Week eight of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division started off with quick 3-0s and 3-1 matches on day one. FaZe Clan was able to easily sweep Dream Team 3-0 in the first match of the night. OpTic Gaming, Rise Nation, and Team EnVyUs all won their day one matches 3-1 against Luminosity, Team eLevate and Team SoloMid respectively.
Day two proved to be more exciting as the first match of the night went all the way to a game five. Counter Logic Gaming surprised many in their performance versus Rise Nation, but Rise was able to buckle down and win it. This week also featured number one OpTic Gaming take on number two Team EnVyUs. The first Hardpoint match was a real nailbiter. It was all tied up leading into the final seconds, but OpTic was able to close it out 250-247. Search and Destroy and Uplink were different stories as OpTic Gaming were able to easily win both against EnVyUs. OpTic won the series 3-0 and were able to retain their number one standing in the league with a 14-2 record.
A struggling Team Kaliber was unable to do much on day two as Complexity dominated the series to win 3-0. Team SoloMid was also unable to win their series this week; they lost 3-1 against Dream Team. Luminosity was unable to win against eLevate, which kept TSM in eighth place in the standings, but they need to get it together going into the remaining weeks to avoid the possibility of falling out of the top eight. The week ended with a huge upset as H2K won their series 3-0 against FaZe Clan. H2K had an incredible week to finish off 2-0 and get themselves further away from the bottom four.
MATCH OF THE WEEK
This week’s match of the week for Jack “CouRage” Dunlop was Dream Team versus Team SoloMid.
CouRage said: “This might come as a surprise, but I think my match of the week is dT vs TSM. dT were already 0-1 on the week after losing to FaZe 3-0 the night before. In the Hardpoint, TSM threw away a massive lead as it came down to a clutch two-piece by Sender to win the game for dT at a score of 250-248. dT then dominated in SnD to go up 2-0. The worry that dT would throw away another must-win series came when TSM slaughtered them in Uplink as dT began to fall apart. Just like game one, the CTF in game four was a nailbiter that went all the way to double OT where Diabolic went on a six-kill streak to earn a Cerberus that would propel dT to a clutch win that closed out the series 3-1.”
This week’s MVP was Octane from Rise Nation. Rise was able to win both of their matches this week, and CouRage added: “Every week he continues to impress Call of Duty competitive fans with his ability to adapt to any tough situation. It is near impossible to throw him off in the Ban/Protect phase, and he consistently puts up big numbers. This week he had an overall K/D ratio of 1.14 as he led his team to two impressive victories over eLevate and CLG.”
— ESL Call of Duty (@ESLCoD) March 3, 2016
As we head into week nine of the Pro Division, the matches to look out for are Team EnVyUs versus Rise Nation and FaZe Clan versus compLexity. At the end of week eight, both Team EnVyUs and Rise Nation teams are tied with a 11-5 count in the standings. While their matches on day one could shake things up, this matchup could determine the second place team going into week ten. CouRage said: “All four of those teams are in the top 5 positions in the league. Now they move closer and closer to playing for their potential stage one finals seeding. As we move into the final 3 weeks of stage one it doesn't matter what team you are: every match counts.”
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