Things are already heating up in Stage 2 of the North American Call of Duty Pro Division!

The first week of Stage 2 of the Call of Duty World League presented by PlayStation Pro Division is in the books, and the competition is already heating up.

Our very first match was Team SoloMid going up against the newcomers 100 Thieves. This match was a nail-bitter as it went all the way to a Game 5! 100 Thieves showed they could hang in the Pro Division, winning Game 5 and taking their first win in the CWL 3-2. Royalty from 100 Thieves really showed off his skills, as he got a 1v2 clutch in Game 2 and Game 5.

The next three matchups ended up being very one sided, as Cloud9, FaZe Clan, and Team EnVyUs won their series 3-0 versus Dream Team, Luminosity, and eLevate, respectively. EnVyUs proved their new roster change is able to perform well in the league. The previous EnVyUs line up lost to eLevate 2-4 at the Stage 1 Finals. In our final match of Day 1, the new compLexity roster took on H2K. H2K had Felony play in for Phizzurp, but the team was unable to win. compLexity took them down 3-1.

On Day 2, Cloud9 proved to be the best newcomer into the Call of Duty World League. The first match was Cloud9 going up against 100 Thieves, and it was the Cloud9 show. Cloud9 took the series 3-1 and finished off the week at 2-0. eLevate, a team that was playing incredible during Stage 1, continued to struggle, however, in Stage 2, Week 1. They finished off the week 0-2, as H2K took them down 3-1. H2K ended the week 1-1.

OpTic Gaming made their Stage 2 debut on Day 2 going up against Team EnVyUs in the El Clasico rivalry in Call of Duty eSports. In a shocking twist to start, EnVyUs won Game 1 Hardpoint vs. OpTic. Hardpoint is usually OpTic’s strongest mode, but now we had a series on our hand. OpTic was able to close out on Game 2 S&D in Round 11 to tie up the series 1-1.

The series continued to go back and forth, and ended up at a Game 5 Search and Destroy. OpTic proved to be the stronger team on this map, taking in 6-4 and winning the series 3-2.

FaZe was looking to have a perfect week, as they went up against compLexity on Day 2. And the match seemed like it was an ease for FaZe: they won the series with the quick 3-0, even winning Hardpoint Game 250-90. FaZe ended Week 1 with a perfect 6-0 map win count!

The final Day 2, Week 1 match saw Rise Nation make their Stage 2 debut going up against Team SoloMid. Rise continued to prove that they are a top team in the league as they ran through this series with a 3-0 win.

And our casters had impeccable analysis skills this week. Let’s re-watch Maven’s breakdown of how useful overdrive is on Uplink!

There was also a match that took place off stream: Luminosity vs. Dream Team. Luminosity started the series off with a 2-0 lead, but then lost the next 3 maps in a row. Dream Team won the series 3-2 and finished the week 1-1. Although Luminosity made a roster change, the team was unable to clutch up this week; they finished 0-2.
 

MATCH OF THE WEEK

With the start of Stage 2, there’s an all new Match of the Week every Thursday. This week’s match was a Stage 1 Grand Finals rematch: Rise Nation vs. OpTic Gaming. In the Stage 1 Finals, OpTic came out on top, but this series was very different. OpTic was able to take Game 1 Hardpoint, and that was it. Game 2 S&D was a close one: it went all the way to Round 11, but Rise Nation was able to clutch up and tie the series 1-1. Uplink was up next, and that was just as evenly matched. But once again Rise closed it out 8-6. The series ended in favor of Rise Nation 3-1, as they took CTF with a 2-0 win and finished week 1 with a 2-0 start. OpTic finished with a 1-1 start.

WEEK 1 STANDINGS

COMING UP

This was just Week 1. There is a lot more Call of Duty action to come! Call of Duty World League Pro Division Stage 2, Week 2 begins on Tuesday, April 26 at 15:00 Pacific / 18:00 Eastern live here. The full schedule for Pro Division Stage 2 is now available here.

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