CoD: CWL Week 1 Recap

15th January 2016

On Tuesday 12th of January, exceL eSports’s CoD team began their journey as part of the Call of Duty World League. The team, consisting of Zach ‘Zed’ Denyer, Nick ‘Nolson’ Nolson, Shea ‘QwiKeR’ Sweeney and Brain ‘Braaain’ Fairlamb, qualified for the League via the online qualifiers after narrowly missing out on an invitation to the LAN qualifiers in Cologne.

Our inaugural match saw us take on PuLse Gaming of France. The team came out the blocks flying with a 250-65 win on Fringe Hardpoint, with Zed being the standout player obtaining over 40 kills and nearly 2 minutes in the hill. Breach Search and Destroy started as map one ended with exceL taking a clean sweep 6-0 victory, outslaying PuLse 24-5! The third and final map was Infection Uplink and the boys closed out the series 3-0 with a dominating 10-0 scoreline.

SplycePro were our second opponents of the week - a team featuring two former exceL players in Bance and Vortex. Day 2 started as well as day one ended, with the team taking out Splyce with an almost identical scoreline of 250-64 on Evac Hardpoint. Map two saw exceL drop their first map of the league with Splyce taking a convincing 6-2 victory on Stronghold Search and Destroy. exceL bounced back with an equally convincing 14-2 win on Fringe Uplink, taking the series to 2-1 in our favour. The series came to a nail-biting end with exceL overcoming Splyce with a 5-3 victory on Breach Capture the Flag, with a caster disconnect leaving spectators unable to watch the second half of the match and relying on social media updates to know the ifnal result.

Overall, after our two games of week 1, we currently have a flawless 2-0 record with only one map dropped. The team performed incredibly well as a collective and individual accolades were received for both QwiKeR and Zed (see below) with the latter picking up Jack “CouRage” Dunlop’s European MVP award.

Next week brings two exciting games, firstly against the underperforming roster from Spain, Giants Gaming on Tuesday and then on Wednesday we compete in a highly-anticipated series against our UK rivals, Team Infused. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on Twitter for further updates as the team looks to continue its unbeaten streak.