CoD: CWL Stage 1 Finals

2nd April 2016

After securing ourselves a place in the second Stage of the Call of Duty World League (CWL) with a 5th place finish in the online league, we were invited to CWL [EU] Stage 1 Finals in Cologne, Germany. Our matches were played on Saturday, the day after the Relegation Tournament in which Team Vitality, Exertus eSports, Giants Gaming and LDLC secure their own spots for Stage 2, congratulations to them for qualifying! Attention then turned to the play-offs, held the next day. To warm up, Coach Bainsy organised an €80 BO7 wager vs. Team Infused, in which we were able to secure a 4-2 victory, which gave the players a high level of confidence going in to our crucial play-off game against league rivals Splyce.

After a demoralising loss last time played Splyce at the EGL LAN event earlier in the month, in which we allowed them to comeback to win 3-2 after taking a 2-0 lead in the series, a strong start was needed. We began the best of 7 series with Fringe Hardpoint and we got the start we needed taking down Splyce and giving us the marginal advantage in the series. We went back to Fringe for map 2 as we tested our Search and Destroy skills, a mode that has proved to be our downfall on several occasions during the season. The map was very close, going all the way to round 11. Unfortunately Splyce were able to take the map 6-5 and tie up the series 1-1.

Map three saw us competing on Breach Uplink, with Splyce starting stronger and taking a 5-3 lead in the first half. We fought hard to try and pull in front but our efforts were to no avail. We conceded the map 5-7 and went down 2-1 in the series. CTF Stronghold was the game of choice for the fourth map and the game, as expected, was incredibly close. So close in fact, an overtime was needed after a 1-1 draw in regulation time. However exceL.CoD held strong and took the victory in OT, tying the series 2-2. With the chance to go up in the series once again, the boys dominated Search and Destroy Hunted 6-3, with an impressive 18 combined kills between Nolson and QwiKeR, giving us the series lead for the second time. Due to the best-of-7 format, we took to Hardpoint once again. Unfortunately, after a strong start from Splyce, we were unable to make the nearly 100 point comeback and lost the map 234-250. With the series tied 3-3 we were forced in to a final Search and Destroy. With both teams fighting for their place in the semi finals, it was a heated battle, and despite us taking a 4-0 lead we were unable to capitalise and the game eventually went, as many had hoped for, to a Round 11. Unfortunately the last map curse that plagued our season in the online league transferred over to LAN and we conceded the map 5-6 and the series 3-4. GGs to Splyce for one of the most incredible series seen yet on Black Ops 3. exceL.CoD, consisting of Zach 'Zed' Denyer, Brian 'Braaain' Fairlamb, Nick 'Nolson' Nolson and Shea 'QwiKeR' Sweeney, finished 5-6th overall for stage 1. Thank you to all of our followers for your continued support of us and the team throughout the season, stay tuned to our Social Media for updates regarding all things exceL eSports!