By: Zachary Lange
Close defeats in Pool Play and a battle against the Green Wall of OpTic Gaming led eUnited to their second lowest placement of the Call of Duty: WWII competitive season, finishing 9th-12th respectively.
After a late night on Saturday, where the team defeated Evil Geniuses by a final of 3-2, eUnited were back in action early Sunday morning at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. With only a short time to prepare for one of the top teams in all of competitive Call of Duty, eUnited struggled to find their bearings, falling in defeat 0-3 to OpTic.
“A top-12 is just unacceptable,” said captain James "Clayster" Eubanks. "We all very much had high expectations for this event and we were super excited about Anaheim and the crowd. Going into the next two weeks of Stage 2, hopefully playoffs and champs it’s mainly just about consistency.”
This is only the second time in the Call of Duty: WWII competitive cycle that eUnited have placed lower than top-8 at a major tournament.
Round 11? No problem.
After defeating open bracket challenger Ghost Gaming by a final of 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, eUnited claimed 3rd in Pool A. This placed eUnited automatically into the championship losers bracket in Round 3, where one defeat would send the team packing.
After an opening Game 1 Hardpoint defeat, eUnited claimed Game 2 Search and Destroy to even the series. The entire series shifted momentum several times, with the two teams trading Game’s 3 and 4 to force a deciding Game 5 Search and Destroy on Valkyrie.
eUnited had their backs against the wall. With the score in Game 5 in EG’s favor 5-3, eUnited rattled off three straight rounds to win in Game 5, Round 11.
In recent weeks, eUnited lost a string of series by just one round of Search and Destroy, including three matches in Division B of the CWL Pro League and one against FaZe Clan during their opening matchup in Pool Play at CWL Anaheim. Despite this, eUnited remain calm and kept playing their game, heading into Sunday with the momentum needed to face a long losers bracket run.
Trying to climb the Green Wall
Starting off on London Docks in the Game 1 Hardpoint, eUnited found themselves in a brawl that could have went either way with no team holding a lead more than approximately 35 points for very long.
Despite being in the lead for a larger portion of the closing minutes, OpTic surged ahead late to claim Game 1 by a final of 233-250.
This close loss would be followed up by another momentum crushing defeat in Game 2 Search and Destroy by a final of 4-6. With most of the wind out of eUnited’s sails, OpTic finished out the series with a Game 3 victory, 3-1.
Following a short break, eUnited will continue play at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio during Stage 2 of the pro league on July 10, where they will play every team in Division B once more in the hopes of qualifying for Stage 2 playoffs.
Currently in 4th place, eUnited will need to remain in the top-4 of their division to compete for a share of an additional $500,000 in playoffs.
As of now, eUnited hold a one game advantage over 5th place Luminosity Gaming.
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