The Update: July 8
By: Zachary Lange
Here is The Update for July 8:
Call of Duty close out CWL Pro League 18-4, earn first seed for playoffs
In the final week of cross-division, pro league play for the Call of Duty team, eUnited managed to collect a trio of wins to finish out the season as the first overall seed heading into the CWL Pro League Playoffs later this month.
A fitting end to the CWL Pro League on Friday featured a highly-anticipated matchup between OpTic Gaming and eUnited, with the squad earning a 3-1 victory.
Chris “Simp” Lehr finished the series against OpTic with an impressive 81-62 kill-death ratio across all four maps, leading the team in kills in two out of three respawn games.
eUnited picked up a pair of victories earlier in the week by sweeping Team Reciprocity and Midnight Esports, with the 3-0 against Midnight securing the first seed in Division B. On Tuesday, however, a hard-fought Game 5 fell short for eUnited, dropping their lone series on the week against GenG by a final of 3-2.
With the first seed in the playoffs secured, eUnited will have to wait for the play-in tournament to conclude before facing the winner of Team Reciprocity and a team to be determined. The long wait for a match has its benefits, though, as eUnited will walk away with no worse than a top-8 placement at the CWL Pro League Playoffs in Miami on July 19-21.
With pro league done and dusted, only two major events remain for the Black Ops 4 competitive cycle. Play at the Miami Beach Convention Center begins Friday, July 19 to determine the pro league champion and the 16 remaining spots up for grabs in the Call of Duty World League Championship.
Won against Optic 3-1 GG to them! Ended the pro league 18-4 and this week 3-1! Can’t wait for Playoffs!— eU Simp (@SimpTheSickJoke) July 6, 2019
SMITE gearing up for the Mid-Season Invitational
Another lengthy pro league is gearing up for its mid-season tournament, as eUnited SMITE is set to face Splyce on Wednesday.
eUnited finished with a 6-3 record in Phase 1 of the SMITE Pro League to earn the No. 4 seed in this week’s tournament, which features a $200,000 prize pool.
The event is unique in that it will feature crossplay for the first time, allowing the SMITE Console League to compete against the SPL on their respective platforms.
Should eUnited defeat Splyce, they have a good chance of going toe-to-toe with Team Rival in an explosive semifinal matchup.
A full schedule with times for each match is TBD. All SPL matches and the Mid-Season Invitational can be found on the official Hi-Rez Studios’ Mixer channel.
The @eUnited boys are headed into MSI as the #3 SPL seed. But can they #StandUnited long enough to take home the trophy? 🏆— SmitePro (@SmitePro) July 5, 2019
We're gonna find out starting July 8. Til then, let's reminisce on some of the best plays from #EUSMITE in Phase 1!
👉 https://t.co/RNgFMeDBtz pic.twitter.com/Ofgqpyzjz4
Counter Strike getting ready ahead of Americas Minor
A huge litmus test is ahead for eUnited’s Counter Strike when they take on top teams in the Americas Minor for the StarLadder Major.
The team will travel to Berlin, Germany for the chance to earn one of two spots in the major event, held in late August.
Other teams include NRG and FURIA, with the latter recently falling to eUnited in a qualifier for a berth into ESL One New York. Currently, eUnited sits just outside the top-30 in 31st in the HLTV rankings.
A schedule for Americas Minor, as well as streaming information, is TBD.
Big Apple Bound! 🍎🗽#eUCSGO punches its ticket to #ESLOne New York with a 2-0 victory over FURIA!— eUnited (@eUnited) June 28, 2019
Good thing, too, because 5 year contracts are expensive to buyout. pic.twitter.com/lvv1iS0P32