A capacity crowd took in the Optic Gaming vs. EnVyUs match at the Anaheim Convention Center. (MLG/Enrique Espinoza)
It was a thrilling Day 2 at MLG Championship Anaheim, as action picked up in both of the Call of Duty tournaments. In the International Playoffs, some expected favorites moved on, while one big name was eliminated. Meanwhile in the League Play In Tournament, only eight teams remain in the hunt for the four spots in the MLG Call of Duty League.
Here are the top stories from Day 2:
Optic Gaming and Evil Geniuses Advance to Winners Final
They were the top two teams in Season 2 of the MLG Call of Duty League. On Day 2, Optic Gaming and Evil Geniuses left no doubt that they are the lead contenders for the MLG Anaheim championship.
Picking up where they left off on Day 1, Optic Gaming continued a flawless Anaheim performance with a stunning 3-0 sweep on EnVyUs. The highlight of the series came in the deciding Blitz game, where Optic would turn around a 6-1 deficit with an eight-cap run.
Evil Geniuses were next on the main stage, and they would follow it up with an equally impressive 3-0 sweep against FaZe Black. Ian "Crimsix" Porter would produce the performance of the tournament so far, dropping 20 kills in a Search & Destroy game.
While they've both secured a top 3 placing, these two teams expect nothing less than to be on top by the end of Sunday. They'll play each other for a spot in the Grand Finals at 2:30 PM/PDT.
Bryan "Apathy" Zhelyazkov and Team Kaliber could not replicate their X Games success in Anaheim. (MLG/Enrique Espinoza)
Team Kaliber Fall to TCM Gaming, Finish 7th
A strong contender for the championship heading into the tournament, Team Kaliber found themselves out of the competition on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to TCM Gaming in the Losers Bracket. It's a disappointing result for tK, who just weeks before had placed 2nd and won silver medals at the MLG X Games Invitational.
TCM Gaming meanwhile have much to be excited about, as the Europeans move on to compete on Championship Sunday. With Curse Australia and Epsilon falling in Saturday's action, they are the lone non-NA team remaining in the International Playoffs.
Just a part of the extensive setup for the League Play-In tournament. (MLG/Enrique Espinoza)
Play In Tournament Update: Eight Teams, Four Spots
Competing past midnight, the field of 192 in the League Play In Tournament was reduced to just eight teams by night's end. With the eliminations of both Strictly Business and Curse Orange, at least two new teams will be joining Season 3 of the MLG Call of Duty League.
Here are the remaining eight teams in the Play In Tournament:
- VexX Gaming*
- Excellence Gaming
- Optic Nation
- Rise Gaming
- Stunner Gaming
(*previously in Season 2 of MLG Call of Duty League)
Which four teams from the Play In Tournament will make it into Season 3 of the MLG Call of Duty League? Who will finish on top in the International Playoffs to claim the $25,000 top prize and the title of 2014 MLG Anaheim Champions? Find out as Championship Sunday action airs on both MLG.tv/CODAlpha and MLG.tv/CODBravo!
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