Last Chance Qualifiers and successfully advanced his way to the CWL Championships 2018 under Brash Esports. Despite finishing T24, Dylan became one of the five members of Team Sween for the beginning of Black Ops 4; finishing T6 at Las Vegas and advancing to the CWL Pro League Qualifiers. Since their defeat in the Pro League Qualifiers, Dylan was introduced as Team Reciprocity’s substitute for the Pro League and upcoming major events.
Team Reciprocity’s pool consisted of three top flight rosters: Team EnVy, OpTic Gaming and eUnited. However, sudden domination from the EU roster left OpTic Gaming with a defeat in their debut match.
On day 2, they faced Gen.G: the roster which eliminated OpTic Gaming from the series. On Frequency Search and Destroy, both Team Reciprocity and Gen.G were 5-5 and only one could advance into the final six. Dylan was left to search for the final two players to win the series: he found Havok and was then left in an intense, yet successful gunfight with MajorManiak.
Advancing through, Team Reciprocity eliminated Red Reserve and 100 Thieves before falling to Splyce.
OpTic Gaming: Back to Back Champions? Denied.
After a successful start to the 2019 cycle in Vegas, OpTic Gaming were unable to drive towards a second championship. It all began to be a concerning campaign for OpTic after only finding success against rivals, eUnited and finishing third in their table. They had an easy push after eliminating Evil Geniuses from the competition, but a 2-2 tie breaker was left to be revealed for OpTic Gaming’s last hope in staying in the competition. Yet, Gen.G’s performance was unmatched and found their way home placing T12.
The 2019 CWL Fort Worth Open Bracket Champions are…
Congratulations to FC Black, who took the CWL Fort Worth Open Bracket by storm. The roster consisting of Asim, Phantomz, GRVTY and Cellium also introduced eUnited Cadet and substitute, Simp, who only turned 18 last month. They denied every team they played from winners round 1, to meeting APAC favourites, Mindfreak; their second head-to-head finishing in the grand finals. After a 2-2 tie breaker, Mindfreak had to secure 3 points to win the series whilst FC Black were only one round away from their championship.
FC Black are the first champions of an open tournament, Since pro teams were given a standalone tournament.
What’s Next? CWL London!
CWL London is less than two months away and will be the only European event of the season. Who will take the championship? Could OpTic Gaming find revenge? Maybe Splyce will finally succeed? Or could a European team take the title? All will be revealed on the 3rd-5th May. You can get your spectator tickets and team passes here: CLICK HERE