CoD: Qualification for the Call of Duty World League
17th December 2015
Last night, exceL eSports's [xL] Call of Duty team qualified for the Call of Duty World League, European segment, hosted by ESL on behalf of Activision. After narrowly missing out on an invitation to the LAN qualifiers in Cologne, the team was forced to qualify through the online tournament. The tournament had a contraversial format, with seedings being completely randomised and the tournament being played over one single elimintation bracket, leaving no room for mistakes and leaving a lot in the hands of the bracket generator. This coupled with us being awarded a lower seed meant the constant need to play non-UK based opponents on their host for the majority of the maps in a series. Thrown on top of this is the ongoing debate about the number of in-game items that many players feel should be restricted, but that currently aren't, and it made for a very high pressure, high octane tournament for those involved.
Our roster, the same team that finished 4th at the recent AM2Pro 3 tournament, consisted of Shea 'QwiKeR' Sweeney, Nick 'Nolson' Nolsonn, Brian 'Braaain' Fairlamb and Zach 'Zed' Denyer, made the bracket run look comfortable, only dropping two maps in the whole tournament, one of which was due to a disconnect. The tournament concluded at the semi final stage, with those teams losing the Quarter Finals playing a final mini-bracket to confirm 5th/6th place finishes, who will also make the league.
From Left to Right: Nolson; Brain; Zed; & QwiKeR. Photo taken at AM2Pro 3. See the whole gallery here!
We are immensely proud of the team and are delighted that their hard work and dedication since the roster's formation has paid off and we would look to supporting them in their bid to make the end of season play offs and ultimately, work towards winning the League.