The Call of Duty World League (CWL) Championship 2018 are drawing to a start. There have been a lot of pools to reveal, indeed, with teams as diverse as sworn pro and open-qualifier lucky devils. Not all are slated to last, of course. Today we pay attention to a handful of contenders whose fortunes of winning the event are as varied as the players’ own background.
OpTic Gaming – The Impenetrable Green Wall
OpTic Gaming have made a fairly fresh appearance in the CWL Championships. They managed to clinch last year’s title and whilst you may attribute them some experience, that’s hardly the whole picture. In its freshest roster, the Green Wall are indeed rookies featuring the talents of several players, including:
- Seth ‘Scump’ Abner
- Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter
- Sam ‘Octane’ Larew
- Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni
Their communication has proven stellar indeed making it all the way through the group stages. Even though they started on a high note, though, they eventually succumbed to somewhat better teams in their respective group.
And even then, it could be argued that OpTic need more time to learn how to work together. A footage from their in-game communication has revealed a torrent of commands and tips being exchanged between players. An apparent cacophony that made perfect sense to the competitors themselves. With their determination intact, OpTic Gaming will be pursuing yet another title this year.
Evil Geniuses – Real Challenges
Evil Geniuses have definitely not had a rotten time at it. They haven’t managed to clinch CWL Seattle Open, but they come very close settling down for the runner-up spot.
Even though they had a somewhat more dubious run afterwards, same as OpTic, it’s safe to say that Evil Geniuses are still finding their pace, which may take longer. With the CWL Championships now looming closer than ever, the team better hurry and prove themselves as true soldiers. The roster is represented by:
- Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price
- Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelayzkov
- Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia
- Justin ‘SILLY’ Fargo-Palmer
The Showdown Itself
Both teams have excellent chances of making it to the very finals of the Championships. Improving communication and minimizing risk should be their utmost goal at this point. These prerequisites to success are achievable with proper training and paying attention to one’s opponents’
weaknesses, a not too demanding task, all things considered.
The other two contesting teams in Group H Elevate and Supremacy are little known and qualify as amateurs. However, underestimating an unknown enemy is not a wise strategy in the long term. With this in mind, both EG and OpTic will have to defeat their arguably weaker opponents.
Every point and victory will matter, especially given that both EG and OpTic are slated to play against each another throughout the group. One will lose and it’s paramount that they don’t afford themselves the luxury of losing to a less experienced team.
The Championships have managed to bring together professionals and amateurs, but still, there may be a significant skill gap between the two. It would help to have a league that offers more training opportunities, too.