CWL Miami is the final open event of the Black Ops 4 season. It will also be host to the Call of Duty Pro League Playoffs. The event takes places from July 19th-21st in Miami, Florida at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This event has huge implications for how the end of the season will play out, with it deciding which teams make it to the Call of Duty World Championship event.
CWL Miami is the biggest event of the season thus far, with more than just hefty prize pools on the line. The Open tournament has a $150,000 prize pool and qualification for the World Championship up for grabs. Meanwhile, the pros will be fighting to win the Pro League Playoffs and cement themselves in Call of Duty Esports history.
Miami has a slightly different format compared to the previous events we have seen so far this season. In the CWL Miami Open Bracket event teams will not only be competing for their share of the $150,000 prize pool. The teams that finish within the top 16 in the open bracket will also qualify for the Call of Duty World Championship which will end the season.
Things are kicked up a notch over in the Pro League side of the tournament. Typically, the Pro League event consisted of pool play and then a double-elimination championship bracket. This time around, seeding is based from the Pro League Division A & B.
To kick things off, there is a playoff play-in for the teams that finished within the bottom 4 of each division. The top two teams from the play-in will then advance to the main playoffs bracket where they will meet the top four teams from each division.
|OpTic Gaming||1st Division A|
|Gen.G||2nd Division A|
|FaZe Clan||3rd Division A|
|Team Reciprocity||4th Division A|
|eUnited||1st Division B|
|100 Thieves||2nd Division B|
|Splyce||3rd Division B|
|Team Heretics||4th Division B|
With the Pro League Playoffs being strictly elimination bracket at CWL Miami, teams will have absolutely no room for error this time around. In the past teams could struggle early on in pool play and still reach the grand final. This time around every series will be a battle between two top teams and you could make an argument for most teams having the potential to win the event.
Coming into the Black Ops 4 season, 100 Thieves looked prime to reach every grand final throughout the season. However, the season didn’t start as successfully as many have envisioned. It took a roster change and acquisition of Crowder as their coach to get things rolling in the right direction.
They fell short at Fort Worth due to a player getting ill and their substitute having to step in last minute. However, since then they have put in dominating performances at both London and Anaheim and are currently back to back Champions. Pulling off a win at CWL Miami Pro League Playoffs would secure them a 3-peat, something which hasn’t been achieved since OpTic on Advanced Warfare.
There are three teams that I think can win this event and 100 Thieves got the odds in their favor. Whoever manages to come out on top at this event, will surely have the most momentum heading into the Call of Duty Championships.
We concluded last week’s #CWL Pro League play with a 3-1 record, but it didn’t go as smoothly as expected. Our grind continues harder than ever with Miami and Champs on the horizon. #100T— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) July 5, 2019
DID 100 THIEVES CALL OF DUTY GET WORSE?! : https://t.co/4kroBYK9KY pic.twitter.com/IMzEEF5GsS
Like 100 Thieves, OpTic came into the Black Ops 4 season with a powerhouse roster. There was a lot of hype surrounding the two rosters and the rivalry the two would likely have throughout the season. All this hype and excitement came around for two reasons. Firstly, the rosters on paper were the two best in the world. Secondly, the 100 Thieves owner, Nadeshot, used to play for OpTic so there was already a spark of rivalry there.
Unlike 100 Thieves, OpTic started the season like they were expected to. They dominated online tournaments and were victorious at CWL Vegas, the opening event of the season. After that, they had a slight slip but were continually fighting to get back in the mix of things.
After falling short at Fort Worth, London, and Anaheim, CWL Miami is the perfect chance for OpTic to get back on top and lock themselves in the argument for the best team throughout the Black Ops 4 season. They have been very consistent in the Pro League and will be hoping to continue that success. They had a string of losses in the final week. However, the players have spoken on this and seem to be back where they should be.
Out of all the teams that haven’t managed to win a Championship this year, eUnited are the most deserving of the lot. They have continued to compete at the highest level all year long but have just never managed to get over the final hurdle. They battled it out with 100 Thieves in Division B in the Pro League and managed to lock in the 1st seed.
Despite having a poor performance at Fort Worth, they came second at both Vegas and London. At Anaheim, they only managed 5th place but they have been one of the most consistent teams in the league and at events this year, it’s only a matter of time before they win a Championship.
I don’t believe Gen.G will manage to go all the way at this event, but they are worth keeping an eye on. This is mainly because of the weird roster changes that they have been making in the past few weeks.
Gen.G came 2nd at CWL Anaheim and were looking great, but after the event moved Nagafen to the bench and pulled Spacely back into the starting roster. This was heavily criticized, but they ended up going 4-0 in the Pro League and flawless in Search and Destroy.
Then another questionable decision happened, Gen.G moved Nagafen back to the starting roster and put Spacely back to the bench. It’s hard to determine exactly how this mix up with rosters will affect them at Playoffs but from experience, it might not end great.
All in all, we are in for a great weekend of action at CWL Miami. With Pro League teams fighting it out for bragging rights and momentum heading into the biggest event of the year, and open bracket teams pushing for a World Championship qualification, there is a lot on the line.
Whether you’re a long-time Call of Duty esports fan or new to the scene, you will be able to enjoy CWL Miami as it provides excellent COD Betting Odds for pros and amateurs alike. With this being the last Pro League before Call of Duty heads into franchising, winning playoffs would well and truly stamp that team in the history books of Call of Duty.