This weekend, nearly 300 Call of Duty teams from across the globe have descended on Las Vegas for the first event of the 2018/19 CWL season. In order to qualify for Pool Play, Imperial Call of Duty must be one of the four teams to qualify through the Plat-In tournament. Let’s take a look at how they got on.
Imperial v UYU
The squad started off well with a comfortable 250-162 Hardpoint victory over the opposition. Vortex was in fine form for the second game of the series, dropping double digits in Search & Destroy to give the team a 2-0 series lead.
Looking to close out the series on Gridlock Control, the team started well, taking the opening round, but UYU were able to respond to take the game to a deciding fifth round. UYU managed to close out the game, closing the deficit to 2-1.
Seaside Hardpoint would be next. After trailing by 60 points, the squad swung the momentum in their favour and began to close the gap. After taking the lead in the dying seconds of the game, UYU grabbed the victory to force a deciding game five. Could the team avoid the reverse sweep?
The squad quickly establish a 4-1 lead before UYU answer back to reduce the deficit to two rounds. Quick kills from Denza in round seven move the team to match point. Despite a sneaky defuse attempt from Moose, UYU managed to stay alive and close the gap to two rounds. An intense 1v1 situation in round nine keeps the opposition alive. Can the squad close out the series?
UYU complete the reverse sweep, taking the series 3-2. Imperial CoD dropped into the Loser’s Bracket where they would face – to stay alive in the play-in tournament.
Imperial v Mindfreak
This was it. A win against the Australian side of Mindfreak would see the team move onto the second round of the Loser’s Bracket and they would still have a chance to qualify for Pool Play. One loss would see us eliminated from the Play-In tournament. Let’s see what happened.
Mindfreak opened up the series with a win on the opening Hardpoint, giving them the early advantage in a must-win series. The Australian opposition managed to take game two, giving Imperial CoD a near-impossible task of performing a reverse sweep to stay alive in the tournament.
The opposition managed to keep the momentum on their side, taking Arsenal Control 3-1 to take the series 3-0. The team had been eliminated from the CWL Las Vegas Play-In Tournament.
All is not lost! Imperial CoD still have the chance to make Pool Play if they can run the gauntlet of the Open Bracket.
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Written by: Jonno Nicholson
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