It was another exciting day of action at the 2014 Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox, as the tournament moved into the double-elimination Playoff Bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded based on their group stage placing, with 1st place teams randomly matched up against 2nd place teams. By the end of the night, only six teams remained with a chance at the top share of the $1 million prize pool and the title of “World Champion.”
Here are some of the highlight stories from Day 2:
OpTic Gaming makes resilient run to top 3:
OpTic Gaming seemed destined for an early exit on Saturday. After being swept by Epsilon eSports in their seed-determining match, the team was paired against top squad Team Kaliber in the first round of the Playoff Bracket. But OpTic would shock all by not only defeating tK, but doing so with a sweep of their own. Strong wins against Strictly Business and Trident T1dotters now has the team in the Upper Bracket finals. If they want to make it to the Grand Finals, they’ll have to go through one of their biggest rivals, compLexity.
Trident T1dotters continues Cinderella story:
The Aussies just keep surprising their competition. On the backs of their strong Search & Destroy game, Trident T1dotters took Upper Bracket matchups against both Vitality Returns and Rise Nation. Although they would eventually fall 3-1 to OpTic Gaming, Trident T1dotters have already guaranteed themselves a top 6 placing. They begin Sunday with a Lower Bracket matchup against EnVyUs.
Europe finishes out of the top 8:
It was a disappointing day 2 for the continent of Europe, as all of the remaining European teams failed to place within the top 8 and the $1 million prize pool. European Champions TCM Gaming drew an unlucky first round matchup against compLexity, losing out 3-0 to the American juggernauts. They would fall out of contention in Lower Bracket round 2 after a 3-2 back-and-forth match against Rise Nation.
Epsilon eSports meanwhile had a perfect start to the day, opening up with back-to-back sweeps against OpTic Gaming and Vitality Rises. Despite going down 3-1 to FaZe, Epsilon seemed to have a top 8 placing all but locked up after taking a 2-0 series lead against EnVyUs. But the “Boys in Blue” would complete an amazing comeback, taking three straight maps to shutter the last hope for the Europeans.
Six teams remain in the hunt for the World Championship title: compLexity, EnVyUs, FaZe, OpTic Gaming, Strictly Business, and Trident T1dotters. Which team will come out on top to claim the $400,000 top prize? Find out as Sunday’s action begins at 10am PDT on mlg.tv and callofduty.com!
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