eUnited Start Off 2018 Call of Duty World League Season Strong

By: Zachary Lange

eUnited’s Call of Duty team began the new competitive season with a top-6 and a runner-up placement at the first two events of the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championship Cycle.

At the season opening CWL Dallas Open the team ran through pool play nearly flawless, going 3-1 in series count that included a map win percentage of 65 percent. In all, the team finished second in so-called “group of death” Group D.

Once seeded in the Championship Winners bracket, eUnited took on a very tough Luminosity Gaming team and emerged victorious by a final of 3-1 with convincing Search and Destroy gameplay and a Game 4 Hardpoint victory to secure the series. Unfortunately, in the semifinal matchup against Team Kaliber the squad came up one round short in the Game 5 SnD, dropping 5-6 and the series 2-3 to the eventual tournament winners.

Without much time to talk speak about the loss and regroup, eUnited fell once more to FaZe Clan in the losers bracket, ending their tournament run.

“Establishing a rhythm at Dallas was pretty much the most difficult thing (about the event),” said James “Clayster” Eubanks. “It was just who could play well when you had to play and there was no schedule, no nothing. It was really difficult to get in a groove.”

It was the first time since the trade to eUnited that Clayster faced his former squad in FaZe, who he now has a 2-1 record against after Northern Arena. For Clayster, a longtime veteran of the scene, the matchup felt like any other.

“I think there was a different vibe the first time we played them, I kinda said to my teammates like ‘let’s win this one’, but after that first one it’s just another team we play now and it’s just another match,” Clayster said. “I’m actually still really good friends with all of those guys over on FaZe still so it’s more of a friendly rivalry than a serious one. Every time we play each other we all want to beat each other for the reasoning of who won the trade. But in the end, it’s just another team.

“In the World War II season we just got to focus on us and every team is the same challenge as another one.”

The next weekend, eUnited travelled to Montreal, Canada to participate in the CWL Northern Arena Showdown, an invitational consisting of eight North American rosters. After wins against Enigma6 Group and Ground Zero 3-1, 3-0 it was LG who would get their revenge, knocking eUnited down to the losers bracket.

This time, it was FaZe who would be eliminated at the hands of eUnited with a massive performance by Justin “SiLLy” Fargo dropping 40 kills in the second Hardpoint. This year for SiLLy has made the former hybrid player switch over to a main submachine gun support role in an effort to have maximum slaying power.

“I’m more of a slayer based SMG player now,” SiLLy said. “And Preston would be our objective SMG player.”

Moving forward, the team looks to make a couple of tweaks to ensure success. One of the biggest changes will in the play of Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, who will look to slow down in gun engagements more often.

“I’m going to have to slow down at times (to ensure success), and I realize that now,” Prestinni said. “And I have to get better with my communication, overall just being a better person.”

Following a well-deserved rest for the holidays, the CoD squad will participate in two online tournaments for seeding and head to The Big Easy for the CWL New Orleans Open in what is expected to be the largest Call of Duty open tournament on recent. For Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, there’s a couple of teams they’re looking to matchup against.

“tK, because they just got off of the championship” Arcitys said. “LG because they just beat us in Northern Arena twice, and always OpTic Gaming. They have a hate relationship with us.”

Catch all of the action from the Ernest Morial Convention Center Jan. 12-14 on MLG.tv and for a full recap of the Call of Duty team at CWL Dallas, check out the latest episode of The Ascent.