Catch up on the Call of Duty Stage 1 Finals action, from start to finish
This weekend, the North American Call of Duty World League Stage 1 Finals were held, giving fans of eSports an event with huge stakes to cheer for, including $250,000 in prizes.
Millions of fans around the world tuned in to watch the three-day competition, beginning with a relegation mini-tournament, where the bottom four professional teams competed against the top four amateur teams from the “Challenge Division.” The standings were determined thanks to an 11-week league.
At the end of the first day, professional teams Dream Team and H2K Gaming kept their pro standing. They were joined by amateur teams Cloud 9 and King Papey, and the four moved on to face the other eight pro teams waiting.
The next two days saw the competition begin in earnest, with the 12 teams competing for the cash prizes. In the finals, the championship came down to OpTic Gaming and Rise Nation, the number one and two ranked teams, respectively. The final match went to a seventh and final game, where OpTic managed to hold off Rise for the win.
“We know what we are capable of and that we are the best team in Call of Duty,” Seth “Scump” Abner, Captain of OpTic Gaming said after the win. “We haven’t always shown what we can do, so having this win under our belt is good for the rest of our season.”
Overall, the event was a massive success. The Twitch channel alone had more than 9.5 million views.
The second stage will begin soon, and it all leads up to the Call of Duty Championship, to be held this fall. Below is a complete list of the winners from the multiple, regional tournaments held around the world.
- Seth “Scump” Abner
- Ian “Crimsix” Porter
- Matthew “Formal” Piper
- Damon “Karma” Barlow
- Callum “Swanny” Swan
- Jordan “Jurd” Crowley
- Thomas “Tommey” Trewen
- Dylan “MadCat” Daly
- Mitchell “Buzzo” Mader
- Denholm “Denz” Taylor
- Lincoln “Fighta” Ferguson
- Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek
If you missed the action and want to see some of the best eSports players in the world, check out the video below. Be warned though, it is addictive. Next thing you know a few hours will have passed, and you’ll be jonesing for a little COD.