By: Zachary Lange
eUnited Call of Duty experienced a roller coaster of emotions during the 2018 CWL Seattle Open, but when the dust finally cleared the team walked away with a 3rd place finish.
This tournament marked the debut of new addition Tyler “FeLo” Johnson after the departure of longtime eUnited player Justin “SiLLY” Fargo. Despite the limited practice time that the team had, they were still able to claim their highest finish of the Call of Duty: WWII competitive season.
Pool play tiebreaker
Friday’s pool play matchups versus compLexity Gaming, Mindfreak and Luminosity Gaming featured two matches that went all the way to Game 5.
Against Luminosity, the team started quickly with a 250-218 Map 1 victory. As the matchup continued, it became apparent that these two highly talented rosters would be going the full distance in a best-of-five series. With a previous 3-1 victory over the Australians of Mindfreak, a Game 5 defeat on USS Texas Search and Destroy would bring eUnited’s pool play series count to 1-1.
The bounce back against compLexity, however, was needed with the goal of winners bracket still obtainable. In déjà vu fashion, eUnited and their opponent would have to settle the series during a Game 5 on USS Texas. This time, Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson made sure not to repeat an earlier mistake.
A win against compLexity was all eUnited needed. Ever after 2-3 loss to the open bracket challenger Enigma 6 Group, eUnited had the tiebreakers necessary to claim 2nd in Pool C, securing a Round 1 matchup in winners bracket versus Lightning Pandas.
Winners bracket, losers bracket
Seattle featured some unusual teams in the winners bracket compared to previous tournaments in the Call of Duty: WWII competitive cycle so far. It was up to Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson and the team to take advantage.
eUnited broke out the brooms and swept Lightning Pandas and Ghost Gaming in two successive series.
All that remained in the way of the grand finals? A familiar face, SiLLY.
SiLLY and his new team, Evil Geniuses, were able to defeat eUnited 0-3, knocking the squad down to the losers bracket finals. Rise Nation also defeated the team 0-3, ending eUnited’s run in the Emerald City.
Fortunately, the team will have a few weeks to rest before Stage 2 of the 2018 CWL Pro League is set to begin. During this time, the more acclimated quartet will look to refine their gameplay, especially in Search and Destroy, where the chemistry appeared to be slightly off due to inexperience as a full team.
The next LAN event will be in sunny Anaheim, California during the 2018 CWL Anaheim Open from June 15-17.
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