By: Zachary Lange
Shortly after claiming gold in the CWL Pro League Playoffs, eUnited Call of Duty is back home and preparing for a championship even larger – the 2019 Call of Duty World Championship.
In just a few weeks, the squad will head Pool A in the 32-team tournament in Los Angeles that boasts a $2 million prize pool.
Looking back to last weekend, however, there were a plethora of key plays that were made to secure eUnited’s first championship in Call of Duty since 2017. Here is a rundown of the top-5 plays from the CWL Finals.
Clayster secures the S&D with a clutch scorestreak
In an opening match against Team Reciprocity, eUnited were closing in on going up 2-0 in the series with a 5-4 round advantage in Search and Destroy.
The tenth round quickly turned in favor of the European Reciprocity, however, with James “Clayster” Eubanks forced to fight his way out of a one versus three scenario. With the bomb planted at the B site for eUnited, Reciprocity attempted the defuse only after a lightning strike was called in.
The handy scorestreak secured Game 2 for eUnited, en route to a 3-0 sweep.
Simp snipes two, tomahawks another in All Star Game
Before the storm began last Saturday inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, one member of eUnited was voted on to represent Division B for the Miami All Star Game.
Chris “Simp” Lehr, known to bust out the Paladin from time to time in Search and Destroy, had no problem with the ruleset for this game which featured only snipers and tomahawks for the duration of the match.
Set on the popular Nuketown, Simp and FaZe Clan’s Skrapz battle it out with the young gun winning the round with a trio of nasty kills.
Division B went on to win the All Star Game by a 3-2 final.
Simp shines against FaZe, wins round with the pistol
In one of the biggest clutches all weekend, Simp whipped out the Strife pistol to collect a trio of kills to secure the round.
On defense to open Game 2 in the winners finals, Simp found a quick kill onto the head ZooMaa past the A bomb before a quick spin around to collect Skrapz. Now in a one versus one, Simp immediately spotted out and killed the third and final member of FaZe in Zer0 to secure the round with the pop off to boot.
eUnited ended up defeated FaZe 3-1 to advance to grand finals.
The twin telepathy shines once again
In the grand finals reset, eUnited shined on Seaside Hardpoint to take a fast 1-0 lead in the final series. But in the Search and Destroy, Gen.G took the squad the distance, fighting each round to even the final series of the weekend.
On defense in Round 11, the twin duo of Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson and Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson saw time beginning to tick away as the bomb was planted at the A site with Envoy left as the sole member alive for the opposition.
Using the numbers advantage to the best of their abilities, Arcitys goes for the defuse with his brother directly looking over toward the fences waiting for Envoy to challenge.
With only 10 health left, Arcitys manages to stick the bomb defuse just before time ran out to secure the game win.
Champions yet again
The best highlight from the weekend doesn’t need much explanation.
With a 2-0 lead in the series and a 2-0 lead in Game 3 Control on Frequency, eUnited needed just one more round to earn the championship trophy.
A near double digit life advantage, followed by a quick succession of Gen.G’s last lives remaining sealed the deal for the team.
With the trophy came a check for $500,000 as Simp was also awarded the ASTRO Gaming MVP.
Be sure to tune in to the championship episode of The Ascent: Summit set to debut on YouTube soon.