eUnited Dominates Group Stage at CWL Championship, Sets Eyes on Championship Bracket

By: Zachary Lange

eUnited were dominant in the group stage of the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship, going undefeated against Lethal Gaming, Team Infused and Mindfreak en route to the Championship Bracket.

Led by Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson with a 1.46 K/D, eUnited was only one of four teams after day one to have all four teammates above a 1.0 K/D. On day two against Infused, Captain Justin ‘SiLLy’ Fargo led the way with 32 kills in Uplink and a whopping 15 kills in Search and Destroy, which he attributed to his role on the team.

“My sub machine gun has been a strong suit for me in respawn game modes recently,” SiLLy said. “In SnD I’ve been playing the slow post-up role and it’s really been benefiting my team.”

By the end of the group stage, all four players continued to stay strong with SiLLy and Prestinni ranking in the top-ten among all participants in overall K/D.

For James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, a veteran and winner of the 2015 Championship, the group stage wasn’t too challenging, but the true test lies ahead in the rest of this weekend.

“Our pool was relatively easy especially (winning 3-0) all three matches,” Clayster said. “We just have the bracket to look forward to and that’s where we’re going to put our best effort in.”

SiLLy echoed his teammate’s sentiments, but was confident that despite the easier matchups early on the team is prepared for the rigorous battle ahead.

“I don’t think we took that much away from group stage since we retained a perfect record,” SiLLy said. “But we are prepared to play the higher caliber teams.”

During the boot camp session at the Ultimate Studios in Los Angeles, the team looked to improve on their strategies and gameplay in SnD. So far, eUnited is flawless in all three game modes but had an impressive come from behind victory against Lethal, winning 6-5 after finding themselves down 2-5.

“I say in groups we were trying different things out in SnD,” said Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson on their play in the game mode during the group stage. “But, we didn’t have a close SnD besides the Lethal Gaming SnD. But we learned a lot.”

“Our SnD looked a lot better,” Clayster said. “Overall we did well at not giving up man-advantage situations.”

Prestinni felt that the team played well, but has a higher gear that they can reach this weekend.

“Could’ve played better and communicated better,” Prestinni said. “But when we get to the real bracket play I think we will turn up and play the game mode correctly.”

At the start of the Championship Bracket, eUnited had a tough test in Round 1 against Luminosity Gaming, but improved SnD strategies and high-powered slaying in Uplink propelled the team to a 3-1 victory. Now, the team will face Allegiance in Round 2 to secure a top-six placement.

Live coverage of the Championship Bracket can be found at mlg.tv starting at 10:30 a.m. EST.