The Story of the 2019 CWL Season So Far

As the 2019 Call of Duty® World League Championship looms, we look back at the season as it happened so far.

by James Mattone on August 13, 2019

The 2019 season of the Call of Duty World League, Presented by PlayStation®4, will have its grand finale with the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship, a five-day event starting on August 14 in Los Angeles, California. For further venue information, click here.

Competitive Call of Duty® players from six continents competed in the franchise’s esports league, and after an entire Pro League season, five live events, and countless online tournaments, 32 teams have earned a shot at becoming World Champions and earning the largest share of a $2 million prize pool.

In anticipation of this epic event, here’s what has happened so far this season:

Las Vegas, PLQ Settles the Pro League Field

Our season began with the CWL Las Vegas Open, where OpTic Gaming, a legendary organization within the Call of Duty esports, took the first tournament of the year by sweeping eUnited in the Grand Finals.

Those two teams, as well as Splyce and Luminosity Gaming, automatically qualified for the 2019 CWL Pro League, while the next 32 teams below them were put into a CWL Pro League Qualifier.

This intense double-elimination tournament saw the 12 remaining CWL Pro League spots earned by a dozen worthy teams including Team Heretics, who had the first all-Spanish lineup in CWL Pro League history.

A Roller-Coaster Ride of a Season

After the CWL Pro League field was set, we began our whirlwind tour around the United States and Europe during breaks in regular season action.

At the first mid-season event, CWL Fort Worth, Luminosity Gaming took home the Fort Worth Cup over Splyce in a battle between the elite Pro League qualifiers out of Vegas.

From here on out, nearly every team made mid-season roster moves that impacted their season…

The Rise of 100 Thieves

But one exception to the rule was 100 Thieves.

After picking up Preston “Priestahh” Greiner at the beginning of the season, the team stood firm with their core four players, and it paid off during a miraculous two month stretch.

This year, 100 Thieves became the only team to win back-to-back events, capturing the CWL London crown in May…

… and winning CWL Anaheim just six weeks later.

eUnited End a 1,400 Day Drought

At the end of the CWL Pro League season, however, 100 Thieves’ momentum came just short in the Playoffs.

During a nail-biting event down in Miami, eUnited finally earned their championship moment, capping off a phenomenal run by beating Gen.G in the Grand Finals.

This victory ended a 1,400-day title drought for veteran captain James "Clayster" Eubanks and became the coronation ceremony for MVP Chris “Simp” Lehr, who once held an MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® Open Bracket title.

Amateur Qualifiers from CWL Finals Round Out Championship Field

The MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® Open Brackets were held at every open event this season, giving amateur teams a chance at impressing the pros, earning some cash, and, ultimately at the CWL Finals, qualifying for the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship.

Here, 16 teams played in a double-elimination bracket against over 100 other squads to punch their ticket to Los Angeles and play against the pros in August. Among these Championship contenders are Animosity Esports, who have the first World Championship competitors from Germany since 2016, and Celtic FC (formerly The Bhoys), the United Kingdom-based MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® Open Bracket Champions.

Will one of these underdogs upset the pros? Can eUnited go back-to-back à la 100 Thieves. What if the Anaheim and London champions are ready to finally cement their dynasty? Or is our World Championship team another Pro League squad?

Tune in to the event live on the official Call of Duty Twitch channelMLG.com and via the in-game viewer in the PlayStation 4 version of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 starting on August 14 to find out.

Or, if you are in the Los Angeles area, tickets for the public days of the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship – August 16-18, 2019 – are still on sale (while supplies last).

For more intel about Call of Duty World League and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, be sure to visit CallofDuty.com/esports and follow @CallofDuty, @CODWorldLeague,  and @Treyarch on Twitter.

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