Stage 1 of the Call of Duty World League: Global Pro League has been won by the only European team in the North American playoff; Splyce hauled themselves through the competition to come out with rank one. Luminosity, their opponent in the finals, put up a fight but was ultimately unable to contend with the juggernaut-like performance of Splyce. The European team, including new member Trei Morris, aka Zer0, walked home with the best part of the $700,000 prize pool and — along with the other top 12 teams — will be going to stage 2 of the Global Pro League, beginning June 29.
The top rankings from stage 1 are as follows:
3. FaZe Clan
4. OpTic Gaming
7/8. Evil Geniuses
7/8. Team EnVyUs
Teams that didn’t make the top aren’t out yet. There will be an opportunity for the bottom teams of stage 1 to compete against the best teams from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America in a relegation tournament for a spot in stage 2. Beginning June 15 and continuing through the Anaheim Open (June 16-18), the top four teams from the relegation tournaments will proceed to stage 2 of the Global Pro League.
Even if a team didn’t make it to stage 2, the upcoming Last Chance Qualifiers in July will allow a number of teams to proceed to the Call of Duty World League Championships, assuming they’re good enough to perform well in the regional competitions.
If you have a team and want to see if you have what it takes to make it to the top, registration for the Last Chance Qualifiers is still open.
Of course, if you’re like me, you’d rather just watch talented people perform well at a really high level. If that’s the case, you can watch matches as they happen at http://cod.majorleaguegaming.com/
Good luck to the competitors, and for those of you cheering them on, enjoy the next couple of months of competition.