CoD: CWL Week 2 Recap
22nd January 2016
After the boys claimed flawless 2-0 record in Week 1, confidence was high going into the second week of the Call of Duty World League. Our first match of Week 2 saw us take on the Spanish-based Giants Gaming. Giants had not won 1 map of the league so far, with all predictions indicating a victory for exceL was likely.
Map 1 was Stronghold Hardpoint. We saw Giants Gaming take an early lead in the first 2 Hardpoints, however, exceL began to make the comeback after executing a pretty much flawless hold of one Hardpoint in the first rotation. Around 5 minutes later, the score was ridiculously close, with only 12 points separating the two teams. exceL prevailed with a 250-247 victory. Infection Search and Destroy was up next and the entire map went back and forth with the two teams trading defensive rounds. Giants Gaming’s Eupho came up big with an ace, winning them round 9 and going up 4-5. Zach 'Zed’ Denyer was left in a 1v3 round 10. Unable to clutch, Giants took the map 4-6 and tied the series 1-1. Breach Uplink began the same as Map 1 with Giants conceding early points. This time they maintained their lead, ending the first half with a 3-8 score. exceL continued to get outslayed, resulting in a 7-10 loss. Map 4, CTF, unfortunately followed the trend of the previous respawn gametypes in this series, with Giants starting very strong and capturing the first flag. But the boys were able to come up huge in the second half, capturing 3 flags to Giants 1, ending the map with a 3-2 win for exceL. Final map was Evac Search and Destroy. Unfortunately the map did not go our way, losing the map 2-6 and ultimately taking our first series loss of the League thus far.
Wednesday had us taking on British powerhouse Team Infused, a highly anticipated match of the CWL. Infused also lost their first match of the week, making this game one to watch as neither teams wanted to record a winless week. Map 1 saw us on Breach Hardpoint and whilst Infused took an early lead, it was quickly overcome by the immense slaying power of exceL. Our domination continued and our lead grew, extending at one stage to 70 points, with the map eventually ending the map with a 250-178 victory in our favour. Search and Destroy Fringe was up next for Map 2. The boys came out very strong in the first 6 rounds, only dropping 1, putting the map score at 5-1. Infused reacted by winning two rounds, but we managed to clutch up and close out map 2 out with a final score of 6-3. With the potential to close the series out 3-0, exceL began Uplink Evac on fire, scoring 7 points within the first side whilst Infused were only able to reply with 1. With victory in sight, exceL not only blocked Team Infused from scoring a single point, they sunk a further 3 points in the second half. With a final score of 10-1, exceL CoD beat Team infused in a comfortable 3-0 series win.
The boys now stand joint first along with SplycePro and Epsilon eSports with a 3-1 record. Week 3 has us replaying Team Infused and the French team LDLC. Keep an eye on our social media for updates as exceL.CoD fight for their place at the top of the Call of Duty World League!