The Update: June 17

By: Zachary Lange

Here is The Update for June 17:

Call of Duty finishes top-6 at CWL Anaheim

In what can be described as an up-and-down weekend, eUnited Call of Duty claimed a top-6 placement at CWL Anaheim.

It is the third time in four open tournaments in the Black Ops 4 competitive cycle that the squad has made it all the way to Championship Sunday. Unfortunately, Anaheim’s Sunday appearance was short-lived with the team falling 3-1 to OpTic Gaming in the losers bracket quarterfinals.

The highs for eUnited began during pool play Friday, where the team knocked off Team Reciprocity (3-0) and UYU (3-2) to command the top spot in Pool B. Despite a tightly-contested, 3-2 loss to Elevate leaving the two competitors tied for first in the pool, eUnited held the tiebreaker advantage in map count to face the second place team from Pool D.

Then, a low hit. A 3-1 defeat at the hands of eventual tournament runner-up Gen.G led to the team having to make another deep losers bracket run. Fortunately, a couple of clutch Saturday evening wins against Units (3-0) and Team Heretics (3-1) did secure eUnited’s spot for Sunday for the second straight event.

Sunday’s match against OpTic began with an impressive Seaside Hardpoint victory. But a whopping 6-1 loss in the following Search and Destroy on Hacienda spelled the beginning of the end.

eUnited earned $15,000 with the finish. They will head back to the drawing board before the second section of cross-division play begins July 1.

Counter Strike qualifies for StarLadder Americas Minor, wins Mythic Cup

One step closer to the StarLadder Major, eUnited Counter Strike qualified for Americas Minor with a pair of victories last week.

The squad defeated The Quest (2-0) and New Identity (2-0) to earn a berth into the major qualifier. From July 17-21, eight teams will battle for $25,000 and two spots into the StarLaddar Major in Berlin, Germany that is slated to take place in late September.

Over the weekend, eUnited also participated in the online Mythic Cup, where they defeated Singularity 2-0 to claim the championship.

Next up for the team is an online qualifier for IEM Chicago on June 26.

Additional results from SMITE and Samsora

SMITE continues to bounce back after a stretch of rough play, winning 3-2 Friday against Renegades.

The victory put the team in sole possession of fourth place.

A pair of games on Monday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 1:30 p.m. (both times Eastern) are all that stand in the way between eUnited and the Mid-Season Invitational on July 10-11.

In the Smash: Ultimate world, Ezra “Samsora” Morris placed top-6 after a pair of Game 5 losses to top-talents Dabuz and Light.

The tournament, held in Long Island, New York, was the first time Samsora had visited The Big Apple as both a competitor and a tourist. A one-day show on Saturday, Samsora took to Instagram to share his experiences touring NYC including a stop at the official Nintendo store.

Smash at the Paramount served as a tune-up before major tournament CEO in Daytona Beach, Florida at the end of the month.