CWL Champs 2019 schedule, preview and live streams
The Call of Duty World League (CWL) 2019 schedule kicks off on Wednesday when the hottest prospects in the game clash in Los Angeles to contest a prize pool of $2m. Tim Masters picks out some of the key storylines to look out for
With all the fuss about Fortnite and some Valve MOBA being played in China there hasn’t been quite as much attention as usual on the Call of Duty World Championships, but that probably won’t last long.
For those who haven’t been following the story, this could actually be the last time we see the teams compete in their current form, and in this current format, as Call of Duty is set to follow Overwatch down the franchise road, leaving its history by the wayside.
Some of the names might remain, although in the case of CoD’s greatest dynasty OpTic not much more looks like it will be the same once things are all divided up, but geolocation is going to remove the soul MLG and Call of Duty have built together over the years, and it will take years to replace, if that is possible.
Who might win the final fight is anyone’s guess, but here are a few of the contenders.
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One last dance for OpTic?
The big orgs in Call of Duty are probably going to be the likes of OpTic, FaZe and 100 Thieves, at least when it comes to selling hoodies, but prior to the event kicking off the team to beat looks to be eUnited. The five-man roster of Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson, Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson, James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris and Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr has risen to the top in recent months, winning both the CWL regular season and the $500,000 play-off event.
Speaking of those other contenders, it did look for a while as though 100 Thieves would be the dominant side this season, with wins in Anaheim and London, but their form has dipped at the wrong time. The team is made up of bona fide superstars, with the likes of Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams, Sam ‘Octane’ Larew, Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt and Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner donning the hottest jersey in esports, but they’ve played like strangers in recent times, getting 5-6th at CWL Playoffs.
We also can’t write a piece about the CWL Champs without looking at the chances of OpTic Gaming, the beleaguered but still legendary brand that has spent much of 2019 with their head below water. Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, Thomas ‘TJHaly’ Haly and new god Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell looked to be done for the most part at the top level until recently, but surged back to win their half of the CWL regular season, before taking a L with 7-8th at playoffs.
There are other contenders of course, with FaZe Clan and Gen. G having looked decent at times, and everyone will be going 110% to try and take what will probably be their last chance at a Worlds proper. For that reason you should expect to see everyone give it their all, regardless of what they've achieved to this point.
The contribution MLG has made to CoD, and CoD to console esports cannot be understated, and as the last hurrah on an incredible journey this Championship deserves the full attention of the esports world. The winners will walk away with a place in history secure, and a golden path into the new world of franchise CoD.
CWL Champs schedule
You can find the CWL Champs 2019 schedule and live streams on the Luckbox matches page.
The CWL Champs 2019 start at 6pm CEST on August 14th 2019, when four matches get under way and the final is on Sunday, August 18th, 2019.
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