By: Zachary Lange
After a crazy couple of weeks in Division B play during the CWL Pro League, eUnited are poised to take the main stage at CWL Fort Worth.
All 16 pro leagues teams will participate in the main event featuring a raucous crowd and a prize pool of $325,000. The event is a departure from the majority of events in recent memory, where top amateur teams from the open bracket portion of the event also joined alongside pool play teams for a chance at large prize winnings. Instead, the open bracket will have an entirely separate bracket with a smaller prize for top finishers.
Here are a few headlines for the squad heading into the battle in the Lone Star State.
Search and Destroy continues to shine for eU
According to CoDStats, eUnited holds a tie for first place in winning percent in Search and Destroy. Across all competitive play in Black Ops 4, the team has gone 15-6 in the game mode, or 71.4 percent.
So far through two weeks of pro league play, the team is 7-3 in Search and Destroy. Only pro league competitor Gen.G is better thus far, sporting a flawless 9-0 record.
With its placement in the rotation of game modes, Search and Destroy is arguably the most crucial game to perform well in. So far, it’s been a highlight for eUnited.
It’s pretty easy for aBeZy
Critics of the young Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris felt that inexperience at the pro league level may hinder eUnited as a whole when he joined the team late last year.
The stats prove otherwise.
Across all game modes in pro league play, aBeZy ranks fourth in aKD (adjusted kill-death ratio). In the two respawn game modes of Control and Hardpoint, aBeZy ranks in the top-5 in score per minute and damage per minute. He ranks first in overall respawn engagements per game.
In his specialty of Search and Destroy, the Saug gunner doesn’t disappoint either. In the pro league, he ranks seventh in kill-death ratio and second in damage per round and engagements per round. (H/t: CoDStats)
What does all of this mean? Simply put, he’s leading the pace for eUnited. By opening up the map with entry kills and high octane slaying, objective players are allowed to excel in their roles as well, translating to high success rates across the board.
The dreaded “pool of death”
When pools were drawn for the event, Pool D was jokingly given a skull emoji by the commentators on stream.
Emoji’s aside, the term “pool of death” may have some truth to it for eUnited. In their pool is perennial powerhouse OpTic Gaming, transplanted Europeans Team Reciprocity and Team EnVy, who most recently swept eUnited in pro league play.
In Division A of the pro league, OpTic sit comfortably inside of a playoff spot for later this year, with Reciprocity only a couple of games out. After a slow start for EnVy, a pair of wins have them only one game outside of the top-4 in Division B.
Relatively consistent play in the pro league, however, as well as strong practice at home shouldn’t leave anyone concerned about eUnited. It’ll be up to them to show their talents come Friday’s opener versus EnVy.
How to watch
Live action from the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas is slated to begin Friday afternoon on the official Call of Duty Twitch channel, as well as MLG.tv.