Do you want to know who took home the top prize at one of the biggest esport events of the year? Did you have fun watching the Call of Duty World League Championship?
Activision has been running the Call of Duty World League Championship all this week, and Sunday marked Championship day. To close out the event, OpTic Gaming took home the Call of Duty World League Championship. This marks the first Call of Duty World Championship for the team, who solidified its roster in July 2015.
OpTic Gaming survived through the five-day competition, including having to fight out of the Losers Bracket. Now, the team finally has a world title for Call of Duty to call its own.
First off for the Losers Bracket series, Luminosity faced Rise Nation. Luminosity took the first match on Throwback Hardpoint, and then won Breakout Search and Destroy for the second match. Rise Nation rallied back in the Frost Uplink match. However, Luminosity Gaming then won the third match on Scorch Hardpoint to win the series and advanced to the Losers Bracket final. Despite the loss, Rise Nation took home a prize package of $80,000.
Next up, OpTic Gaming faced Team EnVyUs. It was another tough match in Throwback Hardpoint. Team EnVyUs won that match and the next match on Breakout Search and Destroy. It was then a loss in another tough match for OpTic Gaming after losing Frost Uplink. With the win of the series, Team EnVyUs made it to the World Championship Grand Finals.
OpTic Gaming had been sent to the losers bracket and was forced to match up against Luminosity. In the first match, OpTic Gaming won Breakout Hardpoint by 151-31 on the Cell Black and Graveyard hills. That was followed up by another win for OpTic Gaming on Retaliation Search and Destroy. Finally, OpTic Gaming clinched the series in Precinct Uplink.
As such, OpTic Gaming rallied back from the Losers Bracket and managed to make it into the World Championship Grand Finals. This marked the first Grand Finals bid in the CWL for OpTic Gaming. Luminosity Gaming still took home a bronze medal and $100,000.
For the Grand Finals at the CWL Championship, it would be Team EnVyUs vs. OpTic Gaming in a rematch across a best-of-five series. First off, OpTic Gaming scored a win in Retaliation Hardpoint, winning by 134-76.
In the second match, Team EnVyUs came back and got a win for the team in Throwback Search and Destroy. That was followed by Match 3, which was a win at Throwback Uplink for OpTic Gaming, winning by 9-2. OpTic Gaming maintained the momentum with a win on Scorch Hardpoint. It was a 250-204 map victory for the team.
OpTic Gaming closed out the show with a win on Precinct Uplink. As a result, OpTic Gaming won three straight matches to take home the Grand Final for the first time at a Call of Duty World League Championship event.
Congrats to OpTic Gaming, who are now the best esport Call of Duty team of the year with the win. OpTic Gaming is now the only team in 2017 to win four events, including the Championship. They also managed to beat the defending champions, Team EnVyUs. To the credit of EnVyUs, this is the first time to make it to back-to-back CWL Championships. Regardless, OpTic Gaming are the 2017 CWL Champions.