Call of Duty®: Ghosts made its debut on the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit, as the MLG Championship kicked off from the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. For the 108 teams competing in this inaugural event, the journey began towards the $20,000 1st place prize and the title of MLG Champions!
Here are some of the stories from this exciting Day 1:
Alpha Shines In All-Star Game:
The night began with the All-Star Game, featuring 16 pro players voted in by the fans. This was an evenly-played matchup that saw teammates going head-to-head and rival players teaming together. In the end, it was Team Alpha that would take a 2-1 map victory over Team Bravo. Alpha was led by some standout performances from compLexity’s TeePee and EnVy’s Karma.
Close Matches and Surprises In Championship Winners Bracket:
Action in the Championship Winners Bracket started with back-to-back North America/Europe matchups, the first being Team Kaliber vs Epsilon. With the two teams splitting sweeps in Search & Destroy and Domination, it was Blitz/Octane that proved to be the difference maker. tK showed impressive map control in this game, cruising to a 19-10 victory and taking a 3-2 overall decision.
The EU would fare better in the night’s second matchup though, which saw TCM-Gaming prevail 3-1 over FaZe Competitive. TCM’s Flux and MarkyB were highlight players in the team’s two Domination wins. FaZe’s new pickup Classic showed he belonged though, putting in 28-11 and four captures in the team’s lone victory on Blitz/Warhawk.
The upset of the night came in the Kelevra Fuse vs SoaR matchup, with Fuse pulling off a dominant 3-0 win. Despite having the 7th seed in the Championship Bracket, many were quick to write off Fuse as simply being an “online team.” They certainly have people’s attention now though, especially with their 6-0 S&D/Sovereign win that saw Thing2 go 10-1.
The final match was a meeting of two veteran squads: EnVy and Curse New York. The two teams would trade wins the whole way, leading to a deciding 5th match of S&D/Sovereign. EnVy would ultimately prevail 6-3 in the game, keyed by a strong 3-0 start. EnVy won the matchup 3-2 and now moves on to Round 2 in the Championship Winners Bracket.
Four teams made it out of the 96 team Open Bracket to earn their spot in the Championship Winners Bracket: Primal, Skyline, eLevate Excess, and KG Adversity. Can these teams continue their success when they face off against the top four seeded teams in the tournament?
Meanwhile the Championship Losers Bracket is already filling up with experienced and talented teams, each with only one life left in the tournament. Should a team get hot though, they still have a chance to not only finish in the money, but even reach the Finals.
Catch Day 2 action live at MLG.tv and stay tuned to this blog for daily coverage of MLG Columbus 2013!