The matches of the first week of the Call of Duty World League Global Pro League had a lot of importance for all teams involved. All teams that competed during the first week had hopes of finishing in the top three positions in their group. However, not all of them would be able to do that.
The first three positions in the group carry with them a lot of benefits. Teams that finish in the top three will automatically secure their spot in the pool play at the CWL Anaheim Open which was the main goal for everyone. Besides that, first three teams will also secure their spot in the Stage 2 of the GPL as well as the qualifiers for the CoD World Championship 2017 taking place later this year. With such high stakes on the line, no team had room for mistakes or bad performance.
Bad Tournament for Cloud9
For Cloud9 and Mindfreak, the first two competitive days were not good at all. Cloud9 was defeated in all four matches. At the same time, Mindfreak managed to win just one match – the one against Cloud9.
Even with such a record (0-4 and 1-3), both teams still had chances for reaching the first three positions in the Red Group. However, Sunday also proved to be disastrous for Cloud9. They were defeated in the match against Team EnVyUs, although they had their opportunity to claim the win. As that match went to the game five, Cloud9 was in a position to defeat Team EnVyUs, but they fell just short. By losing their fifth match, Cloud9 was eliminated from the Red Group of the CWL Global Pro League. Because of that, the team will have to play in the relegation tournament schedule for June.
The Cloud9’s defeat meant that Mindfreak will finish in top three positions regardless of the results in last two matches. In the match between Mindfreak and Splyce, everyone expected that Splyce will manage to easily secure the win. However, that did not prove to be the case.
The match between these two also went to the decisive fifth game. Mindfreak was not able to pull the surprise all the way to the end and Splyce managed to emerge victorious. In the final match of the Red Group, Cloud9 played against Mindfreak in a game that did not have a great importance at all. However, despite losing all of their previous games in the Red Group, Cloud9 managed to defeat Mindfreak. This was their first and last win in the group stage of the CWL Global Pro League.
The Decisive Game
The match that decided the winner of the group was played between Team EnVyUs and Splyce. Since Splyce won their first match this week, it was believed that they might do it again in the second game.
Team EnVyUs had only one path that would take them to the first place in the group. It was to defeat Splyce 3-0 without losing a single game. In the end, Team EnVyUs managed to do exactly that by putting on some of their best performances in the recent period. With that, Team EnVyUs managed to secure the first place in the Red Group. The European best team, Splyce, finished in the second place while Australian Mindfreak finished the group stage in the third place.