The fifth global open of the 2018 CWL season has concluded. North American team Rise Nation took home the title after an incredible run through the loser's bracket.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) April 23, 2018
NORTH AMERICA REIGN SUPREME
The North American region once again showed that they are at the top of the Call of Duty scene. The new-look Rise team impressed and so did Evil Geniuses who were beaten in the grand finals.
Despite several teams performing well, fan favourites OpTic Gaming dropped out of the tournament with a shock top 16 placement, sparking rumours of an imminent roster change ahead of the second stage of the pro league.
A SOLID START FOR EUROPE
The weekend started well for the UK contingent, with Epsilon Esports booking their place in the second stage of the CWL Pro League after battling through the relegation tournament.
WE ARE BACK IN #CWL !
— Epsilon eSports (@Epsilon_eSports) April 20, 2018
As for CWL Seattle, the fortunes of the UK teams in attendance soon changed. Splyce, Red Reserve, Unilad and Epsilon all falied to reach the championship bracket.
With just one loss being the difference between progressing elimination, the stakes couldn't have been higher. Epsilon were defeated by the Spanish team of Heretics, while Unilad fell to Nordic in the second round.
A rematch of the CWL Birmingham finals vs Luminosity awaited Splyce, but they were unable to secure the victory, placing in the top 20.
In contrast, Red Reserve managed to make it into the top eight, after a thrilling series against Lightning Pandas.
Final score vs. @Luminosity.
— Splyce (@Splyce) April 22, 2018
With roster lock for stage two of the Pro League fast approaching, another round of roster changes is set to take place, with rumours of change for several UK teams.