Day Four brings ecstasy for some, heartbreak for others, and stress for the rest going into bracket play tomorrow.
Day Four of the Call of Duty Pro League Qualifier was not short on drama. Many a clutch performance brought teams from the brink of elimination. Other teams with strong positions in their pools were able to cement their spot in the Pro League, including some refreshing new faces in the competitive Call of Duty scene. However, 12 teams remain to compete in tomorrow’s double elimination bracket for the final four spots in this year’s Pro League. You can also check out our Day Three recap here.
Without further ado, here are the final pool play standings:
Enigma6 took care of business on Day Four; their 3-1 and 3-0 victories against Team Sween and FaZe Clan Black propelled them to first place in the pool and a Pro League bid. Strong performances from Matthew ‘KiSMET’ Tinsley and two-time Halo World Champion Bradley ‘Frosty’ Bergstrom helped secure their spot atop Pool A. Meanwhile, Team Reciprocity’s dominant 3-0 victory over Project 18, including a 250-33 map one Hardpoint win along with a 3-0 map three Control win, secured them second place while eliminating Project 18 from the competition. In addition, Team Sween and FC Black’s losses on Day Four will send them to tomorrow’s bracket playoff.
FaZe Clan, once again, with their backs against the wall, somehow find a way. After going down 0-2 map count to Team Divine, a 1v2 round one Control clutch from Dillon ‘Attach’ Price sparked FaZe to a reverse sweep. Up next for FaZe were Team Sween, who led the group going into today’s matches. After going to map five, a huge four-kill round from new pickup McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel secured the victory for FaZe Clan. FaZe were one map from elimination twice today, but their clutch genes vaulted them into third place in the pool on head-to-head map count, and give them a fighting shot at the Pro League through bracket play.
Team Envy continued their dominant tournament run with a 3-1 victory over Spanish squad Vodafone Giants. A clutch game two, round 11 victory from Envy, behind an incredible 19-6 performance from Justin ‘Silly’ Fargo, proved to be the morale-breaker for the Giants, and this series loss sadly sent the Giants home with a 1-5 record.
This result meant that the winner of Team Heretics vs. G2 Esports would qualify with the second spot in Pool B. Due to a slow series from Martin ‘Chino’ Chino on G2 and fantastic team play from Heretics, Heretics were able to scrape out a game five victory to be the first all-Spanish roster in the Pro League.
Joining G2 in tomorrow’s bracket play are Tainted Minds and Fact Revolution. Lightning Pandas, after a stellar 5-6th placing at CWL Las Vegas, were unable to find their footing all weekend, and finish with a 0-6 record and last place in the pool.
Like Envy, Midnight Esports did not slow down and finished with a clinical 3-0 victory over Mazer Gaming, sending them home and securing their own spot in the Pro League. Joining them and completing their turnaround was 100 Thieves, who have managed to find enough consistency to salvage their 0-2 start. Their 3-0 victory over Excelerate Gaming puts them at a 4-2 record and second place in Pool C, sending Excelerate Gaming to bracket play.
Overtime eSport won a massive game five, round 11 victory over Christopher “Parasite” Duarte and the Pittsburgh Knights to secure their spot in tomorrow’s bracket play as the third seed.
Team Space needed a miracle going into today’s matches, and their 3-0 victory over Mazer Gaming and 3-1 victory over a collapsing Pittsburgh Knights team were good enough for fourth place. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Knights, with all their star power and leadership, were sent home in utter heartbreak and disbelief.
Entering today, Mindfreak held the top spot in Pool D, but a 3-2 loss to UYU moved UYU into the top two and sent Mindfreak to bracket play. Joining UYU in the Pro League will be Evil Geniuses, whose discipline and clutch factor were on full display today with their 3-1 and 3-0 victories over Imperial and UYU, respectively. Behind the leadership and strong play of Brice ‘Faccento’ Faccento, EG secured the top spot in Pool D.
Meanwhile, Red Reserve completed their turnaround with 3-1 and 3-0 victories today against Nation of Power and the Movistar Riders and set them up in third place and forced former pool leaders Mindfreak into fourth place.
Interestingly, a Day One, map five victory by the Movistar Riders over Imperial send the Riders into tomorrow’s bracket in fifth place and send a talented Imperial roster home along with Nation of Power.
An important note: tomorrow’s bracket will be double-elimination with a loser’s bracket. With twelve teams and only four spots, the final day of the Pro League Qualifier should be a great one!
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