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CWL Anaheim – 100 Thieves Takes It All




This past weekend the Call of Duty World League made its way to Anaheim, California for one of the most significant events of the season, CWL Anaheim. There was $325,000 up for grabs with the best 16 teams in the world battling it out for their share.

For the longest time Call of Duty events being held in Anaheim have been regarded the most important, just behind the annual Call of Duty World Championship in stature. However, with franchising looming, CWL Anaheim could potentially be the last time Call of Duty makes it way there. The city is infamous in the scene with so many memories from each year. It is without a doubt, the biggest open event of the year.

Back To Back At CWL Anaheim

At CWL London, the stacked roster of 100 Thieves finally achieved what everyone expected from the start of the season. The team had struggled in the early days of the Black Ops 4 2019 season but after a roster change and the addition of a coach, the team was performing at its peak.

This time around fans got to witness one of, if not the most impressive performances from a team at a major Call of Duty event ever. 100 Thieves didn’t lose a single series the whole weekend. Better again, they only lost a total of four maps. It’s not often we see such convincing and clean performances at events consisting of the cream of the crop.

CWL Anaheim Group Stage

Coming into CWL Anaheim, 100 Thieves had a rather deceiving group. They got placed alongside Gen.G, Luminosity and Team Envy. Gen.G have been fighting for top spot all year but never quite got over the line. Meanwhile, Luminosity won CWL Fort Worth, and Envy always have the potential to cause an upset.

100 Thieves finished group stages with a 3-0 record and a 9-1 map count. With OpTic Gaming also looking extremely strong after their slow start, it looked like we would be guaranteed to see the rivals match up later in the bracket.

There were some very disappointing showings during the group stage at CWL Anaheim. Splyce, Envy, and Units (ex-Denial roster) all finished with 0-3 records. Envy didn’t manage to win a single map during the group stage, this continued in bracket play and they crashed out of the tournament with a 0-12 map count.

CWL Anaheim Bracket Play

CWL Anaheim had one of the best Championship Brackets we have seen in recent years. We got to see OpTic face off against FaZe and then against 100 Thieves in the Winner Bracket quarter-final. These matches are iconic for OpTic this time around as it’s potentially the last time we will see the OpTic gaming brand at a Call of Duty event.

100 Thieves stormed through the winner’s bracket. They defeated both Elevate and OpTic Gaming 3-1 and confirmed a top 3 placing. They faced off against Gen.G once more with the winner taking a spot in the grand final. 100 Thieves looked unbelievably impressive during this series taking a comfortable 3-0 win.

Meanwhile in the Championship loser bracket there we plenty of upsets going about. Heretics despite being consistent in the pro league were underdogs against Reciprocity and pulled off a 3-2 victory. eUnited had slipped up in the opening round of winner’s bracket and had to try and pull off a loser bracket run if they had any chance at taking another stab at a Championship this year.

They started strong with a 3-0 victory over Units and looked comfortable in their 3-1 win against Heretics. OpTic proved too strong for eUnited and got revenge for CWL London. Fans were treated to another showing of OpTic vs. FaZe in the matchup for top 3. Once again, OpTic edged it out on the last map and sent the FaZe boys packing.

CWL Anaheim Loser Bracket Final

OpTic Gaming vs. Gen.G, the two teams that started the year so strong facing off for the last spot in the grand final. Both teams were eager to get revenge on 100 Thieves for defeats earlier on in the tournament. Whilst many fans wanted OpTic to win CWL Anaheim as it would possibly be their last time there, they also wanted to see the 100 Thieves and OpTic rivalry grow further.

OpTic came out of the blocks hot, taking the Hardpoint convincingly and held a 1-0 lead in the series. A round 11 Search and Destroy fell in favor of Gen.G to tie up the series. Optic looked poor on Control which is often their best game mode and they found themselves trailing in the series.

With everything on the line, the fourth map went down to the wire. OpTic only just pulled off the victory by 7 points. A game 5 Search and Destroy, no better way to separate two teams fighting for a finals appearance. Gen.G finally clutched up and secured their spot in a grand final for the first time this season. However, it was slightly upsetting to see OpTic Gaming sent home empty-handed with so much uncertainty regarding the brands future.

CWL Anaheim Grand Final

100 Thieves and Gen.G found themselves against each other for the third time at CWL Anaheim 2019. This time, there was more than just bragging rights on the line, there was a Championship.

100 Thieves continued their scarily impressive performance on the biggest of stages. The Hardpoint and Search & Destroy were relatively comfortable for 100 Thieves and they found themselves with a 2-0 lead and on match point. Gen.G pulled one back on the Control, but it wasn’t enough.

100 Thieves won the fourth map 250-201 and won the grand final 3-1. This confirmed them as back to back CWL Champions and as the best team in the game right now. Congratulations to the players, staff, and fans on a great achievement.

CWL Anaheim Placings & Earnings

Placing

Team

Prize

1st

100 Thieves

$125,000

2nd

Gen.G

$80,000

3rd

OpTic Gaming

$50,000

4th

FaZe Clan

$25,000

5th-6th

eUnited

Enigma 6 Group

$15,000

7th-8th

Team Heretics

Splyce

$7,500

9th-12th

Units (ex-Denial)

Team Reciprocity

Elevate

Luminosity Gaming

N/A

13th-16th

Midnight Esports

Team Envy

Evil Geniuses

UYU

NA

CWL Anaheim Conclusion

Now that CWL Anaheim has come to an end, we get to experience the excitement of roster mania for a couple of days before the roster lock is enforced. The roster lock opens today, however, yesterday rumors were already starting regarding teams that will be wanting to make changes and what players are available.

Once roster mania comes to an end, it will give us a more realistic idea of how the pro league will conclude and how to place your Call Of Duty Bets at CWL Miami next month. CWL Miami will be the last open event of the Black Ops 4 season, with everything on the line.

The event will act host the first ever CWL Finals for the teams competing in the pro league. Also, the open event has much more on the line than usual, with the top 16 teams in the open event booking their spot for the annual Call of Duty World Championship in August.