It was an amazing Day 1 at the 2014 Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox, as the best teams in the world gathered for competition in downtown Los Angeles. The day belonged to the Canadians and Australians, with all four squads from the two countries making it out of group play. They will join 12 other teams in the double-elimination Playoff Bracket, continuing on for a share of the $1 million prize pool and the title of “World Champion.”
There are still a handful of group matches to be played, but we already have a clear picture of the competitors in the Playoff Bracket.
Here are the results after Day 1:
*Strictly Business (3-0)
*Vitality Returns (2-1)
Team Rize ZA (1-2)
Group 1 played out to form, with favorites Strictly Business and Vitality Returns both making it out of the group. Strictly Business showed why they are the United States Champions, dropping only two maps on their way to a perfect 3-0 group record. French squad Vitality Returns can take credit for one of those map losses, and will look to be the cause of a couple more in the Playoff Bracket.
*VexX Revenge (2-1)
Team Orbit (1-2)
Real AllStars (0-3)
With compLexity claiming their expected spot atop the pool, the big question in Group 2 was on the second team to advance to the Playoff Bracket. In the end, it was Canadian squad VexX Revenge who would overtake Team Orbit with a 3-2 series win.
*Team Kaliber (3-0)
*WiLD Gaming (2-1)
Lightning Pandas (1-2)
Reign Mix (0-3)
Team Kaliber finished 3-0 in pool play to top Group 3, showing why many consider them to be strong contenders for the World Championship title. WiLD Gaming from Canada would claim the second spot out of the group, topping Lightning Pandas 3-1 in their deciding head-to-head matchup.
*Trident T1dotters (3-0)
SK Gaming (1-2)
Aztek Gaming (0-3)
Australian squad Trident T1dotters may be the biggest surprise of the tournament so far, making it through a tough Group 4 as a top seeded team. Their final series win against SK Gaming would decide the second qualifying team as well, knocking the German squad out of contention while clinching a Playoff Bracket spot for FaZe.
TEC Intensity (2-1)
Klarity Team (0-3)
Finishing group play in a three-way tie, the two qualifying spots out of Group 5 were decided by a Search and Destroy round robin. In the end, TEC Intensity would fall out of the competition with consecutive losses to both Immunity and EnVyUs. Australian squad Immunity would claim the top seed in Group 5 based on their 3-2 win over EnVyUs in group play.
*Rise Nation (2-0)
Vitality Rises (1-1)
Brazil 5 Stars (0-2)
There are still two matches to be played in Group 6, but Rise Nation has already secured a spot in the Playoff Bracket with a 2-0 start. They will be joined by either Vitality Rises or Wizards, who will go head-to-head in a match on Saturday.
*OpTic Gaming (2-0)
*Epsilon eSports (2-0)
With a pair convincing 3-0 wins against NSP, both OpTic Gaming and Epsilon eSports have qualified for the Playoff Bracket from the disqualification-shortened Group 7. The two teams will go head-to-head on Saturday to determine the first and second seeds out of the group.
*XFinity Gaming (2-0)
TCM Gaming (1-1)
Similar to Group 6, XFinity Gaming’s 2-0 record in group play has already assured them a place in the Playoff Bracket. U.K. favorites TCM Gaming will look to avoid an early exit from the tournament as they go up against German squad Killerfish for the second seed out of Group 8.
Saturday promises to bring even more excitement, as the remaining teams will move into the double-elimination Playoff Bracket. We’ll see some of the first teams to finish in the money, as well as find out which ones move on for a chance at the World Championship! Saturday’s action kicks off live at 9am PDT on MLG.tv and callofduty.com.
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