Yesterday, Stage 1 of the European Call of Duty World League presented by PlayStation came to a close. Ten teams – six British, three French and one Spanish – faced off over a total of eighteen playdays in order to try and secure their share of a US$200,000 prize pool. Six teams have now advanced to the playoffs, with the rest in play in relegation against the top four teams from the Challenge Division – and all this is set to take place at the ESL studios in Cologne, Germany from March the 25th to the 27th.
However, first it’s time to take a look back at how Stage 1 unfolded – check out our summary below!
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Stage 1 of the European Call of Duty World League presented by PlayStation saw ups and downs across the board. Team Infused started out surprisingly weak at 3-3 before going on to secure twelve wins in a row. So-called god squad Millenium performed well but then lost both matches against Vitality, costing them their number one spot and putting them neck and neck with Infused.
In the end it was only UK teams made it to the playoffs, with all the French and Spanish teams ending up in relegation. Pulse Gaming suffered a particularly disappointing run, taking no match wins and only three maps in the entire stage, while TCM Gaming demonstrated just how much they’d improved following the addition of SunnyB.
The fight for the final playoffs spot proved especially close, with the top three teams only divided by a mere 8.3% map percentage. However, overall the standings are as many predicted them to be – although top three could arguably have gone either way.
All that remains now is to see how things go down in Cologne from March the 25th to the 27th – you can pick up a ticket to watch the Stage 1 EU finals in person here!
Even more Call of Duty action still to come
Next up in ESL Call of Duty is the final Challenge Division cup – head over to the main Challenge Division site to find out more and sign up your team! To be considered for the relegation qualifier on March the 19th and 20th, make sure to register your final four player lineup to the EU Roster Lock before 23:59 CET on March the 17th.